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.
My research centres on my husband Murdo's gr-gr-grandparents in SCULLOMIE, Tongue parish: John SUTHERLAND (b1794 Scullomie) & Mary MACKAY (b1809 Island Roan). Especially looking for information on their son, Robert SUTHERLAND b.1836, who migrated to New Zealand around 1863.
Murdo's gr-grandmother, Johan MACKENZIE from Gartymore (Loth), married (1) Duncan MACKAY from Melness (Tongue) and (2) Alexander MACINTOSH. She had two boys from her first marriage, and two girls from the second. Sadly she was widowed twice and died young in 1883. Her children Donald and Adam MACKAY, and Alexandrina MACINTOSH, were brought up in Melness by Duncan Mackay's siblings.

Alexandrina (Lexy) MACINTOSH married Murdo SUTHERLAND from Scullomie. Lexy's elder sister, Jane MACINTOSH (bc1869) was at home in 1881 with her widowed mother and sister, but I can find no trace thereafter.

I have many transcripts of Tongue Parish post-1855 BMDs, also information on the Tongue folk elsewhere in Scotland at 1881 census. So if you are researching roots in Tongue, please contact me

For snippets of Tongue research and some Tongue burial ground photographs, visit my website
Mary Young