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From: Jennifer Cairns <>
Subject: Re: [Dyfed] What is a "gale child?"
Date: Mon, 2 Mar 2009 02:24:34 -0800 (PST)

Dear List and posters
I found this word very puzzling. 
My only suggestion - I have found a reference to the girls name GALE as being derived from "the Irish" word for "stranger" (ie similar root to the original meaning of Welsh/Wales").  As the couple cited were presenting themselves as a couple I wonder if the child had been "adopted" i.e. taken into the family having  been born illegitimate  ie "out of wedlock" and not being the natural child of either of the couple and in this sense "strange" to the family.

--- On Mon, 3/2/09, John Ball <> wrote:

From: John Ball <>
Subject: Re: [Dyfed] What is a "gale child?"
To: "Dyfed List" <>
Date: Monday, March 2, 2009, 9:58 AM

Dear Listers,

The New Shorter Oxford Dictionary offers the following definitions of

GALE [Contraction of 'gavel']
1. A periodical payment of rent; the amount of rent so paid.
2. In the Forest of Dean, a royalty paid for a plot of land and for the
right to mine on this land; land granted for this purpose.

The OED makes no mention of the phrase 'Gale child'.

Kind regards,

John Ball, Brecon, Mid-Wales, UK
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