Online Tuition in the Palaeography of Scottish Documents

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The Scottish Handwriting site is maintained by the National Records of Scotland

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Welcome to Scottish, the website offering online tuition in palaeography for historians, genealogists and other researchers who have problems reading manuscript historical records written in Scotland in the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries.

The emphasis of the website is on practical help to improve the palaeographical skills, rather than on the academic study of Scottish handwriting.

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mouse icon Tutorials
  Test your palaeography skills with our interactive tutorials.
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  Use our coaching manual to help you read and make sense of historical documents.

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Refresh your skills with our latest weekly poser, which looks at a letter by Michael Young to the Earl and Countess of Lothian, 1652,
added 26 March 2015.

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Our latest tip concerns Scots, Legal and Latin words.