Saturday, September 1, 2007
Thanks for any information
Bonar Bridge, Sutherland
Thursday, August 30, 2007
William, my G-G-Grandfather, was born 1822 in Strathmore, Durness and died 14.9.1879 in Achriesgill, William was a Shoemaker. William married Hughina McKay (1827, Durness - 18.10.1883, Achriesgill) and they had five children that I know of, John, Hugh, Alexandrina/Lexy, Angus and James. Hugh was my Great Grandfather, born 15.9.1855 in Achriesgill, died 20.8.1934, Achriesgill, and he was a Fisherman. Hugh married Williamina Ross (2.8.1856, Achriesgill - 11.3.1928) and they had 4 children, Hughina, Jamima/Jemima, John and Norman. John was my Grandfather, born 10.5.1890 in Achriesgill, died 12.3.1946, and he was a Crofter, John married Bessie McKay (4.7.1891, Polin - 8.3.1966, Achlyness) and they had 6 children - photograph above shows John and Bessie on their wedding day - Williamina/Winnie, Lena, William Angus, Nora, Una and Cathel. John and Bessie settled in Blairmore, Bessie died at her daughter's home in Achlyness.
The McKay line to my Nan, Bessie, goes back to Roderick McKay, who married Barbara McKay. Their son John McKay was born in 1812, and died 27.10.1895, Polin. My G-G-Grandfather John married Henrietta McKay (1816 - 4.4.1892, Polin, parents William McKay and Catherine McKay) and they had 6 children that I know about, William, Barbara, Catherine, Barbara, Christina and Williamina. William was my G-Grandfather, born 1851, died 30.30.1900 in a tragic fishing accident when he, along with two of his sons and a nephew, all drowned in Shegra Bay. William married Mary McLeod and had 9 children, Hugh, Catherine, Barbara, Mary Ann/Marion, Hugh, Christina, Bessie, William Hugh and John. The latter two sons drowned with their father.
The Ross line comes in with a brother and sister marrying a brother and sister. Alexandrina/Lexy Campbell married Lachlan Ross, and Williamina Ross married Hugh Campbell, my G-Grandparents. This line starts Robert Ross, born 1771 and Janet McLeod, born 1775. They had 7 children, Hector, Angus, George, Angus, John, Lucy and Jane. My G-G-Grandfather was John Ross, born 1809, Eddrachillis and died 18.11.1891, Achriesgill, he was a Crofter. John married Mary Ross (1811, Assynt - 28.7.1881, Achriesgill), and they had 6 children that I know of, Lachlan, Janet, Hugh, Margaret, Williamina and Samuel.Marie Hembrow
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
He was married in the Lybster Free Church in 1855, his wife Robertina Gair Mcleod was born 1825 in Roster Caithness.
We know that after their marriage William and Robertina lived in the Latheron area and that William had moved to Glasgow by 1891 after Robertina's death.
Our knowledge of William’s parents is limited. We think they are the James Sutherland and Christian Gunn who were married on the 6th December 1809 in Kildonan.
It says James was from Auchintoul and Christian from Balnavaliach
They had two other children
Margaret Sutherland born 1/4/1811 Achintoul, Kildonan
Donald Sutherland born 11/7/1815 Kildonan
I would be interested in any information about their Sutherland and Gunn families in the Kildonan area.
Monday, August 27, 2007
This photo, believed taken in Golpie about 1895, shows Elizabeth Gray (seated) 1833-1917.
I believe the girl to her right is her grand-daughter Lizzie, whom she spoke of in her letters to the States. Can anyone identify the others in the picture?
Elizabeth was the daughter of Hugh Gray (1781-1872) and Elizabeth Bannerman (1801-1880). Elizabeth married Alexander Sutherland (1840-1893) and had a daughter Jane (1864 - 1951). Jane married Alexander MacDonald (1864-1899) in 1886 and they came to the states shortly after to join the Gray's and MacKay's that settled in Minnesota, USA.
1. the paternal origins of my earliest known ancestor Adam Gordon of Griamachary (c.1750-1831), who is believed to be descended from the Gordons of Carroll - but how? Adam's father seems likely to have been the John Gordon who was in Dallagan at least 1750-66 but the latter's father is unknown. There is understood to have been some degree of cousinship with the Gordons of Breacachy and Achnamoine who are descended from the Gordons of Carroll.
2. the maternal origins of Adam Gordon, who is said to have been a nephew of Charles Gordon of Pulrossie (c1719-90) - the link, I would argue, being through a hypothetical sister Marjory of the latter who would thus have been Adam's mother. Adam's 2nd daughter was called Marjory, who one would expect to have been called after her father's mother.The names Charles and Marjory could have come from Charles Mackay of Sandwood (Charles of Pulrossie's hypothetical maternal grandfather) and Charles Mackay's mother Marjory Sinclair.
