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Notes on Achendrean, Strathcanaird

These notes are based on my own transcriptions, and those forwarded to me by other people, along with info from other sources, credited as the info appears.

This file links from my genealogy introduction file at index.htm, which includes links to files with some history of Coigach, and a Coigach Gazetteer file which includes translations into english of the gaelic place names.

Most of the notes in this file originated in emails or letters from other people with roots in Coigach. I have collected email addresses and websites of those people in a file; CONTACTS AND SOURCES

Any suggestions for additions or edits please feel free to email me, Donald MacDonald-Ross, at;

don_niagara@yahoo.ca

Strath Kanaird, from an old postcard


Achendrean

Achendrean was, and remains, the major community in Strathcanaird. Maps today simply refer to it as Strathcanaird.

Starting 1861 the Households of that part of Coigach "beyond the great rock" were enumerated separate from the rest of Lochbroom, however Achendrean in Strathcanaird, and the Lochbroom communities down to and including Ullapool, had earlier been historically included as part of Coigach, and so eventually I hope to include on this website annotated censuses for them all, including the following Households at Achendrean.


Aulay MacAulay was for sometime Tacksman of Achendrean,

I have not seen a copy of the 1755 Judicial Rental of the Barony of Coigach myself, but it is referenced by several sources as "E 746/70/77 et seq". Note #4 on pages 386 and 387 of the book "Peoples and Settlement in North-West Ross" in the chapter by the book's editor, John R. Baldwin titled "At the back of the great rock: Crofting and Settlement in Coigach, Lochbroom" discusses testimony regarding early 18th rental of the Forest of Coigach recorded in the Judicial Rental. The note includes the following quote by Alexander Mackenzie of Ardmair who said the Earl of Cromartie about 1725 was in Coigach setting tacks and offered to set the Forest at about £100 Scots yearly;

"2 gentlemen of the Country, the dec. Alex MacKenzie of Corrie and Aulay McAulay of Auchindrein in odium of each other did raise the same by roup to 31 sterling yearly which was continued to be paid until the year 1745 by Alex McKenzie who was the highest offerer."

N.A.S. GD176/729 is indexed as;

Contract of Marriage, dated at Lettoch, 4th December 1722, of Aulay Mackaulay [McAulay], eldest lawful son of John Macaulay [McAulay], tacksman of Kirkibost in Lewis, and Marjory Mackintosh [McIntosh], fourth lawful sister of William Mackintosh [McIntosh] of Daviot, with consent of her said brother. Her tocher is 700 merks. Among the witnesses were Roderick Mackenzie [McKenzie] of Redcastle, Mr. Ludovick Mackenzie [McKenzie], and Mr. James Mackenzie [McKenzie], his lawful sons, Captain John Mackenzie [McKenzie], brother-german to Kincraig, and John M'Bean [McBean], Sheriff Clerk of Inverness: also Extract thereof, dated 23d November 1757: and Discharge by the said Aulay Macaulay [McAulay] of Auchindrean [Achindrean], to AEneas Mackintosh [McIntosh] of Mackintosh [McIntosh], brother and heir of the said William Mackintosh of Daviot, for the said tocher and interest due thereupon promised with his now deceased wife, Marjory Mackintosh [McIntosh]; dated at the Kirkton of Lochbroom, 16th February 1758.

Marjory was a grandaughter of the seventeenth Chief of Clan Mackintosh, her two brothers noted above were Chief's, William after the death of their second cousin in 1731 as twentyfirst, AEneas (or "Angus") at the death of William in 1741 as twentysecond. Their father, Lachlan Mackintosh of Daviot, was married to Anne Mackenzie, a daughter of Colin Mackenzie, IV of Redcastle, hence the inclusion of Marjory's uncle Roderick, V of that family, and two of his sons.

Marjory's brother AEneas raised one of the "Independant Companies" of militia to fight for the government in the 1745 Rebellion, he was far outdone though as a recruiter by his wife, who raised twice as many to fight for Bonny Prince Charlie! Aeneas was captured by Cromartie's rebel Regiment and paroled to custody of his wife, she greeted him, "your servant, Captain", he replied "your servant, Colonel", terms they used for each other the rest of their lifes.


The following events are extracted from those pages of the Lochbroom Parish Register that I have photocopied, where it mentions a person with residence at Achendrean, Strathcanaird, or one of the many spelling variations of those names, first christenings (generally form was date, father's name and residence, child's name);

In the early 1850s, before the start of Civil Registration in 1855, the Parish Clerk began adding a lot more info, there is one christening listed there mentioning Strathcanaird;

   Childs name:       Margaret
                      Illegitimate
   Father's Name:     Alexr McDonald
   Mother's Name:     Margaret McKenzie
   Occupation:        Teacher
   Residence:         Strathcainard
   When Born:         Dec.12 1850
   When Baptized:     April 2 1851
   By whom Baptized:  Rev.Wm Cameron, Lochbroom
   When Registered:   June 9 - 1851

And the following marriages are extracted from the Parish Register where it mentions a person with residence at Achendrean, Strathcanaird, or one of the many spelling variations of those names. Generally form was date, father's name and residence, mother's name and residence;

In the late 1840, early '50s, before the start of Civil Registration in 1855, the Parish Clerk began adding a lot more info, there are a few marriages listed there mentioning Strathcanaird;

   Man's Name:        Thomas McKenzie
   Occupation:        Labourer
   Residence:         Achlunachan
   Woman's Name:      Margaret Cameron
   Residence:         Achindrean
   Daughter of etc.:  ___ Cameron,Par. of Contin (forename lost in fold of page)
   When Registered:   April 29, 1848
   When Married:      May 18, 1848
   and By Whom:       Rev. Mr Downie, Contin

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   Man's Name:        John Campbell
   Occupation:        Shepherd
   Residence:         Achendrean
   Woman's Name:      Helen Munro
   Residence:         Crofton
   Daughter of etc.:  Alexr Munro Ten. Crofton
   When Registered:   May 20, 1848
   When Married:      June 8, 1848
   and By Whom:       Rev. Geo. McLeod

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   Man's Name:        John McKenzie
   Occupation:        Weaver
   Residence:         Lots of Scoraig
   Woman's Name:      Mary McKenzie
   Residence:         Strathcainaird
   Daughter of etc.:  John McKenzie, Tenant, there
   When Registered:   Dec 8, 1848
   When Married:      Dec 28th, 1848
   and By Whom:       Rev. Alex Ross

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   Man's Name:        Kenneth McDonald
   Occupation:        Labourer
   Residence:         Strathcainard
   Woman's Name:      Isabella McKenzie
   Residence:         Badinscally
   Daughter of etc.:  ____ McKenzie, Tenant there (forename lost in fold of page)
   When Registered:   Jan 13, 1849
   When Married:      Feb. 1. 1849
   and By Whom:       Rev. Geo. McLeod

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   Man's Name:        Roderick McLean
   Occupation:        Shoemaker
   Residence:         Strathcainard
   Woman's Name:      Margaret McLeod
   Residence:         Morefield
   Daughter of etc.:  _____ McLeod, Tenant there (forename lost in fold of page)
   When Registered:   June 23, 1849
   When Married:      July, 10. 1849
   and By Whom:       Rev. Geo. McLeod

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   Man's Name:        James McKenzie
   Occupation:        Labourer
   Residence:         Strathcainard
   Woman's Name:      Helen McKenzie
   Residence:         Morefield
   Daughter of etc.:  _____ McKenzie, Crofter Morefield (forename lost in fold of page)
   When Registered:   July 21. 1849
   When Married:      Aug 9. 1849
   and By Whom:       Rev.Alexr Ross, Ullapool

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   Man's Name:        Kenneth McKenzie
   Occupation:        Labourer
   Residence:         Strathcainard
   Woman's Name:      Margaret McLean
   Residence:         Strathcainaird
   Daughter of etc.:  Christopher McLean, Tenant there
   When Registered:   Dec. 1. 1849
   When Married:      Dec. 20. 1849
   and By Whom:       Rev. Geo. McLeod

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   Man's Name:        Kenneth McLean
   Occupation:        Shepherd
   Residence:         Strathcainard
   Woman's Name:      Annabella McKenzie
   Residence:         Strathcainard
   Daughter of etc.:  Hector McKenzie, Achumore
   When Registered:   Jan. 26 1850
   When Married:      Feb. 14. 1850
   and By Whom:       Rev. Geo. McLeod

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   Man's Name:        Alexr McLean
   Occupation:        Tenant
   Residence:         Tanara
   Woman's Name:      Margaret Fraser
   Residence:         Ruardachol
   Daughter of etc.:  John Fraser, Strathcainaird
   When Registered:   Feb. 22. 1850
   When Married:      Mar. 14. 1850
   and By Whom:       Rev. Geo. McLeod



Achendrean 41-1

Alexr MacLeod                             70      Crofter
Mary    do.                                  70
Ann     do.                                  35
Hugh    do.                               30
Ann     do.                                  25
Notes on this Household:

This Household is on Page 4 of Enumeration District #11. All listed as born in County. Photocopy of page is faded; age for Mary may be mistranscribed, might be "90".

