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 Christina and Donald McLEAN from Scotland 1837



Mary MACMILLAN

Mary MACMILLAN

Female 1794 - 1872  (78 years)

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  • Name Mary MACMILLAN 
    Born 1794  Fort William Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3
    • The 1851 census has her born in Argyll, 56 years old - ie born c1795. Her death record has her 78 years old when she died in 1872 - ie late 1794 or early 1795.
    Gender Female 
    Education John Macleod states that "On my grandmother's side there is a tradition of English home education for the greater part of two centuries" NOTES: This implies that she had an English education at home, rather than, perhaps, a Gaelic education at a school.   [4
    Biography Notes At the same time that John and Mary were at Corriebeg, Christina McPhee and Donald McLean, were just across the loch at Duisky. It was a six km walk around the eastern end of Loch Eil, or four km in a row-boat. Mary and Christina were first cousins - their mothers were sisters - so there was probably some contact between the families. At the time of Mary's and John's wedding, Christina and Donald had five children (but one had died).  
    Biography Notes Birth & death
    John Macleod stated that * "I was a child of about eight months old when she died. .... She outlived her husband almost thirty six years" that is, "I [John Macleod] was a child of about eight months old when she [Mary MacMillan] died. ... She outlived her husband [John Macmaster] almost thirty six years". NOTE: John Macleod was born in 1872 which indicates that Mary must have died in late 1872, and her husband, John Macmaster, died 36 years before this in 1836.   [5
    Biography Notes In 1851, she was a widow, living in the household of her daughter, Catherine, in 52 SS Military Road Newtonmoor.  [6
    Biography Notes John Macleod states that a leaning stone in the old Kilmallie burial ground has "[Isabella] rests beside her mother Mary daughter of Donald MacMillan, Corriegbeg and wife of John MacMaster SPCK teacher Stornoway".   [7
    Biography Notes They were living in Stornoway at the time that John died.
    After his death, Mary went back to Lochaber and had a croft at Banavie near Fort William.
    She died three decades after her husband. 
    Biography Notes When her husband died in 1837, 15 years after their wedding, she was left with the care of 8 children (2 others had died early).
    "The other eight, all of them still young, were at his death, left in charge of a Christian mother, whose prudence in the management of his affairs during his life, was eclipsed only by her prudence after his death."   [8
    Cause of death Bronchitis  [5
    Died 5 Dec 1872  Fort William Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried
    • John Macleod states a leaning stone in the old Kilmallie burial ground has "[Isabella] rests beside her mother Mary daughter of Donald MacMillan, Corriebeg and wife of John MacMaster SPCK teacher Stornoway".No dates offered.
    Person ID I-9114  Christina and Donald McLean
    Last Modified 16 Nov 2020 

    Father Donald MACMILLAN,   b. 1765,   d. 1845  (Age 80 years) 
    Relationship -3065 
    Mother Jane ('Jean') CAMERON,   b. 1760 or 1769,   d. 1827  (Age 58 years) 
    Relationship -3065 
    Married 1784  [9
    Family ID F-3065  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family John MACMASTER,   b. 15 Jun 1782, Corriebeag Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Feb 1837, Stornoway UK Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 54 years) 
    Married 22 Jun 1819  Corriebeg Loch Eil Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • See married record attached to this profile.
    Children of marriage "Four of the children pursued their scientific bent and became doctors"   [7
    Children of marriage His family were ten in number, two of whom died in childhood.   [8
    Children of marriage John Macleod wrote -"My mother (Isabella) was her (Mary Macmillan's) youngest daughter and the second youngest of her children"   [5
    Note John Macmasters and Mary MacMillan probably met in Corriebeg near Kinlocheil because their parents were living there.
    * Mary's father, Donald MacMillan was probably living there (Memoirs p271).
    * John's father might have been living there because John Macleod refers to John's and Mary's daughter (Isabella) as "belonging to the old Lochaber family of the Macmasters, Corriebeg". This is the home to a branch of the MacMasters Clan which was affiliated with Clan Cameron, upon the Estate of Lochiel, circa 1745, with MacMaster tenants (http://www.clan-cameron.org/cam-ref.html).
      [10
    Children 
    +1. Catherine MACMASTER,   b. 1821, Argyll Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1863  (Age 42 years)  []
     2. Donald MACMASTER  []
    +3. Isabella MACMASTER,   b. 26 Jun 1834, Stornoway Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Apr 1889, Fort William Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 54 years)  []
     4. John MACMASTER  []
    Last Modified 21 Feb 2021 14:10:25 
    Family ID F-3067  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Documents
    ww - John Macmaster & Mary MacMillan - married 22nd June 1819 in Corriebeg
    ww - John Macmaster & Mary MacMillan - married 22nd June 1819 in Corriebeg
    “1819 – June 22 – John MacMaster schoolmaster Corriebeg and Mary MacMillan there”
    Corriebeg, Corrybe or Corrie Beag is near Kinlochiel on Loch Eil.

