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John MACMASTER

John MACMASTER

Male 1782 - 1837  (54 years)

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  • Name John MACMASTER 
    Born 15 Jun 1782  Corriebeag Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Biography Notes He followed his father in the faith of John Newton and converted his wife to this tradition.   [2
    Biography Notes He was born 15th June 1782, in the neigbourhood of Lochielhead, 13 miles east [or west?] of Fort William. He was deprived of his mother when five and his father when seven years of age. He had one sister who died in early life. Thus alone in the world, the battle of initiatory life was fort single-handed. He was self-supported and self educated.
    About the aged of 17 his health was much impaired, and in consequence, he was compelled to leave the south of Scotland, where he was then engaged, and return to the Highlands; where, through many difficulties he managed to acquire sufficient education to equip him as a teacher, in which capacity he was employed first, in several districts in Lochaber, and afterwards, having made teaching his profession for life, removed to Newton More, a few miles south of Kingussie, where he remained for several years, until he removed to Stornoway, where, on 20th February 1837, he breathed his last.
    His family were ten in number, two of whom died in childhood. 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. As he lived, so he died, - a Christian ...  [1
    Occupation "John McMaster (1782-1837), the highly regarded SSPCK teacher at Corriebeg and other places."  
    Occupation * He was a teacher in many locations around Lochaber, including Corriebeg. He also taught in Newton More, and Banffshire and Stornoway.
    * John Macleod stated "My grandfather ... was teaching in the high part of Banffshire. There he used his medical knowledge as he did in the various places in which he taught. He must have come back to Lochaber about 1818 as it was about that year that he got married."
    * Corriebeg: His occupation as a schoolmaster is confirmed in his marriage record when he was at Corriebeg.
    * Stornoway: John Macleod's memoirs has "A leaning stone in the old Kilmallie burial ground has "John MacMaster SPCK teacher Stornoway". (SPCK was the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge).   [3
    Residence * He was born in the neighbourhood of Lochielhead (Corriebeg?).
    * He was in the south of Scotland at aged 17 years and then returned to the Highlands.
    * He was a teacher in several districts in Lochaber.
    * He was teaching in the high part of Banffshire (north of Aberdeen)
    * He came back to Corriebeg where he met Mary and they were married there.
    * He then taught in Newton More (Badenoch), a few miles south of Kingussie, for several years.
    * His final teaching location was in Stornoway (Isle of Lewis) where Isabella was born, 15 years after their marriage. He died there soon after. 
    Died 20 Feb 1837  Stornoway UK Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 4
    • John Macleod states, about is grandparents "I was a child of about eight months old when she died. .... She outlived her husband almost thirty six years." John Macleod was born in 1872, so John Macmaster must have died about 1836. [4]
    Buried Y  [5
    • Sandwick Cemetery, near Stornoway.
    Person ID I-9115  Christina and Donald McLean
    Last Modified 22 Feb 2021 

    Father John MACMASTER,   b. 1782,   d. 1789  (Age 7 years) 
    Relationship -3079 
    Mother Catherine CAMERON,   d. 1787 
    Relationship -3079 
    Family ID F-3079  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Mary MACMILLAN,   b. 1794, Fort William Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Dec 1872, Fort William Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 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"   [6
    Children of marriage His family were ten in number, two of whom died in childhood.   [1
    Children of marriage John Macleod wrote -"My mother (Isabella) was her (Mary Macmillan's) youngest daughter and the second youngest of her children"   [4
    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).
      [7
    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.

    Elegy for John McMaster - 1782-1837
    Elegy for John McMaster - 1782-1837
    Born 15th June 1782, Lochielhead
    Mother died when John was 5 years old and father died when John was 7. He had no surviving siblings - so was alone.
    Poor health at 17 years.
    Became a teacher - at many locations.
    Had 10 children (2 died early).
    Died on 20th February 1837, Stornoway.

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

    2. [S-223] John Macleod's Memoirs - see D56 homepage menu "Small Print", pages 269.

    3. [S-223] John Macleod's Memoirs - see D56 homepage menu "Small Print", pages 267 & 272.

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

    5. [S-237] JFM 'Jeff' Macleod - ID 3072 - letters held by Don Gordon who can be contacted via 'Contact Us' on the homepage, Letter on 20th Aug 2020 .

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

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