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Offline grantleydawn

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Handwriting deciphering
« on: Thursday 12 March 09 20:53 GMT (UK) »
I purchased a baptism entry from SP and I need help to understand what it is saying. It appears to be a birth "out of wedlock".

The baptism is of Jeane CRAWFOORD, father Johnne CRAWFOORD, mother Margaret KENNEDIE. 8th Jan 1629

My initial attempt is;
Margaret KENNEDIE a notable ???????? has a ?????? to be baptized at ?? ???????? of Mr Johnne MacNELL and Mr David MITCHELL. ?? ?????? ?? named Jeane ?? ???? S????? Thomas f????d??. This matter as yet ??? not ?????????? ?? before ?? Session ?? ????? ?? ??????? father ????? ?? ?????? to ?? ???? Johnne CRAWFOORD ?? ??? ????? of ????????.

I hope my attachment works. I have not done this before.

Any help will be greatly appreciated.

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Re: Handwriting deciphering
« Reply #1 on: Thursday 12 March 09 20:56 GMT (UK) »
Looks like she was a"notable whoore" to me.
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Re: Handwriting deciphering
« Reply #2 on: Thursday 12 March 09 21:35 GMT (UK) »
This is what I can make out:

Margaret Kennedie a notable whoore has a bairn to be baptized at the ? of Mr John MacNeil and Mr David Mitchell. The bairn is/be named Jeane ? John ?  Thomas ?  the natural matter yet  not ? before the session to ? the bairn's father ? ? alleged to be one John Crawford ? to the Laird of ?


? = not sure


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Re: Handwriting deciphering
« Reply #3 on: Thursday 12 March 09 21:43 GMT (UK) »
...baptized at the direction of ....
Best wishes, Judy :-))


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Re: Handwriting deciphering
« Reply #4 on: Thursday 12 March 09 21:47 GMT (UK) »
I'll give it a go and add some words that are familiar from kirk sessions that were more legible. Margaret kennedie a notable whoore has a bairn(e) to be baptized at the invitation of Mr. Johne ??? and Mr. David Mitchell ....... the bairn(e) is named Jeane ........?????????  Later:  ....not compeared before the (kirk) session to ?????? the bairn(e)'s father .....

That's the best I can do for now! The word compeared is frequently found in the sessions, as is the word 'admonished'. Happy I was born in the 60's!
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Re: Handwriting deciphering
« Reply #5 on: Thursday 12 March 09 21:53 GMT (UK) »
Does it read that  John Crawfoord  is the factor or servant to the Laird  - can't quite make that word out
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Re: Handwriting deciphering
« Reply #6 on: Thursday 12 March 09 22:19 GMT (UK) »
My two pennyworth

..... at the direction of Mr Johnne Maxwell.......Jeane  w..(meaning witness?)  Johnne Smyth Thomas Saunders  The mother as yet has not compeared before the session to r??sie.....her bairns father whom she alleges to be one Johnne Crawfoord ... to the.....

I agree, Gadget, it does look like it could be "factor"

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Re: Handwriting deciphering
« Reply #7 on: Thursday 12 March 09 23:15 GMT (UK) »
I think Johnnie's occupation starts with a long 's' - see the word 'session' in the lines above...

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Re: Handwriting deciphering
« Reply #8 on: Thursday 12 March 09 23:18 GMT (UK) »
Agree, Prue. The other fs are all crossed  - but what he was to the Laird is baffling  :-\


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