3. the paternal origins of Besey Sutherland (c.1755-1837 - Adam's wife), whose father (Adam of Kintraid) and grandfather (Donald of Torbreck) are sufficiently certain but I know nothing beyond that or how she connects with the Sutherlands of Clyne or other leading Sutherland branches.
4. My Adam Gordon's connection with the McBeaths of Tomich/Dallagan. John McBeath from there married a Jean Gordon (with children from at least 1792) and my Adam Gordon stood caution for a John McBeath when the latter was had up for dangerously beating Morison Gunn, son of George Gunn in Dallagan. A much younger John McBeath was also living with Adam Gordon's brother-in-law Gustavus Sutherland for some years up to 1820. This fact and the caution make a relationship between Adam and McBeaths very likely.
With best wishes
Sunday, August 26, 2007
Isabella (Isobel) MATHESON born 1787. Baptism 1 March 1787 - born Skelbo, Dornoch. Looking for more information.
John MATHESON born 1789. Baptism 13 July 1789 in Skelbo, Dornoch. Possibly married Ann McKENZIE 12.1.1811, in Dornoch.
Ann born 4.11.1821 Dornoch
Alexander born 3.4.1818 Dornoch
Other children born to John and Isabella MATHESON:
Margaret c 1782 married Alexander McKAY and had 6 children (Anne, John, Angus, Lilias, Margaret, George)
Anne MATHESON born 6.11.1784 married Lachlin SUTHERLAND s/o Alexander Sutherland and Lillie McIntosh. They had 10 known children (Isabella, Lilly(12.7.1809) , Alex, John, Ann, George, Lachlin( 24.9.1823), Margaret, Muina (20.5.1830), Willina, (20. 5.1830) all born Dornoch.
This family left Scotland for Zorra Township, Ontario, Canada before 1835. (This information from Lynn Munro, Ontario, Scotland)
Alexander MATHESON c 1796 married Marian/Merran MURRAY of Embo, Dornoch (daughter of John MURRAY and Jane MACKAY (19.5.1827). They had 7 children (John (15.8.1828) Thomas(17.2. 1830) Isabel (15.10.1832) Donald (25.11.1835) Alexander (17.11.1836) Betty (14.4.1839), Jean/Jane (10.12.1841);THOMAS married Catherine MURRAY, daughter of Angus MURRAY and Elizabeth (Bessy) MUNRO 15.10.1857 in Dornoch. They emigrated to Dunedin, New Zealand on 28.10.1857 departing from London on the "Palmyra".
Any information would be much appreciated. In particular there is a big gap in the children - ie from Margaret c1782, Ann 1784, Isobel 1787, John 1789 and then 7 years until Alexander in 1796 - wondered if there could be a possibility of there being more children in that 7 year period. Any information most welcome.
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
I am trying to find out what happened to two of my great grandfather' s brothers. William was born in 1838/9 in Kinlochbervie, Eddrachillis. In the 1841 census his family are living at Portlevorchy, he is then aged 2. He is still there in the 1851 census. In the 1861 census he is then at Oldshorebeg, Eddrachillis. And from then on he vanishes. I think he has emigrated to either Canada or New Zealand as he had a nephew who emigrate to Dunedin, New Zealand in 1924 (Sandy Fraser 1893-1951) and a niece Catherine, born 1885, who married a Roderick MacKay in Glasgow. They emigrated to Fort William (Thunder Bay) Canada. When, I don't know.
Hugh follows the same path except for age and the fact he appears in the 1871 census aged 29 and still at Oldshorebeg. In 1841 he is 6 months old making his birth date 1840/1.
Their parents were Murdo Fraser 1803-1876 born and died Kinlochbervie and ALexandrina (Lexy) MacKay 1814-1900 born in Lairg and died at Kinlochbervie. Her family were first cleared from Shinness area of Lairg to Altnaharra and further cleared to Kinlochbervie.
Hugh and William had two sisters; Mary 1843-1934 and Johan 1846-1900 and one brother Robert 1848-1920. There is no trace of these two brothers in scotlandspeople. gov.uk or any IGI search I have done.
If anyone has information on these guys I'd be very grateful.
Sunday, August 19, 2007
John MACKAY and JANET MURRAY: My line descends from John MACKAY who married Janet MURRAY in Tuarie (or Tuaraidh) , Kildonan in 1805. Janet's parentage comes from the following excerpt taken from 'Memorabilia Domestica' p. 99. I have little info on this MURRAY/CORBET family. Can anyone help?