In the 1851 census Hugh is married with wife and three children at Achendrean 51-24.

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Achendrean 41-2

Evander MacLean                           55      Crofter
Mary       do                                45
Hugh       do                             15
Murdo      do                             12
Kenneth    do                             10
Notes on this Household:

This Household is on Page 4 of Enumeration District #11. All listed as born in County.

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Achendrean 41-3

Mary MacLean                                 80   Cottar
Notes on this Household:

This Household is on Page 4 of Enumeration District #11. Listed as born in County.

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Achendrean 41-4

Annabel MacKenzie                            45   Crofter
Mary     do                                  15
James     do                              15
Kenneth Fraser                            25      Weaver
Catharine  do                                25
Notes on this Household:

This Household is on Page 4 of Enumeration District #11. All listed as born in County.

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Achendrean 41-5

Ann Munro                                    80   
Notes on this Household:

This Household is on Page 4 of Enumeration District #11. Listed as born in County. Page is smeared, "Freecen" transcribes age as "50".

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Achendrean 41-6

Donald Fraser                             60      Crofter
Mary     do                                  60
John     do                               35
Annabel    do                                40
Roderick   do                             30
Alexander  do                             15
Bell     do                                  13
Anna       do                                 8
Roderick   do                              6
Donald     do                              3
Gillie     do                              1
Christian Stewart                            50
Notes on this Household:

This Household is on Page 4 of Enumeration District #11. All listed as born in County. There is a tickmark before Christian's name, indicating she was not part of the family group.

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Achendrean 41-7

Rory MacKenzie                            45      Crofter
Ann      do                                  40
Georgina  do                                 10
Thomas    do                               8
George    do                               6
Catharina  do                                 5
Margaret   do                                 3
Kenneth    do                             1month
Notes on this Household:

This Household is on Page 4 of Enumeration District #11. All listed as born in County.

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Achendrean 41-8

Murdo Macdonald                           60      Crofter
Jean    do.                                  55
Kenneth do.                               25
Janet   do.                                  15
Alexander do.                             12
Notes on this Household:

This Household is on Page 5 of Enumeration District #11. All listed as born in County.

In the 1851 census Murdo is Widowed with his son Kenneth's wife and child, and his then still unmarried son Alexander, at Achendrean 51-16.

There is a tablestone in the Ullapool old burial ground;
Murdoch MACDONALD, Free Church Elder Strathcanaird, d 6.1854 aged 78 yrs,
wife Jane MACKENZIE d 5.1848, aged 70 erected by youngest son Alexander MacDonald.

(Alexander was a stonemason in Scotland and did the stone himself before emigrating to Australia).

Kenneth marries 1 February, 1849 to Isabella McKenzie who is in this census with her father, stepmother, and other relatives at Badenscallie 41-2. Descendants of Kenneth and Isabella today include Hector MacDonald who with his family has the "Dromnan Guest House" on the Garve Road of Ullapool, and Fiona MacDonald who with her husband has the B & B "Chenoweth" at Strathcanaird.

The marriage of young Janet is recorded 28 February, 1845 in the Parish Register; "Angus McLeod Strathcainaird, and Janet McDonald, Strathcainaird Coigeach". The couple with three children are in the 1851 census at Achendrean 51-27.

A son of Murdo and Jane, Roderick, was christened 19 August 1811, at "Achdren", and died 20 August, 1898 at Strathcanaird, his descendants include Donald Halley (CONTACT INFO). Roderick is in this census at the home of his wife Ann MacLeod at Achiltibuie 41-39. The couple with their children are in the 1851 census in the Household next to Roderick's Widowed father at Achendrean 51-17.

Young Alexander above marries in June 1856 at Ullapool to Robertina "Robina" Menzies (born about 1837 at Altnacealgach by Lairg, Sutherland, to James Menzies and Isabella Whannell, Innkeepers there). Alexander and Robina emigrated to Australia, where their descendants include Jeanette Bonnici (CONTACT INFO). Jeanette and her cousin Donald Halley have provided much of the info in these files on Achendrean MacDonalds.

Likely Rory Macdonald at Achendrean 41-19 was a brother of Murdoch, Rory's parents are listed in his death registration 2 June, 1858, age listed as 61, as having been Kenneth McDonald and Ann MacKenzie. Janet MacLeod, Widow of Murdoch MacLeod dies 6 November, 1861, age listed as 74, at nearby Morefield with the same parents listed (Informant of her death was "Simon McLeod Nephew", not yet sure if he was related through MacLeods or MacDonalds).

The Parish Register records the christenings 5 June, 1814 at Achendrean of sons named Kenneth to both Murdo and Donald MacDonald, possibly an honour naming on the death of their father. Based on the christenings, looks like children of Kenneth MacDonald and Ann MacKenzie born at Strathcainaird in the late 1700s were;

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Achendrean 41-9

Thomas MacKenzie                          45      Crofter
Mary     do                                  45
Notes on this Household:

This Household is on Page 6 of Enumeration District #11. All listed as born in County.

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Achendrean 41-10

George MacLeod                            45      Crofter
Isabella  do                                 45
Peter     do                              15
Murdo     do                              12
William   do                               9
Catharine  do                                 5
Notes on this Household:

This Household is on Page 6 of Enumeration District #11. All listed as born in County.

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Achendrean 41-11

George MacKenzie                          40      Crofter
Catharine   do                               10
Mary        do                                6
William      do                            4
Annabel      do                               2
Mary         do                              30   F.S.
Notes on this Household:

This Household is on Page 6 of Enumeration District #11. All listed as born in County. There is a tickmark before Mary's name, indicating she was not part of the family group.

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Achendrean 41-12

Angus MacLeod                             20      Crofter
Isabella   do                                25
Notes on this Household:

This Household is on Page 6 of Enumeration District #11. Both listed as born in County.

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Achendrean 41-13

Alex. Fraser                              45      Crofter
Mary    do                                   45
Morann   do                                  40
Notes on this Household:

This Household is on Page 6 of Enumeration District #11. All listed as born in County. Forename "Morann" might be mistranscribed.

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Achendrean 41-14

Thomas MacKenzie                          35      Ag. Lab.
Ann     do.                                  30
Roderick  do.                              2
N. K.                                    3months
Catharine MacLeod                            35
Notes on this Household:

This Household is on Page 6 of Enumeration District #11. The place column has "Rapag" listed, hover previous and following Households are noted as as Achendrean, so I assume the place as part of there. All listed as born in County, except Catharine having no marking that column. There is a tickmark before Catherine's name, indicating she was not part of the family group.

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Achendrean 41-15

John MacKenzie                            70      Crofter
Helen    do                                  60
Alexander do                              35
Ann       do                                 30
William   do                               7
Mary      do                                  4
John      do                               2
Notes on this Household:

This Household is on Page 7 of Enumeration District #11. All listed as born in County.

In the 1851 census this family is at Achendrean 51-15.

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Achendrean 41-16

Rory MacKenzie                            35      Crofter
Margaret   do                                60
Bell      do                                 25
Notes on this Household:

This Household is on Page 7 of Enumeration District #11. All listed as born in County.

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Achendrean 41-17

John Maclean                              75      Crofter
Henrietta do                                 70
Roderick  do                              35
Ann Macleod                                  20
Notes on this Household:

This Household is on Page 7 of Enumeration District #11. All listed as born in County. There is a tickmark before Ann's name, indicating she was not part of the family group.

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Achendrean 41-18

John Macleod                              35      Crofter
Christian do                                 35
Ann       do                                 70
Catharine  do                                 9
Rory       do                              6
Betsy      do                                 2
Fanny Mackenzie                              15
Notes on this Household:

This Household is on Page 7 of Enumeration District #11. All listed as born in County. There is a tickmark before Fanny's name, indicating she was not part of the family group.

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Achendrean 41-19

Rory Macdonald                            45      Crofter
Catherine do.                                45
Donald   do.                              15
Ellen    do.                                  8
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John     do.                               5
Notes on this Household:

This Household is on Page 7 and 8 of Enumeration District #11. All listed as born in County.

