Burial records

Historically, the Church of Scotland, in the form of Kirk Sessions and heritors in each parish, was responsible for the maintenance of burial grounds within churchyards and kept records of burials. In 1925 responsibility for the maintenance of Church graveyards was transferred to local authorities (or councils) in Scotland and from then burial records were no longer the responsibility of the Church.

The location of burial records is not as clear cut as that for baptismal and marriage records, but in most cases any surviving burial registers will be among kirk session records at the National Archives of Scotland (NAS) or at the General Register Office for Scotland (GROS).

You can visit the GROS online at www.gro-scotland.gov.uk

Over the last 20 years the inscriptions on gravestones and monuments in many Scottish burial grounds, or at least those which are legible, have been surveyed and indexed by local history, family history and antiquarian societies, and the results published. Usually these can be consulted at local studies libraries and archive services of the relevant local authorities in Scotland.

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Prayer for January

Prayer
Father,
we pray for those
who know the suffering
of total despair
for the terminally ill
and the grief-stricken;
for the depressed
and for those consumed by guilt;
for those who have lost their faith
in life, in others, in you.
We bring before you
Those who feel totally alone
When faced with fears and pain
That threatens to overwhelm them.
Amen
Christine Odell
Taken from ” Pocket Prayers for Healing” Compiled by Trevor Lloyd.