“A family named Murray, lived at the place of Tuaraidh, Kildonan. The head of the family was Alexander (Alister) Murray, one of Captain Baigrie’s sub-tenants, as indeed he had been of his predecessor, Major Sutherland of Midgarty, who held Tuaraidh as a Highland pendicle to Midgarty. Murray’s wife was a sister of Barbara Corbet, my nurse...”.
John and Janet seem to have been uprooted repeatedly as their first seven children were born in Preschon (John 1806, Janet 1807), Achrintle (Alexander 1809, William 1811, Barbara 1812), Learable (James 1813) and Achentoul (Donald 1816) before the 1819 Clearances. At that time they settled in the township of Roster in Latheron Parish, Caithness and had two more sons, Robert in 1820 and Andrew in 1822.
There is more info on these families on my Tribal Pages website: http://www.ajmaceye.tribalpages.com/
Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
1.William SUTHERLAND and Ann McLEOD of Ballenladen, Strath Brora, Clyne. (They were evicted from there to Badnellan and West Clynelish -possibly via Ladies Loch.) no dates but earliest recorded child George born 1766
2.William ANDERSON and ANN SUTHERLAND of Badnellan. Oldest child Ann born 1794 (several in group related to this family)
3. ALEXANDER McLEOD and Janet GORDON of Badnellan a son Alexander born c 1781
4. Any families from the eviction townships in Strathbrora.
Most of this interest is confined to Clyne as my lot stayed very local or went to all the way to Canada/USA
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
Welcome any information.
Monday, August 13, 2007
Sunday, August 12, 2007
John (b 1831); my ggrandfather who married Ellen Caldow in Ayrshire in 1869.
Margaret (b about 1834)
Angus (b about 1837)
Christy (b about 1841)
I think Alexander's parents may have been John Matheson and Marion McKay of Torboll but I have no prove to substantiate this.
If anyone has information about this family please contact me.
Anne Campbell born 19 May 1811 born in Grummore Farr
Janet Campbell born 7 January 1813 in Grummore Farr married Norman Morrison ( I believe they lived in Laird Durness) she died in 1893 - I am looking for any children they had
Johann Campbell born 6 June 1814 in Grummore Farr
John Campbell born 14 December 1816 Grummore Farr
Henry Campbell (daughter) born 1822 Durness Died 1887
William Campbell born 1823 was my Great Grandfather unable to find a birth certificate
Also I am trying to research children of John McKay or McHuesean born in 1791 married Flora Flory Forbes Sutherland born 1792 at Balamhulich married 22 June 1815
Angus Campbell Born 1863 in Eddrachills married Jemima McDonald on 2 June 1887 at Yorkhill Street Glasgow a police constable - they had
William Campbell born in 1888
James Campbell born in 1889
Jeffrey Campbell born in 1891
My Great Aunt Alexandrina Campbell married Lachlan Ross and had 15 children. I would love to know what happened to them all or some of them and their children: Hughina Ross born 1879, Mary Ross born 1880, Wilimina Ross born 1882, John Ross born 1883, Johan Ross born 1885, Hugh Ross born 1886, Jemima Ross born 1887, Christy Ross born 1889, Catherine Ross born 1890, Lucy Ross born 1891, Catherine McKay Ross, Norman Ross born 1894, Donald Ross born 1896, William Ross born 1898, Lexy Ross born 1900 and Margaret Ross.
Penuel Gordon Grant Campbell b: 1880 Durness m Eric Campbell, Talmine, Melness, Tongue on the 18th July, 1913 at the Established Church of Scotland, Durness. (My Grandparents) Penuel's parents, George Mackay b:1837 Durness (Labourer) & Margaret Burke b:1843? Colinton, Edinburgh. Eric's parents..William Campbell b:1834 Durness & Johan Mackay b:1823 Durness. William's parents..James Campbell b:1806 Ireland & Jane Sutherland b:1811 Tongue, Sutherland.
I would appreciate if anyone has any other information to add.
I now live in Canberra, Australia and I think this is a great site to connect me back with my roots at home in Tongue.
Isabel GriggsCanberra, Australia.
William MACKAY married Marian SUTHERLAND c1790 and three of their children were Donald James born 7-7-1801 (see below), Elspet born 6-2-1795, both at Golspie and Alexandrina born 7-2-1813 at Rogart. There would probably have been other children that I have not yet found.
Donald NICHOLSON married Mary MACDOUGALL and at some stage were at Culag, Assynt, Scotland. Their daughter Margaret NICHOLSON married Donald James MACKAY in 1823. Margaret died at Rogart, Sutherland in 1869.
Donald James MACKAY/MCKAY was a blacksmith and married Margaret NICHOLSON in Assynt, Scotland in 1823.
