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Scottish Poor Law Records

Poor relief was awarded by Scottish parishes, through ‘kirk sessions’, to people who were unable to support themselves.  Recipients included ...
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Christmas past and present

December is traditionally a time when families get together, exchange gifts and cards and catch up on the events of ...
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Prisoners or Patients?: Criminal Insanity in Victorian Scotland

Image courtesy of National Records of Scotland, Crown Copyright NRS HH/21/48/2/44 I was interested to attend this year’s special exhibition ...
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Missing in Action (M-i-A), First World War

In the First World War over one million British and Empire soldiers, sailors and airmen died.  Men would fight and ...
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Bairn-bags, courage-bags and oxters: The Scottish National Dictionary

The Scottish National Dictionary was published in ten volumes between 1931 and 1976. The compilers sought out many individuals from ...
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