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Hello All,

Once again, I seek assitance at the font of wisdom. I found my great-grandfather's baptismal record, and I can manage the Latin, but there are some abbreviations that I cannot suss out. The highly scripted cursive does not help, either. 

As near as I can tell, it reads:

"14th Bapt. Michaelem J.L. Mauritii (Maurice)

Scanlon et (illegible, possibly Elizabetham) Walsh sus 

Joanne Tobin Alicia Sislam/Sislem

Coolishal 2/6 AP Burke"

Michael's middle name was Joseph, so the "J." could be shorthand for that, or it could be something else (e.g. "F.L." - Filius - Son). Does that have significance? The "L." escapes me, as well.

I can't fathom the "Sus" which I suppose could be "Tes" (Testis) for witnesses or refer to sponsors/godparents.

The 2/6 appears on another Baptism just above that one, so could that be the actual date of birth?

Again, thanks for any clues to what this means...



Friday 1st October 2021, 05:39PM

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  • Howard:

    I'm sure there will be other comments but here is my take:

    Michael (the F.L. is shorthand for filium (son)) of Maurice Scanlon and Bridget Walsh sponsors John Tobin and Alice Drislane?

    The 2/6 was the offering of 2 shillings and six pence which was fairly standard in baptismal registers.

    Roger McDonnell

    Castlemore Roscommon, IrelandXO Volunteer ☘

    Friday 1st October 2021, 06:25PM
  • Hello Roger, 

    Thank you so much. That makes much more sense. Every time I clear a hurdle, it's like something slowly taking shape through fog. 

    Many warm regards,



    Friday 1st October 2021, 10:10PM