In the 1851 census this family is at Achendrean 51-20.

The Parish Register records the marriage of "Roderick McDonald Achindren StrathKennaird to Cathrine Urquhart there" 14 February 1822, then confusingly the same named couple again 26 February 1822, likely a transcription error by the Parish Clerk.

Roderick "Rory" dies 2 June, 1858 at Strathcainaird, age listed then as 61 years. Informant of the death was his son John, he lists Roderick's parent as having been Kenneth McDonald and Ann MacKenzie.

Catherine dies 30 March 1866 at Strathcanaird, age listed as 74 years, parents had been John Urquhart and Mary Fraser, Informant again was her son John.

The Parish Register includes two christenings at Achendrean with Roderick MacDonald as father; Roderick christened 28 May 1825, and Kenneth christened 22 June 1828.

The Parish Register records a christening 30 January 1814 at Achendrean of Janet with Kenneth as father, my guess is that Kenneth was a brother of Roderick. Also recorded 5 June 1814 at Achendrean both Murdo and Donald MacDonald had sons christened as Kenneth, possibly an honour naming on the death of their father. Based on the christenings, looks like children of Kenneth MacDonald and Ann MacKenzie born at Strathcainaird in the late 1700s were;

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Achendrean 41-20

Flora Macasgill                              60   Cottar
Notes on this Household:

This Household is on Page 8 of Enumeration District #11. All listed as not born in County.

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Achendrean 41-21

Christian MacKenzie                          60   Cottar
Notes on this Household:

This Household is on Page 8 of Enumeration District #11. Listed as born in County.

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Achendrean 41-22

Simon MacKenzie                           15      Crofter
Barbara   do                                 60
Hannah    do                                 25
Alexis    do                                 20
Margaret  do                                 15
Mary      do                                  7
Notes on this Household:

This Household is on Page 8 of Enumeration District #11. All listed as born in County.

In the 1851 census this family is at Achendrean 51-14.

The death is registered 9 January, 1887, aged 72 years, of Zibbla MacKenzie, unmarried at Strathcanaird, her parents noted as having been Murdoch MacKenzie, and Barbara, maiden surname MacKenzie. Informant her brother Simon. I suspect this family was related to the Mackenzie of Langwell family.

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Achendrean 51-6

Ann Munro              Head         U        50   Ag Lab Dairy Maid
Rodk McLeay            Visitor      U     14      Gamekeepers Son
Ann   Do               Do           U        11        Do's   Dau
Mary  Do               Do           U        10        Do      Do
Hay McLeay             Do                  6           Do's  Son
Notes on this Household:

This Household is on Page 2 of Enumeration District #6. All listed as born at Achall, RossShire. The forename of "Hay" was to honour the landowner, Hay-MacKenzie. There was another brother of these siblings in the 1841 census at Morefield 41-31, their prents were Donald MacLeay, a gamekeeper/forester, and Margaret Mackenzie, that family lived at Achall.

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Achendrean 51-7

James McKenzie         Head         Mar   25      Tenant
Anabell  Do            Mother       Wid      60   Tenants Mother
Helen    Do            Wife         Mar      30   Tenants Wife
Geo. McKenzie          Son          U    10m
Notes on this Household:

This Household is on Page 3 of Enumeration District #6. All listed as born at Ross Lochbroom.

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Achendrean 51-8

Simon McKenzie         Head         Mar   42      Crofter of 2 Acres
Isabel  Do             Wife         Mar      30   Crofters Daur
Margt McKenzie         Daur         U         5   Crofters Daur
Murdo   Do             Son          U      3      Crofters Son
Geo.     Do            Son          U     6m      Crofters Son
Mary Matheson      BrothersWidow    Wid      70   Nursing Crofters Children
Notes on this Household:

This Household is on Page 3 of Enumeration District #6. All listed as born at Ross Lochbroom.

In the 1861 census this family is at Achendrean 61-22.

The death is registered 4 October, 1879 at Strathcanaird, aged 73 years of Simon MacKenzie, a Lotter at Lochbroom, married to Isabella McLeod, son of George McKenzie and Margaret, Maiden Surname McLean, Informant her son Alexander.

The Parish Register includes; 24 March, 1820 "Thomas McKenzie Strath Kennaird to Mary Matheson there". Seeing the forenames Simon and Thomas, with forename MacKenzie in this area suggests their father George was an undocumented member of the MacKenzie of Langwell family.

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Achendrean 51-9

John Fraser            Head         Mar   66      Farmer 4 Acres
Mary McKenzie          Wife         Mar      56   Farmers Wife
Gillies Fraser         Son          U     24      Mason
Thomas    Do           Son          U     18      Servant
Mary      Do           Daur         U        24   Servant
John       Do          Son          U     14      Scholar
Helen      Do          Daur         U        12      Do
Notes on this Household:

This Household is on Page 3 of Enumeration District #6. John, Mary, and Thomas listed as born at Ross Achlunachan, , Gillies at Achmore Sutherland, and the other four children at "Ross Do". The "Do" (short for "Ditto") either referred to Achlunachan, or possibly to "Lochbroom" given in listings further up the page. Barely legible handwriting on the photocopy I have, the forenames "Gillies" and "Helen" might be mistranscribed.

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Achendrean 51-10

Murdo McKenzie         Head         Mar   78      Chelsea Pensioner
Ann     Do             Wife         Mar      63   Pensioners Wife
John     Do            Son          U     27         Do's   Son
Notes on this Household:

This Household is on Page 3 of Enumeration District #6. Murdo listed as born at Ross Achlunachan, Ann at Sutherland Assynt, and John at Ross Lochbroom. Murdo is listed as Blind.

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Achendrean 51-11

Kenneth McLean         Head         Mar   38      Shepherd
John       Do          Son          U     15      Scholar
Duncan      Do         Son          U     13         Do
Rodk        Do         Son          U     10         Do
Alex        Do         Son          U      7          Do
Mary McKenzie          Servant      U        25   HouseServant
Notes on this Household:

This Household is on Page 4 of Enumeration District #6. Kenneth and the Servant Mary McKenzie are listed as born at Ross Achlunachan, John and Duncan at a placename that is hard to read, looks like "Ross Strathbey", and the other two sons at StrathCanard.

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Achendrean 51-12

John McLeod            Head         Mar   50      Tenant
Christy Do             Wife         Mar      45   Tenants Wife
Catherine Do           Daur         U.       17       Do's Daur
Rodk McLeod            Son          U     13      Tenants Son
Betsy   Do             Daur         U        13   Tenants Daur
Alex.   Do             Son          U      9      Scholar
Peggy    Do            Daur         U         6     Do
Murdo    Do            Son          U      2
Notes on this Household:

This Household is on Page 4 of Enumeration District #6. John listed as born at Ross, Achlunachan, the others as born at Ross, Lochbroom.

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Achendrean 51-13

Finley Beaton          Head         Mar   40      Crofter
Isabila   Do           Wife         Mar      38   Crofters Wife
John      Do           Son          U      3      Crofters Son
Simon      Do          Son          U     9mo
Murdo McKenzie         Visitor      U     12      Pauper
Notes on this Household:

This Household is on Page 4 of Enumeration District #6. Finley listed as born at Ross, Lochbroom, Isabila at Ross, Letters, and the last three at a place difficult to decipher, looks like "Ross Srub". Handwriting very poor, forenames of the parents possibly mistranscribed.

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Achendrean 51-14

Barbra McKenzie        Head         Widow    70   Tenants Widow
Johan     Do           Daur         U        35   Tenants Daur
Alex      Do           Son          U     32      Tenants Son
Simon     Do           Son          U     30         Do    Do
Peggie    Do           Daur         U        24      Do     Do
Mary      Do        bastard Daur    U        17      Do     Do
Notes on this Household:

This Household is on Page 5 of Enumeration District #6. All marked as born at Ross Lochbroom.

In the 1841 census this family was at Achendrean 41-22.

The death is registered 9 January, 1887, aged 72 years, of Zibbla MacKenzie, unmarried at Strathcanaird, her parents noted as having been Murdoch MacKenzie, and Barbara, maiden surname MacKenzie. Informant her brother Simon. I suspect this family was related to the Mackenzie of Langwell family.

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Achendrean 51-15

Alex McKenzie          Head         Mar   50      Tenant
Ann     Do             Wife         Mar      45   Tenants Wife
Helen    Do            Mother       Wid      76   Tenants Widow
Mary     Do            Daur         U        14   Tenants Daur
John     Do            Son          U     12      Tenants Son Scholar
Donald   Do             Do          U     10        Do     Do
Rodk     Do             Do          U      8        Do     Do
Catherine Do           Daur         U         6
Notes on this Household:

This Household is on Page 5 of Enumeration District #6. All marked as born at Ross Lochbroom. The relationship for Helen might read as "Mother in Law", there is a smudge on the page at that point.

