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Hi,I am looking for more information especially in Scotland on these families. From Camuscross Sleat, Skye.
Thankyou for the opportunity to post this information.
Darryl Robertson, New Zealand
#1 Mary McInnes,35 (Nee Robertson) emigrated from Camuscross Sleat to Gippsland Victoria, Australia on the ship Arabian with Brother Neil and families in 1842 ( Mary a widow) was married to Angus McInnes.
#2 John McInnes. emigrated to Gippsland Victoria Australia from Skye on the ship the Herald in 1859. Lived Valencia creek Parish Briagalon Maffra. Buried in Maffra Cemetery 2nd April 1888
Wife. Flora 2nd wife 38 ( nee Kennedy) first wife died in Scotland Christina Mckinnon. After Johns death in 1888 in Australia, Flora is believed to have returned to Camuscross Sleat where she later died
Hi,I am looking for more information especially in Scotland on these families.
Darryl Robertson, New Zealand
Robertson Family mid 1800s Emigration from Camuscross, Sleat to Gippsland Victoria Australia.
Donald Robertson and Margaret Beaton. Donald died around 1850 in Camuscross Sleat,. Skye Margaret died before 1841 census.They lived at Croft 30 Camuscross Sleat.
Their 3 sons and 2 daughters, families emigrated below
#1. Archibald Robertson emigrated to Gippsland in 1840 on the Ship Henry Porcher age 30 years. Not Married.
#2. John Robertson emigrated from Camuscross / Cruard Sleat to Gippsland in 1854 on the ship the Hornet at age 50 . His wife Marion Mclean 47 also known as (Sarah)
#3.Neil Robertson emigrated from croft # 29 Camuscross Sleat ,to Gippsland in 1842 on the ship Arabian Aged 45.
Wife Isabella 43
John elder 25
Kate 35 sister of Neil Robertson
Hi I’m looking for any details of John Robertson born Sleat abt 1826 Father Neil, emigrated to Australia in 1839 and married Juliet Waddell from Isle of Mull, thanking you
i am trying to find out if anyone would know of my ancesters who came from sleat my grand mothers name was margaret mcdonald and her mothers name was helen mckinnon i know that mygreat grandmother moved to glasgow as my gran was born out of wedlock she married in glasgow her married name being mckenzie i would b very gratefull af anyone knew them i belive my great grndmother lived in trasvaig
Looking for anyone researching the Robertson Family from Sleat, Isle of Skye.
Donald Robertson married Marion McGillivray in 1827 at Strath, Isle of Skye and had the following children.
Margaret Robertson who married Donald McGillivray
Catherine Robertson who married Ranald Robertson
John Robertson who married Ann Campbell
Neil Robertson who married cahterine Campbell
Anne Robertson who married John Matheson
Janet Robertson who married Normal McPherson
Cheers Donna Shaw
Maternal ancestors came from Isle of Skye.
Duncan Robertson b abt 1818, Sculimas married Catherine McInnes b abt 1821 Heast, Strath,in 1849, Broadford, Strath.
Emmigrated to Australia in 1852 on board the “Georgiana” with their two year old son Donald and Duncan’s siblings Lachlan born abt 1825 and Margaret born abt 1828 both from Moorlands.
Duncan, Lachlan and Margaret were the children of Neil Robertson born c 1790, tailor from Invernife Strath and Jane McPherson born c 1790. I think other children could be Alexander, Mary, Peggy, Farquhar .
Catherine nee McInnes Robertson was the daughter of Lachlan and Marion McInnes, crofters from Isle of Skye. Her grandfather was Findlay McInnes, crofter also from Skye.
Would like to make contact with descendants researching these families.
Look forward to seeing more old photos etc. I really Enjoyed browsing your site. Very great site.
Related to McGilvray’s from Baravaig. Archibald and Janet (Jessie) immigrated to Aust 1840 on Henry Porcher with children Ann (B: 1816), Angus (1819), Ann (1821), Alexander (1827), Donald (1829). Other children who stayed Catherine (B: 1813, possibly died young?), John (B: 1814, D: between 1863-1872, possibly married Janet Bruce, 1838, Sleat).
