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2nd February 2007

It's your Electric Scotland newsletter meaning the weekend is nearly here :-)

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Electric Scotland News
Job Opportunity - Executive Director, Clan Donald Centre and Museum of the Isles.
Micro Button Advertiser - Celtic Journeys
The Flag in the Wind
The Scottish Nation
The Celtic Monthly
The Southern States of America
Skye Pioneers and "The Island"
History of Inverness County, Nova Scotia
Scots Minstrelsie
Clan Newsletters
History of Scottish Medicine to 1860 (new book)
Maps of Clan Lands
Biographical Record of the County of Kent, Ontario
Scottish Canadian Newspaper
A Homily
Annonymous In Stoney

I got in an email from Julie, who is currently living in Wales, telling me of a debate that was on the Panorama program on BBC about the "Act of Disunion". I thought it was rather interesting and you can watch this at

Marjorie Bruce Presents the Music of Jean Langlais and Scotland in Lectures and Recitals

- Recitals - Works of Jean Langlais and the Ste. Clothilde School

March 2, Metropolitan United Church, Queen & Church Sts., Toronto 7:30 pm, $20 at the door
March 9, St. Matthew's Lutheran Church 54 Benton St., Kitchener 7:30 pm, $20/15 at the door
March 11, Knox Presbyterian Church, 20 Quebec St., Guelph Benefit Concert for the Masai Aids Project 4:00 pm, by donation

- Lectures at the University of Guelph

March 6, "The Music of Jean Langlais (1907-1991)" 10 am, 107 MacKinnon, free admission
March 6, "Haddo House - Music with the Marchioness" 2 pm, OAC Boardroom, Johnston Hall, free admission

A great job available with Clan Donald... see details below and if it isn't for you but you know of someone that might be interested please forward on the details :-)

I am working on another site re-design at the moment to carry the site forward. Mind you this type of re-design can take an enormous amount of work as the site is just so large. I am busy getting some quotes for this re-design as I likely need to apply scripts to capture all the data and then covert it into a new web structure. I hope to get this done for our 10th anniversary which is March 2007 :-)

Some of the stories in here are just parts of a larger story so do check out the site for the full versions. You can always find the link in our "What's New" section at the link at the top of this newsletter and pick up poems and stories sent into us during the week from Donna, Margo, Stan, John and others.

Executive Director, Clan Donald Centre and Museum of the Isles
Major Bruce W Macdonald, ret'd
Tòiseach & Castle Duntulm Councillor
The Council of Finlaggan
Clan Donald (International)

sent me in the following and asked if he could advertise this job opportunity on Electric Scotland so hopefully someone on this list will have the needed qualifications or know someone that does and would pass this on. Sounds like an opportunity of a lifetime :-)


Clan Donald Centre and Museum of the Isles
Armadale Castle, Isle of Skye 

The Clan Donald Lands Trust welcome applications (from both men and women) for the position of Executive Director. The post will fall vacant in August 2007, and it is hoped to have the successful candidate appointed by June.

Are you an outstanding leader experienced in developing, building, and energising diverse teams? Have you had: successful financial centre responsibility preferably in Tourism and Leisure Destinations; responsibility for new construction and refurbishment of historic buildings; experience in retail merchandising; experience in implementing strategic goals and objectives effectively; raising funds through international appeals and grant applications? Are you passionate about the Highlands and the history of the Clans?

A Degree-Qualified Person with a proven track record is sought to lead and grow the activities of the Trust and Estate.

Interested Candidates will be provided with a Statement of Qualifications and Job Description by e-mailing

Micro Button Advertiser
August 24, 2007 - 10 nights - $3,750 per person Including the Edinburgh Military Tattoo!

Discover the highlights of Scotland's history and secrets of Scotland's mystery on this tour which takes you to Neolithic sites autographed with Viking graffiti, bloody battlefields imprinted with Scotland's unrelenting fight for freedom, majestic castles, the rugged beauty of the Highlands and Island, while meeting people all along the way. Cover ths history of battles from the 6th Century and the mysterious prehistory dating back 5,000 years! Highlights include Rosslyn Chapel, Stirling Castle, Kilmartin Glen and Fort Dunadd, Glenfinnan, Glencoe, Duart Castle and private tour with the Ancestral Chief of Clan Maclean, Iona Abbey, Culloden Battlefield, Pass of Killiecrankie, Bannockburn, and Orkney: Ring of Brodgar, Standing Stones of Stenness, Maes Howe, The Churchill Barriers, Scapa Flow, Italian Chapel and much more! Tour begins in medieval Edinburgh with the Tattoo and is limited to 12 guests. Includes many extras. Phone 703 941 6455 or e-mail for more information.

Mind that The Flag is now in two sections (1) Political and (2) Cultural.

