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Welcome to the Scottish Group Forum 09 Aug 2011 06:18 #72

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This new Forum is available to discuss all things relating to Scottish research. The Scottish Group has a wide range of experienced researchers who love to share their knowledge and expertise.
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Welcome to the Scottish Group Forum 28 Sep 2011 06:14 #87

Hello Scottish Group Forum, here is a question: Did landowners keep lists of their tenants and /or labour force in Scotland? If so can these records be found online or do I need to go to Scotland? I am seeking information about where my relations were living in the 1600s and 1700s in Aberdeenshire when BMD records are rather thin on the ground. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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Welcome to the Scottish Group Forum 29 Sep 2011 10:05 #89

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Hello Worms

It is not guaranteed that there will be a surviving list, as these are very much 'hit and miss', dependent on whether or not the relevant records were saved. There are no lists on line, but one would need to visit either the National Archives in Edinburgh, or the Archives in Aberdeen.

You need to do some homework (if you haven’t done so already) and discover who were the landowners in the parish. Sometimes there were three or four big estates. Some of these large landowners owned estates in other places. Once the owner is known, you may be able to track down where any archival records may be held, ie some estates still hold the records in the Big Houses on the Estate (ie McPherson in Blairgowrie, Perthshire), or the Archives as in the first paragraph.

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Welcome to the Scottish Group Forum 09 Oct 2011 00:14 #97

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Tenancy records can be very elusive, but certainly worth trying to track down because they can give you invaluable information, such as who is responsible for paying the rent when the tenant dies.
The estate records for the crofts where I come from - Barvas estate on the Island of Lewis - are held on the bottom shelf of the public library in Stornoway (Isle of Lewis) in not very good condition. I have videoed the entries I'm interested in. I can't recall if they were on the library catalogue, but local libraries and county record offices may be another source to consider.
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Welcome to the Scottish Group Forum 16 Oct 2011 00:14 #101

Thanks for all this advice. I can see I will need to make a lengthy trip to Scotland before too long. When does it stop snowing up there?
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Welcome to the Scottish Group Forum 16 Oct 2011 04:52 #102

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Hi Evadne
It can snow any time in Scotland between October and April, but researching in Edinburgh or Glasgow snow is most unlikely outside November to Feb, and even then usually light. BUT, remember the weather is a funny thing, and most unpredictable.

I have personally been in Edinburgh and Glasgow between mid April and end of June and found the weather quite bearable. Average minimums range from 6-8 C with maximums between 15-19C. Some years a dry spring, this year wet! Went further north to Aberdeen and Isle of Skye this spring and the weather was quite OK and allowed a lot of outdoor activity. Glasgow and Edinburgh were generally OK although a few minor chilly days, but quite bearable. Anyhow, we researchers are warm and cosy inside the archives! VBG

Why don't you put a few questions into google and see what you get.

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Welcome to the Scottish Group Forum 20 Nov 2011 03:29 #135

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Hi we are at the Scottish SIG and demonstrating the Forum.

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Welcome to the Scottish Group Forum 20 Nov 2011 05:40 #136

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Hi Ian,
Nice of you to do a demo for the troops, hope everyone is now familiar with how to post and will use the Scottish Forum to maximum advantage to help each other + those who are not Scottish Interest Group members.
Lang may yer lum reek...
Cheers,
Chris
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Welcome to the Scottish Group Forum 20 Nov 2011 07:26 #137

Hi all, at long last I have taken the plunge and joined this forum... thanks to Ian Scott's lesson at the Scottish Interest Group this morning. For those of you trying to do the same, please note if you are unable to type anything in the Post a Reply box it may be because you are using Explorer. The resident technical guru in the household instructed me to download Firefox, and this has sorted the problem.

Looking forward to seeing lots of traffic from the group as there are many interesting stories and much knowledge among our members.

Robyn
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Welcome to the Scottish Group Forum 20 Nov 2011 07:36 #138

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Robyn,

This response was done directly with Internet Explorer 9. It works. On occassions I have had to hit the "Reply Topic" button to be able to type but that was with Firefox. It is possible that both misbehave occassionally.
Cheers, Neil Bradley (#8276)
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