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Monday, 20 April 2015

Scottish Nationalist Party doing well in polls for the May Westminster election

For those who thought the Scottish referendum was all that mattered concerning Scottish independence, it is important to recognise how well the Scottish Nationalist Party is doing in the opinion polls concerning the forthcoming Westminster election where the SNP look like becoming the third largest party.

See http://blog.whatscotlandthinks.org/2015/04/ashcroft-adds-to-labour-and-liberal-democrat-woes/

Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Highland Clearances; as it applied on the Sutherland Estate. (Clan Gunn)

'The Sutherland Clearances 1806-1820 - an introduction' by David Forbes argues that the Clearances

'foreshadowed modern regional planning ... Their efforts deserve a more sympathetic consideration 

than they have received.' And this goes with my reading of primary source material from the 

Sutherland Estate papers. The 'ethnic cleansing' view of the Highland Clearances in Sutherland is 

far-fetched.


Thursday, 12 March 2015

Genealogy and the Use of Online Resources by Chris Paton

For a very useful article on 'Genealogy and the Use of Online Resources' with a Scottish flavour (and with ideas on how to research further than the obvious) see
http://www.scottishrecordsassociation.org/images/scottishArchives18pdfs/Scottish%20Archives%2018.web.2%20Paton.pdf

Saturday, 28 February 2015

Scotlands Places

'Scotlands Places'. We all know 'Scotlands People' for Old Parish Records and such like but 'Scotlands 

places' is far less well known. It has all sorts of tax details (servants, non-working dogs, windows and 

more) which provide primary evidence support for people living in certain places. And we are talking 

right down to the 1600s but most is 1700s - 1800s. Great for Clan Gunn genealogy research. And 

people say all Clan Gunn history is known...

See http://www.scotlandsplaces.gov.uk/search/partner/Sutherland…

More on the 1896 Clan Gunn family tree


The tree is by Captain Alexander Gunn who was an acknowledged important Clan Gunn historian. 

His father was Donald Gunn the Sennachie (Clan Gunn historian). The tree was presented to Captain 

Alexander Gunn's nephew, Alexander Gunn of Durness 1859-1945. It is legitimate to assume that 

what the tree shows about Captain Alexander Gunn's descent is accurate, especially in the more 

immediate generations, for this branch of the family given the 'historic' interests of Captain 

Alexander Gunn and his father.



Thomas Sinclair's view in his 'The Gunns' - Sinclair page 185 - 186 is that  'Captain Gunn, Braehour 

… is admitted to be, if not the greatest, at least a genuine, living authority 

on Gunn questions … It were strange if the captain had not been well posted up in all historic points, 

seeing that his father, Donald Gunn, Braehour, was the acknowledged sennachy or historian of his 

time … an unusually learned sennachy.'