Genealogy day will launch this year’s heritage week

Some of the UK’s most highly regarded genealogists will launch Angus Heritage Week will launch next month with a free event devoted to family and local history.

The Tayroots Family History Day, on Friday, September 13, at the Brechin Mechanics’ Institute will feature a programme of speakers and workshops and is expected to attract family and local historians from across Scotland

One of the many highlights will be a talk by historian and broadcaster Dr Nick Barratt from BBC’s ‘Who Do You Think You Are’, who has played a major part in the recent surge of interest in all things genealogical. BBC broadcaster, author and genealogist Dr Bruce Durie, will also share a few tales of his family and, in particular, their links with Angus during his talk.

The carvings on many gravestones can provide a wealth of information about the people buried there. Fiona Scharlau, manager of the Angus Archives, will explain the meanings of the gravestone carvings, including the various trades inscriptions and why there are so many graves marked by a skull and crossbones in the local kirkyards, as well as where to find the best grave carvings in Angus. Following her talk, Fiona will lead a tour around Brechin Cathedral’s ancient cemetery.

Places for talks and workshops are free but limited. To book, visit or call 01307 473262.