Did James & Mary Ann have a child born in Scotland in 1855? 1855 was the first year of statutory birth registration in Scotland, and in that year only a lot of extra information was recorded on birth certificates, including where and when the parents were born. (A lot was dropped after 1855 as being too time consuming). So if there’s an 1855 birth certificate it should tell you where James was born. Let us know, together with James’s denomination, and I’ll advise you what records exist in Armagh and how to access them. (There’s a fair chance there are no records that far back but I won’t know till we establish where he was born. It’s a large county with a lot of churches).