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Researching McCallum and Wallace

Posted on October 21, 2012 at 12:35 PM

This week's research will concentrate on two main Scottish ancestry lines, the first being McCallum. This one is going to be quite tricky as it is trying to prove a family legend that the McCallum in question spent some time doing his schooling on the Isle of Skye. It appears that if this is true then it must have happened outwith the Scottish censuses of 1881 and 1891 as they firmly place the boy in the infamous Gorbals ('No Mean City') in Glasgow. The plan is to research school records held at the Glasgow City Archive at the Mitchell Library and pan out from there if any info can be found on young McCallum.

The second one on Wallace is equally tricky as it is an illegitimacy case where the father of repute has not been named on the birth certificate. The Kirk Session records for West Lothian held digitally at the National Records for Scotland (NRS) in Edinburgh threw up some interesting tidbits, including a possible 'ante-nuptial fornication', which could have involved young Wallace's mother, but it was not definite enough to identify a father of repute. The plan of attack is to research the Lanarkshire and West Lothian Poor Law records as these can provide a wealth of family history data. This could involve a trip to Livingston to the West Lothian Archive.

Categories: Genealogy

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