Applegarth Church, Dumfriesshire, Scotland
In the Dumfries Kirk Sessions of 1822 (which are searchable online), James BROWN was "named as the father of Jean Smith's child; [and] gave satisfaction for this in the parish of Applegarth" (Archive Ref: CH2/537/12). I believe 'gave satisfaction' (in this sense), meant that the father gave monetary compensation to the parish for their support of the child.
James Brown and family on the 1851 census
(Interestingly, their neighbour, Andrew Lorimer (appearing at bottom of image above) was the certifying physician on James' death certificate.)Next, was he near enough to be involved? Applegarth is roughly 20 miles from Dunscore and about 30 miles from my James' home, Glencairn. Not a short walk, but not impossible distances.
Map showing locations of Applegarth, Dunscore and Glencairn (Moniaive) in relation to each other
So I can't rule out my James Brown as the father of Jean Smith's illegitimate child and I have kept hold of this genealogical tidbit. To get any closer to proving this, I would need to check for further information in the Kirk Session records and the Applegarth parish records for any further information on Jean SMITH and her child.
- Check for further information in the Kirk Session records
Check Applegarth parish records for the child's birth