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Alexander MacLeod

Coigach

Annotated Census Extracts

Alexander MacLeod with his game bag and gun stands ready to help you hunt for your ancestors through the 19th century census records of Coigach!

Alex lived his life in Coigach, and shows up in most of the 19th century censuses starting 1841 as a two year old at Culnacraig 41-3, through to 1881, though away from home in 1891 at Achnahaird 91-4. His gt-granddaughter, Kate Ferris, (CONTACT INFO), sent this photo and lots of details on the life he led.

These files include transcripts of each decennial census from 1841 to 1891, enriched by notes from descendants such as Kate, information in histories, Parish and Civil Registration. Through hypertext links between Households and succeeding censuses you can track relationships. Far from a complete project, any assistance is appreciated!

Photo credit: Kate Ferris

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

This file links from my genealogy introduction file at index.htm. Any suggestions for additions or edits please feel free to email me, Donald MacDonald-Ross, at;


The following communities are in the north-west area of Coigach, roughly described as that part of the peninsula "beyond the big rock". It is focus of the files on this website, though historically Coigach continued sout-west including Ullapool to Glen Achall.

Achadh' a Bhraigh Achduart Acheninver Achiltibuie
Achlochan Achnahaird Achnancarnian Altandhu
Badenscallie Badentarbet Cammasnancarrian (see Achnancarnian) Camuscoille
Camusglassellan (see Reiff) Clais (Shepherd Station) Culnacraig Dornie
Faochag (see Reiff) In a Boat Inverpolly (Shepherd Station) Lineranich (Shepherd Station)
Little Altandow (See Achnahaird) Polbain Polglass Reiff
Rhegreanoch (Shepherd Station) Ristol Sheniskaig (Shepherd Station) Tanera

The following communities are in the south-east area of Coigach. Historically this area was always part of the Barony of Coigach, though today it is more common to consider Coigach as that part of the peninsula "beyond the big rock". Though the files in this website concentrate on the other part, there was much intermarriage between the families, and so I am slowly adding more data here.

Achall Achendrean Ardmair Drumrunie
Isle Martin Kenachrine Kenachulish Langwell
Morefield Rhidorroch Rhuairdachadail
(see Kenachrine)
Ullapool



Achadh' a Bhraigh

NC0405 : Achvraie, Achiltibuie by Chris Eilbeck
Achvraie
  Copyright Chris Eilbeck and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

Achadh' a Bhraigh is a small community, never more than a handful of households on the south side of Coigach, its nearest neighbors are at Acheninver on the coast, and at Badenscallie, just to the north-west. Modern maps shorten its gaelic name to "Achvraie".



Achadh' a Bhraigh 41-1

Murdoch Campbell                          30      Crofter
Rodk.      do.                             3
Jane       do.                               25
Mary       do.                               15
Notes on this Household:

This Household is on Page 4 of Enumeration District 12. Community in this census spelled as "Achdavray". All listed as born in County.

In the 1851 census this family is at Achadh' a Bhraigh 51-18. Jane is "Janet" then and in later censuses. The 1871 census says he was from Badenscallie, and she was from Achadh' a Bhraigh.

Murdoch and Mary were children of Angus Campbell and Mary Stewart of Badenscallie. Their Widowed mother and six of their siblings are in this census at Badenscallie 41-23. In the 1851 census Mary is unmarried, with her mother and four siblings at Badenscallie 51-41.

Donald Campbell at Achiltibuie 41-13 is a brother of Murdoch and Mary.


Achadh' a Bhraigh 41-2

Angus MacLeod                             25      Crofter
John       do.                            20
Catharine   do                               25
Lachlin Macrae                            15      M.S.
Notes on this Household:

This Household is on Page 4 of Enumeration District 12. Community in this census spelled as "Achdavray". All listed as born in County.

Angus, John, and Catharine are in the 1851 census with a nephew and neice at Achadh' a Bhraigh 51-20, that census shows the three are siblings.

Lachlin is in the 1851 census with his family at Polglass 51-58. His occupation then is given as "Singing Master"!

Angus marries 5 February, 1852 to Annabella McLean. Annabella is in this census at Achduart 41-3. By time of the 1861 census they are living at Achduart with three children; see Achduart 61-1.


Achadh' a Bhraigh 41-3

John McLeod                               35      Crofter
Alexander do                               5
Margaret  do                                 30
Margaret  do                                  3
Jannet    do                                 15
Ann       do                                 6 months
Notes on this Household:

This Household is on Page 4 of Enumeration District 12. Community in this census spelled as "Achdavray". All listed as born in County.

This family is in the 1851 census at Achadh' a Bhraigh 51-19 with four children.

The 1871 census listing for this family shows John was born at Inverpolly, and Margaret at Dornie (John's death registration gives Margaret's maiden surname as McLeod).

John testifies in 1862 in a case between the government and the Cromartie family regarding salmon fishing in Coigach. His age given then is 66, which agrees with his death registered as 2 April, 1873 aged 77. The death registration lists his parents as Alexander McLeod and Peggie McLeod, Informant was his son Alexander.

The 1862 testimony says his father was joint tenant of the lands of Inverpolly direct from the Cromartie family, and tenant for seven or eight years of the salmon fishings on the River Polly from Captain Kenneth MacKenzie, a tenant of Cromartie till about 1809. The testimony has the father and family moving to Badenscallie in 1814. A brother of John, Alexander, settled there, and can be seen in this census with his family at Badenscallie 41-1.


Achadh' a Bhraigh 51-18

Murdo Campbell         Head         Mar   40      Subtenant (of 1 Acre)
Janet    Do.           Wife         Mar      36
Roderick  Do.          Son                12
Angus      Do.         Son                 9
Murdo      Do.         Son                 6
Ann        Do.         Daur.                  4
Notes on this Household:

This Household is on Page 6 of Enumeration District 7. Community in this census not named, but from earlier and later censuses it is certainly Achadh' a Bhraigh. All marked as born at Lochbroom.

In the 1841 census this family was at Achadh' a Bhraigh 41-1. In 1861 the Achadh' a Bhraigh families were enumerated at Acheninver, this family appears there at Acheninver 61-3.

The 1871 census shows that Murdo was born at Badenscallie, and Janet at Achadh' a Bhraigh.

Murdo was a son of Angus Campbell and Mary Stewart of Badenscallie. In this census his Widowed mother and five siblings are at Badenscallie 51-41, Donald Campbell, the missing husband at Polglass 51-55, is another brother, and Catharine McLeod at Polglass 51-65 is another sister.


Achadh' a Bhraigh 51-19

John MacLeod           Head         Mar.  51      Tailor
Margret   Do.          Wife         Mar      45
Alexander  Do          Son                14
Margaret   Do.         Daur.                 11
Catharine  Do.         Daur.                  8
Mary       Do.         Daur.                  5
Notes on this Household:

This Household is on Page 6 of Enumeration District 7. Community in this census not named, but from earlier and later censuses it is certainly Achadh' a Bhraigh. All marked as born at Lochbroom.

In the 1841 census this family was at Achadh' a Bhraigh 41-3. In 1861 the Achadh' a Bhraigh families were enumerated at Acheninver, this family appears there at Acheninver 61-2.

This family is in the 1871 census at Achadh'a Bhraigh 71-93. That census shows John was born at Inverpolly, and Margaret at Dornie (John's death registration gives Margaret's maiden surname as McLeod).

John testifies in 1862 in a case between the government and the Cromartie family regarding salmon fishing in Coigach. His age given then is 66, which agrees with his death registered as 2 April, 1873 aged 77. The death registration lists his parents as Alexander McLeod and Peggie McLeod, Informant was his son Alexander.

The 1862 testimony says his father was joint tenant of the lands of Inverpolly direct from the Cromartie family, and tenant for seven or eight years of the salmon fishings on the River Polly from Captain Kenneth MacKenzie, a tenant of Cromartie till about 1809. The testimony has the father and family moving to Badenscallie in 1814. A brother of John, Alexander, settled there, and can be seen in this census with his family at Badenscallie 51-24.


Achadh' a Bhraigh 51-20

Angus MacLeod          Head         U.    35      Subtenant (of 1 Acre)
Catharine  Do.         Sister       U.       37
John       Do.         Brother      U.    31      Fisherman
Donald     Do.         Nephew       U.    18      Ag Lab
Ann        Do.         Niece                 10   Scholar
Notes on this Household:

This Household is on Page 6 of Enumeration District 7. Community in this census not named, but from earlier and later censuses it is certainly Achadh' a Bhraigh. All marked as born at Lochbroom.

In the 1841 census the three siblings were at Achadh' a Bhraigh 41-2. In 1861 the Achadh' a Bhraigh families were enumerated at Acheninver, this family appears there at Acheninver 61-1.


Achadh' a Bhraigh 51-21

Donald Campbell        Head         Mar.  44      Shoemaker
Janet     Do           Wife         Mar      39
                     -- page break
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Barbra Campbell        Daur         U.       16
Martha    Do.          Daur                   5
Notes on this Household:

This Household is on Pages 6 and 7 of Enumeration District 7. Community in this census not named, but from earlier and later censuses it is certainly Achadh' a Bhraigh. Donald and Barbara marked as born at Lochbroom, Janet at Assynt, and Martha at Wick in Caithness.

Cannot yet clearly see this family in other censuses!


Achadh' a Bhraigh 71-91

Roderick Campbell      Head         Mar   39      Salmon Fisher
Barbara     Do         Wife         Mar      29
William     Do         Son                 3
Angus        Do        Son                 1
Notes on this Household:

This Household is on Page 20 of Enumeration District 1. Community in this census spelled as "Achbhrae". All marked as born at Coigach.

In the 1861 census Barbara was with her Grant family at Acheninver 61-5. Her family is in this census at Achadh' a Bhraigh 71-95.

The civil registration index shows the marriage of Roderick Campbell to Barbara Grant 14 February, 1867, the birth of William 7 January, 1868, and Angus 16 September, 1869.

James Grant at Badenscallie 71-84 was a brother of Barbara.


Achadh' a Bhraigh 71-92

Catherine McLeod       Head         Unm      62   Pauper
Mary        Do        -Nephew-      Niece    24   Attending the Pauper
Notes on this Household:

This Household is on Page 20 of Enumeration District 1. Community in this census spelled as "Achbhrae". Catherine marked as born at Dornie, and Mary at Achbhrae.

Mary's relationship to the Head of Household was listed as Nephew, then crossed out with a different handwriting putting "Niece" in the marital condition column, which seems to have been left blank till then.

I think Catherine was a sister of Margaret McLeod in the next Household, Achadh' a Bhraigh 71-93, both are marked as born at Dornie, and Mary corresponds with a daughter of Margaret and her husband John in the 1861 census at Acheninver 61-2.


Achadh' a Bhraigh 71-93

John McLeod            Head         Mar   75      Tailor
Margaret Do            Wife         Mar      66
Alexr    Do            Son          Unm   32      Ag Lab
Ann      Do            Daur         Unm      28   Domestic Servt
Notes on this Household:

This Household is on Page 20 of Enumeration District 1. Community in this census spelled as "Achbhrae". John marked as born at Inverpolly, Margaret at Dornie, and the children both at Achbhrae (John's death registration gives Margaret's maiden surname as McLeod).

In 1861 the Achadh' a Bhraigh families were enumerated as part of Acheninver, this family was then at Acheninver 61-2.

By 1881 Margaret is Widowed, living with her daughter Ann at Achadh' a Bhraigh 81-3, Alexander is then married to Jane (?) and living in the next Household at Achadh' a Bhraigh 81-4.

John testified in 1862 in a case between the government and the Cromartie family regarding salmon fishing in Coigach. His age given then is 66, which agrees with his age above and his death registered as 2 April, 1873 aged 77. The death registration lists his parents as Alexander McLeod and Peggie McLeod, Informant was his son Alexander.

The 1862 testimony says his father was joint tenant of the lands of Inverpolly direct from the Cromartie family, and tenant for seven or eight years of the salmon fishings on the River Polly from Captain Kenneth MacKenzie, a tenant of Cromartie till about 1809. The testimony has the father and family moving to Badenscallie in 1814. A brother of John, Alexander, settled there, and can be seen in this census with his family at Badenscallie 71-18.

I think Margaret was a sister of Catherine McLeod in the previous Household, Achadh' a Bhraigh 71-92, both are marked as born at Dornie, and the niece of Catherine, Mary, corresponds with a daughter of Margaret and John in the 1861 census.


Achadh' a Bhraigh 71-94

Murdo Campbell         Head         Mar   62      Salmon Fisher
Janet    Do            Wife         Mar      57
Murdo    Do            Son          Unm   26      Ag Lab
Ann      Do            Daur         Unm      23   Dressmaker
Mary     Do            Daur         Unm      16   General Servt
Notes on this Household:

This Household is on Page 20 of Enumeration District 1. Community in this census spelled as "Achbhrae". Murdo (the father) marked as born at Badinscally, the rest at Achadbhrae.

In 1861 the Achadh' a Bhraigh families were enumerated as part of Acheninver, this family was in the 1861 census at Acheninver 61-3.

In the 1881 census Murdo and Janet (as "Jessie") are at Achadh' a Bhraigh 81-2.

Young Murdo marries 9 January, 1873 to Ann McKenzie, they are with three children in the Household next to his parents at Achadh' a Bhraigh 81-1.

Murdo's mother Mary and four siblings are in this census at Badenscallie 71-69, Catherine McLeod at Polglass 71-46, and Donald Campbell at Polglass 71-43 are his siblings.


Achadh' a Bhraigh 71-95

John Grant             Head         Unm   40      Tenant
Donald Do              Brother      Unm   33      Cattle Dealer
Catherine Do           Mother       W        65   Dressmaker
Margret   Do           Sister                35     Do   Do
James     Do           Gr-son             11      Scholar
Notes on this Household:

This Household is on Page 20 of Enumeration District 1. Community in this census spelled as "Achbhrae". All marked as born at Coigach, except James, for whom no ditto marks or other place were filled in!

Though listed as the last Household in Achadh' a Bhraigh, other censuses include this family in the neighboring community of Acheninver; I think the enumerator was uncertain where to place the family, rather than a case of the family moving back and forth.

In the 1861 census this family was at Acheninver 61-5 with Catherine's then living husband, William (a Miller) as Head of Household. In the 1881 census they are at Acheninver 81-4.

A son of Catherine named James Grant is in this census with his second wife at Badenscallie 71-84. Young James above was a son of that James, born 22 October, 1859. He was in the 1861 census with his father and mother at Acheninver 61-4.

A daughter of Catharine, Barbara, married 14 February, 1867 to Roderick Campbell, and is living four households away at Achadh' a Bhraigh 71-91.


Achadh' a Bhraigh 81-1

Murdo Campbell         Head         Mar   35      Crofter and Fisher
Ann     do             Wife         Mar      30   Crofters Wife
Angus   do             Son          Unm    7      Scholar
Murdo   do             Son                 3      Infant
Ann     do             Daur                   1   Infant
Notes on this Household:

This Household is on Page 5 of Enumeration District 1. Community in this census spelled as "Achavrae". All marked as born at Lochbroom.

In the 1871 census Murdo with his parents and two sisters was at Achadh' a Bhraigh 71-94, in this census his parents are in the next Household at Achadh' a Bhraigh 81-2. By time of the 1891 census Murdo has died, Ann with seven children then at Achadh' a Bhraigh 91-18.

The Civil Registration Index records the marriage 9 January, 1873 of Murdo Campbell to Ann McKenzie, and the birth of Angus to that couple 11 October, 1873.


Achadh' a Bhraigh 81-2

Murdo Campbell         Head         Mar   70      Crofter
Jessie   do            Wife         Mar      65   Crofters Wife
Notes on this Household:

This Household is on Page 5 of Enumeration District 1. Community in this census spelled as "Achavrae". Both are marked as born at Lochbroom.

In the 1871 census Murdo and Jessie (as "Janet") were at Achadh' a Bhraigh 71-94. Their son Murdo married in 1873 to Ann McKenzie and is in this census in the previous Household at Achadh' a Bhraigh 81-1. In the 1891 census neither Murdo or Jessie is at Achadh' a Bhraigh, perhaps they both die before then.

Murdo's mother Mary died since the last census, but he does have five siblings at Badenscallie 81-23, Catherine MacLeod at Polglass 81-15, and Donald Campbell at Polglass 81-2 are also siblings.


Achadh' a Bhraigh 81-3

Margret McLeod         Head         Wid.     75   Pauper
Ann       do.          Daur.        Unm.     35   Servant Domestic
Notes on this Household:

This Household is on Page 5 of Enumeration District 1. Community in this census spelled as "Achavrae". Both are marked as born at Lochbroom.

In the 1871 census these two were at Achadh' a Bhraigh 71-93 with Margaret's then living husband John as Head of Household. With them then was also a son Alexander, who has since married, and is in this census as Head of the next Household, Achadh' a Bhraigh 81-4. In the 1891 census these two, with another daughter of Margret and a granddaughter, are at Achadh' a Bhraigh 91-19

Margret's husband John died 2 April, 1873 aged listed as 77, his death registration lists her maiden surname as also McLeod.

I think Margret was a sister of Cathrine McLeod two Households away at Achadh' a Bhraigh 81-5.


Achadh' a Bhraigh 81-4

Alexander McLeod       Head         Mar.  40      Crofter
Jane        do.        Wife         Mar      23   Crofters Wife
Notes on this Household:

This Household is on Page 5 of Enumeration District 1. Community in this census spelled as "Achavrae". Both are marked as born at Lochbroom.

In the 1871 census Alexander was with his parents and sister at Achadh' a Bhraigh 71-93, his Widowed mother and his sister are in this census in the previous Household at Achadh' a Bhraigh 81-3. In the 1891 census this couple with six children is at Achadh' a Bhraigh 91-20.

Jane's Maiden Surname was MacLean, noted in the 18 September, 1893 death of a six day old child.

I think Cathrine McLeod in the next Household, Achadh' a Bhraigh 81-5, was a sister of Alexander's mother.


Achadh' a Bhraigh 81-5

Cathrine McLeod        Head         Unm.     74   Pauper
Notes on this Household:

This Household is on Page 5 of Enumeration District 1. Community in this census spelled as "Achavrae". Cathrine is marked as born at Lochbroom.

In the 1871 census Cathrine was at Achadh' a Bhraigh 71-92 with an unmarried niece Mary McLeod. In the 1891 census Cathrine is at Achadh' a Bhraigh 91-21.

I think Cathrine was a sister of Margret McLeod two Households away at Achadh' a Bhraigh 81-3, and Alexander in the previous Household, Achadh' a Bhraigh 81-4, was a nephew.


Achadh' a Bhraigh 91-18

Ann Campbell           head         W        43   Crofter
Angus  Do              son          unm   17        Do   son
Mary   Do              daur         unm      15     Do   daur
Murdo   Do             son                13      scholar
Ann     Do             daur                  11      Do
Jessie   Do             Do                    8      Do
John     Do            son                 5
Aliick.n. Do           daur                   3
Notes on this Household:

This Household is on Page 6 of Enumeration District 1. Community in this census spelled as "Achabhrae".

In the 1881 census this family was at Achadh' a Bhraigh 81-1, Ann's husband Murdoch then Head of Household.

The Civil Registration Index records the marriage 9 January, 1873 of Murdo Campbell to Ann McKenzie, and the birth of Angus to that couple 11 October, 1873.


Achadh' a Bhraigh 91-19

Peggy McLeod           Head         W        87   Pauper
Ann     Do             daur         unm      37     Do
Mary    Do              Do           Do      43   Gen Serv (unemployed)
Maggy McKenzie         grandaur              10   Scholar
Notes on this Household:

This Household is on Page 6 of Enumeration District 1. Community in this census spelled as "Achabhrae". Occupation for Maggy was noted as "Gen Serv (Dom) (unemployed)" then struck out and replaced by "Scholar".

In the 1881 census this Peggy and Ann were at Achadh' a Bhraigh 81-3.

Alexander McLeod in the next Household, Achadh' a Bhraigh 91-20, is a son of Peggy.


Achadh' a Bhraigh 91-20

Alexander McLeod       Head         Mar   54      Crofter
Jane       Do          wife         mar      35
Maggy      Do          daur                   9   Scholar
Mary       Do           Do                    7     Do
Bella      Do           Do                    6     Do
John       Do          Son                 4
Kenina     Do          daur                   3
Kate       Do                                 1
Notes on this Household:

This Household is on Page 6 of Enumeration District 1. Community in this census spelled as "Achabhrae". Initial letter of "Kenina" might be mistranscribed, civil registration might confirm.

In the 1881 census Alexander and Jane were at Achadh' a Bhraigh 81-4.

Peggy McLeod in the previous Household, Achadh' a Bhraigh 91-19, is mother of Alexander.

Jane's Maiden Surname was MacLean, noted in the 18 September, 1893 death of a six day old child.

I think Catharine McLeod in the next Household, Achadh' a Bhraigh 91-21, was a sister of Alexander's mother.


Achadh' a Bhraigh 91-21

Catharine McLeod       Head         unm      80   Pauper
Notes on this Household:

This Household is on Page 6 of Enumeration District 1. Community in this census spelled as "Achabhrae".

In the 1881 census Catherine was at Achadh' a Bhraigh 81-5.


Achduart

Achduart was a small community of seven households on the south side of Coigach, its nearest neighbors are at Culnacraig, and at Achnancarnian.

NC0503 : Achduart by Anne Burgess
Achduart
  Copyright Anne Burgess and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

I cannot find any reference to the english meaning of the name Achduart, but in 1820 records it was spelled Achdubhaird, which closely translates as; field at the dark promontory.


Other christenings at Achduart in the Parish Register include;



Achduart 41-1

Simon McLeod                              20      Crofter
Donald   do.                              15
Allan    do.                              10
Roderick do.                               2
Isabella do.                                 40
Katharine do.                                14
Cursty    do.                                 8
Murdoch   do.                          4 months
Notes on this Household:

All born in RossShire.

In the 1851 census this family is at Achduart 51-5.

I think Isabella is a widow in this census, there is a tablestone inscription in the Badenscallie burial ground that says Roderick McLeod of Achduart died 13 May, 1836 aged 37, the same stone lists Simon above as his son, and says Simon died 28 February, 1855 aged 34. By time of the next census Isabella has remarried, to a Donald McLeod. Possibly at time of this census she has already remarried, given the age of the two youngest children above....

The 1851 and later censuses suggest that young Allan above was named Alexander; probably I have mistranscribed it here.

I think young Donald above is in the 1861 census at Achduart 61-6.

I suspect this family is related to the family in the next Household (Achduart 41-2). Young Margaret Robertson there marries Neil McLeod and names one of her sons Simon the same year Simon above dies.

Isabella was an ancestor of Heather Munsel through young Roderick above. Roderick marries Isabella MacKenzie at Ullapool in 1867, and dies in 1899.

There are three christenings in the Parish Register at Achduart to a father named Roderick, that are probably siblings of Simon above;


Achduart 41-2

Roderick MacRae                           35      Crofter
William      do.                           9
Mary         do.                              7
Isabella     do.                              4
Katharine Robertson                          20
Margaret     do.                             15
Mary         do.                             14
Jannet       do                              13
Margt McLeod                                 45
Mary                                         55
Notes on this Household:

All born in RossShire. No ditto or different surname given for the third Mary, so I assume it to be McLeod.

This family is in the 1851 census at Achduart 51-9. Margaret McLeod there is shown to be wife of Roderick. She was widow of William Robertson, and it looks like she and Roderick named one of their sons to honour her first husband.

The Parish Register includes the marriage 1 February, 1820 of William Robertson of Badinscally to Margaret McLeod of Culnacraig. Also listed are the christening at Achduart to William Robertson of the following children;

  1. Donald, christened 26 April, 1822,
  2. Margaret, christened 20 December, 1823,
  3. Mary, christened 22 November, 1825,
  4. Janet, christened 21 June, 1827.

Margaret Robertson marries 23 March, 1848 to Neil MacLeod, who is in this census at Achnahaird 41-7, they are still living with this family in the next census. Margaret names one of her children Simon, and so I suspect she is related to the MacLeods in the previous Household (Achduart 41-1), which also has a Simon MacLeod as son.

Janet "Jessie" Robertson marries 18 January, 1849 to Donald Fraser of Achiltibuie. Donald is in this census at Achiltibuie 41-31 with six of his siblings. In the 1851 census Donald and Janet (with two of Donald's then unmarried brothers) are at Achiltibuie 51-77.

Roderick's death is registered as 1873 at Achduart, the registration confirms Margaret as Maiden Surname MacLeod, notes he was a Catechist, and notes his parents had been William McRae, Catechist, and Esabella, Maiden Surname also McRae.


Achduart 41-3

Kenneth McLean                            45      Crofter
Murdoch    do.                            20
John       do.                            20
Allan      do.                            15
Alexander  do.                             5
Annabella   do                               14
Cursty      do                                8
Janet       do                               45
Notes on this Household:

All born in RossShire.

In 1851 this family is at Achduart 51-6.

Kenneth and Janet ("Jane") were gt-gt-grandparents of George MacLean of Inverness, through their son Murdoch. Before George's recent death he provided lots of info from his research on this family, George will be greatly missed! I have contact info for his son, also named George, but genealogy is not his own hobby.

Among info George discovered was Kenneth's death registration 28 May, 1855. It says Kenneth was born about 1797 at Inverpolly to parents John MacLean and Christine MacLeod, he moved to Achduart about 1815 and lived there the rest of his life.

Janet is I think the "Jane MacKenzie" of Badenscalie who married 6 April, 1818 to Kenneth MacLean there.

Jane's Widowed father Allan McKenie along with her Widowed sister Margaret McLeod and two nephews is in this census at Badenscallie 41-5. Isabella Stewart at Badenscallie 41-14, and Ann McLeod at Badenscallie 41-24 are also sisters of Jane, they all named one of their sons Allan. The sisters Jane and Isabella are shown in the 1871 census as born at Strathcanaird. The mother of Ann and her sisters is listed in their father Allan's death registration as having been Mary McDonald, likely part of the Strathcanaird MacDonald family.

Murdoch with occupation listed as "Labourer" marries 2 March, 1848 to Mary Campbell resident at Acheninver, daughter of Evander Campbell, Miller there. Mary is in this census with her family at Achnancarian 41-1 (Mary's father married second to Flora McLeod of Reiff, sister of a gt-gt-grandmother of myself, Donald MacDonald-Ross; CONTACT INFO). In the 1851 census Murdoch and Mary with children and relatives are at Achnancarian 51-10.

Annabella does not show up with her parents in the 1851 census. She marries 5 February, 1852 to Angus McLeod, who is in this census at Achadh' a Bhraigh 41-2. They are in Achduart in the 1861 census at Achduart 61-1.

John's christening to father Kenneth McLean was registered 8 January 1821 at Achduairt. He marries 19 February, 1863 to Mary McLeod of Achiltibuie. That Mary was a sister of Alexander MacLeod, a gt-grandfather of Kate Ferris who now lives on Lewis (CONTACT INFO). Mary and Alexander with their parents and other relatives are in this census at Culnacraig 41-3.


Achduart 41-4

Katharine McKenzie                           40   Crofter
John        do.                              13
Notes on this Household:

Both born in RossShire. Though John's age was written in the column for females, I think it likely he was a male and it was a mistake not caught by the enumerator, and carried on down to the bottom of the page where totals were made.


Achduart 51-5

Donald MacLeod         Head         Mar.  47      Subtenant (of 2 Acres)
Isabella  Do.          Wife         Mar.     55
Catharine  Do.         Daur.        U.       15
Roderick   Do.         Son                12      Scholar
Murdo      Do.         Son                 9
Simon      Do.         Stepson      U.    30      Fisherman
Alexander  Do.         Stepson      U.    19          Do.
Chirsty    Do.         StepDaur.    U.       17
Notes on this Household:

This Household is on Page 2 of Enumeration District 7. No community name was listed by the enumerator, but from earlier and later censuses I am sure this is Achduart! All are marked as born in Lochbroom.

In the 1841 census this family was at Achduart 41-1. In 1861 they are at Achduart 61-7.

Isabella's maiden surname was Stewart.

Donald and Isabella were ancestors of Heather Munsel through their son Roderick above, who married Isabella MacKenzie at Ullapool in 1867, and who died in 1899.


Achduart 51-6

Kenneth MacLean        Head         Mar   58      Subtenant(of 2and1/2 Acres)
Jean     Do.           Wife         Mar      60
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Allan MacLean          Son          U.    27      Fisherman
Chirsty Do.            Daur.        U.       17
Alexander Do.          Son                14      Scholar
Notes on this Household:

This Household is on Page 2 and 3 of Enumeration District 7. No community name was listed by the enumerator, but from earlier and later censuses I am sure this is Achduart! All are marked as born in Lochbroom.

In 1841 this family was at Achduart 41-3, In 1861 they are at Achduart 61-4.

Jean is I think the "Jane MacKenzie" of Badenscalie who married 6 April 1818 to Kenneth MacLean there.

Kenneth and Jean ("Jane" or "Janet" in some records) are gt-gt-grandparents of George MacLean of Inverness, (CONTACT INFO), through their son Murdoch. George has provided lots of info on this family, including details from Kenneth's death registration 28 May, 1855. Kenneth was born about 1797 at Inverpolly to parents John MacLean and Christine MacLeod, he moved to Achduart about 1815 and lived there the rest of his life.

The son Murdoch with occupation listed as "Labourer" married 2 March 1848 to Mary Campbell resident at Acheninver, daughter of Evander Campbell, Miller there. In this census Murdoch and Mary with children and relatives are at Achnancarian 51-10.

Allan above marries 17 January, 1861 to Catharine, also surnamed McLean! Catharine is in this census with her family at Altandhu 51-110. In the 1861 census Allan and Catharine are living next to Allan's mother and siblings at Achduart 61-5.

A daughter of Kenneth and Jean named Annabella is not here with the family in 1851. Annabella marries 5 February, 1852 to Angus McLeod, who is in this census at Achadh' a Bhraigh 51-20. Annabella and Angus are in Achduart in the 1861 census at Achduart 61-1.

A son of Kenneth and Jean named John is also not here in this census. John's christening to father Kenneth McLean was registered 8 January, 1821 at Achduairt. He marries 19 February, 1863 to Mary McLeod of Achiltibuie. That Mary was a sister of Alexander MacLeod, a gt-grandfather of Kate Ferris who now lives on Lewis (CONTACT INFO). Mary and Alexander with their parents and other relatives were in the 1841 census at Culnacraig 41-3.


Achduart 51-7

James Stewart          Head         Mar   52      Tinsmith
Jean     Do.           Wife         Mar      44
Jean     Do.           U.                    17
John     Do.           Son                16      Tinsmith (App)
Clemethina Do.         Daur.                 14
Peter      Do.         Son                13
James      Do.         Son                 9
Susan      Do.         Daur.                  3
Ewan       Do.         Son                 1
Notes on this Household:

This Household is on Page 3 of Enumeration District 7. No community name was listed by the enumerator, but from earlier and later censuses I am sure this is Achduart! All are marked as born in Lochbroom.

Cannot find this family in the O.P.R., or earlier or later censuses! However, the names look similar to Stewarts in Badenscallie. The next Household also has a Tinsmith, likely in business with these Stewarts, see Achduart 51-8.


Achduart 51-8

John Macdonald         Head         Mar.  30      Tinsmith
Mary      Do           Wife         Mar.     23
Janet     Do.          Daur.                  4
Notes on this Household:

This Household is on Page 3 of Enumeration District 7. No community name was listed by the enumerator, but from earlier and later censuses I am sure this is Achduart! All are marked as born in Lochbroom.

I cannot clearly see this family in other records, though it is possible John is the son of the Blacksmith at Badenscallie, see the 1841 census there at Badenscallie 41-11.

The Stewart Household just previous (Achduart 51-7), includes two other Tinsmiths, probably partners of John.


Achduart 51-9

Roderick Macrae        Head         Mar   48      Subtenant(of 3 and 1/2 Acres)
Margret    Do.         Wife         Mar.     56
William      Do.       Son          U.    19
Mary         Do.       Daur.        U.       17
Bell         Do.       Daur.                 14   Scholar
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Niel MacLeod           Soninlaw     Mar.  38      Fisherman
Margret   Do.          Daur.        Mar.     27
Ann       Do.          GrandDaur              2
Hugh      Do.          Visitor      Mar.  40      Tenant
Donald Graham          Nephew             10      Errand boy
Notes on this Household:

This Household is on Pages 3 and 4 of Enumeration District 7. No community name was listed by the enumerator, but from earlier and latercensuses I am sure this is Achduart. All are marked as born in Lochbroom.

In the 1841 census this family was at Achduart 41-2. In 1861 they are at Achduart 61-2 with William married to a woman named Catherine.

Neil McLeod, a Tenant at Achnahaird, married 23 March, 1848 to Margaret Robertson of Achduart, daughter of William Robertson there. Neil was in the 1841 census with his family at Achnahaird 41-7.

Neil and Margaret raise their family at Achnahaird, they are in the next census at Achnahaird 61-2. In this census Neil's Widowed father and other relatives are at Achnahaird 51-54.

Roderick's death is registered as 1873 at Achduart, the registration confirms Margaret as Maiden Surname MacLeod, notes he was a Catechist, and notes his parents had been William McRae, Catechist, and Esabella, Maiden Surname also McRae.


Achduart 61-1

Angus MacLeod          Head         Mar   45      Fisherman
Anabella  Do.          Wife         Mar      34
Kenneth    Do          Son                 5      Scholar
Murdo      Do.         Son                 2
Catherine  Do.         Dau                    8   Scholar
Notes on this Household:

This Household is on Page 21 of Enumeration District 6. All are listed as born at Lochbroom.

In the 1841 census Anabella was with her McLean family at Achduart 41-3. Her Widowed mother and other relatives are in this census at Achduart 61-4.

Angus and Anabella married 5 February, 1852. The I.G.I. lists six children born to this couple;

  1. Kenneth, born 6 October, 1855,
  2. unnamed male, born 7 August, 1857, died 15 August, 1857,
  3. Murdoch, born 28 August, 1858,
  4. Margaret, born 21 June, 1860,
  5. Simon, born 10 September, 1862,
  6. William, born 13 January, 1865.

In this census Anabella's mother and three siblings are at Achduart 61-4, and her brother Allan is at Achduart 61-5.


Achduart 61-2

Roderick McRae         Head         Mar   58      Tenant
Margaret McRae         Wife         Mar      65
William   Do           Son          Mar   29      Tenant
Catherine Do.          Dau in Law   Mar      25
Mary McLeod            GrandChild             5   Scholar
Henny  Do              Servant      Un       20   Domestic Servant
Notes on this Household:

This Household is on Page 21 of Enumeration District 6. Roderick and Catherine listed as born at Assynt, the rest born at Coigach.

In the 1841 census this family was at Achduart 41-2. In the 1871 census William and Catherine are at Achduart 71-102.

Though Roderick and Catherine are not at Achduart in the 1871 census, they were probably still residents, as Roderick dies there 1873. His Death Registration notes Margaret had been Maiden Surname MacLeod, and his parents had been another William MacRae, and Isabella, Maiden Surname MacRae. Interesting that registration notes both Roderick and his father William had been Catechists.

Margaret was married first to William Robertson, and it looks like she and Roderick named one of their sons to honour her first husband. The Parish Register includes the marriage 1 February, 1820 of William Robertson of Badinscally to Margaret McLeod of Culnacraig. With this family in the 1841 census with this family were several Robertson children from her first marriage.

I.G.I. has marriage of William McRae to Catherine McLeod 21 March, 1861, shortly before this census! This is shown to be the correct couple, as also listed are the births of five matching children to that couple.


Achduart 61-3

Ann McLeod             Head         Un       69   Pauper Formerly Domestic 
                                                                    Servant
Notes on this Household:

This Household is on Page 21 of Enumeration District 6. Ann is listed as born at Coigach.

Cannot clearly find Ann in other censuses. I suspect she was related to either the preceeding or following families, and living in a humble cottage on their lot.


Achduart 61-4

Jane McLean            Head         Wi.      60   Tenant's Widow
John   Do.             Son          Un    36      Tenant
Alexander Do           Son          Un    32      Tenant
Christina Do           Dau          Un       24   Domestic Servant
Alexr.    Do.          Servant            10      Herd Boy
Notes on this Household:

This Household is on Page 21 of Enumeration District 6. All listed as born at Coigach.

In the 1851 census this family was at Achduart 51-6. In 1871 they are at Achduart 71-104, Jane is still alive then, though she seems to age two decades in the next ten years!

Jane's husband was Kenneth MacLean, their marriage registration 6 April 1818 says her maiden surname was McKenzie, and they were both resident at Badenscallie. Though they seem to have been at Achduart at least since 8 January, 1821 when John was christened, and the 1871 census says Jane was born at Strathcanaird.

Kenneth and Jane ("Jean" or "Janet" in some records) are gt-gt-grandparents of George MacLean of Inverness, (CONTACT INFO), through their son Murdoch. George has provided lots of info on this family, including details from Kenneth's death registration 28 May, 1855. Kenneth was born about 1797 at Inverpolly to parents John MacLean and Christine MacLeod, he moved to Achduart about 1815 and lived there the rest of his life.

