Findmypast celebrates Burns Night with major Scottish records release

By Rosemary Collins, 28 January 2019 - 4:41pm

Findmypast has published thousands of records from the Jacobite rebellions, early vaccination records from Glasgow and more

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This 1745 petition from Jacobite prisoners is among the documents from The National Archives added to Findmypast

Findmypast celebrated Burns Night on 25 January by making almost 700,000 Scottish family history records available online.

The records, released on the 260th birthday of Scotland’s most famous poet, include over 73,000 records from the 1715 and 1745 Jacobite rebellions.

The rebellions were led by Scottish supporters of James Stuart, the Catholic ‘Old Pretender’ to the throne, in a bid to overthrow the Hanoverian monarchy and crown him as king.

Both rebellions were crushed by British government forces, and the records, now stored in The National Archives, reveal the aftermath of the government’s attempts to oppress them.

They include lists of Scottish rebels who were imprisoned or banished, as well as petitions, administrative papers, letters and transportation warrants.

Thanks to Findmypast, they have now been digitised and indexed for the first time, allowing the website’s subscribers to search the records for their Jacobite ancestors and view the original records.

Myko Clelland, licensing manager for Findmypast, said that the record release meant that, in the spirit of Robert Burns, “new stories can be discovered and retold for generations”.

The website also added over 30,000 records of Glasgow smallpox vaccinations from 1801-1850, taken from the library of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow.

The vaccination programme was one of the first in Britain, after Edward Jenner invented the vaccine in 1796.

Many of those vaccinated came from Glasgow’s poorest areas, and for many of them this is the only surviving record.

In addition, Findmypast added almost 2,000 names of anatomy students from the class rolls of Anderson’s college, Glasgow, 1860-1874.

Finally, it added transcripts and images of 275,000 records to its Scottish Catholic parish records collection, and transcripts of 280,000 Glasgow burial records, supplied by the Glasgow & West of Scotland Family History Society.

 

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