At the top of each page there will be a date and place of the registration event.
The page is divided into four sections:
1. Lists the portrait narrative columns for the Registrar, and
2. to 4. Records three consecutive landscape births in that area.
Some notes on the two portrait columns:
For errors, omissions, evidence in another place, inquests, cancelled by authority of the Registrar-General, etc.
Running Number Column
For the certificate in the original volume for births registered in that area, in that year.
1. Gives the full name of the child.
If (Illegitimate) - in brackets under the name.
2. Provides the year, month, date, time and whether a.m. or p.m.
3. Identifies the sex of the child, whether F. - female or M. - male.
4. This is about Parentage.
The father's name, job title and whether 'apprentice', 'journeyman' or 'master' within brackets.
The year, month, date and place of their marriage (except 1856 - 60) - KEY LINK
The mother's name is prefixed with 'm.s.' - maiden surname - KEY LINK
Where the birth is 'illegitimate', only the mother's name is given.
It is sometimes found that a father's name has been added, although they were not married.
5. Relates to the person giving the birth details to the Registrar.
6. Provides the year, month, date, place of registration and name of the Registrar.
Any birth in Scotland must be registered within 21 days by the Registrar.
i. Other children of parents (1855 only)
ii. Parents' ages and place of birth (1855 only)
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