BBC: Maps show land confiscated from Old Fox

BBC: Maps show land confiscated from Old Fox. “Maps made to help the government control the confiscated estate of a notorious Jacobite have been made available to the public online. They are among more than 400 maps belonging to the Lovat Estates near Beauly in the Highlands. After the defeat of the Jacobites at Culloden, the British government took control of the estates of the 11th Lord Lovat, Simon Fraser, who was known as the Old Fox.”

Evening Express: New online tool will help families track down Scottish ancestors

Evening Express: New online tool will help families track down Scottish ancestors. “Professor Marjory Harper, a historian from Aberdeen University who has extensively researched the stories of emigrants who set sail for a new life abroad, has helped create a free online tool which contains the records of 21,000 people. The Scottish Emigration Database lists details including the town or village of origin, address, destination and occupation, as well as information about specific vessels and shipping lines.”

Stornoway Gazette: First Insta-friendly map is created for the Outer Hebrides

Stornoway Gazette: First Insta-friendly map is created for the Outer Hebrides. “The limited-edition map of Uist in the Outer Hebrides embodies the ‘hands-on’ character of an old school map with its traditional layout and trusted grid reference points – but with a modern-day twist. A special new Insta-friendly symbol has been created and added to the map to sit alongside the traditional ‘place of worship’ and ‘museum’ symbols from map reading days gone-by.”

The Scotsman: Scots asked to take pictures of their footwear to catch criminals

The Scotsman: Scots asked to take pictures of their footwear to catch criminals. “The University of Dundee’s Leverhulme Research Centre for Forensic Science (LRCFS) is undertaking the largest ever study into the variation in footwear marks made by the same shoes across different surfaces and activities so the variation observed can be used to explore links between the shoe and the mark it makes. To do this, they are asking thousands of individuals to take part in a large-scale citizen science project by taking pictures of their footwear and the marks they make.”

BBC: Mary Queen of Scots documents found at Museum of Edinburgh

BBC: Mary Queen of Scots documents found at Museum of Edinburgh. “A group of documents believed to have been signed by Mary Queen of Scots have come to light at the Museum of Edinburgh after decades spent unseen. Files showed they were gifted in 1920 but they had been lost in storage until recent inventory work by curators.”