In the 1841 census this family was at Achendrean 41-15, In 1861 they are at Achendrean 61-15.

The marriage of young Catherine is registered 1872 at Ullapool to Alexander Robertson, both resident at Strathcanaird. The registration notes her parents as Alexander MacKenzie and Ann, Maiden Surname MacKenzie, his as Murdoch Robertson, deceased, and Margaret McLeod. I think Alex's father died before the 1841 census, where he can be seen with a MacLeod family (relatives of his mother?) at Ardmair 41-9.

This family includes ancestors of the husband of Margaret Todd at Timaru, N.Z., she has shared details from her research and that of other descendants. She notes Alexander's parents John MacKenzie and Helen, maiden surname MacKenzie (both in the 1841 census, Helen above Widowed). Alexander was born 12 November, 1800, died 12 February, 1889 at Feilding, N.Z., Ann was also maiden surname MacKenzie born about 1810 to Murdoch MacKenzie and Margaret MacKenzie, she died 10 March, 1890 at Feilding.

Margaret notes young Roderick above died 17 June, 1890 at Waipukurau, N.Z., before emigrating he married in 1868 at Elgin to Margaret Cameron.

Margaret also notes young Catherine above died 13 September, 1917 at Ngaura, N.Z., as noted above she married Alexander Robertson, then emigrated to N.Z.

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Achendrean 51-16

Murdo McDond           Head         Widr  80      Tenant
Kenneth  Do            Son          Mar   35      Tenants Son
Isabel   Do            Wife         Mar      27   Sons Wife
Alex     Do            Son          UnMar 28      Tenants Son
Lexy McKenzie          Servant      U        40   House Servant
Rodk McDond                         U     2m      Tenants GrandSon
Notes on this Household:

This Household is on Page 5 of Enumeration District #6. All listed as born in Parish of Lochbroom.

In the 1841 census Murdo's wife Jane "Jean" McKenzie was still alive, they were then with Kenneth and two other children at Achendrean 41-8. In 1861 Kenneth and Isabel with six children are at Achendrean 61-20.

Kenneth MacDonald was christened 5 June 1814 at Strathcanaird to Murdoch MacDonald (his mother was Jane MacKenzie), he married 1 February 1849 at Ullapool to Isabella McKenzie daughter of Roderick McKenzie and Ann McLeod of Badenscallie, in this census Isabella's parents and other relatives are at Badenscallie 51-23.

A daughter of Murdo, Janet, married in 1845 to Angus McLeod, a Shepherd from Assynt, they are in this census at Achendrean 51-27.

A son of Murdo and Jane, Roderick, is in this census in the next Household at Achendrean 51-17. Roderick was christened 19 August 1811 at "Achdren", and died 20 August 1898 at Strathcanaird, his descendants include Donald Halley (CONTACT INFO).

Young Alexander above marries in June 1856 at Ullapool to Robertina "Robina" Menzies (born about 1837 at Altnacealgach by Lairg, Sutherland, to James Menzies and Isabella Whannell, Innkeepers there). Alexander and Robina emigrated to Australia, where their descendants include Jeanette Bonnici (CONTACT INFO). Jeanette and her cousin Donald Halley have provided much of the info in these files on Achendrean MacDonalds.

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Achendrean 51-17

Rodk McDond            Head         Mar   39      Tenant
Ann     Do             Wife         Mar      36   Tenants Wife
Jean McDond            Dau          U         9   Tenants Daur
Catherine Do           Dau          U         6     Do     Do
Ann      Do            Dau          U         4     Do     Do
Angus    Do            Son          U      3        Do's Son
Betsy    Do            Dau          U        4m     Do's Daur
Mary Stewart           Serv         U        17   HouseServant
Notes on this Household:

This Household is on Page 6 of Enumeration District #6. All listed as born in Lochbroom Parish.

Roderick and Ann were in the 1841 census at the home of Ann's MacLeod family at Achiltibuie 41-39. This family is in the 1861 census at Achendrean 61-14.

Roderick, was christened 19 August 1811 at "Achdren", and died 20 August 1898 at Strathcanaird, his descendants include Donald Halley (CONTACT INFO).

Ann's father Angus McLeod has died since the 1841 census, but her Widowed mother Catherine "Ketty" (Stewart) MacLeod and other relatives, including Ann's 8 year old son Alexander, are in this census at Achiltibuie 51-85.

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Achendrean 51-18

Mabell McGregor        Head         U        80   Crofter
Donald McLean          Son          U     40      Crofter
Cathrine  Do           Daur         U        37   Crofters Dau
Alex      Do           Son          U     30      Crofters Son
Barbra Cameron         Neice        U        18
Notes on this Household:

This Household is on Page 6 of Enumeration District #6. Mabell is listed as born at Ross Gairloch, the rest at Ross Lochbroom.

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Achendrean 51-19

Flora McKaskill        Head         Wid      78   Pauper (Crofter)
Notes on this Household:

This Household is on Page 6 of Enumeration District #6. Flora is listed as born at Sutherland Assynt.

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Achendrean 51-20

Rodk McDond            Head         Mar   56      Tenant
Cathrin  Do            Wife         Mar      51   Tenants Wife
Donald   Do            Son          U     23      Tenants Son
Kenneth  Do            Son          U     21         Do    Do
J.MacDond              Son          U     14         Do    Do
Cathrine McLeod        Servant      U        50   HouseServant
Notes on this Household:

This Household is on Page 6 of Enumeration District #6. All are marked as born at Ross Lochbroom. Only the initial letter of the forename of the third son is given, I might have mistranscribed it.

This family was in the 1841 census at Achendrean 41-19. In the 1861 census Catherine is Widowed with two children at Achendrean 61-12, with Catherine McLeod listed as "Relative", the 1871 census lists her relationship to the children of Roderick and Catherine as "Cousin", my guess is she was cousin to Roderick, which would explain the ambiguous term "Relative" in 1861.

Roderick "Rory" dies 2 June, 1858 at Strathcainaird, age listed then as 61 years. Informant of the death was his son John, he lists Roderick's parent as having been Kenneth McDonald and Ann MacKenzie.

The Parish Register records the marriage of "Roderick McDonald Achindren StrathKennaird to Cathrine Urquhart there" 14 February, 1822, then confusingly the same named couple again 26 February, 1822, likely a transcription error by the Parish Clerk.

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Achendrean 51-21

Henny McKenzie         Head         Wid      89   Tenants Widow
Rodk McLean            Son          U     48      Tenants Son
Ann Campbell           Servant      U        50   House Servant
Notes on this Household:

This Household is on Page 7 of Enumeration District #6. All are marked as born at Ross Lochbroom.

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Achendrean 51-22

Murdo McKenzie         Head         U     52      Tenant
Rodk    Do             Brother      U     40      Tenants Brother
Isabel  Do             Sister       U        38   Tenants Daur
Notes on this Household:

This Household is on Page 7 of Enumeration District #6. All are marked as born at Ross Lochbroom.

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Achendrean 51-23

Isabel McLeod          Head         Wid      50   Tenants Widow
Peter      Do          -Head-       U     26      Tenants Son
Murdo       Do         Son          U     23      Tenants Son
Wm McLeod              Son          U     18      Scholar
Cathrin Do             Daur         U        14   Tenants Daur
Alex    Do             Son          U      9      Scholar
Notes on this Household:

This Household is on Page 7 of Enumeration District #6. All are marked as born at Ross Lochbroom. The occupation of Peter was written as "Head", then crossed out.

The Parish Register records the marriage 28 January 1823 of "George McLeod Achindren StrathKennaird to Isabella McLeod Morefield". Also recorded is christening of Murdoch McLeod to father George at Achindrean 11 February 1828, the I.G.I. records christening of a son William to a father George McLeod right period to be William above, but I have not yet consulted the Parish Register to confirm the birthplace.

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Achendrean 51-24

Hugh McLeod            Head         Mar   40      Crofter
Mary   Do              Wife         Mar      24   Crofters Wife
William  Do            Son          U      5      Crofters Son
Alex     Do            Son          U      3      Crofters Son
Child                  Son          U      4m     Crofters Son
Notes on this Household:

This Household is on Page 7 of Enumeration District #6. Hugh and the two youngest sons marked as born at Ross StrathCanard, Mary and William at Ross Lochbroom.

In the 1841 census Hugh was with his family at Achendrean 41-1.

