|Great aunt Jennie|
It was only many years later when I came to write up the Donaldson family history, that I stopped suddenly and thought - I have absolutely no proof that the Samuel Donaldson, born Kirkbean was the same person as the Samuel Donaldson who married 30 years later in Leith and was my husband's G.G.G.G.G. Grandfather.
I had another look at the ScotlandsPeople website (http://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk/) and there were only 3 entries for a Saamuel Donaldson born in Scotland in the relevant period:
1729 - Samuel son of John and Jean
1725 - Samuel, son of James and Jean
1752 - Samuel, son of John and Janet
The traditional naming pattern can sometime be a clue to identifying the "right" person. However Samuel's firstborn son was named David (probably after his maternal grandfather), though second son was John. None of his five sons was called James, and none of his three daughtters named Jean or Janet.
Given that it was not compulsory to register births, marraiges and deaths, perhaps there is simply no record of Samuel's birth and no evidence to confirm the names of his parents.
So years of assumption and work on the backgournd history of Kirkbean came to nothing, though we did enjoy our holday there. And the lesson - don't jump to conclusions that can see you following a False Trail!
|Marriage entry for Samuel Donaldson in the Old Parish Records for South Leith , Midlothian, 1759|