I’ve just spent a busy but productive day at the ScotlandsPeople Centre and whilst researching a client’s family from Argyll came across this interesting entry in the Old Parish Register for Kilchrenan and Dalavich:
OPR 517: Parish of Kilchrenan and Dalavich, Argyll
Register of Marriages in the United Parishes of Kilchrenan and Dalavich1821
June 5 Peter Macffarlane late at Airdchonnal &
Elizabeth Campbell at Kames. Were Married this day
at the Manse of Kilchrenan by
Mr William Fraser Min[iste]r
and were furnised [sic] with a certifi-
cate of their Marriage & Moral
Character as they with his Father
and family are preparing for Emigrating
to Upper Canada.
It’s one of those times when the clerk thought to note down at bit more than just the bare facts and it paints an evocative picture of a young couple on the verge of a new life. I think Elizabeth must have been brave to leave her own family behind and head off into the unknown, but perhaps she couldn’t bear the thought of Peter sailing off without her!