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Jun 10, 2017
Category: General

It can be so frustrating when you know that a record must exist but there is no obvious reason as to why. The best example I can give is within my own family tree with the marriage of John Roseburgh to Margaret Crawford in the parish of Stow in the year 1858. A search of the index had found no record. As all their children’s birth certificates had stated a consistent place and date of marriage I saw no reason to doubt that they had married. I then searched with only the bride's details and the marriage record appeared.

I found that the modern-day indexer had recorded Roseburgh as Roxburgh. On closer examination, I noted that when John Roseburgh had placed his signature on the document the "s" and the "e" in Roseburgh were tight that the indexer had taken this as an "x". However, my findings were confirmed when I scanned the document and in the section on the marriage document where the Registrar had recorded john's parent’s names the surname was clearly shown as "Roseburgh".

As professional genealogists we come upon many errors in the index system and always report such matters to the appropriate person. 

If you have a problem relating to a particular birth, death or marriage record please do not hesitate to contact us. In most cases we will be more than happy to advise you free of charge.  

Jan 3, 2017
Category: General


The Rev William Campbell of Lilliesleaf parish wrote that:

“A numerous party of Presbyterians who were marching to join their brethren at Bothwell Bridge, being attacked by some troops of Dragoons fled to Bewlie Moss for refuge; unable to extricate themselves, many perished in the mud. When the old church of Lilliesleaf was taken down in 1771 there was found below one of the seats, a coffin containing several human heads. We may suppose that they had been cut off by friends, that they might not be fixed upon the ports of neighbouring Boroughs, as it was not possible to drag out without being discovered.


Jan 2, 2017
Category: General

Welcome to 2017 and Scottish Genealogy Research is pleased to announce that we have now have access to the British Newspaper Archives which will allow us to include (if required) transcriptions of articles linked to your ancestors.  


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Category: General
Jun 15, 2015

Unusual Burial's

Hawick Statistical Account 1834-1845


Compiled by the Rev. J A Wallace

Reference citation Use this URL to bookmark or link to Hawick, County of Roxburgh (1834-45):


Use this URL to bookmark or link to page 398, volume 3, Account of 1834-45:



It deserves also to be mentioned, although not peculiar to this parish that during the course of the last century, it was the custom to employ only one coffin at the interment of paupers. This as appears from statements of some of the older inhabitants, was used merely f397or the purpose of conveying them to their final resting place, and was constructed as to be capable by opening of a hinge underneath, by which the body was permitted to escape when lowered into the grave. It is not to be denied that there is something in this mode of interment very much at variance with refinement of modern times. Yet we suspect that the practise, revolting as it now appears, was considered at the time of its introduction as an improvement upon the usages of a former age.


Another practise has long prevailed in this parish, and is still occasionally observed. When any member of a family is considered to be dying, the apartment is not only frequented, as in other places, with relatives and neighbours, but in many cases the whole company unite  in an act of religious worship, selecting for this purpose one of the psalms most suited to the occasion, such as for example, as the xxiii. The xiii or the cxviii, and singing it together with a low and solemn melody, while the soul of the dying person is passing into the world of the spirts, and not only so, but when the mortal struggle is over, it is succeeded by a song of triumph and of praise, consisting not unfrequently of the following verses from the CVii psalm.


The storm as chang’d into a calm

At his command and will;

So that the waves that rag’d before

Now quiet are and still.


Then are they glad because at rest,

And quirt now they be;

So to the haven he then brings

Which they desir’d to see.


O that men to the Lord would give

Praise for his goodness then,

And for his works of wonder done

Unto the sons of men!


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