Billy Connolly's family history is the subject of a
free exhibition in the ScotlandsPeople Centre from 26 January
until 27 March 2009.
On Friday 23 January Linda Fabiani MSP, Minister for Europe
External Affairs and Culture, launched the 'Famous Scots' exhibition. Starting with Billy Connolly, the rolling exhibition
explores the family history of six well-known Scots, changing
every eight weeks and running through to Hogmanay 2009. 'Famous
Scots' is being supported by Homecoming Scotland as part
of this year's official celebrations.
The ScotlandsPeople partners, including the National Archives
of Scotland, are delighted to have the opportunity to present
Billy Connolly's genealogy, and to highlight some of
Scotland's key ancestry resources available to everyone
for tracing their own family history.
The exhibition traces Billy Connolly's Glasgow roots back
to his ancestors from Ireland and the Isle of Mull. They came in
search of work in the industries that made Glasgow the second city
of the Empire. Connolly's early years in the shipyards was
part of a family tradition. The living conditions of his ancestors
are also explored in the exhibition, which is based on original
documents, some of which are displayed for the first time.
During Homecoming Scotland, staff from the ScotlandsPeople partners
(General Register Office for Scotland, NAS and the Court of the
Lord Lyon) will be delving into the ancestry of five other celebrities,
and the rolling exhibition will show visitors how easy it is to
trace their own Scottish family history.
Visitors to the exhibition can enjoy the extraordinary venue in
the heart of New Register House, surrounded by over half a million
hand-written registers going back more than 400 years - a sight
to inspire people to use the resources of the ScotlandsPeople Centre
and the NAS.
'Famous Scots' is on show in New Register House, Edinburgh,
Monday to Friday, 9.00 - 4. 30. For more information visit
the ScotlandsPeople hub website.
On Friday 23 January Linda Fabiani MSP, Minister for Europe External
Affairs and Culture, launched the Famous Scots exhibition. The ScotlandsPeople
partners are pleased to have the agreement of Billy Connolly to
feature as the first subject in a series of exhibitions designed
to highlight family history and celebrate Homecoming Scotland 2009.
Linda Fabiani, Minister for Europe External Affairs and Culture, with the Keeper of the Records of Scotland, at the exhibition launch