The political section is compiled this week by Jim Lynch. This week he gives us the state of the British Forces...

Soldiering on – or not?

I have briefly looked at the biographies and qualifications of the Secretary of State for Defence, Des Browne, and the Armed Forces Minister, Adam Ingram, and I shudder to think of the “defence” of our country being in the care of people who do not even know one end of a gun from the other. First Browne (with an “e”) says the Army is too big, and has to be reduced; then he says the Army is overstretched and needs to expand. Then he says he didn’t say that, but the Army does have a crisis in recruitment. Oh no they don’t, although there is an increase of 30% in recruits coming from overseas, and Adam Ingram just nods his head!

The Armed Forces are in a shambles, mainly, but not entirely, due to Labour mismanagement; the Royal Air Force has more Group Captains than it has combat jets, and it has 70 Squadron Leaders for every squadron, must get a mite crowded at the Mess dinner table. At present the UK has 354 combat aircraft, compared with 363 in Saudi Arabia and 402 in Israel. Mind you, when they are selling new aircraft built for the RAF to Saudi Arabia, no wonder we are a wee bit short. But do not worry, the RAF has to cut its manpower from 48,000 to 41,000 by 2008, by the orders of Gordon Brown (without an “e”) so it will be a race to see what we run out of first, people or planes. At the same time a lot of the most experienced aircrew are seeking redundancy, no idea of how many are Group Captains or Squadron Leaders. And Labour politicians mock the SNP about defence forces in an independent Scotland!

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Peter reminds us that today is Candlemas...

Today (2 February 2007) was Candlemas, the first of the Scottish Quarter Days. It was traditionally the day that pupils used to give gifts to their schoolmasters – originally peat for heat or candles for light but this in time became siller or a cockerel.

Candlemas was originally a festival for the return of Spring held by the Romans in honour of Februa, the daughter of Mars. They carried torches through the city on February the first (the same date which was celebrated by the Celts as the first day of Spring). This festival was Christianized as the Purification of the Virgin Mary and was held on February the second. In medieval Scotland it was a day of pageants, processions and religious plays in honour of Our lady, as we can see from the Burgh Records of Aberdeen for 30 January 1505 –

‘The provest and baillies statut and ordanit that the said craftsmen and thair successoris sal in order to the Offering in the Play pass twa and twa togedir socialie; in the first the flesheris, barbouris, baxteris, cordinaris, skineris. Couparis, wrichtis, hatmakeris and bonatmakaris togider; walcaris, litstaris, wobstaris, tailyeouris, goldsmiths, blaksmithis, and hammermen; and the craftsmen sal furnyss the Pageants.’

Also from the North-East comes a rhyme to help us fix the date of Easter (alternatively just contact Jim Lynch!) –

‘First comes Cannlemas and syne the new meen,
The neist Tyesday efter that is Festern’s Een;
That meen out and the neist meen’s hicht,
And the neist Sunday efter that’s aye Pace richt.’

As this is being compiled on a cranreuch caul day prior to Candlemas, it is too early to know the outcome of the bittie Scottish weather lore which goes –

‘If Candlemas day be dry and fair,
The half o the winter’s to come and mair;
If Candlemas day be wet and foul,
The half o the winter’s gane at Yule.’

February can be a snell month so this week’s recipe is designed to heat us all up! Carrot and Orange Soup is just the ticket.

Carrot and Orange Soup

Ingredients: 1 chopped onion; 1lb (450g) sliced carrots; 2 ozs (65 g or ½ stick) butter; 2 ozs (65 g or ½ cup) plain flour; 1 pint (600ml or two and a half cups) chicken stock; 1 pint (600ml or 2½ cups, scant) milk; 1 orange (juice and rind); Salt and pepper; 1 teaspoon nutmeg; 1 oz (one rounded tablespoon); chopped parsley

Method: Melt the butter and add the onions and carrots. Cook gently (without colouring) then stir in the flour and cook for a further 1/2 minutes. Gradually add the milk and chicken stock. Season with salt, pepper and nutmeg. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly, then simmer for 20/30 minutes. Liquidise before adding orange juice (including shredded rind) and reheat - but do not boil. Serve sprinkled with parsley.

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The Scottish Nation
My thanks to Lora for transcribing these volumes for us.

Now completed the E's and moved onto the F's and added this week are Falconer, Falkland and Farquhar.

Here is how the account of Falkland starts...

