************!! You are right. I obviously need new specs. Sorry about that.
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QuoteWas David's wife Jane's maiden name also Robertson?At this point I just don't know
I have tried to look up marriages in Scotland but couldn't locate him or his wife.If you put in both names, the search won't find the marriage. Just use one or the other and it will appear. I'd go for her because her given name is unusual.
How far back do Scottish census records go?The useful ones go back to 1841.
Thanks CaroleW, I don't have a subsciption & there are 7 records to view. I was hoping someone may be able to help. VBAnyone else who looked this up for you would have to pay too.
Parents William Lyall and Barbra Pittellow..spelling should be Pattullo.Don't get hung up on spelling. It was a very inexact science until the 20th century. Until then, there was no such thing as 'correct' spelling of personal and place names.
I have checked Scotland's People and family search, and nothing is coming up for his birth. Could his parents of forgotten to register his birth?Yes, very easily. Or they may not have been members of the Church of Scotland.
Also just wondering why no marriage is recorded for William Lyall and Barbara? Could they of lived as a married couple, but not married?They could, but it is far more likely that they were married but there is simply no surviving record of the marriage. Or perhaps William Jr was illegitimate and they never actually lived together.
it would be my luck being my clanForget about clans. Not every Scot belongs to a clan. These days, there are several Lowland and Border families who are described as clans, but neither Lyall and variants, nor Patullo and variants, is a clan. They are good solid Lowland families. The clans, historically, were a feature of society in the Gaelic-speaking Highlands, and not so many centuries ago your ancestors would have feared and mistrusted all clans, regarding them as savage and dangerous. See http://www.clanchiefs.org.uk/chief/ for a list of currently recognised clans.