WILLS AND TES­TA­MENTS

Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine - - SCOTTISH ANCESTORS -

When a per­son left a will, a ‘tes­ta­ment tes­ta­men­tar’ was gen­er­ated by the Com­mis­sary Court ( prior to 1823, or the Sher­iff Court there­after). If no will was writ­ten, then the ex­ecu­tors may have needed a ‘tes­ta­ment da­tive’ to wind up the es­tate. Few tes­ta­ments were cre­ated in Scot­land, but those that were have been digi­tised from 1514 to 1925 on Scot­land­sPeo­ple. An in­dex to Ed­in­burgh wills 1601-1700 can also be searched at the­ge­neal­o­gist.co.uk.

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