FALKLAND, Viscount, a title in the peerage of Scotland, first conferred in 1620, by James the Sixth, on Sir Henry Cary of Berkhamstead, county of Hertford, the son of Sir Edward Cary of Aldenham, in the same county, master of the jewel office to Queen Elizabeth and King James, and descended from a family long seated in the counties of Devon and Somerset. In Douglas’ Peerage, it is stated that Sir Henry was the first who brought intelligence of the death of Queen Elizabeth to Scotland in 1603. This, however, is a mistake, as the messenger on that occasion was Robert Cary, earl of Monmouth. Sir Henry Cary was one of the gentlemen of King James’ bedchamber, and in 1608 he was made a knight of the Bath at the creation of Henry prince of Wales. In 1607 he was appointed controller of the household, and on November 10, 1620, he was created, in the Scottish peerage, Viscount Falkland, (that is, Falcon-land, from the Suio-Gothic falk, the Anglo-Saxon vealth, or the Teutonic valck, a species of hawk,) which title, with his naturalization, was confirmed by Charles the First, by diploma, in 1627. On 6th November 1622, he was appointed lord deputy of Ireland, but in 1629 he was recalled, by the intrigues of the papists. Having broken his leg by accident in Theobald’s park, he died in September 1633. A letter by his lordship to James the First, being a petition to the king for the release of his son lucius, who for challenging Sir Francis Willoughby had been thrown into the Fleet prison, preserved in the Harleian MSS. (in which there are four original letters of his lordship to the duke of Buckingham,) has been printed in the Cabala; and an Epitaph by him on Elizabeth Countess of Huntingdon is given in Wilford’s Memorials. Walpole also copies it, in which there is a portrait of him. There was found among his papers, and published in 1680, ‘The History of the most unfortunate Prince, King Edward II., with choice political observations on him and his unhappy favourites, Gaveston and Spencer,’ folio and 8vo, with preface by Sir James Harrington. By a remarkable invention of his lordship, to prevent his name from being counterfeited, by artfully concealing it in the successive years of his age, he detected a forger who had not observed so nice a peculiarity. His second son, Sir Lawrence Cary, was killed, fighting under Sir Charles Coote, when he defeated the Irish rebels at Swords in 1642.

His eldest son, Lucius, second viscount, born about 1610, celebrated for his virtues and rare qualities, previous to entering on public life, devoted himself to retirement and study, but after succeeding to the title he went to court, and was appointed one of the gentlemen of the king’s bedchamber. In 1639 he served as a volunteer in an expedition under the earl of Holland, to oppose an expected irruption on the Scottish borders, when Waller addressed some complimentary verses to him on his departure, and Cowley wrote a congratulatory poem on his return. In 1640 he was chosen member for Newport in Cornwall, and at first was on the parliament’s side, but afterwards, distrusting the designs of its leaders, he joined the king’s party, and in 1642 was prevailed on to accept of a seat in the privy council, and was appointed secretary of state. He attended the king at Edgefield fight, at Oxford, and at the siege of Gloucester, and was so much concerned at the civil war in which the country was involved that, frequently when sitting among his friends, after a long silence, he would exclaim, with deep sighs, “Peace,” declaring that he could not live in such a state of perpetual grief and anxiety. On the morning of the first battle of Newbury (20th September 1643) he called for a clean shirt, and being asked the reason, said that if he were slain, they should not find his body in foul linen. Venturing himself in the first rank of Lord Byron’s regiment, he received a musket ball which killed him. “Thus Falkland died, the generous and the just,” in the thirty-fourth year of his age. He was generally esteemed the most virtuous public character of his time, and his intimate friend, Lord Clarendon, has highly eulogized him in his History of the Rebellion. His praises indeed, have been so resounded by poets, historians, and moralists that they are, as it were, interwoven with English literature. He id said to have been in no degree attractive in his person, being small of stature, and ungraceful of motion, and his voice so harsh that it offended the ear. It was a saying of his that he pitied unlearned gentlemen on a rainy day. A portrait of his lordship is given in Park’s edition of Walpole’s Royal and Noble Authors, volume v., which contains a list of his political speeches, and pamphlets concerning episcopacy and against the papacy. His celebrated speech against the bishops is dated February 9, 1640. He is said to have assisted Chillingworth in his book called ‘The Religion of Protestants,’ and he wrote an Eclogue on the death of Ben Jonson, published in the collection called ‘Jonsonus Viribus,’ which is not remarkable for either elegance or pathos.

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The Celtic Monthly
A magazine for Highlanders

Added the May 1912 issue at 

This contains...

The Marquis and Marchioness of Stafford, Sketches of Highland Life and Character, The Passing of the Titanic, Gaelic Proverbs, The Late Lieut. Donald Campbell R.N., To all Highland Hearts, The Religion in the Gaelic Language, The Tongue of the Gael, The Sons of Rob Roy, Celtic Notes and Queries, Fionn's Wars with the MacGregors, Notes on the Celtic Year, Death of a Notable Highlander, The Clan MacKay Annual Gathering, The MacLarens and the Appin Stewarts, Our Musical Page.

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The Southern States of America
Published in 1909.

Added this week are...

