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Sasine Abridgements Explained

It is not always easy to understand the contents of an abridgement. The following notes may help:

There follows a glossary of the shortened terms used in abridgements:

Reproduced from Tracing Scottish Ancestors, by Rosemary Bigwood, published by Collins, 1999.

Not included in Rosemary's book, but a phrase often found:
'Not Instr by Trs of dec A. B.' indicates that A.B. has died and the property is transferred temporarily to his trustees or executors. This is frequently the first indication that the property owner has died.


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