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Achendrean 51-25

Rodk McLean            Head         Mar   38      Shoemaker
Margt McLean           Wife         Mar      32   Shoemakers Wife
Peter McLean           Son          U    10m        Do's Son
Notes on this Household:

This Household is on Page 7 of Enumeration District #6. All are marked born at Ross Lochbroom.

In the 1861 census this family is at Achendrean 61-23.

The Parish Register records the marriage 10 July, 1849 in Lochbroom of Roderick McLean, shoemaker resident at Strathcanaird, to Margaret McLeod resident at Morefield (her father's forename lost in the fold of the page, though noted as a Tenant at Morefield), also noted are two children to that named couple;

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Achendrean 51-26

Mary Ann Fraser        Head         U        72   Servant

Notes on this Household:

This Household is on Page 8 of Enumeration District #6. Mary Ann is marked as born in Achendrean and as "Dumb".

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Achendrean 51-27

Angus McLeod           Head         Mar   33      Shepherd
Janet McDond           Wife         Mar      32   Shepherds Wife
Neil McLeod            Son          U      5          Do's  Son
Betsy  Do              Dau          U         3       Do's  Daur
Alex   Do              Son          U      1          Do's  Son

Notes on this Household:

This Household is on Page 8 of Enumeration District #6. All listed as born in Strathcanaird, except Angus listed as born in Assynt Parish.

Janet was with her family in the 1841 census at Achendrean 41-8, in this census her Widowed father Murdoch and other relatives are at Achendrean 51-16.

The marriage of Angus and Janet is recorded in the Parish Register 28 February 1845; "Angus McLeod Strathcainaird, and Janet McDonald, Strathcainaird Coigeach".

Before the 1861 census the family moves to Assynt, the Index to Civil Registration records the births of four more children to the couple there. From the census info and the birth registrations the children of Angus and Janet included;

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Achendrean 51-28

Donald Fraser          Head         Mar   84      Farmer (of 3 Acres)
John Fraser            Son          Mar   48      Farmers Son
Anabella Do            Sons Wife    Mar      46   Farmers Wife
William McKenzie       Nephew       U     32      Ag Lab
Alex. Fraser           Son          U     18      Farmers Son
Donald  Do             Son          U     11      Farmers Son
Gilbert Do             Son          U      9      Farmers Son
Notes on this Household:

This Household is on Page 8 of Enumeration District #6. Donald and John listed as born in Strathcanaird, Annabella and William in Assynt, and the three sons as at Lochbroom.

The Parish Register records the marriage 24 June 1827 of John Fraser to Anable McKenzie, both resident at Achindrean.

The 12 August, 1854 edition of "The Preston Guardian etc" of Preston, England reports;

      A youth, named Alexander Fraser, of Strathcoinart, in returning home from Ullapool, was attacked on a moor by an infuriated bull. He picked up a heavy stone, and hurling it dexterously and with force at the bull's head, killed the animal on the spot.

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Achendrean 51-29

Donald McLeod          Head         Mar   66      Ag Lab
Ann McLeod             Wife         Mar      64   Do  Do's Wife
Cathrine Do            Daur         U        29   Do  Do's Daur.
Christy McDond         SisterinLaw  Wid      80   Pauper Dom Servt.
Mary Morrison          GrandChild   U        8m   Child
Notes on this Household:

This Household is on page 8 of Enumeration District 6 at Household 29. Donald and Ann marked as born in Coigach, Cathrine at Leckmelm, Christy at Assynt (the neighbouring Parish), and young Mary at Achindrean.

In the 1861 census Ann is a Widow at Kenachullish 61-81. Donald's death seems to date from this census to the start of civil registration in 1855.

The Parish Register records the marriage 6 February 1815 of Anne McDonald resident at Achnahaird to Donald McLeod resident at Leckmelm. No sign yet of the family in the 1841 census.

Not certain yet how Christy was related to Donald or Ann. Her death is registered as 12 January 1856 at Noth Kenachulish, age listed then as 81. The death registration says she was wife of a MacKenzie, and her parents had been John MacDonald and Margaret Cameron.

There was no Morrison family at Achendrean in the 1851 census, my assumption is Mary Morrison was an illegitamate daughter of Cathrine.

Ann's death registration 24 August 1869 names her father as Donald McDonald. I think Donald McDonald of Achnahaird was a brother of my own gt-gt-gt-grandfather, John MacDonald of the neighbouring village of Reiff. The Parish Register records three marriages of McDonalds resident at Achnahaird in 1815, '18, and '20, and in christenings to Alexander McDonald there from 1819 to 1833. Anyone with an interest in this family please use my CONTACT INFO.

Anne is two households away from Achindrean Strathcanaird McDonalds (Janet at Achendrean 51-27), possibly there is some yet undocumented relationship. Patriarch of the Achindrean McDonald family, Murdoch, was of an age to be brother of Donald of Achnahaird and John of Reiff, unfortunately he died 1854, the year before the start of civil registration.

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Achendrean 51-30

Christy McKenzie       Head         U        70   Pauper Spinster
Notes on this Household:

This Household is on Page 8 of Enumeration District #6. Christy is marked as born in Strathcanaird.

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Achendrean 51-31

Kenneth McLeod         Head         Mar   53      Shepherd
William   Do           Son          U     16      Shepherds Son
Jessie    Do           Daur         U        12   Shepherds Daur
John      Do           Son          U      8      Shepherds Son
Mary      Do           Daur         U         6       Do's  Daur
Louise    Do           Daur         U         6        Do    Do
Notes on this Household:

This Household is on Page 9 of Enumeration District #6. All marked as born in Sutherland Assynt, the youngest child's forename might be mistranscribed.

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Achendrean 51-32

Rodk Fraser            Head         Mar   40      Farmer of 3 Acres
Janet Fraser           Wife         Mar      24   Farmers Wife
Neil    Do             Son          U      5      Scholar
Mary    Do             Daur         U         4
Mary Ann Do            Daur         U         2
Archd McChiven         Lodger       U     25      Teacher
Notes on this Household:

This Household is on Page 9 of Enumeration District #6. Roderick and the three children are listed as born in Ross Lochbroom, Janet in Sutherland Assynt, and Archibald at Kilchroma Islay Argyle. The surname of the teacher might be mistranscribed.

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Achendrean 51-33

Rodk McKenzie          Head         Mar   75      Lotter
Ann McKenzie           Wife         Do       52   Lotters Wife
Catharine Do           Daur         U        17   Lotters Daur
Margaret   Do          Daur         U        15      Do    Do
Kenneth    Do          Son          U     11         Do's Son
Notes on this Household:

This Household is on Page 9 of Enumeration District #6. All are listed as born in Ross Lochbroom, except Kenneth born at Ross StrathCannard.

Roderick and the two younger children are in the 1861 census at Achendrean 61-21.

Roderick's death is registered as 19 August, 1862 at Strathcanaird, aged 88 years, his parents noted as having been John McKenzie and Catharine, Maiden Surnamed Stewart, Informant his son Kenneth.

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Achendrean 51-34

Mary McLean            Head         U        80   Pauper
Notes on this Household:

This Household is on Page 9 of Enumeration District #6. Mary is listed as born at Ross StrathCannard.

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Achendrean 51-35

Christian McDond       Head         U        64   Pauper HouseServant
Notes on this Household:

This Household is on Page 9 of Enumeration District #6. Christian is listed as born at Ross Lochbroom.

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Achendrean 51-36

Evander McLean         Head         Mar   74      Crofter of 2 Acres
Mary   Do              Wife         Mar      72   Crofters Wife
Hugh     Do            Son          U     27      Crofters Son
Kenneth   Do           Son          U     20         Do     Do
Notes on this Household:

This Household is on Page 10 of Enumeration District #6. All are listed as born at Ross Lochbroom.

The death of Mary is registered as 4 October, 1865 at Strathcanaird, Evander still alive then, her age noted as "73 Years", Informant her neighbour, Alexander MacLeod. The registration notes her parents had been Murdoch MacLeod and Margaret, maiden surname MacLeod.

In the 1861 census this family is at Achendrean 61-24.

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Achendrean 61-9

Murdo McKenzie         Head       Widower 87      Pensioner
John    Do             ?o??         Un    36
Notes on this Household:

This Household is on Page 6 of Enumeration District #2. Both are listed as born at Rosshire Achendrean, the relationship of John to Murdo is writ fuzzy, probably "Son".

