A Will in Scotland does not contain the same things as here in Australia, or England for
In Scotland, Wills, called Testaments, as such only contained details of
property, which is why you often see a "Will" is only an Inventory, listing all
and their value for probate purposes.
Land was classed as "immoveable" and thus subject to different rules, namely
and thus, unless sold prior to death, the eldest surviving child had to prove that they
were the next legal representative of the deceased, and they would then inherit the
property. This rule was still in operation in Scotland 1868. These "Services of
were recorded, and are now available in Indexes.
I do have a copy of the Indexes to the "Services of Heirs of Scotland" from 1544
These, in the later years from 1700 are in 10 yearly volumes. If you would like a lookup,
get back to me.
This is a very simple description of a very complicated land ownership system for
Tasmania in OZ
On 21/09/2012 5:00 PM, ayrshire-request(a)rootsweb.com wrote:
Date: Fri, 21 Sep 2012 16:03:33 +1000
From: "Lynne Hadley" <lynnehadley(a)bigpond.com>
Subject: Re: [AYR] Greenhill Farm - Knockentiber, Parish of Kilmaurs.
To: "Mike Boyd" <mikejboyd(a)bigpond.com>, "John Humphrey"
Hi Mike & John,
The information I have from a book, is that Bailie Finnie (our Archibald)
owned it c.1829....methinks that I shall have to go through his will to see
if he made reference to it, although he died in 1843, during which time it
may have changed hands. Archibald's sister, Anne, married John Carswell.
Mike, I should think that Masters or Mistresses were possibly lessees? I do
know that Archibald was said to be the owner. I shall check his Will. :))
Cheers, Lynne. :))