Talks and Academic

Some other activities I have been getting up to!





* Irish Records Online - Alloway and South Ayrshire FHS, 18 OCT 2011

* History and Genealogy Cruise (New Zealand & Australia) 21 NOV - 5 DEC 2011 - I'll be a speaker on board the second Unlock the Past genealogy cruise, this time themed on Scottish and Irish ancestry (subject talks tbc) - see

* TBC - Glasgow and West of Scotland FHS, 18 JUL 2012

Academic (University of Strathclyde)

The Weavers of Perth 1770 - 1844: A Genealogical Database, with Introduction

August 2007 (5600 words, plus appendices)


The aim of this project was to try to construct a genealogical records database on the weavers of the town of Perth, the main conurbation in the Scottish county of Perthshire, with a view to creating a statistical resource for future research into the social history of this particular group. In addition the results would also make an excellent genealogical resource for those studying their weaver ancestors within the town during this period. It was decided that the project would utilise both publicly and privately held records on the weavers. A successful approach was made through the National Register of Archives in Edinburgh to gain access to the privately held records of the Weaver Incorporation of Perth, which included both apprenticeship records and freemen appointments.


At the same time, the Militia Act survey of 1802 and further indenture papers were studied at Perth and Kinross Archives, whilst the old parochial registers for Perth were examined in detail to find the names of all children born to weavers within the target period. This database alone numbers well over 8800 entries. Additional records were found from directories and census records. From the various resources studied, some preliminary findings were made from the records to show the value of their potential worth.




The Role of King James VI Hospital as Feudal Superior in 19th Century Perth

August 2008 (13,500 words, plus appendices)


Under a charter granted in 1569, the Scottish king James VI endowed the creation of a hospital within the royal burgh of Perth for the care of the poor. With lands granted to the institution that had previously belonged to the royal burgh’s pre-Reformation holy orders, the Hospital, on behalf of the ‘poor and indigent members of Jesus Christ’, took on the role of a feudal superior over lands which were then further subinfeudated to raise income, a situation which continued until the Abolition of Feudal Tenure etc. (Scotland) Act in 2000.


With the earlier history of the Hospital having previously been researched by R. Milne up to the end of the Eighteenth Century (1891), this study concerns itself with the role of the body in the following century, one of the most dynamic within Perth’s long history, which saw the ancient burgh radically transformed from a medieval town to a bustling modern city. Drawing from the primary documentation found within the Hospital’s maps, chartularies, feu duty and rent books, and through additional supporting material such as the Valuation Rolls from the burgh, it asks two key questions in particular – just how important, and just how successful, was the Hospital’s role as a feudal superior with regard to the raising of income for its own purposes, and in the development of Perth throughout the Nineteenth Century?


The dissertation is unpublished, but some of the research material has been deposited at the CANMORE website, from the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland, at