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Achendrean 61-10

Mary Fraser            Head         Widow    61
John   Do              Son          Un    24      Tenant
Helen  Do              Daur         Un       21
Mary   Do              Grd Daur               ?
Notes on this Household:

This Household is on Page 6 of Enumeration District #2. Age for wee Mary faded off the page, Mary and John listed as born at Rossshire Strathmore, Helen at Rossshire Achendrean, wee Mary the place unclear, may also be "Rossshire Achendrean".

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Achendrean 61-11

John McLeod            Head         Mar   57      Tenant
Christina Do           Wife         Mar      45
Roderick  Do           Son          Un    26
Margaret  Do           Daur                  15   Scholar
Murdo     Do           Son                12         Do
Notes on this Household:

This Household is on Page of Enumeration District #2. John listed as born at Rossshire Blusary, Christina at Rossshire Inverpolly, the children at Rossshire Achindrean. The ages for John and Christina are fuzzy and might be mistranscribed.

In the 1871 census this family is at Achendrean 71-16, Christina has died by then.

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Achendrean 61-12

Catherine McDonald     Head         Widow    50
John       Do          Son          Un    21      Tenant
Ann        Do          Daur         Un       33
Catherine McLeod       Relative     Un       60
Notes on this Household:

This Household is on Page 6 of Enumeration District #3. All are listed as born at RossShire Achindrean.

In the 1851 census Catherine's husband Roderick MacDonald was Head of Household at Achendrean 51-20, in 1871 the Household is at Achendrean 71-15, Catherine McLeod then listed as "Cousin" to John and Ann, my guess is she was cousin to Roderick MacDonald, which would explain the ambiguous term "Relative" above.

The Parish Register records the marriage of "Roderick McDonald Achindren StrathKennaird to Cathrine Urquhart there" 14 February 1822, then confusingly the same named couple again 26 February 1822, likely a transcription error by the Parish Clerk.

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Achendrean 61-13

Simon McKenzie         Head         Un    34      Tenant
Johanna   Do           Sister       Un       45
Anabella  Do           Sister       Un       37
Maggy     Do           Relative               9
Notes on this Household:

This Household is on Page 6 of Enumeration District #2. Simon and Catherine listed as born at Glaich Rossshire, Anabella and Maggy at Achendrean Rossshire.

In the 1871 census this family is at Achendrean 71-14.

Presumably the place for Simon and Johanna was the farm of "Gluach", close by Achendrean. The forename "Simon" suggests this family was related the the MacKenzie of Langwell family.

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Achendrean 61-14

Roderick McDonald      Head         Mar   50      Tenant
Ann      Do            Wife         Mar      47
Jane     Do            Daur         Un       19
Alxer     Do           Son          Un    18
Catherine   Do         Daur                  16
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Ann McDonald           Daur                  14   Scholar
Angus McDonald         Son                12         Do
Hellen Do              Daur                   8      Do
Margret  Do            Daur                   4
Notes on this Household:

This Household is on Pages 6 and 7 of Enumeration District #3. All on page 6 are listed as born in RossShire Lochbroom, those on page 7 as at RossShire Achindrean.

This family was in the 1851 census at Achendrean 51-17. In 1871 they are at Achendrean 71-13.

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Achendrean 61-15

Alexr McKenzie         Head         Mar   61      Tenant
Margaret  Do           Wife         Mar      50
John      Do           Son          Un    22
Donald    Do           Son          Un    20      Shepherd
Catherine  Do          Daur                  14
Isabella   Do          Daur                  10
Alexander  Do          Son                 9
Notes on this Household:

This Household is on Page 7 of Enumeration District #2. All are listed as born at Rossshire Achindrean, except Margaret at Rossshire Glalich.

In the 1851 census this family was at Achendrean 51-15, in 1871 they are at Achendrean 71-12.

"Margaret" in other records is noted as "Ann".

The marriage of young Catherine is registered as 6 June, 1872 at Ullapool to Alexander Robertson, both resident at Strathcanaird, her age 26 years, his 37. The registration notes her parents as Alexander MacKenzie and Ann, Maiden Surname MacKenzie, his as Murdoch Robertson, deceased, and Margaret McLeod. I think Alex's father died before the 1841 census, where he can be seen with a MacLeod family (relatives of his mother?) at Ardmair 41-9. Alexander and his mother are in this census at Achendrean 61-25, John Robertson in the next Household, Achendrean 61-16 was likely a brother of Alexander.

This family includes ancestors of the husband of Margaret Todd at Timaru, N.Z., she has shared details from her research and that of other descendants. She notes Alexander's parents were John MacKenzie and Helen, maiden surname MacKenzie (both in the 1841 census). Alexander was born 12 November, 1800, died 12 February, 1889 at Feilding, N.Z., Ann was also maiden surname MacKenzie born about 1810 to Murdoch MacKenzie and Margaret MacKenzie, she died 10 March, 1890 at Feilding.

Margaret notes another child of this family, Roderick, died 17 June, 1890 at Waipukurau, N.Z., before emigrating he married in 1868 at Elgin to Margaret Cameron.

Margaret also notes young Catherine above died 13 September, 1917 at Ngaura, N.Z., as noted above she married Alexander Robertson, then emigrated to N.Z.

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Achendrean 61-16

John Robeson           Head         Mar   36      Black Smith
Margaret  Do           Wife         Mar      31
Margaret  Do           Daur                   8   Scholar
William   Do           Son                 6
Angus     Do           Son                 2
Notes on this Household:

This Household is on Page 7 of Enumeration District #2. The parents are listed as born at Rossshire Cuach, the children at Rossshire Achindrean.

This family is in the 1871 census census at Achendrean 71-11.

Though the surname is enumerated as "Robeson", all other registrations note the family as "Robertson". The Parish Register notes the marriage 12 February, 1852 of John Robertson to Margaret McLeod, also noted in the civil registration index are births to that couple;

Young Catherine MacKenzie in the previous Household, Achendrean 61-15 marries in 1872 to Alexander Robertson, both then resident at Strathcanaird, it is likely Alexander was a brother of John above, his parents noted in the registration as Murdoch Robertson deceased and Margaret MacLeod. Alexander and his Widowed mother are in this census at Achendrean 61-25.

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Achendrean 61-17

Alexander McLean       Head         Un    35      Tenant
Cathrine    Do         Sister       Un       40
Notes on this Household:

This Household is on Page 7 of Enumeration District #2. Both are listed as born at Rossshire LochBroom.

Though the ages do not clearly match, I think these two with a brother Donald are in the 1871 census at Achendrean 71-10.

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Achendrean 61-18

Roderick McKenzie      Head         Un    45      Tenant
Isabella    Do         Sister       Un       43
George      Do         Relation           10      Scholar
Notes on this Household:

This Household is on Page 7 of Enumeration District #2. All are listed as born at Rossshire Achindrean.

These three are in the 1871 census at Achendrean 71-9, with them are two nephews, Alexander and Charles, who are in this census at Achendrean 61-22, their father Simon was a brother of Roderick and Isabella.

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Achendrean 61-19

Peter McLeod           Head         Un    33      Tenant
Alexander Do           Brother      Un    19
Notes on this Household:

This Household is on Page of Enumeration District #2. Both are listed as born at Rossshire Achindrean.

In the 1871 census these two with their Widowed mother Isabella and sister Catherine are at Achendrean 71-8.

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Achendrean 61-20

Kenneth McDonald       Head         Mar   40      Tenant
Isabella Do            Wife         Mar      32
Roderick   Do          Son                 9      Scholar
Simon     Do           Son                 8          Do
John      Do           Son                 7          Do
Jane      Do           Daur                   4
Ann       Do           Daur                   2
 ---      Do           Daur                  6mo
Mary McLeod            Visitor               35
Notes on this Household:

This Household is on Page 8 of Enumeration District #2. Most are listed as born in RossShire Achindrean, except Isabella born at "RossShire Cuach", from other info "Cuach" looks to be a contraction of "Coigach". The Visitor Mary McLeod is marked as born at RossShire Ardmair.

In the 1851 census Kenneth, Isabella, and Roderick were with Kenneth's Widowed father Murdoch at Achendrean 51-16, in 1871 the family is at Achendrean 71-7.

Kenneth MacDonald was christened 5 June, 1814 at Strathcanaird to Murdoch MacDonald (his mother was Jane MacKenzie), he married 1 February, 1849 at Ullapool to Isabella McKenzie (daughter of Roderick McKenzie and Ann McLeod)
They had eleven children;

  1. Roderick, born early 1851 (listed as age 2 months in 1851 census).
  2. Simon, born about 1853, Informant on death registration of his uncle Roderick, he married Margaret McLeod.
  3. John, born 25 November, 1855, died 1931, he married Margaret Robinson and had at least seven children.
  4. Jane, born 22 December, 1856, married Lachlan McKenzie.
  5. Anne, born 5 September, 1858, she never married.
  6. Helen, born 15 November, 1860.
  7. Murdoch, born 22 November, 1862, died 1888, he never married.
  8. Alexander, born 10 October, 1864.
  9. Hector, born 10 October, 1864 (twin of Alexander), died 1924, married Isabella McLeod from Coigach.
  10. Kenneth, born 15 June, 1866, never married, was a preacher.
  11. Angus, born 25 July, 1868, died 1870.