The son Murdoch with occupation listed as "Labourer" married 2 March 1848 to Mary Campbell resident at Acheninver, daughter of Evander Campbell, Miller there. In this census Murdoch and Mary with children and relatives are at Acheninver 61-12.

Allan McLean in the next Household (Achduart 61-5) is another son of Jane, possibly a small house on the same lot? Allan married a few months before this census, 17 January, 1861 to Catharine, also surnamed McLean!

Anabella MacLeod at Achduart 61-1 is another child of Jane.

The christening of John above to father Kenneth McLean was registered 8 January, 1821 at Achduairt. John marries 19 February, 1863 to Mary McLeod of Achiltibuie at Ullapool. In the 1881 census John and Mary are at Achduart 81-4 with seven children. That Mary was a sister of Alexander MacLeod, a gt-grandfather of Kate Ferris who now lives on Lewis (CONTACT INFO). Mary and Alexander with their parents and other relatives were in the 1841 census at Culnacraig 41-3.


Achduart 61-5

Allan McLean           Head         Mar   34      Tenant
Catherine Do.          Wife         Mar      29
Notes on this Household:

This Household is on Page 21 of Enumeration District 6. Both listed as born at Coigach.

In the 1851 census Allan was at Achduart 51-6, in 1871 he and Catharine are at Achduart 71-103 with four children.

Allan's father Kenneth has died since the 1841 census, but his mother Jane, and three siblings are in the previous Household, Achduart 61-4. One of his sisters, Anabella, is married to Angus MacLeod, and living a few households away at Achduart 61-1.

Allan and Catherine were married a few months before this census, 17 January, 1861, and I wonder if they were living in a cottage on his mother's lot? Catherine was a McLean from Altandhu, she was in the 1851 census with her family at Altandhu 51-110.


Achduart 61-6

Donald McLeod          Head         Mar   28      Fisherman
Jane    Do             Wife         Mar      30
Roderick Do            Son                 5      Scholar
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Mary McLeod            Dau                    7   Scholar
Notes on this Household:

This Household is on Page 21 and 22 of Enumeration District 6. All listed as born at Coigach. Though Donald is listed as 28, I think there was a transcription error at some point, and his age should read 38, as he was 15 to 19 years old in the 1841 census at Achduart 41-1, and this family in the 1871 census at Achduart 71-105 list his age then as 47

The death of Jane is registered as 1887 at Achduart, aged 67 years, married to Donald McLeod, Weaver. Her parents are noted as having been Neil McLeod, Farmer, and Catherine, Maiden Surname Matheson. She can be seen with her family as a child at North Kenachulish 41-1.

The I.G.I. lists the marriage 24 November, 1852 of Donald McLeod to Jane McLeod. Also listed are the births of several of their children;

  1. Roderick, born 4 August, 1855,
  2. Catherine, born 15 September, 1857,
  3. Neil, born 21 August, 1859,
  4. Simon, born 15 July, 1861,
  5. Neil, born 21 August, 1863,
  6. Isabella, born 27 August, 1866,
  7. Alexanderina, born 9 August, 1870,
  8. Alexander, born 21 February, 1873.

The neighboring Household at Achduart 61-7 has Donald's parents and some siblings.


Achduart 61-7

Donald McLeod          Head         Mar   58      Tennant
Isabella  Do.          Wife         Mar      60
Alexander Do.          Son          Unm   28      Fisherman
Roderick  Do.          Son          Unm   21      Fisherman
Murdoch   Do.          Son          Unm   18      Fisherman
Christina  Do.         Daur         Unm      26   Domestic Servant
Notes on this Household:

This Household is on Page 22 of Enumeration District 6. All listed as born at Coigach.

In the 1851 census this family was at Achduart 51-5. In 1871 they are at Achduart 71-106, that listing says Donald was born at Dornie, and Margaret at Shiniscaig.

Donald and Isabella were ancestors of Heather Munsel through their son Roderick above, who married Isabella MacKenzie at Ullapool in 1867, and who died in 1899. In the 1871 census Roderick and Isabella are living next to his parents at Achduart 71-107.

Donald in the previous Household at Achduart 61-6 is also a son of this Household.


Achduart 71-102

William McRae          Head         Mar   38      Tenant
Cathrine  Do           Wife         Mar      34
Mary      Do           Daur                   9   Scholar
Neil      Do           Son                 7         Do
Maggy     Do           Daur                   4
Roderick  Do           Son                 2
Cathrine   Do          Daur                  11m
Ann McLeod                                   17   General Servant
Notes on this Household:

This Household appears on page 22 of Enumeration District #1. All are marked as born at Achduart, except Ann McLeod at "Riff".

In the 1861 census this family was at Achduart 61-2, with William's parents. In the 1881 census William and Catherine with 6 children are at Achduart 81-6.

I.G.I. has marriage of William McRae to Catherine McLeod 21 March, 1861, also listed are the births of five children to this couple;

  1. Neil born 15 June, 1864,
  2. Margaret born 25 June, 1866,
  3. Roderick born 18 July, 1868,
  4. Catherine born 18 April, 1870,
  5. Angus born 24 April, 1874.

William's father Roderick dies 21 June, 1873 at Achduart, cannot see him in this census, but in 1861 William's family was with Roderick and his wife. William as Informant of Roderick's Death Registration notes his mother Margaret had been Maiden Surname MacLeod, and Roderick's parents had been another William MacRae, and Isabella, Maiden Surname MacRae. Interesting that registration notes both Roderick and his father William had been Catechists.

Not certain if Ann McLeod is related to the McRaes. She was in the 1861 census at Reiff 61-25.


Achduart 71-103

Alan McLean            Head         Mar   47      Tenant
Catherine Do           Wife         Mar      33
Kenneth    Do          Son                 9      Scholar
Alexr      Do          Son                 7        Do
Donald     Do          Son                 5        Do
Murdo      Do          Son                 3
Rachel McLeod          Servant      Unm      17
Notes on this Household:

This Household appears on page 22 of Enumeration District #1. All are marked as born at Achduart, except Catherine at Altandow, and Rachel McLeod on Isle Ristol.

Allan and Catharine were in the 1861 census at Achduart 61-5. In 1881 they are at Achduart 81-5 with nine children!

Allan McLean married 17 January, 1861 to Catharine, also surnamed McLean! Catherine was a McLean from Altandhu, she was in the 1851 census there with her family at Altandhu 51-110.

Allan's mother, Jane, is in the next Household, the home of his brother John, see Achduart 71-104.

In the 1861 census Rachel McLeod was with her family at Ristol 61-2, the family is in this census at Faochag 71-79. Her father John MacLeod was from Altandhu, I wonder if there was some relationship to Catherine McLean above?


Achduart 71-104

John McLean            Head         Mar   50      Tenant
Mary   Do              Wife         Mar      34
Kenneth Do             Son                 7      Scholar
Isabella Do            Daur                   2
Jane     Do            Mother                80   Tenants Mother
Margret McLeod         Servant      Unm      17   General Servant
Notes on this Household:

This Household appears on page 23 of Enumeration District #1. John, Kenneth, and Isabella marked as born at Achduart, Mary and Margaret at Achiltibuie, and Jane at Strathcanaird.

This family was in the 1861 census at Achduart 61-4, with Jane's age then listed as 60! In the 1881 census John and Mary are at Achduart 81-4 with seven children.

Jane dies 27 April, 1873 at Achduart, "age 81 years", Informant her son Allan. The registration says her parents had been Allan McKenzie, Miller, and Annabella, Maiden Surname McKenzie.

Jane's husband noted in her death registration had been Kenneth MacLean, their marriage registration 6 April, 1818 confirms her maiden surname was McKenzie, and they were both resident then at Badenscallie. Though they seem to have been at Achduart at least since 8 January, 1821 when John was christened, and this census says Jane was born at Strathcanaird.

Kenneth and Jane ("Jean" or "Janet" in some records) are gt-gt-grandparents of George MacLean of Inverness, (CONTACT INFO), through their son Murdoch. George has provided lots of info on this family, including details from Kenneth's death registration 28 May, 1855. Kenneth was born about 1797 at Inverpolly to parents John MacLean and Christine MacLeod, he moved to Achduart about 1815 and lived there the rest of his life.

The son of Kenneth and Jane named Murdoch that George descends from with occupation listed as "Labourer" married 2 March, 1848 to Mary Campbell resident at Acheninver, daughter of Evander Campbell, Miller there. In this census Murdoch has died, but Mary with five children is at Achnancarnan 71-101.

John and Mary married 19 February, 1863, Mary was a McLeod from Ullapool.

Allan McLean in the previous Household (Achduart 71-103) is another son of Jane, clearly named for her father, possibly a small house on the same lot?

A daughter of Jane named Anabella married Angus MacLeod and was in the 1861 census at Achduart 61-1, but I cannot see them in this census.

The christening of John above to father Kenneth McLean was registered 8 January, 1821 at Achduairt. John married 19 February, 1863 to Mary McLeod of Achiltibuie at Ullapool. Mary was a sister of Alexander MacLeod, a gt-grandfather of Kate Ferris who now lives on Lewis (CONTACT INFO). Mary and Alexander with their parents and other relatives were in the 1841 census at Culnacraig 41-3.


Achduart 71-105

Donald McLeod          Head         Mar   47      Worsted Weaver
Jane    Do             Wife         Mar      40
Roderick Do            Son          Unm.  15      Scholar
Simon    Do            Son                 9        Do
Neil     Do            Son                 7
Isabella Do            Daur                   4
Alexina  Do            Daur                  6m
Notes on this Household:

This Household appears on page 23 of Enumeration District #1. Jane marked as born at Kanchilish RossShire, the others at Achduart.

This family was in the 1861 census at Achduart 61-6. The 1881 census two of the children are at Achduart 81-3, but the parents are then visiting a Stewart family at Polglass 81-8 (I think the wife in that Household, Cathrine Stewart, is a sister of Donald).

The death of Jane is registered as 1887 at Achduart, aged 67 years, married to Donald McLeod, Weaver. Her parents are noted as having been Neil McLeod, Farmer, and Catherine, Maiden Surname Matheson. She can be seen with her family as a child at North Kenachulish 41-1.

The I.G.I. lists the marriage 24 November, 1852 of Donald McLeod to Jane McLeod. Also listed are the births of several of their children;

  1. Roderick, born 4 August, 1855,
  2. Catherine, born 15 September, 1857,
  3. Neil, born 21 August, 1859,
  4. Simon, born 15 July, 1861,
  5. Neil, born 21 August, 1863,
  6. Isabella, born 27 August, 1866,
  7. Alexanderina, born 9 August, 1870,
  8. Alexander, born 21 February, 1873.

The next Household at Achduart 71-106 has Donald's parents and some other relatives.


Achduart 71-106

Donald McLeod          Head         Mar   63      Owners of Land
Isabella Do.           Wife         Mar      80
Murdo    Do            Son          Unm   29      Seaman
Christina Do           Daur         Unm      35   Owners of Land Daughter
Rodrick Campbell       Nephew             10      Scholar
Roderick McLeod        Lodger       Unm   18      Teacher
Notes on this Household:

This Household appears on page 23 of Enumeration District #1. Donald marked as born at Dornie, Isabella at Shiniscaig, Murdo and Christina at Achduart, Roderick Campbell at Achninver, and Roderick McLeod at Plocton, Lochalsh.

This family was in the 1861 census at Achduart 61-7. In 1881 they are at Achduart 81-2, Isabella died between the two censuses.

Donald and Isabella were ancestors of Heather Munsel through their son Roderick who married Isabella MacKenzie at Ullapool in 1867, and who died in 1899. Roderick and Isabella are in the next Household at Achduart 71-107.

Donald McLeod in the previous Household, Achduart 71-105, is also a son of Donald and Isabella.

Young Roderick Campbell ("Rory" in 1861) is a son of Murdoch Campbell and Catherine McLeod at Acheninver 71-97. Catherine was born at Dornie like her brother Donald above.


Achduart 71-107

Rodrick McLeod         Head         Mar   32      Labourer and Fisher
Isabella  Do           Wife         Mar      30
John     Do            Son                 1
Notes on this Household:

This Household appears on page 23 of Enumeration District #1. Roderick marked as born at Coigach, Isabella as at Badinscally, and John at Achduart.

Roderick was in the 1861 census at Achduart 61-7, along with his parents who are in this census at the previous Household, Achduart 71-106. Roderick and Isabella are in the 1881 census at Achduart 81-1.

Roderick and Isabella were ancestors of Heather Munsel. Heather says Roderick died in 1899.

Isabella was marked as a MacKenzie from Ullapool when she and Roderick married in 1867, though this census says she was born at Badinscally.


Achduart 81-1

Roderick McLeod        Head         M     40      Crofter
Isabella   do.         Wife         M        38   Crofters Wife
John      do.          Son                 7      Scholar
Bella     do.          Daur                   5   Scholar
Simon     do.          Son                 2      Infant
Margt.    do.          Daur                  11mo Infant
Notes on this Household:

All born at Lochbroom.

Roderick and Isabella were in the 1871 census at Achduart 71-107.

Roderick's Widowed father Donald is in the next Household at Achduart 81-2.

Young Bella marries Neil MacLeod from Culnacraig in 1900. Neil is in the 1881 census with his grandparents at Culnacraig 81-1. Bella and Neil lived at Achiltibuie, where they had two children before emigrating to Montana in 1906 where they had two more, including the grandmother of Heather Munsel who still lives in Montana.

John has birth registered as "John Alick", 4 May, 1873 at Achduart, the registrations notes his parents Roderick McLeod and Isabella, maiden surname McKenzie were married 1868 at Ullapool, Informant Roderick McKenzie, brother in law of Roderick above.

Margaret marries a MacKenzie, and had four sons at Achduart.

One of the brothers of Roderick, Donald, is away from Achduart this census, but two of his children are at Achduart 81-3. That Donald, with his wife Jane is visiting a Stewart family at Polglass 81-8 (I think the wife there, Cathrine Stewart, was a sister of Donald, and of course Roderick above).


Achduart 81-2

Donald McLeod          Head         W     77      Crofter
Murdo    do.           Son          M     38      Fisherman
Mary     do.           Daur         M        30   Fishermans Wife
Heneretta  do.         GDau                   4   Infant
Mary      do.          GDau                   7mo Infant
Alexander do.          GSon                2      Infant
Notes on this Household:

All born at Lochbroom. Though Mary is marked as "Daur", I think she was wife of Murdo, and actually Daughter in Law of Donald, the Head of Household.

In the 1871 census Donald, his since dead wife Isabella, and several relatives were at Achduart 71-106.

Donald's death is registered as 11 October, 1886 at Achduart aged 79 years, son Roderick the Informant. The registration notes he was Widower of Isabella McLean, and formerly of Kate Gunn. His parents had been Murdo McLeod and Anne, maiden surname McLeod.

Young "Heneratta" above, has death registered a few months after this census, 25 October, 1881 as "Henny", the death registration notes her mother Mary, above, was Maiden Surname MacLean.

Roderick in the previous Household, Achduart 81-1, is a son of Donald. Donald is an ancestor of Heather Munsel in Montana through Roderick.

Another son of Donald, also named Donald, has two of his children in the next Household, Achduart 81-3, though he and his wife are away visiting a Stewart family at Polglass 81-8, I think the wife there, Cathrine Stewart, was a sister of Donald., a daughter of the Widower Donald McLeod Head of this Household.


Achduart 81-3

Neil McLeod            Son          U     18      Labourer (Crofter's Son)
Ketty  do.             Daur         U         4   Inft (Crofter's Daur.)
Notes on this Household:

This Household appears on page 2 of Enumeration District 1. Both are marked as born at Lochbroom. See following notes that explain why no Head of Household is listed.

These two are children of Donald and Janet "Jane" McLeod. The missing parents are in this census at Polglass 81-8 visiting a Stewart family, I think the wife there, Cathrine Stewart, was a sister of Donald. In the 1871 census Donald and Jane with five children were at Achduart 71-105.

The I.G.I. lists the marriage 24 November, 1852 of Donald McLeod to Jane McLeod. Also listed are the births of several of their children;

  1. Roderick, born 4 August, 1855,
  2. Catherine, born 15 September, 1857,
  3. Neil, born 18 August, 1859,
  4. Simon, born 15 July, 1861,
  5. Neil, born 21 October, 1863,
  6. Isabella, born 27 August, 1866,
  7. Alexanderina, born 9 August, 1870,
  8. Alexander, born 21 February, 1873.

Parents of the missing Donald McLeod were another Donald, and Isabella Stewart. Isabella has died since the last census when that family was at Achduart 71-106, but father Donald and several of his siblings are in the previous Household at Achduart 81-2.

A brother of the missing Donald is Roderick, an ancestor of Heather Munsel in Montana. Roderick is two households away at Achduart 81-1.


Achduart 81-4

John McLean            Head         M     60      Crofter
Mary  do.              Wife         M        42   Crofters Wife
Kenneth   do.          Son          U     17      Laborer
Issibella  do.         Daur                  12   Scholar
Alexander  do.         Son                10      Scholar
Jane      do.          Daur                   8   Scholar
Roderick  do.          Son                 6      Scholar
Murdo     do.          Son                 3      Infant
Mary    do.            Daur                   3mo Infant
Notes on this Household:

All born at Lochbroom.

In the 1871 census this family was at Achduart 71-104, in 1891 they are at Achduart 91-8

John was a son of Kenneth and Jane McLean, he was christened 8 January, 1821. His brother Allan is in the next Household (Achduart 81-5). Another brother, Murdoch, was christened 16 June, 1819, and is gt-grandfather of the late George L.F. MacLean at Inverness (CONTACT INFO).

Mary was a MacLeod. The I.G.I. gives birth registrations of the first four children above, all with her maiden surname as "McLeod".

According to the I.G.I., births of the first four children above were registered as;

  1. Kenneth, born 31 January, 1864,
  2. Isabella, born 11 April, 1869,
  3. Alexander, born 4 April, 1871,
  4. Jane, born 10 July, 1873.


Achduart 81-5

Allan McLean           Head         M     57      Fisherman and Crofter
Cathrine do.           Wife         M        43   Crofters Wife
Kenneth  do.           Son          U     19      Labourer
Alexander do.          Son                17      Labourer
Donald   do.           Son                15      Scholar
Murdo    do.           Son                12      Scholar
Mary    do.            Daur                  10   Scholar
Cathrine do.           Daur                   7   Scholar
Roderick do.           Son                 6      Scholar
John     do.           Son                 4      Infant
Jane    do.            Daur                   2   Infant
Notes on this Household:

All born at Lochbroom.

This family was in the 1871 census at Achduart 71-103, in 1891 they are at Achduart 91-9.

Allan was a son of Kenneth and Jane McLean. His brother John is in the previous Household at Achduart 81-4. Another brother, Murdoch, was christened 16 June, 1819, and is gt-grandfather George L.F. MacLean at Inverness (CONTACT INFO).

The I.G.I. records the marriage of Allan McLean to Catherine McLean 17 January, 1861. Births of seven of their children are also listed, and confirm that Catherine's maiden surname was also McLean;

  1. Kenneth, born 6 November, 1861,
  2. Alexander, born 18 June, 1863,
  3. Donald, born 4 February, 1866,
  4. Murdo, born 31 January, 1868,
  5. Mary, born 9 February, 1870,
  6. Mary, born 17 April, 1871 (clearly the child born the year before died young),
  7. Catherine, born 22 March, 1873.


Achduart 81-6

William McRae          Head         M     48      Crofter
Cathrine  do.          Wife         M        44   Crofters Wife
Neil     do.           Son          U     16      Crofters Son
Roderick  do.          Son          U     12      Scholar
Cathrine  do.          Daur                  10   Scholar
John     do.           Son                 8      Scholar
Angus    do.           Son                 6      Scholar
Margret  do.           Daur                   4   Infant
Notes on this Household:

All born at Lochbroom except Cathrine (the wife) who was born at Assynt in Sutherland.

William and Catherine were in the 1871 census at Achduart 71-102, in 1891 this family is at Achduart 91-10.

I.G.I. has marriage of William McRae to Catherine McLeod 21 March, 1861. Also listed are births of five of their children (including an earlier Margaret);

  1. Neil born 15 June, 1864,
  2. Margaret born 25 June, 1866,
  3. Roderick born 18 July, 1868,
  4. Catherine born 18 April, 1870,
  5. Angus born 24 April, 1874.

William's father Roderick died 21 June, 1873 at Achduart, cannot see him in the 1871 census, but in 1861 William's family was with Roderick and his wife at Achduart 61-2. William as Informant of Roderick's Death Registration notes his mother Margaret had been Maiden Surname MacLeod, and Roderick's parents had been another William MacRae, and Isabella, Maiden Surname MacRae. Interesting that registration notes both Roderick and his father William had been Catechists.


Achduart 81-7

Helen Stewart          Head         U        24   Teacher
Henrietta McLeod       Servant      U        17   General Servant
Notes on this Household:

Helen born at Edinburgh, Henrietta at Lochbroom.


Achduart 91-6

Roderick McLeod        Head         Mar   51      Crofter & Fisherman
Isabella   Do          Wife         Mar      49
Simon      Do          Son          Unm   13      Scholar
George     Do          Do                  9        Do
Catherine  Do          daur                   6     Do
Donald     Do          Son                 4
Notes on this Household:

This Household appears on page 2 of Enumeration District #1. All are marked as born in Lochbroom.

In the 1881 census this family was at Achduart 81-1.

The deaths of both Roderick (aged 58 years) and George (aged 14 years) are registered as 26 February, 1897 at Achduart, both struck by lightning, son John the Informant, Isabella ("Bella") noted as maiden surname MacKenzie.


Achduart 91-7

Donald McLeod          Head         Widr  67      Woolen Weaver
Simon   Do             Son          Unm   29      Shepherd (unemployed)
Neil    Do             Son          Unm   27      Crofter
Catherine B. Do        Gran daur    Unm      14   Scholar
Maggy        Do        Serv         Unm      60   Gen Serv (Dom)
Notes on this Household:

This Household appears on page 2 of Enumeration District #1. All are marked as born in Lochbroom.

In the 1881 census this family was at Achduart 81-.


Achduart 91-8

John McLean            Head         Mar   69      Crofter
Mary   Do              Wife         Do       50     Do's Wife
Alexander Do           Son          Unm   19      Shepherd (unemployed)
Roderick  Do           Do           Do    16      Scholar
Murdo     Do           Do                 13        Do
Mary      Do           daur                  10     Do
Notes on this Household:

This Household appears on page 2 of Enumeration District #1. All are marked as born in Lochbroom except John at Sutherland, Golspie.

In the 1881 census this family was at Achduart 81-4.

Allan McLean in the next Household, Achduart 91-9, was a brother of John, their parents were Kenneth and Jane McLean.


Achduart 91-9

Allan McLean           Head         Mar   67      Crofter & Fisherman
Catherine Do           Wife         Do       50         Do  Wife
Alexr     Do           Son          Unm   27      Shepherd (unemployed)
Catherine  Do          daur         Do       18   Dressmaker
Roderick   Do          Son          Do    16      Scholar
John A.    Do          Do                 14         Do
Jane       Do          daur                  12      Do
Chirstina  Do          Daur                   9      Do
Notes on this Household:

This Household appears on page 2 of Enumeration District #1. All are marked as born in Lochbroom.

In the 1881 census this family was at Achduart 81-5.

Allan was a son of Kenneth and Jane McLean. His brother John is in the previous Household at Achduart 91-8. Another brother, Murdoch, was christened 16 June, 1819, and is gt-grandfather George L.F. MacLean at Inverness (CONTACT INFO).

The I.G.I. records the marriage of Allan McLean to Catherine McLean 17 January, 1861. Births of seven of their children are also listed, and confirm that Catherine's maiden surname was also McLean;

  1. Kenneth, born 6 November, 1861,
  2. Alexander, born 18 June, 1863,
  3. Donald, born 4 February, 1866,
  4. Murdo, born 31 January, 1868,
  5. Mary, born 9 February, 1870,
  6. Mary, born 17 April, 1871 (clearly the child born the year before died young),
  7. Catherine, born 22 March, 1873.


Achduart 91-10

William McRae          Head         Mar   58      Crofter
Catherine Do           Wife         Mar      53      Do  Wife
Katie     Do           Daur         Unm      20      Do  daur
John      Do           Son          Unm   18         Do  son
Angus     Do           Son                16      Pupil teacher
Maggie    Do           daur                  13   Scholar
Notes on this Household:

This Household appears on page 3 of Enumeration District #1. All are marked as born in Lochbroom, except Catherine at Sutherland, Assynt.

In the 1881 census this family was at Achduart 81-6.


Achduart 91-11

Maggie McLennan        Head         Unm      25   Teacher of Public School
Margaret McKenzie      GenServ      Unm      57   Gen Serv (Dom)
Notes on this Household:

This Household appears on page 3 of Enumeration District #1, address as "Public School". Maggie is marked as born at Kinlochluchart, Ross, and Margaret at Gairloch, Ross.


Acheninver

Acheninver Youth Hostel,
photo courtesy of Gareth Harper,
http://www.photoecosse.net/

Acheninver was a small community with rarely more than a few crofts. It was on the coast of Horse Sound, just below the equally small village of Achadh' a Bhraigh. Today one of the old croft homes houses a Youth Hostel, said to be one of the most remote and beautifully situated hostels in Scotland.


Other christenings at Acheninver in the Register include;



Acheninver 41-1

William Grant                             40      Crofter
Roderick    do.                           20
James        do.                          14
John         do                           10
Alexander    do                            3
Katharine    do                              40
Mary         do                              20
Peggy        do                               5
N.K.                                        2 1/2 months
Notes on this Household:

This Household is on Page 4 of Enumeration District 12. Community in this census spelled as "Achninver". All listed as born in County.

In 1851 this family is at Acheninver 51-17.

William's death is registered 1863 at Acheninver, aged 72 years, married to Catherine Fraser. His parents had been John Grant, a Private in the 73rd Regiment, and Ann, Maiden Surname MacLeod.

The Parish Register includes the marriage 5 January, 1819 of William Grant Ullapool Boat Carpenter to Cathrine Fraser Morchoille.

This family was earlier in Badenscallie, several of the children in later censuses are in Households there, and the Parish Register records the christening of John to William Grant at Badenscallie 10 August, 1829.

Mary marries 25 February, 1847 to Angus McLeod (see Badenscallie 41-6), they are in the 1851 census with his family at Badenscallie 51-25.


Acheninver 41-2

Murdoch Campbell                          75      Crofter
John        do                            14
Barbara      do                              12
Katharine    do                              50
Notes on this Household:

This Household is on Page 5 of Enumeration District 12. Community in this census spelled as "Achninver". All listed as born in County.

In 1851 this family is at Acheninver 51-12.

I think this couple are the same ones whose marriage was registered 9 August, 1822 "Murdo Campbell Badintarbet to Cathrine Stewart Achiltibuie".

Parish Register also records the christening 22 November, 1825 at Badenscally of John Campbell to a father Murdo.

John marries 24 February, 1859 to Ann Stewart from Achiltibuie, she is in this census with her family at Achiltibuie 41-40.


Acheninver 41-3

Colin Campbell                            40      Crofter
Wilhilmina  do                               30
Barbara     do                                2
Isabella    do                                1
Notes on this Household:

This Household is on Page 5 of Enumeration District 12. Community in this census spelled as "Achninver". All listed as born in County.

In the 1851 census this family is at Acheninver 51-13.

Colin and Wilhilmina are ancestors of Jenny Self in Australia (CONTACT INFO). Jenny says Wilhilmina's maiden surname was MacKenzie.

Jenny and I think it is likely the Colin above is son of Colin and Martha Campbell in the next Household; Acheninver 41-4, she has obtained a copy of the discharge papers of that Colin showing his recruitment to the 71st Regiment in 1797, and Jenny hopes to find where the Regiment was stationed in 1799-1800 when Colin above was born.

Isabella ("Bell" above), is the child of Colin and Wilhilmina through which Jenny is descended. She marries 15 January, 1863 to Murdoch McKenzie from Polbain (see Polbain 41-12), then emigrates to Australia.


Acheninver 41-4

Colin Campbell                            65      P.
Martha     do                                55
Notes on this Household:

This Household is on Page 5 of Enumeration District 12. Community in this census spelled as "Achninver". Colin is marked as born in County, Martha born in Ireland.

In the 1851 census at Acheninver 51-16 this couple appears at with Colins's occupation more fully described as "Chelsea Pensioner", meaning Colin was a military veteran.

Jenny Self (CONTACT INFO), is descended from the Colin Campbell in the previous Household at Acheninver 41-3. Jenny and I think it likely the couple above were parents of that Colin. Jenny has recently acquired a copy of Colin's discharge papers after 20 years with the 71st Regiment, her transcription of that document and some notes on it are at; colin.htm

Both the 1851 census, and Colin's Discharge Papers, say he was born in the Parish of Gairloch bordering Lochbroom to the south. Evander Campbell in the neighbouring hamlet at Achnancarnian 41-1 was also from Gairloch... possibly related, but as yet undocumented.


Acheninver 51-12

Murdo Campbell         Head         Mar   92      Subtenant of 1 and 1/2 Acres
Margret   Do.          Wife         Mar.     60
John      Do.          Son          U.    24      Fisherman
-- page break --
Barbra Campbell        Daur         U.       22
Notes on this Household:

This Household is on Pages 4 and 5 of Enumeration District 7. No community name was listed by the enumerator, but from earlier and later censuses I am sure this is Acheninver! All are marked as born in Lochbroom, except Murdo marked as born in Gairloch.

In 1841 this family was at Acheninver 41-2.

John marries 24 February, 1859 to Ann Stewart from Achiltibuie, who is in this census at Achiltibuie 51-83. They are in the 1861 census at Acheninver 61-11.


Acheninver 51-13

Colin Campbell         Head         Mar.  51      Tailor
Williamina Do.         Wife         Mar      42
Barbra      Do.        Daur.                 13   Scholar
Bell        Do.        Daur                  11      Do.
Margret     Do.        Daur.                  7
Duncan      Do.        Son                 5
Mary        Do.        Daur.                  3
Notes on this Household:

This Household is on Page 5 of Enumeration District 7. No community name was listed by the enumerator, but from earlier and later censuses I am sure this is Acheninver! All are marked as born in the Parish of Lochbroom.

In the 1841 census this family was at Acheninver 41-3. By 1861 Williamina is widowed, and living with three children at Acheninver 61-9.

I think it likely Colin's parents are the couple at Acheninver 51-16.

Colin and Wilhelmina are ancestors of Jenny Self in Australia (CONTACT INFO). Jenny says Wilhelmina's maiden surname was MacKenzie.

Isabella ("Bell" above), is the child of Colin and Wilhelmina through which Jenny is descended. She marries 15 January, 1863 to Murdoch McKenzie from Polbain (see Polbain 51-36), then emigrates to Australia.

Jenny has transcribed the registration of Isabella's marriage to Murdo McKenzie of Polbain 15 January, 1863;

Murdoch McKenzie, fisherman bachelor aged 30 from Polbain Coigach, married Isabella Campbell aged 23 from Achinver Coigach. Witnesses Donald Grant and Murdoch McLeod. Murdoch's parents were John KcKenzie tenant and Isabella McKenzie maiden surname McKenzie. Isabella's parents were Colin Campbell tailer and tenant (deceased) and Williamina Campbell maiden surname McKenzie. signed by G. McLeod Minister of the Free Church of Scotland Lochbroom and the registrar was Murdo McLeay.

The witness Donald Grant is in this census at Acheninver 51-17.


Acheninver 51-14

John MacKenzie         Head         Widr  46      Subtenant of 1 Acre.
Bell    Do.            Daur.                  4
Catharine McKenzie     Serv.                 19   House Serv.
Notes on this Household:

This Household is on Page 5 of Enumeration District 7. No community name was listed by the enumerator, but from earlier and later censuses I am sure this is Acheninver! All are marked as born in the Parish of Lochbroom.

Likely John in the 1841 census was at Achiltibuie 41-42.

I think the first marriage of John is listed in the Parish Register 23 March, 1846 as "John McKenzie Achultibuie and Sibla McKenzie, Badinscally, Coigach". John later names a daughter with his second wife as "Sibla".

John is in the 1861 census at Acheninver 61-6. He is married then. Based on his children's birth registrations his second wife was Catharine McKenzie. The I.G.I. lists the marriage 8 June, 1853 of John McKenzie to Catharine McKenzie, I think John married his Housekeeper!

John dies 1874, his Death Registration notes his parents had been parents had been Alexander MacKenzie and Annabella MacLean.

I wonder if the Widow Margaret McKenzie in the next Household (Acheninver 51-15) was a relative of mother of John or Bell, living in a humble cottage on their lot?


Acheninver 51-15

Margret McKenzie                    W.       76   Pauper
Notes on this Household:

This Household is on Page 5 of Enumeration District 7. No community name was listed by the enumerator, but from earlier and later censuses I am sure this is Acheninver! Margaret is marked as born in the Parish of Lochbroom.

I wonder if Margaret is the mother of John or Ann MacKenzie in the previous Household (Acheninver 51-14), living in a humble cottage on their lot?


Acheninver 51-16

Colin Campbell         Head         Mar   80      Chelsea Pensioner
Martha    Do.          Wife         Mar      66
Notes on this Household:

This Household is on Page 5 of Enumeration District 7. No community name was listed by the enumerator, but from earlier and later censuses I am sure this is Acheninver. Colin marked as born in the Parish of Gairloch (south of Lochbroom), and Martha as born in Ireland.

In the 1841 census this couple was at Acheninver 41-4.

Chelsea Pensioner meant Colin had served in the military, and was receiving some pension for wounds suffered.

Jenny Self (CONTACT INFO), is descended from the Colin Campbell at Acheninver 51-13. Jenny and I think it likely the couple above were parents of that Colin.

Jenny has recently acquired a copy of Colin's discharge papers after 20 years with the 71st Regiment, her transcription of that document and some notes on it are at; colin.htm

Both this census, and Colin's Discharge Papers, say he was born in the Parish of Gairloch bordering Lochbroom to the south. Evander Campbell in the neighbouring hamlet at Achnancarnian 51-11 was also from Gairloch... possibly related, but as yet undocumented.


Acheninver 51-17

William Grant          Head         Mar   60      Miller
Catharine   Do.        Wife         Mar      50
James       Do.        Son          U.    23      Fisherman
John        Do.        Son          U.    20      Mill
Alexander    Do.       Son          U.    18      Fisherman
Donald        Do.      Son                12
                     -- page break
--
Barbra Grant           Daur                   8   Scholar
Notes on this Household:

This Household is on Pages 5 and 6 of Enumeration District 7. No community name was listed by the enumerator, but from earlier and later censuses I am sure this is Acheninver. The occupation for John was scrawled in later with different handwriting.

In the 1841 census this family was at Acheninver 41-1. In the 1861 census they are enumerated at Acheninver 61-5.

William's death is registered 1863 at Acheninver, aged 72 years, married to Catherine Fraser. His parents had been John Grant, a Private in the 73rd Regiment, and Ann, Maiden Surname MacLeod.

The Parish Register includes the marriage 5 January, 1819 of William Grant Ullapool Boat Carpenter to Cathrine Fraser Morchoille.

James marries 27 December, 1855 to "Betsy" McLeod, they are in the 1861 census in the Household before his parents at Acheninver 61-4. A son of James and Betsy, also named James, is with his grandmother in the 1871 and 1881 censuses.

Donald is witness to the marriage of Isabella Campbell of Acheninver in 1863, see transcription of registration in notes at Acheninver 51-3.

I think young Alexander's age at 18 must be mistranscribed! In the 1841 census he was listed as 3 years old, in the 1861 census at Culnacraig 61-5 he is listed as 23 years old. He marries 29 March, 1860 to Christina McLeod, who is in the 1861 census with him, civil registration records no children to that couple.


Acheninver 61-1

Angus McLeod           Head         Un    46      Tenant
Catherine Do           Sister       Un       40   Serv
Annie    Do            Servant      Un       19   Domestic Servant
Notes on this Household:

This Household is on Page 18 of Enumeration Division #1.

In this census the Achadh' a Bhraigh families were enumerated as part of Acheninver, in 1851 this family was enumerated at Achadh' a Bhraigh 51-20. That census shows Annie to be a niece of Angus.


Acheninver 61-2

John McLeod            Head         Mar   65      Tenant
Margaret Do            Wife         Mar      60
Alexander Do           Son          Un    23      Fisherman
Margaret  Do           Dau          Un       21   Domestic Servant
Mary      Do           Dau                   14   Scholar
Notes on this Household:

This Household is on Page 19 of Enumeration Division #1. All marked as born at Coigach.

In this census the Achadh' a Bhraigh families were enumerated as part of Acheninver, in 1851 this family was enumerated at Achadh' a Bhraigh 51-19.

This family is in the 1871 census at Achadh'a Bhraigh 71-93. That census shows John was born at Inverpolly, and Margaret at Dornie (John's death registration gives Margaret's maiden surname as McLeod).

John testifies in 1862 in a case between the government and the Cromartie family regarding salmon fishing in Coigach. His age given then is 66, which agrees with his death registered as 2 April, 1873 aged 77. The death registration lists his parents as Alexander McLeod and Peggie McLeod, Informant was his son Alexander.

