Scottish-American Wills, 1650-1900


Author: Dobson, David
Publication Date: 1991
Pages: 137 pp.
ISBN: 9780806312965


Between the years 1650 and 1900, over 2,000 Scots, resident in North America, chose to have their wills registered and confirmed in Scotland rather than in the Prerogative Court of Canterbury, which traditionally had jurisdiction in probate matters affecting British subjects who died overseas. This book is essentially an index to those wills, with supplementary data extracted from a government publication titled Index to Personal Estates of Defuncts, 1846-1866. Information given with each entry includes the name of the testator, his place of residence in North America, his occupation (where known), sometimes his former place of residence in Scotland, and the date of his death or the date the will was registered.

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