Friday, 15 June 2012

A puzzling mis-spelling.

Christian BALGARNIE is our 6xgreat grandmother born on 29 November 1754 in the East Lothian region of Scotland. Yes, Christian was the name given to a female at her christening (although in some later records, she is Christina).

By 1790, when Christian married James LOUDEN in the same parish church of Whitekirk where she had been christened, her family name has been recorded as McGARNIE.

In 1794, when 5xgreat grandmother Christian LOUDEN was christened, her mother was listed as Christian MACGARNIE. But in 1796, at the christening of Siblie LOUDEN, her mother has reverted to the original spelling of BALGARNIE.

For a time, this quirk in the records obscured the fact that 4xgreat grandmother Helen PURVES  (b 1829) (the grand-daughter of Christian BALGARNIE||McGARNIE) had another granny named Elspeth BALGARNIE -- Christian's younger sister. But that is a tale for another time.

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