Re: McEwing/Stewart/McCaig/Wallace—Islay/ Campbeltown
Goldie & Lido Doratti
I beg to differ.......in the 1700/1800 era most women retained their maiden names after marriage. You will see on some census info this is so..NOT ALL, but for example, if the woman was a Smith, she was known as a Smith, but she was also known as the Wife of John Doe.....on the tomb stone you will likely see his name first, if he died first and then ‘his wife .... Smith’. You are right to think it makes it easier for us doing genealogy to find folks. Again, NOT all women did this, but it was a common thing for the woman to retain her maiden name. She was likely proud of her forbearers. To carry the man’s name is a more modern thing. The maiden name also denoted the Clan or Sept of a Clan she belonged to. Goldie
From: John Kemplen via Groups.Io
Sent: Thursday, March 26, 2020 4:01 PM
Subject: Re: [ScotGen] McEwing/Stewart/McCaig/Wallace—Islay/ Campbeltown
I don't think it is quite like that. Most married Scottish women have, for many years, ALWAYS been known by their married surname while they are alive and it is ONLY on their headstones when they are dead that they are called by their maiden surname. Because their husband's name also tends to appear for one reason or another on the headstone, it is usually possible to identify them by either their maiden or their married name. It is a relatively modern thing, and not just in Scotland, for married women to continue to use their maiden surname.
On 26/03/2020 22:10, LorneandJudy wrote:
And, that is why, they are named by their maiden name on headstones. So helpful, for us into genealogy.