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‘People of Medieval Scotland’ database launched

The ‘People of Medieval Scotland’ is a database of the 21,000+ people mentioned in the 8500+ documents from Scotland that survive between 1093 and 1314. It has been designed to cater for beginners as well as experts. Learners can explore and discover this pivotal period of Scotland’s past on their own terms. Experts can conduct research in days and hours that would once have taken them months. The database also offers learners and experts a new experience of engaging with the past, allowing thousands of individuals and hundreds of places to take centre stage. It is left to the user to decide what is interesting and important.

Special features include:

  • A ‘lab’ space for quick and thought-provoking ways to explore the database
  • Gaelic names are identified in their medieval and modern forms
  • A multi-faceted search facility
  • For experts: special attention to the form of documents

Amongst those listed are James Douglas, a valet in 1306, and Henry Douglas, a clerk in the early 13th century. Who the Douglases were wi.l take some sorting out. 

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Making conections

The more information you can give about the people you mention, the more chance there is of someone else connecting with your family.

Dates and places of births, deaths and marriages all help to place families.

Professions also help.

'My great-grandmother mother was a Douglas from Montrose' does not give many clues to follow up! But a bit of flesh on the bones makes further research possible. But if we are told who she married, what his profession was and where the children were baptised, then we can get to work.

Maybe it is time to update the information in your profile?

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