Track down Scot­tish wills and tes­ta­ments

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Pro­bate records for Scotland are dif­fer­ent to those for Eng­land and Wales, and not all Scots left them. In fact, ac­cord­ing to the Na­tional Records of Scotland (NRS), only 43 per cent of those who died in 1961 left any tes­ta­men­tary ev­i­dence. Early 20th-cen­tury Scot­tish wills, tes­ta­ments and in­ven­to­ries can be found at Scot­land­sPeo­ple ( scot­land­speo­ple.gov.uk). How­ever, Scot­tish pro­bate records reg­is­tered be­tween 1925 and 1999 are not on­line, and can only be con­sulted at the NRS‘s His­tor­i­cal Search Room in Gen­eral Reg­is­ter House on Princes Street, Ed­in­burgh. The printed Cal­en­dar of Con­fir­ma­tions is the yearly in­dex to these pro­bate records, and can be con­sulted at the NRS or on­line via Ances­try up to 1936 ( bit.ly/

anc-con­fir­ma­tions). More de­tails can be found in the NRS re­search guide lo­cated at nrscot­land.gov. uk/re­search/guides/wills-and-tes­ta­ments.

Pi­o­neer­ing doc­tor and suf­frag­ist Elsie Inglis left her es­tate to her niece

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