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28 Jan 2022
updated 28 Jan 2022

Red Book directory

Modular extracts from The Red Book, a history of the Findlay family of Boturich Castle in Scotland.

  • Originally compiled by James Findlay (1819 – 1904)
  • Subsequently repackaged by Robert Findlay (1923 – 2011)
  • Recently scanned and modularised by Robert Buchanan Findlay
pp 1-4200kTitle page, Contents, Introduction
pp 5-10800kRobert the banker and his ancestry
pp 11-181,000kMarginal notes and memos
pp 19-24800kCunninghames; the doctor
pp 25-30800kRobert Findlay the 1st of Easterhill
pp 31-35700kCorrespondence with Mr Muir; Old Oak Cabinet papers
pp 36-40500kcontinued
pp 41-46800kRobert Findlay the 2nd of Easterhill
pp 47-51600kBuchanans; Colonel John; Dunlop
pp 52-57400kFamily trees not included here
pp 58-63600kFamily pictures; Dr Findlay's ancestry; Dunlops
pp 64-69600kBibles and Prayer Books; Mansfeldt name; early Findlays
pp 70-78800kFamily trees

Complete Red Book

Burke's Landed Gentry 1849 re Findlay Mhor

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It seems to be a conceit (in both ancient and modern senses of the word) of both the 'Aberlour' Findlays and the 'Boturich' Findlays that they are in some way descended from the gigantic Findla Mor, the aboriginal Big Yin, who fell at the battle of Pinkie in 1536.

I'd be delighted for both our traditions to further this connection. But it hasn't been helped by the scrambling of the Boturich family trees in the public version of the Red Book.

Fortunately, by means of the excellent (and free) Zamzar.com and Paint.net on-line utilities, these trees have been reverse-engineered from .pdf to .jpg format, and the nine resulting images then reassembled into mosaic images of the three original manuscript documents. I'm immensely grateful to Eboracus for this remarkable achievement. (Any visual incompleteness at the edges of the mosaics is simply a consequence of the original scans from which the .pdf file was created.)

The best way of displaying all these images on-line may take some fine-tuning, but here goes.

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The .jpg images extracted from the .pdf file are as follows. You might like to download them, print them out, and spread them out on a large dining table to see what goes with what (allowing for a certain amount of overlap with their neighbours).









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Having spread the printouts (0 – 8) onto my own modest dining table, it became evident that there were three distinct original documents, let's call them A B and C, such that once the surplus overlaps had been trimmed from the images, the trimmed images could be assembled "edge-to-edge" and merged as follows

A = 0 + 1

B = 2 + 3

C = 4 + 5 + 6 + 7 + 8

And this is what they look like

A = 0-1.jpg (click here for pdf version)

B = 2-3.jpg (click here for pdf version)

C = 4-5-6-7-8.jpg (click here for pdf version)

You might best be advised to download these composites and then view them on Microsoft Office Picture Manager (or whatever else may be your preferred image viewer).