Banishment & transportation from Scotland, 14 September

04 May 2022
Genealogist Ken Nisbet explores how and why banishment and transportation were used within Scotland's legal system, using examples from his own family history and research.

14 September 2022, 6.30pm UK time


Until the development of the modern prison system, banishment and transportation were two of the possible sentences used by the authorities to punish those who had broken the law.

In this talk, Ken Nisbet will:

* explain the difference between the two
* look at how and why, transportation developed and replaced overseas banishment
* exlplore why internal banishment continued to be used as a punishment during the 19th century

Join Ken Nisbet on 14 September for a 45-minute talk followed by a 30-minute Q&A. 

Places are limited - book now for just £10

Ken will also look at how to find and interpret the sources we can use to research those who were banished or transported. He will be taking examples from his own research and family history, having had three brothers of one of his ancestors transported to Australia for various crimes committed in Edinburgh.

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Event details

Join Ken Nisbet for a 45-minute talk followed by a 30-minute Q&A. The webinar will be recorded and the recording made available to ticket holders for 7 days after broadcast. The talk will be chaired by genealogist and author Chris Paton. 

Registration fee: £10. Starts 6.30pm UK time. To find the start time in your time zone, visit TimeAndDate.

Speaker details

Ken Nisbet is secretary of the Scottish Genealogy Society and of the Scottish Association of Family History Societies and is on the user group for the family history centre in Edinburgh. He is a regular lecturer to Scotland's family history societies. He has written a number of books, all of which are published by the Scottish Genealogy Society, and tutors some of the classes the society runs.