"son of a gun"(Phrase Origins)
dates from 1708; therefore, NOT son of a "shotgun marriage", which is only recorded from 1922. Possibly, it means "cradled in the gun-carriage of a ship"; allegedly, the place traditionally given to women on board who went into labour -- the only space affording her any privacy and without blocking a gangway -- was between two guns. Or it may mean more simply "son of a soldier".
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