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AndrewP wrote:Hi JeannieB,
There is an answer on ScotlandsPeople for you. Look for Helen McIntosh, born 1880, North Leith. Looks like she was born illegitimate to Janet, and given her father's surname.
All the best,
jeannieb wrote:Its great that they name the father for a child born illegitimate here in Canada the early birth records never show the father the mothers are the only ones mentioned.
AndrewP wrote:Hi Donna,
The father turned up on the day to sign the register to show that he was indeed the father. So there was no court case to find paternity in this case. If it had been determined at a court case, the father's name and signature would not have been on the original certificate that we see on ScotlandsPeople. It would have shown only the mother's name in the 'Parents' names' section on the certificate. The father's name would only have been given in the entry in the Register of Corrected Entries (which does not exist in this case).
I read the certificate as follows:
Helen McIntosh (illegitimate)Apart from the word illegitimate appearing on the certificate, if the couple had been married, the mother would have been listed as Janet McIntosh, M.S. White, [place and date of marriage]. As the couple have different surnames, no maiden surname shown and no marriage shown; these taken together show that the couple were not married, and hence the child was born illegitimate. The word illegitimate was considered quite a stigma, so at a date I cannot recall (early 20th century), the practice of writing 'illegitimate' on a birth certificate was stopped. From then onwards, you would know the child was illegitimate by the different surnames and the absence of a maiden surname and marriage details.
1880 August Twenty Fourth 4h PM
2 North Fort Street, Place, Leith
David McIntosh, Stonemason (journeyman) (Domicile 68 Kirkgate, South Leith)
Janet White, Domestic Servant
Janet White, Mother; David McIntosh, Father
1880 September 13th at North Leith. Sighe(?) Forman, Registrar
All the best,
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