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Although legally Births and Marriages in Scotland were supposed to be recorded by the Parishes since the 1550s there are no Wyllie records as early as that. There were just 102 Wyllie births recorded in Scottish Parish Registers before 1620, and 69 of those were in Edinburgh. The practice of Birth and Marriage entry spread gradually through the country in the 17th Century, and early entries were often uninformative and almost illegible. By 1735 recording was becoming more general, but was still not universal, and was of varying quality. The poorest people, and some of those of "minority" religious denominations, were not included.
While the spelling of the name, double L or single, constitutes a serious divide in the current family, this division had no significance (apparently) 250 years ago. Then, spelling was decided by the Parish clerk making the entry, and most of the families, through illiteracy or indifference, accepted whatever entry was made in their name. Differences in spelling of the birth entry between brothers can easily be found in the records. Probably the single L is currently the most common, by a small margin. In this listing I adopt the double L for all entries, whatever the original.
It would be my guess that seventy percent of current Wyllie lines world-wide will be descended from the 200+ marriages listed below, and perhaps fifty percent could actually be traced back. The omission from this listing of those in Northern Ireland, and England, as well as those who had already left the UK by 1750 or so accounts for the majority of those who do not descend from any of the listed lines.
The records are derived from the International Genealogical Index, based on Parish Records. Inspection of the actual records on microfilm usually yields extra information, including addresses, occupations and parental names, which can be of great assistance in tracing lines. Parish Records of deaths are not in the IGI, and are not common in the microfilm records either. Probably more records of deaths can be found from tombstone inscriptions. High rates of infant mortality and perinatal mortality mean that many "births" do not lead to a later "marriage", while second marriages of a man are quite frequent.
Marriage dates as reported are usually dates when the Banns started to be read to the congregation. This often means there are two entries for a single marriage, with different dates, because bride and groom came from different parishes. I have generally taken the later entry and parish, although this may still be weeks before the actual marriage.

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