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ASPECTS OF ILLEGITIMACY IN SCOTLAND, 1869-1893 A Small-scale Comparison of Industrial and Agricultural Communities

    University of Strathclyde   Genealogical, Palaeographic and Heraldic Studies Centre for Lifelong Learning, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences   ASPECTS OF ILLEGITIMACY IN SCOTLAND, 1869-1893 A Small-scale Comparison of Industrial and Agricultural Communities   by Alexander Wood   A dissertation presented in fulfilment of […]

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The Scottish slave masters

The Scottish slave masters

The Scottish slave-masters We never know who will appear in our genealogical research.  In researching my own family I unearthed two relations whose involvement in the West Indies slave system made me reflect profoundly on this Scottish connection. James McKill, a moderately prosperous tailor in late 18th […]

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A second Tobago connection

A second Tobago connection

The story of Peter Tait and his ownership of the Concordia Estate in Tobago (D&GFHS Newsletter, July 2012) is in fact a second Dumfries and Galloway connection to Concordia. The Memorials of St Michaels (W McDowall, 1876, pp226-7)notes the gravestone of Deacon James McKill, although without a […]

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An Introduction to Genealogy and Family History – adult class at Wester Hailes

An Introduction to Genealogy and Family History – adult class at Wester Hailes

Genealogy and Family History: an Introduction   Two ten-week courses to learn how to trace your ancestors, find out about their lives and build a family tree.  The course will look primarily at Scottish sources, how to access them and how to use what you find.  There […]

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Soldier Ancestor

Soldier Ancestor

My grandfather, like myself and my father, Alexander Wood, died when I was an infant. I easily traced his vital records but apart from these and a few of my father’s tales, I knew little about him.  He was born on 30th July 1893 in Rose Street, […]

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In search of the poor

A wealth of genealogical data can be revealed by the records of the poor, and Alex Wood unearths some fascinating case studies from the past, giving a glimpse of the lives of the extreme poverty-stricken in 19th-century Scotland. No other documents provide such detail about the poor […]

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Paths to the past

Illegitimacy (next only to Irish ancestry) is the most common barrier to successful Scottish genealogical research, but Alex Wood’s insights will help you follow the path to the past. From the beginning of statutory Scottish registration until 1919, the statutory birth entry of an illegitimate child had […]

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Whys & wherefores of illegitimacy

The traditional view of the Victorian age is of tightly-laced family structures.  That would be even more so, it might be thought, in Presbyterian Scotland.  The truth was different however, as Alex Wood demonstrates. Perhaps surprisingly illegitimacy was higher in Scotland (7.8% in 1855) than in England […]

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Don’t neglect the corrected entries Alex Wood demonstrates the importance of checking the entries in the Register of Corrected Entries in the Scottish statutory records for births, marriages and deaths.

Alex Wood demonstrates the importance of checking the entries in the Register of Corrected Entries in the Scottish statutory records for births, marriages and deaths.   R esearching post-1855 births, marriages and deaths inScotlandis relatively straightforward, whether done on-line through ScotlandsPeople www.scotlandspeople.co.uk, or in person atEdinburgh’s New […]

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THE MP’s SECRET Respect Your Ancestors – But Don’t Always Believe Them

In the early twentieth century, Sir George McCrae was one of Edinburgh’s elite.  Born in Aberdeen, he moved as a child to Edinburgh where he was raised by his uncle, John Buchan.  He left school aged ten to work as a message boy but shortly afterwards was […]

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