Images taken from 14 different publications related to Scottish parishes and families are now online.
Findmypast says: “The records included in this collection are incredibly varied, ranging from parish records, topographical accounts and memorial inscriptions to a 19th century novel and a short history of the Black Watch.
“The information contained in each record will vary drastically depending on its subject. For example, Memorial Inscriptions of Rattray Churchyard recorded death dates and places from monumental inscriptions, whereas Scotland, Historic Families Of Fife, Births, Marriages and Deaths 1100-2014 chronicles the genealogical history of Scottish families of Fife such as Barclay, Hay, Leslie, Preston, Wemyss and more.
“There are 14 different publications included in this record set. Below is a list with a short synopsis of each.
Annals of the Parish Of Dalmailing – A successful novel by John Galt (1779-1839) published in 1821. The story is told through the first-person narrative of Reverend Micah Balwhidder, a newly appointed minister in Dalmailing. Rev Balwhidder observes and records in his diary the daily lives of this rural Scottish community from 1760 to 1810.
Edinburgh – This is a historical and topographical account of Scotland’s capital city published in 1906 by M G Williamson, MA, and illustrated by Herbert Railton. Williamson recorded the early history of Edinburgh as well as the history of the castle, university, grassmarket and literary tradition of the city.
Extracts from the Records of the Burgh of Glasgow – Published in 1908, this work covers the years 1691 to 1717. The extracts relate to the administration of the town. Your ancestors may appear in the publication if they were members of the town council, local landlords, magistrates, merchants or ministers.
Index to Particular Register of Sasines for Shire of Berwick and Bailiary of Lauderdale, Vol I, A-H – Sasines refers to the transfer of ownership or the deed of a property and all that goes with the property such as buildings, tress, land, etc. A register of sasines began in 1617 by order of the Registration Act of 1617 and has continued since. Today it is known as the General Register of Sasines. This index was published in 1928 and covers the years 1617 to 1780 for the historic Scottish county of Berwickshire and the district of Lauderdale. You will find the individual’s name, parents’ names, date of record and location.
Memorial Inscriptions of Rattray Churchyard – The inscriptions were compiled by the Minister of Rattray, John Hunter, BD, and published in Dundee in 1913. The parish of Rattray is located in Aberdeenshire. Each inscription often includes a number of individuals’ names listed on the same monument. The monuments recorded their names, death dates and age at death. Some go further to include death place, occupation, names of relations and who erected the monument.
Memorials of the Parish of Alloa – This was written by John Crawford and published in 1874. It includes a memoir of the author by Rev Charles Rogers. Crawford wrote about the local history of the parish of Alloa including chapters about the Alloa tower (a main attraction in the town), the brewers of the olden time, and David Allan, the historical painter. Alloa is a town in Clackmannanshire.
Parish Registers of Durness – Durness is a civil parish in the Highlands of Scotland, located on the north coast. The register was published in 1911 but covers the years from 1764 to 1814. It recorded baptisms and marriages at a time when these records were rarely kept. The index lists everyone found in the register and in some cases their occupation and residence.
Register of the Collegiate Church of Crail – The register was published in 1877 with introductory remarks by Rev Charles Rogers. The register is a record of the church’s constitution as well as charters and inventories. Crail is a burgh in Fife on the eastern coast.
Reminiscences of Dollar Etc – The Scottish village of Dollar is in Clackmannanshire. The full title of this publication is Reminiscences of Dollar, Tillicoultry, and Other Districts Adjoining the Ochils, with Notes of Progress, Scientific Discovery and Invention of New Spinning Machinery, During the Last Hundred Years. This local history book was published in 1883 and written by William Gibson.
Rental Book of the Diocese of Glasgow, Vol I – This was published in 1875 and records rentals from Glasgow, Carstairs, Stobo and Eddilstoun between 1509 and 1570. Early entries are in Latin. The preface gives a history of rentals in Glasgow and how they were paid.
Rules, Office-Bearers & Members of The Weavers Society of Anderston – This edition of Rules and Regulations and List of Office Bearers and Members of the Weavers’ Society of Anderston was published in 1901 but covers the years 1738 to 1900. Anderston is a district in Glasgow. Along with the rules of the Weavers’ Society, you will find lists of office bearers including their names and date of appointment. The members list includes the member’s name, residence, occupation and year of entry.
Scotland, Historic Families of Fife, Births, Marriages and Deaths 1100-2014 – Published as The Red Book of Fife by Gordon MacGregor, the book records the history and genealogy of historic Fife families across nine centuries including Balfour, Bruce, Leslie and Ramsay, to name a few.
Short History of the Black Watch or Royal Highlanders – This book recorded the history of the Black Watch (Royal Highlanders) from 1725 until 1907. It also includes an account of the 2nd Battalion in the South African War (1899-1902). It was published in 1908. The names of officers of separate battalions are included along with details of their service with the Black Watch.
The Borderlands of Glasgow – Official Tramway Guide – This guide to walks and rambles through the borderlands of Glasgow was written by Theodore Charles Ferdinand Brotchie and published in 1925. It includes many sketches and watercolours of the Glasgow countryside.”