Monday, 18 June 2012

Coming soon - Discover Scottish Land Records

Although my latest book, The Mount Stewart Murder, was only published last week (see, I have another title coming out imminently also! Discover Scottish Land Records will be out in the next month or so, as the third title I have produced for Australian based publishers Unlock the Past. I have just submitted a few last minute corrections and updates, but can give a wee glimpse of the cover, and some blurb:

This latest guide from family historian Chris Paton takes a look at the complicated records concerning land and property based research in Scotland. For centuries property transactions within the country were governed by feudal tenure, a system which was abandoned in England and Wales in the Middle Ages but which continued in Scotland until 2004. But feudalism was not the only method by which land was held, with udalism, dùthchas, leasehold and others competing as forms of tenure across the country at different times.

Connected with the rules surrounding property transactions were those associated with the inheritance of land and heritable estate, all of which is explained in great detail. From sasines to skat, from retours to precepts of clare constant, and from apparent heirs to heirs apparent, this concise guide will help you to get to grips with one of the most exciting and useful topics within Scottish family history.

For Unlock the Past titles visit, where you will be able to buy copies of my other titles, Discover Scottish Church Records and Irish Family History Sources Online, as well as many others on both British and Australasian based research.

I will let you know when it is available!


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