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Friday, 19 November 2010

16 Nov 2010 - "Scottish Military Records"

This month’s talk was given by David Webster who was speaking on military records.

Mr Webster started his talk by naming the regiments which have been raised in Scotland through the years and how they have changed.  Originally, there was no standing army in Scotland prior to 1603.  The army was only raised for specific conflicts.

Mr Webster then went on to explain the basic structure of the typical units in the army.

In the final part of the talk, Mr Webster outlined what records are available to the family historian and what information is contained in these records.  Mr Webster then went onto explain where to find the records.  The talk was illustrated with examples of what information is within the records.

Graeme Savage

Mr Webster has kindly given us permission to make the talk available to our Members who can't attend meetings. Some of the information on the slides used has been uploaded to a document entitled "Scottish Military Ancestors" in the "Military" section of the on-line Member's Only library.

If you have military ancestors and you'd like information about the records available, or just want further details about the history of the Scottish Regiments, a look at this document should be high on your list of things to see. To do this though, you'll need to ask for your login details; see the "Notices" section.

Unfortunately, the "value added" by Mr Webster's accompanying talk can't yet be included in the Library. We've also had to remove the "Examples" slides to keep the document size suitable for inclusion in the on-line library.

If you would like to see full archives of presentations in future, you should discuss the need on the Member's "Website" Forum.

John Weston

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