The 1862 testimony says his father was joint tenant of the lands of Inverpolly direct from the Cromartie family, and tenant for seven or eight years of the salmon fishings on the River Polly from Captain Kenneth MacKenzie, a tenant of Cromartie till about 1809. The testimony has the father and family moving to Badenscallie in 1814. A brother of John, Alexander, settled there, and can be seen in this census with his family at Badenscallie 61-19.

Jilly Wilson (CONTACT INFO) is descended from the Reiff McLennan family. Jilly says Alexander was known as "Sandy", and that he married Jane McLean of Altandhu (a McLennan descendant) 13 March, 1879. Included on her webpage are excerpts of information she has compiled from earlier family researchers, including the following about Jane and Sandy;

Jane couldn't speak a word of English and Sandy had just a scattering, yet their family did very well at school. Kirsty Bain, Jane's sister who lived in Rief used to brag about Jane's children. On one occasion she was bragging to a neighbor (Maggie Ross - Simon MacLeod's wife) that her sister Jane's daughter could write two letters while the kettle was coming to the boil on the fire - to which Maggie replied 'they must have had damn bad hearths'.

Sandy had a horse and cart and he earned a little money every summer carting the salmon catch from the station at Badentarbet where they had an ice house. The salmon fishing were let to a man named Rae, a southerner without a trace of Gaelic, but he loved to tease Sandy to hear his 'quaint' English. On one occasion, he suggested to Sandy he should keep a pig 'Ah yes, Mr Rae', Sandy replied, 'but you know a pig is a very costing/expensive animal'
[K. MacLeod 1967]

"Rae" is I think the John Rae, Sheep Manager, in this census at Inverpolly 61-1.

Sandy's father John McLeod had been born at Strathpolly about 1796, and likely the family lost it's tenancy there when it was converted to a sheep farm rented to southern shepherds such as Rae. From the jesting back and forth it looks like there was no resentment.


Acheninver 61-3

Murdo Campbell         Head         Mar   53      Fisherman
Janet   Do             Wife         Mar      57
Roderick Do            Son          Un    22      Fisherman
Murdo    Do            Son                16
Mary     Do            Dau                   10   Scholar
Margaret  Do           Dau                    8   Scholar
Flora     Do           Visitor                9   Scholar
Ann       Do           Sister       Un       43   Genl Servant
Notes on this Household:

This Household is on Page 19 of Enumeration Division #1. All marked as born at Lochbroom.

In this census the Achadh' a Bhraigh families were enumerated as part of Acheninver, in 1851 this family was enumerated at Achadh' a Bhraigh 51-18. In 1871 they are at Achadh' a Bhraigh 71-94 (that census shows that Murdo was born at Badenscallie, and Janet at Achadh' a Bhraigh).

Murdo was a son of Angus Campbell and Mary Stewart of Badenscallie, his Widowed mother and four siblings are in this census at Polglass 61-28. He also has a sister Catherine McLeod at Polglass 61-13, and a brother Donald Campbell at Polglass 61-10.

Ann was with her mother and some siblings in the 1851 census at Badenscallie 51-41, in 1871 she is with them at Badenscallie 71-69. I suspect Ann was enumerated twice, as there is a 56 year old daughter Ann with her mother at Polglass 61-28. I also think young Flora was enumerated twice, and is also the 10 year old Flora at Polglass 61-10 as a daughter of Murdo's brother Donald Campbell.


Acheninver 61-4

James Grant            Head         Mar   32      Fisherman
Betsy  Do              Wife         Mar      30
James   Do             Son                 1
Notes on this Household:

This Household is on Page 19 of Enumeration Division #1. All marked as born at Coigach.

James was in his parents home in the 1851 census at Acheninver 51-17, they are now in the next Household at Acheninver 61-5.

James with a second wife and four children is in the 1871 census at Badenscallie 71-84.

James married 27 December, 1855 to "Betsy" McLeod. The civil registration index records the births of four of their children;

  1. Margaret, born 5 February, 1858
  2. James, born 22 October, 1859
  3. Margaret, born 7 November, 1861
  4. Betsy, born 22 July, 1864. died 5 April, 1865 at Badenscallie, parents noted as James Grant and Betsy, maiden surnamed McLeod, then deceased herself.

Young James above is with his Grant grandmother in the 1871 census at Achadh' a Bhraigh 71-95, and again in the 1881 census.

James first wife Betsy died between birth 22 July, 1864 of their daughter Betsy, and death of that child, 5 April, 1865. Possibly she died in childbirth , or shortly after, as James marries second to Margaret McLeod 7 December, 1865.

Births of four of James and Margaret's children are in the Civil Registration index;

  1. Janet, born 15 December, 1866,
  2. William, born 28 January, 1868,
  3. John, born 5 August, 1869,
  4. John, born 16 February, 1873.


Acheninver 61-5

William Grant          Head         Mar   70      Miller
Catherine Do           Wife         Mar      60
John     Do            Son          Un    30      Tenant
Donald   Do            Son          Un    23      Fisher
Barbara  Do            Dau          Un       20   Domestic Servant
Notes on this Household:

This Household is on Page 19 of Enumeration Division #1. All marked as born at Coigach.

In the 1851 census this family was at Acheninver 51-17.

In the 1871 census this family is enumerated at Achadh' a Bhraigh 71-95, but in 1881 is again enumerated in Acheninver at Acheninver 81-4. They are neighboring communities, and I think rather than moving back and forth, it was a case of the enumerators being unsure where to place a rural household.

William's death is registered as 16 September, 1863 at Acheninver, aged 72 years, married to Catherine Fraser. Informant of the death was his son John, his parents had been John Grant, a Private in the 73rd Regiment, and Ann, Maiden Surname MacLeod.

The Parish Register includes the marriage 5 January, 1819 of William Grant Ullapool Boat Carpenter to Cathrine Fraser Morchoille.

James Grant in the previous Household, Acheninver 61-4, is a son of William and Catherine, young James there is with his Grant grandparents in the 1871 and 1881 censuses.

Young Barbara marries 14 February, 1867 to Roderick Campbell, and is in the 1871 census with two young children at Achadh' a Bhraigh 71-91.

Donald is witness to the marriage of Isabella Campbell of Acheninver in 1863, see transcription of registration in notes at Acheninver 61-9.

W. Geoff Johnston (CONTACT INFO) is a descendant of William and Catherine through their son Donald above. Geoff has provided the following info;

Donald Grant was born 9 June, 1843 at Badenscallie, the Parish Register records his christening a month later, 9 July, 1843, same day a large number of Coigach children were christened, probably a big event.

Donald marries 29 February, 1872 to Ann Morrison at Badcall. Ann was a daughter of Roderick Morrison, a shoemaker at Ullapool for 30 years, and Mary (or "May") McKenzie.

By time of the 1881 census Ann and Donald have moved into Castle Street (now Terrace) in Ullapool and are recorded in the 1881 census there;

Donald Grant           Head         Mar   39      Cattle Dealer
Ann Grant (Morrison)   Wife         Mar      30

The next record of them Geoff has found was on the Valuation rolls of 1888/9 as living on the old curing station on Isle Martin, paying 10 shillings per annum rent.

The 1891 census has a daughter of Donald and Ann visiting the home of her Morrison grandparents at Ullapool;

Roderick Morrison      Head         Mar   74
Mary        Do         Wife         Mar      68
Dolina      Do         Dau          Un       26
Mary Grant          Granddaughter             6

After this time Geoff relys on family history to say that Ann died soon after the turn of the 20th century and the family then moved to Inverness and then south to the Scottish Borders.

John McKenzie in the next Household, Acheninver 61-6, is shown in the 1871 census to also be a miller, I expect he worked with or for the Grants.


Acheninver 61-6

John McKenzie          Head         Mar   32
Catherine Do           Wife         Mar      40
Margaret   Do          Dau                    6   Scholar
Isabella    Do         Dau                    4
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Johanna McKenzie       Servant               13   Domestic Servant
Notes on this Household:

This Household is on Pages 19 and 20 of Enumeration Division #1. All marked as born at Lochbroom. The 1871 census has all marked as born at "RossShire Strathmore"; I think "Strathmore" probably refers to the valley of the River Broom beyond Ullapool.

I think John was the Widower in 1851 at Acheninver 51-14. With him then was a 19 year old Servant named Catharine McKenzie. The I.G.I. lists the marriage 8 June, 1853 of John McKenzie to Catharine McKenzie, looks like John married his Housekeeper!

The 1871 census at Acheninver 71-96 has John's occupation as "Miller", in this census the Grant family in the previous Household (Acheninver 61-5), were also millers, I expect John worked for or with them.

John dies 1874, his Death Registration notes his parents had been parents had been Alexander MacKenzie and Annabella MacLean.


Acheninver 61-7

Murdo Campbell         Head         Mar   34      Fisherman
Catherine Do           Wife         Mar      35
Simon    Do            Son                 4
Alexr.   Do            Son                 2
Rory     Do            Son                2mo
Mary     Do            Dau                    6   Scholar
Notes on this Household:

This Household is on Page 20 of Enumeration Division #1. All marked as born at Coigach.

This family is in the 1871 census at Acheninver 71-97, though Murdo is away from home that year.

The I.G.I. records the mariage of Murdo Campbell to Catherine McLeod 23 November, 1853, also recorded are the births of five of their children;

  1. Simon, born 15 June, 1856,
  2. Alexander, born 10 July, 1858,
  3. Roderick, born 14 January, 1861,
  4. Colin, born 9 June, 1863,
  5. Norman, born 16 October, 1865.

In the 1871 census young Roderick ("Rory" above) is with his uncle Donald McLeod's family at Achduart 71-106. Donald McLeod there is shown as born at Dornie, so likely Catherine above was also from there.


Acheninver 61-8

Margaret McKenzie      Head & Tail  W        94   Pauper Formerly G.Servt.
Notes on this Household:

This Household is on Page 20 of Enumeration Division #1. Margaret is marked as born at Lochbroom.


Acheninver 61-9

Williamina Campbell    Head         W        32   Tenants Widow
Duncan      Do         Son                15      Tenant
Margaret     Do        Dau          Un       17   Domestic Servant
Mary         Do        Dau                   13   Scholar
Notes on this Household:

This Household is on Page 20 of Enumeration Division #1. All marked as born at Coigach.

Since the 1851 census at Acheninver 51-13 Williamina's husband Colin has died. In 1871 Williamina is living with Mary at Acheninver 71-98.

Colin and Wilhelmina are ancestors of Jenny Self in Australia (CONTACT INFO) through their daughter Isabella (missing here). Jenny says Isabella marries 15 January, 1863 to Murdoch McKenzie from Polbain (see Polbain 41-12), then emigrates to Australia.

Jenny has transcribed the registration of Isabella's marriage to Murdo McKenzie of Polbain 15 January, 1863;

Murdoch McKenzie, fisherman bachelor aged 30 from Polbain Coigach, married Isabella Campbell aged 23 from Achinver Coigach. Witnesses Donald Grant and Murdoch McLeod. Murdoch's parents were John KcKenzie tenant and Isabella McKenzie maiden surname McKenzie. Isabella's parents were Colin Campbell tailer and tenant (deceased) and Williamina Campbell maiden surname McKenzie. signed by G. McLeod Minister of the Free Church of Scotland Lochbroom and the registrar was Murdo McLeay.

The witness Donald Grant is in this census at Acheninver 61-5.


Acheninver 61-10

Evander Campbell       Head         Mar   63      Miller
Flora     Do           Wife         Mar      50
Duncan    Do           Son          Un    18
John      Do           Servant             8      Herd boy
Ann MacKenzie          Servt.       Un       40   General Servant
Notes on this Household:

This Household is on Page 20 of Enumeration Division #1. All marked as born at Coigach.

In the 1851 census this family was enumerated at Achnancarnian 51-11, in 1871 they are at Acheninver 71-99 (last house enumerated at Acheninver, before the Achnancarnian Households begin). I think it likely the enumerator could not be sure which hamlet to place the family in.

The 1851 census says that Evander was born in Gairloch Parish.

The second marriage of Evander Campbell, miller resident at Badinscally, to Flora McLeod, resident of Riff, daughter of Murdo McLeod there was registered 25 March, 1847.

Mary McLean two Households away at Acheninver 61-12 is a daughter of Evander Campbell and his first wife Mary McKenzie.

Flora's father died in 1856, but she has siblings in this census; Murdoch McLeod at Reiff 61-7, Donald and Catharine McLeod at Reiff 61-14, George McLeod at Ardmair 61-51, Christina MacKenzie at Tanera 61-3, Elizabeth McDonald at Reiff 61-23, and Ann Urquhart at Reiff 61-19. Elizabeth was a gt-gt-grandparent of myself, Donald MacDonald-Ross (CONTACT INFO), and Ann is a gt-gt-gt-grandmother of Roderick Dykes MacLeod in Scotland (CONTACT INFO), and Donald MacLeod in New Zealand (CONTACT INFO).


Acheninver 61-11

John Campbell          Head         Mar   35      Tenant
Ann      Do            Wife         Mar      30
Murdo    Do            Son                 1
Flora    Do            Servant      Un       22   Domestic Servant
Notes on this Household:

This Household is on Page 20 of Enumeration Division #1. All marked as born at Coigach.

John was in the 1851 census with his parents at Acheninver 51-12.

Ann was a Stewart from Achiltibuie, she was in the 1851 census with her family there at Achiltibuie 51-83. This family is in the 1871 census at Achnancarnian 71-100.

John and Ann married 24 February, 1859, also recorded are births of seven of their children;

  1. Murdoch, born 25 November, 1859,
  2. Angus, born 9 July, 1861,
  3. Colin, born 4 February, 1863,
  4. Catherine, born 29 March, 1865,
  5. Donald, born 2 November, 1867,
  6. Ann, born 3 April, 1870,
  7. Barbra, born 15 February, 1874.

Ann's father is in this census at Achiltibuie 61-14.


Acheninver 61-12

Murdo McLean           Head         Mar   37      Shepherd
Mary     Do            Wife         Mar      32
John     Do            Son                 8      Scholar
Mary     Do            Dau                   10   Scholar
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Catherine McLean       Dau                    4
Barbara     Do         Dau                    1
Flora Campbell         Servant               25   General Servant
Notes on this Household:

This Household is on Pages 20 and 21 of Enumeration Division #1. All marked as born at Coigach.

In the 1851 census this family was enumerated at Achnancarnian 51-10. In 1871 census Mary is Widowed with five children, see Achnancarian 71-101.

Mary is a daughter of Evander Campbell and his first wife, Mary. Evander and Mary's stepmother Flora McLeod are in this census at Acheninver 61-10.

There was a death registered 6 June, 1856 at Camusnacarnean of a 15 month old Barbara MacLean, parents were Murdoch McLean, and Mary (maiden surnamed Campbell).


Acheninver 71-96

John McKenzie          Head         Mar   62      Miller
Cathrine Do            Wife         Mar      45
Margret  Do            Daur         Unm      15   General Servt
Sibla    Do            Daur                  13   Scholar
Notes on this Household:

This Household is on Page 21 of Enumeration District 1. Community in this census spelled as "Achninver". All marked as born at "RossShire Strathmore". The 1861 census has them born in Lochbroom Parish; I think "Strathmore" probably refers to the valley of the River Broom beyond Ullapool.

This family was in the 1861 census at Acheninver 61-6. The names and the ages of the children match, though I think the parents ages there were mistranscribed at some point.

I think John was the Widower in 1851 at Acheninver 51-14. With him then was a 19 year old Servant named Catharine McKenzie. The I.G.I. lists the marriage 8 June, 1853 of John McKenzie to Catharine McKenzie, I think John married his Housekeeper!

John dies 29 December, 1874 at Acheninver, age "73". Informant was his Widow, Catherine, his parents had been Alexander MacKenzie and Annabella MacLean.

By time of the 1881 census Catherine is widowed and living with her daughter Margaret ("Maggie") at Acheninver 81-3.

Margaret was born 1 October, 1855, Sibla ("Zibla") was born 16 October, 1857.


Acheninver 71-97

Cathrine Campbell      Wife         Mar      42   Ag Labs Wife
Mary Campbell          Daur         Unm      16   General Servant
Alexr    Do            Son                11      Scholar
Colin     Do           Son                 7        Do
Norman    Do           Son                 5        Do
Flora      Do          Daur                   2
Notes on this Household:

This Household is on Page 21 of Enumeration District 1. Community in this census spelled as "Achninver". All marked as born in Coigach.

In the 1861 census this family was at Acheninver 61-7 with Catherine's husband Murdo as Head of Household. In 1881 this family is at Badenscallie 81-6.

The I.G.I. records the marriage of Murdo Campbell to Catherine McLeod 23 November, 1853, also recorded are the births of five of their children;

  1. Simon, born 15 June, 1856,
  2. Alexander, born 10 July, 1858,
  3. Roderick, born 14 January, 1861,
  4. Colin, born 9 June, 1863,
  5. Norman, born 16 October, 1865.

In this census young Roderick is with his uncle Donald McLeod's family at Achduart 71-106. Donald McLeod there is shown as born at Dornie, so likely Catherine above was also from there.


Acheninver 71-98

Wilna Campbell         Head         W        60   Dressmaker
Mary    Do             Daur         Unm      23     Do   Do
Notes on this Household:

This Household is on Page 21 of Enumeration District 1. Community in this census spelled as "Achninver".

In the 1861 census these two were with two more of "Williamina"'s children were at Acheninver 61-9. In 1881 Williamina is with another of her daughters, Margaret, at Acheninver 81-2.

Williamina "Wilna" was an ancestor of Jenny Self in Australia (CONTACT INFO). Jenny says Wilna's maiden surname was MacKenzie.


Acheninver 71-99

Evander Campbell       Head         Mar   70      Corn Miller
Flora      Do          Wife         Mar      68
Duncan     Do          Son          Unm   27      Ag Lab
Mary Campbell          Servant      Unm      20   General Servant
George McLeod          Visitor      Mar   57      Tenant
Margret  Do            Daur         Unm      17   General Servant
Notes on this Household:

This Household is on Page 21 of Enumeration District 1. Community in this census spelled as "Achninver". All marked as born in Coigach.

In 1861 this family was at Acheninver 61-10. The 1851 census says Evander was born in Gairloch Parish.

Evander dies before the next census, Flora is then in the Household of her nephew Donald Urquhart as a visitor at Cammusglassellan 81-2.

The second marriage of Evander Campbell, miller resident at Badinscally, to Flora McLeod, resident of Riff, daughter of Murdo McLeod there was registered 25 March, 1847.

Young Duncan above marries 13 February, 1873 to Ann Campbell and has a family at Acheninver. In the 1881 census he with his wife and children (including a son registered as "Evander", but enumerated as "Edward") at Acheninver 81-1.

George McLeod's age is smudged, but I think it reads "57", which somewhat agrees with his age in the 1861 census at Ardmair 61-51 as 45, in 1851 as 33 years at Ardmair 51-41, and in 1841 at Reiff 41-7 as 20 to 24 years of age. He is a brother of Flora, and Margret McLeod is his daughter. His wife and three of his children are in this census at Ardmair 71-20, and I cannot see the family in the 1881 census.

Mary McLean two Households away at Achnancarnian 101 is a daughter of Evander and his first wife, Mary McKenzie.

Flora has relatives at Reiff in this census; Donald and Alexander McLeod at Reiff 71-66 are brothers and Elizabeth "Betty" McDonald at Reiff 71-73, and Ann Urquhart at Reiff 71-70, are sisters. Elizabeth was a gt-gt-grandmother of myself, Donald MacDonald-Ross (CONTACT INFO), and Ann is a gt-gt-gt-grandmother of Roderick Dykes MacLeod in Scotland (CONTACT INFO), and Donald MacLeod in New Zealand (CONTACT INFO).


Acheninver 81-1

Duncan Campbell        Head         M.    38      Crofter of 3 Acres
Ann      do            Wife         M.       33   Crofters Wife
Edward   do            Son          Unm    6      Scholar
Mary     do.           Daur                   4
Angus    do            Son                 1
Notes on this Household:

This Household is on Page 4 of Enumeration District 1. Community in this census spelled as "Achninver". All marked as born in the Parish of Lochbroom.

In the 1871 census Duncan was with his family at Acheninver 71-99. Since then his father Evander Campbell has died, and in this census his Widowed stepmother Flora is with one of her nephews at Reiff 81-24. In the 1891 census this family is at Acheninver 91-14.

The I.G.I. shows the marriage of Duncan Campbell to Ann Campbell 13 February, 1873. The I.G.I. also includes the birth 12 October, 1874 of "Evander", clearly the "Edward" above. (Duncan's father was also an Evander).

Death of Angus is registered as 16 September, 1881 at Acheninver, parents noted as Duncan Campbell and Anne, maiden surname Campbell.


Acheninver 81-2

Williamina Campbell    Head         W.       65   Crofter
Peggy        do.       Daur.        Unm.     30   Crofter's Daughter
Notes on this Household:

This Household is on Page 4 of Enumeration District 1. Community in this census spelled as "Achninver". Both marked as born in the Parish of Lochbroom.

In the 1871 census Williamina was with another of her daughters, Mary, at Acheninver 71-98. In 1891 Williamina and Peggy (then as "Maggy") are at Acheninver 91-15.

Williamina "Wilna" was an ancestor of Jenny Self in Australia (CONTACT INFO). Jenny says Wilna's maiden surname was MacKenzie.


Acheninver 81-3

Cathrine McKenzie      Head         W.       60   Crofter of 2 Acres
Maggie      Do.        Daur         Unm      23   Crofter's Daughter
Notes on this Household:

This Household is on Page 4 of Enumeration District 1. Community in this census spelled as "Achninver". Both marked as born in the Parish of Lochbroom.

In the 1871 census Catherine was with her husband John MacKenzie and several children Acheninver 71-96. Catherine was John's second wife, her maiden surname was also MacKenzie! In 1891 Catherine with more of the family is at Acheninver 91-16.


Acheninver 81-4

John Grant             Head         U.    46      Crofter of 3 Acres
Cathrine  do.          Mother       W.       79   Crofters Mother
Maggie    do.          Daur.        Unm.     40   Crofters Sister
James     do.          Nephew       Unm.  20      Pupil Teacher
Notes on this Household:

This Household is on Page 5 of Enumeration District 1. Community in this census spelled as "Achninver". All marked as born in the Parish of Lochbroom.

In the 1871 census this family was at Achadh' a Bhraigh 71-95, in 1891 John and Maggie are at Acheninver 91-17.


Acheninver 91-14

Duncan Campbell        Head         Mar   49      Crofter & Fisherman
Ann      Do            Wife         Do       44   Crofters Wife
Edward   Do            Son          Unm   16      Crofters Son
Mary     Do            daur                  14   Scholar
Jessie    Do            Do                    8      Do
Flora     Do            Do                    6      Do
Murdo     Do           Son                 4
Notes on this Household:

This Household is on Page 5 of Enumeration District 1. Community in this census spelled as "Acheninver". All marked as born in the Parish of Lochbroom.

In the 1881 census this family was at Acheninver 81-1.


Acheninver 91-15

Williamina Campbell    Head         W        80   Crofter
Maggy         Do       daur         Unm      43      Do  daur
Ann McLeod             Visitor      Unm      46   Retired cook (Dom)
Notes on this Household:

This Household is on Page 5 of Enumeration District 1. Community in this census spelled as "Acheninver". All marked as born in the Parish of Lochbroom.

In the 1881 census Williamina and Maggy (as "Peggy") were at Acheninver 81-2.

Williamina "Wilna" was an ancestor of Jenny Self in Australia (CONTACT INFO). Jenny says Wilna's maiden surname was MacKenzie.


Acheninver 91-16

Catherine McKenzie     Head         W        60   Crofter
Maggy       Do         daur         Unm      31     Do   daur
Donald McLean          Son in law   Mar   31      Fisherman
Sibly    Do            daur         Do       29       Do   Wife
Maggy    Do            grandaur               4
Johan    Do              Do                   2
Allan    Do              Do               6mo
Notes on this Household:

This Household is on Page 5 of Enumeration District 1. Community in this census spelled as "Acheninver". All marked as born in the Parish of Lochbroom. The surname for Catherine was written as "Campbell", then struck out and overwritten as "McKenzie".

In the 1881 census this family was at Acheninver 81-3.


Acheninver 91-17

John Grant             Head         Unm   59      Crofter & Fisherman
Maggy  Do              Sister       Unm      57   Gen Serv (Dom)
Notes on this Household:

This Household is on Page 5 of Enumeration District 1. Community in this census spelled as "Acheninver". All marked as born in the Parish of Lochbroom.

In the 1881 census these two with their Widowed mother and a nephew were at Acheninver 81-4.


Achlochan

NC0206 : Ruined house at Achlochan by Russel Wills
Ruined house at Achlochan
  Copyright Russel Wills and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

This ruin is built into and partly using the stones of the wall of a prehistoric broch,
a "vitrified fort", the view is back across the peninsula to Polglass.

Achlochan means "Field of the little loch". It is a small collection of crofts close by Polglass. In 1851 I think all the familys at Achlochan were included with Polglass.



Achlochan 41-1

Murdoch McLean                            30      Crofter
Ann       do                                 30
Donald    do                               5
Henny     do                                  3
Rodina McLeod
Notes on this Household:

This Household appears in Enumeration District 12, page 24. All born in County. There is a slash mark beneath Henny's name, indicating the end of a family group.

This family is enumerated in the 1851 census at Polglass 51-64. All the Achlochan familys were counted as part of Polglass that year.

Later censuses show all born at Lochbroom, except Murdo born at Gairloch.


Achlochan 41-2

Murdoch McLeod                            60      Crofter
Mary        do                               60
Katharine   do                                5
Notes on this Household:

This Household appears in Enumeration District 12, page 24. All born in County.

In the 1851 census Mary has died, and Murdoch is living at Polglass 51-66 with the family of his son Donald, who is in this census a few Households away at Achlochan 41-5.

Death registration of son Malcolm names his parents as Murdo MacLeod and Mary, Maiden surname MacLeod.

Katharine is shown in the 1851 census at Polglass 51-67 to be a daughter of Malcolm McLeod and his wife Janet, who are in this census two Households away at Achlochan 41-4. Looks certain Malcolm was a son of Murdoch and Mary.

Murdoch and Mary are ancestors of Ray Flint in Australia through their son Malcolm. Ray's wife Paulette (CONTACT INFO), is her family's genealogist, and has lots of info on the descendants who moved there.


Achlochan 41-3

Alexander McLeod                          60      Crofter
Jannet       do                              20
Roderick     do                           20
John         do                           15
Donald       do                            1
Margaret     do                              10
Notes on this Household:

This Household appears in Enumeration District 12, page 24. Alexander and Jannet were not born in County, the rest were.

This family is in the 1851 census at Polglass 51-43, I do not think they moved, but that the enumerators could not agree which hamlet the croft was part of!


Achlochan 41-4

Malcolm MacLeod                           40      Carpenter
Jannet       do                              35
John          do                          10
Roderick      do                           8
Flora         do                              3
Peggy         do                             15   F.S.
Notes on this Household:

This Household appears in Enumeration District 12, page 25. All except Jannet were born in County, the 1851 census gives her birthplace as Parish of Assynt in SutherlandShire.

This family is in the 1851 census at Polglass 51-67, I do not think they move, but that the enumerators could not agree which hamlet the croft was part of!

Malcolm's parents, Murdoch and Mary, are in this census at Achlochan 41-2. With them there is a daughter of Malcolm and Jannet named "Katharine". By time of the 1851 census Mary has died, and Murdoch is with Malcolm's brother Donald at Polglass 51-66. That brother Donald is in this census in the next Household at Achlochan 41-5.

Paulette Flint in Australia (CONTACT INFO) is her family's genealogist, her husband Ray is a descendant of Flora and Janet through their daughter Flora above. Paulette has done lots of research on this family and provides the following info;

Malcolm McLeod, was a boatbuilder and carpenter, born ~1800 on the Isle of Ristol. He married 24 June, 1828 to Janet "Jessie" McLeod, who was born at Badendaroch, Assynt, Sutherland.

Malcolm and Jessie had six children;

  1. John, born 1830, christened 7 February, 1830,
  2. Roderick, born 1831,
  3. Catharine, born 1836,
  4. Flora, born 1837,
  5. Isabella, born 1840,
  6. Alexander, born 1846.

Flora married 10 February, 1859 to Murdoch McLeod. Murdoch is in this census with his family at Achiltibuie 41-36. Murdoch was born 1830 as a son of Donald McLeod (born about 1784 at Gairloch), and Isabella Stewart.

Flora and Murdoch had a daughter Isabella, then emigrated to Queensland Australia. Their son William was born at sea. Their ten other children; Jessie, Roderick Donald, Christina, Mary, John, Christina, Jessie, Flora and George Alexander were born in Australia.


Achlochan 41-5

Donald McLeod                             30      Crofter
Rachel     do                                35
Peggy      do                                 7
Alexander  do                              5
Isabella   do                                 3
John       do                             6 months
Notes on this Household:

This Household appears in Enumeration District 12, page 25. All born in County.

In the 1851 census this family is enumerated at Polglass 51-66, rather than moving crofts, I think this Household was between the two hamlets.

The Parish Register records the marriage 27 January 1832 of "Donald McLeod Achiltibuie to Rachel McLeod Badinscally"

Death is registered 1893 at Dornie of Donald MacLeod aged 92 years, Widower of Rachel MacLeod, with Informant his son John, parents noted as having been Murdo MacLeod and Mary, maiden surname MacLeod.

Donald's parents, Murdoch and Mary, are in this census at Achlochan 41-2, before the 1851 census Mary dies, and Murdoch begins living with Donald and his family (still with them in 1861).

Donald's brother Malcolm is in the previous Household at Achlochan 41-4.


Achlochan 61-1

Murdoch McLean         Head         Mar   54      Tenant
Ann      Do            Wife         Mar      52
Alexander Do           Son          Un    19      Fisherman
Donald    Do           Son          Un    24      Fisherman
Catherine  Do          Dau                   16
Mary       Do          Dau                   12   Scholar
Notes on this Household:

This Household appears on page 23 of Enumeration District 1. All marked as born at Coigach, except Murdoch born at Gairloch.

This family was in the 1851 census at Polglass 51-64, all Achlochan familys were enumerated as part of Polglass that year. They are in the 1871 census at Achlochan 71-66.

Murdo dies 1885 at Achlochan, age 81 years, Informant his son Donald. The registration notes Ann's Maiden Surname was MacLeod, and his parents had been Kenneth McLean and Mary, Maiden Surname Beaton.

Anne dies 1886 at Achlochan, age noted as 82 years, Donald again the Informant. Her parents are noted as having been Robert McLeod, a crofter, and Catherine, maiden surname McLeod.


Achlochan 61-2

Catherine McKenzie     Head         Mar      30   Wife of a Tailor
                    
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Kenneth McKenzie       Son                 6      Scholar
Alexander Do           Son                 4
Catherine Do           Dau                   6mo

This Enumeration District (Number 1) in 1861 included on the last page a schedule headed List of persons temporarely absent of the Settled inhabitants from the Enumeration Division on the night of Aprl. 7.

A member of this family is in that schedule, listed as "Tailoring";

John McKenzie          Head         Mar   34      Tailor
Notes on this Household:

This Household appears on pages 23 and 24 of Enumeration District 1. All marked as born at Coigach.

This family is in the 1871 census at Achiltibuie 71-3, Catherine's missing husband John is home then.

The I.G.I. records the marriage 12 September 1860 of John MacKenzie and Catharine Fraser at Lochbroom, and shows the birth of six children to that couple;

  1. Alexander, born 31 March, 1857,
  2. Ann, born 1 December, 1862,
  3. Catherine, born 12 September, 1860,
  4. John, born 15 June, 1863,
  5. John, born 19 October, 1865,
  6. Christina, born 4 September, 1866.


Achlochan 61-3

Malcolm McLeod         Head         Mar   55      Boat Carpenter
Janet   Do             Wife         Mar      50
Roderick Do            Son          Un    28      Boat Carpenter
Isabella Do            Dau          Un       17   Domestic Servant
Alexander Do           Son                15
Notes on this Household:

This Household appears on page 24 of Enumeration District 1. All marked as born at Coigach, except Janet born at Assynt.

This family was in the 1851 census at Polglass 51-67. Malcolm and Janet with the two younger children are in the 1871 census at Achlochan 71-63. Rather than moving crofts, I think the enumerators could not agree whether this Household was in Polglass or the neighboring Achlochan.

Malcolm was a boatbuilder and carpenter, born about 1800 on the Isle Ristol. He married 24 June, 1828 to Janet "Jessie" McLeod, who was born at Badendaroch, Assynt, Sutherland. His death is registered 1889 at Achlochan, son of Murdo MacLeod and Mary, Maiden surname MacLeod. That father Murdoch is in this census in the home of Malcolm's brother Donald at Polglass 61-5. John McLeod in the next Household, Achlochan 61-4, is a son of Malcolm and Janet.

Paulette Flint in Australia (CONTACT INFO) is her family's genealogist, her husband Ray is a descendant of Malcolm and Janet through their daughter Flora. Paulette has done lots of research on this family, and has supplied the following info;

Roderick marries 3 March 1865 to Betsy McKay of and at Clyne in SutherlandShire. In the 1871 census he and Betsy are are listed two Households away from his parents at Achlochan 71-65.

The Head of Household between those two families in 1871 at Achlochan 71-64 is John MacLeod, another son of Malcolm and Janet who is in the next Household of this census, at Achlochan 61-4.

Malcolm McLeod, was a boatbuilder and carpenter, born ~1800 on the Isle of Ristol. He married 24 June 1828 to Janet "Jessie" McLeod, who was born at Badendaroch, Assynt, Sutherland.

Malcolm and Jessie had six children;

  1. John, born 1830, christened 7 February, 1830,
  2. Roderick, born 1831,
  3. Catharine, born 1836,
  4. Flora, born 1837,
  5. Isabella, born 1840,
  6. Alexander, born 1846.

Flora married Murdoch McLeod (born 1830, son of Donald (born 1784, Gairloch) and Isabella Stewart), on 10 February 1859.

Flora and Murdoch had a daughter Isabella, then emigrated to Queensland Australia. Their son William was born at sea. Their ten other children; Jessie, Roderick Donald, Christina, Mary, John, Christina, Jessie, Flora and George Alexander were born in Australia.


Achlochan 61-4

John McLeod            Head         Mar   30      Fisherman
Jane    Do             Wife         Mar      21
Notes on this Household:

This Household appears on page 24 of Enumeration District 1. John marked as born at Coigach, Jane at SutherlandShire.

The birthplace of Jane on my photocopy fades out after the word "SutherlandShire" with a word beginning with the letter "P". I think it probably reads "Parish of Clyne", as there is a marriage registered there 22 January 1861 of a John MacLeod to a Jane MacKay, and those names are in the I.G.I. as parents to four of the children who appear with this family in the 1871 census at Achlochan 71-64.

John is the son of Malcolm and Janet in the previous Household (Achlochan 61-3).

One of John's brothers, Roderick, marries 3 March 1865 to Betsy McKay from Clyne in Sutherland, I wonder if Jane and Betsy were sisters, and it was a case of brothers marrying sisters?


Achlochan 61-5

Roderick McLeod        Head         Mar   49      Tenant and Fisherman
Peneloppe  Do          Wife         Mar      40
John       Do          Son                12      Scholar
Roderick   Do          Son                 8      Scholar
Simon      Do          Son                 6      Scholar
Hugh       Do          Son                 3
Margaret    Do         Dau                   13   Scholar
Notes on this Household:

This Household appears on page 24 of Enumeration District 1. All marked as born at Coigach.

In the 1851 census this family was at Polglass 51-62. In 1871 they are at Achlochan 71-62.

The death of Roderick is registered 1885 at Achlochan, his parents noted as having been Roderick MacLeod and Anne, maiden surname MacKenzie.

Sadly young Hugh dies shortly after this census, 15 April, 1861, parents noted as "Roderick McLeod, Tenant & Fisher" and "Penelope McDonald".

The Parish Register records the marriage 1 June 1847 between Roderick McLeod, a crofter resident at Achiltibuie, and Penelope McDonald, resident at Ullapool, daughter of "Murdo McDonald, Weaver, Tanera".

Hugh McLeod at Polglass 61-20, and Kenneth MacLeod at Achiltibuie 61-12 are brothers of Roderick.


Achlochan 71-62

Rodk. McLeod           Head         Mar   50      Tenant
Phenie    Do           Wife         Mar      50
Rodk.      Do          Son          Unm   18      Ag Lab
Margt      Do          Daur         Unm      21   General Servt
Hugh       Do          Son                 9      Scholar
Notes on this Household:

This Household appears on page 14 of Enumeration District 1. All marked as born at Coigach.

This family was in the 1861 census at Achlochan 61-5. They are in the 1881 census at Achlochan 81-5.

The name of the wife as written is barely legible, though it begins with a "P", it looks like a dimunitive of "Penelope", which is how she is identified in other documents, though the 1881 census calls her "Jemina"!

The I.G.I. includes a marriage 1 June 1847 between Roderick McLeod and Penelope McDonald at Lochbroom.

The death of Roderick is registered 1885 at Achlochan, his parents noted as having been Roderick MacLeod and Anne, maiden surname MacKenzie.

