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.

Downtime notice: due to essential work on our servers, the Scottish Handwriting website will be unavailable for prolonged periods from midnight on Friday 3 October until midnight on Sunday 5 October (all day Saturday 4 October and all day Sunday 5 October).

18th Century woodcut illustration, showing lawyers writing a will
mouse icon Tutorials
  Test your palaeography skills with our interactive tutorials.
disc icon Coaching
  Use our coaching manual to help you decipher documents.

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Refresh your skills with our latest weekly poser,
added 1 October 2014.

Imge of the word Freehold showing the use of the double letter f to indicate a capital letter F.

Our latest tip concerns the use of double letters.