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Scottish-American wills, 1650-1900

David Dobson
Dobson, David, 1940- (Main Author)
Books/Monographs
English
Baltimore, Maryland : Genealogical Pub. Co., c1991
137 p.
0806312963

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"Between 1650 and 1900 over 2,000 Scots, resident in North America, chose to have their wills registered and confirmed in Scotland rather than in the Prerogative Court of Canterbury, which traditionally had jurisdiction in probate matters affecting British subjects who died overseas. Initially, Scots overseas had their wills confirmed by the Commissariat Court of Edinburgh, though later this became a function of the Sheriff Court of Edinburgh. The records of both courts are now housed in the Scottish Record Office, Edinburgh. This book is essentially an index to all such wills, or, more accurately, an index to the testaments and inventories of those Scots-Americans who died and had their wills confirmed in Scotland prior to 1900, with supplementary data extracted from a government publication entitled Index to Personal Estates of Defuncts, 1846- 1866 (Edinburgh, 1866). Should it be desired, further information can be obtained from the Scottish Record Office by citing the document reference number given at the end of each entry"--Introd.

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