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When my great aunt died in 1975 near Ft. William, her Will was in the name of “maiden name OR married name”. She told me that she was known informally by her husband’s name, but her old friends still called her by her maiden name, even 60 years after marriage.
Most of my ancestors in Lanark, Orkney & Islay were recorded in most records in the 1700s & 1800s with maiden name only, including after they arrived in Canada, where their headstones tend to show only the maiden name and “wife of ...”
On Mar 26, 2020, at 7:38 PM, Goldie & Lido Doratti <lidogold2@...> wrote:
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 5Clan she belonged to.
From: John Kemplen via Groups.Io
Sent: Thursday, March 26, 2020 4:01 PM
Subject: Re: [ScotGen] McEwing/Stewart/McCaig/Wallace—Islay/
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.
Hello everyone - I have found from my Scottish ancestry that
many women retain their maiden surname even when married which makes tracing
them so much easier, Gillie Lomax.
On Wed, 25 Mar 2020 at 03:22, Josephine Conray
I have search Ancestry and Scotland people. And
found the following information it might be yours and it might not, but it
something you can work on.
On the 1901 Census it state Catherine McEwing,
age 44 her son Robert born 1887in Campbeltown, he is 14 years old and a
Gardener’s Apprentice. It seems that she used her married name most of the
time maybe it was it was Robert or her family that buried her under her
Hugh Stewart born Aug 1846/7
Teasdale / Islay Argyll and Died year 1921 age 74 Ref/no 507/7 Cambeltown,
Married 1 Dec 1885 Catherine McEwing
Hugh parents are John Stewart 1814 Kilarrow,
Argyll and Mary McCaig b10 Dec 1816 Bowmore, Islay, Argyll &
died 2 Dec 1872 Bowmore, Argyll they had 5 Children
John Stewart 1814 parents were Donald
Stewart & Betsy Brown. They were married 27 Mar 1806 Killarrow,
Catherine McEwing born 10 May
1857 Campbeltown and died 18 May 1921 Campbeltown . Death under the
name of Catherine McEwing, age 64 Death 1921 Ref/no 507/42
Her Parents Joseph McEwing 24/7/1828 Campbeltown
, Argyll and Died14 /6/ 1888, Campbeltowm, Argyll married 13 Dec
1853 Campbeltown Argyll Film No 1041005 to
Mary Wallace 6 Jan 1829 Carradale, Argyll and
died 7 Nov 1895.
Joseph parents were John McEwing 28 Jan 1807
Islay and died 22march 1869 and Flora Stevenson 1797 Islay, died 17 Oct
Mary Parents were John Wallace 5 Mat 1793
Killean & Kilchenzie and deid about 1851-1855 & Margaret Gilchrist
born 26 March 1802 Kilcalmonell Argyll and Died 10 Aug 1861 South
Beachmore, Argyll Scotland.
I hope this helps
Looks like Hugh and his wife both died in Campbeltown
Still trying to find
out what happened to my elusive Grandfather, Hugh Stewart, born 1846 on
Islay, married Catherine McEwing 1885 in Campbeltown then
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