Their children were:
Christy MACKAY born 1824 marr. Gavan FOULIE in 1856 at Kildonan,Scotland
Jean MACKAY born 1827
Donald MACKAY born 1829 marr.Janet CAMPBEL(Jessie) in 1856, Rogart
Mary MACKAY born 1831 marr.Alexander PORTER in 1856, Rogart,Suth.
Merran MACKAY born 1833 marr. Donald GRANT in 1857 at Clyne,Scotland.
George Levison Gower MACKAY born C1835 marr.Elizabeth HARDIE in 1858, Old Meldrum.
Elizabeth MACKAY born 1837 and died in 1839.
Williamina MACKAY born 1839 marr. Alexander INGRAM in 1859, Rogart
John MACKAY born 1841 marr. Mary MURRAY IN 1877 at Rogart, Suth.
James Norman Nicholson MACKAY born 1843 in Dornoch, Sutherland ( see below )
Hector Gunn MACKAY born 1845
Malcolm MACKAY born 1847
James Norman Nicholson MACKAY/MCKAY, a blacksmith, born 1843 came to Australia and married Margaret MCKEON in Ipswich, Queensland in 1872.
James and Margaret's children as follows:
Norman Vincent MACKAY married Annie Maria THOMPSON
Catherine MACKAY married sylvester LEWIS
Hector John MACKAY born in Calvert, Queensland married in 1902 at Tallegalla, Queensland to Ellen COLLINGWOOD.
Hector John MACKAY born 1916 in Calvert, Queensland married to Josephine LAWLOR.
Looking forward to hearing from you re any links you may find to our ancestors and any descendants of their siblings.
Saturday, August 11, 2007
Friday, August 10, 2007
The photograph on the left was taken outside No.168, Scullomie. Centre: Lexy Macintosh (1873-1963) wife of Murdo Sutherland. Left, daughter-in-law Hughina Mackay (1905-1982) wife of Hugh Sutherland. Right: daughter Johan Sutherland, wife of (1) Alexander Young; (2) Andrew Colin Munro Mackay.
Thursday, August 9, 2007
Murdoch 1674 Donald 1699 Angus 1724 Issue: Donald m Margaret Campbell
Donald b 24/11.1793
John of Iverhole 1768 m Elisabeth Nin Nish, issue:
James born 29/1/1774
Angus born 1779
James Munro of Freisgill born 29/1/1774 m Mary Munro *1 in Freisgill 1785/86 – 1857
And their issue:
James c or b 2/8/1825, d28/1/1909, m Williamina Corbett 1/1/1857
Mary b 1814, d 24/5/1892 m George McCasgill d 1855
Catherine b1819, d 15/7/1867 – unmarried
John b 1819 McKay b 1825
Donald (Dany) b1827
James Munro and Williamina Corbett – their issue:
James b 19/9/1860 d 24/9/1877
John b 5/12/1863
Hugh b 4/4/1870
George b 6/2/1875 d 13/2/1936 NZ, m Angusina Fraser 10/6/1903, issue:
Mina Munro*4 b 20/4/1904
Janet McKay Munro b7/7/1905
Thomas Fraser Munro b 13/12/1906
Jemima Agnes Munro b 5/6/1909
Georgina Fraser Munro b 17/3/1912
Iain Fraser Munro b 20/11/1917
Donald 1699 Murdoch issue:
James b1789 m Janet McKay - had children
Donald 11/10/1790 and Marion 25/8/1792
Donald*2 m Christina McIntosh – issue:
Mary*1 1785/86 – 1857
*2 = Donald Munro alias Macmhorachia – Erribol, tenant miller and late soldier Sutherland Fencibles, died at Oldshoremore
*3 Hugh Munro – Nancy Gunn’s line
*4 Zelda’s in-law
We cannot find Donald born 18/10/1857; James born 19/9/1960, d 24/9/1860; John b 5/12/1863 or Hugh b 4/4/1870. It was thought that Donald and John went to Canada from Laxford. James Munro, b 1825, was a fisherman and crofter.
Angusina Fraser is descended from Robert Fraser b about 1781 or before,a crofter who died before 1841. He married Mary Mckenzie who was born 1781.
Thanks to Carol Fraser in Canda and others have much information which I am happy to share.
Thomas Fraser, Angusina's father married Janet McKay b 1846, a daughter of Angus McKay and Jane Ross who married on 30/02/1834 at Achriesgall. She died 05/12/1924 at Achlyness. I believe that Janet Mckay had at least two other siblings.
Photograph above shows George Munro & Angusina Fraser with their children just before leaving Scotland for New Zealand .
Parents and grandparents of Rev. Thomas GRAY 1818-1867, all from Creich:
Thomas's Father: Alexander GRAY (no dates, but his brother, Peter GRAY, d. 1857 aged 86*). Alexander & Peter's father was named Robert GRAY (no dates), wife unknown.