Would love to hear from anyone also related or just with info about the times which caused the mass immigration. Any hoping to visit in March 2010.
Wonderful web site…...my family hail from Kylerhea Donald McKinnon who married Christy McPherson, his father was John McKinnon married Isabella Martin, his father Chrsitopher McKinnon married to Margaret MacInnes and his father Duncan McKinnon married Mary McCowan or McConon.
Would love to hear from anyone who knew the family or if there is any family still on skye.
My paternal ancestors were from the Sleat Parish - I would love to hear from anyone with connections to Malcolm MacPherson and his wife Mary MacDonald, their children Hugh (c1787-1855) and wife Christy/Christina Grant; James (c1790-1858) and wife Christy MacDonald; and Annabella and husband Malcolm MacInnes. Hugh’s daughter Binney (1806-1886) married Angus Buchanan (1805-1893) who were my 2 x Great Grandparents. Angus was the son of Neil Buchanan.
Lovely web pages!
i have discovered while researching family tree that my descendents came from Aird in Sleat. I have managed to trace Bruce family of Alexander, John, Lachlan, Murdoch,Kenneth and many of their sisters who lived in Aird from early 1800s till around 1901’ Last known address was for John Bruce, who resided at 13 Aird. I have been unable to find any further trace of family and would be delighted if anyone knows of anyone with the family name of Bruce still residing in Aird or Sleat.
I have greatly enjoyed your website which has given me insight into the lives of my ancestors.
Dear Members of the Society
I am trying to find out about my family and our history. My family are MacDonalds from sleat though I think specifically Tarskavaig. I think I’ve traced them through from my grandfather Donald Martin MacDonald born in Glasgow in 1904 to Angus MacDonald (1767). Angus’ grandson was Jonathon MacDonald born in 1826.
Can anyone give me any information about their lives?
thanking you in advance.
This is a wonderful website. It is obviously widely used by people from overseas trying to trace their roots but it is also a lovely local resource. Well done to all the people who put in the work to make this happen.
What a FANTASTIC Web Site. I am trying to research my family tree from Australia, and have been led to Camuscross, but there the trail goes cold.
I am related to John McLeod, BORN Coillemore Portree around 1796 - 1801 (farm labourer) DIED Camuscross 21 April 1862 father Duncan McLeod (Crofter)Mother(unreadable)Matheson. I would love to find out where he is buried.
John McLeod (Farmer)(Coileemore/Sconcer) married Christy McInnes (BORN Camuscross DIED 9.3.1870 Greenock)at Sleat on 21 Feb 1827 and 7 Feb 1827 in Portree. Brides parents John McInnes (boatbuilder) and Mary(unknown).
John and Christy had a brood of children:
Donald (no birth record but is on 1841 census -born around 1829)
Margt 23 July 1831 Sleat
Angus 14 January 1834 Sleat
Katherine (Catherine) 2 March 1842 Sleat
Duncan 28 January 1845 Sleat.
I would love to hear from anyone with information about Camuscross at that time, or who are researching similar names.
What a great web page, I am coming to visit the homeland of my ancestors in August 09.
Ancestors Norman McPherson who married Mary McDonald. They had the following children Janet, Effy, Ann, Jane, Norman, Joanna, Margaret.
Norman Jr is my ancestor who came to New Zealand in 1874 with his wife Janet Robertson from Sleat, Isle of Skye.
Looking forward to visiting soon
My husband’s great grandfather was Alexander Robertson (fisherman) born on Sleat Skye in 1823. He married Catherine MacPherson in 1857. Alexander’s parents were Archibald Robertson (cottar)and Christina McKinnon. Catherine’s parents were Ewen MacPherson and Mary Robertson.
good site for information
Further to my earlier posting I have been able to go back to the mid 1700s. In doing so I have come up with a number of death certificates for various Donald Macdonalds in Sasaig and nearby between 1857 and 1900. Only one needless to say is the relevant one so if you want to let me know if you are looking for such an ancestor I will pass these on to you.
