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1740 Scotland

Postby Cmcquade » Tue Jun 06, 2017 8:46 pm

Ive come across a birth entry in 1740 Scotland saying the child's father is Charles charlmers late bailie. What does this mean?
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Re: 1740 Scotland

Postby devonliz » Tue Jun 06, 2017 9:05 pm

Could it mean that he was previously a bailie? One of his witnesses has the title of bailie, a position in the parish I believe.
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Re: 1740 Scotland

Postby Cmcquade » Tue Jun 06, 2017 9:50 pm

Why would he change his name??
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Re: 1740 Scotland

Postby AdrianB38 » Tue Jun 06, 2017 10:30 pm

He's not changing his name - it's simply saying that he was previously a (the?) Bailie in Dunfermline.
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Re: 1740 Scotland

Postby Cmcquade » Tue Jun 06, 2017 10:34 pm

Thank you very much!. What was a bailie?? And were all these witness at the birth?
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Re: 1740 Scotland

Postby AdrianB38 » Tue Jun 06, 2017 10:56 pm

https://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk/glossary/B? has
Bailer/bailie/baille/baillie - Magistrate in a Scottish town or burgh


The witnesses are, unless I've got this totally wrong, witnesses to the baptism - which I think is the equivalent of god-parents. Though I'm not quite certain if it's exactly the same thing????
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Re: 1740 Scotland

Postby Cmcquade » Wed Jun 07, 2017 9:29 pm

Thanks guys
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