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Scottish Genealogy Cheat Sheet
This Scottish Genealogy Cheat Sheet offers fast-facts, easy tips, clear quick-reference charts, and instructions on how to trace your Scottish ancestry and family tree.
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Scottish Genealogy Records
Duncan I becomes king of Scotland
William Wallace defeats the English army at Stirling Bridge
Robert the Bruce is declared king of Scotland
Bruce’s army defeats Edward II’s army at the Battle of Bannockburn
James I becomes king of Scotland
Scottish army loses Battle of Flodden, the largest battle fought between England and Scotland
Mary, Queen of Scots becomes queen of England
General Provincial Council orders all parishes to keep baptism registers and marriage banns
Elizabeth I orders Mary, Queen of Scots’ execution
Scotland’s James VI becomes King James I of England and Ireland
Act of Union joins Scotland and England as United Kingdom of Great Britain
Thousands of Scots support James Edward Stuart as king of Great Britain in the first Jacobite rebellion
Economist and philosopher Adam Smith is born in Fife
Scots support Charles Edward Stuart, aka “Bonnie Prince Charlie,” in the second Jacobite rebellion
English defeat Bonnie Prince Charlie in the Battle of Culloden
National poet Robert Burns is born in Ayrshire
Andrew Meikle invents the threshing machine
George Smith founds the Glenlivet whisky distillery
Scotland Yard opens as Metropolitan Police headquarters
Scotsman Alexander Bain invents the facsimile
S Civil registration begins
Robert Louis Stevenson publishes Treasure Island
Scottish immigrant David Dunbar Buick forms Buick Motor Car Co.
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The Top British Genealogy Websites
English Genealogy, Scottish Genealogy, UK Genealogy, Welsh Genealogy
Rule, Britannia (research)! Discover your English and Welsh ancestors’ records in these must-search British genealogy websites.
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