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 Christina and Donald McLEAN from Scotland 1837



Margaret  GOLLAN/FRASER/SUTHERLAND/LAIDLAW

Margaret GOLLAN/FRASER/SUTHERLAND/LAIDLAW

Female 1826 - 1891  (65 years)

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  • Name Margaret GOLLAN/FRASER/SUTHERLAND/LAIDLAW  [1, 2, 3
    • note 2 -:-Margaret Laidlaw in SAGHS is her maiden names and supported by other sites. In her marriage register entry her father is THOMAS LAIDLAW AND MOTHER MARGARET SUTHERLAND (note by Researcher Lorna Mclean 23.10.2020)

      note 1-:- SURNAMES: Gollan, Fraser, Sutherland & Laidlaw
      We take it that Margaret's maiden surname was Gollan and that she was married three times - firstly to a Mr Fraser, secondly to Mr Sutherland, and thirdly to Thomas Laidlaw. This is based on the following indications (but further evidence is required):-
      * Page 390 in BRB refers to Mrs Margaret Fraser, nee Gollan who married Thomas Laidlaw, blacksmith of Belvidere (near Strathalbyn).
      * The birth record of Janet, the first child of Thomas Laidlaw & Margaret Sutherland, has her mother as "Margaret (fmly) Frazer (nee) Sutherland".
      * The birth record of their second child was Alexander Gollan Laidlaw. And page 390 of BRB has their third child as Margaret Gollan Laidlaw. Often children are given their mother's maiden surname as a middle name.
      * The BRB page 390 has her as "formally Mrs Margaret Fraser (nee Gollan) and there is a very complicated inter-relationship between Gollans Frasers, Mathesons and Laidlaw families. They were mainly from Invernesshire." An example of the complicated inter-relationship between the families is in www.alexanderandjessiegordon.net where there is a profile of another Margaret Gollan whose parents were John Gollan and Ann (or Amy) Fraser. That Margaret was born in 1836 and married Hugh Matheson in 1861 in Strathalbyn. This is close to 'our' Margaret who was born in 1826, married a Mr Fraser (year unknown) and had the surname of Sutherland when she married Thomas Laidlaw in 1859 in Strathalbyn.
      * Gaps: We have not found any records, in Scotland's People or South Australian Genealogical Society, about Margaret's birth - eg an OPR to establish her parentage. And no details of her first two marriages - eg first names of husbands (Fraser & Sutherland) and wedding dates or places (possibly Scotland) or information about any offspring.
      * Mystery: Was Margaret's father connected (brother?) to Donald Gollan (www.samuelway.info) or Donald's brother John (www.alexanderandjessiegordon.net)
      (This note by Don Gordon Jan 2020)
    Born 1826  Strathalbyn SA Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    • Her gravestone has her dying in 1891, at the age of 65 years - so was born about 1826.
    Gender Female 
    Biography Notes MARGARET GOLLAN - two women
    There were two women named Margaret Gollan who were about the same age, married around the same time, and both raised their families in Strathalbyn.
    * Margaret born 1826 (probably in Invernesshire), and married a Mr Fraser then Mr Sutherland. The weddings were possibly in Scotland, no date, no known offspring. Her migration details are not known. She married Thomas Laidlaw in Strathalbyn in 1859. She was the mother of 3 children in Strathalbyn from 1859 to 1863, 2 of whom had a middle name of Gollan. She died in Strathalbyn in 1891. See www.christinaanddonaldmclean.com
    * Margaret born 1836 in Inverness Shire. Her father was John Gollan who died before her mother, Ann (or Amy) Fraser migrated with Margaret and 2 brothers. She arrived in Adelaide 1859 (4 months after the other Margaret married Thomas Laidlaw). She married Hugh Matheson in 1861 and they had 8 children, all born in Strathalbyn from 1863 to 1878, 3 of whom had a middle name of Gollan. She died in Strathalbyn 1927. See www.alexanderandjessiegordon.net.
     
    Biography Notes THE GOLLANS IN STRATHALBYN
    * The Gollan surname was well known in Strathalbyn in the last half of the 19th century - because of Donald Gollan who was prominent in public life and was the owner of the Terminus Hotel and several businesses. His profile is in www.samuelway.info.
    * There were two women named Margaret Gollan. One was Donald's niece, born 1826 - see www.alexanderandjessiegordon.net. The other, born 1836, had unknown connections with Donald - see www.christinaanddonaldmcelan.com.
     
