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An Index of Scots Immigrants from Galloway who died in England or the West Indies Extracted by Barbara Horbury from the pre-1855 Monumental Inscriptions of the Stewarty of Kirkcudbright researched and edited by Alison Mitchell. Published by The Scottish Genealogical Society, 15 Victoria Terrace, Edinburgh EH1 2JL, Scotland. 1998. iii, 43, 43 pp. Softcover. £5 plus £1.25 p&h.

This is an extraction from the 7-volume series of pre-1855 monumental inscriptions for the Stewarty of Kirkcudbright of those who died in England or the West Indies. This index was created to meet the needs of the author. After her research she chose to publish the compilation.

The book is organized in two sections. The first section is a complete alphabetical listing. The second is arranged by cemetery and then by plot number.

The lists are database printouts. For each person they provide surname, forenames, place of death, year of death, place of origin, age, name of the cemetery, plot number and conclude with a notation as to whether more people of the same family died abroad.

For those with deaths in the West Indies the place of death is often very specific. In spite of the title and the author's notation to the contrary there are deaths in other places mentioned. For example, I found 18-year old Allan Young who died in 1838 in Illinois. There are other deaths in the USA, Central and South America, plus New Zealand.

For locations in England the 3-letter Chapman Codes are used for the county name, followed by the specific locality. Obviously these are not on the monumental inscriptions themselves and some mistakes have been made: Carlisle is in Cumberland not Lancashire, South Shields is in Durham not Northumberland. On this side of the Atlantic New Brunswick has been put into the USA rather than Canada.

For researchers the goal is always to find the place of origin so that you know where to look next. This book fills a need in helping the researcher find a place of origin in Kirkcudbright for those who died elsewhere.

Reviewed by Paul Milner
BIGWILL v.7 no.2, 2000