Maddiston School , Villages of Maddiston & Rumford David Leask's Maddiston Pages

Maddiston and Rumford are where my mum spent her childhood. David's pages include some school photos and other pictures of the village folk. My grandpa, George Burrell is driving an old car in one of them and aunt May Burrell on another.

Talking Scot  Discussion forum A new discussion Group has been set up on the Web called Talking Scot. It can be found at
Dictionary of Scots Language The Dictionary of the Scots Language (DSL) comprises electronic editions of the two major historical dictionaries of the Scots language: the Dictionary of the Older Scottish Tongue (DOST) and the Scottish National Dictionary (SND). DOST contains information about Scots words in use from the twelfth to the end of the seventeenth centuries (Older Scots); and SND contains information about Scots words in use from the eighteenth century to the present day (modern Scots). These are the most comprehensive dictionaries available for, respectively, Older Scots and modern Scots, and are therefore essential research tools for anyone interested in the history of either Scots or English language, and for historical or literary scholars whose sources are written in Scots or may contain Scots usages.
Edinburgh Castle For the most visited castle in Scotland Apart from information on the famous Edinburgh Castle, this site included lots of general information about Edinburgh. It has sections covering Edinburgh accommodation which include Edinburgh Hotels, Edinburgh Bed and Breakfasts, Edinburgh Guest Houses, Edinburgh Self-catering Flats and Edinburgh Apartments. Other sections include Edinburgh Cafes, Edinburgh Entertainment, Edinburgh Restaurants, Edinburgh Weddings, Edinburgh Festivals and of course shopping in Edinburgh. 
JK Gillon James Gillon - Arthur's O'on A bit of local Stenhousemuir History brought to life by an old school pal.  

This site includes transcripts of a number of accounts of Arthur's O'on . Maps pinpointing the location of the monument are also included. Arthur's O'on was a remarkable beehive shaped building dating from the Roman occupation of Scotland. It was situated on the north side of the road from Carron to Stenhousemuir in Stirlingshire.

Callendar House, Falkirk History Research Centre Based at Callendar House in Falkirk, they have a fantastic collection of local photographs, some of which have been published in local booklets. Well worth a visit if you are ever in Falkirk.
SCAN Scottish Archives including Scottish  If you are researching your family history, or have always wanted to find out more about Scots in past centuries, then this is the site for you! This site offers free access to a fully searchable database of over 350,000 names of "defuncts" in Scottish Wills from 1500-1875. These names are being linked to over 2 million high quality colour digital images.
National Library of Scotland The digital library Fantastic timeline of Scottish history with links to images from the library archives. I can't keep away from this site. Also has a great set of old maps of the counties of Scotland
Kilsyth Community Council The official website of the Kilsyth Community Council - your one-stop shop for Kilsyth information. Another Stirlingshire community with some good information for genealogists and local history enthusiasts. Has the 1851 census, the pre-1855 monumental inscriptions and a really good timeline.
St Ninians Story Local photos around this Stirlingshire Parish Ian Hutchison has only just got going with this site but already it is worth a visit
Dave Stokes The Stokes of Edington Family - mainly England Dave has put together a very useful TIMELINE with information of the average wage, lifespan, major historic events etc. for each 50 year range since the doomsday book.
Rob Livingston
Broken Link
Livingston Genealogy Has some extracts of births from the Parish of Lismore and a photo of the church. Also has some good background articles on the THE BARONS OF BACHUILL
Lismore Community A local site for the island of Lismore A great site to get a real flavour of the island. The local historical magazine and guestbook are going to be invaluable for folks like me who are looking for a living connection
Barney Trywhitt-Drake Drake Software Anyone who pops into the UK genealogy newsgroup will see Barney's immense contribution Some good looking software for mapping and analysis of Census households recently sold on to Hugh Ainsley
The Baronage Web Background Good background information and articles on the Peerages of Great Britain and Ireland. Worth checking out if some one offers you a lordship.
David R Wills Scottish  and LDS Genealogical Reference Information David has put together a complete list of the LDS films available. Also a really good little relationships chart.
Edinburghers Biographies of the famous Edinburghers
The Scottish Military History Society Lineage of Scottish Regiments Amongst society journals it is unique in being almost exclusively concerned with the study of Scottish military subjects, mainly from the 1660's to the present day. Articles printed in the journal are the result of member's research.
The Scots at War The Scots at War Trust is a Charity registered in Scotland with the Inland Revenue. The Trustees raise funds for the Scots at War Project. The aims of the Project are: to advance research, to collate information and data sources and to educate the public of all ages on the history of Scots at war.
Free Historic Maps
A great site to find the farm that your ancestors lived in. Takes some time to find what you want.
The Ships List A site with lots of information on immigrants to USA, Canada and Australia from 1700-
The Langham Genealogy Occupations Lists of old occupation desrciptions has been gathered from a number of sources including those sent in from people employed in the various trades.
Genealogical Society of Ireland The Society was founded in 1990 to promote an interest in genealogy in Ireland by organising Open Meetings, lectures, workshops and publishing genealogical material.
The National Archives of Ireland Family History The National Archives of Ireland holds many of the records which are relevant to Irish genealogy and family history.   These pages are intended as a guide to the resources of the National Archives of Ireland for members of the public who are beginning a search on the history of their family:
Paddy Waldron At Trinity College, Dublin Paddy's list of his favourite genealogy resources on the Web. It does not claim to be in any way comprehensive, and concentrates largely on resources related to Ireland and in particular to the Irish counties in which his own ancestors lived.
Feudal Land System

This discussion paper has excellent background to the Feudal Land system that is about to be abolished by the new Scottish parliament. A bit hard going though.

Who Owns Scotland by Andy Wightman

A much more digestible article about land tenure in Scotland

Irish Heraldry
by Pat Brennan In my opinion the best description on Gaelic Irish Heraldry on the net.
Graves Commission The Commonwealth War Graves Commission
Excellent site. If you want to find out where your war hero is buried and some details of the battles in the area of their death, then try this.
History of Stirlingshire William Nimmo's history The first edition of Nimmo’s History of Stirlingshire was published, in 1777, by Messrs. William Creech, Edinburgh, and Thomas Cadell, London. In 1817, the work was revised and brought down to date, by the Rev. Willaim Macgregor Stirling, minister of Port, and re-issued, in two volumes, at the close of the year.

IGI Batch Numbers

by Hugh Wallis Hugh's is an excellent site for information about the Batch Numbering system used by the Latter Day Saints (LDS) famous family site at The Stirlingshire batches can be got to directly from this link 

Stenhousemuir FC
the unofficial site Worth a visit just to read the jokes about our Falkirk rivals.


Tom Paterson (last updated 25th Oct 2020)