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BIRTH OF OUR HISTORY ON THE INTERNET; Website launch for ancient records.

Byline: By JUDE SHEERIN

THE first official record of a baptism in Scotland goes online today, 450 years after the event.

The document comes from a vast archive of records dating back to 1553.

Mary Queen of Scots and Robert Burns also feature.

The records are being put on the internet for the first time by the General Register Office for Scotland.

Christine Hay's name is the earliest on the archive.

She was baptised on this day in 1553 in pre Reformation Perthshire.

The baby was brought to the parish church in Errol by her parents, Peter Hay and Jonet Fermline.

The ceremony took place a year after the Catholic Church ordained that every parish should keep aregister of baptisms, marriages and deaths.

The record is among 4000 Scottish parish registers which are going online.

They include the proclamation of the banns for the marriage of Mary Queen of Scots and Lord Darnley on July 29, 1565.

He was murdered on Edinburgh's Royal Mile lessthan two years later. Mary married the Earl of Bothwell, who was implicated in Darnley's death.

Also on the record is the rebuke Kirk elders in the Ayrshire village of Mauchline gave Robert Burns and his lover Jean Armour.

They laid into the Bard on August 5, 1788, for siring twins out of wedlock.

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