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William Waylett male Midwife records of births in Lydd and thesurrounding parishes on Romney Marsh in Kent, England



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  • Title William Waylett male Midwife records of births in Lydd and thesurrounding parishes on Romney Marsh in Kent, England 
    Short Title William Waylett male Midwife records 
    Author William Waylett 
    Publisher The Local Historian, Wellcome Library in London, August 1993 
    Repository Wellcome Library, London 
    Source ID S2171 
    Linked to Thomas Featherstone 

  •  Notes 
    • 'William Waylett was a male midwife who practiced in Lydd and thesurrounding parishes on Romney Marsh in Kent. He was born in 1729 anddied in 1815 aged 86. He was buried in the chancel of All Saints church,Lydd.

      He made a manuscript record of the deliveries he undertook, which is nowheld by the Wellcome Library in London. John Douch published the article"William Waylett (1728-1815): Surgeon and Man-Midwife of Lydd" in TheLocal Historian, August 1993. Extracts of the article can be found onthe internet.

      His records are held in the library of the Wellcome Library in London.William Waylett recorded each delivery under the following columns:
      Date;
      Name of mother;
      Place of birth;
      Months of confinement;
      Character of Labour and Presentation at birth;
      Sex of child;
      Number of pregnancy;
      Fee paid.

      There are a total of 2,495 births listed. There are initials "S" and "T"against a number of entries. The "S" indicates that Thomas Sargent,William Waylett's assistant and nephew, was present. There is noapparent record of what the "T" indicates.

      The records have been transcribed in Date Order and in Surname Order infamily groups. It is clear in the Surname Groups that the sequence ofdeliveries is not always consistent. In a few cases surnames havedifferent spellings. William Waylett recorded the surname of the motherdifferentiating those with the same name by adding the husband's firstname. The name of the child can be found by comparing the birth recordswith the baptism records. In the original document the husband's firstname has generally been abbreviated. To enable sorting of the data thename has been transcribed in full.

      The records were transcribed by David Burgess from the original bookheld by the Wellcome Library, London, with their permission.'