Announcing a specialised learning and researching opportunity in 2015:
The Scottish Institute
This Institute is a small group experience, limited to 15 registrants. The Institute is for Professional and Semi-Professional genealogists who may or may not conduct research for clients with Scottish ancestry.
The week will offer speakers on several topics including:
The holdings of the GRO
The holdings of the NAS
National Health archives
Highland Records and Resources
Maps, newspapers and other resources at the NLS
Scottish Genealogy Network
The week culminates with a joint Professional Development Day with members of the Scottish Genealogy Network. This day of workshops will be followed by social networking with our colleagues in Scotland which will provide you with the opportunity to make important connections on the ground in Scotland.
The week is well balanced with 20 hours of learning and 20 hours of research.
The British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa
(BIFHSGO) is seeking proposals for presentations at its 21st annual conference,
September 18-20, 2015 to be held in Ottawa
at Library and Archives Canada.
The three themes for the conference will be Scotland,
Photographs in Genealogy, and Technology (including hardware, software, apps,
websites, databases, social media, DNA analysis tools etc.).
Proposals on these
three themes for lectures at the conference on the Saturday and Sunday are
sought as well as for workshops or seminars on the Friday.
Details on writing
the proposals can be found at www.bifhsgo.ca under the Conference 2015 heading.
Please send your proposals to email@example.com before January 31, 2015.
In 2015, the International Society of British Genealogy and Family History (ISBGFH) will celebrate 15 years of providing the British Institute. They have a terrific line-up of lecturers/tract leaders for their 2015 British Institute, being held September 21-25, 2015 in Salt Lake City. Members only registration is now open. Members save $100 on their registration by registering before Feb 28, 2015. To register for the Institute before March 1, you need to log in to the Members Only area of the website. Membership to ISBGFH is only $25 per year so you can still save $75 on your registration to British Institute by purchasing your membership here: http://www.isbgfh.org/cpage.php?pt=16
At the Battle of Bothwell
Bridge in 1679, over 1200 covenanters were taken prisoner and taken to Edinburgh. Approximately 400
of these prisoners were held in the Covenanters Prison in Greyfriars Churchyard.
Here they were kept out in the open, exposed to the elements for the winter
months. They were kept under guard by tyrant George "Bluidy"
The prisoners were given 4 ounces of bread and water each day. Those
that died under these conditions were buried in the part of the kirkyard
reserved for criminals. Those that survived the winter were either executed
come spring, or shipped off to Barbados
as slaves. Of those who were executed,
some 100 were burned and their ashes buried under the Martyrs Memorial.
quite weathered, the inscription reads:
Halt passenger take heed what thou dost see
This tomb doth shew for what some men did die
Here lies interr'd the dust of these who stood
Gainst perjury resisting unto blood
Adhering to the Covenants and Laws
Establishing the same which was the Cause
Then their lives were sacrificed unto the Lust
Or Prelatist's abjur'd though here their dust
Lies mixt with murders and other crew
Whom justice did justly to death pursue
But as for this in them no cause was found
Worthy of death but only they were found
Constant and steadfast zealous witnessing
For the prerogatives of CHRIST their king
Which truths were feared by famous Guthrie's head
And all along to Mr Ranwick's blood
They did endure the wrath of enemies
Reproaches torments deaths and injuries
But yet they're these who from such troubles came
And now triumph in glory with the LAMB
From May 27th 1661 that the noble Marquess of Argyle
suffered to the 17th of Febr 1688 that Mr James Ranwick suffr'd were executed
at Edinburgh about an hundred of Noblemen Gentlemen Ministers & others
noble martyrs for JESUS CHRIST. The most part of them lies here.