A child of this family, Hugh, died shortly after the 1861 census, 15 April, 1861, aged 4 years, parents noted as "Roderick McLeod, Tenant & Fisher" and "Penelope McDonald".

The Hugh above was clearly named for the earlier Hugh who died young. Both were probably named after Roderick's brother, who is in this census with his family at Polglass 71-54. That Hugh is shown as born at Strathcanaird.


Achlochan 71-63

Malcolm McLeod         Head         Mar   70      Boat Carpenter
Janet    Do            Wife         Mar      66
Isabella  Do           Daur         Unm      26   Assistant Domestic
Alexander  Do          Son          Unm   24      Fisherman
Notes on this Household:

This Household appears on page 14 of Enumeration District 1. All marked as born at Lochbroom, except Janet born at Assynt.

This family was in the 1861 census at Achlochan 61-3. In the 1881 census they are in the 1881 census at Achlochan 81-3.

Malcolm McLeod, was a boatbuilder and carpenter, born about 1800 on the Isle Ristol. He married 24 June, 1828 to Janet "Jessie" McLeod, who was born at Badendaroch, Assynt, Sutherland. His death is registered as January 1889 at Achlochan, Widower of Jessie, Maiden Surname MacLeod, son of Murdo MacLeod and Mary, Maiden surname MacLeod.

Paulette Flint in Australia (CONTACT INFO) is her family's genealogist, her husband Ray is a descendant of Malcolm and Janet through their daughter Flora who married and emigrated before the 1861 census.

John in the next Household, Achlochan 71-64, and Roderick in the one after that, Achlochan 71-65, are sons of Malcolm and Janet.

Since the 1861 census Malcolm's father Murdoch has died. Murdoch was in that census at the home of Malcolm's brother Donald at Polglass 61-5, in this census Donald is at Polglass 71-39.

Donald McLeod at Polglass 71-39 is a brother of Malcolm.


Achlochan 71-64

John McLeod            Head         Mar   40      Crofter
Jane   Do              Wife         Mar      31
William Do             Son                10      Scholar
Jane    Do             Daur                   8     Do
Mary    Do             Daur                   5     Do
John    Do             Son                 4
Jessie   Do            Daur                   2
Notes on this Household:

This Household appears on page 14 of Enumeration District 1. All marked as born at Lochbroom.

John and Jane were in the 1861 census at Achlochan 61-4, they are not in the 1881 census of Lochbroom, but Paulette Flint (CONTACT INFO) who is married to a descendant of John's sister Flora, has found them then listed at Inverness. They are listed in the file of "Coigach Strays", see 1881 John McLeod at Inverness.

The marriage of John MacLeod to Jane MacKay was registered a few months before the 1861 census, 22 January 1861 at Clyne in SutherlandShire, though at least four of their children's births were registered at Lochbroom;

  1. William, born 22 November, 1861,
  2. Jane Thomson, born 24 June, 1863,
  3. Mary, born 26 July, 1865,
  4. John, born 3 August, 1867.

John's parents and two siblings are in the Household before this, Achlochan 71-63, and his brother Roderick is in the Household that follows, Achlochan 71-65. Roderick also married a MacKay from Clyne, and I wonder if it is a case of two brothers marrying two sisters?


Achlochan 71-65

Roderick McLeod        Head         Mar   38      Boat Carpenter
Betsy     Do           Wife         Mar      28
Malcolm   Do           Son                 5      Scholar
Notes on this Household:

This Household appears on page 14 of Enumeration District 1. Roderick and Malcolm marked as born at Lochbroom, Betsy as at Assynt.

Roderick was in the 1861 census at Achlochan 61-3 at the home of his parents, they are in this census at Achlochan 71-63.

The maiden surname of Elizabeth "Betsy" is noted in the death registration of son Colin in 1909 as MacKay.

This family is in the 1881 census at Achlochan 81-2.

Roderick married 3 March 1865 to Betsy McKay of and at Clyne in SutherlandShire. John MacLeod in the previous Household, Achlochan 71-64, is a brother of Roderick, who also married a McKay from Clyne!

Clearly young Malcolm above was named for Roderick's father, another Malcolm.


Achlochan 71-66

Murdo McLean           Head         Mar   64      Tenant & Fisherman
Ann    Do              Wife         Mar      63
Donald  Do             Son          Unm.  34      Fisherman
Kenneth McKenzie       Servt        Unm   15       Do    Do
Notes on this Household:

This Household appears on page 15 of Enumeration District 1. All marked as born at Lochbroom.

This family was in the 1861 census at Achlochan 61-1. Murdoch, Ann, and Donald are in the 1881 census at Achlochan 81-4.

Murdo dies 1885 at Achlochan, age 81 years, Informant his son Donald. The registration notes Ann's Maiden Surname was MacLeod, and his parents had been Kenneth McLean and Mary, Maiden Surname Beaton.

Anne dies 23 June, 1886 at Achlochan, age noted as 82 years, Donald again the Informant. Her parents are noted as having been Robert McLeod, a crofter, and Catherine, maiden surname McLeod.


Achlochan 71-67

Murdo McKenzie         Head         Mar   68      Worsted Weaver
Christina   Do         Wife         Mar      66
Alexr       Do         Son          Unm   30      Ag Lab
Margret      Do        Daur         Unm      25   Dressmaker
Janet McLeod           GrDaur                 5   Scholar
Notes on this Household:

This Household appears on page 15 of Enumeration District 1. All marked as born at Coigach, except Christina and Janet at Assynt.

In the 1861 census this family was at Polglass 61-3. In 1881 they are at Achlochan 81-1.

The Parish Register records the marriage 3 February, 1829 of "Murdoch McKenzie Badinscallie to Christian McCasgail Inverkirkaig Assynt".

Christina dies before the next census, 3 September, 1879 at Aclochan, aged 75 years. The death registration notes her parents had been Angus Macaskill and Margaret, Maiden Surname not known to the Informant, her husband Murdo.

Murdo's death is registered as having happened 27 January, 1887, occupation as Weaver, and listed as Widower of Christy McAskill. His parents were listed as "Murdo McKenzie, Crofter & Weaver (deceased)" and "Isabella McKenzie M.S. McKenzie (deceased)". Informant was Murdo's son in law, Samuel Grant resident at Polglass.

Margaret above was a gt-grandmother of Andy Ross who lives at Fort William, Scotland, he has done lots of research on the family and can be emailed at andyross28@hotmail.com, he says Margaret had middle name of "Isabella".

The birth of young Janet "Jessie" McLeod above was registered 10 September, 1865 at Elphin, Assynt as illegitimate to parents Angus McLeod a tenant there, and Margaret above noted as a Domestic Servant from Polglass, and Jessie remains with her grandparents in the 1881 census.


Achlochan 81-1

Murdo McKenzie         Head         W     77      Pauper
Alexander  do          Son          U     40        do
Thomas     do          Son          U     36      Fisherman
Jessie McLeod          GDau                  15   Gen. Serv. (Domestic)
Barbara Grant          GDau                   1   Infant
Notes on this Household:

All born Parish of Lochbroom. Alexander marked in notes as "Imbecile".

In the 1871 census this family was at Achlochan 71-67, Murdo's wife Christina was still alive then.

The Parish Register records the marriage 3 February 1829 of "Murdoch McKenzie Badinscallie to Christian McCasgail Inverkirkaig Assynt".

Murdo's death is registered as having happened 27 January 1887, occupation as Weaver, and listed as Widower of Christy McAskill. His parents were listed as "Murdo McKenzie, Crofter & Weaver (deceased)" and "Isabella McKenzie M.S. McKenzie (deceased)". Informant was Murdo's son in law, Samuel Grant resident at Polglass.

Young Jessie McLeod was with her grandparents also in 1871, I assume she was an orphan. Her birth was registered 10 September 1865 to parents Angus McLeod and Margaret McKenzie. I cannot see that couple in either the 1871 or this census.

Young Barbara Grant's parents and other siblings are in this census at Polglass 81-10. Her mother Isabella McKenzie married Samuel Grant 25 December, 1872.


Achlochan 81-2

Roderick McLeod        Head         M     48      Carpenter
Betsy McKay            Wife         M        38      do     wife
Malcolm McLeod         Son          U     15      Scholar
Jessie    do           Daur         U        12      do
Colin     do           Son          U      9         do
Murdo     do           Son          U      7         do
Jane      do           Daur         U         5      do
Neil      do           Son          U      2      Infant
Thomas    do           Son          U     4momths    do
Notes on this Household:

All born Parish of Lochbroom, except Betsy born Parish of Clyne, Sutherland.

In the 1871 census this family was at Achlochan 71-65, in 1891 they are at Achlochan 91-74.

The death of Colin is registered as 14 May, 1909 drowned off the Big Rock of Coigach, noted as married though wife's name not given. his mother Elizabeth noted as maiden surname MacKay.

Roderick is a son of Malcolm and Janet in the next Household, Achlochan 81-3.


Achlochan 81-3

Malcolm McLeod         Head         M     80      Carpenter
Janet     do           Wife         M        74       do    Wife
Alexander  do          Son          U     34      Fisherman
Issabella  do          Daur         U        36   General Servant
Jessie     do          Visitor      U        12   Scholar
Notes on this Household:

All born Parish of Lochbroom, except Janet born at Assynt.

This family was in the 1871 census at Achlochan 71-63, in 1891 Alexander and his sister Isabella ("Bella") with three young children of Alexander are at Achlochan 91-75.

Malcolm McLeod, was a boatbuilder and carpenter, born about 1800 on the Isle Ristol. He married 24 June, 1828 to Janet "Jessie" McLeod, who was born at Badendaroch, Assynt, Sutherland. His death is registered as January 1889 at Achlochan, Widower of Jessie, Maiden Surname MacLeod, son of Murdo MacLeod and Mary, Maiden surname MacLeod.

Murdo and Jessie had six children;

  1. John, born 1830, christened 7 February, 1830,
  2. Roderick, born 1831,
  3. Catharine, born 1836,
  4. Flora, born 1837,
  5. Isabella, born 1840,
  6. Alexander, born 1846.

Flora married Murdoch McLeod who was born 1830 as son of Donald (born 1784, Gairloch) and Isabella Stewart on 10 February, 1859.

That Flora and Murdoch had a daughter Isabella, then emigrated to Queensland Australia. Their son William was born at sea. Their ten other children; Jessie, Roderick Donald, Christina, Mary, John, Christina, Jessie, Flora and George Alexander were born in Australia.

The above information comes from Paulette Flint in Australia (CONTACT INFO). Paulette is her family's genealogist, and her husband Ray is a descendant of Flora and Murdoch.

Roderick in the previous Household, Achlochan 81-2, is a son of Malcolm and Janet.

Donald McLeod at Polglass 81-24 is a brother of Malcolm.


Achlochan 81-4

Murdo McLean           Head         M     75      Crofter
Ann     do             Wife         M        74      do   Wife
Donald  do             Son          M     40      Fisherman
Jessie  do             DauL         M        30      do     Wife
Notes on this Household:

All born Parish of Lochbroom, except Jessie, who was born at Tongue in Sutherland.

Murdo, Ann, and Donald were in the 1871 census at Achlochan 71-66, in 1901 Donald and Jessie with five children are at Achlochan 91-76.

Murdo dies 24 March, 1885 at Achlochan, age 81 years, Informant his son Donald. The registration notes Ann's Maiden Surname was MacLeod, and his parents had been Kenneth McLean and Mary, Maiden Surname Beaton.

Anne dies 23 June, 1886 at Achlochan, age noted as 82 years, Donald again the Informant. Her parents are noted as having been Robert McLeod, a crofter, and Catherine, maiden surname McLeod.


Achlochan 81-5

Roderick McLeod        Head         M     60      Crofter
Jemina     do          Wife         M        58     do    Wife
Roderick   do          Son          M     29      Fisherman
Christina  do          Daur         M        25      do     Wife
Hugh       do          Son          U     19      Ag. Lab.
Maggie     do          Daur         U     33      Bedridden
John       do          GSon         U     3 mths  Infant
Henny McKenzie         Servant      U        33   General Servant
Notes on this Household:

All born Parish of Lochbroom. Though Christina is listed as a daughter, 1891 census shows she was daughter in law, wife of the younger Roderick.

In the 1871 census this family was at Achlochan 71-62, in 1895 the parents are both missing (Roderick dies 1885), the family is then at Achlochan 91-77.

"Jemina" is referred to in other documents as "Penelope", maiden surname MacDonald, in the 1891 census one of the children of the younger Roderick is another Penelope.

The death of Roderick is registered as 9 September, 1885 at Achlochan, aged 64 years, his parents noted as having been Roderick MacLeod and Anne, maiden surname MacKenzie, Informant his son Roderick.

There is registration of the birth 10 April 1889 at Achlochan of a daughter Kate to parents Roderick MacLeod and Christy MacKenzie, stating their marriage happened 5 February, 1880.


Achlochan 91-74

Roderick McLeod        Head         Mar   59      Boat Carpenter
Betsy McLeod           Wife         Mar      68         Do      Wife
Colin   Do             Son          Unm   19      Fisherman
Jane F. Do             Daur         Unm      17   Gen. Domestic Serv
Neil    Do             Son                13      Scholar
Thomas   Do            Son                10        Do
John     Do            Son                 8        Do
Notes on this Household:

This Household appears in Enumeration District 1, page 17. Roderick is marked as born in Lochbroom Parish, the rest at Sutherland, Brora. (That is probably a mistake, as 1881 notes all born Lochbroom, except Betsy born Parish of Clyne, Sutherland).

This family was in the 1881 census at Achlochan 81-2.

The death of Colin is registered as 14 May, 1909 drowned off the Big Rock of Coigach, noted as married though wife's name not given. his mother Elizabeth noted as maiden surname MacKay.

Alexander and Bella in the next Household, Achlochan 91-75, are siblings of Roderick.


Achlochan 91-75

Alexander McLeod       Head         Mar   42      Crofter & Fisherman
Bella       Do         Sister       Unm      45   Gen Serv (Dom)
Flora       Do         daur                   4
James       Do         son                 3
Malcolm     Do         son                 1
Notes on this Household:

This Household appears in Enumeration District 1, page 17. All are marked as born in Lochbroom Parish.

This family was in the 1881 census at Achlochan 81-3, Alexander and Bella's parents were alive then.

Roderick in the previous Household, Achlochan 81-74, is a brother of Alexander and Bella.

Donald McLeod at Polglass 81-24 is a brother of Malcolm.


Achlochan 91-76

Donald McLean          Head         Mar   53      Crofter
Jessie   Do            Wife         Mar      39      Do  Wife
Maggie    Do           daur                   9   Scholar
Alexander  Do          son                 8        Do
Henrietta  Do          daur                   6
Johan      Do          daur                   5
Annie      Do          daur                   2
Notes on this Household:

This Household appears in Enumeration District 1, page 17. All are marked as born in Lochbroom Parish, except Jessie born Sutherland, Tongue.

This family was in the 1881 census at Achlochan 81-4 with Donald's parents.


Achlochan 91-77

Roderick McLeod        Head         Mar   39      Crofter
Christina    Do        Wife         Mar      36       Do  Wife
Margaret     Do        Sister       Unm      44   Pauper
John        Do         Son                10      Scholar
Jessie      Do         daur                   9      Do
Roderick     Do        son                 7         Do
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Penelope McLeod        daur                   5
Katie McLeod           daur                   3
Hugh    Do             son                 1
Notes on this Household:

This Household appears in Enumeration District 1, page 17 and 18. All are marked as born in Lochbroom Parish. Spelling of "Katie" might be mistranscribed. Margaret is noted as "Imbecile".

This family was in the 1881 census at Achlochan 81-5 with Roderick's parents.


Achnahaird

Achnahaird is on the north side of Coigach, looking across Enard Bay to the Parish of Assynt in SutherlandShire, where many Coigach people had relatives. The name means "Field of the point".


The Parish Register includes mention of the following christenings at Achnahaird;

Achnahaird was rented as a tack of fiftyfour acres of fine grainfarming land for the family of the Tacksman, with twenty to thirty sub-tenants or crofters settled on rocky marginal ground there and at Reiff on lots of less than two acres each. The rent payed by the sub-tenants almost equalled the rent paid by the Tacksman, making for a very profitable arrangement to the MacKenzie family who held the tack from at least 1740 to 1851! Members and descendants of that family are in the following transcripts at Achnahaird 41-11, Achnahaird 51-58, Achnahaird 51-61, and Badentarbat, Dornie, Ullapool, Langwell, and Gruinard in various census years. I am gathering together the data on the family, including links to sources and descendants, and a chart tracing later generations in Canada, Australia, and elsewhere, in a file at corrie.htm

The Parish Register has the registration of seventeen children from various communities in Coigach happening 16 November 1828, a singular event, as the Minister rarely christened more than two or three children in a day.

Some of the christenings were clearly commemorative; three children from Altandhu and Reiff were christened "Rachel", and the three christenings at Achnahaird were all to girls given the name "Margaret McKenzie". Middle names were very unusual in the Parish Register, and my assumption is that the naming of the three girls was to honour a woman named Margaret McKenzie from Achnahaird who died shortly before 16 November 1828, probably the wife of Donald MacKenzie, who married 1825 with a son christened 1827, part of the Tacksman's family. See Achnahaird 41-11

The three christenings with Achnahaird parents were;

  1. Margaret McKenzie McLeod to Alexander
  2. Margaret McKenzie McLeod to Allan (see Achnahaird 41-3)
  3. Margaret McKenzie McDonald to Alexander



Achnahaird 41-1

James Ross                                35      Salmon Fisher
Alex Campbell                             15        "      "
Jno McLeod                                20        "      "
Rodk McKenzie                             20        "      "
Notes on this Household:

This Household appears in Enumeration District 13, page 1. All except James Ross listed as born in County.


Achnahaird 41-2

Jno McLeod                                35      Fisher and Crofter
Peggy McLeod                                 25
Notes on this Household:

This Household appears in Enumeration District 13, page 1. Both marked as born in County.


Achnahaird 41-3

Allan McLeod                              50      Crofter
Murdo McLeod                              20
Alex McLeod                               10
Kth McLeod                                 5
Jno McLeod                                 2
Janet McLeod                                 40        
Chirsty McLeod                                5
Notes on this Household:

This Household appears in Enumeration District 13, page 1. All are marked as born in County.

In the next census this family is at Achnahaird 51-56.

Allan's father Kenneth is also in the 1841 census, he is in Achiltibuie at Achiltibuie 41-44. Kenneth and his son Allan are ancestors of Maurice Keith French in New Zealand; see CONTACT INFO.

There is mention in the Parish Register 16 November 1828 of the christening of Margaret McKenzie McLeod to a father Allan at Achnahaird, see notes above.

Another christening was Kenneth, christened 17 October, 1830.


Achnahaird 41-4

Angus McLeod                              35      Crofter
Angus McLeod                               5
Jno McLeod                                 5
Alex McLeod                                1
Annabella McLeod                             30
Mary McLeod                                   3
Jane McLeod                                  10   F.S.
Notes on this Household:

This Household appears in Enumeration District 13, page 1. All marked as born in County, though the marking for the elder Angus looks like it was changed at some point! (the 1851 census says he was born in Assynt Parish of neighboring Sutherland County.) There is a slash mark beneath Mary's name, indicating the end of a family group.

In the 1851 census this family is at Achnahaird 51-50.

The death of Annabella is registered 1887 at Achnahaird aged 79 years, Widower of Angus MacLeod, her parents noted as having been Roderick MacLeod and Mary, maiden surname MacLeod.

The I.G.I. includes only one marriage that seems to match this family; 15 February, 1839 Angus McLeod married to Annabella MacKenzie at Assynt. This seems especially to fit, as the 1881 census gives Annabella's Parish of birth as Assynt. My guess is Angus earlier lived in the Strathpolly area of Coigach, and the marriage was registered in Assynt as the families at Strathpolly attend church there, and guess the maiden surname for Annabella was mistaken in the register or transcription thereof.


Achnahaird 41-5

Simon McLeod                              50      Tenant
James McLeod                              15
Flora McLeod                                  2
Kth McLeod                                 6
Annabella McLeod                             40
Notes on this Household:

This Household appears in Enumeration District 13, page 1. All marked as born in County.

In the 1851 census Simon and Anabella, with four children, are at Achiltibuie 51-90.


Achnahaird 41-6

Alex McLeod                               45      Crofter
Angus McLeod                               5
Wm McLeod                                  4
Ann McLeod                                   35
Mary McLeod                                  15
Margt McLeod                                 10
George McLeod                             45      Lodger 
Notes on this Household:

This Household appears in Enumeration District 13, page 2. All except Alex and Ann were marked as born in County. As elsewhere in the 1841 census, the occupation "Lodger" was later crossed out.

This family is in the 1851 census at Achnahaird 51-59, with Alexander being away from home then.

The death of Ann is registered at Achnahaird 1886, Widow of Alexander MacLeod. Her parents are noted as having been William MacLeod, Pensioner, and Christy, maiden surname MacLeod, Informant her son Angus. Her husband Alexander had death registered 1876 at Achnahaird, the registration notes his parents had been Angus MacLeod and Chirsty, maiden surname MacLeod.


Achnahaird 41-7

Murdo McLeod                              55      Tenant
Margt McLeod                                 50
Niel McLeod                               25      Fisher
Angus McLeod                              25        "
Chirsty McLeod                               20
Norman McLeod                             18
Dond McLeod                               15
Eliza McLeod                                 10
Peggy McLeod                                  8
Notes on this Household:

This Household appears in Enumeration District 13, page 2. All marked as born in County.

In the 1851 census this family is at Achnahaird 51-54. Margaret dies before then, and Murdoch is a Widower.

The Parish Register records the christening 20 January 1823 of Norman McLeod to a father Murdo at Achnahaird.

Neil marries 23 March 1848 to Margaret Robertson who is in this census at Achduart 41-2. They are in the 1851 census with Margaret's family at Achduart 51-9


Achnahaird 41-8

Kth. Stewart                              50      Fisher and Crofter
Jno Stewart                               15
Alexr Stewart                              8
Margt Stewart                                40
Chirsty Stewart                              10
Isabella Stewart                              5
Mary Stewart                                  4
Notes on this Household:

This Household appears in Enumeration District 13, page 2. All marked as born in County.

By time of the 1851 census this family has moved, see Achiltibuie 51-87, Kenneth is a Widower then.

Alexander marries in 1865 at Ardmair to Catherine McLeod of Elphin in Assynt Parish, they are gt-grandparents of Roderick "Hugh" Waterton (CONTACT INFO).


Achnahaird 41-9

Rodk McLeod                               55      Weaver
Murdo McLeod                              10
Alex McLeod                                5
Margt McLeod                                 40
Elizabeth McLeod                             10
Jno McLeod                                40
Notes on this Household:

This Household appears in Enumeration District 13, page 3. All are marked as born in County.

In the 1851 census this family is at Achnahaird 51-52. With them then is a 52 year old unmarried brother of Roderick named "George", possibly I have misread the last person in this Household's name, and the handwriting means "Geo", rather than "Jno".

The death of Roderick is registered 1857 at Achnahaird, aged 77 years, wife not noted as deceased then. His parents had been Murdoch MacLeod and Elizabeth, Maiden Surname MacKenzie.

The Parish Registration includes the marriage of Rodk McLeod Achnahaird to Margt McLeod Badentarbet in 1827, it seems to have been registered twice; 16 February, and 2 March.

1910 death registration of Elizabeth confirms names of the parents of the siblings.


Achnahaird 41-10

Jno McLeod                                35      Fisher and Crofter
Peggy McLeod                                 25
Dun McLean                                50      Crofter and Fisher
Jno McLean                                 5
Mdo McLean                                 5
Norman McLean                              4
Margt McLean                                 40
Ann McLean                                    2
Johanna McLean                               6 months
Notes on this Household:

This Household appears in Enumeration District 13, page 3. All except Margaret marked as born in County.

In the 1851 census the McLean family is in the neighbouring hamlet at Camuscoille 51-64.


Achnahaird 41-11

Murdo MacKenzie                           45      Farmer
George McKenzie                           35        "
Dond MacKenzie                            35        "
Kth MacKenzie                              4
Margaret MacKenzie                            3
James McLeod                              15      M.S.
Susanna McKenzie                             20
Norman McLean                             15      M.S.
Janet McLeod                                 25   F.S.
Annabella McLeod                             25   F.S.
Isabella Kerr                                20   F.S.
Hendry McLeod                                15   F.S.
Notes on this Household:

This Household appears in Enumeration District 13, page 3. All were marked as born in the County, except Susanna. (1851 census says she was born at Tain).

Murdo with a brother Alexander is in the 1851 census at Achnahaird 51-61. That Alexander is in this census with their sister Janet, wife of the Tacksman of Gruinard, at Gruinard 41-3. That Janet, with her brother Donald above, is in the 1851 census at Ullapool 51-51. William MacKenzie, Tacksman of Badentarbet at Badentarbet 41-1 is another brother of these MacKenzies.

Susanna ("Susan"), is mother of the two young children. In the 1851 census she is a Widow with four children at Achnahaird 51-58.

This MacKenzie family had been Tacksmen (principal tenants) of Achnahaird since at least 1740, and continue till shortly after the 1851 census, when George who was then Tacksman died, and his Widow Susanna is replaced by George MacLeod fromm Assynt.

Susan and her children emigrate to Tasmania in 1853 as part of an exodus of 15 Coigach families aboard the Sir Allan McNab, see McNab 524. Hugh Campbell (CONTACT INFO) is a Tasmanian historian and descendant of others aboard the McNab, he has sent me the hiring list, and an article he wrote for an historical Journal describing the emigration. Margaret Cameron of Howrah Tasmania (CONTACT INFO) is a descendant of Susan McKenzie, she has passed on lots of info on Susan's life in Tasmania.

From Hugh and Margaret's information, Susan seems to have been quite a strong person; aboard the McNab she was appointed "Matron", and once at Hobart she helped arrange for the hiring of all the unmarried women aboard the ship. Her unmarried brother Murdoch took over duties as school teacher aboard, when the person appointed to that position did "not satisfactorly perform his duties"!

When Susan and children emigrated in 1853, her brother Murdoch MacKenzie was listed as "Head of Household". Margaret thinks she has identified the 1851 census listing for Murdo, see Achendrean 51-22.

Margaret has a copy of a letter from the Ullapool Museum written by Roderick Mackenzie from Leckmelm May 30th 1825. The address on the envelope was Achnahaird. It reads;

Please know that it was such a mistake of Mr Maciver the sheep master to have named my son George from Achd. For he made not the smallest concern there. When I left that place I made it over to Murdo and when he went to America he sold his stock to Don who is now and since the tenant.

Perhaps when I (?couch) upon Geo. He would pas sometimes at Strathpollie and Achd(Achnahaird) and I will thank you for stating this to the Court
?--- ?--- I reman yours Rodk. Mackenzie

From the letter and other records, Margaret thinks it likely Murdo, George, and Donald were brothers and Susan was the wife of George who died in 1851 leaving her a widow and farmer of 51 acres as per 1851 census return.

I think "Mr Maciver the sheep master" is in this census at Ristol 41-2 as "Evander Campbell", his nephew there Murdo McKenzie is I think shown in a christening 30 July 1816; "Dond McKenzie Ullapool, Murdo, a bastard". Though the father is listed as resident at Ullapool, the other three christenings that day were at Coigach, possibly Donald MacKenzie above was the father.

The Tacksmen/tenants of Achnahaird are briefly mentioned in Peoples and Settlement in NW Ross (SOURCE INFO), that book says Roderick Mackenzie became Tacksman of Achnahaird in 1795, took over Inverpolly as well in 1810, and was joint Tenant with his son George from 1833 till 1848. George was sole tenant from 1848, and died in 1851. George was we think the husband of Susan.

A brother of these MacKenzies, Alexander, testified in the 1860s in dispute between the government and the landlady of Coigach regarding salmon fishing rights. He mentions an uncle, "Captain Scobie from Assynt", and finding his death registration shows Roderick MacKenzie's wife had been Catherine Scobie.

The Parish Register records the marriage 19 January 1825 of "Donald McKenzie of Achnahaird to Miss Margaret McKenzie Torrbreck Assynt". One christening to a Donald at Achnahaird appears same period; George, christened 21 June, 1827. I think Margaret died shortly after, and was well respected in that 16 November, 1828 three children to various families at Achnahaird were christened "Margaret McKenzie". Middle names were very unusual in the Parish Register.

The Parish Register lists the marriage 31 January 1850 of "John McLeod a Shepherd at Altandubh to Isabella Kerr from Reiff, daughter of Donald Kerr, a Tenant there". Her family is at Reiff 41-11.

In the 1851 Census Isabella and her new husband John McLeod are on the Isle Ristol at Ristol 51-1. Visiting with them is a sister of Isabella's, Christina, who emigrates two years later to Tasmania aboard the Sir Allan McNab with the Susan McKenzie who is in this Household!

Susan McKenzie above would probably have become acquainted with the many Kerr siblings and cousins who were aboard the Sir Allan McNab through Isabella.

Ron Williams (CONTACT INFO) is descended from Isabella's sister, Christina Kerr of Reiff, who emigrated aboard the McNab (mcnab 519). Ron and his brother-in-law, Geoff Butler (CONTACT INFO), have done lots of research on the Coigach Kerrs, and their descendants in Tasmania.

In 1861 Isabella is at Faochag, without husband and children, but later censuses confirm it is her, as the childrens names and ages match the births to John McLeod and Isabella Kerr listed in the I.G.I. See Faochag 61-31.


Achnahaird 51-50

Angus MacLeod          Head         Mar.  49      Subtenant of 1&1/2 acres
Annabella Do.          Wife         Mar.     42
Angus     Do.          Son                17
John      Do.          Son                14
Mary      Do           Daur                  12
Alexander  Do.         Son                 9
Jane       Do          Daur.                  7
Roderick   Do          Son                 5
Chirsty    Do          Daur.                  2
Notes on this Household:

This Household appears in this census on page 15 of Enumeration District 8. All were born in Lochbroom Parish, except the older Angus, who was born in Assynt Parish of Sutherlandshire.

In the previous census this family is at Achnahaird 41-4, In 1861 they are at Achnahaird 61-3.

The death of Angus is registered as 1870 at Achnahaird, aged 69 years, his wife noted as Annabella MacLeod, and his parents noted as having been Angus MacLeod and Jane, Maiden Surname MacLeod.

The death of Annabella is registered 1887 at Achnahaird aged 79 years, Widower of Angus MacLeod, her parents noted as having been Roderick MacLeod and Mary, maiden surname MacLeod.

The I.G.I. includes only one marriage that seems to match this family; 15 February, 1839 Angus McLeod married to Annabella MacKenzie at Assynt. This seems especially to fit, as the 1881 census gives Annabella's Parish of birth as Assynt. My guess is Angus earlier lived in the Strathpolly area of Coigach, and the marriage was registered in Assynt as the families at Strathpolly attend church there, and guess the maiden surname for Annabella was mistaken in the register or transcription thereof.


Achnahaird 51-51

John MacLean           Head         Mar   32      Subtenant of 1 acre
Jane MacLean           Wife         Mar      26
Hugh MacLean           Son                 5
John MacLean           Son                 3
Roderick  Do           Son                 1
Jannet Macrae          Servt                 10   Nurse
Notes on this Household:

This Household appears in this census on page 15 of Enumeration District 8. All marked as born in Lochbroom Parish.

In the 1861 census this family is listed as being resident at Little Altandow, I think an outflung Household of Achnahaird.

Birth registrations of two children to this family show that Jane's maiden surname was also McLean!


Achnahaird 51-52

Roderick MacLeod       Head         Mar   70      Subtenant of 1 1/2 acre
Margaret Do.           Wife         Mar      51
Murdoch MacLeod        Son          U.    23
Elizabeth Do           Daur         U        21
Alexander Do           Son          U.    18
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George MacLeod         Brother      U.    52      Salmon Fisher
Notes on this Household:

This Household appears in this census on pages 15 and 16 of Enumeration District 8. All marked as born in Lochbroom Parish.

In the 1841 census this family was at Achnahaird 41-9. In 1861 the three children, with their uncle George, are at Achnahaird 61-5.

The death of Roderick is registered as 12 September, 1857 at Achnahaird, aged 77 years, wife not noted as deceased then. Informant of Roderick's death, his son Murdo (above) notes his parents had been Murdoch MacLeod and Elizabeth, maiden surname MacKenzie, which agrees with the 1875 death registration of George above.

The Parish Registration includes the marriage of Roderick McLeod Achnahaird to Margaret McLeod Badentarbet in 1827, it seems to have been registered twice; 16 February, and 2 March.

1910 death registration of Elizabeth confirms names of the parents of the siblings.


Achnahaird 51-53

Roderick MacKenzie     Head         Mar.  32      Subtenant of 1 1/2 acre
Janet MacKenzie        Wife         Mar.     35
Isabella  Do           Daur                   7
Angus     Do           Son                 6
Anabella   Do          Daur                   5
Mary     Do            Daur                   3
Notes on this Household:

This Household appears in this census on page 16 of Enumeration District 8. All marked as born in Lochbroom Parish, except Roderick born in Assynt.

Cannot see this family in the 1841 census. In the 1861 census they are at Achnahaird 61-4. Interesting that the 1871 census says everyone was born in Assynt!

Janet's death is registered 1889, the registration notes her parents had been John MacLeod and Isabella, Maiden Surname MacIver.

Civil Registration of the birth of their daughter Christina 14 March, 1856 confirms that Janet's maiden surname was McLeod.


Achnahaird 51-54

Murdoch MacLeod        Head         Widr. 66      Subtenant of 1 1/2 Acres
Angus    Do            Son          U     34      Herring Fisher
Norman    Do.          Son          U.    27      Dealing in buying and
                                                             Selling Cattle
Donald     Do.         Son          U.    25      H. Fisher
Eliza      Do          Daur         U.       23
Peggy     Do           Daur         U.       19
Ann       Do           Visitor      U.       62   -Servt at home-
Ann        Do          Servt.                10   House Servt.
Notes on this Household:

This Household appears in this census on page 16 of Enumeration District 8. All marked as born in Lochbroom Parish. The occupation of the older Ann MacLeod was later crossed out.

In the 1841 census this family was at Achnahaird 41-7. Murdoch's wife Margaret was still alive then.


Achnahaird 51-55

Murdoch MacLeod        Head         Mar   52      Subtenant of 1 1/2 Acre
Mary    Do             Wife         Mar.     48
Henny   Do             Daur         U        23
Janet    Do            Daur.        Un.      21
Donald    Do           Son                14
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Chirsty MacLeod        Daur.                 10
Kenneth    Do          Visitor      Un    52      Crofter
Notes on this Household:

This Household appears in this census on pages 16 and 17 of Enumeration District 8. All marked as born at Assynt, except Donald and Christy born in Lochbroom Parish.

In the 1841 census this family was at Camuscoile 41-1, in 1861 they are at Achnahaird 61-7, with them then is a 19 year old visitor, Norman McLeod, who in this census is in the next Household at Achnahaird 51-56.

Murdo's death is registered 1879 at Achnahaird, age 78 years, Mary's Maiden Surname noted as also MacLeod. His parents are noted as having been Donald McLeod and Henny, Maiden Surname McNicol.

Mary's death is registered 1887 at Achnahaird, aged 83 years, her parents noted as having been William MacLeod and Anne, maiden surname MacLeod, Informant her daughter Henny.

Murdoch's father Donald is probably in this and the 1841 census at Assynt, however his death is registered as 15 January, 1856 at Achnahaird, aged 91 years. Donald's parents are noted in the death registration as having been Norman McLeod and Henny, Maiden Surname McLeod. Murdoch was Informant on the registration.


Achnahaird 51-56

Allan MacLeod          Head         Mar.  63      Subtenant of l&1/2 acres
Janet   Do.            Wife         Mar.     52
Chirsty  Do            Daur                  14
John      Do           Son                12
Norman    Do.          Son                 9
Janet     Do.          Visitor               15   Farm servt. at home
Notes on this Household:

This Household appears in this census on page 17 of Enumeration District 8. All were born in Lochbroom Parish, except both Janet MacLeods, who were born in Assynt Parish of Sutherlandshire.

In the previous census this family is at Achnahaird 41-3.

In the next census young Norman is a 19 year old visitor to the McLeod family at Achnahaird 61-7, that family is in this census in the previous Household at Achnahaird 51-55. Norman is an ancestor of Maurice Keith French in New Zealand (CONTACT INFO)


Achnahaird 51-57

Roderick MacLean       Head         Mar   60      Subtenant of 1 1/2 Acre
Mary MacLean           Wife         Mar      48
Chirsty  Do            Daur.                 13
Malcolm   Do           Son                10      Scholar (at home)
Roderick  Do           Son                 8
Notes on this Household:

This Household appears in this census on page 17 of Enumeration District 8. Roderick marked as born in the Parish of Lochs on the Isle of Lewis, Mary at Assynt, and the children all marked as born in Lochbroom Parish.

In the 1841 census this family was at Badentarbet 41-7, with Roderick listed as "Rory", also with them then was Mary's mother, Ellen McLeod. In the 1861 census Mary is Widowed and alone at Altandhu 61-7.