The History of South Carolina - Chapter II
South Carolina, A State in the Federal Union, 1789 - 1860

The History of South Carolina - Chapter III
South Carolina in the Confederacy, 1860 - 1865

The History of South Carolina - Chapter IV
South Carolina, 1865 - 1909

The History of Georgia - Chapter I
The Colony of Georgia, 1732 - 1776

Here is how The History of Georgia - Chapter I starts...

Georgia a Part of Carolina.

THE land which, in 1732, was granted to the "Trustees for establishing the Colony of Georgia in America" was originally granted to the Lords Proprietors of Carolina; but as no act of settlement beyond the right shore of the Savannah River was exercised by the proprietors, Sir Robert Montgomery obtained from them, in 1717, the right to the use of the territory between the Savannah and the Altamaha rivers for a settlement to be called the Margravate of Azilia. It was expected that the Montgomery colony would at once take steps to improve the land so secured, and that the prosperity of the new undertaking would be assured. Such was the prediction of those who were directly interested in the project, but their efforts were not properly guided, and it remained for a man of greater ability and of more decided energy to carry to a successful issue the scheme proposed by Sir Robert Montgomery. James Oglethorpe was the man who was to be the leader in this great work, and the circumstances which led to his taking charge of it may be said to be providential.

Georgia a Distinct Proprietary-Oglethorpe's Settlement.

The story of the investigation by a committee of Parliament, headed by General Oglethorpe, of the methods pursued in the matter of the imprisonment of unfortunate Englishmen, has been so often told that it need not be here fully rehearsed. The result of the investigation brought about the needed reform in the prison system, but the most far-reaching and fruitful result was the founding of the Colony of Georgia. Oglethorpe, who had been the chief instrument in bringing about the great change, was chosen as the leader of the band to prepare the way for departure to the new country which they were to develop and change into a great state among a sisterhood of states forming the grand Union which is one of the world's powers. For an accurate and true account of the reasons for establishing the colony, succinctly stated, no better can be found than that given by Gov. Robert Johnson, of South Carolina, in the preamble to a proclamation issued by him Jan. 13, 1733, calling on his people to assist their new neighbors in Georgia. In it occurs this statement : "I have lately received a power from the Trustees for establishing a colony in that part of Carolina between the rivers Altamaha and Savannah, now granted by his Majesty's charter to the said Trustees, by the name of the Province of Georgia, authorizing me to take and receive all such voluntary contributions as any of his Majesty's good subjects of this province shall voluntarily contribute towards so good and charitable a work as the relieving of poor and insolvent debtors, and settIing, establishing and assisting poor Protestants of what nation so ever as shall be willing to settle in the said Colony." It maybe well for our readers to have before them also the words of the charter granted by George II., giving the reasons as follows: "Many of our poor subjects are, through misfortune and want of employment, reduced to great necessity, insomuch as by their labor they are not able to provide a maintenance for themselves and their families; and, if they had means to defray their charges of passage and the expenses incident to new settlements, they would be glad to settle in any of our provinces in America, where, by cultivating the lands at present waste and desolate, they might not only gain a comfortable subsistence for themselves and families, but also strengthen our colonies and increase trade, navigation and wealth of these, our realms."

James Oglethorpe, the philanthropist and Christian gentleman, was also by choice a soldier, leaving college to take up arms in defense of a cause which he considered right. His character was right in every respect, and in undertaking the establishment of a colony under such circumstances he was literally carrying out the noble sentiment expressed in the motto adopted for the seal of the Province: Non sibi, sed alliis. Whether he foresaw the success of his scheme, or not, cannot be determined, but certainly true was the statement made by a newspaper not long before his death: "General Oglethorpe can say more than can be said by the subject of any prince in Europe, or perhaps that ever reigned; he founded the Province of Georgia in America, he has lived to see it flourish and become of consequence to the commerce of Great Britain; he has seen it in a state of rebellion, and he now beholds it independent of the mother country, and of great political importance in one quarter of the globe."

The first company of the colonists, comprising 130 individuals, or thirty-five families, came over in the latter part of the year 1732, in the ship Anne, which set sail on November 17. Oglethorpe was one of the party. They reached Charleston, S. C., Jan. 13, 1733, and were there cordially welcomed by Governor Johnson, who assisted them in getting to the place where the first settlement was to be made - Savannah. Leaving the others at Beaufort, on the way, the General, guided by some of his Carolina friends, proceeded on his way in order to select a spot for the permanent location of his followers. He found what he sought, and a better selection than the site of the present prosperous and flourishing city of Savannah could not have been made. Indeed, no one would now wish for a change. On the spot he found a village inhabited by Indians, of whom Tomochichi was the chief, and who soon discerned the true character of Oglethorpe. The two men at once became friends and the Indians and Englishmen remained friendly as long as the General lived in Georgia. A treaty was afterwards made which was strictly observed, and the Colony of Georgia had scarcely any troubles with the aborigines. The plan of the city of Savannah has been greatly admired, and it would seem that it had been carefully prepared before the colonists ever set foot upon the soil. Oglethorpe, having chosen the spot, went back for his followers, reaching Yamacraw Bluff Feb. 1 (old style), 1733 (Feb. 12, new style), and, after landing, they united in a prayer of thanksgiving and praise to God, lodging that night in tents. The work of building houses for the people began the next day, and the settlement was called Savannah. In the work of making homes for themselves the colonists were greatly assisted by their neighbors of Carolina, who even then exhibited that social spirit for which they have ever since been noted.