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Achendrean 61-21

Roderick McKenzie      Head               84      Tenant
Margret   Do           Daur                  21
Kenneth   Do           Son                19
Notes on this Household:

This Household is on Page 8 of Enumeration District #2. All are listed as born at Rossshire Achindrean. The ages might be mistranscribed.

In the 1851 census this family was at Achendrean 51-33, in 1871 they are at Achendrean 71-6.

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Achendrean 61-22

Simon McKenzie         Head         Mar   52      Tenant
Isabella Do            Wife         Mar      40
Margaret  Do           Daur         Un       15
Murdo     Do           Son                12
John      Do           Son                 4
Alexander  Do          Son                 3
Charles    Do          Son                 1
Notes on this Household:

This Household is on Page of Enumeration District #2. All are listed as born at Rossshire Achindrean, except Isabella at Rossshire Cuach.

In the 1851 census this family was at Achendrean 51-8, with them then was the Widow of Simon's brother Thomas, in the 1871 census the family is at Achendrean 71-5.

Alexander and Charles are in the 1871 census at Achendrean 71-9, with them are two siblings of Simon, Roderick and Isabella, who are in this census at Achendrean 61-18.

The death is registered 4 October, 1879 at Strathcanaird, aged 73 years of Simon MacKenzie, a Lotter at Lochbroom, married to Isabella McLeod, son of George McKenzie and Margaret, Maiden Surname McLean, Informant his son Alexander. Seeing the forenames Simon and Thomas, with forename MacKenzie in this area suggests their father George was an undocumented member of the MacKenzie of Langwell family.

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Achendrean 61-23

Roderick McLean        Head         Mar   40      Tenant
Margaret   Do          Wife         Mar      38
Peter     Do           Son                11
Jessie    Do           Daur                   7
John      Do           Son                 4
 ---      Do           Son                7mo
Notes on this Household:

This Household is on Page 8 of Enumeration District #2. All are listed as born at Rossshire Achindrea, except Roderick at RossShire LochBroom.

In the 1851 census this family was at Achendrean 51-25, in 1871 Roderick with two children is at Achendrean 71-4

The Parish Register records the marriage 10 July, 1849 in Lochbroom of Roderick McLean, shoemaker resident at Strathcanaird, to Margaret McLeod resident at Morefield (her father's forename lost in the fold of the page, though noted as a Tenant at Morefield), also noted are two children to that named couple;

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Achendrean 61-24

Evander McLean         Head         Mar   80      Tenant
Mary      Do           Wife         Mar      60
Murdo     Do           Son          Mar   34      Tailor
Ann       Do           Daur-in-law  Mar      26
 ---      Do           Son                8mo
William McKenzie       Visitor      Un    43
John McLean            Relation           12      Scholar
Notes on this Household:

This Household is on Page 9 of Enumeration District #2. Evander listed as born at Rossshire Gluach, Mary at Rossshire Ridorach, Murdo, Ann and the wee son at Rossshire Achindrean, William and John at Sutherlandshire, the places unclear.

In the 1851 census this family was at Achendrean 51-36.

The death of Mary is registered as 4 October, 1865 at Strathcanaird, Evander still alive then, her age noted as "73 Years", Informant her neighbour, Alexander MacLeod. The registration notes her parents had been Murdoch MacLeod and Margaret, maiden surname MacLeod.

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Achendrean 61-25

Margaret McLeod        Head         Widow    54
Alexander Robeson      Son          Un    26      Tenant
Mary McDonald          Daur         Un       19
Notes on this Household:

This Household is on Page 9 of Enumeration District #2. All are listed as born at Rossshire Ardmair.

The only other "Robeson" in this census is shown in other records to be a "Robertson".

In the 1871 census Margaret and Mary are at Achendrean 71-2.

The marriage of Alexander is registered as 6 June, 1872 at Ullapool to Catherine MacKenzie, both resident at Strathcanaird, his age 37 years, hers 26. Catherine is in this census at Achendrean 61-15. The registration notes Alexander's parents as Murdoch Robertson, deceased, and Margaret McLeod, hers as Alexander MacKenzie and Ann, Maiden Surname MacKenzie. I think Alex's father died before the 1841 census, where he can be seen with a MacLeod family (relatives of his mother?) at Ardmair 41-9.

John Robertson at Achendrean 61-16 was likely a brother of Alexander.

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Achendrean 61-26

Margaret Morison       Head         Mar      40
William     Do         Son                 9
Isabella     Do        Daur                   6
Notes on this Household:

This Household is on Page 9 of Enumeration District #2. All are listed as born at Rossshire, the place unclear, may be Locharron".

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Achendrean 71-1

John Smith             Head         Mar   42      F.C. Teacher
Mary   Do              Wife         Mar      34
Anabella Do            Daur                   6   Scholar
Euphemia Do            Daur                   4
Angus    Do            Son                 1
Notes on this Household:

This Household is on Page 1 of Enumeration District #4. All listed as born in Rosssjire Uig, except Euphemia at Ullapool.

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Achendrean 71-2

Margaret McLeod        H.           Unm      60   Tenant
Mary McDonald          Daur         Do.      30
Notes on this Household:

This Household is on Page 1 of Enumeration District #4. Both listed as born in Parish of Lochbroom.

In the 1861 census Margaret and Mary were at Achendrean 61-25 with a son of Margaret's, Alexander Robertson. Alexander's 1872 marriage registration notes his parents had been Murdoch Robertson, deceased, and Margaret McLeod. I think Alex's father died before the 1841 census, and Mary was an illegitamate daughter of Margaret.

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Achendrean 71-3
Murdo McLean           Head         Mar   40      Tailor
Ann McLean             Wife         Mar      37
Roderick McLean        Son                11      Scholar
Alexr McLean           Son                 9      Scholar
Kenneth McLean         Son                 6      Scholar
John McLean            Son                 3
Mary McLean            Daur                   1
Notes on this Household:

This Household is on Page 1 of Enumeration District #4. All listed as born in Ross Lochbroom.

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Achendrean 71-4

Roderick McLean        H.           Mar   58      Shoemaker
Janet McLean           Daur         Unm      17   Scholar
Simon McLean           Son                11      Scholar
Notes on this Household:

This Household is on Page 1 of Enumeration District #4. All listed as born in Ross Lochbroom.

In the 1861 census this family, with Roderick's now missing wife Margaret and two other children were at Achendrean 61-23.

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Achendrean 71-5

Isabella McKenzie      H.           Mar      50   Tenant
Margaret McK           Daur         Unm      25
Murdo McK              Son          Unm   23
Thos McK               Son          Unm   18
John McK               Son                15
Isabella McK           Daur                   7   Scholar
Notes on this Household:

This Household is on Page 2 of Enumeration District #4. All listed as born in Rossshire Lochbroom, Murdo and John are both noted as "Blind from birth".

In the 1861 census were at Achendrean 61-22 with Isabella's now missing husband Simon as Head of Household.

The death is registered 4 October, 1879 at Strathcanaird, aged 73 years of Simon MacKenzie, a Lotter at Lochbroom, married to Isabella McLeod, son of George McKenzie and Margaret, Maiden Surname McLean, Informant his son Alexander.

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Achendrean 71-6

Ann McKenzie           H.           W.       70   Tenant
Cathrine McK           Daur         Unm      31
Margaret McK           Daur         Unm      30
Kenneth McK            Son          Unm   28
Cathrine McK           GrandDaur              1
Notes on this Household:

This Household is on Page 2 of Enumeration District #4. All listed as born in Ross Lochbroom.

In the 1861 census were at Achendrean 61-21.

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Achendrean 71-7

Kenneth McDonald       Head         Mar   57      Tenant
Isabella McDonald      Wife         Mar      43
Roderick McDonald      Son          Unm   20
Simon McDonald         Son          Unm   18
John McDonald          Son          Unm   16
Jean McDonald          Daur                  14
Ann McDonald           Daur                  12   Scholar
Helen McDonald         Daur                  10   Scholar
Murdo McDonald         Son                 8      Scholar
Alexr. McDonald        Son                 6
Kenneth McDonald       Son                 4
Notes on this Household:

This Household is on Page 4 of Enumeration District. All listed as born in Ross Lochbroom.

