Scottish Seafarers: 1800-1830 by David Dobson. Published by Willow Bend Books, 65 E. Main St., Westminster MD 21157-5026. 1998. 36 pp (unpaginated). Softcover. $6 plus $3 p&h.

This is an alphabetical listing of all mariners for whom an inventory or the confirmation of a testament has been recorded with either a Commissary Court of with a Sheriff Court and now held at the Scottish Record Office.

A typical entry reads:

BOG, THOMAS, skipper in Greenback, cnf [confirmation] 7.2.1805 Glasgow. [SRO.CC9.7.76.97]

The book is limited to this time period because indexes have been published for all Commissary Courts prior to 1800 by the Scottish Record Society. These courts continued in existence until the 1823 Commissary Courts Act when jurisdiction was transferred to the Sherrifs Courts. This took effect in 1824, except in Edinburgh which maintained its Commissary Court until 1830. After 1800 the records are in manuscript form and Mr. Dobson has searched these records to provide us with this index.

This is a useful index for those looking for records of Scottish seaman.

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