Re: illigitmacy

Lauraine Syrnick

Am not sure about this, but was told by a Scottish lady that “hand fasting” was popular in Scotland. Apparently that is two people could say they were married (unsure if witnesses were required) and usually until a baby was to be born shortly did not go through the formal process of marrying before a minister. Unsure how the church dealt with this either?? A church sanctioned marriage costed money and many people did not have the funds. If this is a myth, please let me know.


On Feb 25, 2020, at 1:47, LorneandJudy <> wrote:

The use of the word “illegitimate” was discontinued after 1918.
Judy ANderson nee Stables
On Feb 24, 2020, at 8:06 PM, Edie Mc <> wrote:

I do have an illegitimate child born 1850 and it does say Illegitimate and have seen others that early as illigitmate as well.
Edie Mc

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From: "Lauraine Syrnick" <>
Sent: Tuesday, 25 Feb, 2020 At 11:40 AM
Subject: [ScotGen] illigitmacy

Hmm - no so sure I agree with you. In the 1890-1900, an illegitimate child is definitely noted on its birth certificate as “illegitimate"
aa there is one in my family (that I know of). I will do some research on this so thanks for bringing it up.



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