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Can anyone help read this banns of marriage page?

Can anyone help read this banns of marriage page?

Posted: 26 Dec 2012 4:08PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Cairns, Smith
I'm researching the 2nd couple from the top of the page, Alexander Cairns & Elizabeth Smith. Any ideas as to what the word after 'Alexander Cairns' might be? And any thoughts as to what the 3rd column (after 'Residence') is headed? And why there are 2 dates given for for Alexander & Elizabeth?

Any ideas would be appreciated, I know banns tend to don't offer much new information but i was surprised to by the 2 dates given and am curious about the mysterious word following Alexander Cairns name in the first column.

Thanks all.
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Re: Can anyone help read this banns of marriage page?

Posted: 26 Dec 2012 6:24PM GMT
Classification: Query
Hi Beth,

The word after the name is I think his occupation, which looks like "Postdriver" - not sure whether it means someone who transported the mail, or who drove posts into the ground though!

The heading of the column above the dates says "Proc", I think, which I assume means "Proclaimed" or "Proclamation", as in the dates when the Banns were read. I'm not familiar with Scottish banns, but in the Church of England, banns have to be read on 3 consecutive Sundays before the marriage, so I'm surprised to see that there are fewer than 3 dates in this column really, but as I say, Scottish banns are not my real field of knowledge. Perhaps that helps a bit though, and hopefully someone with better knowledge will be able to clear it up for you.

Christine

Re: Can anyone help read this banns of marriage page?

Posted: 26 Dec 2012 10:03PM GMT
Classification: Query
I read it as 'Postdriver' too. Does this tally with his census listings ?

On the banns, the Scottish Government sites says that although banns should be read over 3 weeks, this could be reduced on payment of a fee, so sometimes only one or two readings of the bann might occur.
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