I would like to learn more about my Rankin ancestry in Scotland, particularly the ancestors of Andrew Rankin.

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WikiTree profile: Andrew Rankin
in Genealogy Help by Anonymous Rankin G2G6 Mach 3 (35.8k points)
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Hi Howard found a Andrew Rankin born 1644 Edinburgh son of Henrie Rankin and Beatrix Broun. Henrie and Beatrix were married 21st Dec 1643 Edinburgh. These was on Scottish Select records.
Thank you, Alan. That is a good starting point for me to search the records in Scotland.

The best site for researching Scottish records is https://scotlandspeople.gov.uk

Alan, can you give us a link to "Scottish Select" records please?  1643 is very early.
My Rankins came from the wilds of Argyll and I should think their records would be harder to find than Edinburgh.
Hi Bill can you send me a private message.there are quite a number of Rankins in Argyll can you give me dates.

Hello Howard, I am looking for the same information, as I am a descendant of Andrew and Martha as well. I have also looked at most of the resources listed here, with the exception of the tax records. smiley

Rebecca Jones, I know that I have not responded to you in a long time. I am going to send you a private message today.

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It looks like he originally landed in New Hampshire:

"United States, Transatlantic Migration," database with images, ''FindMyPast'' ([https://search.findmypast.co.uk/record?id=us%2fgpc%2ftransatlanticmigration%2f9780806310749%2f00183&parentid=us%2fgpc%2ftransatlanticmigration%2f9780806310749%2f00183&highlights=%22%22 Transatlantic Migration on FindMyPast$] : accessed 11 February 2018), entry for Andrew Rankin, 1650; citing Dobson. ''Directory of Scottish Settlers in North America, 1625-1825, Vol 2''. TEXT  Rankin, Andrew. Royalist soldier captured at the Battle of Dunbar in 1650. Transported to New England on the 'Unity.' Settled in New Hampshire, and later in York, Maine during the 1650's. (NWI).
by Mindy Silva G2G6 Pilot (535k points)
selected by Anonymous Rankin

This doesn't help with ancestors, but has information about the relocation:

Scots Prisoners and their Relocation to the Colonies, 1650-1654

and this site a litte more about him, with some sources
Scottish Prisoners of War

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You might try looking for him in tax records pre-1650






Have you seen these?  Sometimes there are clues (I would verify anything you see in these kind of works) and sometimes what is in the work validates

http://www.gulbangi.com/5families-o/p517.htm   this shows him being born in 1645









by Laura Bozzay G2G6 Pilot (656k points)
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There's little point in looking for Andrew Rankins in Scotland if you don't have any way to recognize which Andrew Rankin is the right one.

You'll find people on the internet making random guesses or picking the one they like best.

But other people will have looked, and if anybody had found anything, we'd know.
by Anonymous Horace G2G6 Pilot (567k points)
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If you go to www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk, you can do free searches, after setting up a free account. I just did a general search for rankin, applying a search option of "Name Variants", and came up with 4,186 Rankins from the time records were found in 1581 thru 1854 doing a search in the old parish registers. The statutory registers are 1855 and newer.

You can narrow your search by parish, date, county, births, deaths, marriages, and so on. If a record exists, its probably here. The search engine is inconsistent, so try looking from different points of view: like, I will not find a marriage for a known couple by using his name, but enter her name, and there it is. And so on. Good hunting.

I have Rankin's in my family line of Durhams in Ayr, so we intermarried somewhere. The further back you go the worse spelling gets, so keep that in mind as you search.  Ancestry has much, but not all of the Scotlands People records in their database, as well,


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