Dr Bruce Durie

Scottish Genealogy, Heraldry, DNA, History, Palaeography and all related subjects

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Consultant Genealogist and Heraldist, Author, Broadcaster, Lecturer

Shennachie to the Chief of Durie

Academician, Académie Internationale de Généalogie

Fulbright Senior Scottish Studies Scholar, 2015-16

Right of Audience at the Court of the Lord Lyon

Freeman and Burgess of the City of Glasgow


Older documents can be a challenge...

...and it's not just the unfamiliarity of the handwriting.

All documents were written at a specific place and time, for a particular purpose and in the context of the local law and practice.

It may be important to know why an inheritance was transferred by a will, a testament dative, an indenture, a trust disposition and settlement or some other form of deed.

Then there is the language - not only the legalese, but your vital document may be in Latin, Scots or another tongue.

The clue to understanding and interpreting a document is knowing:

  • where it was written

  • when it was written

  • why it was written

Overcoming that brick wall in your family history may involve understanding a perplexing document. 

We have the expertise to help transcribe, translate and explain.

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