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The Burgess Rolls of Banff and Elgin by Frances McDonnell. Published by Willow Bend Books, 65 E. Main St., Westminster MD 21157-5026. 1998. 52 pp. Softcover. $7.50 plus $3 p&h.

This book consists of three lists: Burgess Roll of Elgin, Provosts of Elgin, and the Banff Burgesses 1549-1892. There is no introduction to say what the roll of a burgess was, or who they were. A brief lead in paragraph does state that there are no formal rolls or book of burgesses and that these are primarily lists of honorary burgesses compiled from other sources. They can be useful though as they may give information that would lead the researcher to other sources, especially for those who served in the military and found their way back to Scotland after the War of Independence or service in India. Some entries indicate residence in the West Indies.

Sample entries from the Banff list read:

DUFF, PATRICK, Captain in the Artillery of the East India Company's Service, Bengal, 1774.
GARDYNE, SAM, Mr, Charlestown, Carolina, 1785.

Reviewed by Paul Milner
BIGWILL v.7 no.1, 2000