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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.

Flight Path Fund speeches at Renfrew Town Hall

Glasgow Airport supports eco project for local primary schools

 

A unique project which encourages youngsters to respect and care for the environment has received £11,000 from the Glasgow Airport FlightPath Fund.

 

The Tree Amigos project will educate 150 pupils from five primary schools in communities around the airport about a range of issues including climate change and carbon footprints.

 

Flight Path Fund speeches at Renfrew Town HallGlasgow Airport has now supported the project, which was created by Trees4Scotland, through its FlightPath Fund for three years.

 

Angus Crabbie, who founded Trees4Scotland in 2008, received the cheque from Archie Hunter, chairman of the FlightPath Fund, and Amanda McMillan, managing director of Glasgow Airport, at an event in Renfrew Town Hall to celebrate the success of the Fund, which was launched in 2010.

 

Angus will continue to work with the schools that have been involved in the project over the last 12 months, providing an opportunity to enhance the pupils’ understanding of the environment and issues like climate change.

 

They are Killermont Primary, Bearsden, Our Holy Redeemer Primary, Clydebank, Whitecrook Primary, Clydebank, St Claire’s Primary, Drumchapel, and Rashielea Primary, Erskine.

 

The first phase of the programme sees Angus visit each school for an introductory workshop, at which they discuss a range of issues and the importance of taking an active interest in protecting the environment.

 

Each pupil receives an information pack and the schools work through a series of mini projects in their own time to build up the pupils’ knowledge. It culminates in a field trip to Teaghlach Wood in Perthshire, where each school plants 75 trees.

 

Angus Crabbie said: “The support of Glasgow Airport has been invaluable in getting the Tree Amigos project off the ground. We have now had more than 1,000 children take part and it has been so successful that parts of it have been integrated into the Curriculum for Excellence.

 

Archie Hunter said: “Tree Amigos is a fantastic idea and it is exactly the type of project we are keen to support through the FlightPath Fund. It is innovative and constantly evolving, with tangible benefits for the communities around the airport. The focus is both educational and environmental, and the importance of teaching our younger generations about nature cannot be overstated.”

 

Amanda McMillan said: “As one of the largest businesses and employers in the West of Scotland it is important that we take our responsibility seriously by supporting the communities we serve. Since the FlightPath Fund was established in 2010 it has grown in stature and continues to attract an increasing number and diverse range of applications from community groups and charities.”

Find out more on glasgowairport.com 

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Part of the latest section of the navy’s new carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth passing under the Erskine Bridge on Sunday the 4th November at approx. 1.45 PM. Photograph was taken by John MacIntyre who kindly let us use the photograph below.

Text from the BBC website

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An 11,000-tonne section of aircraft carrier has set off on its journey from its construction site on the Clyde to Fife.

The largest hull section of HMS Queen Elizabeth left BAE’s shipbuilding hall at Govan three weeks ago and was loaded on to a huge sea going barge.

Bad weather had held up the latest leg of the journey.

It is expected to take between seven and nine days to make it round the coast to the Rosyth dockyard.

HMS Queen Elizabeth will be the Royal Navy’s largest ever warship.

Six shipyards around the UK are involved in building various parts of the ship, which are being assembled in Fife.

The vessel will not be finished until 2016 at the earliest, and may not be ready for active service until 2020, when she will be based in Portsmouth.

Defence Secretary Philip Hammond said: “Our next generation of aircraft carriers is on track with HMS Queen Elizabeth due to begin sea trials in 2017, and flight trials from her deck using our Lightning II fast jets in 2018.

“We are regenerating our carrier strike capability with the largest aircraft carriers Britain has ever had and fifth-generation stealth jets.

“Scotland has a world class shipbuilding industry that has benefited to the tune of around £1.3bn from the Queen Elizabeth Class carriers. More than 2,000 people work on the carriers at Rosyth, with a further 2,000 on the Clyde.”