Roderick dies 19 March 1855 aged 70, 60 years in Coigach. His death registration gives Mary's maiden surname as MacKenzie, names the three children above aged then 17, 14, and 10, with Chirsty as "Christina". Also listed is his birthplace as Stornoway, and his parents as Kenneth McLean and Catherine Smith. Interesting that he was buried on Tanera, I can see no connection to families there. Informant of his death was his Widow, Mary.

Mary's death is registered as 23 September, 1879 at Altandhu aged about 80 years, her parents having been Roderick McKenzie, a crofter, and his wife Ellen McLeod, the Informant John McLean is noted as "son of the sister of deceased's husband".


Achnahaird 51-58

Susan MacKenzie        Head         W.       34   Farmer of 51 acres
Kenneth Do             Son                14
Maggy   Do             Daur.                 12
Roderick  Do           Son                 9
Catherine Do           Daur.                  7
Elizabeth McLeod       Servt.       U        28   House Sevt.
Janet Stewart          Servt.       U.       18   House Servt.
Notes on this Household:

This Household appears in this census on page 17 of Enumeration District 8. All were born in Lochbroom Parish, except Susan who was born in Tain Parish, County of Ross.

In the previous census Susan and the two oldest of her children were at Achnahaird 41-11.

Hugh Campbell (CONTACT INFO) is a Tasmanian historian and descendant of others aboard the McNab, he has sent me the hiring list, and an article he wrote for an historical Journal describing the emigration. Margaret Cameron of Howrah Tasmania (CONTACT INFO) is a descendant of Susan McKenzie, she has passed on lots of info on Susan's life in Tasmania.

Susan and her children emigrate to Tasmania two years later in 1853 as part of an exodus of 15 Coigach families aboard the Sir Allan McNab, see McNab 524. They travel with her unmarried brother Murdoch, who is listed as being from Ardendrean. When Susan and children emigrated, her brother Murdoch MacKenzie was listed as "Head of Household". Margaret thinks she has identified the 1851 census listing for Murdo, see Achendrean 51-22.

From Hugh and Margaret's information, Susan seems quite a strong person; aboard the McNab she was appointed "Matron", and once at Hobart she helped arrange for the hiring of all the unmarried women aboard the ship. Her unmarried brother Murdoch took over duties as schoolteacher aboard, when the person appointed to that position did "not satisfactorly perform his duties"!

Susan's husband, George McKenzie, died shortly before this census. He was Tacksman (principle Tenant) for Achnahaird. The Cromartie book (SOURCE) says that George McLeod from Assynt became Tacksman at Achnahaird in 1851 (the year of this census), so I assume Susan's listing here as "Farmer of 51 acres" ended within a few months. George McLeod is Tacksman in the next census at Achnahaird 61-9.

Two brothers of Susan's late husband are nearby in this census at Achnahaird 51-61. Another brother, William, was Tacksman of Badentarbet from 1825 to 1842. He was in the 1841 census at Badentarbet 41-1. In 1842 he and all his subtenants were removed bt the Factor, because of repeated rent arrears. In this census he is Crofter of 1 & 3/4 acres at Dornie 51-48.


Achnahaird 51-59

Ann MacLeod            Head         Mar      48   Subtenants Wife
Mary MacLeod           Daur.        U.       26
Angus    Do            Son                17
William  Do            Son                14      Scholar at home
Notes on this Household:

This Household appears in this census on pages 18 of Enumeration District 8. Ann and Mary marked as born at Assynt, the two sons born in Lochbroom Parish.

In the 1841 census this family was at Achnahaird 41-6, in 1861 they are at Achnahaird 61-1, Ann's husband Alexander was home in both of those censuses.

The death of Ann is registered at Achnahaird 1886, Widow of Alexander MacLeod. Her parents are noted as having been William MacLeod, Pensioner, and Christy, maiden surname MacLeod, Informant her son Angus. Her husband Alexander had death registered 1876 at Achnahaird, the registration notes his parents had been Angus MacLeod and Chirsty, maiden surname MacLeod.

In the 1861 census there is an 8 year old grandson of Alexander and Ann in the Household, named Alexander McLennan, born in Coigach, I am unsure if he was a Camuscoille or Reiff MacLennan.


Achnahaird 51-60

Donald Morrison        Head         Mar.  52      Subtenant of 1 1/2 Acres
Isabella  Do           Wife         Mar      52
Mary      Do           Daur.        U.       21
Duncan    Do           Son                13
Notes on this Household:

This Household appears in this census on page 18 of Enumeration District 8. All marked as born in Lochbroom Parish.

In the 1841 census this family was at Badentarbet 41-2. In 1861 Donald and children are at Achnahaird 61-8.

The Parish Register includes the marriage 11 August 1820 of Donald Morison Letter to Isobel Campbell "Breamore".

A daughter of Donald and Isabella, Chirsty, married 18 January 1850 to Murdoch McKenzie of Polbain, and is in this census at Polbain 51-34. In the 1861 census Chirsty is Widowed with a 7 year old daughter, and Isabella visiting her at Polbain 61-15.


Achnahaird 51-61

Alexander MacKenzie    Head         U.    66      Pauper (Was a Sheep farmer)
Murdoch      Do        Brother      U.    56      Fish Curer
End of Achnahaird

Notes on this Household:

This Household appears in this census on page 18 of Enumeration District 8. Alexander was born in Assynt Parish of Sutherland, and Murdoch was born in Lochbroom Parish.

Given Alexander's former occupation listed as Sheep farmer, I think these two brothers were part of the Tacksman's family that was in the 1841 census at Achnahaird 41-11, sons of Roderick MacKenzie and Catherine Scobie. There was a matching age Murdoch MacKenzie there. Another inhabitant of that household was Susan MacKenzie, who appears in this census at Achnahaird 51-58, she is listed as a widow, and Farmer of 51 acres. I think Susan was Widow of George MacKenzie, a brother of Alexander and Murdoch.

Another brother of these MacKenzies, William, was Tacksman of Badentarbet from 1825 to 1842. He was in the 1841 census at Badentarbet 41-1. In 1842 he and all his subtenants were removed bt the Factor, because of repeated rent arrears. In this census he is Crofter of 1 & 3/4 acres at Dornie 51-48.


Achnahaird 61-1

Alexander McLeod       Head         Mar   72      Tenant
Ann         Do         Wife         Mar      68
Angus       Do         Son          Un    32      Ag Lab
Mary        Do         Daur         Un       29   Domestic Servt
William     Do         Son          Un    27      Fisherman
Alexander McLennan     GrSon               8      Herdboy
Notes on this Household:

This Household is on page 21 of Enumeration District 2. Alexander and Ann marked as born in Assynt, SutherlandShire, the rest in Coigach.

This family was in the 1851 census at Achnahaird 51-59. In 1871 they are at Achnahaird 71-90.

The death of Ann is registered at Achnahaird 1886, Widow of Alexander MacLeod. Her parents are noted as having been William MacLeod, Pensioner, and Christy, maiden surname MacLeod, Informant her son Angus. Her husband Alexander had death registered 1876 at Achnahaird, the registration notes his parents had been Angus MacLeod and Chirsty, maiden surname MacLeod.

In 1862 Alexander testified in "the Coigach Salmon Case", he stated;

"I was born in Assynt, and I came to Strathpolly when I was about 14 years old. I lived there for 21 years, after which I went to Achnahaird where I have been ever since."

Young Angus marries 22 November, 1866 in Assynt Parish to Jeane McLeod, they are in the 1871 census next to his parents at Achnahaird 71-89. The 1897 death registration of Angus notes his mother Ann, above, was Maiden Surname McLeod.

Not sure yet who Alexander McLennan's parents were.


Achnahaird 61-2

Neil McLeod            Head         Mar   57      Tenant & Fisher
Margt.   Do            Wife         Mar      35
Ann      Do            Daur                  12   Scholar
Peggy     Do           Daur                  10      Do
William   Do           Son                 8         Do
Simon     Do           Son                 6
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Mary McLeod            Daur                   3
Murdoch  Do            Son               4mo
Alexander Do           Servt        Un    31      Ag Lab
Notes on this Household:

This Household is on pages 21 and 22 of Enumeration District 2. All marked as born in Coigach.

Neil, Margaret, and Ann, were in the 1851 census with Margaret's MacRae family at Achduart 51-9. This family is in the 1871 census at Achnahaird 71-91.

Young Simon marries 8 March 1894 to Maggie Ross of Reiff (see Reiff 71-70).


Achnahaird 61-3

Angus McLeod           Head         Mar   58      Tenant & Fisher
Anabella  Do           Wife         Mar      52
Mary      Do           Daur         Un       22   Tenants Daur
Jane       Do          Daur         Un       18      Do     Do
Roderick   Do          Son          Un    15      Ag Lab
Christina  Do          Daur                  12   Scholar
Notes on this Household:

This Household is on page 22 of Enumeration District 2. All marked as born in Coigach.

In the 1851 census this family was at Achnahaird 51-50. In 1871 Anabella is a Widow, living with various relatives at Achnahaird 71-92.

The death of Angus is registered as 9 April, 1870 at Achnahaird, aged 69 years, his wife noted as Annabella MacLeod, and his parents noted as having been Angus MacLeod and Jane, Maiden Surname MacLeod, Informant his daughter Jane.

The death of Annabella is registered 1887 at Achnahaird aged 79 years, Widower of Angus MacLeod, her parents noted as having been Roderick MacLeod and Mary, maiden surname MacLeod.

The I.G.I. includes only one marriage that seems to match this family; 15 February, 1839 Angus McLeod married to Annabella MacKenzie at Assynt. Though the Maiden Surname for Annabella does not match this seems especially to fit, as the 1881 census gives Annabella's Parish of birth as Assynt. My guess is Angus earlier lived in the Strathpolly area of Coigach, where there were two Angus MacLeods in the 1798 Militia List, and the marriage was registered in Assynt as the families at Strathpolly attend church there, and guess the maiden surname for Annabella was mistaken in the register or transcription thereof.


Achnahaird 61-4

Roderick McKenzie      Head         Mar   42      Fisherman
Janet         Do       Wife         Mar      44
Isabella      Do       Daur         Un       17   Fishermans Daur
Angus         Do       Son                15
Anabella      Do       Daur                  14   Scholar
Mary          Do       Daur                  12     Do
Murdo         Do       Son                10        Do
John          Do       Son                 8
Christina     Do       Daur                   4
Notes on this Household:

This Household is on page 22 of Enumeration District 2. Roderick was born in Assynt Parish of SutherlandShire, Janet marked as born in Lochbroom Parish, and their children in Coigach.

This family was in the 1851 census at Achnahaird 51-53. They are in the 1871 census at Achnahaird 71-93.

Janet's death is registered 1889, the registration notes her parents had been John MacLeod and Isabella, Maiden Surname MacIver.

Interesting that the 1871 census says everyone was born in Assynt!

Civil Registration of the birth of their daughter Christina 14 March 1856 confirms that Janet's maiden surname was McLeod.

In a tragic accident shortly before the next census, 17 February, 1871, young Angus and John above, with another Achnahaird lad, Angus MacLeod (not found in this census, however in 1851 he was at Achnahaird 51-50) died when their boat was swamped returning from setting lobster creels, see the file at "Three young men drowned".


Achnahaird 61-5

Murdo McLeod           Head         Un    32      Fisherman
Eliza     Do           Sister       Un       28   Domestic Servt.
Alexander  Do          Brother      Un    26      Ag Lab
George     Do          Uncle        Un    55      Do  Do
Notes on this Household:

This Household is on page 22 of Enumeration District 2. All marked as born in Coigach.

In the 1851 census this family was at Achnahaird 51-52 with parents Roderick and Margaret. In 1871 they are at Achnahaird 71-94.

The 1875 death registration of George notes parents had been Murdo MacLeod and Elizabeth, maiden surname MacKenzie, agreeing with the 1857 death registration of Roderick MacLeod, father of the siblings above.

1910 death registration of Elizabeth confirms names of the parents of the siblings.


Achnahaird 61-6

A family Consisting of 4 persons have been Absent on 7th April
Notes on this Household:

This Household is on page 22 of Enumeration District 2.

Not sure who the missing people were....


Achnahaird 61-7

Murdo McLeod           Head         Mar   62      Tenant
Mary McLeod            Wife                  57
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Henny McLeod           Daur         Un       32   Genl Servt
Donald   Do            Son          Un    23      Fisherman
Christina Do           Daur         Un       20   Tenants Daur
Norman McLeod          Visitor      Un    19      Ag Lab
Notes on this Household:

This Household is on pages 22 and 23 of Enumeration District 2. Murdoch, Mary, and Henny marked as born in Assynt Parish of SutherlandShire, the rest born in Coigach.

This family was in the 1851 census at Achnahaird 51-55. In 1871 the family is at Achnahaird 71-96.

Murdo's death is registered 1879 at Achnahaird, age 78 years, Mary's maiden surname noted as also MacLeod. His parents are noted as having been Donald McLeod and Henny, Maiden Surname McNicol.

Mary's death is registered 1887 at Achnahaird, aged 83 years, her parents noted as having been William MacLeod and Anne, maiden surname MacLeod, Informant her daughter Henny.

In the last census Norman was with his family at Achnahaird 51-56. He is in the 1871 census at Achnahaird 71-95. Norman is an ancestor of Maurice Keith French in New Zealand (CONTACT INFO)


Achnahaird 61-8

Donald Morrison        Head         Mar   61      Tenant
Thomas    Do           Son          Un    39      Shepherd
Duncan    Do           Son          Un    23      Fisherman
Donald Morrison        GrSon               7
Catherine McLean       Servt        Un       38   Domestic Servt
Notes on this Household:

This Household is on page 23 of Enumeration District 2. All marked as born in Coigach, except young Donald born in Assynt Parish of SutherlandShire.

This family was in the 1851 census at Achnahaird 51-60, with them then was Donald's now missing wife, Isabella Campbell. Isabella is in this census with her Widowed daughter Christina ("Chirsty") at Polbain 61-15.

In the 1871 census this family is at Achnahaird 71-97, Donald is a Widower then, and Duncan is married with two young daughters.


Achnahaird 61-9

George McLeod          Head         Un    72      Tacksman
Ann McKenzie           Servt        Un       46   House Maid
John McLean            Servt        Un    35      Ploughman
Angus McLeod           Servt        Un    24          Do
Barbara McLeod         Servt        Un       26   Domestic Servt
Rodk. McKenzie         Servt              14      Herdboy
Notes on this Household:

This Household is on page 23 of Enumeration District 2. George and Ann were born in Assynt Parish of SutherlandShire, the rest were born in Coigach.

The Cromartie book (SOURCE) on page 237 says that George McLeod from Assynt became Tacksman (principle Tenant) at Achnahaird in 1851.

George dies a few years after this census, his death registration includes the following details;


Achnahaird 61-Little Altandow

John McLean            Head         Mar   41      Shepherd
Jane     Do            Wife         Mar      37
Hugh     Do            Son                15      Scholar
Donald    Do           Son                 7
Rodk.     Do           Son                 5
Kenneth   Do           Son                 3
Notes on this Household:

This Household is on page 23 of Enumeration District 2, following the 9 Households at Achnahaird. Place of residence is listed as "Little Altandow", though the 1851 census has this family listed as one of those at Achnahaird. All are marked as born at Coigach, except Jane is marked as born at Lochbroom.

In the 1851 census this family was at Achnahaird 51-51.

Roderick's birth is in the Civil Registration index as 24 January 1856, Kenneth's as 19 February 1858, both list Jane's maiden surname as also being McLean!

The birth of young Roderick is in the I.G.I. both as an extraction from the Civil Registration index, and also as a Patron Submission, indicating there is a Mormon somewhere climbing this family tree.

In 1871 at Tanera 71-3 is an 11 year old Kenneth McLean born at Achnahaird, visiting a McLean family there. I think that is the 3 year old Kenneth above.


Achnahaird 71-89

Angus McLeod           Head         Mar   36      Crofter
Jean    do             Wife         Mar      34
Angus   do             Son                 4
George  do             Son                 2
Notes on this Household:

This Household appears on Page 18 of Enumeration District 2. All marked as born in Ross Shire, except Jean born in Sutherland Shire.

Angus was with his parents in the 1861 census at Achnahaird 61-1. In the 1881 census this family is at Achnahaird 81-1.

The death of Angus is registered at Achnahaird 1897 aged 63 year, married to Jane, Maiden Surname McLeod, his parents noted as having been Alexander McLeod and Ann, Maiden Surname McLeod. His parents family (father missing) are in this census in the next Household at Achnahaird 71-90.

The I.G.I. lists the marriage 4 January, 1866 of Angus McLeod to Jeane McLeod in Assynt Parish. Also listed is the birth registration 22 November, 1866 of Angus to parents Angus McLeod and Jane McLeod, young Angus is with his grandparents in the next Household.


Achnahaird 71-90

Ann McLeod             Wife         Mar      72   Crofter's Wife
William McLeod         Son          Unm   33      Fisherman
Bell McLean            Servant      Unm      19   General Serv
Angus McLeod           GranSon             4
Roderick McLeod        Visitor      unm   40      Fisherman
Notes on this Household:

This Household appears on Page 19 of Enumeration District 2. Ann and Roderick marked as born in SutherlandShire, the others in Ross Shire.

Ann's missing husband Alexander was with this family in the 1861 census at Achnahaird 61-1.

The death of Ann is registered at Achnahaird 1886, Widow of Alexander MacLeod. Her parents are noted as having been William MacLeod, Pensioner, and Christy, maiden surname MacLeod, Informant her son Angus. Her husband Alexander had death registered as 17 June, 1876 at Achnahaird, aged 89 years, Informant also his son Angus. The registration notes his parents had been Angus MacLeod and Chirsty, maiden surname MacLeod.

Young Angus above is a grandson of Ann, his birth noted in the Civil Registration index as 22 November, 1866, parents Angus McLeod and Jane McLeod, that Angus (the father) was a son of Alexander an Ann, in the previous Household at Achnahaird 71-89.


Achnahaird 71-91

Neil McLeod            Head         Mar   60      Crofter
Peggy McLeod           Wife         Mar      47
Ann      do            Daur         Unm      22   General Servant
Maggy    do            Daur         Unm      19   General Serv
Simon     do           Son          Unm   15      Hird
William   do           Son          Unm   17      Fisherman
Mary     do            Daur         Serv     13   Nurse
Murdo     do           Son                10      Scholar
Notes on this Household:

This Household appears on Page 19 of Enumeration District 2. All marked as born in Ross Shire. Simon's occupation was first written as "Fisherman", then crossed out.

In 1861 this family was at Achnahaird 61-2, in 1881 they are at Achnahaird 81-2.

Earlier censuses show Peggy was a MacRae from Achduart.

Young Simon marries 8 March 1894 to Maggie Ross of Reiff (see Reiff 71-70).


Achnahaird 71-92

Annabella McLeod       Head         W.       60   Crofter
Jean       do          Daur         Unm      27   Domestic Serv
Rory       do          Son          Unm   24      Farm Serv
Mary       do          Grandaur               8   Scholar
Angus      do          GranSon             5
Notes on this Household:

This Household appears on Page 19 of Enumeration District 2. All marked as born in Ross Shire.

In the 1861 census Annabella's husband Angus was still alive, see Achnahaird 61-3. In the 1881 census Jean "Jane" has married Heugh MacLean, they are living at Achnahaird 81-3 with three daughters and Jean's mother Annabella.

The death of Annabella is registered 1887 at Achnahaird aged 79 years, Widower of Angus MacLeod, her parents noted as having been Roderick MacLeod and Mary, maidem surname MacLeod.


Achnahaird 71-93

Rory McKenzie          Head         Mar   50      Crofter
Janet  do              Wife         Mar      50
Annabella do           Daur         Unm      24   Dressmaker
Mary      do           dur          Unm      22   General serv
Murdo     do           Son          Unm   20      Fisherman
Chirsty    do          Dau          Unm      14   Domestic Servant
Notes on this Household:

This Household appears on Page 19 of Enumeration District 2. All marked as born in Sutherland Shire, except Chirsty having no place of birth marked.

Janet's death is registered as 1889 at Achnahaird, The registration notes her parents had been John MacLeod and Isabella, Maiden Surname MacIver.

This family was in the 1861 census at Achnahaird 61-4. That and earlier censuses say only Roderick was born in Assynt, the rest in Lochbroom. The family is in the 1881 census at Achnahaird 81-4.

Civil Registration of the birth of their daughter Christina ("Chirsty" above) 14 March 1856 confirms that Janet's maiden surname was McLeod.


Achnahaird 71-94

Christy Mcleod         Serv         Unm      34   General Serv
Murdo McLeod           Head         Unm   40      Crofter
George   do            Serv         Unm   80      Farmer's Servant
Alexander do           Serv         Unm   36      Crofter
Elisabeth              Daur                  38   Domestic Serv
Notes on this Household:

This Household appears on Page 20 of Enumeration District 2. All are marked as born in Ross Shire.

This family was in the 1861 census at Achnahaird 61-5. In the 1881 census Murdo, Alexander, and Elizabeth, along with two nieces, are at Achnahaird 81-5.

It appears a little confusing because family relationships are not spelled out above, but from other referances, including the 1857 death registration of George's brother Roderick, it is clear Murdo, Alexander, Elisabeth, and possibly Christy were siblings, and George was their uncle.

The 1875 death registration of George notes parents had been Murdo MacLeod and Elizabeth, maiden surname MacKenzie, Informant was his nephew Murdo above.

1910 death registration of Elizabeth confirms names of the parents of the siblings as Roderick MacLeod and Margaret, maiden surname MacLeod.


Achnahaird 71-95

Norman McLeod          Head         Unm   29      Farmer of 8 acres
Christy Mcleod         Serv         Unm      34   General Serv
Barbra   do            Visitor      Unm      35   General Serv
Janet McLeod           Visitor      Unm      10   Scholar
Notes on this Household:

This Household appears on Page 20 of Enumeration District 2. Norman and Chirsty are marked as born in Ross Shire, Barbra and Janet at Sutherland Shire.

Norman was in the 1861 census as visitor to a McLeod family at Achnahaird 61-7.

A few months after this census, on 27 June 1871 at Lochinver across the Enard Bay in Assynt Parish of Sutherlandshire, Norman marries Barbara Borthwick, who shows up in this census as a servant a few Households away, see Achnahaird 71-98. Norman and Barbara have a child Janet born 30 July 1872 at Achnahaird, then emigrate to New Zealand aboard the ship "Agnes Muir", where they settled and had three more children. Norman and Barbara are ancestors of Maurice Keith French who now lives in New Zealand; CONTACT INFO.


Achnahaird 71-96

Murdo McLeod           Head         Mar   73      Crofter
Mary     do            Wife         Mar      60
Henny    do            Daur         Unm      34   General Serv
Janet    do            Daur         Unm      33   General Serv
Ann Morison            GranDaur               6   Scholar
Notes on this Household:

This Household appears on Page 20 of Enumeration District 2. All are marked as born in Sutherland Shire, except Ann Morison born in RossShire.

In the 1861 census this family was at Achnahaird 61-7, with them then as a visitor was Norman McLeod, who is in this census as Head of the previous Household at Achnahaird 71-95. In the 1881 census the family is at Achnahaird 81-7, Mary is Widowed by then.

Murdo's death is registered as 4 June, 1879 at Achnahaird, age 78 years, Mary's Maiden Surname noted as also MacLeod. His parents are noted as having been Donald McLeod and Henny, Maiden Surname McNicol.

Mary's death is registered as 23 January, 1887 at Achnahaird, aged 83 years, her parents noted as having been William MacLeod and Anne, maiden surname MacLeod, Informant her daughter Henny.

The birth of young Ann Morison above was registered 8 April 1864 as "Ann MacLeod", daughter of Janet (above), with no father listed. Morrison was not a common surname in Lochbroom Parish, I wonder if the father was one of the Morrisons in the next Household, Achnahaird 71-97?


Achnahaird 71-97

Donald Morrison        Head         Widr  73      Farmer of 8 acres
Duncan    do           Son          Mar   35      Shoemaker
Mary      do           Wife         Mar      23
Isabella   do          Daur                   2
Christy    do          Daur                  4m
Isabella McLeod        Serv.        Unm      19   General Serv.
Notes on this Household:

This Household appears on Page 20 of Enumeration District 2. All are marked as born in Ross Shire.

Ths family was in 1861 at Achnahaird 61-8. Donald's wife Isabella was then visiting a Widowed daughter Christina McKenzie at Polbain 61-15. Christina and her daughter are in this census at Polbain 71-20.

Cannot see this family in the 1881 census at Coigach.

Duncan Morrison married Mary Rae 26 March 1868 in the neighbouring Parish of Assynt. Mary was a daughter of John Rae, the sheep manager at Inverpolly (close to the Assynt Parish Boundary) and Hughina Sutherland. She was with her family in the 1861 census at Inverpolly 61-1, in this census that family is enumerated at Inverpolly 71-2.

Probably Ann Morison in the previous Household, Achnahaird 71-96, was related to this family.


Achnahaird 71-98

Thomas McKenzie        Head         Mar   49      Farmer
John    Do             Son          Unm   15      Scholar
Mary    do             Daur         Unm      13    do
Donald  do             Son                11       do
Flora   do             Daur                   6    do
Margaret  do           Daur                   4
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Eliza McKenzie         Daughter              5 mths
Alexr Sutherland       Visitor            11      Scholar
John Blackburn         Boarder      Unm   28
Murdo McLeod           Servant      Mar   48      Farm Servant
John McLean            Servant      Unm   46      Shepherd
Ann McLeod             Serv         Unm      27   Cook
Barbra Borthwick       Serv         Unm      24   Nurse
Angus McLeod           Serv         Un    17      Herd
Margaret McKenzie      Serv         Unm      26   Housemaid
Notes on this Household:

This large Household is on pages 20 and 21 of Enumeration District 2.

The inhabitants come from various Counties; Thomas from Lochbroom in Ross-Shire, his children from Sutherlandshire, John Blackburn from Stirlingshire, Ann McLeod from Sutherlandshire, Barbra Borthwick from Caithness, and the rest from Ross-shire.

The index to Wills and Testaments on the website http://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk/ shows Thomas Mackenzie, Farm Manager, Badentarbat, Coigach, died 14 October, 1879 at Sea, between Ullapool and Coigach. A terrible tragedy of four drownings, see the file at PAINFUL BOAT ACCIDENT. With him were two brothers and their first cousin from Polbain, see John and Malcolm McLean at Polbain 71-27, and young Murdo Shaw at Polbain 71-28.

The death registration for Thomas notes his wife Margaret was maiden surname Stewart, and that his parents had been John McKenzie, a crofter, and Mary, maiden surname McKenzie.

Thomas's wife missing on this census was Margaret Stewart. They were married 24 January, 1850 at Lochbroom. The I.G.I. includes birth of eight children to Thomas and Margaret, all listed as at Assynt;

  1. James, born 31 March, 1853.
  2. John, born 12 April, 1855.
  3. Mary Helen, born 4 April, 1857. (See note that follows regarding her marriage to Hay MacKenzie).
  4. Donald, born 5 April 1859.
  5. Catharine, born 19 February, 1861.
  6. Alexander, born 28 April, 1863 (died March 1863, buried at Lochinver with the stone noting his father Thomas at Achnahaird).
  7. Lexy, born 8 June, 1865 (possibly "Flora" above?)
  8. Margaret, born 2 January, 1867.

There was at least one more child, noted from his death registration;

  1. Kenneth, born 1871 or 1872, died 9 January, 1875 at Achnahaird, aged 3 years.

Barbara Borthwick was from Berriedale in Caithness, her parents there were David Borthwick and Mary Ann Oliver.

A few months after this census, on 27 June 1871 at Lochinver across the Enard Bay in Assynt Parish of Sutherlandshire, Barbara marries Norman McLeod, who shows up in this census as a servant a few Households previous; see Achnahaird 71-95. Barbara and Norman have a child Janet born 30 July 1872 at Achnahaird, then emigrate to New Zealand aboard the ship "Agnes Muir", where they have three more children. Barbara and Norman are ancestors of Maurice Keith French who now lives in New Zealand; CONTACT INFO.

The book, "The Mackenzies of Ballone" (SOURCE), includes in the descent of that family Hay MacKenzie, son of the longtime Coigach Factor Kenneth MacKenzie, with the following note;

"Hay, born 25th October, 1846, succeeded his father at Morefield, and as Banker at Ullapool. On 9th June, 1880, he married Mary Helen, daughter of Thomas Mackenzie (Bad-an-Tairbeart), of Acha-na-h'Aird, Coigeach"

That source goes on to list the three children of Hay and Mary Helen, and three of their children. It also notes that Hay died at Edinburgh, 25th February, 1930. The placenames in the note indicate Mary Helen was from Achnahaird, and her father Thomas at Badentarbat. Hay MacKenzie, with his father Kenneth and other relatives is in this census at Morefield 71-1


Achnahaird 81-1

Angus MacLeod          Head         Mar   49      Crofter
Jane    do             Wife         Mar      44
Angus    do            Son          Unm   14      Scholar
Christy  do            Daur                  10      do
Alexr.   do            Son                 8         do
Mary     do            Daur                   5      do
William   do           Son                 3
Anne      do           Mother       Widow    83
Notes on this Household:

This Household is on page 22 of Enumeration District 2. Jane and Anne listed as born in Assynt Parish, the rest in Lochbroom.

In the 1871 census Angus and "Jean" with two children were at Achnahaird 71-89. In 1891 Angus, Jane, and two of the children are at Achnahaird 91-10.

Anne with her husband not home was in the 1871 census at Achnahaird 71-90. The death of Anne is registered at Achnahaird as 21 October, 1886, aged 91 years, Widow of Alexander MacLeod. Her parents are noted as having been William MacLeod, Pensioner, and Christy, maiden surname MacLeod, Informant her son Angus. Her husband Alexander had death registered as 17 June, 1876 at Achnahaird, aged 89 yearsm Informant his son Angus. The registration notes his parents had been Angus MacLeod and Chirsty, maiden surname MacLeod.

The death of Angus is registered at Achnahaird as 31 August, 1897 aged 63 years, married to Jane, Maiden Surname McLeod, his parents noted as having been Alexander McLeod and Ann, Maiden Surname McLeod, Informant of the registration his son Alexander.

The I.G.I. lists the marriage 4 January, 1866 of Angus McLeod to Jeane McLeod in Assynt Parish. Also listed is the birth registration 22 November, 1866 of Angus to parents Angus McLeod and Jane McLeod.

The death of Christina is registered as 5 April, 1892, aged 21, unmarried, her parents noted as Angus McLeod and Jane, maiden surname McLeod, Informant her brother Alexander.


Achnahaird 81-2

Neil MacLeod           Head         Mar   70      Crofter
Margaret  do           Wife         Mar      56
William   do           Son          Unm   27      Fisherman
Simon     do           Son          Unm   25         do
Mary      do           Daur         Unm      23
Notes on this Household:

This Household is on page 22 of Enumeration District 2.

In the 1871 census this family was at Achnahaird 71-91. By 1891 Neil has died, the family is then at Achnahaird 91-9.

Earlier censuses show Peggy was a MacRae from Achduart.

Simon above was born 8 January, 1856. On 8 March, 1894 he marries Maggie Ross (see Reiff 81-14). Maggie was a daughter of Henny Urquhart.


Achnahaird 81-3

Heugh MacLean          Head         Mar   46      Fisherman
Jane   Do              Wife         Mar      38
Catherine Do           Daur                   6   Scholar
Christy   Do           Daur                   4     Do
Johan     Do           Daur                   1
Annabella MacLeod      MotherinLaw  Wid      70
Notes on this Household:

This Household appears in Enumeration District 2, page 22. They were all marked as born at Lochbroom.

In the 1871 census Annabella was with Jane and another of her children, along with two grandchildren at Achnahaird 71-92. In 1891 the family is at Achnahaird 91-6.

The death of Annabella is registered as 2 January, 1887 at Achnahaird aged 79 years, Informant her son-in-law Hugh ("Heugh" above), Widower of Angus MacLeod, her parents noted as having been Roderick MacLeod and Mary, maidem surname MacLeod.


Achnahaird 81-4

Roderick MacKenzie     Head         Mar   60      Crofter
Janet       Do         Wife         Mar      68
Murdo       Do         Son          Unm   28      Mason
Isabella    Do         Daur         Unm      37
Mary        Do         Daur         Unm      29   General Servant
Christy     Do         Daur         Unm      24
Isabella    Do         GrandDaur              3
Notes on this Household:

This Household appears in Enumeration District 2, page 23. Roderick is marked as born in the Parish of Assynt, Janet in Gairloch, and the rest born at Lochbroom.

In the 1871 census this family was at Achnahaird 71-93. By 1891 Murdo has married to "Mary", and is at Achnahaird 91-7, his Widowed father and both Isabellas in the same house but with a different Household number, Achnahaird 91-8.

Janet's death is registered as 23 February, 1889 at Achnahaird, age "77 years", Informant her son Murdo. The registration notes her parents had been John MacLeod and Isabella, Maiden Surname MacIver.

It is likely the two Isabellas are mother and daughter, the younger in 1891 having surname "Fraser".

Civil Registration of the birth of their daughter Christina ("Christy" above) 14 March, 1856 confirms that Janet's maiden surname was McLeod.


Achnahaird 81-5

Murdo MacLeod          Head         Unm   50      Fisherman
Alexr.   Do            Brother      Unm   47      Fisherman
Elizabeth Do           Sister       Unm      49
Catherine  Do          Niece                 12   Scholar
Annabella  Do          Niece                 11     Do
Notes on this Household:

This Household appears in Enumeration District 2, page 23. They were all marked as born at Lochbroom.

In the 1871 census this family was at Achnahaird 71-94. In 1891 all but Anabella are at Achnahaird 91-5.

Confusingly, the nieces names and ages correspond to two daughters of Alexander McLeod and Dolina (or "Diana") Mathers born in Lochbroom Parish 1 June, 1867 and 16 June, 1869, that couple also having twins Mitchel and John born 6 April, 1872, with the marriage of the couple registered 4 September, 1866 at Wick in CaithnessShire. Confusing as Alexander above is marked as unmarried in this, the 1871, and the 1891 censuses!

1910 death registration of Elizabeth confirms names of the parents of the siblings as Roderick MacLeod and Margaret, maiden surname MacLeod.


Achnahaird 81-6

Alexander MacLeod      Head         Mar   40      Crofter
Margaret    do         Wife         Mar      37
Murdo       do         Son                10      Scholar
Roderick    do         Son                 6        do
Heneritta   do         Daur                   8     do
Mary        do         Daur                  6mon.
Kenneth     do         Servant      Unm.  70      General Servant
Barbara     do         Daur                   3
Notes on this Household:

This Household is on page 23 of Enumeration District 2.

In the 1871 census this family was at Dornie 71-37, with them then was Alexander's father, and a 55 year old unmarried uncle Kenneth, the Kenneth above.

In the 1891 census this family is at Achnahaird 91-4, Alexander is away from home that census.

Margaret was a McKenzie, she was also at Achiltibuie in the 1861 census with her family, see Achiltibuie 61-6.

Alexander, Margaret, and young Murdo were ancestors of Kate Ferris, who now lives on the Isle of Lewis (CONTACT INFO). Kate has done lots of research on these people, and provides most of the following info;

Alexander was born about 1842 at Old Dornie to Roderick MacLeod originally from Strathpolly, and Roderick's wife Barbara.

Alexander and Margaret married 10 February, 1870.

Margaret's mother, Henrietta (Campbell) McKenzie, died 5 February, 1860, but her father Hector McKenzie lived till 12 May, 1895, and is in this census at Achiltibuie 81-31 with three of Margaret's siblings and a sister-in-law.

Young Murdo above was born 14 November, 1870 at Dornie. He marries Margaret Matheson of Tanera Mor in 1910 (see Tanera 81-13), and they are Kate's grandparents. Kate says her grandmother Margaret died 30 June, 1959 at Brora, and Murdoch died 10 Dececember, 1961 at Brora. She comments "Murdoch was a master shoemaker and excellent angler!"

Young Barbara above marries sometime after the 1891 census to John McLennan of Reiff, who is in this census at Reiff 81-4.

Young Henrietta above is in the 1891 census as a visitor to the family at Polbain 91-88, no clear relationship between the familys.

The "General Servant", Kenneth MacLeod above, dies 1897 at Achnahaird, age noted as 87 years. His parents were noted as having been Murdo McLeod and Margaret, maiden surname Munro. Informant of the death was Alexander above, noted as his Nephew. Alexander's father Roderick had been a brother of Kenneth.


Achnahaird 81-7

Mary MacLeod           Head         Wid      75   Crofter
Henny   Do             Daur         Unm      40
Jessie  Do             Daur         Unm      39
Anne Morrison          GrandDaur    Unm      16   General Servt.
Notes on this Household:

This Household appears in Enumeration District 2, page 23. All are marked as born in the Parish of Assynt, except Anne born at Lochbroom.

In the 1871 census this family was at Achnahaird 71-96, Mary's husband Murdo was Head of Household then. By 1891 Mary has also died, the other three are at Achnahaird 91-3.

Mary's death is registered as 23 January, 1887 at Achnahaird, aged 83 years, her parents noted as having been William MacLeod and Anne, maiden surname MacLeod, Informant her daughter Henny.