Thomas's Mother: Elizabeth/Lizy/Lucy MACKENZIE (d. 1859 aged 77*) Elizabeth's parents were named Robert MACKENZIE and Margaret ROSS (no dates).
* The informant for both these deaths was Thomas's brother, Peter jnr., who, according to family tradition, was 'a bit simple'. Certainly the ages at death of Peter snr. and Elizabeth do not match the 1841/51 census information.
William INNES, Pitgrudie, Dornoch
Any information about the family of the above gratefully received. He was born in 1689 and died in Pitgrudie in 1761. His son, Alexander INNES, was the Parish Schoolmaster in Logie Easter, Ross-shire.
Any further information most welcome.
At the moment I am hunting for William Mackay with a wife Sophie or Sophia. They had one known son, Donald. His birth certificate states he was born in Bettyhill, Farr. Donald emigrated to Vancouver, Canada. He married and they had three daughters. I do not know if his first marriage took place in Sutherland or in Vancouver. I do not know the names of his daughters.
Donald later married for the second time to Jane (Jean) Mackay, born 1897. Jean emigrated to Vancouver to marry Donald, a widower with three children. This was in the 1930s, pre World War Two.
Can anyone help with any of the above?
Wednesday, August 8, 2007
Great Grandmother, Hannah DOUGLAS born c.1826 Rogart married John Ross, Aberdeen 1852, died Aberdeen 15 03 1858
Hannah and John had 2 sons born Aberdeenshire, John Murray Ross 1852 and James Douglas Ross 1855.
James DOUGLAS born c 1769. IGI records show a JAMES DOWGLASS born Rogart, father William Dowglass - this could be the James above but I have no records to prove that.
Mother BARBARA MACKAY born 15 06 1779, died Aberdeen 02 09 1863.
James and Barbara married 02 01 1802 at Lairg. James was living in ACHNALUACHRACH Rogart at the time of the marriage.
Barbara's parents were:
Adam Mackay born c 1746 Pitaiksie, Lairg, father Hugh Mackay and Mary Murray born c 1750 - as yet no more information. Adam was stated as being from Gruids Lairg, they married 1769 I believe.
Their children all born Lairg were:
Ann born 1770 - married William Ross - died 1862 at Birichen, Dornoch
Isabel born 1772
Christian born 1775
Janet born 1777
Barbara born 1779
Hugh born 1782 - married Janet Ross - died 1862 Gruids
Barbara and James Douglas had the following children all born Rogart:
Marrion born 1803 - died Aberdeen a spinster
Mary born 1806 - married George Sutherland from Golspie 1830 in Aberdeen - died Aberdeen 1901. I have a fair bit of their history if anyone is interested, from an ancestor, Alex Wood. It was stated on their marriage certificate that Mary's father James was deceased. I have not found his death certificate as yet.
Alexander born 1810 married Agnes Clark Aberdeen 1839. I have many census records of Alex. They did not appear to have children. I don't have his death date as yet. He died between the 1891/1901 census. Alex was witness on his mother Barbara's death certificate.
Ann born 1812
Isobel born 1814
Christian born 1816
Dorothy born 1818
John born 1821
Hannah circa 1826
I have numerous census of Barbara and some of her daughters. All living in Aberdeen. It appears this family either together, or after one another moved, to Aberdeen from 1827 onwards. I found most of them in the 1841 census there.
This seems to be a lot of information to plod through but hopefully someone sees something that is familiar and I too, can move on. Thanks for taking the time to read this.
Christina Ross, Victoria, Canada
George McIntosh and Margaret Sutherland of Inchverry
I haven't begun to sort the McKays in these families. I don't know if it is possible. I do have information on all the above families but always looking to make more connections.
Tuesday, August 7, 2007
Children of William MacKay and Isabella Murray are:
Christina MacKay, born 26 Mar 1808 in Kincardine, Ross & Cromarty, died 24 Jan 1887 in Kingsley, Manitoba, married George Alexander Henderson 1836.
Kenneth MacKay, born 02 Jan 1811 in Parish of Kincardine, Ross, died 12 Jan 1846 in Earltown, Colchester Co. NS; married Margaret ?.
George MacKay, born 07 Jul 1813 in Parish of Kincardine, Ross, died 1899 in The Falls, Colchester Co. NS; married Johanna MacKay; born 1821 in Earltown, Colchester Co. NS; died 1907 in The Falls, Colchester Co. NS.
John MacKay, born 28 Jul 1817 in Parish of Kincardine, Ross, died 1895 in Central Earltown, Colchester Co. NS; married Marion Matheson; born 1827; died in Central Earltown, Colchester Co. NS.
