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 Christina and Donald McLEAN from Scotland 1837




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  • Name Jane (Jean) ROBERTSON 
    • We have not been able to confirm who Jean's parents were, nor the date and actual location of her birth. It was probably somewhere in Aberdeenshire between 1735 and 1754, particularly 1743 or 1752. Several possibilities are explored in the research notes "D57 - Donald Cameron & Jean Robertson" at the bottom of this profile.
    Gender Female 
    Biography Notes c1700's  Homepage menu-SMALL PRINT Find all individuals with events at this location 
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    Biography Notes John Macleod stated that "She belonged to an upper class family in Aberdeenshire. When she was sent to Aberdeen to finish her education, she came to know her future husband who was then in that city learning the trade of wheelwright. The young folk took to one another and they made a runaway match. She came to Lochaber with no Gaelic but learned the language yet so as to speak it always as an acquired one. Disowned, she went to Lochaber by the name of A' Bhean Ghallda or the Lowland wife. She saw to it that her children got from herself a course of English and practical education . Likely she had a course in Aberdeen of what used to be called 'The White Seam'. She taught my great grandmother to spin and weave linen and my sister still has a tablecloth which this daughter made. She grew the flax, scutched it, spun it, and then wove it. Home industries counted for something in those days. It was something more than fancy work. People depended on their own initiative and enterprise. In those days this was an uncommon thing that a whole family boys and girls should get an English education in the fastness of wild Lochaber. There were in the extensive parishes of Kilmallie and Kilmonivaig a few S.P.C.K. schools where the education was being given in English only. These however met the needs of anyone who was within reach of them. One should not forget the extent of these continguous parishes, the two largest in Scotland" (p236&237).
    * Jane and Donald 'made a runaway match' and she was disowned by her upper class family - ie they eloped from Aberdeen to Achnacarry.
    * Achnacarry is near Loch Arkaig.
    * 'My great-grandmother' is Jane's daughter who we worked out was Jane Cameron.
    * White seam is practical household skills, focusing on plain sewing.
    * Scutching is separating the flax fibers from the woody part by hammering it.
    * Credibility: This extract from John Macleod's memoirs is our only source about Jane Robertson. It is important to us because it links her to Donald Cameron and therefore, we think, to our Christ'n. Can we rely on it? This part of the memoirs is a fourth-hand account. John must have based it on what he remembers being told by his mother (Isabella), from what she remembers she had been told by his grandmother (Mary who died when John was a baby), who in turn had heard these stories from when her mother (Jane Cameron) was a little girl. Despite this, we accept this because the rest of John's memoirs are so meticulously recorded.
    Person ID I-3746  Christina and Donald McLean
    Last Modified 27 Feb 2022 

    Family Donald CAMERON,   b. c.1743 or 1752, Aviemore Cairngorms -possibility Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children of marriage Comments by Don Gordon in November 2020:
    Donald Cameron and Jane Robertson had at least two daughters (Christ'n & Jane/Jean) and at least two sons (Donald & Charles). There might be other children, but we have no direct evidence of this.  
    +1. Jean (Jane) CAMERON,   b. 1760 or 1769,   d. 1827  (Age 58 years)  []
    +2. Christian (Christ'n) CAMERON,   b. 1771  []
    +3. Donald (jnr) CAMERON,   b. 1765 or 1770, Achnacarry, Kilmallie Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Feb 1863, Benavie Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 93 years)  []
    +4. Charles CAMERON,   b. 1776,   d. 30 Jul 1862, Bunree Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 86 years)  []
     5. Unknown CAMERON  []
    Last Modified 6 Apr 2022 22:50:53 
    Family ID F-3063  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Documents
    Family tree from Jeff McLeod - ID 9091
    Family tree from Jeff McLeod - ID 9091
    Descendants of Donald Cameron & Jane Robertson
    1891 CENSUS EDINBURGH CAMERON Donald43Jane39
    1891 CENSUS EDINBURGH CAMERON Donald43Jane39
    1891 CENSUS EDINBURGH CAMERON Donald43Jane39

    L008 - Memoirs of John Macleod
    L008 - Memoirs of John Macleod
    * 'A Boyhood in An Gearasdan [Fort William]: Notes by the Late Principal John MacLeod', by JFM ‘Jeff’ Macleod, in ‘Transactions of Gaelic Society of Inverness’ (TGSI), vol 57, written before 1946, published 1993
    * This includes mentions of Jane Robertson & Donald Cameron - also the MacMillan, Macmaster, Cattanach & Macleod families.
    * See D56 in SMALL PRINT for analysis of these memoirs. This includes a family tree that links all these families.

    D57 - Donald Cameron & Jane Robertson
    D57 - Donald Cameron & Jane Robertson
    Donald and Jean met when they were each training in Aberdeen in the 1760s. He was training as a millwright and she was learning homecrafts. They eloped to Achnacarry where Donald was a saw miller. Jane was from the lowlands, and had to adjust to highland culture and learn Gaelic - she was always considered an outsider.
    Jean and Donald had at least two children - Jane in the 1760s and Christ'n about 1771. Jean taught them needlework and English. Donald's saw mill developed to become a substantial supplier of lumber to distant customers.
    Updated March 2022
    D56 - John Macleod's memoirs & family tree
    D56 - John Macleod's memoirs & family tree
    John was the cousin two times removed of Christina McPhee. His memoirs are a key source for identifying Jane Robertson as the wife of Christina's probable grandfather, Donald Cameron.
    Updated March 2022
    E27 - Achnacarry & Crieff at the eastern end of Loch Arkaig in the 1700s
    E27 - Achnacarry & Crieff at the eastern end of Loch Arkaig in the 1700s
    Background information for the Cameron and McPhee families. This includes events, social structures, economic changes, agricultural transformation, cultural destruction and power struggles between Clan Cameron, the chiefs and the English government.

  • Sources 
    1. [S-223] John Macleod's Memoirs re TGSI - see D56 homepage menu "Small Print", p236 & 237.