I would like to know how to find court records from 1900 in Govan, Scotland regarding legitimacy of children.
I obtained the birth record (and death) from the ScotlandsPeople website for Jane Walker BARRISKELL (illegitimate) born June-11-1900 at 14 Logie Street, Govan, to Isabella BARRISKELL.
In the blank column to the left of the entry is an initialled note that reads ...
"Paternity of child found by Decree of Court: See Reg: of Corr: Entr: Vol:9: Pg:5, 28th December 1900"
On September-7-1900, at the age of 2 1/2 months, Jane died.
Also, from ScotlandsPeople, I obtained this extension to the birth record, which reads ...
"Vol.9, Page 5, Register of Corrected Entries for the District of Govan, in the County of Lanark
In the fourth colun of Entry No. 1123, in the Register Book of Births for the year 1900, before the name of the child's mother, insert DAVID HAMILTON, on the authority of a Certificate in the form of Schedule (F) to the following effect:-
In an action relating to the paternity of a female child born at 14 Logie Street, Govan on the 11th day of June 1900, at the instance of Isabella Barriskill, residing at number 14 Logie Street, Govan, PURSUER, against, David Hamilton, residing at number 2 Carmichael Street, Govan, DEFENDER, the Sheriff substitute of Lanarkshire, John Boyd, Esquire, Advocate, upon the 17th day of December 1900, found that the said child was the illegitimate child of the said Isabella Barriskill, PURSUER and David Hamilton DEFENDER.
1900, December 28th at Govan. (signed) F.B.Crawford, Registrar"
Where can I find more information about who David HAMILTON was? His age? His parents' names? What was his occupation? Where was he from? Was he married or single? Anything?
Also, how could a poor teenaged girl, who came from a poor family, afford to go through the courts? And with the baby dying, why did it matter so much to prove paternity?
Jo-Ann (in BC, Canada)