Are there any accessible records of missing persons in Scotland for the mid 19th Century?
I ask as I have a brick wall with my Great Great Grandfather, David Brighton (1825-1891).
The earliest record I have for him is his military records from the National Archives. He joined the Royal Garrison Artillery in 1846. Served in the Turkish War and the Crimean War, being decorated in the Battle of Sebastopol.
I have full records of his post-military life - marriage, birth of children, census entries and death. However, absolutely nothing before his joining the army. No birth or christening records, no record of any parent with the name Brighton.
The military record states his place of birth as Montrose, Scotland. I have trawled online records, have been to the Scottish Records Office in Edinburgh, and to Montrose. There is no record of anyone with the surname Brighton living in that area at that time. Indeed the staff at the SRO suggested there was noone called Brighton in Scotland at all around this time.
I am left with the conclusion that he gave a false name to the army. Especially as he joined up at Newcastle on Tyne (Brighton Beach). So, is there any way of checking for missing persons about that time? Assuming of course he was reported as missing. Although I suspect it will be impossible to confirm anyone I find is the same man.
I doubt he would have given a false birthplace too far from his real birthplace as he would have been given away by his accent.