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Before the early nineteenth century testaments registered in Scottish commissary courts concerned movable property only. Most testaments were either a testament testamentar (where the deceased made a will) or a testament dative (where the ceceased died intestate).
Typically testaments consisted of an introductory clause, an inventory and a confirmation clause. Testaments testamentar normally also contain a letter will or some other expression of the testator's intent regarding the disposal of movable goods.
If an addition or adjustment had to be made (usually where additional movable goods were discovered after the original testament had been confirmed), this was often done in the form of an eik.
For a fuller description of the testamentary process, see our tutorial on 18th century testaments.
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