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The Common Room / Still recorded as illegitimate at death
« on: Monday 22 March 21 18:17 GMT (UK)  »
I've just discovered (finally!) my 3rd great grandfathers death certificate of 1873. Even at 71 years of age he is still recorded as 'illegitimate'! In the space for his occupation it is recorded as "mason (illiegitimate) married to Mary Johnstone." Plus his Fathers name is missing and only his Mothers name is recorded.
So either he was an illegitimate mason??? or the stigma of being illegitimate was that strong.

Any clarification of this type of recording is very welcome.


Stirlingshire / Polmaise Castle, Stirling
« on: Monday 22 February 21 17:46 GMT (UK)  »
I've just discovered my great-granduncle was a Butler at Polmaise Castle in 1927 at the time of his death. I've never heard of this castle but understand it has since been demolished by the army. Does anyone know about the family who owned it or anyone else who worked there? My great granduncle was from Inverness, then in the Royal Army Medical Corps serving in Egypt during WW1 so not sure how he ended up a butler in Stirling!


Radnorshire / Origin of the name De Winton in Radnorshire
« on: Monday 11 January 21 17:22 GMT (UK)  »
I have recently discovered a family member with the name Price Meredith De Winton Evans (1903-1957) and was curious as to where the 'De Winton' originated. I have gone back several generations on both sides of the family but have yet to find any other De Winton. All his siblings had unusual names so maybe they were just history buffs of the Norman conquest??

Grateful for any info,

The Common Room / Using Find My Past website
« on: Wednesday 04 November 20 18:55 GMT (UK)  »
Ive started using Find My Past recently but find it quite frustrating. Im struggling to find records that I can easily find on ScotlandsPeople and even Ancestry. Has anyone else found any difficulties with it? Ive been researching for years and have never had a problem such as these with other sites. (ScotlandsPeople, Ancestry, Forces War Records, MyHeritage)

Inverness / Strange address in census
« on: Sunday 21 April 19 12:58 BST (UK)  »
I have come across some unusual addresses over the years but this one has me stumped.

'Two Sco left by Onisbathe, Cromdale, Inverallan and Advie, Inverness, Scotland'.

I assume it was a mistake on the part of the scribe taking the census? Any help would be greatly appreciated.


The Common Room / Can you have two birth certificates?
« on: Friday 14 October 16 23:48 BST (UK)  »

I have just discovered a relative (deceased) may have two birth certificates. The first when he was born with the surname of his biological father, who was not married to his mother, the other another name, of his mother's husband when he child was 6. (He was the result of an affair)
Is it possible to change the details like this but have the original document survive?


« on: Sunday 10 April 16 17:14 BST (UK)  »
I've discovered from my grandfathers RAF papers he was admitted to Matlock in 1941. It was only for a short time then again admitted to Lochnow? Hospital. Is there anyway of finding out what he was admitted for? I've heard Matlock was a psychiatric hospital. Fatigue from flying or something more?

Selkirkshire / Ettrick burials
« on: Saturday 30 January 16 18:27 GMT (UK)  »
I'm planning a trip to Ettrick to trace where my grandfathers family came from. Are there many churches or graveyards that may hold some clues as to what happened to them? The family home was at Cossarshill and as far as I'm aware is still there.
Any advice would be greatly appreciated.


Wigtownshire / Robina Loch Blane Ritchie Mackinnon from Dunragit
« on: Sunday 16 August 15 15:14 BST (UK)  »
Hello all,
I'm looking for info on the family of Robina Loch Blane Ritchie. She married  Ian Mackinnon from Inveress around 1941/1942. They weren't together very long as he returned to Inverness after his war service without her. But I have a record of Robina or Ruby as she was known has having a son named David. He was born in 1950 in Dunragit. His fathers name on the birth certificate is blank. Her 1980 death certificate has her as Ruby Mackinnon which is surprising as Ian divorced her and remarried. At least I hope he did!
Any info would be great.

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