Diane Baptie Picture by SeeSawPhotos: Gairloch Village and Baosbheinn (Hill of the Wizard), Wester Ross, Scotland.


A Lairdship LostThe Mowats of Balquholly, 1309-1736 (Tuckwell Press, 2000) – an account of one of the small landowning families in the North East of Scotland who struggled to hold on to their land during a turbulent century. It is based almost entirely on original records

Timothy Pont, the early Scottish mapmaker – undertaken for the National Library of Scotland’s Maps Department – my remit was to check what had been written about him and to search other records to see whether anything more could be found. My report can be seen on www.nls.uk/pont

Apprentices in the north-east of Scotland printed in Scottish Archives – The Journal of the Scottish Records Association (vol.9, p.37) – this article is based on a large number of records of apprenticeships which I have collected from a variety of sources. I have recently donated an indexed list of these to the Aberdeen and NE Scotland Family History Society

John Cunningham’s Way to the North printed in The Genealogist – The Journal of the American Society of Genealogists (volume 28, no. 2, Fall 2014) – this article details the search for his origins in Scotland and his service to the Danish-Norwegian king during the first half of the 17th century, co-written with Dr Liv Helene Willumsen

Registers of the Secession Churches in Scotland (SAFHS, 2000) – indexes to and digital images of 36,000 baptisms, marriages and deaths between 1744 and 1855 in the kirk session records of these churches are now available on the ScotlandsPeople site. They have been extracted from the kirk session records of the various churches from the first secession in 1733 until the union of the United Free Church with the Church of Scotland in 1929. Almost all have been digitised and available in the NRS or in local archives and libraries. Those involved are the Reformed Presbyterian Church, the congregations of the United Presbyterian Church and the Free Church. For an account of the history of these churches – see under Articles

Parish Registers in the Kirk Session Records of the Church of Scotland (SAFHS, 2001) – this booklet lists some stray pre-1855 baptisms, proclamations/marriages, deaths/burials, records of lairs, mortcloth accounts; lists of inhabitants; rolls of male heads of families and one or two earlier censuses which are to be found in the kirk session records. It also lists post-1855 baptisms, proclamations/marriages and burials, as well as the records of English Presbyterian churches in Liverpool and London. Apart from a few late 20th century records, most have been digitized and available in the NRS or held in local archives and libraries

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