Newly digitised records of famous Scots, including Adam Smith and Sir Walter Scott, have been made available online.
The digital images, on scotlandspeople.gov.uk, the official Government source of genealogical data for Scotland, are of deaths and burials contained in the Old Parish Registers of Scotland (OPRs). The OPRs are the records which the Church of Scotland kept of births and baptisms, banns and marriages and deaths and burials for the 300 years before the start of the civil registration system in 1855.
As genealogists know, ScotlandsPeople website already contains the OPR entries for births/baptisms and banns/marriages. Now, in the year of Homecoming, the death/burial entries will complete the project to make all the OPRs of Scotland available on the internet.
You can read more in the EdinburghGuide.com web site at http://www.edinburghguide.com/story/visitingedinburgh/3171.