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Title: Island Genealogy
Posted by: Donald MacKechnie on 19-11-2006

Discussion: Just wondering how many members have looked into their Genealogy from the Uists, if any have would they be interested in sharing information to see if their are any family links.

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Posted by: Michael Campbell on 07-02-2018

Duncan Campbell was my great great grandfather. His son, James and family were part of the 1884 Lady Cathcart clearances. Some of Duncan's children went to Australia and my dad remembered a cousin from Australia coming to visit James during World War on her way back to visit family in Benbecula.
My dad and mom visited with Donald and Catherine (Kate) in the 1970s. They were the children of Peter Campbell, one of Duncan's children.
Duncan Campbell's mother was Jesse (nee Clark) who was the sister of Isabella MacDonald wife of Canada's first prime minister.

Posted by: Cherie Broomer on 04-01-2009

Happy New Year.

I haven't been on the forum for a bit so I've just seen Donald MacKechnie's information about the MacAulays.

My mother and I have been trying to find information about our PEI MacAulay family. Some of our family came in the 1770s from South Uist and some of our family came in 1840s from Benbecula.

The family from Benbecula were two brothers Angus MacAulay m. to Annie MacPherson; and Archibald MacAulay m. Mary MacAulay.

I also have information that Donald and John MacAulay came to PEI with Captain John MacDonald of Glenaladale from South Uist.

Any information about the MacAulays of South Uist and Benbecula would be greatly appreciated.
Cherie & Sarah

Posted by: ronald watson on 05-11-2008

my grandmother was born around 1875 in south uist i was told her father was a minister she went to inverness on horseback and then by train to glasgow where she trained to be a chef at the college of domestic sience she was then married and had five of a family liveing in dundee her sister also went to glasgow was married and her husband worked in john browns shipyard .is there any one whocould help me to trace there birth lines and where they lived on south uist regards ronald watson

Posted by: Terri Hannah on 01-02-2007

I was wondering if anyone has any info on the Pedrana's in Australia. I have accumulated quite a lot of info on the Peteranna's in New Zealand and Scotland and the Hannah's in Canada. So far Australia has eluded a few of us. Is there anyone out there that can help. Any other info would also be welome and also photos as do not seem to have many.

Thanks you

Terri (nee Hannah)

Posted by: Donald MacKechnie on 18-01-2007

My line of Genealogy on Benbecula, is from Dads mothers side, the names I am researching are : MacPherson, MacMillan, MacDonald, MacPhee, MacAulay, MacInnes and Wilson. In South Uist they are MacPherson from Iochdar, Campbell from Iochdar and MacPhee.

My MacPherson line in Benbecula stems from Griminish, where dad was born, I have them back to Abt 1670 with the help of patronymics, I also have MacPhersons from Balavanich.

The MacMillans where from Uachdar.
The MacInnes where from Dunganichy then Balavanich.
The MacAulays where from Uachdar
The Wilsons where from Griminsh
The MacPhees and the MacDonald lines Im not too sure as they where all female and apart from their name and whom they married I have no more info.

The MacPhersons in Iochdar lived in Buaile Dubh.
The Campbells lived in Baile Gharbhaidh.
The MacPhees Im not to sure.

Ihave some information on the above but not everything so if anyone would like to know anything or share info leave a message.

Posted by: maria nicol on 18-01-2007

OOOh!! I have a Mary Murchison who married an Angus McDonald


Now they had a daughter called Mary, born 1859.

I realise , of course, that there were probably a lot of Angus McDonalds abt. :)

Posted by: Martin Kennedy on 15-01-2007

Hello Maria

I would like to think they were well aquainted with each other, and no doubt their families. Such a small community would be fairly well close knit, so I'm sure they would have shared one or two drams and a few old folk songs to pass away the long cold winter evenings..!

I have yet to see where Angus was in the 1841/51 census, so will try that next......


Posted by: Stevie Gallagher on 13-01-2007

Hi Donald ,
Sorry...opened a thread on my family history before I noticed this one !!! as you will see I'm from MacDonald / Morrison line ..details in the thread

Stevie Gallagher

Posted by: maria nicol on 11-01-2007

Hi Martin,

Re-Lionaclait- I have a Samuel Murchison residing there as a farmer in the 1841 and the 1851 census (he died in 1855 , having been there for 57 yrs ). His son John was there on the 1861 census, had one of his children Catherine there in 1863, then moved to Glasgow before 1866. Hmmm. They surely must have known each other.

Posted by: Martin Kennedy on 10-01-2007


I've done a fair bit if research into my dad's side of the family and most are from North and South Uist. I'll start from my father and work back...

Alasdair Kennedy, born 1931 Ardvasar, Skye. Sisters, Mairi, Betty, and Jessie. Mairi and Betty were moved to their aunts in Benbecula after the death of their mother, following complications of birth with my dad.
My dad's mum, was Alice Mary Alexanderina Macdonald Maclean (known as Ida) , born 1901 at 'Rhuabruach' in Griminish. Her parents were Mary Bell Macdonald, and Alexander Maclean, a plasterer. One of nan's sister, was Lizzie, who married Walter Orr, and whose son, Alastair Orr died in WW11 in Egypt, age 23. Mary Bell Macdonald's father was Angus Macdonald, who was the 2nd miller at Lionacleit Mill, Benbecula, in the 1840s.

My Gt Grandad, Alexander Maclean was born in Hougharry, North Uist in 1845, to John Maclean (b1806, Hougharry)) and Janet MacInnes (b 1816, Small Isles)). Alexander married twice, 1st to Catherine MacCuish, of Hougharry, in 1877, and 2nd to my Gt nan, Mary Bell Macdonald, in 1887, in Benbecula.
Coincidentally, Alexander Maclean's brother, Lachlan, married Catherine MacCuish's sister, Marion.

John Maclean's father was Charles Maclean (b1760, Hougharry) and Christy Macdonald (b1765, Hougharry). Most of all my ancestors were crofters, as were most of the islanders.
We still have family in Benbecula, at Viewfield, I believe.

Kind regards

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