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From: Chris Burgoyne <>
Subject: Re: re Entry in Parish Records
Date: Mon, 25 Jun 2001 00:55:38 +0100
There seem to be two circumstances when a private baptism would be followed by a
public ceremony. The first is when the family were well-to-do, when it was
usual to have a private ceremony at home. The other is when the child was
sickly and needed to be baptised quickly to save its soul in the event of
death. In both circumstances, custom (if not the law?) required that the infant
be brought to church to be presented to the congregation on a suitable occasion,
hence the "publicly admitted to the church" note in the register that you
found. It is sometimes also called a christening. I have tried, in vain, to
get a proper distinction between baptism and christening; today they are
synonyms, but in days gone by they clearly had distinct meanings.
Jon Frayne wrote:
> Hi Mary,
> It just occirred to me that there could have been a public baptism in the
> July after a private one in February? Was this an adult baptism?
> Just ideas.
> >From: "Mary Voller" <>
> >Reply-To: "Mary Voller" <>
> >Subject: re Entry in Parish Records
> >Date: Sun, 24 Jun 2001 23:13:12 +0100
> >Hallo Listers,
> >Please can anyone enlighten me. There is a curious entry below the baptism
> >of my possible G-G-Grandfather which reads:-
> >'Publicly admitted into the church July 12th 1863.'
> >He was baptised on 4th February 1863.
> >Mary ()
> >in beautiful Dorset
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