The Commissariot Record of
Edinburgh/Register of Testaments. Part III. Volumes 81 - 131 1701 -
This volume completes the Index to this Commissariot,
so far as it is proposed by the Society to print the same. It includes
all Testaments recorded before 31st December 1800. The remainder of the
Record down to 31st December 1829 is in the General Register House, but
from that date to the present day it will be found at the Commissary
The Register for the Eighteenth Century shows a
considerable falling away in the number of Testaments recorded, due to
some extent to the Local Registers being more taken advantage of.
On the other hand, a number of Testaments of
Scotsmen dying in England, the Colonies, and abroad are to be found. The
Register for the years following on the Union of the Parliaments is one
of melancholy interest, containing as it does, to a certain extent, the
death-roll of the ill-fated Darien Expedition.
The ships of the Scottish Indian and African Company
mentioned in the Record are the "Caledonia," "Rising Sun," "Unicorn,"
"Speedy Return," "Olive Branch," "Duke of Hamilton" (Walter Duncan,
Skipper) "Dolphin," "St. Andrew," "Hope," and "Endeavour."