In the 1881 census this family is at Achendrean 81-?a.

Isabella was maiden surname MacKenzie, as noted in birth of several of her children.

Young Alexander was born 10 October 1864, his twin brother Hector is in this census at the home of his uncle, Badenscallie 71-87. The Head of Household there, John McKenzie, is a brother of Isabella above.

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Achendrean 71-8

Isabella McLeod        H.           W.       71   Tenant
Peter McLeod           Son          Unm   46
Catherine McLeod       Daur         Unm      34
Alexr McLeod           Son          Unm   28
Notes on this Household:

This Household is on Page 3 of Enumeration District #4. All listed as born in Rossshire Lochbroom.

In the 1861 census the two sons were at Achendrean 61-19.

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Achendrean 71-9

Roderick McK           H.           Unm   68      Tenant
Isabella McK           Sister       Unm      66
Geo McKenzie           Nephew       Unm   19      General Servt
Alexander McK                             13      Herd
Charles McKenzie       Nephew             11      Scholar
Notes on this Household:

This Household is on Page 3 of Enumeration District #4. All listed as born in Ross Lochbroom. Though the relationship of Alexander to the Head of Household is not listed I am sure he was another nephew.

In the 1861 census Roderick, Isabella, and George were at Achendrean 61-18, Alexander and Charles were with their family at Achendrean 61-22.

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Achendrean 71-10

Donald McLean          H.           Unm   68      Tenant
Catherine McLean       Sister       Unm      70   Genl Servt
Alexr McLean           Brother      Unm   40
Notes on this Household:

This Household is on Page 3 of Enumeration District #4. Donald and Catherine listed as born in Ross Lochbroom.

In the 1861 census Catherine and Alexander were at Achendrean 61-17.

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Achendrean 71-11

John Robertson         H.           Mar   44      Smith
Margaret Robertson     Wife         Mar      40   Smiths Wife
Margaret Robertson     Daur         Unm      17
William Robertson      Son          Unm   16
Angus Robertson        Son                12      Scholar
Mary Robertson         Daur                  10   Scholar
Cate Robertson         Daur                   8   Scholar
Alex Robertson         Son                 2
Murdo Robertson        Son                 6
Kenneth McKenzie       Visitor      Mar   31      Hired ploughman
Norman McDonald          Do         Unm   20        Do     Do
Notes on this Household:

This Household is on Page 3 of Enumeration District #4. All listed as born in Ross Lochbroom, except Norman with no place noted.

In the 1861 census this family was at Achendrean 61-16, enumerated then as "Robeson".

The Parish Register notes the marriage 12 February, 1852 of John Robertson to Margaret McLeod, also noted in the civil registration index are births to that couple;

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Achendrean 71-12

Alexander McK          H.           Mar   71      Tenant
Ann McKenzie           Wife         Mar      60
Mary McK               Daur         Unm      34
Alexander McK          Son          Unm   18
Johana McK             GranDaur               1   Tenants Grandchild
Notes on this Household:

This Household is on Page 4 of Enumeration District #4. All listed as born in Ross Lochbroom.

In the 1861 census this family was at Achendrean 61-15.

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Achendrean 71-13

Roderick McDonald      Head         Mar   59      Contractor
Ann McDonald           Wife         Mar      56
Alexr. McDonald        Son          Unm   27
Cathrine McDonald      Daur         Unm      25
Ann McDonald           Daur         Unm      23   Scholar
Helen McDonald         Daur         Unm      18      Do
Margaret McDonald      Daur                  14      Do
Notes on this Household:

This Household is on Page 4 of Enumeration District #4. All listed as born in Ross Lochbroom.

This family was in the 1861 census at Achendrean 61-14.

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Achendrean 71-14

Simon McKenzie         H.           Unm   40      Tenant
Hanah McK              Sister       Unm      70
Lexy McK               Sister       Unm      50
Sibla McK              Sister       Unm      46
Margaret McKenzie      Niece        Unm      20   Servt
Notes on this Household:

This Household is on Page 4 of Enumeration District #4. All listed as born in Ross Lochbroom.

In the 1861 census this family was at Achendrean 61-13.

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Achendrean 71-15

John McDonald          H.           Unm   34
Ann McDonald           Sister       Unm      40
Catherine McLeod       Cousin       Unm      70
Ann McLeod             Visitor      Unm      54   Pauper
Notes on this Household:

This Household is on Page 4 of Enumeration District #4. All listed as born in Ross Lochbroom.

In the 1861 census John and Ann's Widowed mother Catherine was Head of Household at Achendrean 61-12, Catherine McLeod then listed as "Relative". My guess is her mother was a sister of Roderick MacDonald's father (Roderick was father of the siblings above).

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Achendrean 71-16

John McLeod            H.           Widr  69      Tenant
Roderick McLeod        Son          Mar   35      Road Contractor
Murdo McLeod           Son          Unm   22
Cathrine McLeod        Wife         Mar      28   Contractors Wife
Margaret McLeod        Daur         Unm      25   Tenants Daughter
Christy McLeod         Daur                 9month  Contractors Daur
Christina McLeod       G.Daur                 9   Tenants GrandDaur Scholar
Notes on this Household:

This Household is on Page 5 of Enumeration District #4. All listed as born in Rossshire Lochbroom, except Christina at Rossshire Alness.

In the 1861 census were at Achendrean 61-11, John's wife Christina was still alive then.

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Achendrean 71-17

William Fraser         H.           Mar   36      Foxhunter
Janet Fraser           Wife         Mar      33
Donald Fraser          Son                 5
Alexander Fraser       Son                 4
Thomas Fraser          Son                9months
Ann Fraser             Sister       Unm   38      Domestic Servt
Notes on this Household:

This Household is on Page 5 of Enumeration District #4. All listed as born in Ross Lochbroom, except William and his sister Ann at Ross Gairloch.

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Achendrean 71-18

John McKenzie          H            Unm   50      Mason
Notes on this Household:

This Household is on Page 5 of Enumeration District #4. Listed as born in Ross Lochbroom.

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Achendrean 71-19

John McLean            H            Mar   52      Shepherd
Jean McLean            Wife         Mar      48
Hugh McLean            Son          Unm   24
Donald McLean          Son                16
Roderick McLean        Son                14
Alexander McLean       Son                 7
Evander McLean         Son                 5
Notes on this Household:

This Household is on Page 5 of Enumeration District #4. All listed as born in Ross Lochbroom.

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Achendrean 81-?a

Kenneth MacDonald      Head         Mar.  76      Crofter Of 8 Acres
Issabella   Do.        Wife         Mar.     53
Roderick    Do.        Son          Mar   30      Shepherd
Jannet      Do.        Wife(Of Son) Mar      35
Ann         Do.        Daur         Unm      21   General Serv
Murdo       Do.        Son          Unm   17      Shepherd
Hector       Do.       Son          Unm   15
Kenneth      Do.       Son          Unm   13      Scholar
Angus        Do.       Son                5mo
Roderick MacKenzie     Visitor      Unm    3      Scholar
Notes on this Household:

This Household is on page 4 of Enumeration District 4, address given as "Crofters House". All born at Strathcanaird, except Jannet born at Achnaclerach, Angus born at Kinlochewe, and both Issabella MacDonald and Roderick MacKenzie born at "Coigach"

In 1871 this family was at Achendrean 71-7.

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Achendrean 81-?b

Roderick MacDonald     Head         Mar   69      Road Contractor
Ann         do         Wife         Mar      67   
Alexander   do         Son          Unm   30      Merchant
Helen       do         Daur         Unm      27   General Serv
Ann         do         Daur         Unm      25   General Serv
Margaret    do         Daur         Unm      22   General Serv
Annie MacKenzie        Grand Daur             5   Scholar
Notes on this Household:

This Household appears on page 5 of Enumeration District #4, address listed as "Crofters House". All marked as born at Lochbroom, except Ann (Roderick's wife) born at Coigach. Roderick marked as "Deaf".

Donald Halley (CONTACT INFO) is descended from Roderick and Ann through their daughter Jane, who married Colin MacKenzie 3 June 1874 at Dingwall. Donald has done lots of research on this family (see link in his CONTACT INFO to his great web page), and believes Annie MacKenzie above to be a daughter of Jane McDonald and Colin Mackenzie born 12 February 1876 in Strathcanaird.

Roderick's occupation listed here as a Road Contractor matches the details of his daughters marriage to Colin MacKenzie in Dingwall in 1874.

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