The Royal Navy is expected to have no aircraft carriers between 2014, when HMS Illustrious is taken out of service, and 2016, when HMS Queen Elizabeth is completed.

The government decided to retire the HMS Ark Royal and its fleet of Harrier jump jets in 2011, five years early.

Ark Royal was recently sold for scrap by the Ministry of Defence, following its sister ship HMS Invincible.

Read more here http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-edinburgh-east-fife-20197810

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A special exhibition at Paisley Museum this Christmas. The history of picture book illustration: ‘Magic in the Nursery’

The ‘founding fathers’ of the modern children’s picture book in Britain, if not the world, were the late Victorians Walter Crane (1845-1915) and Randolph Caldecott (1846-1886). Their colourful and fanciful images for children are acknowledged as the breakthrough in a modern sensibility towards children and their pictures books.

Together with Kate Greenaway (1846-1901) they created images for children – and adults who read to them – that have more than stood the test of time and this touring exhibition which opens at Paisley Museum on 9 November, celebrating their importance and success, is a selection from their nursery books published in the 1870s and 1880s.

Walter Crane was the first of the trio to illustrate nursery books and his style, if sometimes a little formal, was nonetheless the first breath of fresh air in a new look for picture books. In succession of Crane, Caldecott instantly showed a lighter, more intuitive drawing style which animated the page with lively observations of people and animals in action. Greenaway’s drawing style differed again, with her popular vision of an ideal childhood, where children most resemble ‘little adults’, is as successful today as it was to the late Victorians.

The exhibition, however, is not simply a collection of these beautiful and imaginative children’s illustrations by Victorian masters. Rhymes and music have been central to the child’s intellectual and aesthetic development and the pictures in the exhibition, interpreting as they are well known and less well known nursery rhymes and jingles, encourage a re-engagement with this effective means of storytelling and the education of the very young.

(All photographs taken for www.paisley.org.uk by Tracey Clements)

In addition to ‘Magic in the Nursery’, we will be running drop in art activities for children, each Saturday from 12pm – 3pm for the duration of the exhibition.
So, why not come along and see the show! Children will be enthralled, parents inspired and grandparents invigorated by these images from childhood!

Magic in the Nursery will be on display at Paisley Museum from Friday 9 November – Sunday 6 January. Entry to this exhibition costs £2, and it is FREE to under 16’s.

Press are invited to a photo call opportunity on Friday 2 November at 11am within Paisley Museum to meet the curator of the exhibition, Dr Leo John De Freitas and view the works which will be going on display.

For further information on Magic in the Nursery, future events and exhibitions log onto www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/events or follow us on www.facebook.com/renfrewshirearts.

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Taylor Wilson

Alchemy

Voices in Paisley Festival Fringe,

at Holy trinity & St Barnabas Church

St James Place, St James Street, Paisley, PA3

Tickets £8 / £6 conc

Time 8pm (Doors open 7.30)

Box Office 0141 887 4202

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Paisley Events

Please come and support this event at Paisley Arts Centre tomorrow night. Tues 23rd. It will be an interesting film and after show discussion will address film makers perspective, dance, pressures of celeb culture and ‘suicide’

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Renfrewshire
Film
Michael Powell / Emeric Pressburger, UK, 1948, 133m, U

A beautiful landmark of dance cinema, The Red Shoes is a cautionary tale about creative obsession. The film stars Dunfermline’s own Moira Shearer as an aspiring ballet dancer manipulated by a Svengali figure. One of Martin Scorsese’s favourite films, the screening will be followed by a dance performance from Reid Kerr students.