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Skye Pioneers and "The Island"
by Malcolm A. MacQueen (1929).

Have now started on the Belfast family histories including...

The Munros of Orwell, Alberry Plains, and Lorne Valley
Family of Dr. Angus MacAulay, Point Prim
The MacKinnons of Uigg
Ancestors and Descendants of Annabella MacLeod, Wife of Dr. James Munro, through The MacDonalds, Lords of the Isles
The MacLeods of Glashvin (Pinette)
Murdoch "Tailor" MacLeod and family of Orwell Cross-Roads

These histories really contain some excellent information as well as good genealogy. Here is one of the smaller complete entries just to give you a flavour of what's available...

Belfast Families - Murdoch "Tailor" MacLeod and family of Orwell Cross-Roads

Murdoch MacLeod was born in Harris, Scotland. At an early age he joined the navy and fought in the Napeolonic Wars, being present at the Battle of Trafalgar, according to family tradition on the Victory. He emigrated to P. E. Island in 1816, and after living in Flat River a number of years he married Mary MacLeod, a cousin of Neil MacLeod, who lived near Orwell Bridge. Prior to 1840 he took up a hundred acre farm, and on it built a log cabin a few yards west of Orwell cross-roads. This farm was later increased by additions on the east and west sides, until there were about four hundred acres occupied by himself and his three sons, Alexander, Murdoch and Neil. Murdo's descendants occupy these farms today.

To distinguish this family from the numerous other MacLeods in the district they were always known as "Tailor." Murdoch Tailor died at Orwell, May 23, 1860, aged 76. Both himself and consort are buried in Belfast churchyard. Their issue were:

I. RACHEL, wife of William MacLeod, Lyndale, with issue:
six daughters and one son, Donald, at present living on the old homestead in Lyndale;
II. MARGARET, wife of Norman MacSwain, Portage, Belfast, without issue;
IV. JOHN, married Miss Nicholson, Orwell Cove, without issue;
V. WILLIAM, Dundee, married Catherine Biggs, Newtown, with issue, among others:
1. NEIL, Orwell, married Elizabeth Musick, Kinross, with issue:
Percy, and Evelyn, wife of Otis MacLeod, of Uigg;
2. MURDOCH A., b. 1864, d. Nov. 1927, married Jessie Munro, Alberry Plains, with issue:
1. ALICE, wife of Mr. Stewart;
2. GWENDOLINE, wife of John Mackay;
4. GLADYS, wife of Ernest Charlton;
5. MARGARET, wife of Mr. Campbell;
6. MARY;
7. IVAN ;

VI. BELLA, d. 1927, aged about 93, wife of Allan Buchanan, Mount Buchanan, with issue;
VII. NEIL, d. Aug. 25, 1910, aged 81, married Isabella McDonald, d. March 13, 1892, sister of Peter Findlay MacDonald of Orwell, with issue, among others: Neil, Murdo, Mary, Christy, Bella, and Jessie, on the homestead;
VIII. CATHERINE, d. 1903, wife of Donald MacLeod, Orwell, with issue, among others: Murdoch, Vancouver;
IX. MURDOCH, b. Nov. 8, 1832, d. Sept. 17, 1917, married Anne H. Enman, d. May 12, 1893, aged 44, daughter of David Enman, Vernon River, with issue, among others: Lawrence, living on the old homestead; Frank, Florence, and Mary, wife of William Greenwood;
X. NORMAN, d. July 5, 1889, aged 63, Dundee, married Margaret Buchanan, with issue;
XI. ANNE, b. Jan. 8, 1842, wife of Richard Wood, Orwell, with issue, among others: Cyrus, Norman, married Miss Macpherson, Dundee, with issue, and Mary Jane, wife of Mr. McInnis, with issue; (It is believed that Mrs. Wood is the only woman living whose father was a combatant in the Battle of Trafalgar. At 87 years of age she is in excellent health.)
XII. ALEXANDER, Sr., b. in Orwell, one of the ablest and most astute business men P.E.I. ever produced. Master mariner, and ship owner; this masterful character was recognized as one of the most sagacious and capable seamen of his day. He owned the farm adjoining the one on which his father lived, and when his business career was over settled down to a life of useful retirement. He died on June 14, 1893, aged 70. His devoted wife, Jessie Campbell, who was born in Skye, died on January 18, 1893, aged 70.

