Scottish

The Clans, Septs and Regiments of the Scottish Highlands is an excellent and comprehensive work on Scotland’s highland clans and is probably  most accurate account of Scottish clans, tartans, and fighting regiments ever published. In the context of Scottish clans, septs are families that followed another family’s chief. These smaller septs would then comprise, and […]

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Handwritten letters from the first President of the United States have gone on display at the National Library of Scotland. The following is a press release from the National Library of Scotland. The press release is as follows:  “The road to American independence is being mapped out at the National Library of Scotland (NLS) in […]

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Deceased Online the central database for UK burials and creations is an ever growing and useful site to use in your ancestral search. The following informational entry is written on the site. If you take time to explore you’ll find a lot more: “It has to be one of those really good pub quiz questions: […]

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The fact that the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso,  is visiting Scotland speaks of a whole new world and a very exciting one for the pupils from all Edinburgh schools because they are going to have the Dalai Lama’s speech broadcast in their classrooms during his visit to the Capital. The enthusiasm can probably be […]

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In Scotland the word Hogmanay is used to describe the New Year’s Eve celebration on December 31. The holiday is so important in Scotland that it tends to eclipse Christmas and gifts are given and received on New Year’s Eve. The custom of Hogmanay was mentioned in the Elgin, Scotland, records as “hagmonay” and is believed […]

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St. Andrews is the Patron Saint of Scotland and although widely celebrated every year on November 30th in Scotland every year since the 6th century, St. Andrew’s Day isn’t recognized as a public holiday. There are about 40 million people throughout the world who claim Scottish descent so, as you can well imagine, there’s a […]

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Sandy on September 12th, 2011

The following is a news flash from Deceased Online:  “Deceased Online has a large stand at the Scottish Association of Family History Societies (SAFHS) annual conference, Adam House, Chambers Street, Edinburgh. You can meet some of our dedicated Scottish team on 25th June where we’ll be unveiling 400,000 Scottish burial and cremation records new to […]

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Early plans have been made public in Edinburgh, Scotland, for a new festival of Scottish history during the month of November of this year. The event is being organized by Ian Harrower and comedian Susan Morrison who plan a ten-day festival involving the city’s museums, libraries, archives, local cafes, bars and shopping centers. The festival […]

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Sandy on August 4th, 2011

If you’ve ever visited Scotland you’ll remember that just about every shop with a focus on tourism has shortbread on its shelves. Shortbread is often given as a Christmas gift but it is a definite feature of Scotland’s New Year festivities. A Scottish New Year (Hogmanay) custom is to eat shortbread on New Year’s Eve. […]

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Wow! my Google alert request actually provided me with current information. The National Library of Scotland (NLS) has invited people to have their say on their Gaelic Language Plan. When I was young, Scottish Gaelic was considered a dead language with only a few people still using it in the west highlands and islands. Although […]

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Sandy on April 5th, 2011

The 1911 Scottish census is available as of today April 5, 2011. The images of the books are in full color and for the first time including particulars of marriage, the number of children born from the marriage, the occupation and nationality of the person listed on the census. People with special needs were enumerated as […]

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Sandy on April 4th, 2011

I might be a wee bit biased here because I’m Scottish born and spent my formative years in Scotland in an area steeped in history. When I lived in New York I actually met very few Scots, but now that I’ve moved south they’re everywhere. And, because I’m a family history enthusiast, I see Scottish […]

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I’ve written about the merger of the National Archives of Scotland and the General Register Office for Scotland. This is to remind you that as of April 1, the merger will be completed: “From  1 April 2011 the name of the merged NAS-GROS organisation will be the National Records of Scotland (NRS) The strapline  for the new […]

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Registration is now open for the Toronto Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society and the Canadian Department of North York Central Library Scottish history workshop.  The program looks like a fascinating featuring three speakers James F.S. Thomson, Chris Paton, and Marian Press. The when and Where: Saturday, June 18, 2011 North York Central Library Auditorium […]

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The Scottish poet Robert Burns (1759 -1796) has a newly updated Iphone App. The original was not user friendly and people complained that it was difficult to access and inaccurate. The app, developed by the Scottish government, was supposed to give fans of Robert Burns instant access to his entire work of poems and love […]

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