19 February 2018
In every issue of Family Tree we share stories of genealogical wonderings collected from across the world by our very own columnist Tom Wood in 'Dear Tom'. Enjoy a couple of his recent gems, sent in by readers...
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Our thanks go to genealogist Caroline Makein for sharing this next item, which she came across while working in Dundee City Archives. Caroline was searching through kirk session minutes for the Dundee School Wynd United Presbyterian Church (CH3/93/6), when the following gave her a giggle: ‘14th of October 1839. Appeared William Downie, wishing to be disjoined from the congregation. The Session declined granting disjunction – as he had dismembered himself owing to irregular attendance on Devine [sic] worship.’
Caroline adds: ‘Perhaps he got more than he wished for – it certainly had me in pieces!’
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