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Christina and Donald McLEAN from Scotland 1837
||Lachlan BLACK [1, 2] |
- His first name is sometimes spelt Lauchlan.
||21 May 1797
||Lagganulva, Kilninian and Kilmore, Scotland 
- At present, there are three sources regarding when and where Lachlan was born.
* OPR: 21st May 1797 at Lagganulva - "Laun Black & Christina McQuary at Lagganulva had their nat son Lauchlan" (ref: OPR births 544/10113 Kilninian and Kilmore, page 113 of 178). So far, this is the only OPR we have found for a person of that name (various spellings), around that time, anywhere in Mull. We can be confident about the accuracy of the information in the OPR, but we need to consider whether there might be another individual with another OPR (yet to be found) or whether the birth was never recorded officially. [research: Search other OPRs]
* Military record: Late 1799 in Tobermory - "Lachlan Black born in the parish of Kilmore in or near the town of Tobermory in the county of Argyle was enlisted on the 25th September 1817 at the age of eighteen .. he is about twenty five and ¾ years of age ... on 27th July 1825." (ref: military discharge papers). Although a military record might contain some inaccuracies, this particular record is consistent with the 1841 census - both mention a pension, so are possibly referring to the same person.
* Census: Around 1798 - The 1841 census has Lachlan Black as 43 years old living in Innair (where is this?). Ages written down for the census are indicative, but not always precise.
* These three possibilities are close, but not identical - 21st May 1797 Vs 1798 Vs late 1799 (a difference of two and half years), and Lagganulva Vs Tobermory (a distance of 9 kms as the crow flies, 16 km by road).
* The sources might be referring to different individuals. But hopefully, they are about the same individual, in which case we would attribute the differences to recording errors. If the OPR is OK, this also gives his parent's names. If the military record is the right one, it also gives a lot of information about him. And if the census is the right one, it indicates something about changes in his family arrangements. So combined, they help build the picture of his life.
||For more details, click on the biography with STORIES near the bottom of this profile. |
||* Lachlan enlisted with the 79th Foot Regiment in Edinburgh on 23rd Sept 1817. He was 18 years old. |
* He was a private and served in France in 1817 & 1818 (during Napoleon's exile). His general conduct was 'good'.
* He served for 7 years and 308 days, and was discharged 27th July 1825.
* He was discharged for 'inguinal hernia of the left side, origin spontaneous' and received a pension.
- He was listed in the 1841 census but died some time after that.
||Christina and Donald McLean
||28 Nov 2017 |
||Lachlan BLACK, c. 4 Jan 1778, Lagganulva, Kilninian and Kilmore, Scotland |
||Christina MCQUARRIE |
|Children of marriage
||The OPR record for 21st May 1797 at Lagganulva states - "Laun Black & Christina McQuary at Lagganulva had their nat son Lauchlan" (ref: OPR births 544/10113 Kilninian and Kilmore, page 113 of 178). The mention of "nat" indicates that is was a natural, or illegitimate birth. Thus, it appears that Lauchlan Black & Christina McQuary, were not married at the time. |
||Group Sheet | Family Chart
||Isabella MCLUCAIS (MCDOUGALL), b. 1800, Argyll Scotland |
||19 Jan 1826
||Kilfinichen and Kilvickeon, Scotland 
|Children of marriage
||* Lachlan and Isabella had 6 children. |
* The first two, John born in 1827 and Isabella jnr 1829, were born in Kilfinichen & Kilvickeon. The third, Christina was born 1830 in Iona. The fourth, Catherine was born 1831 in Blarnacor. The last two, Lachlan jnr 1833 and Margaret 1836, were both born in Iona.
* This indicates that the family moved around several locations within the western parts of Mull.
* A major difficulty for the family arose between 1836 and 1841. Karen Kennett stated that the children "were divided up amongst relatives". This was evident in the 1841 census as following:-
* Isabella has not been found in the census. Perhaps she had died - we do not know, but if so, this could have precipitated the dispersal of the children.
* The two youngest children, Lachlan jnr 7 yrs and Margaret 5 yrs were living in Innair with their father, Lachlan.
* John 14 yrs was in Ardtun with his mother's parents, Lachlan and Susan.
* Catherine 10 yrs was living in Kentra with her grand-aunt Flora McLucais who was the sister of Catherine's grandfather, Lachlan.
* Christina 11 yrs was living in Kentra in the household of her uncle Archibald who was her mother's brother.
* Isabella jnr 12 yrs has not been found on the census. Maybe she had died.
||At the time of their marriage, Isabella was 26 years old and Lachlan was about 28 years and he had left the 79th Foot Regiment six months previously. |
| ||1. John BLACK, c. 25 Feb 1827, Kilfinichen and Kilvickeon, Scotland |
| ||2. Isabella BLACK, c. 18 Jan 1829, Kilfinichen and Kilvickeon, Scotland |
|+||3. Christina BLACK, b. 1830, Iona Scotland , d. 13 Feb 1907, Albert Hill SA (Age 77 years) |
|+||4. Catherine BLACK, c. 20 Feb 1831, Ulva Scotland , d. 9 Sep 1898, Rock Springs Wyoming USA (Age ~ 67 years) |
|+||5. Lachlan BLACK, b. 24 Dec 1833, Iona Scotland , d. 5 Jan 1916, Oshawa Canada (Age 82 years) |
|+||6. Margaret BLACK, b. 1836, Iona Scotland , d. 26 Feb 1898, Mariposa Canada (Age 62 years) |
||28 Nov 2017 12:40:56 |
||Group Sheet | Family Chart
- [S-26] Karen Kennett, Message via email firstname.lastname@example.org on 23rd Nov 2017.
- [S-32] Mull Families Website, https://www.mullfamilies.co.uk - It is easy to register for a new user account on that website.
- [S-35] Old Parish Records-C & D McLean Killmallie Scotland, OPR births 544/10113, Kilninian & Kilmore, page 113 of 178 .