Will and testament index of 164,000 records added to FindMyPast genealogy website


21 October 2019
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FindMyPast has announced the addition of an index of 164,000 last will and testament records, as well as 112,000 monumental inscriptions.

The new will and testament index covers the years 1481-1807, whilst the monumental inscriptions relate to nine burial sites in Dumfriesshire.

Will and Testament index 1481-1807

Explore this index of more than 164,000 records from the commissariat courts of Scotland between 1481 and 1807. Each record includes a transcript of the original will and testament that will reveal the date of the will and where it was made.

 

When an individual wishes to settle their affairs prior to death, a will is drawn up. The will sets out the instructions for the disposal of their possessions. A testament is the legal document that is drawn up after a person has died. This enables the court to confirm an executor, the executor is then responsible for the winding-up of the deceased’s estate. The testament includes an inventory of the deceased’s property, this can be a brief summary valuation of the goods involved or a list of individual items and their valuations.

 

Explore here.

 

Scotland monumental inscriptions

 

Over 112,000 new records covering all of Scotland are now available to search. The latest updates include 9 burial sites across Dumfriesshire:

  • Cummertrees Churchyard
  • Dalton Graveyards
  • Kirkconnel Churchyard
  • Kirkpatrick Fleming
  • Langholm Old Graveyard
  • Lochmaben Old Churchyard
  • Staplegordon Graveyard
  • Staplegordon Graveyard
  • Wauchope Graveyard
  • Westerkirk Churchyard

Monumental inscriptions are memorials placed on a person’s grave or burial place. They vary in size and in how much is recorded about the person. Monumental inscriptions are an excellent resource for family historians because many record the names of other relatives such as a spouse, children or parents, as well as their birth and death dates.

 

​​​​​​​Explore the records here.

 

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(image shows Kirkconnel church and is copyright Chris Newman)