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 Christina and Donald McLEAN from Scotland 1837



Female 1801 - 1842  (41 years)

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  • Name Ann MACMILLAN  [1
    Born 1785 or 1801 
    • There are several things to take into account in working out when Ann was born - 1785 Vs 1801.
      * Scotland's People have 127 births between 1780 and 1810 of Ann MacMillan (with various spellings) but none with parents Ewen (Hugh) MacMillan and Christian Cameron. Closer searches along these lines might be more fruitful.
      Maybe 1785:-
      * Ann's gravestone has "Erected by David Smith .... to the memory of his spouse Ann McMillan, who died the 31st December 1842 aged 57". This points to a birth year about 1785. This has considerable credibility because surely her husband would know her age, and he would not have mistakenly recorded her as 57 years old, rather than 16 years younger as 41 years old. (The gravestone was probably arranged soon after 1843 which is the latest year of the death of the four people named on that gravestone.)
      * Ann's gravestone has "her mother Christina Cameron who died 26th November 1842 aged 96 years". This indicates Christina's birth about 1746 which would make her 39 years old if Ann was born in 1785, but unlikely 55 years old if the birth was in 1801.
      Maybe 1801:-
      * The 1841 census has her 40 years old which indicates that she was born about 1801. It should be noted that census ages are often approximations - sometimes up to 5 years either way - so 35 to 45 years old.
      * If she was born in 1801, she would have been about 26 years old when she married David who was about 31 years old at their wedding in 1827. This seems to make sense - rather than 42 years old which would make her groom was 11 years her junior.
      * David was probably the informant both, for the census in 1841, and for the gravestone just a few years later. So how could he be mistaken by 16 years?
      * Unless we come across other evidence, we are left wondering when Ann was born.
    Gender Female 
    Biography Notes David was born about 1796 in Forfar, Kirriemuir which is on the eastern side of Scotland whereas his working and married life was on the western side.
    He was the overseer of Achamore on Gigha but he married Ann in Glasgow. He was about 31 years old and she was about 26 years old.
    Fourteen years later, he was a farmer 38 kms away at Tarbert at the time of the 1841 census.
    Ann died the next year and was buried at Glennevis.
    A decade later, in the 1851 census, David was still a farmer at Tarbert where his farm was 112 acres, with 110 arable pastures. There were 7 farm workers.
    He designated himself as a factor of Gigha when he arranged the plaque for his wife's grave. 
    Biography Notes In the 1841 census, in the same household as David and Ann, there were also Angus and Jean - both with the surname McMillan and both aged 20. It is not known in what way they were related to Ann.
    * Were Angus & Jean twins with Ann as their mother? Probably not - although they were born when Ann was 20 years old, this would have been 7 years before Ann married David - or could they have been the children from an earlier relationship?
    * Were they Ann's siblings? This looks like a possibility because Ann did have a brother, Angus, and sister Jean - but we do not know what year they were born. The 20 year gap makes it less likely that they were her sibings.
    * Or were they nephew and niece - ie the children of one of Ann's brothers - Donald, Alexander and Angus. However we don't have details of the children of these three brothers.
    Biography Notes In the 1851 which was 9 years after Ann's death, in David's household there were two people with the surname of MacMillan - Christine and Archibald:-
    * Christine was born about 1841 in Colonsay which is an island, an 88 km journey from Tarbert. She was designated as a grand-niece of David Smith. She might have been the grand-daughter of one of Ann's brothers, but we do not have enough details to confirm or discount this.
    * Archibald was born in Gigha - possibly about 1837. He was a herdsman in 1851. We have nothing to indicate how he was related to Ann.  
    Died 31 Dec 1842 
    • Buried in a very neglected grave in a graveyard called 'Tom eas an t-slinnein' which is above the level fields of Glennevis Farm. The gravestone inscription is:
      "Erected by DAVID SMITH factor of Gigha Argyllshire to the memory of his spouse ANN MCMILLAN, who died the 31st December 1842 aged 57 years also of her father HUGH MCMILLAN who died 23rd December 1835 aged 101 years. Also her mother CHRISTINA CAMERON who died 26th November 1842 aged 96 years also ALLAN MCMILLAN who died the 10th January 1843 aged 64 years."
      (ref: Highland Archives cited in an email from Alan Macleod on 12th Feb 2021)
      It is not clear who was Allan McMillan, died in 1843. Maybe he was a brother of Hugh. (This note by Don Gordon in Feb 2021)
    Person ID I-9197  Christina and Donald McLean
    Last Modified 22 May 2021 

    Father Ewen (Hugh) MACMILLAN,   b. 26 Mar 1745, Loch Eil Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Nov 1836, Strone Nevis Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 91 years) 
    Relationship -3066 
    Mother Christian b.1746 CAMERON,   b. 24 Jul 1746, Loch Eil Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Nov 1842  (Age 96 years) 
    Relationship -3066 
    Family ID F-3066  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family David SMITH,   b. c1797 
    Married 13 Dec 1827  Glasgow Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Wedding details attached to this profile.
    Children of marriage There are no indications that David and Ann had any children. 
    Last Modified 20 May 2021 12:21:49 
    Family ID F-3140  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Documents
    Ann MacMillan & David Smith - married 13th Dec 1827 in Glasgow
    Ann MacMillan & David Smith - married 13th Dec 1827 in Glasgow
    1827, Dec 13 - "David Smith Overseer at Achamore was married to Ann MacMillan at Glasgow"
    It appears that the wedding was in Glasgow but the marriage was registered in the Parish of Gigha and Cara. David was overseer of the Achamore estate which is on the small island of Gigha, with the even smaller island of Cara close by. These islands are near the Campbelltown peninsular. There must have been compelling reasons for their wedding to take place so far from home because it would have been quite a journey in 1827 from the islands to Glasgow - 140 kms east, with at least three ferry crossings along the way.
    David Smith's household in Tarbert (Gigha) in 1841 census
    David Smith's household in Tarbert (Gigha) in 1841 census
    * David Smith, aged 45 (c1796), farmer, born out of the county
    * Ann McMillan, aged 40 yrs (c1801), born out of the county
    * Angus McMillan, aged 20 (c1821), agricultural labourer, not born in the county
    * Donald McNaughton, aged 35?? (c1806??), independant means, born in county
    * Jean McMillan, aged 20 (c1821), female servant, notation not clear whether or not she was born in the county
    * Janet Pekin??, aged 20 (c1821), female servant, notation not clear whether or not she was born in the county

  • Sources 
    1. [S-238] Geni entry by Fiona Joy McMillan & Derrick Clark.