William MacKay, born 1819 in Parish of Kincardine, Ross, died 1905 in Balforn, Colchester Co. NS; married Catherine MacKay; born 13 May 1833 in West Earltown, Colchester Co. NS; died 1920 in Balfron, Colchester Co. NS.
George Murray, born 1748 in Clashnashinag, Creich; died 1843.
Isabella (Sibblia) Murray, born 1780 in Parish of Rogart, Sutherland; died 1862 in Central Earltown, Colchester, NS; married William MacKay 10 Dec 1807 in Kincardine, Ross & Cromarty, Scotland.
Alexander Murray, born Abt. 1784 in Rogart; died Abt. 1855; married Margaret Murray.
Christina Murray, died Bef. 1862; married Alexander Bisset.
Robert Murray, died in Nova Scotia .
George Murray, born Abt. 1785 in Creich; died 1867 in Nova Scotia .
Elspet Murray, born 1783 in Rogart; died 15 Apr 1871.
Sunday, August 5, 2007
John's parents were John "Ballem" SUTHERLAND, b. Rogart, and Catherine (Kate) REID.
Jane's parents were Donald MacKAY, b. Clyne, d. Rogart, and Catherine M .
The Lairg/Creich family I know of go back to Hector McKay (1815 Dola, Lairg-1899) shoemaker in Lairg m Julia Grant (1819 Torroble, Lairg- 1880) and her parents Donald Grant, crofter (b1787) and Elspet Gunn (1788-1876).
Hector McKay's daughter Christina (1857-1906) married Dugald McDonald (1848-1914), a butler. He was born in Newton , Creich. They came to Glasgow via Portobello, Midlothian . They were my great grandparents.
Dugald McDonald's parents were Kenneth McDonald (b 1804 in Skibo, Sutherland), a forester on the Skibo Estate, and Margaret Mackay (b 1809 in Ospisdale, Sutherland). They had at least 12 children and Dugald was probably the third youngest. Kenneth McDonald died in 1856 and the last I have found of the family is in the 1861 census in Auchlach, Dornoch - Margaret aged 52, a pauper, with 5 of her children. I know that one of her daughters Hellen/Ellen McDonald (c1842 Creich - 1913) moved to Glasgow and then to Newcastle (m Charles Fraser), but I have no idea what happened to the rest of the family and particularly Margaret herself (my gggrandmother), but this is what I would really like to know. I know that Margaret seems to have been still living in 1868, when her daughter Ellen McDonald married Charles Fraser. I have recently found that most of Charles Fraser's siblings went to Australia, and I wonder if the McDonalds emigrated too, or if they just went south to the cities.
Kenneth McDonald and Margaret MacKay's family were: Christy b1832, George b1833, ?Ellen b1835, Isobell b1837, Johanna c1840, Hellen/Ellen b1842, Janet b1842, Catharine b1844, William b1846, Dugald b1848, Jane c1852 and Andrew b1854 (Kenneth McDonald had a brother William McDonald (c1821 Creich -1907) a farmer in Swordale, Bonar, married to Isabella Grant(1829-1902). Kenneth and William's parents were John McDonald (c1780 Creich -1862) and Christy Ross).
The Achriesgill/ Durness/Lairg family are descended from Angus Calder (c1776, Durness) and Catherine McIntosh (c1776, Durness) and from Hugh McKay and Kate McKay who came from Lairg. (ggggrandparents) I presume they all ended up in Achriesgill due to the Clearances from Lairg and from Durness.
Hugh and Kate McKay had at least 8 children:
I wonder if and how these last two Calders were related to Angus Calder and where in Durness they all originally came from.
Alexander senior (b c1760) was married to Ann ROSS (b. c1785) of Rosehall, Creich. Their children were as follows:
Bess b. 1809 Plaids, Lairg, d. 1850 Dornoch, married Alexander GRAHAM (b. Creich c1793), builder, Dornoch - 6 children
Isabell b. 1810 Plaids, Lairg, d 29/121888 Wick, Caithness, married Duncan McDIARMID (b. Kincardine 1811) shepherd, Assynt, 8 children
David b.1812 Plaids, Lairg, died young, some time after 1822
Malcolm b. 1814 Plaids, Lairg, death unknown but after 1871 married Annabella McLEOD (b c1824), of Inchnadamph - 4 children
Alexander b 1818 Broa?, Kincardine, Ross, married Isabella McGregor and emigrated to NZ 1850 - 9 children
John b. 1820, Broa?, Kincardine, Ross; d 1875 in Rosskeen, was veterinary surgeon in Invergordon, Rosskeen, married Ann CAMPBELL of Dingwall - 10 children
Ann b. 1822, Inchnadamph, Assynt, nothing known of Ann
Margaret/Peggy b.1826, Inchnadamph, Assynt, married late in 1869 to Donald CAMERON of Kilmonivaig, Inverness-shire, no known children
According to family history, there was also a William, who emigrated to Canada and had something to do with getting the railway through Winnipeg, and Alpin, who went to Constantinople as a blacksmith. I haven't found birth records for these two, but later census records show an Alpin McGregor, blacksmith, born Creich c. 1803, with common family names among his children. This Alpin's daughter went to Alexandria, Egypt sometime after 1861 and as ships that called in there sometimes went to Constantinople I feel strongly this is my Alpin.
