Re: Need to Solve a Problem
I found an entry for a JAMES HUNTER, who died in 1671, but the only problem is that his will is recorded in Irvine, Ayrshire.This MAY NOT be your James Hunter, however, but I did want you to have the information.
HUNTER JAMES 18/04/1671
Description: WRITER IN IRVINE
TD [testament dative]* (see below)
GLASGOW COMMISSARY COURT CC9/7/38
*The testament dative was drawn up by the court if a person died intestate (without leaving a will), in order to appoint and confirm the executor on their behalf. It comprised three parts: the introductory clause, an inventory of the deceased's possessions, and the confirmation clause. The testament dative might name a family member as executor, but if the deceased died in debt, a creditor might be appointed as executor instead. In such cases, the testament would include a list of the deceased's debts and would exist solely for the purpose of authorizing the discharge of those debts.
There are only 11 Robert Hunter's who died in Scotland between 1700-1725, with will records.None of these died in the year 1708 in Perthshire.
What this may mean is that your relatives did not leave a will of any kind. And it may also mean they had very little in the way of possessions to divide among the surviving kin.
I hope this helps.