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 Mary Queen of Scots (Mary Stuart), 1542–87, only child of James V of Scotland and Mary of Guise. Through her grandmother Margaret Tudor, Mary had the strongest claim to the throne of England after the children of Henry VIII. and Robert Burns also feature.
The records are being put on the internet for the first time by the General Register Office for Scotland The General Register Office for Scotland is a non-ministerial department of the Scottish Executive that administers the registration of births, deaths, marriages, divorces and adoptions in 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 Lord Darnley is a title associated with a Scottish Lordship of Parliament first created in 1356 and tracing a descent to the Dukedom of Richmond in England. Outside the Peerage of Scotland, another Earldom of Darnley was created in the Peerage of Ireland in 1729. 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 wed·lock
The state of being married; matrimony.
out of wedlock
Of parents not legally married to each other: born out of wedlock. .
ARCHIVE: Records officer Martin Tyson with the papers