Well actually there isn't one. We have sold access to these newspaper notices for a few years now, but have now made the decision to make them available to all - free of charge.
You now have access to approximately 24,500 Birth, marriage and death notices and hundreds of newspaper stories from 1849 to 1854. Also available are many scanned documents and books, relating to pre-1855 Scotland and Scottish life.
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Here's a few great examples:
18th November 1853 - Treacherously murdered by the natives of Tabou, Western Africa, on the 11th July, on board the schooner Heroine, of which he was the commander, Captain Daniel Cormack, of Wick, aged 39, and at the same time, and on the same occasion, John Graham Jackson aged 25 years, only son of the late John Hough Jackson Esq., of Camberwell, Surrey.
18th October 1852 - At 23 Buccleuch Street, Edinburgh, on the 23d ultimo, James Wallace, aged 102 years. He was twice married. By his first wife, with whom he lived fourteen years, he had seven children, and by his second, with whom he lived fifty-two years, and who survives him, he had thirteen children.
9th December 1853 - At 6 Surrey Street, on the 6th instant, Mary Fisher, second daughter, aged 3 years and 5 months; on the 7th, Easter, eldest daughter, aged 4 years and 8 months; and on the 8th Hugh, aged 1 year and 8 months, son, all of scarlet fever, being all the family of Mr Donald Cameron.
24th March 1852 - DEATHS - On the 10th December, Wiliam Lennox Mullens, commander of the ship Victory, who was cruelly murdered by the Chinese emigrants he was conveying from Cumsingmoon to Callao.
23rd February 1852 - DEATH FROM A WOUND INFLICTED BY A COCKATOO - On the 3d instant, while Alice Anderson, an old woman, 76 years of age, who has long been an inhabitant of the village of Balcurvie, was visiting a friend at Methilhill, a cockatoo that was prancing about inflicted a slight wound with its bill on one of her fingers. No great concern was felt at the time regarding the affair. The finger was wrapt up, and on the Friday following the cloth was removed from the wound, which was then deemed whole. On the same evening, however, symptoms of an alarming nature appeared, her arm became much swollen, the inflammation increased, and she died on Wednesday night. – The Courant.
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