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Uncovering the Hidden Value of Scottish Surnames

Fri 21st Jul 2023

Uncovering the Hidden Value of Scottish Surnames Image

Scottish surnames can carry a hidden treasure trove of historical and genealogical significance, possibly holding substantial value for their owners. Maybe your ancestors once owned a castle, or plot of land.

There is a certainly some hidden wealth that lies within many a Scottish family tree- suggesting that some surnames could be worth thousands of pounds.

Every year, many people die without leaving behind a will. When this happens, it means they have died intestate, and if no next of kin can be traced, their property is eventually passed to the crown. These unclaimed estates can we worth a substantial amount of money and assets can come in the form of money, property, a business or personal possessions. 

There are currently 85 unclaimed estates in England and Wales of Scottish origin and family members could be entitled to money even if they're unaware of it.

The surnames from Scotland that could be worth thousands in unclaimed estates, include; Armstrong, Beal, Copland, Farrell, Galliford, Kernaghan, Leipman, Mackinnon, Succamore or Wray?  To name a few.

If you think you could be entitled to any of the 85 unclaimed estates as listed on this site, then you can contact us to validate your claim. You will need to provide us with information about the deceased, such as their name, date of death, and last known address, and you must be either:

  • Husband, wife, or civil partner
  • Children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and so on
  • Mother or father
  • Brothers or sisters who share both the same mother and father, or their children (nieces and nephews)
  • Half brothers or sisters or their children
  • Uncles and aunts or their children (first cousins or their descendants)

The rules of intestacy seem simple, but there is a lot of room for confusion when someone dies without leaving a will. It is always worth getting in touch with a respected probate genealogy firm such as Finders International if you want to prove your relationship to anyone on the unclaimed estates list.