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  • Amy Gilpin - I'm available to help new and established members find answers to their questions about the Scotland Project, and WikiTree as a whole.
  • Mark Sutherland-Fisher - Like Amy I am happy to assist both new and established members with questions they may have on Scottish profiles. In particular for anyone with a question about Scottish Clans, the Scottish Aristocracy and Gentry or "protocol" on Wikitree profiles, I will do my best to help.
  • Bobbie Hall - I love writing bios, with sources as well integrated as possible (inline citations). My research has been into the "common man," the miners, farmers, seamen and small merchants. I love to ferret out the small bits of information that give colour to the lives of these people. I'm more than happy to help with ideas on how to make your research subjects shine.
  • Jackie Prentice -My thing is building Bio's to make profiles as full as possible. Also willing to help point people in the right direction for sources, and help with stumbling blocks.
  • Sarah Mason - I am always happy to help. If I don't know the answer, I will track down someone who does. I love researching and I find puzzle solving very satisfying, which is why I enjoy Connecting.
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  • Jen Hutton - I enjoy playing detective, working on 'cold case' files. If you need an assist with finding sources, making connections, or creating bios that make the subject feel 'real'....please message me, I'd be happy to help. I also have a pre-1500 badge, so if you have details (reliably sourced) you'd like to see added to an ancestor's profile....message me!

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I am fairly new to Wikitree. Most of my ancestors are from England so I joined the England Project. I do have a Fraser branch but thought I'd take one project at a time! However, in process of adding the Fraser branch I am back to 1685 so need help as it is pre-1700.

Would I be best to join the Scotland Project now or just seek help from one of your lovely Project Helpers? Thanks, Jean

posted by Jean Blane
You're welcome to join the Project, Jean but I'm happy to help if it is something specific that you need. Please message me the details.
posted by Amy (Crawford) Gilpin
Hi, I have a Cockburnspath Parish marriage entry that as best I can tell reads:

"Aprile 29 1692 Alexr Mortaine in Oldhamftocks parish & Marione Whythead in this, he having ye teftimony of ye Elders & she being known to us gave up yth names, yth pledges being consigned & after proclamatn three foberall L: d: were married here ye 30 of June pwds wfts" (Is there a way I can post the image?) My question is: All the entries seem to have this "foberall L: d:" (or "<: d:") so I assume it is to the proclamation on three Sabbath days, but what is it short for? I have no idea what the last collection of abbreviations are for either! Thanks Bruce

posted by Bruce Simons
There was often a fee for recording these banns and marriages, so I'm thinking this may have been the charges being shown as paid. (That's only a stab-in-the dark guess) "L" being the abbreviation for pounds, "d" for pence. If you'd like to send me the image, I can take another stab at it. Contact me via personal message on my profile, and I'll forward my email address to you.
posted by Bobbie (Madison) Hall
On a military document, https://www.ancestry.ca/search/collections/3253, I see complexion listed as fair, fresh, brown, dark and black. This particular page came up in my search for an ancestor's brother, Hugh McKay,who was born in Farr, Sutherland in abt, 1779. I am interested to know if a man's complexion is written on this document as black, would this mean he was Black? Interested to know.


Pam, you may have a better chance to get an answer to this question if you post it on G2G.


posted by Jen (Stevens) Hutton

I want to create a new profile for an ancestor, Katharin Beatton, the wife of Henry Wards (abt.1705-).

In the process of taking the pre 1770 certification, it indicates that I should check with this project to ensure that the person has not yet been entered. How do I do this?

Thanks, Greg

posted by Greg Roy
edited by Greg Roy
Thanks for checking Greg. I'll respond on Henry's profile.
posted by Bobbie (Madison) Hall

I seem to remember you listed tartans we could use safely on profiles. I think I've lost where you put them?


posted by Amanda (Moyer) Torrey

I am wanting to enter information re scotish people pre 1700, and have been told that I should check with this group to ensure that the person has not yet been entered. How do I do this?



posted by Penelope Shorne
Dear Scotland Project Helpers.

I need help locating a birth record for a South African Cairncross with Scottish Roots: David Benjamin Cairncross. Will also accept recommendations on the appearance of the profile, thanks.


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