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The ScotlandsPeople Newsletter - February 2013



February 2013

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Dear ScotlandsPeople Customer,

AJ Balfour & Keir Hardie: two Members of Parliament included in the 1905 Valuation Rolls
graphic for aj balfour and keir hardieIn our previous newsletter, we announced the launch of the 1905 Valuation Rolls, which include AJ Balfour (pictured right), the Conservative Prime Minister of the day, and James Keir Hardie (pictured far right), founder of the Independent Labour Party.

A new display at the National Records of Scotland highlights the different social spheres they inhabited. Discover what separated them, what they had in common, and how the Valuation Rolls can help open up new avenues of ancestry research.

This FREE display runs at General Register House, Edinburgh, from 25 February to 26 April 2013, Monday to Friday: 9am - 4.30pm. Check the NRS website for further details.

The 1905 Valuation Rolls - some further examples…
Still on the 1905 Valuation Rolls, we're very pleased by the enthusiastic response to these new records. On Facebook and Twitter, your comments regarding the release of the 1905 Rolls have been very positive and encouraging. If you have traced somebody who was missing by researching the Valuation Rolls or if you've noticed anything strange and quirky, then please drop us a line.

So given their popularity, we thought we'd highlight some more examples. As the growth in sports and recreation clubs (especially for women) was a major trend at this time, we're included below six 1905 Valuation Roll entries for the following organisations: St Andrews Ladies' Golf Club, Aberdeen Ladies' Golf Club, the Grange Cricket Club, Helensburgh Boating Club, Paisley Curling Club and Queen Margaret College Hockey Club (Renfrewshire).

st andrews ladies golf club aberdeen ladies golf club the grange cricket club

St Andrews Ladies' Golf Club

Aberdeen Ladies' Golf Club

The Grange Cricket Club

helensburgh boacting club paisley curling club Queen Margaret College Hockey Club (Renfrewshire)

Helensburgh Boating Club

Paisley Curling Club

Queen Margaret College Hockey Club (Renfrewshire)

In the above examples, you can read about the rateable value of the clubs' premises, and you can also see the names (and some occupations) of the property owners, householders and other tenants who lived close to these clubs. If you are familiar with these areas, it's very interesting to step back into the past and see who was living in the area at this time.

The Valuation Rolls are fascinating documents and, costing only 2 credits a time, are excellent value for your family and/or local history research.

N.B. when viewing these large images on the website, just click on the image to enlarge it even further.

MacCupid's favourite buildings in Scotland!
graphic for RCAHMS galleryFor Valentine's Day last year, we highlighted a 'Victorian Valentine' that was produced as evidence of love in a Scottish court case in 1879. This year, we thought we'd highlight this wonderful gallery of romantic haunts in Scotland that RCAHMS has published on its website.

The gallery contains a terrific collection of photos of Scottish buildings and locations that are adorned with decorative cherubs, marriage lintels, hearts (and, alas, broken hearts!) and rainwater heads - a lovers' walk and a certain football stadium are also included. We think MacCupid would be proud of such a gallery! Oh, and the beautifully-named 'Sweetheart Abbey' is also included in this eclectic collection of Scottish romantic haunts.

ScotlandsPeople at 'Who Do You Think You Are? Live' - 22 to 24 February, Olympia, London
WDYTYA Live websiteWith 'Who Do You Think You Are? Live' taking place next week, we're been busy getting ready for the show. ScotlandsPeople and the National Records of Scotland will both be attending the show, and we're all really looking forward to our time in 'the Big Smoke'.

As well as offering advice and help for doing family history research, we'll be passing on details about the 1905 Valuation Rolls, and explaining what information these new records can contain and how to use them for family history research. So if you're attending 'WDYTYA? Live', please drop in on us at stands 430/438 to say 'Hello'.

Release of documents for Scotland's Victorian lunatic asylums
graphic for scotland's Victorian asylumsWe saw this news story about the release of documents from two of Scotland's Victorian lunatic asylums, and thought it might be of interest to family historians. The documents are located at the Highland Archive Centre, and come from Craig Dunain Hospital of Inverness and the Royal Edinburgh Asylum (later called the Royal Edinburgh Hospital). In addition to the records on patients, the archive also contains documents about the employees of these two asylums.

Sir Archibald McIndoe - pioneering plastic surgeon from New Zealand
graphic for archibald mcindoeWe're always interested in stories about folk with Scottish ancestry, and were greatly moved by this fascinating news article about the work of the New Zealand surgeon, Sir Archibald McIndoe (1900-1960). Born in Dunedin, New Zealand, in 1900, McIndoe became famous for his pioneering plastic surgery during World War II. On the genealogy side of things, McIndoe's father, John, was born in Rothesay, Isle of Bute, on 29 November 1858.

We noticed that Sir Harold Gillies (1882-1960), a pioneering plastic surgeon during World War One, was also from Dunedin and, as Gillies is a Scottish surname (from the Gaelic Gille Iosa: 'servant of Jesus'), we'd be interested in finding out if he had Scottish ancestors, too.

'Scots at the Seaside, 1750-2000': the Spring Conference of the Scottish Local History Forum - Kinghorn, Fife, 26 April 2013
graphic for seaside conferenceIf you're interested in Scottish local history, then the Spring Conference of the Scottish Local History Forum takes place at Kinghorn, Fife on 26 April 2013. As the title of the conference is 'Scots at the Seaside, 1750-2000', t's entirely fitting that the conference will be held at the Bay Hotel, Pettycur Bay (Kinghorn).

The speakers at the conference will focus on the history of seaside resorts, with particular focus on Scottish resorts. We especially like the sound the lecture/workshop that will explore the 'lido craze' in Scotland!

To find out more about the conference and/or to book a place, visit the SLHF website.

'Digging Up Your Roots' - the BBC Scotland Radio Programme on Genealogy
graphic for digging up yours rootsAt time of writing, we're still waiting to hear about the start date for series six of 'Digging Up Yours Roots', the BBC Radio Scotland family history programme. Indeed, we've recently heard a rumour that this next series will be the last time that Radio Scotland will be broadcasting the popular programme, since the programme has sadly been decommissioned by BBC Scotland.

Usually, the programme is broadcast on Radio Scotland on Sunday afternoons in Jan/Feb at 12.05. As soon as we know the start date for the programme, we'll post the info on our Twitter and Facebook pages. In the meantime, you can listen to previous 'Digging Up Yours Roots' programmes on the Radio Scotland website.

Wee snippets of stuff we liked over the past month...

  • The 'true face' of Robert Burns is unveiled;
  • Letters written by James Glencairn Burns to his mother, Jean Burns (aka Jean Armour, one of the 'Belles of Mauchline'), and a letter from Garibaldi to James Glencairn Burns;
  • Exploring Robert Burns's brain - the muses of love, music, books, family, nature, politics and religion;
  • Extracts from a diary written by Dr Thomas Lucas of Stirling from 1808 to 1820, are being published by Stirling Council;
  • RCAHMS has published a fascinating catalogue of trade adverts for Scottish companies in the early Edwardian era;
  • The alleged supernatural powers possessed by William Wallace;
  • Historic Scotland launches the first stage of its inventory for Scottish Battlefields;
  • 'Flowers o' the Forest' - the Scottish Government announces plans to clean and restore Scotland's war memorials to mark the centenary of World War One;
  • 'He was a dog good and true!' Greyfriars Bobby rose to the great kennel in the sky in January 1872, to be reunited with Auld Jock for heavenly danders.

All the Best,
The ScotlandsPeople Team




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