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Robina Ritch

Robina Ritch

Female 1871 - 1945  (74 years)

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  • Name Robina Ritch 
    Born 6 May 1871  Batavia, Uyeasound, Unst Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Died 28 Oct 1945  Batavia, Uyeasound, Unst Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I600  Ritch
    Last Modified 22 Jan 2019 

    Father James William Ritch,   b. 21 Sep 1834, Unst Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1909, Unst 011-8 Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Elisabeth Margaret Spence,   b. 1841,   d. 1920, Unst? Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Married 24 Dec 1863  Unst Shetland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F342  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Andrew John Clark Pennant,   b. 7 Sep 1861, Horvesta, Uyeasound, Unst Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1953  (Age 91 years) 
    Married 12 Feb 1903  Unst, Shetland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Betsy Margaret Pennant,   b. 7 Nov 1904, Batavia, Uyeasound, Unst Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Jun 1961, Aberdeen Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 56 years)  [natural]
     2. Ann Jean Pennant,   b. 12 Apr 1906, Batavia, Uyeasound, Unst Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Oct 1979, Gilbert Bain Hospital, Lerwick Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years)  [natural]
     3. John William Pennant,   b. 24 Apr 1908, Batavia, Uyeasound, Unst Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1913  (Age 4 years)  [natural]
     4. Living
     5. Gilbert Pennant,   b. 4 Jun 1912, Batavia, Uyeasound, Unst Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Dundee Find all individuals with events at this location  [natural]
     6. Jessie Elizabeth Pennant,   b. 25 Jan 1916, Uyeasound, Unst Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Jul 1999, Corby, Northampton, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years)  [natural]
    Last Modified 22 Jan 2019 
    Family ID F347  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • at 1881 census at East House Unst with parents and siblings
      at 1891 census at Unst ref 2-11-4-22
      at 1901 census at Unst ref 0-11-4-007

      When Robina Ritch was legally indicted for suspected concealment of a pregnancy in 1903 in northern Scotland, it was necessary that the prosecution included a doctor’s evidence. The doctor did not merely rely on Robina’s appearance – swollen abdomen and ankles – his examination detected that her ‘womb could be felt contracting and
      relaxing’ and his stethoscope ‘revealed foetal heart beats 132 per minute’.40
      With a male doctor’s evidence there could be no doubt that Robina had been
      with child.
      14th June 1903 Precognition Concealment of a pregnancy