Crofters’ Commission records for family history

Were your ancestors crofters? That is, living in one of the seven crofting counties of Scotland – Shetland, Orkney, Caithness, Sutherland, Ross and Cromarty, Inverness-shire and Argyll – with a holding of not more than £30 in annual value or rent. If the answer is yes and they were there from 1886 onwards there’s a  |  more…

Wellbraes, Crockness

Location map In the censuses Crofters’ Commission/Scottish Land Court records Valuation rolls Melsetter estate records In the early 1920s, John GF Ross, my grandfather, took over the tenancy of Wellbraes, Crockness, and moved there in 1921 with his wife, Walterina, young son Jim, his parents John GH and Ann Ross, also his sister Mary Ann.  |  more…

Greenburn, Crockness

Location map In the censuses Crofters’ Commission/Scottish Land Court records Valuation rolls Melsetter estate records In the censuses The name Green Burn is first recorded in the 1901 census; Greenburn in 1911. Before that most places in Crockness were simply recorded as Crockness with nothing else to distinguish them. Looking at names and which crofts  |  more…

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