Cranshaws 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|
|Isabella GILLIE||19 October 1869||Mary GILLIE||Find the father|
|James GILLIE||21 February 1862||Martha GILLIE||Find the father|
|Janet GILLIE||2 February 1867||Martha GILLIE||Find the father|
|Martha Bruce GILLIE||27 June 1867||Janet GILLIE||Find the father|
|Martin GILLIE||13 June 1858||Martha GILLIE||Find the father|
|Mary Robertson KING||27 November 1868||Isabella KING||Find the father|
|Helen SCOTT||21 November 1865||Margaret SCOTT||Find the father|
|Margaret SHIEL||17 October 1856||Catherine VERTIE||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