The birth of young Ann Morison above was registered 8 April 1864 as "Ann MacLeod", daughter of Janet ("Jessie" above), with no father listed. Morrison was not a common surname in Lochbroom Parish, and I wonder if the father was one of the Morrisons in the Household next to this one in the 1871 census at Achnahaird 71-97.


Achnahaird 81-8

Kenneth MacLeod        Head         Mar   40      Ploughman
Ann        Do          Wife         Mar      37
John       Do          Son                 6      Scholar
Kitty      Do          Daur                  6m
Christy MacLean        Servt.       Unm      18   General Serv.
Notes on this Household:

This Household appears in Enumeration District 2, page 24. They were all marked as born at Lochbroom.

Cannot yet clearly find these people in earlier censuses, though there is a 7 year old Kenneth McLeod in the 1851 census at Achnancarnian 51-11 that might be him. In 1891 the family is at Achnahaird 91-2, that census has Ann born at Sutherland, Assynt.


Achnahaird 81-9

Anna Lindsay           Housekeeper  Unm      27   Housekeeper of...
Catherine MacLeod      Servant      Unm      21   General Servant
Dolina      Do         Servant      Unm      18   General Servant
Roderick    Do         Servant      Unm   24      Farm Servant
Murdo       Do         Servant      Unm   22      Shepherd
Notes on this Household:

This Household appears in Enumeration District 2, page 24. Anna is marked as born at Clova in Forres, the rest marked as born at Lochbroom.

Cannot yet pick out these people in earlier censuses.


Achnahaird 91-1

David Ross             Head         Mar   35      Farmer
Donald Do              Father       Widr  88      Retired Farmer
Christina Do           Sister       unm      40   Farmers Sister
Alexander McLeod       Serv         Unm   18      Farm Servant
Isabella MacLean       Serv         Unmn     17   Domestic Servant
Notes on this Household:

This Household appears in Enumeration District 2, page 1, address as "Achnahaird Farmhouse" (presumably the place that was formerly home to the Tacksmen of Achnahaird). David and Donald are marked as born in Ross, Kincardine, Christina in England, the other two in Lochbroom Parish.


Achnahaird 91-2

Kenneth MacLeod        Head         Mar   54      Crofter
Annie     Do           Wife         Mar      49   Crofter's Wife
John      Do           Son          Unm   16      Crofter's Son
Katie     Do           Daur                  10   Scholar
Murdo      Do          Son                 4
Notes on this Household:

This Household appears in Enumeration District 2, page 1. All are marked as born in Lochbroom Parish, except Annie at Sutherland, Assynt.

This family was in the 1881 census at Achnahaird 81-8.


Achnahaird 91-3

Henrietta MacLeod      Head         Unm      60   Crofter
Jessie MacLeod         Sister       Unm      58   Crofter's Sister
Annie Morrison         neice        Unm      24   Domestic Serv
Notes on this Household:

This Household appears in Enumeration District 2, page 1. Henrietta and Jessie are marked as born at Sutherland, Stoer, Annie in Lochbroom Parish.

This family was in the 1881 census at Achnahaird 81-7.

The birth of Ann Morison was registered 8 April 1864 as "Ann MacLeod", daughter of Janet ("Jessie" above), with no father listed. Morrison was not a common surname in Lochbroom Parish, and I wonder if the father was one of the Morrisons in the Household next to this one in the 1871 census at Achnahaird 71-97.


Achnahaird 91-4

Maggie McLeod          Head         Mar      47   Crofter's wife
Murdo    Do            Son          Unm   20      Crofter's Son
Roderick  Do            Do          Unm   16        Do.      Do
Barbara    Do.         Daur                  14   Scholar
Mary       Do           Do                   10     Do
Hughina     Do          Do                    8     Do
Duncan      Do         Son                 7        Do
Maggie      Do         Daur                   2
Alexander   Do         Son                 2mos
Kenneth     Do         Serv          "    80      Crofter's Servant
Notes on this Household:

This Household appears in Enumeration District 2, page 1. All are marked as born in Lochbroom Parish.

This family was in the 1881 census at Achnahaird 81-6 with Maggie's now missing husband Alexander as Head of Household.

Young Barbara marries sometime before the 1901 census to John McLennan of Reiff, he is in this census with his family at Reiff 91-32. In 1901 Barbara and John with two children are at Reiff 01-28.

The missing Alexander, Margaret ("Maggie" above), and young Murdo were ancestors of Kate Ferris, who now lives on the Isle of Lewis (CONTACT INFO). Kate has done lots of research on these people, and provides most of the following info;

Maggie's mother died in 1860, but her father Hector McKenzie lived till 12 May, 1895, and is in this census at Achiltibuie 91-107 with various other relatives.

Young Murdo above was born 14 November, 1870 at Dornie. He marries Margaret Matheson of Tanera Mor in 1910 (see Tanera 81-13), and they are Kate's grandparents. Kate says her grandmother Margaret died 30 June, 1959 at Brora, and Murdoch died 10 Dececember, 1961 at Brora. She comments "Murdoch was a master shoemaker and excellent angler!"

The "Crofter's Servant", Kenneth McLeod above, dies unmarried 13 July, 1897 at Achnahaird, age noted as 87 years. His parents were noted as having been Murdo McLeod and Margaret, maiden surname Munro. Informant of the death was the missing husband in this Household, Alexander MacLeod, noted as his Nephew. Alexander's father Roderick had been a brother of Kenneth.


Achnahaird 91-5

Murdo McLeod           Head         Unm   62      Crofter
Alexander Do           Brother      Unm   58      Crofter's brother
Eliza     Do           Sister        Do      60   Crofter's sister
Katie     Do           Serv          Do      23   Domestic Serv
Notes on this Household:

This Household appears in Enumeration District 2, page 2. All are marked as born in Lochbroom Parish.

This family was in the 1881 census at Achnahaird 81-5, Katie there noted as a neice of Murdo.

Possibly Katie was a daughter of Alexander, see notes with 1881 census.

Elizabeth's death is registered as 10 April, 1910 at Achnahaird, aged 84 years, unmarried, her brother Alexander the Informant. The registration notes parents of the siblings had been Roderick MacLeod and Margaret, maiden surname MacLeod.


Achnahaird 91-6

Hugh McLean            Head         Mar   56      Crofter
Jane    Do             Wife         Mar      48   Crofter's wife
Katie   Do             Daur         Unm      15   Mothers Assistant
Christina Do            Do           Do      14   Scholar
Johan     Do            Do           Do      11      Do
Angus     Do           Son                 9         Do
Annie     Do           Daur                   5      Do
Notes on this Household:

This Household appears in Enumeration District 2, page 2. All are marked as born in Lochbroom Parish.

This family was in the 1881 census at Achnahaird 81-3.


Achnahaird 91-7 & 8

Murdo McKenzie         Head         Mar   39      Mason
Mary McKenzie          Wife         Mar      24   Mason's wife
Roderick MacKenzie     Head         Widr  70      Crofter
Bella       Do         Daur         Unm      46   Crofter's Daughter
Bella Fraser         GrandDaur               12   Scholar
Notes on this Household:

These Households appear in Enumeration District 2, page 2, sharing a building. All except Roderick are marked as born in Lochbroom Parish, Roderick at Sutherland, Lochinver. Roderick is also noted as deaf.

This family with Murdo then unmarried was in the 1881 census at Achnahaird 81-4.

Roderick's wife Janet had death registered as 23 February, 1889 at Achnahaird, age "77 years", Informant Murdo. The registration notes her parents had been John MacLeod and Isabella, Maiden Surname MacIver.


Achnahaird 91-9

Margaret McLeod        Head         W        67   Crofter
William    Do          Son          Unm   37      Crofter's Son
Simon      Do           Do           Do   34      Fishereman
Mary        Do         Daur          Do      30   Crofter's Daughter
Notes on this Household:

This Household appears in Enumeration District 2, page 2. All are marked as born in Lochbroom Parish.

This family was in the 1881 census at Achnahaird 81-2, Margaret's husband Neil then Head of Household.

Simon was born 8 January, 1856. On 8 March, 1894 he marries Maggie Ross (see her in 1881 at Reiff 81-14). Maggie was a daughter of Henny Urquhart.


Achnahaird 91-10

Angus MacLeod          Head         Mar   57      Crofter
Jane    Do             Wife          Do      54   Crofters Wife
Alexander Do           Son          Unm   17      Crofter`s Son
Mary      Do           Daur          Do      15   Domestic Servant
Notes on this Household:

This Household appears in Enumeration District 2, page 2. All are marked as born in Lochbroom Parish, except Jane at Sutherland, Assynt.

This family was in the 1881 census at Achnahaird 81-1

The death of Angus is registered at Achnahaird as 31 August, 1897 aged 63 year, married to Jane, Maiden Surname McLeod, his parents noted as having been Alexander McLeod and Ann, Maiden Surname McLeod, Informant of the registration his son Alexander.

The I.G.I. lists the marriage 4 January, 1866 of Angus McLeod to Jeane McLeod in Assynt Parish. Also listed is the birth registration 22 November, 1866 of Angus to parents Angus McLeod and Jane McLeod.

The death of Christina is registered as 5 April, 1892, aged 21, unmarried, her parents noted as Angus McLeod and Jane, maiden surname McLeod, Informant her brother Alexander.


Achnancarnian

Achnancarnian consists of a few crofts on the path between Acheninver and Achduart on the south west coast of Coigach. Every listing seems to give it a slightly different name;

  1. Achnancaran in the 1841 census,
  2. Camasnacarnan in the 1871 census,
  3. Cammasnacarrian in the 1881 census,
  4. Camusnacarrin in the 1891 census,
  5. Achnacarnian on the 1894 Ordnance Survey map, and
  6. Achnacarinan on the 1976 Ordnance Survey map.



Achnancarnian 41-1

Evander Campbell                          45      Crofter
Murdoch    do                             14
Alexander   do                             5
Barbara     do                               15
Mary        do                               15
Flora       do                                9
Margaret    do                                3
Mary        do                               40
Notes on this Household:

All born in County. See note about placename at top of file.

In 1851 this family is at Achnancarnian 51-11. That census lists the Parish of Evander's birth as Gairloch (the Parish just south of Lochbroom).

The Parish Register records the marriage 22 January 1822 of Evander Campbell resident at Badenscally to Mary McKenzie also resident there. Also registered is the christening of Barbara Campbell to Evander 22 December 1822 at Badenscallie, this and following censuses show Evander and Mary have seven children. Mary dies sometime after the birth of their son Duncan in 1842, and Evander remarries 25 March 1847 to Flora McLeod from Reiff, a daughter of Murdo McLeod there. (cannot see Flora in the 1841 census, but her family is at Reiff 41-7.

Young Mary above marries 2 March 1848 to Murdoch McLean from Achduart with his occupation listed as "Labourer", and Mary resident at Acheninver, daughter of Evander Campbell, Miller there. Murdoch is in this census with his family at Achduart 41-3. In the 1851 census Mary and Murdoch with children and relatives are at Achnancarian 51-10.

There is another Evander Campbell in the 1841 census! He is on the Isle Ristol with a sister named Barbara and other relatives, at Ristol 41-1. Interesting those Campbells are listed in the 1851 census as "MacIver"s, as a search of the web shows MacIver to be a sept of the Clan Campbell, and mentions MacIver families in Gairloch used either surname in different records. My guess is the Evander on Ristol is an uncle of the one in this Household.


Achnancarnian 41-2

Alexander MacLeod                         35      Crofter
Donald      do                             6
John        do                             3
Margaret     do                              35
Ann          do                               9
Mary                                          8
Notes on this Household:

All born in County. See note about placename at top of file.


Achnancarian 51-10

Murdo MacLean          Head         Mar   32      Subtenant of 1 and 1/2 Acres
Mary Do.               Wife         Mar      26
Alexander Do.          Son                 2
Mary      Do.          Daur                  2mo
Janet Campbell         Serv.        U.       21   General Servant
Peggy     Do.          Sister in law         13   Scholar
Notes on this Household:

This Household is on Page 4 of Enumeration District 7. No community name was listed by the enumerator, but from earlier and later censuses I am sure this is Achnancarnian! All are marked as born in Lochbroom.

Murdo was with his parents and siblings in the 1841 census at Achduart 41-3, that family is enumerated in this census at Achduart 51-6.

Mary was a Campbell, she and her sister Peggy above were with their parents and siblings in the 1841 census at Achnancarnian 41-1. Their father Evander and his second wife are in this census in the next Household at Achnancarian 51-11.

In the 1861 census this McLean family is enumerated at Acheninver 61-12.

The Parish Register includes the marriage 2 March 1848 of Murdoch McLean, a labourer at Achduart, to Mary Campbell of Achininver, a daughter of Evander Campbell, miller there.

There was a death registered 6 June 1856 at Camusnacarnean of a 15 month old Barbara MacLean, parents were Murdoch McLean, and Mary (maiden surnamed Campbell).


Achnancarian 51-11

Evander Campbell       Head         Mar.  53      Miller
Flora      Do.         Wife         Mar      40
Alexander   Do.        Son                15
Duncan      Do.        Son                 9
Flora Stewart          Serv.        U.       44   House Servant
Kenneth MacLeod        Visitor             7
Notes on this Household:

This Household is on Page 4 of Enumeration District 7. No community name was listed by the enumerator, but from earlier and later censuses I am sure this is Achnancarnian. All are marked as born in Lochbroom, except Evander marked as born at Gairloch.

In 1841 this family was at Achnancarnian 41-1, with Evander's first wife, Mary McKenzie, that couple was married 12 January, 1822. In 1861 the family is in the neighboring community at Acheninver 61-10.

Two daughters of Evander and his first wife, Mary and Peggy, were with this family in the 1841 census, and are in this census in the previous Household, Achnancarian 51-10 where Mary is married to Murdoch McLean.

The marriage of Evander Campbell, miller resident at Badinscally, to Flora McLeod, resident of Riff, daughter of Murdo McLeod there is registered 25 March, 1847.

Flora's Widowed father Murdoch McLeod and other relatives are in this census at Reiff 51-72. Flora's sister Elizabeth has since the last census married Donald McDonald of Reiff, and is at Reiff 51-87, Elizabeth and Donald are gt-gt-grandparents of myself, Donald MacDonald-Ross (CONTACT INFO). Another of Flora's sister's, Ann Urquhart, is at Reiff 51-83, Ann is a gt-gt-gt-grandmother of Roderick Dykes MacLeod in Scotland (CONTACT INFO), and Donald MacLeod in New Zealand (CONTACT INFO). Another sister, Christina McKenzie is at Tanera 51-8. Murdoch MacLeod at Reiff 51-76 and George McLeod at Ardmair 51-41 are also brothers of Flora.

The 7 year old Kenneth McLeod above might be a nephew of Flora, I have not yet clearly seen him in other censuses, though there is a 40 year old Kenneth in the 1881 census at Achnahaird 81-8 that might be him.


Achnancarnian 71-100

John Campbell          Head         Mar   45      Tenant
Ann     Do             Wife         Mar      39
Murdo   Do             Son                11      Scholar
Colin    Do            Son                 8        Do
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Catherine Campbell     Daur                   6   Scholar
Donald      Do         Son                 4
Ann         Do         Daur                   1
Flora Stewart          Sister                32   Tenantsisterinlaw
Notes on this Household:

This Household is on pages 21 and 22 of Enumeration District #1. All marked as born at Coigach. Placename for this Household in 1871 given as "Camasnacarian"; see note about placename at top of file.

In the 1861 census this family was at Acheninver 61-11. In 1881 they are at Achnancarian 81-2.

John Campbell and Ann Stewart were married 24 February 1859, also recorded are births of seven of their children;

  1. Murdoch, born 25 November, 1859,
  2. Angus, born 9 July, 1861,
  3. Colin, born 4 February, 1863,
  4. Catherine, born 29 March, 1865,
  5. Donald, born 2 November, 1867,
  6. Ann, born 3 April, 1870,
  7. Barbra, born 15 February, 1874.

A sister of Ann, Flora, is in the 1881 census at Altandhu 81-15, along with two unmarried siblings, and a son of John and Ann named Angus, who was born 9 July 1861 (missing in this household though!)


Achnancarnian 71-101

Mary McLean            Head        W -Mar-   45   Annuitant
Alexr  Do              Son          Unm   14      Shepherd
Cathrine Do            Daur         Unm      14   General Servant
Flora    Do            Daur                   8   Scholar
Janet    Do            Daur                   5     Do
Abie     Do            Daur                   1     Do
Notes on this Household:

This Household is on page 22 of Enumeration District #1. All marked as born at Coigach. Placename for this Household in 1871 given as "Camasnacarian"; see note about placename at top of file.

In the 1861 census Mary was with her husband Murdo at Acheninver 61-12.

Mary's father Evander Campbell is two Households away in this census at Acheninver 71-99.


Achnancarnian 81-1

Duncan McLeod          Head         M     40      Crofter
Margret   do           Wife         M        27   Crofter's Wife
Roderick  do           Son                 3      Infant
Angus     do           Son                 1        do
Mary      do           Aunt         U     60      Pauper
Notes on this Household:

All born at Lochbroom. Placename for this Household in 1881 given as "Cammasnacarrian"; see note about placename at top of file.


Achnancarnian 81-2

John Campbell          Head         M     56      Crofter
Ann    do              Wife         M        49   Crofter's Wife
Colin  do              Son          U     18      Labourer
Cathrine do            Daur         U        16   Scholar
Donald   do            Son                13        do
Ann      do            Daur                  11     do
Barbara  do            Daur                   7     do
Notes on this Household:

All born at Lochbroom. Placename for this Household in 1881 given as "Cammasnacarrian"; see note about placename at top of file.

In the 1871 census this family was at Achnancarian 71-100, in 1891 they are at Achnancarian 91-13, John dies before then.

Ann was a Stewart from Achiltibuie. John Campbell and Ann Stewart were married 24 February, 1859, also recorded are births of seven of their children;

  1. Murdoch, born 25 November, 1859,
  2. Angus, born 9 July, 1861,
  3. Colin, born 4 February, 1863,
  4. Catherine, born 29 March, 1865,
  5. Donald, born 2 November, 1867,
  6. Ann, born 3 April, 1870,
  7. Barbra, born 15 February, 1874.

Three of Ann's unmarried siblings are in this census at Altandhu 81-42, along with a son of John and Ann; Angus.


Achnancarnian 91-12

Duncan McLeod          Head         Mar   51      Crofter & Drover
Maggy    Do            Wife         Mar      35      Do  Wife
Roderick Do            Son          Unm   13      Scholar
Kenneth  Do            Do                  9         Do
Murdo    Do            Do                  7         Do
Ellen    Do            Daur                   4
Jessie   Do             Do                    2
Notes on this Household:

This Household is on page 4 of Enumeration District 1, all born at Lochbroom. Placename for this Household in 1891 given as "Camusnacarrin"; see note about placename at top of file.

In the 1881 census this family was at Achnancarian 81-1.


Achnancarnian 91-13

Ann Campbell           Head         W        58   Crofter
Collin    Do           Son          Unm   27        Do  Son
Donald    Do           Son          Unm   23      Shepherd (unemployed)
Barbara   Do           Daur         Unm      17   Crofters daur
Notes on this Household:

This Household is on page 4 of Enumeration District 1, all born at Lochbroom. Placename for this Household in 1891 given as "Camusnacarrin"; see note about placename at top of file.

In the 1881 census this family was at Achnancarian 81-2, Ann's husband John then alive and Head of Household. Ann was a Stewart from Achiltibuie.

John Campbell and Ann Stewart were married 24 February, 1859, also recorded are births of seven of their children;

  1. Murdoch, born 25 November, 1859,
  2. Angus, born 9 July, 1861,
  3. Colin, born 4 February, 1863,
  4. Catherine, born 29 March, 1865,
  5. Donald, born 2 November, 1867,
  6. Ann, born 3 April, 1870,
  7. Barbra, born 15 February, 1874.

Three of Ann's unmarried siblings are in this census at Altandhu 91-43, in the 1881 census her son Angus was with them.


Badentarbet

Badentarbet is a small community between Loch Bhatachan and Baden Bay. The name means either "The thicket on the isthmus", or "the clump of the portage".

Besides the familys below, the Parish Register lists the following christenings at Badentarbet I have yet to sort out;



Badentarbet 41-1

William Mackenzie                         55      Farmer
Catharine     do                             15
Margaret      do                             15
Susannah                                     14
Thomas Morison                            15      M.S.
Duncan McLean                             13       do.
Ann McLean                                   25   F.S.
Margaret do                                  15    do.
Notes on this Household:

All except William were born in the County.

William is "Tacksman", or principle tenant of Badentarbet in this census, a position held since 1825-6. His parents were Roderick MacKenzie, the Tacksman of Achnahaird, and Catherine Scobie, part of a well established family in Assynt that had salmon fishing business in common with Roderick. In 1842 the Coigach Factor removed William and his twelve subtenants because of persistant arrears in rent, in 1851 the small crofting community had been replaced by a southern shepherds family, and his sheep; see Badentarbet 51-21.

In the 1851 census William has been reduced to Crofter of 1 & 3/4 acres at Dornie 51-48, his wife Elizabeth with him then, (shown to be born at Invercuddan in Perth). A sad step down the social ladder for a man whose grandfather had been warmly greeted by the Earl of Cromartie as "Cousin"!

William has three brothers (including George, another Tacksman) and other relatives in this census at Achnahaird 41-11.

The Parish Register includes four christenings to William I am sure are part of this family;

Susanna married Kenneth McKenzie 1 April, 1846, his place given as "Torbreck, Parish of Assynt", hers as "Isle of Ristol". They settled in Assynt, the IGI shows two births to the couple there; William Angus born 18 January 1856, and Elizabeth Margaret born 11 April, 1859. Kenneths death registered as 27 December 1892 at Torbreck aged 78 years notes his parents as having been John McKenzie and Betsy maiden surnamed Scobie.

I think the Male Servant Thomas Morison is a son of Donald and Isabella in the next Household (Badentarbet 41-2).


Badentarbet 41-2

Donald Morison                            40      Crofter
Isabella  do                                 40
Cursty     do                                15
Jannet     do                                14
Hugh       do                              9
Duncan     do                              3
Notes on this Household:

All were born in the County.

In the 1851 census this family is at Achnahaird 51-60, with them then is a 21 year old daughter Mary not with them now.

The Parish Register includes the marriage 11 August 1820 of Donald Morison Letter to Isobel Campbell "Breamore".

The Male Servant Thomas Morison in the previous Household (Badentarbet 41-1) is likely a son of Donald and Isabella.

Cursty above marries 18 January 1850 to Murdoch McKenzie who is in this census with his family at Badentarbet 41-9. Chirsty and Murdoch are in the 1851 census at Polbain 51-34.


Badentarbet 41-3

Mary McKenzie                                80   Cotter
Katharine McLeod                             40
Notes on this Household:

Both were born in the County.


Badentarbet 41-4

James Young                               25      Salmon Boiler
Roderick McGregor                            20     do   fisher
Notes on this Household:

James was not born in the County, Roderick was.


Badentarbet 41-5

Isabella MacLean                             35   Crofter
John         do                           10
Donald       do                            8
Kenneth      do                            6
Hector       do                            3
Notes on this Household:

All were born in the County.

This family is in the 1851 census at Badentarbet 51-20, with Isabella's marital status as "W.", I assume her husband died within a few years before this 1841 census.


Badentarbet 41-6

Mary Mackenzie                               25   Crofter
Jannet     do                                20
Isabella Campbell                             3
Flora Campbell                                2
Notes on this Household:

All were born in the County.

When this family appears in the 1851 census at Tanera 51-12 Mary's missing husband John is also not home, and Mary's occupation is listed as "Sailor's Wife". He must return from the sea sometimes though, as by time of that census Mary has another two children!

John Campbell, a "seaman" or "sailor", has death registered 3 July, 1856 at Tanera as a Seaman, aged 50 years, his parents noted as having been Hugh Campbell and Isabella, Maiden Surname MacLeod, Informant was his Widow Mary above, her own 1895 death registration refers to her husband as having been "John Campbell, Seaman".

Mary was a MacKenzie from Altandhu, her father, stepmother, and siblings are in this census at Altandhu 41-3, her 1895 death registration says her mother Flora's Maiden Surname had been "MacKenzie", but I think that an error by the Informant, as her brother Donald's own death registration 1862 at Altandhu gives surname as "MacLeod", and that Informant was much closer to that generation.

Isabella marries William Matheson of Tanera 7 July 1859, William is in this census as an 8 year old at Tanera 41-14. Isabella and William are in the 1881 census at Tanera 81-15, Isabella names one of her daughters Flora!


Badentarbet 41-7

Rory MacLean                              40      Crofter
Mary       do                                35
Catharine  do                                18
Ellen McLeod                                 80
Cursty McLean                                 3
Malcolm   do                               1
Notes on this Household:

All were marked as born in the County.

In the 1851 census this family is at Achnahaird 51-57, that census says Rory (as "Roderick") was born in the Parish of Lochs on the Isle of Lewis, and Mary was born in Assynt.

Roderick "Rory" dies 19 March 1855 aged 70, 60 years in Coigach. His death registration gives Mary's maiden surname as MacKenzie, names the three children above aged then 17, 14, and 10, with Chirsty as "Christina". Also listed is his birthplace as Stornoway, and his parents as Kenneth McLean and Catherine Smith. Interesting that he was buried on Tanera, I can see no connection to families there. Informant of his death was his Widow, Mary.

Ellen McLeod was mother of Mary, she is noted in Mary's 1879 death registration, and that her husband had been Roderick McKenzie, a crofter.


Badentarbet 41-8

Alexander McRae                           40      Crofter
Margaret     do                              36
Isabella     do                              12
Hector       do                           10
Donald                                     8
Peggy        do                               5
Alexander    do                            2
Notes on this Household:

All were born in the County.

This family was earlier at Altandhu, Alexander MacRae is in the 1825 and 1826 Militia lists as resident there, and is listed as father in the christening of Catharine there 24 April 1831. On Isle Ristol there is also a christening 10 December 1829 of an Isobel McRae to a father Alexander, likely that is Isabella above. By 1851 Alexander and Margaret with four children are at Faochag 51-66, I think their son John is then the schoolteacher with two siblings at Altandhu 51-92.


Badentarbet 41-9

Murdoch McKenzie                          60      Crofter
Isabella     do                              55
Murdoch      do                           30
Alexander     do                          24
Angus         do                          20
Mary          do                             18
Ann           do                             12   F.S.
Notes on this Household:

All were born in the County.

In the 1851 census this family is at Polbain 51-35. By then Murdoch has died, and Isabella's maiden surname is shown to be MacLeod.

Young Murdo above marries 18 January 1850 to Chirsty Morrison, who is in this census with her family at Badentarbet 41-2, they are then at Polbain 51-34.

Murdoch and Isabella through their son Alexander are ancestors of Sally Ann Heys in Australia. Sally Ann has done lots of research on the descendants of this family, and has a great webpage; (CONTACT INFO).

Alexander marries in 1853 to Jemima Stewart who is in this census with her parents and other relatives at Badenscallie 41-14.


Badentarbet 41-10

Neil Campbell                             30      Crofter
Katharine  do                                30
Alexander  do                              8
Ronalda(sp?) do                            4
Isabella    do                                2
Kenneth     do                         3 months
Notes on this Household:

All were born in the County.

The name of the second child is not quite ledgible, however the 1851 census gives a matching age daughter named Rachel. I think the enumerator mistakedly listed Rachel as a boy in this census, probably at the time the original individual census schedules were transcribed and sent on.

In 1851 this family was at Dornie 51-49, two years after that they emigrated to Tasmania aboard the Sir Allan McNab, see McNab 517.


Badentarbet 41-11

Euphemia McLeod                              40   Crofter
Christina    do                              18
Mary         do                              13
William      do                            9
Notes on this Household:

Only William is marked as born in the County.

This family is in the 1851 census at Badentarbet 51-23. That census gives Euphemia's place of birth as Parish of Kildonnan, Sutherland, and Mary's as Glasgow in Lanark.


Badentarbet 41-12

George McKenzie                           45      Crofter
Peggy     do                                 30
Mary Macdonald                               15   F.S.
Notes on this Household:

All were born in the County.

The Parish Register includes the marriage 16 April 1823 of "George MacKenzie Coast of Greenyard to Margaret McDonald Old Dornie". I was surprised to find on the map of Gruinard Bay between Mungasdale and Laide there is a small village named "Coast"!

I think Peggy was a sister of John MacDonald whose widow Janet Campbell is at Badentarbet 41-14. Likely Mary above is a daughter of that family.


Badentarbet 41-13

Isabella McKenzie                            40   Crofter
Peggy         do                             15
Simon         do                          13
Donald        do                           8
Mary          do                              6
Colin         do                           4
Notes on this Household:

All were born in the County.

The marriage of Duncan McKenzie to Isobel McLeod, both from Badentarbet, was registered 3 February 1819. Also registered were the following christenings to Duncan McKenzie at Badentarbet;

  1. Angus, christened 8 September, 1821,
  2. Isabella, christened 21 December, 1823,
  3. Simon, christened 30 January, 1826,
  4. William, christened 16 November, 1828.


Badentarbet 41-14

John Macdonald                            18      Crofter
Jannet    do                                 40
Roderick  do                              10
Isabella  do                                 14
Cursty    do                                  8
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Katharine McDonald                            6
Hannah       do                               2
Katharine Ross                               60
Notes on this Household:

All were born in the County.

Janet "Jessy" and four of her children are in the 1851 census at Polbain 51-30. Her husband does not appear in later censuses, likely he died 1839-41.

The death of John is registered 1876 at Polbain, the registration notes parents were John MacDonald, letter carrier, and Jessie, maiden surname Campbell.

The O.P.R. includes mention of marriage 21 February 1820 of John McDonald Tanaray to Janet Campbell Dornie. I am sure that refers to this family, as by time of the 1871 census Janet is at Polbain 71-14, with the next household (on the same lot perhaps?) containing only an unmarried woman, named Margaret Campbell.

I think Peggy McKenzie at Badentarbet 41-12 is a sister of the missing John McDonald, and Mary there is another child of this family.

The Parish Register includes a few christenings registered to this family at Badentarbet;

  1. John, christened 4 February, 1821,
  2. Isabella, christened 7 December, 1826.


Badentarbet 51-19

Catherine MacLeod      Head       U       68      Pauper (Formerly had
                                                               Some land)
Isabella    Do.        Sister     W.      50      Pauper (  Do     Do   )
Notes on this Household:

This Household is on page 6 of Enumeration District #. Catherine born at Assynt, Isabella at Lochbroom.


Badentarbet 51-20

Isabella MacLean       Head       W.      46      Pauper (General employer)
Kenneth MacLean        Son             16            Do   Son
Hector MacLean         Son             13         Scholar
Notes on this Household:

This Household is on page 6 of Enumeration District #. All born at Lochbroom.

This family was in the 1841 census at Badentarbet 41-5, with Isabella then as the Crofter, I assume her husband died shortly before then. In 1861 Isabella and Hector are at Badentarbet 61-4.


Badentarbet 51-21

Robert Mundell         Head       Mar  56         Shepherd
Janet  Do.             Wife       Mar     46
Margaret Do.           Daur.      U       27       Do     Daughter
James    Do.           Son             13
Barbara   Do           Daur               12
Christina Do.          Daur               10
Walter    Do           Son              8
Notes on this Household:

This Household is on page 6 of Enumeration District #. Robert and Janet both born at Dumfries; he at Hulton(sp?), and she at Kirkunhill(sp?). Margaret was born at Crawford in Lanark, the rest at Lochbroom.


Badentarbet 51-22

George Nicol           Head       Mar  30         Salmon Fisher
Mary     Do.           Wife       Mar     28
Jane     Do            Daur                1
Eliza     Do.          Daur               2 Mo.
Notes on this Household:

This Household is on page 6 of Enumeration District #. George and Mary both marked as born at Aberdeen; he at Old Machar, she at Loggy. Their daughters both born at Lochbroom.

The Parish Register records the birth of Eliza 5 February 1851, and her christening 23 February 1851. The handwritting for Mary's maiden surname is given in that registration, it is smudged, but looks to be "Scott", might also be "Holt". Also listed was George's Occupation; "Manager".


Badentarbet 51-23

Euphemia MacLeod       Head       W.      60      Cotter
Mary MacLeod           Daur.      U.      22        Do   Daught.
Margaret Campbell      Visitor    U       40      Servt at Home

                         End of Badentarbet
Notes on this Household:

This Household is on page 6 of Enumeration District #. Euphemia born at Kildonnan in Sutherland, Mary born at Glasgow in Lanark, and Margaret born in Lochbroom. Margaret's Occupation was crossed out after being written!

In the 1841 census this family was at Badentarbet 41-11.


Badentarbet 61-1

Catherine Urquhart     Wife         Mar.     34   Wife of a Sheepfarmer
George       Do        Son                14      Scholar
Catherine     Do       Daur.                 12      Do
Alexander     Do       Son                 7         Do
Donald        Do       Son                 7         Do
John          Do       Son                 2
Andrew        Do       Son                9mo
Angus McLeod           Servt.       Un    23      Shepherd
Mary      Do            Do          Un       17   Domestic Servt.
Notes on this Household:

This Household is on page 1 of Enumeration District #2. Catherine and her four oldest children marked as born at Kiltearn RossShire, the rest born at Coigach.

Catherine's missing husband is Duncan, the I.G.I. records the marriage 3 April, 1846 at Alness of Duncan Urquhart to Catherine MacKintosh. Also recorded are births of two of their children at Lochbroom;


Badentarbet 61-2

John Scorgie           Lodger       Un    47      Fisherman
Thomas Wilson          Lodger       Un    22      Cooper
Notes on this Household:

This Household is on page 1 of Enumeration District #2. The right hand side of my photocopy is missing, but it looks like John was born in AberdeenShire at Udnay..., and Thomas was born at Kent in England.


Badentarbet 61-3

Inmates absent only for a night or so
Notes on this Household:

Originally this Household was marked as Uninhabited, then changed.


Badentarbet 61-4

Isabella McLean        Head         W.       59
Hector     Do          Son          Un    24      Fisherman
Notes on this Household:

This Household is on page 1 of Enumeration District #2. Both marked as born at Coigach.

This family was in the 1851 census at Badentarbet 51-20. They are the last remaining original inhabitants of Badentarbet, since the village was cleared in 1842.

By 1871 Hector has married, he with his wife, three children, and his mother "Bell" is at Polbain 71-4 (In that year the Badentarbet families were enumerated with those at Polbain).

Civil Registration Index records the marriage 5 September 1866 at Wick, Caithness of Hector McLean and Ann McIntosh. The births of four of their children starting in 1867 are registered at Lochbroom.


Badentarbet 91-89

Hector McLean          Head         Mar   55      Pauper
Annie     Do           Wife         Do       50   Pauper's Wife
Malcolm    Do          Son          Unm   22      Fisherman
John       Do          Do           Do    12      Scholar
John       Do          Do                  9         Do
Notes on this Household:

This Household is on page 18 of Enumeration District #2. Annie marked as born at Sutherland, Edrachiles, the rest at Lochbroom.

Have not yet identified this family in the 1881 census, but in 1871 they were at Polbain 71-4, there were no separate listings that year for Badintarbit, so that Polbain Household might have been Badintarbit.

Hector was the last remaining original inhabitants of Badentarbet, since the village was cleared in 1842.

Civil Registration Index records the marriage 5 September, 1866 at Wick, Caithness of Hector McLean and Ann McIntosh. Also recorded are the births of four of their children at Lochbroom;

  1. Betsy, born 18 June, 1867 ("Betty" in 1871),
  2. Malcolm, born 28 February, 1869,
  3. Elizabeth, born 10 January, 1871 ("Bell" in 1871),
  4. Anabella, born 31 March, 1873.


Badentarbet 91-90

William Rae            Head         Mar   55      Salmon Fisher
Catherina Do           Wife         Do       55   Fisherman's Wife
Isabella  Do           Daur         Unm      29   Housemaid (Dom) Serv.
Robert    Do           Son          Unm   22      Salmon Fisher
Catherina G. Do        Daur         Do       20   Housemaid (Dom) Servant
Christina L. Do        Do           Do       18   Mother's Assistant
Annie        Do        Do           Do       16   Scholar
Maggie       Do        Do           Do       15   Scholar
Maxwell A.   Do        Do           Do       13   Do
Notes on this Household:

This Household is on page 18 of Enumeration District #2. William marked as born at Aberdeenshire, Aberdeen, Catherina (the wife) at Edinburgh, Leith, all the children in Argyleshire; Isabella, Robert, Christina, Maggie, and Maxwell at Campbelton, Catherina and Annie at Southend. I wonder if the enumerator was mistaken in noting Maxwell as a daughter, rather than a son.

The I.G.I. notes births of several of the children, suggesting Catherina's maiden surname was "Gordon", and notes marriage 16 November, 1860 at Edinburgh.


