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Family History / MacDonalds of Mallaig
« Last post by Steph MacDonald on February 29, 2008, 12:33:30 AM »
I have traced my family to no 17 Mallaig vaig also known as the shoemakers house. My GG grandfather was Donald MacDonald married to Christina Gilles from Arisaig. My G Grandfather was Ronald (Hugh) who moved to Moss in Moidart as the Blacksmith and Married Christine MacDonald from Mingarry. My Grandmother was Mina (Philomina) who married John Foy in Glossop. My father was Alec Foy. I have traced this far through the census and believe that Donalds father may have been called Donald too and his wife Catherine. Can anyone help me Steph.
Family History / Crawford family
« Last post by Moira Reid on November 27, 2007, 07:18:18 PM »
I am trying to trace family of Elizabeth Crawford who was born in Edinburgh 1926. Her mother was Annie Crawford of Mallaig. Her grandfather may have had a fish factory and also a hotel in Mallaig. Grateful for any information you can give.
Family History / Andrew Gillies Back of Keppoch 1851
« Last post by Kevin Gillis on November 01, 2007, 04:57:05 AM »
Andrew Gillies and Ann Gillies [nee MacEachen] emigrated to South Australia in 1852 with seven children. They were living at Back of Keppoch in 1841 and 1851 [according to census records].

One of their sons was Ewen Gillies b 1841. I am a direct descendant of Hugh [as he was known in 1851 census] who used the name Gillis in Australia.

I would like to learn of the ancestry of Andrew and Ann. I have no information about their respective parents or siblings. I do not know whether they were born in the area of Arisaig or came with their respective families from another region of the Highlands or Islands.

I would appreciate contact with anyone who has ancestral information related to either or both Andrew & Ann.
Family History / Archibald McKinnon of Morar and Knoydart
« Last post by Carol Annett on June 04, 2006, 11:23:10 PM »
Does anyone have information about the family of my ggg grandfather, Archibald McKinnon? He was born circa 1813 in Morar. His father was Alexander son of Donald son of Donald son of John. Around 1835, Archibald married Ann, maiden name unknown. Their children were Alexander, Duncan, Christy and Katie. The family were living in Samadalan in Knoydart. Around 1848, Ann and Duncan died and Archibald married Janet McGillis born in Morar circa 1821. Janet's father was Donald son of William son of Donald son of William. Janet's mother was Peggy McGillis daughter of John McGillis son of Alexander, of Donald, of John, of Donald, of Donald, son of John. Archibald and Janet had sons named Angus and John who are listed in the 1851 Census of Scotland. The family were likely among those who left Knoydart in 1853 and sailed on the Sillery to Canada. They next appear in the 1861 Census of Ontario with their Scottish-born children and several more born in Glengarry, Ontario from 1854 onwards. Does anyone have information relating to the antecedents of Archibald or either of his wives, Ann and Janet? Are their any local Catholic parish records? Thank you,
Carol Annett
Family History / Re: McKinnon Family
« Last post by Stuart Young on April 24, 2006, 06:11:40 AM »
Re MacKinnon's, message for Christine Ramsay. I have now proven a more direct family link Willaim was indeed the Brother of John, Donald, Alex,Angus, Flora,Annie & Katie. I would appreciate hearing from you my email address is or 121 Kereone Rd, RD 1, Morrinsville New Zealand
Family History / Re: McKinnon Family
« Last post by christineramsay on April 28, 2005, 10:53:01 AM »
Just thought I'd post, for anyone interested, that it turned out that the originator of the message , Stuart Young and myself did turn out to be distantly related! The Murdoch McKinnon and Catherine Robertson he mentions, were my father's first cousin's Grandparents!

Thanks to this notice board, I've been able to add to my family tree!

Family History / Re: McKinnon Family
« Last post by Christine Ramsay on August 05, 2003, 11:40:56 AM »
Hi Stuart,

I don't kow if there's any connection but my Grandmother's sister, Catherine Ferguson married a Morar man William (I think) McKinnon. This would be in the early 1920's. They had 2 children Donnie and Murdo who now live in Glasgow. I remember Donnie saying his aunts had worked in the Morar shop. He also told me his father put up the original wooden cross on the hill in Morar. Hope you can find a connection