My earliest ancestors so far are Ranald Macdonald b 1766 and his wife Margaret McGillivray probably in Kilmore and Donald Macdonald b 1850 and his wife Marion Macdonald in Sasaig. Also Samuel Campbell b abt 1760 and his wife Anne McGilliveray of Sasaig.
Am connected to drumfearn thru ancester Niel McLure and Margaret McGillivray 1790
Congratulations, wonderful Web site. We are doing a Family Tree and when I do more research I’ll certainly be back to your Web site. Kindest regards Jim.
My wife is descended from MacDonalds in Calligary, and also from Kennedys there, Kellys there, and Robertsons. Her great grandmother Chirsty Macdonald, nee Kennedy widow of Roderick Macdonald, died at Calligary on 1st March 1930, aged 84 years. She was a daughter of Malcolm Kennedy and Marion Robertson.
This site is most interesting.
My great grandmother Eliza MacDonald died in Kilmore in 1892. She was then Mrs Allan Maclaine and in her early thirties. She had two small sons John my grandfather who was 5 and Allan who was two. Her husband had been bankrupted from his business in Oban a year earlier and he appears to have taken John to Glasgow where he worked as a joiner. The younger brother Allan remained with his maternal grandparents in Kilmore ie Allan and Ann Macdonald until he died of peritonitis aged 18 in 1907. This was such a sad outcome that I would like to know where he is buried. Can someone give me details about likely burial places? I doubt they could have afforded headstones.
The website, in particular the pictures, give a real flavour of the area, makes me more determined to get there in person one day.
I am particularly interested in the seafaring history of Sleat. My ancestor was a shipmaster there by the name of Alexander macDonald, living in Tokavaig in 1833, then in Armadale in 1861.
A man in Aberdeenshire with his heart in Drumfearn
Like coming home….Congratulations on an outstanding site that will serve many worldwide like myself in really helping to understand and be proud of their roots… Love the gaelic placename explantations and maps etc
It is added to my favourites already.
‘S math a rinn sibh, deagh làrach-lìon dha rìreabh.
Well done, this is an excellent website.
‘S fìor thoil leam na dealbhan. I particularly like the photographs.
Uabhraidh math. Very good indeed. I look forward to seeing more!
I came across your wonderful website whilst googling for pictures of Ardvasar. My father, Alastair Kennedy was born in Ardvasar village in the early 1930s, and the family still had roots at ‘Rosemount’, the house above Ardvasar shop (which the Kennedys ran until the late 1980s) until my nan Molly Kennedy was re-housed just up the road in 1992.
I’ve done a fair amount of family research and have found this site a valuable source of information - thank you.
For those of us who have not as yet been able to visit the home of our Name and ancestors, The Sleat local history website is a valuable tool to those of us searching our histories. Thank you to all who have made this site possible.
A shining example to all local history societies - would that we all could do so well.
Well done - I have only just found time to look at the site. It is excellent and inspires us all to help fill any gaps! Please also link to the Sleat-centred Fèis an Eilein or Skye Festival on www.skyefestival.com and we will do the same.
Sleat Community Trust would be delighted to help give you a public face at our recently acquired Petrol Station - soon to become a TIC.
My grandfather Alexander Kennedy was the merchant in Isle Oronsay and then Ardvasar.My mother Jessie(Seaonaid)left Sleat when her parents died in the 1930’s but she retained her love of Sleat and passed it on to me and my children and your web site has revived many happy memories. Thank you
Enjoyed browsing your site,hope to be there in June. Family origin was Baravaig
Great web-site, look forward to seeing more old photos etc. Well done.
Congratulations - what a fantastic web-site. Well thought out and extremely interesting.
Tha e fìor mhath an làrach-lìn fhaicinn. Is math a rinn sibh. Tha i glé mhath, agus is math gu bheil na h-ainmean-àite ann. Bhiodh e math barrachd Gàidhlig fhaicinn san àm ri teachd - Bu chòir gu h-àbhaisteach a h-uile rud a bhith sa Ghàidhlig agus sa Bheurla.