Badentarbet 91-91

Alexander McDonald     Head         Unm   34      Shepherd
Alexander   Do         Father       Widr  85      Retired Shepherd
Alexander Fraser     brotherinlaw   Mar   31      Shepherd
Christina   Do         Sister       Do       28   Shepherd's Wife
Annie McDonald         Neice        Unm      14   Scholar
Jessie McLeod          Serv         Unm      22   General Servant
(Domestic)
Scott Rae              Boarder      Do    27      GameKeeper
Notes on this Household:

This Household is on page 18 of Enumeration District #2, address as "Farm House". The hard line above Scott Rae's name indicates though living in the same house he was not a member of the Household. All are marked as born at Lochbroom, except Annie at Ireland.

This family was in the 1881 census at 81-.


Camuscoille

Camuscoille means "Bay of the woods". It is on the north shore of Coigach, close by Achnahaird.

NC0015 : Crofts at Camascoille - Rubha Mor by Peter Gamble
Crofts at Camascoille - Rubha Mor
  Copyright Peter Gamble and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

Never many crofts there...

The Parish Register includes the christening of Alexander McKenzie to Donald Mckenzie, 2 October 1825 at Camuschoille.



Camuscoille 41-1

Murdo McLeod                           40         Crofter
Dun McLeod                              4
Mary McLeod                               35
Henny McLeod                              10
Janet McLeod                              10
Chirsty McLeod                             1
Notes on this Household:

Murdo and Mary both marked as not born in RossShire.

This family is in the 1851 census at Achnahaird 51-55.

Murdo's death is registered 1879 at Achnahaird, age 78 years, Mary's maiden surname noted as also MacLeod. His parents are noted as having been Donald McLeod and Henny, Maiden Surname McNicol.

Mary's death is registered 1887 at Achnahaird, aged 83 years, her parents noted as having been William MacLeod and Anne, maiden surname MacLeod, Informant her daughter Henny.


Camuscoille 41-2

Alexr McLenan                          30         Fisher and Crofter
Dond.(sp?) McLenan                     30
Ann McLenan                               50
Chirsty McLenan                           30
Peggy McLean                               5
Notes on this Household:

All marked as born in RossShire.

In the 1851 census this family is at Camuscoille 51-62.

Ann above was mother of the other MacLennans, her age likely greater than the 50-54 years old shown here. The 1894 Death Registration of her son Donald shows her Maiden Surname was MacLean, she had first been married to a MacLeod, then to an Alexander MacLennan.

Ann's late husband, Alexander MacLennan, a Blacksmith from Garve, settled in Coigach first at Reiff, with his son John (see Reiff 41-19), the two of them are at Reiff in the 1798 Militia List. Alexander is noted by descendants as remarried there to Ann McLean from Altandhu, with three more children before moving to Camuscoille.

Donald MacLeod (CONTACT INFO), and Roddy MacLeod (CONTACT INFO), are descended from Alexander's son John who remained at Reiff and raised a family there. They have lots of info on the family at Camuscoille as well though.

Young Peggy MacLean is still with this Household in the next census, likely she was an orphaned gt-neice of Ann.


Camuscoille 41-3

Alexr McLeod                           45         Fisher and Crofter
Angus McLeod                            7
Jane McLeod                               36
                     -- page break
--
Ann McLeod                                14
Catherine McLeod                           1
Murdo McLean                           70
Catherine McLean                          70
Notes on this Household:

Alexander McLeod and Catherine McLean both marked as not born in RossShire.


Camuscoille 41-4

Dond. McLean                           60         Crofter
Dond. McLean                           20
Alex McLean                            10
Murdo McLean                            8
Margt McLean                              45
Ann McLean                                20
Effy McLean                                5
Notes on this Household:

All marked as born in RossShire.

This family was in the 1841 census at Camuscoille 51-63, Donald missing then.

Donald's death is registered as happening 1862, Informant his brother George. The registration notes Margaret as Maiden Surname Nicholson, and notes his parents had been Donald MacLean and Ann, Maiden Surname MacLeod.


Camuscoille 51-62

Ann MacLean            Head         W.       80   Crofter of 2 Acres
Christy MacLennan      Daur         U        45
Alexander    Do.       Son          U     43      Fisher
Donald       Do        Son          U     39      Fisher
Peggy MacLean          GrandDaur    U.       17
Notes on this Household:

This Household is on page 19 of Enumeration District 8. All marked as born in Lochbroom.

In the 1841 census this family was at Camuscoille 41-2, in 1861 they are at Camuscoille 61-2, Ann dies before then.

Ann above was mother of the other MacLennans, the 1894 Death Registration of her son Donald (above) shows her Maiden Surname was MacLean, she had first been married to a MacLeod, then to an Alexander MacLennan.

Ann's late husband, Alexander MacLennan, a Blacksmith from Garve, settled in Coigach first at Reiff, with his son John (see Reiff 51-77), the two of them are at Reiff in the 1798 Militia List. Alexander is noted by descendants as remarried there to Ann McLean from Altandhu, with the three children above before moving to Camuscoille.

Donald MacLeod (CONTACT INFO), and Roddy MacLeod (CONTACT INFO), are descended from Alexander's son John who remained at Reiff and raised a family there. They have lots of info on the family at Camuscoille as well though.


Camuscoille 51-63

Margaret MacLean       Head         Mar      62   Crofters Wife
Ann MacLean            Daur.        U.       30
Norman   Do            Son          U.    25      Fisher
Donald   Do            Son          U     28      Fisher
Alexander Do.          Son          U.    23      Fisher
Euphemia     Do.       Daur.        U.       20
Murdoch      Do        Son          U     17
Notes on this Household:

This Household is on page 19 of Enumeration District 8. All marked as born in Lochbroom, except Margaret born at Assynt.

This family was in the 1841 census at Camuscoille 41-4. Margaret's missing husband is Donald McLean, he is with the family in the next census at Camuscoille 61-1.

Donald's death is registered as happening 1862, Informant his brother George. The registration notes Margaret as Maiden Surname Nicholson, and notes his parents had been Donald MacLean and Ann, Maiden Surname MacLeod.


Camuscoille 51-64

Duncan MacLean         Head         Mar   53      Crofter of 2 acres
Margaret Do            Wife         Mar      47
John    Do             Son          U.    21      Fisher
Norman  Do.            Son                12
Ann     Do.            Daur                  10
Joanna   Do            Daur                   8

                       End of Cammascoille
Notes on this Household:

This Household is on page 19 of Enumeration District 8. All marked as born in Lochbroom, except Margaret born at Assynt.

In the 1841 census this family was at Achnahaird 41-10 with a couple of McLeods. In 1861 they are at Camuscoille 61-3 with a son Murdo not present here.


Camuscoille 61-1

Donald McLean          Head         Mar   75      Tenant
Margt.     Do          Wife         Mar      73   Tenants Wife
Donald     Do          Son          Un    37      Tenants Son
Alexander  Do          Son          Un    31         Do    Do
Ann        Do          Daur         Un       29   Tenant's Daur
Effy       Do          Daur         Un       26      Do     Do
Murdoch    Do          Son          Un    24      Ag Lab
Mary McLean            Visitor      Un       58   Wife of a Tenant
Notes on this Household:

This Household is on page 20 of Enumeration District 2. All marked as born in Coigach, except Margaret and Mary born in Assynt. Yes, the Enumerator did list Mary the "Wife of a Tenant" with marital condition as unmarried, probably an error.

In the 1851 census this family was at Camuscoille 51-63, with Donald missing from home then.

Donald's death is registered as happening 19 December, 1862, Informant his brother George. The registration notes Margaret as Maiden Surname Nicholson, and notes his parents had been Donald MacLean and Ann, Maiden Surname MacLeod.


Camuscoille 61-2

Alexander McLennan     Head         Un    57      Tenant & Fisherman
Christina McLennan     Sister       Un       55   Tenants Sister
Ann            Do      Sister       Un       40   Genl Servt
Donald         Do      Brother      Un    38      Ag Lab
Mary McLeod            Servt        Un       30   Domestic Servt
Catherine Do           Servt        Un       14      Do     Do
Notes on this Household:

This Household is on page 21 of Enumeration District 2. All marked as born in Coigach.

In the 1851 census this family was at Camuscoille 51-62 with Ann, mother pf these siblings, as Head of Housefold, in 1871 they are at Camuscoille 71-86.

Parents of these siblings had been Alexander MacLennan, a blacksmith from Garve in Contin Parish, and Ann MacLean from Altandhu. It had been a second marriage for both; with Alexander from Garve had come son John (both at Reiff in the 1798 Militia List), who married and had his own family at Reiff, see Reiff 61-15. Ann had been first married to a MacLeod, as noted in the 1894 Death Registration of her son Donald (above). Alexander is noted by descendants as remarried at Reiff to Ann McLean from Altandhu, with the three children above before moving to Camuscoille.

Donald MacLeod (CONTACT INFO), and Roddy MacLeod (CONTACT INFO), are descended from Alexander's son John who remained at Reiff and raised a family there. They have lots of info on the family at Camuscoille as well though.


Camuscoille 61-3

Duncan McLean          Head         Mar   63      Tenant
Margt.     Do          Wife         Mar      58   Tenants Wife
John       Do          Son          Un    30      Fisherman
Norman      Do         Son          Un    23         Do
Murdo      Do          Son          Un    28         Do
Ann        Do          Daur         Un       21   Tenants Daur
Hannah      Do         Daur         Un       19       Do    Do
Notes on this Household:

This Household is on page 21 of Enumeration District 2. Alexander and the children marked as born in Coigach, Margaret born in Assynt.

In the 1851 census this family was at Camuscoille 51-64.

Before the next census Duncan dies, I cannot see most of the children yet, but Margaret is then with her unmarried son Norman at Camuscoille 71-87.


Camuscoille 71-86

Donald McLennan        Head         Unm   54      Fisherman
Ann McLennan           Servant      Unm      50   Dress Maker
Christy McLennan       Servant      Unm      60   formerly Domestic serv
Notes on this Household:

This Household is on page 18 of Enumeration District 2. All marked as born in RossShire.

In the 1861 census this family was at Camuscoille 61-2, in 1881, along with an unmarried brother Alexander, are at Camuscoille 81-2.


Camuscoille 71-87

Norman McLean          Head         Unm   28      Fisherman
Margaret McLean        Mother       W.       70   General Servant
Notes on this Household:

This Household is on page 18 of Enumeration District 2. Both marked as born in RossShire. (Other censuses show Margaret as born in Assynt).

Margaret's husband Duncan was Head of Household in the 1861 census at Camuscoille 61-3, with them then was Norman and four other children.

One of Margaret's children, Ann is not here in this census but before 1881 she marries Murdo MacLeod who is in this census with his family at Polbain 71-26, and in the 1881 census they have Margaret living with them at Polbain 81-20.

In the 1881 census Norman has married Mary (?), and is with her and a two month old son Duncan at Camuscoille 81-3.


Camuscoille 71-88

Margaret McLean        Mother       W.       80   formerly Domestic Serv
Ann      do            Daur         Unm      54   General Swev
Donald McLeod          Servant      Mar   32      Farm Servant
Effie McLeod           Wife         Mar      40
John     do            Son                 4
Mary     do            Daur                   2
Lexy     do            Daur                  5m.
Notes on this Household:

This Household is on page 18 of Enumeration District 2. All marked as born in RossShire, except Margaret McLean and Donald McLeod born at SutherlandShire.

In 1881 this family is at Camuscoille 81-1.


Camuscoille 81-1

Donald MacLeod         Head         Mar   43      Fisherman
Euphemia   Do          Wife         Mar      45
John       Do          Son          Unm   14      Scholar
Mary       Do          Daur                  12      Do
Donald     Do          Son                 7         Do
Margaret MacLean       MotherinLaw  Wid      95
Anne       Do          SisterinLaw  Unm      60
Notes on this Household:

This Household appears in Enumeration District 1, page 21. They were all marked as born at Lochbroom except Donald MacLeod and Margaret MacLean who are both marked as born in the Parish of Assynt. Margaret MacLean is marked as blind.

In the 1871 census this family was at Camuscoille 71-88. In 1891 Donald is Widowed, with four family members at Camuscoille 91-13.

Young Donald MacLeod above was was born at Camuscoille 19 August 1873. He was a grandfather of Donald MacLeod who now lives in New Zealand (CONTACT INFO). Among info Donald has sent regarding the family is that Margaret MacLean was originally a Nicolson from Culkean in Assynt.


Camuscoille 81-2

Alexander MacLennan    Head         Unm   75      Crofter
Donald       Do        Brother      Unm   50      General Labourer
Christy      Do        Sister       Unm      76   Pauper
Ann          Do        Sister       Unm      72     Do
Notes on this Household:

This Household appears in Enumeration District 1, page 21. They were all marked as born at Lochbroom.

In the 1871 census this family was at Camuscoille 71-86, Alexander was not present then. In the 1891 census Alexander again missing (dead?) the family is at Camuscoille 91-12.


Camuscoille 81-3

Norman MacLean         Head         Mar   43      Crofter
Mary      Do           Wife         Mar      24
Duncan    Do           Son                2m
Notes on this Household:

This Household appears in Enumeration District 2, page 21. They were all marked as born at Lochbroom.

In the 1871 census Norman was unmarried, living with his Widowed mother Margaret at Camuscoille 71-87, Mary was a MacLeod from Faochag, her mother and other family members are in this census at Faochag 1. In the 1891 census this family is at Camuscoille 91-11.

Norman's mother Margaret, sister Ann and brother-in-law Murdo MacLeod are in this census at Polbain 81-20.


Camuscoille 91-11

Norman MacLean         Head         Mar   53      Crofter
Mary    Do             Wife          Do      37   Crofter's wife
Duncan    Do           Son                10      Scholar
Murdo     Do            Do                 8         Do
John      Do            Do                 6         Do
Donald    Do            Do                 4
Alexander  Do           Do                 1
John MacLeod           Visitor      Mar   75      Crofter
Bella  Do               Do           Do      70   Crofter's wife
Notes on this Household:

This Household appears in Enumeration District 2, page 3. They were all marked as born at Lochbroom.

In the 1881 census this family was at Camuscoille 81-3. The visiting MacLeods were Mary's parents, in 1881 Bella with other family members was at Faochag 1.

Young Alexander dies 7 June, 1895 at Camuscoille.


Camuscoille 91-12

Donald MacLennan       Head         Unm   80      Crofter
Annie     Do           Sister        Do      83   Crofter's Sister
Mary McLeod            Neice         Do      60      Do   Neice
Notes on this Household:

This Household appears in Enumeration District 2, page 3. They were all marked as born at Lochbroom. Annie is noted as blind.

These three, with another brother, Alexander, were in the 1881 census at Camuscoille 81-2.


Camuscoille 91-13

Donald McLeod          Head         Widr  50      Crofter
Mary    Do             Daur         Unm      22   Crofter's daughter
Donald   Do            Son           Do   17        Do       son
Annie MacLean       sister in law    Do      70   Pauper
Christina MacLeod      Visitor       Do      31   Domestic Serv
Notes on this Household:

This Household appears in Enumeration District 2, page 3. Donald marked as born at Sutherland, Lochinver, the rest at Lochbroom.

In the 1881 census this family was at Camuscoille 81-1, Donald's wife Euphemia then alive.

Donald MacLeod above was was born at Camuscoille 19 August 1873. He was a grandfather of Donald MacLeod who now lives in New Zealand (CONTACT INFO).


Culnacraig

Culnacraig means "Behind or back of the rock or cliff", an appropriate name, as the village is set between Lochbroom and the cliff face of Ben More Coigach, which rises to a spectacular 2438 feet!

Apart from the census transcripts, most of the following info was emailed to me by David Ferris (CONTACT INFO), who extracted it from a book entitled "People and Settlements in North West Ross" by John R Baldwin (SOURCE). Most of the family information in that book seems to have come from Donald MacLeod of Culnacraig, who died there in 1992 aged 94! I have edited in information and links from the census transcriptions, and family information from a Culnacraig descendant, Heather Munsel in Arizona.

David also sent the following lists of lotters at Culnacraig (I think it also came from Baldwin's book);

1820    Alexander Macleod (see his sons Alexander at Badenscallie
41-1 and John at 
                           Achadh a'Bhraigh 41-3)
        Rory Macleod Senior (see Culnacraig 41-4)
        Rory Macleod Jnr (see Culnacraig 41-2)
        Murdo Macleod Snr
        Murdo Macleod Jnr

1835    Rod Macleod Jnr (see Culnacraig 41-2)
        Rod Macleod Snr (see Culnacraig 41-4)
        Murdo Macleod Snr
        Murdo Macleod Jnr
        Murdo Macleod

1865    Niel Macleod (sic, see Culnacraig 41-4)
        Murdo Mcleod (Bain, see Culnacraig 41-5)
        Robt Mcleod (with his mother named upto 1865, see Culnacraig 61-4,
                     Culnacraig 71-109, and Culnacraig 81-4)
        Murdo Mcleod (Dhu)

1870    Neil Macleod              lot 170 (see Culnacraig
61-7)
        Murdo Macleod                 171
        Robt Macleod                  172 (see Culnacraig 61-4,
                                           Culnacraig 71-109), and
                                           Culnacraig 81-4
        Murdo Macleod                 173
        (Though there are two Households in this list with Murdo MacLeods
         as heads in 1870, the 1871 census only has one; Culnacraig 71-112.
         However, a croft then is headed by one of the Murdo's sons,
         Donald at Culnacraig 71-108)

1880    Neil Macleod                  170
        Murdo Macleod                 171
        Robert Macleod                172
        Murdo Macleod                 173
        Alexr Grant                   174 (see Culnacraig
71-110, and Culnacraig 81-2)

1890    William Macleod               170
        Murdo Macleod(Bain)           171
        Robert Macleod                172
        Widow Anne & Donald Macleod   173


The Parish Register includes christenings at Culnacraig that I have yet to positively sort out (guesses in brackets!);



Culnacraig 41-1

Duncan McGregor                           40      Salmon Fisher
Donald McLeod                             30         "     "
Notes on this Household:

Both born in RossShire.

These two are not clearly in later censuses.


Culnacraig 41-2

Roderick MacLeod                          60      Crofter
Murdoch      do.                          30
Alexander    do.                          35
Katharine    do.                             60
Katharine    do                              20
Notes on this Household:

All born in RossShire.

Donald in the book also said that Ruaridh Og Macleod was gt grandfather of his neighbour Christie Macleod. (related to Murdo Macleod Dhu). Ruaridh is the gaelic form of the name Roderick, and Og means younger.

Roderick's father, another Roderick, and brother Neil with other relatives is in this census at Culnacraig 41-4, and Barbara MacLeod in the next Household, Culnacraig 41-3, is a sister.

In the 1851 census Murdoch is at Culnacraig 51-4.

The death of Murdo is registered 1890 at Culnacraig, married to Ann Stewart, parents had been Roderick MacLeod and Mary, maiden surname MacLeod.


Culnacraig 41-3

Murdoch MacLeod                           70      Crofter
Roderick    do.                           35
Kenneth     do                            30
John        do.                           25
Alexander   do.                            2
Barbara     do.                              35
Ann         do.                              20
Mary        do.                               4
Margaret     do.                             70
Malcolm MacLean                           15      M.S.
Notes on this Household:

All born in RossShire, except Margaret.

This family is in the 1851 census at Altandhu 51-107, Margaret dies before then, as Murdoch is listed the Widowed Head of Household. That and later censuses show that Roderick and Barbara were husband and wife.

The Parish Register includes two christenings at Culnacraig that might refer to this family;

  1. Barbara MacLeod to Murdoch, christened 8 January, 1821,
  2. Anne MacLeod to Murdoch, christened 4 May, 1821.

Murdoch, Margaret, Roderick, Barbara, and Alexander are ancestors of Kate Ferris who lives on the Isle of Lewis (CONTACT INFO). Kate has provided lots of info on this family!

Kate passes on details from Murdoch's death registration and other research she has done;

Murdoch above was born about 1772 at Strathpolly as a son of Roderick McLeod and Catherine McLeod there, and died 11 February, 1855 at Altandhu after living five years there, his wife had been Margaret Munro (the Margaret above). Children of Murdoch and Margaret were;

  1. Roderick, born 1805 at Strathpolly (above),
  2. Christina, born 1807,
  3. Mary, deceased at 33 years in 1842. (Mary is a Widow with two children in this census at Altandhu 41-7),
  4. Kenneth, born 1811 (Informant on his father's death reg), died unmarried 13 July, 1897, aged 87 years at Achnahaird,
  5. John, born 1817,
  6. Ann, born 1815, died 1819,
  7. Ann, born 1819.

There is a second Murdoch of similar age in this census at Culnacraig 41-5, whose death registration also names parents as having been a Roderick MacLeod and Catherine, Maiden Surname MacLeod. In the Coigach records there are several cases where two sons or two daughters had the same forename, a sort of honour naming, and I think that is likely the situation in this case, the Katharine in that Household being mother of both Murdochs.

Barbara's death was registered as happening 25 August, 1867 at Old Dornie, the registration lists her parents as having been Roderick MacLeod and Mary Graham, and lists her husband Roderick then as a "Tacksman". Her father Roderick is still alive in this census, in the next Household at Culnacraig 41-4, with him is Neil, a brother of Barbara, another brother, Roderick in the previous Household at Culnacraig 41-2.

Kate lists the children of Roderick and Barbara as;

  1. Catherine, born 1833,
  2. Duncan, born 1836,
  3. Mary, born 1837,
  4. Alexander, born 1842 at Old Dornie (Kate's ancestor),
  5. Ann, born 1851.


Culnacraig 41-4

Roderick MacLeod                          85      Crofter
Neil       do                             35
William    do                             10
Roderick   do                              7
John       do                              5
Ann        do                                35
Mary       do                                 9
Henny       do                                2
Notes on this Household:

All born in RossShire, except Roderick the father.

This family is in the 1851 census at Culnacraig 51-3, by then Roderick has died, and Neil is the Tenant.

Neil aboves death was registered as 1886 at Culnacraig. The registration says his wife Ann (above) had been Maiden Surname MacLeod, and his parents had been Roderick MacLeod and Mary, Maiden Surnamed Graham.

These were "Dhu" MacLeods, Roderick was father of the Roderick at Culnacraig 41-2, and of Barbara in the previous Household at Culnacraig 41-3.


Culnacraig 41-5

Murdoch MacLeod                           60      Crofter
Roderick    do.                           25
Murdoch     do.                           20
Donald      do.                           20
Roderick    do.                           55
Katharine   do.                              85
Katharine   do.                              55
Notes on this Household:

Murdoch and Roderick not born in the County, the rest born in RossShire. I assume Roderick was a brother of Murdoch.

Murdoch is listed as a Widower in the 1851 census at Culnacraig 51-1. That census shows the second Katharine above is his sister. In that census Murdo and his sister Catharine are living with Murdo's son Roderick, and Rodericks wife Barbra and children.

Looks probable the older Katharine was mother of Murdoch, the younger Katharine, and the older Roderick.

Murdo Bain Macleod (1776-1863) was born somewhere between Inverpolly and Lochinver. The book says he had three sons born in the Lodge area of Inverpolly, which by time of this census held only a Shepherd and his family, see Shepherd Stations. This census also says the son Murdoch was not born in RossShire. The named sons were;

  1. Roderick, (1815-1857, emigrated to N.Z., and died there of tuberculoses, next census at Culnacraig 51-1,
  2. Murdo, born 1816, christened 7 September, 1817 at Culnacraig, died 1897, next census at Culnacraig 51-1,
  3. Donald, born 1816, christened 7 September, 1817 at Culnacraig, died 1898, 1861 census at Culnacraig 61-1, twin of Murdo.

There is a second Murdoch of similar age in this census at Culnacraig 41-3, whose death registration also names parents as having been a Roderick MacLeod and Catherine, Maiden Surname MacLeod. In the Coigach records there are several cases where two sons or two daughters had the same foreme, a sort of honour naming, and I think that is likely the situation in this case.


Culnacraig 51-1

Murdo McLeod           Head         Widr. 70      Subtenant (of 2 Acres)
Roderick  Do.          Son          Mar.  36      Fisherman
Murdo     Do.          Son          U.    33      Fisherman and Ag. Lab.
Barbra    Do.          Daur in Law  Mar.     35
Henny     Do.          Grand Daur             7   Scholar
Murdo     Do.          Grandson            4      Scholar
Angus     Do.          Grandson            2
Roderick  Do.          Grandson           1mo
Catharine Do.          Sister       U.       68   Pauper
Donaldina Do.          Serv.        U.       17   House Serv.
Notes on this Household:

This Household is on Page 1 of Enumeration District 7. No community name was listed by the enumerator, but from later censuses I am sure this is Culnacraig. All are marked as born in Lochbroom, except the older Murdo, who is marked as born in Assynt.

In the 1841 census this family was at Culnacraig 41-5.

In the 1861 census Murdo, his sister Catharine, and his son Murdo are at Culnacraig 61-2. The previous Household in that census (Culnacraig 61-1), has the family of Murdo's son Donald, and the one following, Culnacraig 61-3, has the family of Roderick and Barbara above, with Barbara as a Widow of a few years.

Murdoch's 1863 death registration aged 87 years notes his parents had been Roderick MacLeod and Catherine, Maiden Surname MacLeod, and he was Widower of Henny MacLeod, The 1897 death registration of his son Murdoch confirms his wife had been Henrietta, Maiden Surname McLeod.

The book says Roderick emigrated to New Zealand and died there of tuberculoses in 1857, however I think it looks likely he died at Culnacraig, and his Widow and children emigrated after the 1861 census.


Culnacraig 51-2

Catharine MacLeod      Head         W.       57
Robert       Do.       Son          U     24      Subtenant of 4 Acres
Isabella     Do.       Daur.        U        21   Dress Maker
Catharine    Do.       Daur.                 15   Scholar
Flora        Do.       Daur.                 11   Scholar
Notes on this Household:

This Household is on Page 1 of Enumeration District 7. No community name was listed by the enumerator, but from earlier and later censuses I am sure this is Culnacraig. All are marked as born in Assynt, except Flora born in Lochbroom.

In the 1841 census this family was at Kenachulish 41-1 with Catharine's husband Niel and nine children (not including Robert). In 1861 census the family is at Culnacraig 61-4.

Catherine was gt-gt-gt-grandmother of Heather Munsel who lives in Arizona.

Heather has told me that Catherine's maiden name was Matheson, and confirms her husband's first name had been Neil. Her daughter Flora above marries Roderick MacLeod, a son of the next Household at Culnacraig 51-3, who was also son of a Neil MacLeod!


Culnacraig 51-3

Ann MacLeod            Wife         Mar      46
William  Do.           Son          U     21      Fisherman and Ag. Lab.
John     Do.           Son                14
Janet    Do.           Daur.                  9
Murdina   Do.          Daur.                  6
Notes on this Household:

This Household is on Page 1 of Enumeration District 7. No community name was listed by the enumerator, but from earlier and later censuses I am sure this is Culnacraig. All are marked as born in Lochbroom.

In the 1841 census this family was at Culnacraig 41-4 with Ann's now missing husband Niel, and the head of Household Neil's father Roderick. In the 1861 census this family is at Culnacraig 61-7.

Neil's death was registered as 1886 at Culnacraig. The registration says Ann had been Maiden Surname MacLeod, and his parents had been Roderick MacLeod and Mary, Maiden Surnamed Graham.

Ann was gt-gt-gt-grandmother of Heather Munsel who lives in Arizona.

Heather has told me that a son of Ann named Roderick marries Flora MacLeod, who is a child in the previous Household; Culnacraig 51-2.

A brother of Neil, Roderick,


Culnacraig 51-4

Murdo MacLeod          Head         Mar.  41      Subtenant (of 2 Acres)
Ann     Do.            Wife         Mar.     36
Duncan   Do.           Son                12      Scholar
Hellen   Do.           Daur.                  6      Do.
Roderick  Do.          Son                 5
John      Do.          Son                 2
Donald    Do.          Son                2mo
Hana      Do.          Serv.        U.       16   General Servant
Catharine Do.          Visitor      W.       71   Pauper
Notes on this Household:

This Household is on Page 2 of Enumeration District 7. No community name was listed by the enumerator, but from earlier and later censuses I am sure this is Culnacraig! All are marked as born in Lochbroom.

Murdo was in the 1841 census at Culnacraig 41-2 with his parents and two siblings.

In 1861 this family is at Culnacraig 61-6. One of the children in that census was born after the start of civil registration, and shows Ann's maiden surname to be Stewart.

The death of Murdo is registered 1890 at Culnacraig, married to Ann Stewart, parents had been Roderick MacLeod and Mary, maiden surname MacLeod.


Culnacraig 61-1

Donald McLeod          Head         Mar   40      Fisherman
Margaret  Do.          Wife         Mar      34
Roderick  Do.          Son                 5
Hannah    Do.          Dau                    4
Duncan    Do.          Son                 2
John      Do.          Son                1mo
Anabella  Do.          Servant               16   Domestic Servant
Notes on this Household:

All born at Lochbroom.

Donald is a son of Murdoch "Bain" McLeod in the next croft (Culnacraig 61-2). He was missing in the 1851 census, however in 1841 he was with his family at Culnacraig 41-5.

In the 1871 census Donald, Margaret, and six of their children along with Donald's unmarried brother Murdo are at Culnacraig 71-108.

The book says Donald had eight children at Culnacraig, and died in 1898. The children above are among those described;

  1. Duncan (1855-1939) emigrated to Queensland where he was a plumber,
  2. Roderick (1855-1951) Salmon/herring fisherman,
  3. Hannah (1858-1927),
  4. John (1862-1927) shepherd at Raddery Mains, Tongue, before returning home,
  5. Etta (1864-1939) (either Hannah or Etta said to have moved to Tain, I think it was Etta, as the 1881 census at Culnacraig 81-5 includes a daughter "Johan"),
  6. Murdo (1866-1922) went to Glasgow, where he married Elizabeth Marshall and lived at 58 Miller Street Motherwell,
  7. Anabella (1870-1935),
  8. Alex (1876-1878).

Murdo and Elizabeth above (#6) had a son Donald at Glasgow (1898-1979). Elizabeth died one month after the birth, and young Donald was sent back to his relatives at Culnacraig where he lived till he died. Donald married Dolina Maclennan who died 1974, and they had no children. Donald mentioned that his MacLeods at Culnacraig were referred to as the Bain MacLeods, as opposed to the Dhu MacLeods in the village (white or light, as opposed to dark or black).

Donald had a brother Roderick who has died since the last census, but whose Widow and children are now two Households away at Culnacraig 61-3.

A brother of Donald, Murdo, has death registered at Culnacraig in 1897, aged 81 years. The registration notes their parents had been Murdo McLeod and Henrietta, Maiden Surname McLeod. Both Murdos are in the next Household.


Culnacraig 61-2

Murdoch McLeod         Head         Widr. 80      Tenant
Catherine  Do.         Sister       Un       78
Murdoch    Do.         Son          Un    46      Fisherman
Notes on this Household:

Murdoch and his sister Catherine born at Assynt, young Murdoch born at Lochbroom.

In the 1851 census this family was at Culnacraig 51-1. Neither the older Murdoch or his sister are in the 1871 census (died 1861-71?), however the younger Murdoch, still unmarried, is with his brother Donald at Culnacraig 71-108. That Donald is in this census at the previous Household, Culnacraig 61-1.

Murdoch's death is registered as 15 August, 1863 at Culnacraig, aged 87 years, Widower of Henny MacLeod, Informant his sister Catherine. The registration notes their parents had been Roderick MacLeod and Catherine, Maiden Surname MacLeod.

The 1897 death registration of young Murdoch above confirms his parents had been Murdo McLeod (above) and Henrietta, Maiden Surname McLeod.

These were known as the "Bain" MacLeods of Culnacraig, as opposed to the "Dhu" MacLeods (Bain=White, Dhu=Dark). The list of crofters at Culnacraig in 1870 included two Murdo McLeods, and no Donald, however the 1871 census has a son of Murdo as Head of Household, so I assume Murdo dies sometime between the compilation of that list in 1870, and the census of 1871.

Another son of Murdo was Roderick. In the 1851 census Murdo and his sister Catharine were living with Roderick and his wife and children. Roderick has since died, and his widow and children are now in the next household; Culnacraig 61-3.


Culnacraig 61-3

Barbara McLeod         Head         Widow    46   Widow of a Fisherman
Henny    Do.           Dau          Un       17
Murdoch  Do.           Son                15      Scholar
Angus    Do.           Son                13        Do.
Roderick Do.           Son                10        Do.
Catherine Do.          Dau                    8     Do.
Roderick  Do.          Son                 3
Notes on this Household:

All born at Lochbroom.

Barbara's husband, Roderick, was with her in the 1851 census at Culnacraig 51-1. Given that Barbara is now a widow, and her youngest child has the same name as an older one, I think it likely Roderick died in 1857 or '58.

The book says Roderick emigrated to New Zealand and died there of TB in 1857, however I think it looks likely he died at Culnacraig, and his Widow and children emigrated after the 1861 census.

Murdo in the previous Household (Culnacraig 61-2), was father of the dead Roderick, and Donald at Culnacraig 61-1 was his brother.


Culnacraig 61-4

Catherine McLeod       Head         W        66   Tenants Widow
Robert     Do          Son          U     34      Tenant
Flora      Do          Daur         U        20   Domestic Servt.
Notes on this Household:

Catherine and Robert are marked as born at Assynt Sutherland, Flora was marked as born at Lochbroom.

In the 1851 census this family was at Culnacraig 51-2, in 1871 Catherine and Robert are at Culnacraig 71-109.

Catherine was gt-gt-gt-grandmother of Heather Munsel who lives in Arizona.

Heather has told me that Catherine's maiden name was Matheson, and her husband's first name had been Neil. Her daughter Flora above marries Roderick MacLeod from Culnacraig 61-7, who was also son of a Neil MacLeod!

Parish Register includes the christening 9 February 1830 at Culnacraig of William McLeod to a father Neil. He is with this family in the 1881 census.


Culnacraig 61-5

Alexander Grant        Head         Mar   23      Fisherman
Christina  Do.         Wife         Mar      27
Notes on this Household:

Both marked as born at Coigach.

In the 1851 census Alexander was with his family at Acheninver 51-17.

In 1881 this family is at Culnacraig 81-2.

The I.G.I. shows the marriage 29 March 1860 at Lochbroom of Alexander Grant to Christina McLeod. The 1881 census gives Christina's birthplace as Assynt, I suspect the listing here was in error, and she was from an Assynt MacLeod family.


Culnacraig 61-6

Murdoch McLeod         Head         Mar   56      Tenant
Ann    Do              Wife         Mar      46
Duncan  Do.            Son          Un    22      Shepherd
Roderick Do.           Son                14      Scholar
Kenneth  Do.           Son                10        Do.
John     Do.           Son                 7        Do.
Donald   Do.           Son                 5        Do.
Helen    Do.           Dau          Un       16   Domestic Servant
Notes on this Household:

All marked as born at Coigach.

This family was in the 1851 census at Culnacraig 51-4. In the 1871 census they are at Culnacraig 71-112.

Young Donald was born 28 December 1855, his birth registration says his mother Ann's maiden surname was Stewart.

The death of Murdo is registered 1890 at Culnacraig, married to Ann Stewart, parents had been Roderick MacLeod and Mary, maiden surname MacLeod, Informant his son Roderick.


Culnacraig 61-7

Neil McLeod            Head         M     56      Tenant
Ann    Do              Wife         M        55
Roderick Do            Son          U     25      Shepherd
Mary     Do            Daur         U        27   Domestic Servt
Janet    Do            Daur                  18   Gen Srvt
Murdina  Do            Daur         U        16    Do  Do
Notes on this Household:

All marked as born at Coigach.

In the 1851 census Ann and four of her children were at Culnacraig 51-3. Neil and Ann with four children are in the 1871 census at Culnacraig 71-111.

Neil's death was registered as 1886 at Culnacraig. The registration says Ann had been Maiden Surname MacLeod, and his parents had been Roderick MacLeod and Mary, Maiden Surnamed Graham.

This household include ancestors of Heather Munsel in Arizona. Roderick above marries Flora from Culnacraig 61-4, and has two sons; George and Neil. That Neil marries Isabella McLeod from Ullapool, and has two children before emigrating to America, where their next two children included Heather' grandmother Ina (1906-93).

Janet was christened at Culnacraig 9 July 1843.


Culnacraig 71-108

Donald McLeod          Head         Mar   54      Tenant and Fisher
Margret Do             Wife         Mar      49
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Roderick McLeod        Son          Unm   15      Tenant Son
Hannah     Do          Daur                  13   Scholar
John       Do          Son                10        Do
Henerita  Do           Daur                   2     Do
Murdo     Do           Son                 5        Do
Anabella   Do          Daur                  7m
Murdo McLeod           Brother      Unm   54      Fisher
Notes on this Household:

This Household is on pages 23 and 24 of Enumeration District 1. All marked as born at Culnacraig, except Margret born at Polglass.

In the 1861 census this family was at Culnacraig 61-1. In 1881 they are at Culnacraig 81-5.

Donald was a "Bain" McLeod, see the notes regarding this family at Culnacraig 61-1.

The brother Murdo above has death registered at Culnacraig in 1897, aged 81 years. The registration notes their parents had been Murdo McLeod and Henrietta, Maiden Surname McLeod.


