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Findmypast Publish Vast New Collection of Scottish Monumental Inscriptions

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  • Over one million Scottish epitaphs, monuments and memorial inscriptions now fully searchable online at Findmypast.
  • Spanning 1000 years of Scottish history, new collection covers over 800 burial grounds across the country and includes monuments that have long been lost to time
  • Published online for the first time thanks to new technology and a grassroots project between Findmypast and local volunteers
  • Contains some of the most interesting figures for Scottish history including Kings, Queens, the Maid of Norway, Flora MacDonald and Adam Smith.

Leading UK family history website Findmypast has today announced the publication of a vast new online collection of Scottish Monumental Inscriptions in collaboration with Society partners across the country.

Published online for the first time and available exclusively at Findmypast, Scotland Monumental Inscriptions enables anyone, anywhere in the world to discover their Scottish ancestors and explore the nation’s historic burial grounds from the comfort of home.

Spanning almost 1000 years of history with records dating back to 1093, this comprehensive online archive covers over 800 burial sites in 688 parishes (80% of the nation) across all 34 historical Scottish counties.

Inscriptions from some the most famous burial sites in Scotland such as Edinburgh Greyfriars & Canongate Kirkyards, the Dundee Howff, and Dunfermline Abbey Churchyard can now be accessed by family historians and history enthusiasts alike, to discover the stories behind the stones.

This revolutionary new resource is the result of a collaborative grassroots project between Findmypast and 10 Scottish local and national family history societies including:

  • Aberdeen & North East Scotland FHS
  • Caithness FHS
  • Dumfries & Galloway FHS
  • East Ayrshire FHS
  • Highland FHS
  • Lanarkshire FHS
  • Moray Burial Ground Research Group
  • Scottish Genealogy Society
  • Tay Valley FHS
  • Troon@Ayrshire FHS

The work of hundreds of passionate volunteers to transcribe memorials and gravestones from all over Scotland has now been made fully searchable online for the very first time.

Names, dates, locations and other biographical details such as additional family members, occupations, causes of death and more were transcribed and then digitally converted thanks to new, proprietary technology to create a national index that unlocks the long-forgotten secrets of Scotland’s dead.

Chronicling the lives and deaths of almost 1.1 million deceased, the collection has been created by merging almost 600,000 newly created records with existing documents already available on Findmypast, to create the largest single collection of its kind.

This collection also includes records of inscriptions found on buried stones, uncovered through archaeological survey with their details recorded for the first time in centuries. In addition, old books and local histories were used to document memorials that have long since been lost due lost to erosion, weathering or simply time itself, allowing researchers to gain unique new insights into to the lives of those who lived and died many centuries ago.

Some of Scotland’s most renowned sons and daughters can be found within the collection, including monarchs and their favored courtiers, Covenanters, Jacobites and revolutionaries, not to mention many thousands of poets, artists, musicians, artisans, tradespeople, laborers and more.

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About the author: Gregory Scowen Admin Icon
I am a member of the Ancestorian admin team. My own family history interests are broad though there is some focus on Suffolk, Scotland, Nova Scotia, New Zealand and Australia. Some interesting stories from my ancestry revolve around the Guise family (a big deal in France a few centuries ago) and the McKenzie migrations from Scotland through Nova Scotia and on to Australia and New Zealand where the McKenzie family were important pioneers.

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