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Information on a Scottish Death certificate.

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Jean Report 27 May 2019 15:31

This maybe a silly question but it has just popped into my head, so here goes.

Does anyone know who would give the deceased person's parents names on their death certificate if no family member was available to do so.( I am just assuming there were no family members available ).

I have an ancestor who died , looks like a male model lodging house in Bridgeton, Glasgow in 1948, The informant was an Inquiry Constable from Glasgow Police.

thank you


ArgyllGran Report 27 May 2019 15:46

Do you mean that the deceased person's parents' details were given, and you're wondering how the policeman would know those details?

Virtually anyone who knows the required information (or at least to the best of their knowledge) can register a death in Scotland nowadays, and as far as I know it would have been the same in 1948:

In the case you mention, perhaps the deceased person had ID giving that info, or perhaps he was already known to the police ??
Or perhaps a family member was able to give the info, but was happy to leave the actual registration of death to the police.


Jean Report 27 May 2019 15:57

Thank you ArgyllGran,

That actually makes a lot of sense ,
Don't know why I couldn't have thought of that.