Scotland records 1750 in the Highlands Are there Any?

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Are there any Scottish records available for the 1750-1775 time frame?  My Ancestor's Revolutionary War Pension Application states he was born in Caithness Nov 13 1750 and emigrated to Americas in 1775...I have searched all the old Parrish records that are available on line for William Manson b 13 Nov 1750 and so far have discovered nothing.


Any possiblility of finding anything?
WikiTree profile: William Manson
in Genealogy Help by Marcia Zeigler G2G Rookie (190 points)
edited by Maria Maxwell
i googled william manson/caithness,,,,,you will see ancestry message boards,study these messages.    I had a search elsewhere,and found william born 13/11/1750 ,baptised 15.5/1751 dunnet. son of donald manson/janet anderson. william listed as a weaver ,served revolutionary war.lived kentucky. his wife elizabeth sinclair about 1750,his first child named francis, it seems he remarried when elizabeth died,wife 2 unknown. he emigrated 1775 on ship marlborough arrived savannah-georgia dec 1775,,, also on board was janet manson born 1756,this could be his mother  janet anderson.  i suggest you also browse 1841 census FREECEN    also worldconnect,which you can see on the ancestry web-page,if lucky you may get all the generations of william further back,   regards helen.

Thank you for taking the time to look and help.  The information you found is information posted by me and from verified sources in my search for William Manson.  The birth and baptism records you found however is new to me.  Where did you find those?  There are so many William Manson's in Caithness at that time period. Since he didn't follow naming patterns of naming is son after his father I was at a loss.

google william manson /caithness,   you will see a few items to  check out,one is www.curious fox.   also message boards. another suggestion is the family-history centre,, highland-archives -inverness, there is a fee. you could request the fee by emailing     they have all scottish records, which were moved from edinburgh to this new centre,i go regular for session with genealogist,been at my tree for years,all the branches, great fun,but costly regards helen

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There was a Willm Manson born Bower, Caithness, Scotland 12 May 1750, son of Alexr Manson:

Did not find a William Manson born 13 Nov 1750 in Caithness. has Scottish and UK Records:      

Scotland, Births and Baptisms, 1564-1950 9,413,964 26 Mar 2012
Scotland, Marriages, 1561-1910 2,058,163 22 Mar 2012
United Kingdom, Chelsea Pensioners' Service Records, 1760-1913 933,943 27 Sep 2012
United Kingdom, Maritime Births, Marriages, and Deaths, 1787-1933 42,183 13 Sep 2012
United Kingdom, Merchant Navy Seamen Records, 1835-1941 2,607,986 08 Mar 2013
United Kingdom, Militia Service Records, 1806-1915 555,558 27 Sep 2012


by Frank Gill G2G Astronaut (2.1m points)
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you could also try it is sort of free to search which will tell you if there are any records to find, and not to expensive if you need to go further. 

by R. G. G2G6 Pilot (213k points)
you'll need to search in the Old parish registers for any information on Scotlands people.

Also The Society of genealogists is worth a serch


Also FreeReg has  some Caithness OPRs

Also Family Search has some.,_Caithness,_Scotland

Coraweb has some useful links for you as well
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I traveled to Scotland May 2015 saw many Manson tombstones in Dunnett, Castletown and surrounds. I had previously searched Scotlands records and also hired a Scot genealogist to research, with no definitive results.  I also searched records held in the tiny room part of the library at Wick.  There are no public documents for this time period 1750-1775 when he sailed to Savannah, Georgia, America on the ship Marlborough as an indentured servant with wife Elizabeth Sinclair.  Caithness was very remote, no real roads into the place.  I was told by the curator that the only way to determine where William Manson lived was by searching the individual Estate records which are are privately held on the individual estates. This would require several weeks stay and much prearranging.  We were there three days only.  I include this as a possible help to other researchers for this time period and region.


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