    Died 28 Aug 1891  Strathalbyn SA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried 30 Aug 1891  Strathalbyn SA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I-3931  Christina and Donald McLean
    Last Modified 15 Jan 2021 

    Family 1 Unknown FRASER 
    Last Modified 2 Jan 2016 02:39:59 
    Family ID F-2525  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Unknown SUTHERLAND 
    Last Modified 5 Jan 2021 17:00:29 
    Family ID F-3124  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 3 Thomas LAIDLAW,   b. 1832,   d. 7 Feb 1876, Alexandrina SA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 44 years) 
    Married 10 Jun 1859  Strathalbyn SA Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Children 
     1. Janet Elizabeth LAIDLAW,   b. 16th Nov 1859, Strathalbyn SA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Mar 1865, Strathalbyn SA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 5 years)  []
     2. Alexander Gollan LAIDLAW,   b. 13 May1861, Strathalbyn SA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Jun 1942, Toorak SA Find all individuals with events at this location  []
     3. Margaret Ann Gollan LAIDLAW,   b. 30 Mar 1863, Belvidere SA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Aug 1941, Adelaide SA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years)  []
    Last Modified 5 Jan 2021 07:26:43 
    Family ID F-1302  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Headstones

    HS STRATH LAIDLAW AND MCRAE families

  • Sources 
    1. [S-3] BRB 'Donald & Christina McLean & Their Descendants', 1995 copies available, Copies of the BRB available Strathalbyn National Trust Museum & Library, several libraries around Australia including State Library SA, and Western Australian Genealogical Society Bayswater WA Request assistance for locating a copy through 'Contact us' on this website. .

    2. [S-75] BDM SA, https://www.genealogysa.org.au requires log in , 5 Jan 2021 Researcher Lorna Mclean.
      Surname:LAIDLAW Given Names:Margaret Ann Date of Birth: 30-Mar-1863 Gender:F Father:Thomas LAIDLAW Mother: Margaret SUTHERLAND Birth Residence: Strathalbyn Book/Page: 28/470

    3. [S-75] BDM SA, https://www.genealogysa.org.au requires log in , 9 Jan 2021 Researcher Lorna Mclean.
      THIS EVIDENCE OFFERS Janets mother as Margaret nee SUTHERLAND married FRAZER, assume married LAIDLAW,Thomas. Then gave birth to: LAIDLAW Janet Elizabeth Date of Birth:16-Nov-1859
      Gender: F Father:Thomas LAIDLAW Mother: Margaret (fmly) FRAZER (nee) SUTHERLAND Birth Residence:Strathalbyn SA Source:18/8

    4. [S-75] BDM SA, https://www.genealogysa.org.au requires log in , 9 Jan 2021 Researcher Lorna Mclean.
      arrival salamanca ship 1859:Surname: GOLLAN, Margaret Age:-Occupation:-ShipName:Salamanca Embarked from:-Disembarked:Adelaide Arrival Date:07-Oct-1859 Birth Place:Source:State Records GRG 56/68/7 :

    5. [S-75] BDM SA, https://www.genealogysa.org.au requires log in , 9 Jan 2021 Researcher Lorna Mclean.
      THIS EVIDENCE OFFERS Janets mother as Margaret nee SUTHERLAND married FRAZER, assume married LAIDLAW,Thomas. Then gave birth to: LAIDLAW Janet Elizabeth Date of Birth:16-Nov-1859
      Gender: F Father:Thomas LAIDLAW Mother: Margaret (fmly) FRAZER (nee) SUTHERLAND Birth Residence:Strathalbyn SA Source:18/8
      PLUS on SAGHS "The Biographical Index of South Australians" reads:- Surname:LAIDLAW Given Names: Thomas Parents: Thos.Life Information:Birth c1833.Death 7.2.1877 Lake Alexandrina SA. Burial Strathalbyn SA. Religion:Presb: Occupn:Blacksmith Residence:Strathalbyn
      Spouse(s):Mgt SUTHERLAND (10.6.1859 Strathalbyn SA) Children:With Mgt SUTHERLAND: Janet (1860-1865), Alexr. Gollan (1861-1942), Mgt. Ann Gollan McRAE (1863-1941).