A guide to researching your ancestors in England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland, the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands, using resources at State Library Victoria.
In Scotland the term 'testament' is use to describe all the documents relating to the executry of a deceased person. It is primarily an inventory of the dead person's property and in many cases does not actually include a will. Not everyone left a testament. Even by the 1960s it was estimated that only half of the Scots who died had left testament papers..
Some Scottish people are also listed in the England & Wales National Probate Calendar (Index of wills and administrations) 1858-1966. This index is available via the Ancestry Library Edition (only available in the library).
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