Peter MacDonald and Catherine (Mulvey) MacDonald were married, lived and had children in Portabello (Duddingston) in Midlothian, Scotland in the second half of the 1800s.
Census records on Familysearch have blank birth locations for them, but on Ancestry.com you can see them as "Ireland", and interestingly enough the 1871 shows Peter as having been born in Portobello, Ireland (which is in Dublin). (My ancestry.com subscription has now lapsed but I can still see those records).
That smells a little fishy to me. I guess it's possible that both of them were born in Ireland and moved to Scotland (together?) before being married, and perhaps went to Portabello because it had the same name as where Peter came from? Or is it more likely that he was actually born in Portabello Scotland and whoever wrote the census record or transcribed it assumed it was Portabello Ireland? And if so, why are the other census records marked as Ireland?
Because there's a date range on the census records (1843-47 for Peter, 1844-1851 for Catherine), no 100% confirmed birth location for either of them, AND MacDonald appears to be spelt several different ways in different records, I'm struggling to come up with any other way of moving forward. I'm relatively new to all this so I'd love some ideas on what I could try next?
Thanks in advance,