Searching for your Scottish Ancestors – a personal journey

Searching for ancestors at Warriston Cemetery

Researching your Scottish Ancestors

Edinburgh in November – a great time for visitors who are looking to research their Scottish Ancestry.  The city is a little quieter before we gear up for the Christmas and New Year celebrations, making it an ideal time for visitors who are looking to do some research into their Family Tree.

On Twitter recently, we were having a chat (#EdinHour) about spooky things to do in October, and a thread of conversation popped up about The Red Lady of Warriston Cemetery.  This triggered a memory of an aunt of mine talking about going to visit her granny’s grave, and having to pass the grave of the Red Lady.  A quick search on Google, and I was able to see some images of the grave which had been a magnificent memorial in its day, but had now sadly been vandalised beyond recognition.

Of course, it’s not the Red Lady who is my relative, but just that the Red Lady is a grave which my aunt passed by – but, given that I thought that the relative in question was buried in a different cemetery, it’s another clue in my journey to discover more about one particular person who fascinates me in my own family.

I was delighted to find out that the Friends of Warriston Cemetery are running two events during Scotland’s History Festival in November – see the programme for details. The events run on the 16th and 30th November and are led by local genealogist Caroline Gerard.

I’m hoping go on one of the tours to gather some more clues about how to find out more about my own family tree.  If you’re hoping to travel to Edinburgh to do some research into your own family tree, then we’d be very happy to welcome you to Craigwell Cottage – your home-from-home in Edinburgh’s city centre.

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Download: Previously…Scotland’s History Festival programme


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