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Under Scottish law, if a person died without a known heir, the Crown was deemed the ultimus haeres (last heir). The records are kept in The National Archives of Scotland. Those dating before 1834 relate to the granting of ultimus haeres to petitioners. After 1834 fuller records are kept in E 851–70. See Cecil Sinclair, Tracing Your Scottish Ancestors (2003).

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