Captain MacLeod was part owner of, and for many years commanded, the S.S. "Gulnare," employed by the British Government in surveying and charting the coasts of Eastern Canada and Newfoundland. So wide a reputation had he as mariner that, when the first Atlantic cable was being laid, he was employed as advisor in connection with the work on the Newfoundland coast. On his retirement from command of the "Gulnare" he was succeeded in command by his son Alexander, Jr.

To Alexander MacLeod, Sr., and his wife Jessie Campbell, were born the following children:
1. MURDOCH, living in Texas;
2. ARCHIBALD, B.A., M.D. (McGill), d. Oct. 15, 1884, aged 25 years; one of the first to practice medicine in New Westminster, B.C.;
3. NORMAN, b. 1852, Vancouver, married Mary Ann MacSwain, daughter of Alexander MacSwain, of Portage, Belfast, d. Nov., 1927, aged 77, with issue:

1. FLORETTA, wife of Professor Lemuel Robertson (M.A. McGill), Vancouver, with issue: Norman (B.A., U. of B.C. Oxon.) Rhodes Scholar, married Henriette J. Welling, The Hague; Mary (U. of B.C.), wife of John C. Oliver, and Barbara (U. of B.C.);
2. MAXWELL, Nanaimo, married Henrietta McLaren, with issue: Maxwell McLaren;
3. MARY, wife of George Beveridge, with issue: James;
4. SAMUEL A., married, without issue;

4. HUGH D., b. 1856, d. April. 15, 1927, married, first, Katherine A. Munn, of Orwell, d. Sept. 22, 1893, aged 37, with issue: Jessie, wife of Oscar Nielson, Vancouver, with issue: one daughter; May, wife of Alexander Stevens, Vancouver, son of Dowager, Lady Peel, England; second, married Jessie Munn, with issue: Mildred and Ada;
5. ALEXANDER, Jr., Master Mariner, b. 1858, d. April 26, 1909, married Kate, daughter of Alexander Mackinnon, Orwell North, with issue surviving: Daniel Alexander, Jessie, wife of Malcolm Buchanan with issue: Anne, wife of John MacLeod, with issue: Leslie, married, with issue: and Helen;
6. JOHN O., Vancouver, married Anne Mutlow, Orwell, with issue: William, married, with issue: Jessie, wife of Frank Donaghy, with issue.

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History of Inverness County, Nova Scotia
By J. L. MacDougall (1922)

Inverness County is part of Cape Breton in Nova Scotia. I am now up to the District Sketches which contain a ton of genealogical information. You can read the chapters at 

The Districts added so far are...

The Town of Inverness
Port Hawkesbury
District No. 1 Port Hastings
North West Arm and Sugar Camp
Melville and Barberton
Port Hastings
District of Judique
River Inhabitants
Princeville, R.I.

Here is some of the information contained in the huge account of the District of Judique...

The district of Judique is an important part of Inverness County. It was settled early. It is a large, rich and beautiful piece of country. It has a pleasant and accessible coast with some fine coves and beaches. The place is well adapted to fishing and farming pursuits. The virility and prowess of its pioneer settlers were proverbial. Judique was the cradle of religious organization for the lonely immigrants to this forest land. That fact has a right to be remembered. It is unquestionable that the triumph of our fathers in the forbidding wilderness of the new world was due to three principal causes. First, the physical strength and vigor of those hardy pioneers; second, their fine freedom, for the first time, from feudal laws and landlords; third, and greatest of all, their strong, simple and sincere faith. No matter what denomination of Christians our fore-fathers belonged to, they all harboured in their bosoms that clear, strong, light of faith which could only be extinguished in their graves. Out of these graves, today, there comes to us a voice that cannot be denied.

When Father Alexander MacDonnell came to America in 1811, there was no resident clergymen of any creed between Cheticamp and the Strait of Canso. Although he crossed the ocean in 1811 Father MacDonnell did not come to Judique until 1816, having remained five years at the Gulf shore of Antigonish with the veteran Scottish priest, Reverend Alexander MacDonald. On coming to Judique in 1816 he took up his abode at Indian Point where lived his cousin, Thomas MacDonnell (Bin). A part of the barn in which he used to say mass is still standing. His jurisdiction covered the whole county of Inverness except the French communities of the extreme North. His field was large, his work arduous. He lived in Judique for twenty-five years, died at his home at Indian Point on 25th September, 1841, and was buried by Rev. Father Vincent of the Monastery of Petit Clairvaux, Tracadie, Nova Scotia.

