Hownam parish records
Lookup searches – Access records in Scottish archives for ancestors in this parish (e.g. Kirk Session Records). Available from £1 a name a year.
Poor Law appeals – Indexed Poor Law appeals with the option to order images of records.
Birth records with no father’s name – Hit a brick wall with no father named in a birth record? Help is at hand: see our list for this parish below.
Male Heads of Families – Free transcripts of rolls of male heads of families from the 1830s
Kirk Sessions Index – Free extracts from Kirk Session records
Board of Supervision poor relief appeals
We are pleased to be able to offer to obtain images of the minutes for each appeal, at the following rates:
- £3 for a single minute
- £6 for up to 3 minutes for a single case
- £10 for any single case with more than 3 minutes (some cases have as many as 8 minutes)
|Agnes IRVINE or CRAWFORD||1863 (2)||Order images||Refused|
List of Births with no Father's name 1855-1874
|Child name||Date of birth||Mother name||Order|
|Mary CAMPBELL||1 December 1870||Janet CAMPBELL||Find the father|
|Andrew GRAY||15 June 1870||Elizabeth Scott GRAY||Find the father|
|Hugh HALL||1 March 1874||Janet HALL||Find the father|
|Frank IRVINE||16 April 1862||Isabella IRVINE||Find the father|
|Anne Marshall MEIKLE||16 May 1874||Jane Marshall MEIKLE||Find the father|
|Robert MEIKLE||4 October 1864||Margaret MEIKLE||Find the father|
|Walter MOSCRIPT||1 March 1855||Mary MOSCRIPT||Find the father|
|Robert REDSHAW||20 April 1859||Isabella REDSHAW||Find the father|
|John TURNBULL||18 May 1868||Betsy TURNBULL||Find the father|
|Elizabeth WATSON||19 October 1871||Annie WATSON||Find the father|
In 1834, the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland passed the Veto Act, removing the absolute right of landowners to appoint ministers to their parish. The Act gave male heads of families who were communicants with the parish the right to veto the appointment of a new minister if a majority of them objected. To this end, the Assembly instructed kirk sessions to draw up rolls of the male heads of families in each parish. We have transcribed the surviving rolls, and are publishing them here. They are significant as they pre-date the earliest nominal census, which took place in 1841.
No Roll of Male Heads of Families has yet been found for this parish