Alexander senior died in 1848, aged 88. I would very much like to know where he came from, as McGregor is not a common name in Sutherland. I believe he was related in some way to a Gregor McGREGOR, who was married to Janet McGREGOR. This couple lived in Plaids at the same time, then Kincardine at the same time, but remained in Ross & Cromarty when Alexander went to Inchnadamph. The two families appear side-by-side in the baptismal registers at births of three children.
Neither Gregor nor Alexander were born in Sutherland, but I don't have dates or places for either of their births. Another McGREGOR man by the name of James also lived in the Lairg area, married to Bel Ferguson. Their only child Janet may have been Gregor's wife. James lived long enough to leave proof he was born in Comrie, Perthshire in 1767. I'm still trying to find links between James, Gregor & Alexander, but it is made harder by the fact they were all born in the era of proscription against McGREGOR, when the name could not legally be used.
Alexander, James and Bel all appear on the list of Lairg People Christine has posted on her website. A William and Donald McGREGOR also appear.
So, apologies for the long-winded account - it's so hard to be succinct!
He married Elizabeth MacKay July 27, 1820 (Dornoch). Elizabeth MacKAY was born abt 1800 (1851 Canadian Census).
Wm GRANT b 1829 - DORNOCH
Roderick GRANT b 1837 - Ontario, CANADA
In 1830, this family immigrated to Canada. They settled in Eldon TWP. Victoria County, Ontario. Many GRANT family graves are in Kirkfield cemetery (Eldon Twp) also the Old Stone Church - Beaverton. Roderick was listed as a Yeoman on the 1851 Canadian census. I am interested in history about Roderick's ancestry and anyone who may be related to the Eldon GRANTs who immigrated.
I have been in touch with a person who is a descendant of Mary GRANT, sister of Roderick GRANT - children of Robert GRANT & Isobel FORSYTH. Mary GRANT remained in Scotland while Roderick emigrated to Canada.
John SUTHERLAND (Colin) & Eppy BRUCE( b.1767 Strathbrora) of Kildonan, Gartymore, Loth & some descendants (namely Donald my ggg-grandfather) eventually settled in Doll,Clyne;
Oliver FRASER b.c.1755 & Barbara MACAULEY of Helmsdale, Loth;
William SUTHERLAND, Miller of Clyne & Margaret SUTHERLAND of Doll, parents of Margaret b.1790, Clyne (my ggg-grandmother);
William SUTHERLAND (Deuchary) & Betty MACKAY of Clyne, parents of Helen b.c.1826-1829 who married...John MURRAY (Bonesetter) of Doll,Clyne, born between 1828 -1831 illegitimate son Jane MURRAY d/o Alex MURRAY and a George MURRAY (cannot find him);
John SUTHERLAND married in 1846 Janet MURRAY, d/o Hugh MURRAY and Louisa MCLEOD;
George MURRAY & (not married) Ann ROSS, b.1825 d/o John ROSS, of Creich-parents of David MURRAY b.1853;
Alexander MACKAY b.c.1766 & Esther MURRAY of Dalchalm, Clyne;
Donald MACKAY & Helen MCANGUS b.1783, and his sibling Janet and William MACKAY of Fearn, Ross moved to Portgower Loth circa 1830.
Thanks to all for your help and companionship over the years.
Jenelle's POLSON family is one that has come along into my family albeit on my Dad's side rather than my Mum's that has the ROSS family.
