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Scott Clan Genealogy

Helpful and extensive Advice on how to begin researching your Scott family tree





Geddes - a Sept of Clan Scott, started out in Nairnshire but moved to Kilravock. An offshoot of the clan moved to Peebleshire where they were close to the Scotts at Kirkurd

Laidlaw - a sept of Clan Scott, mainly originated in Selkirkshire and the valleys of the Ettrick and Yarrow rivers and there is a Laidlawsteil placename near Galasheils

Buccleuch - a sept of Clan Scott covering all those who used the surname "Buccleuch" (and variants) in place of Scott.

Langlands - a sept of Clan Scott who derived their name from a small property of that name in Peebleshire.

Napier - sometimes incorrectly described as a Sept of Clan Scott. Here are the correct historical facts and why the mistake may have arisen.

Outline history of the origins of early Scots and the Scott family/clan in the Scottish Borders.

The definitions of "Sept" and "Cadets"

The main Scott Cadet branches

The naming custom of of giving  children a forename that had been borne by a grandfather/grandmother was frequently followed in the 19th century.

Balwearie - The younger brother of Richard, whose line became the Dukes of Buccleuch, moved to Fife near Kirkcaldy and became famous as "Michael Scott the Wizard", becoming erstablished as the "Scotts of Balwearie".

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