Welcome to the Scottish Handwriting.com online tutorials.
Three tutorials are available now. Others will be added later. Each tutorial is designed to provide several hours' tuition in different aspects of palaeography, using images of original Scottish documents.
1 Hour Basic Tutorial
For novice palaeographers, an introduction to common Secretary Hand letters and other key aspects of Scottish palaeography.
See how an individual's handwriting changed and deteriorated once he left the supervision of his writing master, by reading the letters written to his father by a young Scottish merchant.
Glasgow Burgh Court
For the more advanced palaeographer, an introduction to court records, using extracts from the minute books of Glasgow burgh court acting as justices of the peace (JPs). The writing has a relatively high proportion of Secretary Hand, Scots vocabulary, and legal jargon.
This tutorial will give you a good grounding in understanding aswell as reading testaments. Based on 18th century testaments it takes you through a variety of types of testaments, explaining clauses and showing you how to calculate the value of the estate.