Saturday, 6 April 2013
A-Z 2013 'F' is for Fines ......and Fornication!
Of course, we all like to think there's no 'impropriety' in our family history, but most of our forebears were only human, after all. It's interesting to do the maths and realise that a lot of the first-borns were born 'early'! ;-)
Then, there are the blatant births outside wedlock - and here I have to own up to 'impropriety' in the extreme, where some of my folks were concerned. Naming and shaming in Scottish Kirks in the 18th and 19th Centuries meant you were entered in the parish records for your misdemeanours - and you were fined for it, too!
Taken from the parish records for for Ewes, Dumfriesshire, is the entry for Sept. 27th, 1801 - and that's my 3xGreat Grandmother, Agnes Lawson getting fined 5shillings for (shhh) fornication ! :-o
Two entries further down we see her character redeemed as my 3xGreat Grandfather, Charles Beaty makes an honest woman of her - even if it was late in the day, as their first daughter was born 27th June, just a few days later!
.....and they're not an isolated case, I have to say! (ahem!)