The district of Judique runs along the coastal waters Northwardly from the Northern boundary of Creignish near Long Point to the Southern boundary of Port Hood near Little Judique. It is subdivided into Judique North and Judique South, and elects two representatives to the County Council. Duncan MacDonnell of Judique Banks, Merchant, and the late Allan MacLellan, afterwards Sheriff of Inverness, represented the district for a long time, whilst the Old Reliable, Hugh Gillis, has been a foremost member of the Municipal body for so long that "the memory of man runneth not to the contrary."

The physical features of Judique are strikingly picturesque. The shore road leading from Port Hood to Port Hastings cuts through this district from side to side within half a mile of the sea, and parallel there to. It is a good road, affording full opportunity to view the scenic sights, on either side. The homes and houses of the people lie along this road, suggesting in various ways lives of peace and contentment.

The farms are prettily laid out and cleared, and in some cases highly cultivated. They would all be well cultivated but for the unfortunate exodus from these shores of the younger people in former times. In a smaller degree that exodus still continues.

In the centre of this shore settlement of Judique there have stood, for several generations, a handsome Catholic Church and Presbytery, with other appropriate glebe buildings, and a good school house. The first church, glebe house and cemetery were down near the sea towards Indian Point. We regret to record that the most recent church in Judique was destroyed by lightning two years ago. It is missed by all the travelling public. We trust it may soon rise from its ashes more resplendent than ever to remind us all, as we pass along, of its mission and its need. There are other settlements in Judique besides the shore one. On the rear there are several communities, on different heights, such as Hillsdale, River Dennis Road, Rear Long Point, and Rear Little Judique. All these are peopled by honest, forceful sons of toil.

The first settlement of white men in Judique was effected by Michael MacDonald, Sea Captain and Poet of Uist, Robert MacInnes of Blair Athole, Mason, Allan MacDonnell of Glengarry, Alexander MacDonald, Retland, Ewen MacEachern of Kinloch-Moidart, John Graham (Veteran of the American War of Independence) and Donald Ban MacDonald, a scion of the brave "Chloinn Sheamis". The first three named were married to sisters of Bishop MacEachern of Prince Edward Island, who died in 1835 after a long period of devoted and difficult labour as priest and bishop. The Donald Ban here mentioned was the grandfather of that noble Scotsman, the late Donald J. MacDonald, who was Registrar of Probate and County Treasurer for the County of Inverness; and who married Mary one of the daughters of the late widow McDonald, who for many years kept house for the late Vicar General Rev Alex. McDonald at Mabou.

There is lots more and also particular details on various families...

"CLAN FHEARRACHER". Family of Farquhar MacDonell, of Rear Long Point
"CLANN EACHUINN" OR "THE SONS OF HECTOR." Family of John MacEchen (lain MacEachuinn), Gobh

and you can read all about them at

Scots Minstrelsie
Started work again on the final volume 6 of this publication complete with sheet music. The index page is at 

To volume 6 I added...

O This Is No My Plaid
Weel May The Keel Row
My Highland Lassie, O
Come Sit Thee Down
Will Ye No Come Back Again?
The Dance

You can see these at 

Clan Newsletters
Added the Jan 2007 newsletter from Clan Logan at

History of Scottish Medicine to 1860
by John D. Comrie (1927).

A new book for you and I have up another two chapters which you can read at

Chapter III - Medical Renaissance in the Time of James IV
Health Regulations in Cities - James IV. and Medical Progress - The Seal of Cause granted to Surgeons and Barbers - Anatomical Books - Acts regulating practice of Surgeons, Barbers, Apothecaries and Surgeon - Apothecaries.

Chapter IV - Practice at Edinburgh in the Sixteenth Century
First Scottish Military Surgeons - Steel Hand of Clephane - Action against unlawful practice - Medico-legal cases - Early Specialists in Surgery - Medical Officers, public and private - Jerome Cardan - Robert Auchmowtie.

Maps of Clan Lands
I have made some progress on this project and you can see the clans I've managed to add at

Added Clan Sinclair to the list at

Biographical Record of the County of Kent, Ontario
Our thanks to Nola Crewe for sending in more of these...

Crichton, Rev. Charles at
Haggart, Peter at
Ferguson, Robert at

Here is the account of Robert Ferguson

ROBERT FERGUSON, who departed this life September 7, 1901, was numbered among the distinguished residents of Thamesville as a man of prominence in politics and entitled to special notice. Mr. Ferguson was a member of Parliament, a retired business man, free to devote much of his time and attention to maters of moment to the community and the country at large.

