Shapinsay parish records
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Male Heads of Families – Free transcripts of rolls of male heads of families from the 1830s
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List of Births with no Father's name 1855-1874
|Child name||Date of birth||Mother name||Order|
|Jane ALLAN||16 April 1867||Sibbila ALLAN||Find the father|
|James DUNNETT||13 January 1873||Mary DUNNETT||Find the father|
|Isabella HARCUS||29 July 1874||Barbara HARCUS||Find the father|
|Margaret JONES||17 June 1874||Margaret JONES||Find the father|
|John TINCH||8 November 1874||Mary TINCH||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