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I am proud to write for some of the country’s most respected publications on matters ranging from the Scottish Educational System to Genealogy genealogy to Scottish literature and education.

A very warm welcome

After 38 years working in education and local government, 13 of these as a head teacher, I now concentrate on genealogical research and teaching.  I have been teaching classes in Genealogy for 30 years and in Scottish Literature for the last eight years.  I also write on both these topics for a range of Scottish publications.


Do you have Scottish ancestors? Do you want to make connections with missing relatives?  Using the Scotland’s People Centre at New Register House, I am able to examine birth, marriage and death certificates, census returns and tombstone inscriptions. I can also research your Irish roots.

Writing & Publications

I am proud to write for some of the country’s most respected publications on matters ranging from genealogy to Scottish literature and education.  If you would like me to undertake any research or writing please get in touch or simply click below to view my most recent contributions.

This is a quick update to let you know that the Death Certificate .... that you found for me has been pivotal in my search for my Mum's bio Mum. I can't tell you how grateful I am to you as you found the link piece for me in both my Dad's family and now in my maternal grandmother’s family!

Alex Smith

I can’t thank you enough for all this wonderful research and the results therein. As I read through the documents, I could not stop crying! I can’t believe how emotional this has been, as it’s taken so long to finally get these answers.

Margaret Walsh

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INTRODUCTION I was approached by a student in one of my classes who believed that her family was descended from Elizabeth Burns, ‘Dear Bought Bess’, Robert Burns’s first child, his…


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INTRODUCTION   What follows is the text of a presentation made to Winchburgh History and Heritage Group on 5 December 2023. The author trusts that he has identified the majority…