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Scotlands People Wills and Testaments

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Wills and Testaments in Scotland, 1902 to 1925 Go Online

From inmates of poorhouses to owners of mansions – a fascinating portrait of Scottish life during the early 20th Century and a major new family history resource

 

A colourful picture of life in Scotland in the early 20th Century is revealed today, with the release of the Wills and Testaments from 1902 to 1925 by the National Records of Scotland on the ScotlandsPeople website.

scotlandspeople_logoThe new records, 392,595 in total, document the last wishes of 267,548 individuals who lived and died in Scotland during this period. The collection also includes the wills of Scots who died outside Scotland, but still had assets in the country. As inventories of moveable estate (savings, cash, furniture, stock, etc) are also included, you can discover the fine details of people’s worldly possessions in this era.

People from all social classes are included in the records – from famous industrialists and philanthropists such as Andrew Carnegie and George Coats, to the impoverished inmates of the nation’s poorhouses. With more than 35 millionaires included in the records, you can learn how the members of this Scottish ‘Rich List’ ultimately chose to divide up their wealth. Conversely, simpler and cheaper procedures for recording wills meant that estates below £500 were also included.

The records also highlight the effects of major historical events on people’s lives, with the wills of World War One soldiers, suffragettes and people who perished on the Titanic and Lusitania included in the collection. In addition to helping general historians with their research, the new records will also be invaluable to genealogists, who can use these documents to learn more about family relationships as well as the close friendships that their ancestors enjoyed.

Audrey Robertson, Acting Registrar General and Keeper of the Records of Scotland, said:

“We’re proud to be marking the tenth anniversary of ScotlandsPeople by creating a major enhancement of our popular resource for Scottish family history. The 400,000 additional testament entries from 1902 to 1925 will open up exciting new avenues for people in search of their Scottish ancestry.”

Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs, Fiona Hyslop, said:

“ScotlandsPeople is a wonderful gateway to Scotland’s wealth of archives that tell the story of our nation and its people. These wills and testaments offer a compelling and moving insight into the lives of Scots a century ago and provide a powerful connection to our past. I welcome the addition of so many more wills to the digital resources that can be enjoyed by the people of Scotland, and people of Scottish descent everywhere.”

The Wills and Testaments are available on the ScotlandsPeople website (www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk) and at the ScotlandsPeople Centre in Edinburgh. These new online records will be interesting both to people in Scotland and to the Scottish diaspora across the UK, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.

Sir William Arrol from Renfrewshire is even listed in the search.

  •  Sir William Arrol (1839-1913), Engineer – Ayr/Renfrewshire

To find out more about the Wills and Testaments in Scotland, 1902 to 1925 please click here.

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Phase two of Gallowhill makeover underway

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Phase two of Gallowhill makeover underway

A £6million project to transform two blocks of multi-storey flats in Gallowhill, Paisley, has entered its second stage.

External work is now underway which will see the two blocks of high flats get a complete new look thanks to over-cladding and enclosed balconies.

Scottish Gas are now on site carrying out the over-cladding at Glencairn Court and Gallowhill Court.

Following this the balconies will be enclosed with brand new state of the art windows which will allow tenants the option of keeping them closed or sliding back the panels to sit outside in good weather.

As well as giving the flats a fresher, more modern look, the makeover will also make the buildings more energy efficient.

Environmental improvements and changes to the entrance to each block will further improve the external appearance of the area.

Flats are also being improved internally, with new kitchens, bathrooms and rewiring where required. Improvement works within the blocks include new front doors to each flat and redecoration of the landings and foyers.

The flats at Glencairn Court are being converted to amenity standard for people with mobility needs and older people and a single storey extension will be added to provide a social space for residents.

Councillor Tommy Williams, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Housing and Community Safety Policy Board, said: “This work will really transform the overall look of these flats and provide modern, energy efficient homes for our tenants. It’s also making a major contribution to the overall regeneration of the Gallowhill area. The internal improvements are already well underway and we’ve had a really positive reaction from the tenants who’ve already moved in.”

Steve Gapik, CESP Manager for Scottish Gas, said: “We’re very pleased to be working with Renfrewshire Council on the second phase of works to improve the energy efficiency of homes in Gallowhill. Residents can expect a real transformation over the coming months. Renfrewshire Council and Scottish Gas are investing substantially to improve the flats in these two blocks, installing an insulated cladding render which will give homes a bright new appearance whilst also making them warmer. These improvements will make a real difference, making homes more energy efficient, more comfortable to live in and potentially lowering heating bills significantly.”

As well as investment by the Council in the high flats, Gallowhill is also benefitting from a new-build housing project. Working in partnership with the Council, and drawing on grant funding from the Scottish Government, Sanctuary Scotland Housing Association is building 71 new back-and-front-door houses for social rent at nearby Dundonald Road.
Roddy Macdonald, Sanctuary’s head of development – Scotland, said: “Sanctuary Scotland is delighted to be working in partnership with Renfrewshire Council and the Scottish Government to help regenerate Gallowhill. The 71 houses built by us will provide much-needed new homes for local families for social rent.”

www.renfrewshire.gov.uk