Hello, my great grandfather (George Mercer Sim - name on death certificate) is shown on the 1881 Census as being adopted (name shows George Mercar, adopted parents names Dinah Sim nee Rose and James Sim). The census shows him being born in Hamiliton, Lanark, Scotland.
Are Scottish adoption records available online? James Sim is shown as a dock worker, this is not a well off family, is it unusual for people at this time to adopt a child? They already had several children.
Any assistance with regards to how to track down more information about my great grandfather and his adoption would be greatly appreciated!