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Scottish Roots have been in the ancestral research business since 1984 – longer than any other genealogy company in Scotland. In almost 30 years Scottish Roots has undertaken over 20,000 investigations for Scots all over the world, including Sir Alex Ferguson and Donald Trump.

Experienced genealogy researchers provide you with detailed ancestral research, searching only authentic records from Scotland's main record office, New Register House. Here, Scottish Roots search for birth, marriage and death certificates, as well as census returns, parish registers and tombstone inscriptions.

Experienced genealogists provide you with detailed ancestral research. Merely "names and dates" can be a little boring, but records in Scotland can also unearth fascinating detail such as occupations, addresses, religion, cause of death etc.

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It happened this month in Scotland...

  • 1. (1545) Birth of Andrew Melville, founder of the Presbyterian Church of Scotland.
  • 2. (1922) The death of Alexander Graham Bell, inventor of the telephone.
  • 3. (1460) King James II, regarded as one of Scotland’s better monarchs, killed during the siege of Roxburgh Castle.
  • 4. (1870) Sir Harry Lauder was born in Portobello.
  • 5. (1923) Scottish broadcaster, Eileen Mitchell was born. She was best known for BBC television’s Listen With Mother – “Are you sitting comfortably? Then I will begin”.
  • 6. (1881) Sir Alexander Fleming, discoverer of penicillin, was born in rural Ayrshire.
  • 7. (1914) Start of Lord Kitchener’s mass World War One recruiting campaign. By the end of the War, 147,609 Scots had lost their lives in combat.
  • 8. (1296) The Scottish Coronation Stone was removed from Scone Abbey on the orders of Edward I of England, and taken to Westminster where it remained for seven centuries.
  • 9. (1757) Engineer Thomas Telford was born in Dumfriesshire.
  • 10. (1784) Artist Allan Ramsay Junior died.
  • 11. (1919) Industrialist and philanthropist, Andrew Carnegie, died.
  • 12. (1990) Roy Williamson, half of the Corries, and author of Flower of Scotland died.
  • 13. (1907) Sir Basil Spence, architect who spent his working life in Edinburgh and designed the new Coventry Cathedral, was born in India.
  • 14. (1337) King Robert III was born at Scone Palace.
  • 15. (1057) MacBeth was killed at Lumphanan.
  • 15. (1771) Sir Walter Scott was born in Edinburgh.
  • 16. (1766) Carolina Oliphant was born at Gask in Perthshire. She was the composer of Charlie is my Darling and Wi a Hundred Pipers an’ a’”, among others.
  • 17. (1876) The birth of James Drummond, Scottish statesman and diplomat and first Secretary-General of the League of Nations.
  • 18. (1864) Birth of Elsie Inglis, founder of the Scottish Women’s Suffrage Federation, and of the Edinburgh maternity hospital named after her, which finally closed in 1988.
  • 19. (1808) Designer and builder of the first steam hammer, James Nasmyth was born.
  • 20. (1872) Cabinet-maker and children’s poet, William Miller, died penniless in Glasgow. Best remembered for Wee Willie Winkie.
  • 21. (1754) Inventor of coal gas lighting, the principal form of illumination for a century, William Murdock was born.
  • 22. (2001) Death of footballer Bobby Johnstone, a member of Hibernian’s famous five forward line.
  • 23. (1305) William Wallace had the dubious honour of being the first to be hanged, drawn and quartered, in London.
  • 24. (1947) Opening of the first Edinburgh International Festival.
  • 25. (1930) Sean Connery was born in Edinburgh.
  • 26. (1901) Eight men lost their lives in Fife’s Donibristle Mining disaster.
  • 27. (1748) Death of poet James Thomson, author of Rule Britannia.
  • 28. (1902) Novelist George Douglas died – his most famous work being The House with Green Shutters.
  • 29. (1930) The population of St. Kilda was evacuated from the island.
  • 30. (1991) Dundee runner Liz McColgan won the World 10,000 metres.
  • 31. (1946) First Edinburgh Film Festival opened.



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