bye Christine
Family History / McKinnon Family
« Last post by Stuart Young on January 30, 2003, 06:57:39 AM »
I have on 2 occasions over the past 20 years been able to visit Mallaig the home of my grand father. For a New Zealander these visits to the homes of our forebears are special occasions in deed. Regretably when one is young one does not value the family history that gets lost with the years. I am trying to obtain any information about my forebears. Murdoch McKinnon & Catherine Robertson he was an overseer in the railway construction and died in Mallaig in 1938 she died soon after my grand parents and mother visited from New Zealand in 1939. They had several Children John my grandfather, Alex who ran the store at Morar for many years,Angus who worked on the railway,Annie,Flora,& Katie who I undestand for many years collected the insurance money around the district. On my first visit I enjoyed meeting Katie and her widowed sister Flora. I would appreciate any subsequent information on them. Would any photo's exist of the original builders of the railway? as we have never seen a photo of Murdoch? I look forward to in future years being able to again visit the majestic land of my forebears.
Family History / Family tree for Gillies
« Last post by Ron Gillies on March 01, 2006, 02:34:56 PM »
Hi, I am trying to trace the line for Alexander gillies and Mary Gillies (taylor) they lived at 23 Mallaig Bheag

they had a son James Gillies born 1802 who married a Mary A. Mclelen and died in the rathven area of moray in 1891.

thank you
Family History / Ref: Donald McLellan or McLennan of Inverness
« Last post by Bruce McLellan on January 26, 2004, 08:57:01 PM »
Hello, I am trying to find any information on a Donald MacLellan of Morar, Inverness. The information I have is that he and his wife, Mary, sailed on the Dove in 1801 to Pictou, Nova Scotia, along with their children...Marin age 7, Mart age 5, Patrick age 3, and Alex age 2. I am interested in knowing what his wife's maiden name may have been, and anything further about this family. Ancesters going backward and forward. Also, on board the same ship was a Finlay McLellan of Glenelg,Inverness. I am also interested in this person, as well, and perhaps, whether he might have been related to Donald, as the two towns appear to be less than 20 miles apart. I am interested in Donald because the timeline seems to fit the possibility that he might be my g-g-grandfather. - 0 -

Someone who has been to your town in search of her ancestors brought to my attention your website and noticeboard and said it was the closest one for the area I am looking at and that there are many McLellans that live in the area. I am looking for the proverbial needle in the haystack these past few years as I, too, have found that no one in my family that is still living, has any information concerning our ancestors and what little information I do have comes from a letter that was written by my grandfather back in 1947. The only thing he remembered was that his grandfather, Donald McLellan, came from Inverness and traveled to Canada, and eventually, to what would become Maine in the US. He had a son, born in Maine, who's name was James. James married Jane Findlay, who's father, Douglas, came from Aberdeen. James and Jane had four sons, one of which was my grandfather, John. (other sons, James, George and David) Grandfather John was born in Ft Fairfield, Maine on May 9th, 1853. John says we had many relatives in Canada, and a cousin to his father(James), was Roderick (Big Rory, the hammer thrower)McLennan. Grandfather went to sea at age 11 as a cabin boy and would later work his way up to captain and "master" of clipper ships and/or "downeasters" and traveled the seven seas and "round the horn" regularly. Adding to the mystery, is the fact that I have his sea chest and carved into the side of it is the name John McLennan! There were always stories swirling around that fact and that there might be connected some dark secret about a name change. When grandpa was feeling particularly feisty, his wife would always threaten to reveal some secrets about him, and that always seemed to calm him down, and no one ever did find out what those secrets might have been. I can only imagine, since he was on the high seas from age 11 in 1864 until he gave up the sea in 1898, tried his luck at the yukon gold rush, before coming to Cleveland, Ohio, and began his second career of piloting ore ships in the Great Lakes between Duluth, Minnesota to the steel mills of Cleveland. He was nearly 50 when he married and my dad was born...and my dad was nearly 50 when I was born, so thats how I have a grandfather who was a clipper ship captain. My older sister still maintains that she recalls grandfather telling her that the family name is on the sea chest. So in addition to searching Donald McLellans, I am also searching Donald McLennans. The biggg problem is that there were at least ten Donald McLellans (that I know of, and probably many more) that made their way over here during the migration period...and probably as many Donald McLennans (I know of four) who made the same journey. So the only clue that I know of would be the link with Big Rory McLennan. He was the son of Roderick McLennan (son of Farqhur,of Kintail...and Hannah MacDonald, daughter of one of the sons of Angus(Bhain)Ban MacDonald of Knoydart. So, there you have it lads. That's what I'm up against. I surely would like to be successful before my time is up, as they say. The "needle" I am looking for is for anyone who may have gone before me and done this connecting the dots process. Or perhaps, knows of any linkage between their McLellans/McLennans and the Farqhur McLennan family or the Angus Bhain MacDonald family...that involved a Donald making the trip to either Nova Scotia or Ontario, Canada and into the Maine territory of the US. If you can get me to Maine with Donald, I can give you some wonderful and adventurous stories about some of your decendents on this side of the pond, at least the ones from my particular branch. I look forward to hearing from you, any and all. And I will respond to each. To those that see this posting and know of any McLellans and or McLennans who live in the area, please make them aware of this posting.
Thanking you all, in advance.
Sincerely, Bruce Cameron McLellan
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