John Ferguson, grandfather of Robert, was a native of Scotland, and passed his entire life in that country. Among his children was a son, James, father of Robert, who was born in Scotland in 1792, and there married Miss Margaret Brash, by whom he had the following children: Elizabeth, widow of William Stainforth; Ellen, widow of John Ferguson; Margaret, deceased; John, deceased, who is mentioned elsewhere; Janet, deceased; Robert; Catherine, wife of Daniel McFarlane, of Thamesville; and James, retired farmer residing in Thamesville. In 1854 James Ferguson emigrated to the County of Kent, Ontario, settling in Howard township, where for a time he and his sons worked at the carpenter’s trade, and later engaged in the lumber business, which they made very successful. The father died in Thamesville in 1866, at the age of 75 years. The mother had died in Scotland in 1850, aged 56 years.

Robert Ferguson was born in Stirlingshire, Scotland, Agusut 16, 1832, and came to the County of Kent with the family in 1854. In Scotland he learned the carpenter’s trade, which he followed for a time after settling in the Dominion, and he later embarked in the lumber business, in which he was eminently successful, and from which he retired about 1890, afterward devoting himself to public affairs and looking after his large interests in Thamesville and elsewhere. Mr. Ferguson was a self-made man, having begun his business life with no capital and worked himself into the enviable position of one of the wealthiest and most respected men in the County of Kent.

Besides attaining success financially Mr. Ferguson became very prominent politically. While residing in Thmamesville he was reeve of Camden township, and also warden of the county. For 17 years he was a member of Parliament, and in all the deliberations of that body proved himself a wise judicial legislator, working for the best interests of the people whom he represented. His political opinions made him an ardent Reformer, and he steadfastly upheld the principles of his party upon all occasions. In 1885 Mr. Ferguson erected his fine brick residence on Ann street, Thamesville, where he resided until his death, making a home for his sister Margaret until her death, in 1896. He never married.

For many years Mr. Ferguson was a consistent member of the Presbyterian Church, and took an active part in all work connected with that body. Although a firm believer in the doctrines of his particular church Mr. Ferguson was a broad-minded, liberal man, and always ready to forward any Christian work. Upon many occasions this distinguished gentleman laid the foundation stone for new church buildings of other denominations, and made appropriate addresses upon those occasions. Among his highly prized mementoes of a long and useful life were numerous trowels presented by grateful church organizations for his assistance, inscribed with his own name, that of the church, and the date of the laying of the cornerstone.

As an honourable and successful business man, energetic and progressive political leader, and faithful church worker, Mr. Ferguson had few equals. His charity was great, and he was always ready to lend a helping hand to those in need, while all enterprises calculated to prove beneficial to the people and the community met with his hearty approval.

You can read other biographies at

Scottish Canadian Newspaper
Added another two issues of this newspaper...

March 12, 1891 issue at
March 19, 1891 issue at

A Homily
From Nola Crewe

Got in a homily that Nola gave on 31st December 2006 which I thought I'd share with you as it also discusses new year resolutions :-)

You can read this at

Annonymous In Stoney
Got in a charming story from the Bard of Banff...

My parents met an elderly woman 'Jean Kemlo' while on holiday and mentioned my poetry, she is 82, nearly 83 now.

My mother sent her down a copy of my book 'Bard o' Buchan Vol 1' which she enjoyed very much. She took the book along to the group at the local old folks home and started reading / reciting some of my poems, she said that usually the old folk in the group don't have much to say and the group meetings are usually a bit boring, but not this time as she recited from the book the folk came to life as each place in Buchan was mentioned they recalled their experiences and memories of the past and the whole place was buzzing for a change, she'd never seen anything like it!

Jean had written three poems and she then sent them to me to use (Wanting to be kept annonymous hence the title).

With no idea what to do with these I went through my photo collection and dug out all my photograph's of Stonehaven (Stoney as known by the locals) and put them alongside her three poems, I wrote some of my own to go with hers and researched some interesting history on Stonehaven which I then inserted.

So I then had around fifteen pages, this I then sent back to her in the post with another three pages added but left blank with the text 'Jean to add a poem here'. A couple of weeks later the booklet returned with the three new poems, I inserted these and thought it's still a bittie slim so I did some more digging and researching and added some more pages. I added Jean's name to the front as the author and mine as the editor and photographer.

With 26 pages I then got fifty colour copies printed and took then down to Jean, she phoned the next day to say they were all sold, so I went down with another fifty, same thing a call the next day they're all gone.

Now Jean's been asked to recite two poems every month for the talking newspaper so I'm delighted for her and we're now going to print another two hundred copies (Paper supplied free by DNV in Aberdeen). Money raised is going to Dunnottar Church, the local Alzheimer's group and the unit Ardoe in Stonehaven hospital where the patients need 24 hour one to one care.

Quote from Jean "Stanley you've opened up a whole new scene for me, wishing you all the best, and thanking you for giving me so much of your time and inspiration, yours Jean".

Stan Bruce
26th January 2007.

You can read one of Jean's poems and see her picture at

And that's all for now and I hope you and your families all have a great weekend and a Happy Candlemas :-)


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