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Donald Laing from North Uist to South Uist

Title: Donald Laing from North Uist to South Uist
Posted by: Jessie Ross on 04-02-2017

Discussion: I'm looking for information on Donald Laing who married and had his children in North Uist, ended up in South Uist about 1833 and then came to Cape Breton in 1843. I am looking for any records that might exist on his of his family during their time in South Uist.

They came from Croft Number 2 in Knockintorran (Cnoc an Torran). Donald was the son of John, son of Andrew. He married a Kirsty MacPhail. Donald was said to have been born in 1791, but his first child was born in 1805 so I doubt that. Kirsty was born about 1786.

Their children are:
1. Roderick b. 1805 married Elizabeth MacIntyre. They came to Cape Breton. Roderick's second wife was Mary Walker.
Children of Donald Laing and Kirsty MacPhail
2. Angus Laing/Lynk born about 1808 and died before 1891 in Cape Breton. Wife was Mary Ferguson. Unknown if he married in North Uist, South Uist, or Cape Breton.
3. Ann Laing (1811-1889) who married Angus Stewart. They ended up in Dalabrog.
4. John Laing (1811-?) who married Marion MacDonald.
5. Murdo (1819-?)
6. Mary (1821-?)
7. Marion (1823-?)
8. Andrew (1824-1867) married Sarah MacDonald and came to Cape Breton.
9. Jessie (1826-?) married to a John/James MacKinnon and came to Cape Breton.
10. Flora (1827-1856) and she never married.

I show direct DNA matches to Angus (my 3x Great Grandfather), Jessie who married John/James MacKinnon, and a descendant of Donald Laing's brother Ronald Laing.

Thank you if anyone can help.


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Posted by: kevin stewart on 18-11-2021

Hi, I am reading your post from a while back, my Great Grandfather was a John Laing, born 1859, son of Angus Laing, 9 Knockintorran. He married Margaret MacDonald ex 18 Knockintorran and they had eight of a family, five sons and three daughters.

They lived for a time at Balelone, but were allocated Croft No. 11 Grenitote following the death of the original tenant (Angus MacDonald ex 19 Carinish) in 1919. Not sure if this helps with a connection? My mothers was born in grenitote and fathers side was from lochmaddy.

Moran taing


Would be great to learn if

Posted by: Jessie Ross on 30-08-2018

Hi Robin,

I would absolutely love to connect with these people and see if we can find out how I'm related with them.

I did DNA a while back and just did my grandmother's cousin. She has a 4th cousin match from the daughter Ann Laing, daughter of Rev. John Laing and Ann MacGregor.

Please feel free to send me your email in a PM or email at jessiboo_17 @ please!


Posted by: laura sly on 10-03-2018

Hi Jessie

I'm pretty sure that the Ronald Laing you mention is my great grandfather as the address matches (2 Knockintorran)

My connection is this:
Ronald Laing married Ann MacDonald. One of their daughters, Mary Flora Laing, married Dr Kenneth Mackinnon. She was his second wife after his first wife died.( It appears this second marriage was a kind of housekeeper became wife for propriety's sake.)It appears that Mary Flora Laing's sister, Peggy Laing, became pregnant by Dr Kenneth Mackinnon and had my father in 1940, in England. It was all kept very secret. My dad was adopted by an English couple.
I know some of the Laing side of the family now but my dad had less luck with the Mackinnons at the time.

Posted by: Robin King on 24-05-2017

Hi Jessie, Did you get anyone contact you regarding this?
Have you been in touch with Chrissie, Seamus and Andrew Laing in South Uist? Also Mairi Macleod as her mam was Jessie (nee Laing), Daliburgh? (same as Dalabrog?) Those names all look like they belong. I know Rachel Macleod (lives in Aberdeen) is also in the know with that history.
can email me. As you will see I live in Western Australia!

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