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What Scottish counties do you have research interests in? Poll

Here are the results of our 27th Unlock the Past poll - What Scottish counties do you have ancestors from - or research interests in? Votes were cast by 443 people. The results are summarised in the table below.

Almost everyone responding to the poll had Scottish ancestry - just 2.5% did not (very similar to the Irish poll result). The most common countries were Ayrshire, Lanarkshire and Midlothian with over 20% of the voters indicating they have research interests in those counties. Sadly, over 4% of the voters knew they had at least one ancestor from Scotland but as yet have not been able to find which county they came from.


County Votes Percent
No Scots ancestry 11 2.48
Unknown county 18 4.06
Aberdeenshire 82 18.51
Angus 70 15.80
Argyll 58 13.09
Ayrshire 103 23.25
Banffshire 39 8.80
Berwickshire 27 6.09
Bute 17 3.84
Caithness 32 7.22
Clackmannanshire 15 3.39
Cromarty 11 2.48
Dumfriesshire 56 12.64
Dunbartonshire 28 6.32
East Lothian 41 9.26
Fife 83 18.74
Inverness-shire 72 16.25
Kincardinshire 25 5.64
Kinross-shire 10 2.26
Kirkcudbrightshire 29 6.55
Lanarkshire 148 33.41
Midlothian 116 26.19
Moray 28 6.32
Nairnshire 5 1.13
Orkney 16 3.61
Peeblesshire 16 3.61
Perthshire 85 19.19
Renfrewshire 71 16.03
Ross & Cromarty 43 9.71
Roxburghshire 28 6.32
Selkirkshire 12 2.71
Shetland 19 4.29
Stirlingshire 57 12.87
Sutherland 16 3.61
West Lothian 28 6.32
Wigtownshire 26 5.87
Other 10 2.26

Where the voters came from

  • Australia - 385
  • Canada - 1
  • New Zealand - 20
  •  United Kingdom - 6
  • United States - 2
  • Unknown - 29

Other comments

  • Scots Irish
  • Isle of Mull
  • McDonalds/Campbell/Lamont/Burden uprisings
  • Falkirk
  • Fife
  • Urquhart/Orchard
  • Grantown on Spey
  • Falkirk
  • all I know is she was a runaway Quaker girl!!
  • Inner Hebrides


east lothian haddington, galvald

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Berwickshire, Peeblesshire, Roxburghshire and Selkirkshire

I'm wondering why Peeblesshire and Selkirkshire have much smaller percentages than Berwickshire and Roxburghshire.

Perhaps it's because the ancestors of those responding came in the 19th century when the relative populations were much larger.

We concentrate on the Scottish Borders region in south-eastern Scotland.
The Scottish Borders region comprises the old Border counties (Roxburghshire, Berwickshire, Selkirkshire and Peeblesshire), and part of the former Midlothian and Edinburghshire counties.

We're here to help people with their family history primarily in the Scottish Borders region, as well as in adjacent counties of England and Scotland.
We record monumental/gravestone/tombstone inscriptions (MIs), and research local social history and publish the results in our books and CDs; we also sell other relevant genealogical publications. Our MIs now cover over 4,900 distinct surnames in the Borders.
Members get a 44 page magazine three times a year and discounts on their monumental inscriptions volumes, Scotland'sPeople vouchers and research service, and free access to GEDCOM family trees by email.
Visitors can use our site to further their research by recording their Surname Interests (free), viewing others' Queries and Surname Interests (currently 9,300 interests recorded - covering more than 2,300 surnames), searching the indexes to our publications: the Gravestones Index, the Magazine Article Index, the Family Trees Index (550 family trees held now cover more than 4,100 distinct surnames), or raising discussion topics in the Forums.

You can ask us to do research for you.

Re: Peeblesshire and Selkirkshire ...

Peter, thanks for your comments. Submission to our polls are mainly by Australians and New Zealanders, though not limited to them. Most would be referring to 18th or 19th Century emigrant ancestors. You would be better placed to assess factors influencing emigration then from your region and others than I would.

As for the benefits your society can offer I suggest you put an entry in our FREE online directory. It is best to register first so you can maintain your own entry. This will get more ongoing notice than a comment on a blog. We have not yet promoted this much outside our region, but will soon. Here are a couple of samples entries -  Birmingham & Midland Society for Genealogy & Heraldry and Society of Australian Genealogists. Key words in your description will be picked up by search engines.