Venue Information
Paisley Arts Centre, New Street, Paisley, PA1 1EZ
Event Information
Tue 23rd
Free
Free / No booking required – Information: 0141 887 1010
7 – 9.30pm

http://www.mhfestival.com/

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St Vincent’s hospice

We would like to welcome one of our new paisley.org.uk partners St Vincent’s hospice. Set in a tranquil location on the outskirts of Howwood, Renfrewshire, St Vincent’s hospice, provides specialist palliative care and support for people throughout Renfrewshire.

st-vincents-hospiceSt Vincent’s is open to all who have been diagnosed with a life-limiting illness, including cancer, motor neurone disease and other progressive conditions, and have specialist palliative care needs.

We see many more people in the community and other settings than we do at the Unit: caring for the family as well as the patient is one of our main aims and we offer home respite, and brief arranged admission to provide breaks for carers.

Visit St Vincent’s hospice on the web www.stvincentshospice.co.uk

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Renfrewshire Chamber recently received its full independent BCC audit of its export documentation procedures – a key service that the Chamber delivers to 70+ clients and accounts for 50% of income processing in excess of 15,000 docs a year – more than any other Chamber in Scotland.
renfrewshire-chamber-commerceThe audit concluded that the Chamber is doing very well with export documentation and awarded the export licence for a further 3 years – allowing the Chamber to continue to process docs. The audit complimented the Chamber on the fact that 5 of 8 staff are certified including Euan Keltie, the UK’s youngest docs certifier at age 18.

For more info please visit www.renfrewshirechamber.com

Sarkar Defence Solutions of Hillington has become the 100th local business to sign up to Renfrewshire Council’s Invest in Renfrewshire programme.

The company, which manufactures and exports body armour products, received its certificate at a recent Invest in Renfrewshire business breakfast hosted by Council Leader, Mark Macmillan at Reid Kerr College.
The Invest in Renfrewshire programme encourages Renfrewshire businesses to recruit and train local unemployed young people. In return the council can provide support for the businesses in the form of employment subsidies, training support and business loans and funds to help the businesses grow.

Since the scheme was launched in June, a wide range of businesses have signed up, from new enterprises to established multi-million-pound companies such as Steel Engineering of Renfrew.

Sam Sarkar, Managing Director of Sarkar Defence Solutions, said, “As a business that started up in this area, we’re pleased to be supporting the Invest in Renfrewshire programme. We’ve recently taken on a local graduate intern under the scheme and they will be working on some of our marketing projects over the next seven months. Working with a global company like ours will give them a lot of valuable experience.

“The council’s Invest in Renfrewshire team has been very helpful in helping us with our plans to develop our factory in Hillington.”

Council Leader, Mark Macmillan, said, “It’s great that local businesses like Sarkar Defence Solutions are supporting Invest in Renfrewshire. There are clear benefits for the business and for local young people who are struggling to find work at the moment. I would encourage all local businesses, big and small, to sign up to the programme.”

For more information on the Invest in Renfrewshire programme, go to www.investinrenfrewshire.com or call 0300 3000 144.

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New Recruit for Renfrewshire Chamber The Chamber has been supporting Renfrewshire Councils, The Recruit since it started in 2010. Based loosely around the BBC’s The Apprentice, a number of secondary school leavers under take a summer of business related challenges.

The Top Recruits win real paid jobs for a year – with the Chamber offering the position of Management Trainee. This year’s winner was Alison Fraser from Elderslie who went to Johnston High.

renfrewshire-chamber-commerceCommenting on her Recruit experience, Alison said “Throughout The Recruit programme I made many new friends, gained various different skills and greatly improved my confidence. And of course I won my job in the Chamber – which I still can’t believe I got! Being at the Chamber for a month, it has opened my mind to many diverse aspects of work and I have been introduced to many influential people who have put given me great advice.

Throughout my year here I hope to meet many more fascinating people, hear about their businesses and how they have achieved their success. After my year at the Chamber I plan on going to The University of the West of Scotland to study Social Sciences.

For more info on the Chamber visit www.renfrewshirechamber.com

Photographed – Recruit host George Bowie, Chamber job winner Alison Fraser and Chamber CEO Bob Davidson
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