Orphir parish records
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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
List of Births with no Father's name 1855-1874
|Child name||Date of birth||Mother name||Order|
|Zachariah BUDGE||21 June 1865||Barbra BUDGE||Find the father|
|James Henry GARRIOCH||15 November 1870||Margaret Livingston Riddock GARRIOCH||Find the father|
|Mariah HALCRO||13 February 1856||Jean HALCRO||Find the father|
|John KNARSTON||28 May 1857||Helen KNARSTON||Find the father|
|Margaret Ann KNARSTON||28 March 1868||Hellen Smith KNARSTON||Find the father|
|Thomson KNARSTON||22 December 1865||Hellen Smith KNARSTON||Find the father|
|Maryann Jane MELVEN||1 December 1862||Mary MELVEN||Find the father|
|Margaret Ann MILLER||20 August 1873||Margaret MILLER||Find the father|
|William MOWAT||29 January 1868||Jane MELVIN||Find the father|
|Susan PIRIE||19 February 1872||Isabella L. PIRIE||Find the father|
|Jane Cooper PLANK||27 March 1864||Barbara PLANK||Find the father|
|Jessie SINCLAIR||5 January 1866||Jessie Rae SINCLAIR||Find the father|
|Elisabeth Halcro WISHART||29 November 1869||Isabella Halcro WISHART||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