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Duration 48:06

Inheritance in Scotland – testaments and retours

Scottish testaments, loosely called ‘wills’, can be disappointing for genealogists because they often contain very few names, and no details of land and property. This is a consequence of the Scottish system of inheritance up to 1868. However, such details are often discovered in retours of services of heirs (usually in Latin), sasines, and in trust dispositions and settlements. In this talk, Dr Bruce Durie conducts a guided tour around these document classes, with ‘live’ online searches.


  1. Elizabeth Magoon says:

    Cannot hear his words because the background noise (music) is too loud.

    1. Ruth Ford (admin) says:

      Hi Elizabeth,
      Please can you clarify – do you mean the music that plays behind the introduction?
      Thanks very much,

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