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Iain Mor en Taillear MacMillan - Nova Scotia

Title: Iain Mor en Taillear MacMillan - Nova Scotia
Posted by: Bryan MacMillan on 20-10-2014

Discussion: This is for Angus MacMilllan. Angus, have had no luck on this side of the ocean in finding out where Iain Mor en Taillear MacMillan landed in Nova Scotia. So I have to ask you, where he might have left from, in South Uist and where would I find that info? Thanks

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Posted by: Angus MacMillan on 25-10-2014

In that case, I would surmise that Loch Eynort would have been the place though it was not unknown for ships simply to draw up off the coast and passengers to load via smaller boats. It would still have to be somwhere up the sheltered East coast between Lochboisdale and Caltinis. Loch Eynort was certainly where the kelp ship was moored when Capt Angus MacDonald of Milton was drowned by his dogs in 1806, having hitched a lift on an overloaded tender. An obstruction in the entrance was causing an increasing problem there as the size of ships grew though and a trading settlement containing among others captain Angus cousin Iain Roy MacDonald (the wild one) thereupon developed.

Posted by: Bryan MacMillan on 24-10-2014

Thanks Angus, but I am sure of only one thing, he left between 1798 and 1804. How does this change things? Thanks so much for getting back to me.

Posted by: Angus MacMillan on 23-10-2014

Bryan: there was a variety of arrangements. I the 1840s a mass migration was arranged by hiring the Admiral and Tuskar and they picked up from Lochmaddy. At the same time those who went via the Lulan and Pictou sailed across to Tobermory and took the packet in Mull to Glasgow, from which they sailed. Earlier presumably rather smaller ships landed first at Loch Eynort and then from 1807 from Loch Skipport in South Uist. Either would be convenient for iain and family but I rather favour the latter. Angus

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