16 February 2017

St. Columba's Church, Kirkhill, Transcription Explanation

Image 398 [Film H-1807 Heritage.Canadiana.ca]

Lochiel Township, Ontario
Church of Scotland Parish (St. Columba's Church, Kirkhill)
"The first members of the Church of Scotland parish of Lochiel Township, Glengarry County, were Gaelic speaking settlers who had come to the township from Gleneig, Inverness-shire, in 1796."

Source - Image 403
Mary Beaton's Transcription of Parish Registers (Parish Register, 1820-1911; Microfilm Reel M-2246)

"These are the records of a totally Gaelic-speaking community and as a result may present some problems for those not familiar with the language.  These religious ceremonies were all performed in Gaelic and then recorded in English by the presiding clergyman who sometimes recorded the name in Gaelic, sometimes in English.  To assist understand the variances I have made a listing of these most frequently appearing."

Name variations include:

More, Mora, Morag and Sally = Sarah
Euphemia = Harriet
Melodifie, Leois and Ludovick = Lewis
Claus = Oliver
Ranald (girl) = Rachel
Callum = Malcolm

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