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BOOK - Discover Scottish Land Records
By Chris Paton
Originally published by Unlock the Past, St Agnes, Australia, 2012
This edition printed and bound in Canada by Inc.

Softcover...19.00 (C$)

This popular guide from family historian Chris Paton takes a look at the complicated records concerning land and property based research in Scotland. For centuries property transactions within the county were governed by feudal tenure, a system which was abandoned in England and Wales in the Middle Ages, but which continued in Scotland until 2004. But feudalism was not the only method by which land was held, with udalism, duthcas, leasehold and more competing as forms of tenure across the country at different times.

Connected with the rules surrounding property transactions were those associated with the inheritance of land and heritable estate, all of which is explained in great detail. From sassines to skat, from retours to precepts of clare constant, and from apparent heirs to heirs apparent, this concise guide will help you get to grips with one of the most exciting and useful topics within Scottish family history.
  • Contents:
  • Introduction
  • Acknowlegements
  • Where were they?
    • The vital records
    • Parish records
    • Census records
    • Street directories
    • Phone directories
    • Electoral registers
    • Valuation rolls
    • Burgh assessmernt rolls
    • Earlier tax and valuation rolls
    • Newspapers
  • A Sense of place
    • Maps
    • The Statistical Accounts of Scotland
    • Other gazetteers
    • Forfeited estates
    • Other National Records of Scotland collections
    • The RCAHMS
  • Land tenure
    • Scottish laws
    • Feudalism
    • Charters
    • Sasines
    • Locating the records
    • Pre
    • 1781 sasines
    • Liferents and trusts
    • Registers of Scotland
    • Registers of deeds
    • Rental records
    • Tacksmen
    • The end of feudalism
    • Other forms of tenure
  • Inheritance
    • Apparent heirs
    • The service of heirs
    • Precept of Clare Constat
    • Types of heir
  • Glossary
  • Further reading
  • Index
Paperback: 68 pages
Product Dimensions: 5 x 8"
Softcover - staple-bound on spine
Color photos, Illustrations
Originally published by Unlock the Past, St Agnes, Australia, 2012
This edition printed and bound in Canada by Inc.

About the author: Chris Paton
Originally from Carrickfergus in Northern Ireland, Chris Paton holds an HND in Design (Communication) from the University of Ulster, a degree in Time Base Media from the University of the West of England, and a Postgraduate Diploma in Genealogical Studies from the University of Strathclyde. Today he runs the Scotland's Greatest Story family history research service and maintains the British GENES news blog. He regularly writes for several British and Irish genealogy magazines and is the author of several genealogy based publications. In addition to research and writing, Chris also teaches Scottish genealogy courses through Pharos Teaching and Tutoring Ltd, and previously tutored on the University of Strathclyde's postgraduate programme in Genealogical, Palaeographic and Heraldic Studies. He previously worked for twelve years in the television industry, as a researcher, producer and director of primarily history based documentaries, mainly with the BBC in Bristol and Glasgow, and for Scottish Television's network production department STE.

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