National Records of Scotland

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Testament Dative

Testament Dative

Example of Testament Dative

Example of a Testament Dative (click to enlarge)

What information can I expect to find in a Testament Dative?

A Testament Dative contains the following information:

An Introductory clause containing

  • Name of the deceased
  • Occupation of the deceased
  • Address of the deceased
  • The date the testament was made
  • The names of the executors¬†

An Inventory

  • Contains a list of possessions which may be detailed but may also just be a general valuation¬†

Confirmation clause

  • A confirmation of the testament by an official.