Retired Scots Council Clerk Accused of Destroying Adoption Records

The following excerpt is from an article in the November 11, 2012 edition of the Daily Record and Sunday Mail:

A RETIRING registrar has been accused of deliberately destroying adoption records detailing the birth parents of babies born over 30 years.

The records, held by council officials, contained vital details for children who later wanted to trace their natural parents.

But it has emerged that records of all adoptions in Stirlingshire between 1935 and 1969 are missing.

The files are believed to have been destroyed by a female clerk, now dead, apparently because she feared families’ dark secrets leaking out.

Fashion designer Rubeus Flint, 43, discovered his records had been destroyed when he tried to trace his natural parents.

He was placed for adoption by Clackmannan County Council in 1968 but a senior social worker from Stirling Council told him the documents had been destroyed by a retiring children’s officer.

The woman has been identified as Etta Kennedy, who also worked part-time as a registrar before leaving her job with the council 43 years ago.

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Author: Leland Meitzler

Leland K. Meitzler founded Heritage Quest in 1985, and has worked as Managing Editor of both Heritage Quest Magazine and The Genealogical Helper. He currently operates Family Roots Publishing Company (, writes daily at, writes the weekly Genealogy Newsline, conducts the annual Salt Lake Christmas Tour to the Family History Library, and speaks nationally, having given over 2000 lectures since 1983.

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