William BLACK and Ada Beatrice DUFF married at Banbury Parish Church, Oxfordshire on 15th April 1939. The bride’s father was James Robertson DUFF and the groom’s father is recorded as being Robert BLACK (deceased), a Bank Teller. William is aged 50 and Ada aged 21. The 1939 Register shows William and Ada living at 8 Westbury Close, Ruislip, Middlesex, where William is a Dyer & Cleaner with a date of birth of 25th December 1881. There is a newspaper article about the wedding, complete with an extensive list of whom gave what as a wedding present, which states that William was the son of Mr and Mrs Robert BLACK (deceased) of Muirkirk, Ayrshire. The marriage certificate also states that Robert was deceased and his occupation was that of Bank Teller. So far, so good. A delve into Scotlands People was called for to see what could be discovered about William and his father Robert. Surprise time! I could find absolutely no trace of Robert but did come up with the following birth: William BLACK, born 26th December 1881 at 3:50pm in Wellwood Row, Muirkirk to Margaret BLACK, domestic servant. The birth date is just one day out from that noted in 1939. But…. Recorded as illegitimate and no father listed! Tuh! Go back a couple of censuses and there is a Margaret BLACK living in Wellwood Row, Muirkirk, who turns out to be the mother of William’s mother Margaret (so William’s grandmother). My theory is that, wherever William’s mother was working at the time (I have yet to find her in 1881), she returned to her mother in Wellwood Row to have her baby. I would be interested in your views and also if you would be able to nail down Margaret in 1881 and Robert BLACK. However, he may well be completely fictitious….. Thank you. Edited to add: Margaret's mother Margaret was living at 51 Wellwood, Muirkirk in 1881 with several sons and a grandson.