Request assistance in understanding Cursive writing for March 1846 Baptismal Reg Ireland RC Parish - cannot make out surname after Catherine in reg at the baptism of Rose McGauran.

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Source Killeshandra | Microfilm 05346 / 01 / diocese Kilmore, county Cavan, Ireland

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  • To enable potential answerers to View more of the document can you provide a link or links to where it can be viewed?
    – PolyGeo
    Sep 26 '19 at 20:32
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    Link to reg added and 2 page view - parish Killeshandra, diocese Kilmore, county Cavan, Ireland
    – John
    Sep 27 '19 at 1:16

It is Catherine Dignan or possibly its variant Degnan. The same surname is in the next line written more clearly for Bridget Dignan. There is a 1b written at the end of the name which you have to ignore to see the name clearly.

Edit: As AndyW points out in the comments, it is probably 2'6 written at the end of the line, not 1b.

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    I'm not sure it's "1b" at the end of the line. Comparing to other lines, it might be "1'6" or "2'6", which I'd guess was the amount paid for the baptism in shillings and pence.
    – AndyW
    Sep 27 '19 at 15:32
  • Yes, that makes more sense. Looking at it with that in mind it does look more like 2'6.
    – Bill
    Sep 27 '19 at 15:37
  • The symbols 's' for shilling and 'd' for pence derive from the Latin solidus and denarius used in the Middle Ages. 2 farthings = 1 halfpenny 2 halfpence = 1 penny (1d) 3 pence = 1 thruppence (3d) 6 pence = 1 sixpence (a 'tanner') (6d) 12 pence = 1 shilling (a bob) (1s) 2 shillings = 1 florin ( a 'two bob bit') (2s) 2 shillings and 6 pence = 1 half crown (2s 6d) 5 shillings = 1 Crown (5s)
    – John
    Sep 27 '19 at 20:44
  • You had to pay for a baptism in Ireland?? Will wonders never cease....
    – JPmiaou
    Sep 28 '19 at 0:35
  • @JPmiaou Yes, but amortize that cost over an eternity in heaven, and it looks remarkably good value... :)
    – AndyW
    Sep 28 '19 at 7:34

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