Some of the families on my Mum's side:
ROSS, Donald - Lairg, Sutherland
MacKAY, Janet - Lairg, Sutherland
CLARKE, John and Nicholas maiden surname Carruthers - Rosehall, Sutherland
ARMSTRONG, Joseph Gordon - Creich, Sutherland
DINGWALL, Kennethina, parents Niel and Merran maiden surname MacLeod - Durness, Sutherland
MacKAY, Alexander -
FRASER, Margaret, parents Charles and Jessie maiden surname ROSS - Scotland
MacDONALD, Annie, parents Murdoch and Henrietta maiden surname MATHERSON - Lairg, Sutherland
then on my Dad's side:
POLSON, Angus Sutherland - Marrel, Sutherland
MURRAY, Elspeth - Rogart, Sutherland
Jeni Simpson Christchurch, Aotearoa/New Zealand
Saturday, August 4, 2007
Ann SUTHERLAND, daughter of above, married John "Cheney" GUNN, born in 1791 in
Kildonan, Scotland. He was sometimes called "Freezie" as well as "Cheney". They married 29 May 1814 in Kildonan. They came to Red River in 1823. He died 5 Feb 1866 in Kildonan, Red River Settlement. Ann died 7 Feb 1879 in Kildonan, Red River as well. I need to know John's parents. I have heard that they possibly may be Alexander GUNN & Christian GORDON but I have never seen anything to prove this. Theird daughter Isabella married Morrison McBeth ( below)
McBETH, McBEATH - Alexander McBETH and spouse Christian GUNN and family were cleared from Kildonan to Red River Settlement, Manitoba, Canada, in 1815. Alexander was born in Sutherland about 1766 (or 1746) - two different trains of thought here. Christian was born in 1765 in Dallagen, Sutherlandshire. Alexander was classified as an old soldier on the passenger list. He was part of the 73rd Scottish Regiment. He died in 1849 and Christian died in 1855. I would like to know who Alexander & Christian's parents were.
Children of Alexander McBETH & Christian GUNN:
John, born 1792 Kildonan, died 1878 Manitoba, married Helen Matheson
Grizzel, born 1793 Kildonan
Margaret born 1796 Scotland, died 1859 USA, married John Sutherland
Mary born 1707 Scotland, married Donald Ross
George, born 1799 Scotland, married Catherine Sutherland
Christina born 1801 Scotland, married Robert McVicar
Roderick born 1803 Kildonan, died 1855, married Mary Livingstone
Robert, born 1805 Kildonan , died 1886 Winnipeg, married Mary McLean
Adam, born 1809 kildonan, married Mary Mackenzie
Morrison, born 1811 Kildonan, died 1892 Saskatchewan, married Isabella Gunn – my line
Revelstoke, BC, Canada
My grandmother Mary Morrison 1870-1951 was born in Oldshoremore of parents Donald Morrison and Johan Fraser (Rhiconich) and then moved to Upper Badcall.
My grandfather James Fleming b1875-1945 was of the Fanagmore Flemings but born in Wick to Kenneth Fleming and Elizabeth Bremner of Sarclet.
Great grandparents are Alexander Fleming 1786-1885 and his wife Margaret Sutherland from Berriedale, Caithness whose parents were John Sutherland and Margaret Bruce. I would like to hear from anyone who knows of siblings for Margaret apart from Merran.
Alexander Bremner 1804-1882, Sarclet, Caithness and Ann Wilson 1798-1868 from Orphir, Orkney. I know a lot about these two if anyone wants information.
Robert Morrison 1806- 884, Balchrick,/Oldshore beg son of John and Mary Morrison and his wife Mary/Dolly Gunn 1811-1875 from Strathy of Farr, daughter of Elizabeth McLeod and Donald Gunn
Murdo Fraser 1802-1876 Achlyness son of Robert Fraser and Mary Mackenzie and his wife Alexandrina (Lexy) Mackay 1813-1900 daughter of Hugh Mackay and Catherine Mackay
Marion Johan Quillan, née Fleming,
My interests lie with the Davidson family (my father's side) who lived in Inchcape, Rogart until 1916. I have got as far back as James and Isobella (who was a Sutherland) in the late 1770s. Family memories are that James Davidson came from Cantray, although this has not been proven as yet.
James and Isobella had five children – Ann (b. 1800), John (b. 1801) Hugh (b. 1804) Alexander (b. circa 1805) and Elspet (b. 1807). John married Mary Mackay (born 1813 Rhiandoggie) and Alexander married Jane Macdonald (b 1822 to Roderick Macdonald and Janet Sutherland of Ardachu). These two brothers lived in the two houses at Inchcape. Hugh left Inchcape to train as a marine engineer, marrying Ann Mackay from Acheilidh in Glasgow in 1835. They had 6 children; the youngest Hugh William Davidson, married Isabella Liddell Ramsay in Gourock – they had 8 children, one of whom (James Ramsay Davidson) was my grandfather.
I am also interested in Ann Mackay from Acheilidh in Rogart who married my g-g-grandfather Hugh Davidson. Ann’s parents were George Mackay and Elspet Matheson from Acheilidh (later Rossal).
I would also like to know more about Mary Mackay from Rhiandoggie, who married John. Mary’s parents were Alexander Mackay and Marian (Mary) Mackenzie.
The picture above shows Inchcape with the Davidson home in the forefront.