    ww - Mary Macmaster, nee MacMillan, died 5th Dec 1872 in Fort William
    ww - Mary Macmaster, nee MacMillan, died 5th Dec 1872 in Fort William
    Deaths in the Parish of Kilmallie in the County of Argyll
    Mary McMaster, widow of John McMaster, schoolmaster
    1872, December fifth, 2?? pm in Fort William
    Female, 78 years old
    Daughter of Donald McMillan, Excise officer, deceased and Jane McMillan MS Cameron, deceased
    Cause of death Bronchitis as certified by Duncan MacIntyre, MD
    Informant Alex McLeod, son-in-law, present
    Registered on 12th December at Fort William, signed by Ian?? McMillan
    ww - 1851 census - household of Donald Cattanach in Newtonmore
    ww - 1851 census - household of Donald Cattanach in Newtonmore
    1851 census - household in 52 SS Military Road Newtonmoor
    * Donald Cattanach, head, married, 38 yrs (born c1813), slater, born Inverness Shire Kingussie
    * Catherine Cattanach [nee Macmaster), wife, 30 yrs (c1821), born Argyll Shire Kilmallie
    * Isabella Cattanach, daughter, unmarried, scholar, 8 yrs (c1843), born Inverness Kingussie
    * Mary Cattanach, daughter, scholar, 6 yrs (c1845), born Inverness Kingussie
    * Anne Cattanach, daughter, at home, 3 yrs (c1848), born Inverness Kingussie
    * Catherine Cattanach, daughter, 1 yr (c1850), born Inverness Kingussie
    * John Cattanach, father, widower, farmer ten acres, 82 yrs (c1769), born Inverness Kingussie
    * Mary MacMaster (nee MacMillan), mother-in-law, widow, 56 yrs (c1795), born Argyll Kilmallie


    BAPTISM 27 JULY 1835 To John Mac Master Teacher of a school and the establishment of the society of propagating Christian knowledge and Mary Mac Millan his wife a child born 26th June

  • Sources 
    1. [S-228] Census Scotland 1851 Christina and Donald McLean , Attached to this profile.

    2. [S-226] Marriage certificate attached to this profile .

    3. [S-76] MyHeritage 92connections, my heritage (with a log in), 30 Jan 2021 Researcher Lorna Mclean.
      Mary MacMaster (born MacMillan) Birth June 28 1789 Kilmallie, Argyll, Scotland Marriage to: John MacMaster July 22 1819 Kilmallie, Argyll, Scotland Death Dec 5 1872 Fort William, Kilmallie, Argyll, Scotland

    4. [S-223] John Macleod's Memoirs - see D56 homepage menu "Small Print", p236.

    5. [S-223] John Macleod's Memoirs - see D56 homepage menu "Small Print", p269.

    6. [S-228] Census Scotland 1851 Christina and Donald McLean .

    7. [S-223] John Macleod's Memoirs - see D56 homepage menu "Small Print", p272.

    8. [S-235] Leslie McKinnon, 'The Family of Allan MacMaster' - Gosford Library, NSW, Page 93.

    9. [S-231] FM Alan Macleod - ID 9251- emails held by Don Gordon who can be contacted by 'Contact us' on the homepage, Email on 21st Sept 2020.

    10. [S-223] John Macleod's Memoirs - see D56 homepage menu "Small Print", p224 & 271.