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Early South Uist church records

Title: Early South Uist church records
Posted by: Barbara Evers on 14-07-2012

Discussion: Might I be able to access early (Church?) records of births, baptisms, marriages or deaths in South Uist?

I have fairly good family records of my ancestors who immigrated to Prince Edward Island (then St. John's Island) in the 1700s, but just a few names of ancestors who left Scotland (probably from South Uist and Morar). My husband and I will be visiting in September. Thank you, Barbara

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Posted by: Angus MacMillan on 26-05-2013

I had also meant to say that the MacIains of Ardnamurchan were massacred and dispersed, primarily by the awfuld Donald Campbell of Barbreck-Lochawe in 1625 so they were irrelevant by 1745. Ardnamurchan was firmly under Campbell i.e. Government control and passed on news of the initial Jacobite landing at Borrodale to the authorities.

Posted by: Angus MacMillan on 26-05-2013

John: Not clear which line you share with the earlier post. Broadly, you may struggle to identify individuals if you are looking at the first half of the list of names. However, quite a few of those after the warning to ignore status are recognisable and it should be possible to find detail For example, MacKinnon of the '45 is well recorded for the brave and honourable part he played in looking after the Prince.

Achnancolchreau is identified as being in Lochaber. which is inland around Fort William so nothing to do with Ardnamurchan. Nor did Prince Charles Edward do any of his skulking in Ardnamurchan. The Achnan part of the name may be a reference to a field but the rest of the name is a mystery. hope this helps. Angus

Posted by: John Loughney on 26-05-2013

Hi Barbara,

I am also researching this line. I was wondering if you have any more information. I am thinking that Achnancolcheau could be Ardnamurchan, as that is the area that Bonnie Prince Charlie hid after Culloden. See also

My ancestry goes Angus MacDonald -> Christina MacDonald Fisher -> Jane Fisher McRae -> Caroline McRae McKinnon -> Agnes McKinnon MacGillvary -> John MacGillvary (my grandfather).

Posted by: Barbara Evers on 19-07-2012

Angus, I appreciate your suggestions. Thank you.

I didn't think that there would be any church records, but felt that I should check. I realize that some of these relatives (especially those listed later) weren’t born in South Uist. The list is rather long, but I don’t want to err by omission. I would greatly appreciate if any interested readers of this post might be able to steer me in the right direction for any historical information.
Some of my distant Scottish ancestors who may hail from South Uist are:
Neil and Jane MacDonald South Uist, Invernessshire (emigrated in 1772 on the Queen of Greenoch)
John "Little John" (Morar) MacDonald b. Morar, Invernesshire, Scotland
Angus Campbell from ?
Ronald (Morar) MacDonald b. ca. 1720, Morar, Invernesshire, Scotland, m. Flora MacKinnon
Flora MacKinnon b. ca. 1720
Alexander Fisher b. ca. 1750, occupation Carpenter, m. in Scotland, Christina (Officer) MacDonald
b. May 14, 1755, Achnancolcheau (??), Lochabar, Scotland
Angus (Spry Cove) MacDonald b. Scotland
Archibald (Officer) MacDonald b. Sept. 20, 1757, Achnancolcheau (??), Lochabar, Scotland, m. Isabella MacDonald
Donald (East Point) Beaton b. July 20, 1746, Athlauchrach, Lochaber, Scotland, christened: Cappach, Lochabar married …Mary (Morar) MacDonald b. 1764, Morar, Invernesshire
Other 3rd Great Grandparents
Joseph MacPhee and Jane MacLean
Angus MacCormack born in Frobost, South Uist 1750
4th great grandparent
Dugald MacCormack, born between 1700-1725, Boisdale, South Uist
Alexander (Laird of Morar??) MacDonald #147834 m. (1) Anne (Sleat) MacDonald, m. (2) Mary (Kinlochmoidart) MacDonald. Alexander died after 1726.
Mary (Kinlochmoidart) MacDonald She was the 3rd. daughter of Major Ranald MacDonald, 3rd. Laird of Kinlochmoidart
Madeline \"or Magdalen\" Fraser b. April 16, 1731, Scotland, d. 1768, Scotland
Angus (Officer Angus) MacDonald b. January 1, 1727, Achnancolcheau, Lochabar, Scotland, lived in: St Peters Lake, occupation Captain, m. (1) 1751, Madeline \"or Magdalen\" Fraser, m. (2) 1768, in Scotland, Janet \"Johanna\" MacDonald. Angus died ca. 1806, Prince Edward Island, Canada, interred: Prince Edward Island, Canada. He came before 1776 and made his will in 1802. He had rented the estate of Borodale on South Uist where Prince Charles Edward landed in 1745 to begin his unsuccessful effort to regain Scotland from England. It would appear that he was the 5th. Laird of Achanancoichean (??)
Alexander (Lochaber) Beaton #145175 b. Lochaber, Scotland, lived in: Scotland, m. Jessie Flora Cameron #145179. Alexander died Scotland
Jessie Flora Cameron was a sister of Aonghius Dubh Cameron. Oral history states that she was ill from the long crossing from Scotland and that when she arrived on the Island, she was carried ashore, into her son Donald\'s house. She supposedly died without her feet ever touching P.E.I. soil.
. Iain Dubh \"Black John\" MacKinnon #201082 b. 1682, m. (1) Penelope Sharpe, m. (2) Janet MacLeod. Iain died 1753. He was the 17th. Chief of Clan MacKinnon. He was a part of the 1715 uprising and rose again with Prince Charles Edward in 1745. He was imprisoned from 1746 to 1747


Posted by: Angus MacMillan on 14-07-2012

Unfortunately, you will not find any b,m,d records dating from the 1700s. The first births (baptisms) and marriages date to the 1820s and deaths were only first recorded when statute arrived in 1855.

There are some earlier lists, mainly rent rolls that start from 1797 and the odd earlier list of names. If only parts of your family left, there is also the hope of finding a sloinnneadh or patronymic with which you can associate, some having five or six generations and so extending back to the 1600s. Sorry to be a wet blanket. Angus

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