Culnacraig 71-109

Catherine McLeod       Head         W.       78   Tenant ot Tenants Wife
Robert     Do.         Son          Unm   44      Tenants Son
Ann Ross               Servt        Unm      28   General Servant
Mary Graham            Visitor      Unm      16   Assistant Domestic
Neil   Do              Boarder      Unm   14      Shepherd
Ann     Do             Sister                10   Scholar
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Culnacraig 71-110
Alexr Grant            Head         Mar   39      Cattle Dealer
Christina  Do          Wife         Mar      37
Mary McLeod            Servant      Unm      17   General Servant Domestic
Notes on this Household:

These two Households are on page 24 of Enumeration District 1. The two Households were enumerated as living in the same house. In the 1861 census Catherine and Robert were at Culnacraig 61-4. In the 1881 census Robert is at Culnacraig 81-4, with his wife Margret and two young daughters.

Catharine and Robert are both marked as born in Sutherlandshire. The spelling of the community there is indistinct, however it begins "Badi.....", my guess would be Badidarroch.

Catherine was gt-gt-gt-grandmother of Heather Munsel who lives in Arizona.

Heather has told me that Catherine's maiden name was Matheson, and her husband's first name had been Neil.

Parish Register includes the christening 9 February 1830 at Culnacraig of William McLeod to a father Neil. He is with this family in the 1881 census.

Ann Ross was marked as born at "Riff". She was a daughter of Hugh Ross and Janet MacKenzie there, her father died shortly before the 1851 census, but in 1871 her mother was at Reiff 71-71.

By time of the 1881 census Ann has moved to Badenscallie, where she is married to Duncan Stewart. See Badenscallie 81-13

The three Grahams (siblings?) are all marked as born at Achiltibuie.

Alexander Grant and his wife are in the 1881 census with no children at Culnacraig 81-2. Though they have no children their cattle dealing business must have prospered, as Alexander is then Crofter of twenty acres!


Culnacraig 71-111

Niel McLeod            Head         Mar   65      Tenant
Ann    Do              Wife         Mar      63
William Do             Son          Unm   39      Cattle Dealer
Janet   Do             Daur         Unm      25   Tenants Daughter
Murdina  Do            Daur         Unm      23     Do       Do
Duncan McLeod          Visitor            12      Scholar
Notes on this Household:

This Household was on page 24 of Enumeration District 1. In the 1861 census this family was at Culnacraig 61-7. In the 1881 census they are at Culnacraig 81-1.

Neil's death was registered as 1886 at Culnacraig. The registration says Ann had been Maiden Surname MacLeod, and his parents had been Roderick MacLeod and Mary, Maiden Surnamed Graham.

With this family in 1881 is a grandson of Neil and Ann (son of their son Roderick), also named Neil. That Neil emigrates to Arizona in 1906, and is a grandfather of Heather Munsel there.


Culnacraig 71-112

Murdo McLeod           Head         Mar   60      Tenant
Ann     Do             Wife         Mar      54
                     -- page break
--
Duncan McLeod          Son          Unm   32      Fisherman
Helena   Do            Daur         Unm      25   Tenant Daughter
John     Do            Son          Unm   17      Tenant Son
Donald    Do           Son          Unm   15        Do    Do
Notes on this Household:

This Household was on page 24 and 25 of Enumeration District 1. In the 1861 census this family was at Culnacraig 61-6. This family is in the 1881 census at Culnacraig 81-3.

The death of Murdo is registered 1890 at Culnacraig, married to Ann Stewart, parents had been Roderick MacLeod and Mary, maiden surname MacLeod, Informant his son Roderick.


Culnacraig 81-1

Neil McLeod            Head         Mar   72      Crofter of 20 acres
Ann    do.             Wife         Mar      68   Crofters Wife
William do.            Son          Unm   36      Laborer
Jannet  do.            Daur         Unm      30   General Servant
Neil    do.            GSon               13      Scholar
Notes on this Household:

All born at Lochbroom.

Neil and Ann were in the 1871 census at Culnacraig 71-111. Neil and Ann die before the 1891 census, William and Jannet (as "Jessie") are unmarried then, at Culnacraig 91-2.

Neil's death was registered as 25 November, 1886 at Culnacraig, Informant his son William. The registration has him then already a Widower, Ann had been Maiden Surname MacLeod, and his parents had been Roderick MacLeod and Mary, Maiden Surnamed Graham.

Young Neil is a son of Neil and Ann's son Roderick (see Culnacraig 61-7). He marries in 1900 to Bella McLeod, who is in this census at Achduart 81-1. Neil and Bella lived at Achiltibuie, where they had two children before emigrating to Montana in 1906 where they had two more, including Heather Munsel's grandmother Ina in 1906.


Culnacraig 81-2

Alexander Grant        Head         Mar   48      Crofter of 20 acres
Christina  do.         Wife         Mar      44   Crofters Wife
Notes on this Household:

Alexander born at Lochbroom, Christina at Assynt.

In 1871 this couple was at Culnacraig 71-110. The census seems to say they were living in the same building as the family at Culnacraig 71-109!

The 1880 list of crofts refers to this as "Lot 174".

The I.G.I. shows the marriage 29 March 1860 at Lochbroom of Alexander Grant to Christina McLeod.


Culnacraig 81-3

Murdo McLeod           Head         Mar   70      Crofter
Ann    do.             Wife         Mar      65   Crofters Wife
Donald  do.            Son          Unm   24      Labourer
Helen   do.            Daur         Unm      32   General Servant
Notes on this Household:

All born at Lochbroom.

A note for Ann reads "Entire record crossed out entered P.20 Vol 75-2 ED#1". That household is Achiltibuie 81-9.

I think Murdoch was one of the "Dhu" MacLeods. This family was in the 1871 census at Culnacraig 71-112, in 1891 Ann is Widowed with her unmarried son Donald at Culnacraig 91-3.

The death of Murdo is registered as 5 April 1890, aged 70 years at Culnacraig, married to Ann Stewart, parents had been Roderick MacLeod and Mary, maiden surname MacLeod, Informant his son Roderick.


Culnacraig 81-4

Robert McLeod          Head         Mar   55      Crofter of 2&1/2 acres
Margret  do.           Wife         Mar      41   Crofters Wife
Cathrine  do.          Daur         Unm       3   Daur
Mary      do.          Daur         Unm      3mo  Daur
Notes on this Household:

All born at Coigach Lochbroom, except Robert, who was born at Assynt Sutherland.

In the 1871 census Robert was at Culnacraig 71-109, with his widowed mother Catherine. In 1891 this family is at Culnacraig 91-4.


Culnacraig 81-5

Donald McLeod          Head         Mar   63      Crofter of 3 acres
Margret  do.           Wife         Mar      53   Crofters Wife
Johan    do.           Daur         Unm      23   General Servant
John     do.           Son          Unm   20      Labourer
Murdo    do.           Son          Unm   14      Scholar
Annabella do.          Daur         Unm      10   Scholar
Notes on this Household:

All born at Coigach Lochbroom.

In the 1871 census this family, along with Donald's unmarried brother Murdoch, were at Culnacraig 71-108. In 1891 the family, with Murdo again, is at Culnacraig 91-5.

Donald was a "Bain" McLeod, see the notes regarding this family at Culnacraig 61-1.

The death of Donald's brother Murdo at Culnacraig is registered as 1897, aged 81 years. The registration notes their parents had been Murdo McLeod and Henrietta, Maiden Surname McLeod.


Culnacraig 91-1

George McLeod          Head         Mar   39      Gamekeeper
Isabella  Do           Wife         Mar      42
Roderick  Do           Son                 8      Scholar
Catherine A. Do        daur                   6     Do
Alexina      Do         Do                    4
Notes on this Household:

This Household is in page 1 of Enumeration District #1. All are marked as born at Lochbroom.

Isabella's maiden surname not yet known, and George was not clearly in the 1881 census, though he was I think in 1871 at Achiltibuie 71-12. (That George's parents and sister Ann were in the 1881 census at Achiltibuie 81-25).


Culnacraig 91-2

William McLeod         Head         Unm   52      Crofter & Drover
Jessie    Do           Sister       Unm      40      Do   Sister
John      Do           Serv         Unm   16         Do   Serv
Notes on this Household:

This Household is in page 1 of Enumeration District #1. All are marked as born at Lochbroom.

In the 1881 census William and Jessie (as "Jannet") were with their elderly parents at Culnacraig 81-1.

Jessie's death is registered as 18 February, 1904 at Culnacraig, unmarried, aged 62 years (I wonder if her age above is mistranscribed from "50" or the Informant added a decade to her age), her parents noted as having been Neil MacLeod and Ann MacLeod, Informant was the Procurator Fiscal.


Culnacraig 91-3

Ann McLeod             Head         W        70   Formerly Crofters Wife
Donald Do              Son          Unm   32      Crofter & Fisherman
Ann    Do              Serv         Unm      17   Gen Serv (Dom)
Notes on this Household:

This Household is in page 1 of Enumeration District #1. All are marked as born at Lochbroom.

In the 1881 census this family was at Culnacraig 81-3 with Ann's then living husband Murdoch as Head of Household.


Culnacraig 91-4

Robert McLeod          Head         Mar   74      Crofter
Margret  Do            Wife         Mar      52      Do   Wife
Catherine Do           Daur                  13   Scholar
Mary      Do           Daur                  10      Do
Notes on this Household:

This Household is in page 1 of Enumeration District #1. All are marked as born at Lochbroom, except Robert born in the neighbouring Parish of Assynt.

In the 1881 census this family was at Culnacraig 81-4.


Culnacraig 91-5

Donald McLeod          Head         Mar   74      Crofter
Margaret  Do           Wife         Mar      63      Do  Wife
Roderick  Do           Son          Unm   35      Fisherman
Anabella  Do           daur         Unm      20   Gen Serv (Dom)
Murdo     Do           brother      Unm   74      (retired) Fisherman

                       End of the Hamlet of Culnacraig
Notes on this Household:

This Household is in page 1 of Enumeration District #1. All are marked as born at Lochbroom.

In the 1881 census this family was at Culnacraig 81-5.

Donald was a "Bain" McLeod, see the notes regarding this family at Culnacraig 61-1.

The death of Murdo at Culnacraig is registered as 23 September, 1897, aged 81 years. The registration notes his parents had been Murdo McLeod and Henrietta, Maiden Surname McLeod. Informant of the registration was his nephew, John McLeod.


Dornie

NB9810 : Dornie and Rubh' a' Mhadaidh-ruaidh by Andy Waddington
Dornie and Rubh' a' Mhadaidh-ruaidh
  Copyright Andy Waddington and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

Dornie, often spelled "Dorney", today is said to have the best harbour on the Coigach peninsula. Around the coast to the north, on the other flank of the small mountain (526 feet) called Meall Dearg (the red knob or rounded hill) is the village of Old Dornie. The point beyond the houses is "Rubh' a' Mhadaidh-ruaidh", "Fox Point" in old maps, the Gaelic expression "mhadaidh-ruaidh" means "red dog", the term used for foxes.

Isle Ristol, one of the Summer Isles, is quite close, as is the village of Polbain.


Other christenings at Dornie include;



"Big" William MacDonald at Dornie

At Dornie there was a family with William MacDonald (born at Letters), and Johanna MacKenzie (daughter of John McKenzie, VI of Ballone, and Anne MacKenzie). William and Johanna were married 6 February 1815 at Dornie, both listed as living there (Same day Mary McDonald from Dornie married John McAulay from Lochinver, see following notes).

Gail Crawford in Toronto (CONTACT INFO), is a descendant of this family. She says from 1825 to 1836 they were at Polbain, then they went to "Croigerry Farm" on Lewis till 1837, when they emigrated to Cape Breton aboard a ship Captained by William's cousin, Hector McKenzie (who was possibly also an older half brother of Hannah!).

Dornie is the closest community to Isle Ristol, at low-tide there is a causeway across at Old Dornie. The O.P.R. includes registration of the marriage of Hector McKenzie from Ristol to Janet McDonald from Reiff 12 March 1830, and I wonder if the cousin relationship between William and Hector might possibly have been through Hector's wife? As mentionned above, see the notes regarding Hector at Ristol-Hector

Another descendant is Roberta Fraser in Cape Breton (CONTACT INFO). Roberta has sent me a lot of data on this family, that expands the information in the Parish Register. Among the details are that William was known as "Big" William MacDonald! She says once at Cape Breton the family moved from Boularderie to Middle River, then to Cape North, then to Sydney (Coxheath).

Big William's wife Johanna was a half sister to Roberta's husbands own ancestor, Christian MacKenzie, who married Finlay Fraser and also emigrated to Cape Breton.

The following details come from all three sources, O.P.R., Gail, and Roberta;

  1. Anne, "a Bastard Daughter", christened 29 July, 1812 at Dornie, to William MacDonald. Anne is married to William MacLeod at Altandhu by 1861 (see Altandhu 61-1), with children old as 20, and moves to Reiff before the 1871 census, see Reiff 71-75. Her death registration in 1894 gives her mother's name as Mary McLeod,
  2. Margaret, christened 18 January, 1816 at Dornie, died 9 September, 1870 at Cape North, Victoria, Nova Scotia,
  3. Kenneth, christened 19 May, 1816 at Dornie,
  4. Edward, christened 16 March, 1818 at Dornie,
  5. Alexanderina, christened 31 July, 1820 at Dornie, died 1920 at Mount Florence, Coxheath, Cape Breton, N.S.,
  6. Georgiana, christened 20 October, 1822 at Dornie (same day at Dornie Donald McLean christened his son George!), died 19 September, 1917 at Big Baddeck, Victoria, N.S.,
  7. Murdo, christened 2 October, 1825 at Polbain, died 1 March, 1908 at Cape Breton,
  8. Johanna Mary, christened 22 April, 1828 at "Poulbain Coigach", died 1918 at Sidney, Cape Breton, N.S.,
  9. John, christened 3 April, 1831 at "Poulbain", died 26 February, 1889 at St.Pauls, Minnesota,
  10. Ann, born 1836 at Croigarry, Lewis, died 2 January, 1929.


Dornie MacAulays

There was a MacAulay family at Dornie, possibly the wife was a sister of Big William MacDonald in the previous household. Same day the marriage of William MacDonald to Johanna McKenzie occured (see notes above), 6 February 1815, Mary McDonald from Dornie married John McAulay from Lochinver in Assynt Parish.

John and Mary seem to have settled at Dornie, as the parish register has the following births registered to John MacAulay there;

  1. Margaret, christened 30 July, 1816 (place for this registration "Old Dornie"),
  2. Angus, christened 21 June, 1818,
  3. Doretha, christened 20 September, 1820,
  4. John, christened 28 August, 1822,
  5. Alexander, christened 28 May, 1825,
  6. Alexr, christened 19 March, 1827,
  7. Mary Anne, christened 17 October, 1830,
  8. Murdoch, christened 17 May, 1833.

There is a MacAulay family at Achiltibuie 41-30. A daughter of that family, Peggy, is in the marriage register as being at Badentarbet in 1820. Badentarbet is a near neighbor of Dornie, and I suspect John MacAulay was also a son of that family.

The Parish Register includes the christening 15 May 1821 of Malcolm McAulay to Alexander at Badentarbet.


Dornie 41-1

Alexander Campbell                     20         Crofter
Cursty        do                          25      F.S.
Jessie                                    10       do
Notes on this Household:

Address given as "Big Dornie". All born in RossShire.


Dornie 41-2

John McLeod                            35         Crofter
Mary     do                               40
Ann      do                               15
Notes on this Household:

Address given as "Big Dornie". All born in RossShire.


Dornie 41-3

Ann McLeod                                40
Cursty  do                                35
Notes on this Household:

Address given as "Big Dornie". Both born in RossShire.

In the 1851 census these two unmarried sisters are at Dornie 51-47.


Dornie 41-4

John McLeod                            35         Cooper
Rory    do                          6 months
Isabella  do                              25
Ann       do                               5
Peggy     do                               3
Isabella MacKenzie                        25      F.S.
Notes on this Household:

Address given as "Big Dornie". Isabella MacKenzie shown as born in some other County, all the rest born in RossShire.

In the 1851 census this family is at Reiff 51-91.

Isabella was a MacLennan from Reiff, her family is in this census at Reiff 41-19. She was born 7 October, 1810, and christened 10 November, 1810.

John died 12 December, 1864 at Laid of Reiff. his death registration notes his parents as having been Donald McLeod and Ann, maiden surname McLeod. John was a cooper at Reiff, no doubt busy making barrels for the herring the village boats caught. Isabella and John had seven children.


Dornie 41-5

Alexander McLeod                       70         Minister
Catharine    do                           70
James        do                        40
Jane         do                           35
Cursty       do                           30
Annable      do                           30      F.S.
Murdoch      do                         8
Notes on this Household:

Address given as "Old Dornie". The County of birth for none of these people was given!

In the 1851 census this family is at Dornie 51-115. Alexander's 1861 death registration notes his parents had been Murdoch MacLeod and Christina Maiden Surnamed MacLeod, his occupation noted then as "Minister of the Established Church (No Charge)", and son James as the Informant.


Dornie 41-6

William McLeod                         40         Cotter
Ann MacLeod                               35
Chirsty McLeod                            60
Kenneth McLeod                          8
Mary       do                              5
Roderick   do                        9 months
Notes on this Household:

Address given as "Old Dornie". All shown as born in RossShire.

In the 1851 census this family is at Dornie 51-114, Chirsty there shown as William's mother.


Dornie 41-7

Donald McLeod                          50         Cotter
Effy      do                              60
Notes on this Household:

Address given as "Old Dornie". Both shown as born in RossShire.

In the 1851 census Donald is married to a 37 year old Isabella, with a three year old son, at Dornie 51-111, and Effy as "Henny" in the next household at Dornie 51-112.


Dornie 51-111

Donald Macleod         Head       Mar  60         Pauper (Was Fisher)
Isabella  Do           Wife       Mar     37
Roderick   Do                           3
Notes on this Household:

This Household appears on page 33 of Enumeration District #8. All are marked as born in the Parish of Lochbroom, Ross Shire. Address noted as "O. Dornie Farm", presumably Old Dornie. The age of young Roderick may be mistranscribed, might be 8.


Dornie 51-112

Rory Macleod           Head       U.   46         Pauper (Was Fisher)
Henny   Do             Aunt       U.      80      House keeper
Notes on this Household:

This Household appears on page 33 of Enumeration District #8. Both are marked as born in the Parish of Lochbroom, Ross Shire. Address noted as "O. Dornie Farm", presumably Old Dornie.

Have not yet identified Rory in the 1841 census, but Henny was then at Dornie 41-7 as "Effy", with Donald MacLeod who is now in the previous household at Dornie 51-111.


Dornie 51-113

Alexander Maclean      Head       Mar  26         Shoemaker
Flora       Do.        Wife       Mar     27
Kenneth     Do.        Son              3
Donald      Do.        Son              1
Notes on this Household:

This Household appears on page 33 of Enumeration District #8. All are marked as born in the Parish of Lochbroom, Ross Shire, except Flora at Creich, Sutherland. Address noted as "O. Dornie Farm", presumably Old Dornie.


Dornie 51-114

William Macleod        Head       Mar  47         Subtenant of 1 Acre
Ann        Do.         Wife       Mar     40
Kenneth     Do.        Son             16
Roderick    Do.        Son             11         Scholar
Catherine   Do.        Daur                7
Isabella    Do.        Daur.               3
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Chirsty Macleod        Mother             67      Pauper Was dairy
Notes on this Household:

This Household appears on pages 33 and 34 of Enumeration District #8. All are marked as born in the Parish of Lochbroom, Ross Shire. Address noted as "O. Dornie Farm", presumably Old Dornie.

This family was in the 1841 census at Dornie 41-6.


Dornie 51-115

Alexander Macleod      Head       Widr 86         Incumbant R.B. School Minister
James       Do.        Son        U.   40         Occupier of a Sheep Farm
Jane        Do.        Daur       U.      43      No particular Occupation
Chirsty     Do.        Daur.      U.      36      No particular Occupation
A. Roderick  Do.       Grand Son        4
Isabella     Do.       Servt.     U.      19      House & Field Servt.
Marcela      Do.       Servt.     U.      45      House & Field Servt.
Murdoch      Do.       Servt.     U.   26         Farm Labourer
Notes on this Household:

This Household appears on page 34 of Enumeration District #8. All are marked as born in the Parish of Lochbroom, Ross Shire, except Alexander at Assynt, Sutherland, and Marcela at InvernessShire, place unclear. Address is noted as "O. Dornie House".

This family was in the 1841 census at Dornie 41-5. In 1861 James with a young family (and sister Cursty as "Christina") is at Dornie 61-6, his occupation as "Tacksman". With him then is a 14 year old son "Angus", that I assume was the "A. Roderick" above. Likely James in this census though noted as unmarried was a Widower.

Alexander dies 28 January, 1861 at Dornie, age noted then as 105 years! His death registration notes him as a Widower, but does not name Catherine or give her Maiden Surname. His parents noted as Murdoch MacLeod and Christina Maiden Surnamed MacLeod, occupation noted then as "Minister of the Established Church (No Charge)", and son James as the Informant.

Not certain, but I think Marcela was the 45 year old "Martha Mcleod" in the 1861 census at Altandhu 61-11.


Dornie 51-45

Alexander Campbell     Head       Mar  36         Merchant in gross goods
Jessy      Do.         Wife       Mar     26
Simon      Do.         Son              2
Murdoch Campbell       Servt.       U  24         Farm Labourer
Ann       Do.          Servt.       U     26      House Servt.
Chirsty MacLeod        Servt.       U     22      House Servt.
Colin John MacKenzie   Visitor      U  16         Scholar at home
William MacKenzie      Visitor      U  21(sp?)
Notes on this Household:

All the Dornie Households were listed in the 1851 census as at "B. Dornie", with the last one having written after it; "End of Big Dornie".

Alexander and Jessy are marked as born at Gairloch. Simon, Murdoch, Ann and Chirsty born at Lochbroom. Colin John, and William born at Stornoway.

This family is in the 1861 census at Dornie 61-2.

Alastair Donald (CONTACT INFO) is researching and tracing the MacKenzie family Janet "Jessie" Campbell in this Household was descended from. He has lots of info, and is eagerly seeking descendants of this Campbell family.

The Lochbroom Parish Register has a few pages recording births and marriages in the late 1840s, early 1850s with much greater detail than earlier. It looks like a different Session Clerk took control at the time of the Free Kirk split, possibly connected events. The register includes the following;

        Man's Name              Alexr. Campbell
        Occupation              Merchant
        Residence               Dornie
        Woman's Name            Jessie McKenzie
        Residence               Dornie
        Daughter of &c.         Simon McKenzie, Stornoway
        When Registered         June 24, 1848
        When Married            July 4, 1848
        and By Whom.            Rev. Alexr. Ross

I.G.I. gives the christening 28 January 1835 at Stornoway of Colin John to parents John MacKenzie and Anne Gillanders.


Dornie 51-46

Alexander Macleod      Head      Widr  44         Fisher
Ann        Do          Daur               11
Alexander  Do.         Son              4
Hanna   Do.            Daur.               1
Notes on this Household:

All the Dornie Households were listed in the 1851 census as at "B. Dornie", with the last one having written after it; "End of Big Dornie". All are marked as born at Lochbroom.

In 1861 this family is at Dornie 61-1, that census gives Alexander's place of birth as Gairloch.

Young Hanna dies unmarried 10 August, 1872 at Dornie (her father the Informant), the death registration notes her mother had been Isabella, maiden surname Stewart, I wonder if Isabella died in childbirth?


Dornie 51-47

Chirsty MacLeod        Head         U     55      Pauper (Was a general
                                                            Labourer)
Ann      Do.           Sister       U     60      Pauper (Do    do)
Notes on this Household:

All the Dornie Households were listed in the 1851 census as at "B. Dornie", with the last one having written after it; "End of Big Dornie".

Both marked as born at Lochbroom. Ann listed as "Blind".

In the 1841 census these two were at Dornie 41-3. By time of the 1861 census Chirsty is alone, probably Ann dies before then, at Dornie 61-5.


Dornie 51-48

William MacKenzie      Head      Mar.  60         Crofter of 1 3/4 Acres
Elizabeth MacKenzie    Wife      Mar.     60
Catherine  Do.         Daur         U     26
Murdo MacLeod          Servt.       U  20         Farm Labourer
Jemima Stewart         Servt.       U     18      House Servt.
Notes on this Household:

This Household is on Page 13 of Enumeration District 5. All the Dornie Households were listed in the 1851 census as at "B. Dornie", with the last one having written after it; "End of Big Dornie".

William born at Assynt, Elizabeth at Invercuddan in Perth, the rest at Lochbroom.

In the 1841 census this family, missing Elizabeth, was at Badentarbat 41-1, William had been Tacksman there since 1825-6, but he and his sub-tenants were all removed in 1842 for persistantly being late paying their rent, being replaced by a southern shepherd and his sheep.

William's parents were Roderick MacKenzie, the Tacksman of Achnahaird, and Catherine Scobie, part of a well established family in Assynt that had salmon fishing business in common with Roderick.

William has two brothers in this census at Achnahaird 51-61, and his sister-in-law Susan MacKenzie at Achnahaird 51-58 holds the Tack there since death of his brother George.

The Parish Register includes four christenings to William I am sure are part of this family;

The daughter Susanna married Kenneth McKenzie 1 April 1846, his residence given as "Torbreck, Parish of Assynt", hers as "Isle of Ristol". They seem to have settled in Assynt, as the IGI shows two births to that couple there; William Angus born 18 January 1856, and Elizabeth Margaret born 11 April 1859.

Jemima was listed in the 1841 census as "Jamina Stewart", with her parents at Badenscallie 41-14. Her parents and siblings are in this census at Badenscallie 51-32.

Jamina is the dimunitive of the feminine form of the name "James" (her marriage registration in 1853 spells her name "Jamesina"). At least three of the Badenscallie Stewart families named a son James about 1835.

Jamina marries 17 March 1853 to Alexander McKenzie (with her name as "Jamesina"), Alexander is in this census at Polbain 51-35 with his McKenzie family. In the 1861 census they are at Polbain 61-14 with three children, including 4 year old Isabella, the Ancestor of Sally Ann Heys.

Civil registration records three births to that Alexander McKenzie and Jemima Stewart;

  1. Isabella, born 26 December, 1856,
  2. Murdoch, born 23 August, 1859 (death registered 8 May 1861 at Polbain).
  3. Murdoch, born 29 March, 1862.

Isabella, the daughter of Jamina and Alexander, emigrates to Australia, and is an ancestor of Sally Ann Heys there (CONTACT INFO).

All the Coigach Stewarts share an interesting history, see stewart.htm


Dornie 51-49

Neil Campbell          Head       Mar  40         Crofter of 1 3/4 Acres
                   
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Catherine Campbell     Wife       Mar     40      Crofter's Wife
Alexander   Do.        Son         U.  17
Rachel      Do.        Daur               14
Isabella    Do.        Daur               12
Kenneth      Do        Son             10
Anabella     Do        Daur                7

                           End of Big Dornie
Notes on this Household:

All the Dornie Households were listed in the 1851 census as at "B. Dornie", with this last one having written after it; "End of Big Dornie". All the above born at RossShire.

In the 1841 census this family was in the nearby community of Badentarbet, see Badentarbet 41-10.

In 1853 this family emigrated to Tasmania aboard the Sir Allan McNab (see Mcnab 517). Hugh Campbell, a Tasmanian Historian (CONTACT INFO), is a descendant of this family. Hugh has published an article about the McNab emigration, and he has kindly allowed me to post it onto this website, see corn.htm


Dornie 61-1

Alexander McLeod       Head      Widr  54         Fisherman
Ann         Do.        Daur       Un      20      Domestic Servant
Alexander   Do.        Son             14         Scholar
Kenneth     Do.        Daur               11        Do.
Notes on this Household:

Alexander (the father) born at Gairloch, the children at RossShire.

In the 1851 census this family is listed at Dornie 51-46, and in 1871 at Dornie 71-30. In 1851 Alexander was listed as born in Lochbroom Parish, in 1871 along with the rest of his family the place of birth is simply "Ross Shire".


Dornie 61-2

Alexander Campbell     Head       Mar  48         Merchant (Grocer)
Jessie      Do.        Wife       Mar     33
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Simon Campbell         Son             12         Scholar
Murdo    Do.           Son              9           Do.
Barbara  Do.           Daur                8        Do.
Isabella  Do.          Daur                6        Do.
Duncan    Do.          Son              4
Catherine Do.          Daur                2
Margaret  Do.          Servt.     Un      22      Domestic Servt.
Isabella  Do.          Servt.     Un      21        Do.     Do.
Notes on this Household:

Alexander and Jessie born at Gairloch, the rest at Coigach.

This family was in the 1851 census at Dornie 51-45, in 1871 they are at Dornie 71-31.

An unnamed child of this family died 21 November, 1862, aged 11 days. The registration notes Jessie was maiden surname MacKenzie. Another child, "Jessie", dies 23 December, 1863 aged 2 & 1/2 years, parents names confirmed.

Alastair Donald (CONTACT INFO) is researching and tracing the MacKenzie family Janet "Jessie" Campbell in this Household was descended from. He has lots of info, and is eagerly seeking descendants of this Campbell family.

Alastair says Barbara Campbell married an Alan Stewart, and had six children. Possibly her husband was the 7 year old Alan Stewart in 1851 at Badenscallie 51-32.

Probably the 22 year old servant Margaret Campbell is a relative of Alexander, a sister or niece, she is not in earlier Coigach censuses. The Civil Registration Index records the marriage 1 February, 1866 of Kenneth McLeod to Margaret Campbell. Kenneth is in this census two Households away at Dornie 61-4, Margaret and Kenneth are in the 1871 census at Dornie 71-34.

Two year old Catherine married 1886 at Dornie to Alexander Mackenzie (born 1852 at Kildonan, died 1937 in New Zealand), Sometime after the 1891 census they emigrated to New Zealand and had nine children.


Dornie 61-3

Donald McLeod          Head       Mar  35         Fisherman
Catherine  Do.         Wife       Mar     25
Anabella   Do.         Daur                3
Murdo      Do.         Son             6mo
Margaret   Do.         Niece      Un      25      General Servant
Murdoch    Do.         Brother    Un   28         Fisherman
Notes on this Household:

All born at Coigach.

Donald, his brother Murdoch, and their niece Margaret were in the 1851 census in the neighbouring community at Polbain 51-26. Murdoch was Informant on the death registration of his father in 1856.

In 1871 Donald and Catherine with four children are at Dornie 71-33. Before then Murdoch marries to a Henny McKenzie, and is living in the Household previous to Donald at Dornie 71-32.

Civil Registration records the marriage 26 March 1857 at Lochbroom of Donald McLeod to Catherine McLeod, and the births of several children to that couple;

The Widow Christina "Chirsty" McLeod at Polbain 61-1 is a sister of Donald and Murdoch. Chirsty was an ancestor of Allana MacLean of Toronto (CONTACT INFO). Elisabeth McLeod in the Household next to Chirsty at Polbain 61-2 was another sister.

Another sister of Donald and Murdoch was Hughina. She married in 1854 to Murdoch MacLean of Altandhu and emigrated to New Zealand. Her descendants there include Margaret Ward (CONTACT INFO).


Dornie 61-4

John McLeod            Head       Mar  64         Tenant
Ann    Do.             Wife       Mar     63
Alexander Do.          Son        Un   36         Ag. Lab.
Kenneth   Do.          Son        Un   33         Do.  Do.
Margaret  Do.          Daur       Un      29      Domestic Servant
Notes on this Household:

All are marked as born at Coigach.

Pretty certain this family was in the 1851 census at Polbain 51-37, with John's occupation then and in the 1841 census noted as "Fiddler".

Kenneth marries 1 February, 1866 to Margaret "Peggy" Campbell, I think she is the 22 year old servant two Households previous at Dornie 61-2. In the 1871 census they are at Dornie 71-34 with three children and Kenneth's father John. John's wife Ann is in that census in the next Household at Dornie 71-35 with the two other children above.

The Parish Register records the marriage 7 March, 1820 of "John MacLeod Tanaray" to "Anne Urquhart Ruiff".

John MacLeod's death is registered as 1873 at Dornie, aged 75 years, married to Ann Urquhart, The registration notes his parents had been Roderick MacLeod and Margaret, Maiden Surname MacLeod. Ann's Maiden Surname as Urquhart is confirmed in their daughter Margaret's 1900 death registration.

A brother of John, Duncan, is in this census with his family at Tanera 61-19.


Dornie 61-5

Christina McLeod       Head       Un      63      Pauper, Formerly
                                                          Genl. Servt.
Notes on this Household:

Christina is marked as born at Coigach

In the 1851 census Christina "Chirsty" was at Dornie 51-47 with an unmarried, blind sister Ann. In the 1871 census Christina "Chirsty" is at Dornie 71-36.


Dornie 61-6

James McLeod           Head       Mar  59         Tacksman
Mary    Do.            Wife       Mar     36
Angus   Do.            Son             14         Scholar
Christina Do.          Daur                1
Christina Do.          Sister     Un   44         Housemaid
                     -- page
break --
Roderick McLeod        Visitor    Un   38         BlackSmith
Notes on this Household:

James and his sister Christina noted as born at Harris in InvernessShire, the rest at Coigach.

In the 1851 census, James was with his parents at Dornie 51-115, James's father Alexander with occupation as "Incumbant R.B. School Minister". Interesting that James was then noted as unmarried, and in the household a four year old grandson of his parents, "A. Roderick", that I assume was young Angus above. Likely James was then Widowed though noted as unmarried.

James' father Alexander died shortly before this census at Dornie, 28 January, 1861, age noted as 105 years! His death registration notes him as a Widower, parents as Murdoch MacLeod and Christina Maiden Surnamed MacLeod, occupation noted then as "Minister of the Established Church (No Charge)", and James as the Informant.

The sister Christina is in the 1871 census at Polbain 71-20, her death registered in 1876 notes parents as having been Alexander MacLeod, Minister, and Catherine, maiden surname MacLeod.


Dornie 61-7

Alexander McLeod       Head       Mar  35         Tenant
Barbara    Do.         Wife       Mar     32
Catherine Stewart   Mother in Law Widow   85
Notes on this Household:

All are marked as born at Coigach.


Dornie 71-29

Mary Shaw              Head         W        55   Pauper
Alexander do           Son                13      Hird
William                Son                12      Scholar
Notes on this Household:

This Household is on page 6 of Enumeration District #2. All marked as born at Ross Shire.

In the 1861 census this family was at Polbain 61-25 with Mary's husband Roderick as Head of Household. I do not think the family moved, but that the enumertor just decided they were not part of Polbain.

According to the civil registrations of three of their children born after 1855 Mary's maiden surname was also Shaw!

Roderick's father with other relatives is in this census at Polbain 71-28, and his sister Sally is wife of Kenneth McLean at Polbain 71-27.


Dornie 71-30

Alexander McLeod       Head         Widr  69      Fisherman
Alexander McLeod       Son          Un    23
Annabella     do       Daur         Unm      25   Domestic Servant
Johanna      do        Daugr        Unm      20   Domestic Serv
Notes on this Household:

This Household is on page 6 of Enumeration District #2. All marked as born at Ross Shire.

In the 1861 census this family was at Dornie 61-1, Alexander was then marked as born at Gairloch.

The death of Johanna above, as "Hana", is registered as 10 August, 1872 at Dornie aged 22 years, unmarried, her parents noted as Alexander McLeod and Isabella, Maiden Surname Stewart, Informant her father Alexander.


Dornie 71-31

Alexr Campbell         Head         Mar   57      Merchant
Jessy   do             W            Mar      44
Simon    do            Son          Unm   22      Schoolmaster
Murdo    do            Son          Unm   19      ShopKeeper
Barbra    do           Daughr       Unm      17   Dressmaker
Bell     do            Daur         Unm      16     Do    Do
Duncan   do            Son                14      Hird
Ketty    do            Daur                  11   Scholar
Colina   do            Daur                   9     Do
Georgina  do           Daur                   7     Do
Rory McLeod            Serv         Unm   24      Farm Serv
Peggy Campbell         Servant      Unm      26   Domestic Serv
Notes on this Household:

This Household is on page 6 of Enumeration District #2. All marked as born at Ross Shire except Georgina lacking either ditto marks or a placename; likely an enumeration transcription error. The age for Simon is blurry. but consulting the 1861 listing I think 22 is correct.

In the 1861 census this family was at Dornie 61-2, that and earlier censuses say Alexander and Jessy were born in Gairloch Parish. In 1881 they are at Dornie 81-1.

Alastair Donald (CONTACT INFO) is researching and tracing the MacKenzie family Janet "Jessie" Campbell in this Household was descended from. He has lots of info, and is eagerly seeking descendants of this Campbell family.

Alastair says Barbara Campbell married an Alan Stewart, and had six children. Possibly her husband was the 7 year old Alan Stewart in 1851 at Badenscallie 51-32.

Catherine, "Ketty" above, married 1886 at Dornie to Alexander Mackenzie (born 1852 at Kildonan, died 1937 in New Zealand), Sometime after the 1891 census they emigrated to New Zealand and had nine children.

With this family in the 1861 census was a 22 year old servant Margaret Campbell, likely related to Alexander. Since then Margaret has married Kenneth McLeod, and is in this census at Dornie 71-34.


Dornie 71-32

Murdo McLeod           Head         Mar   38      Crofter
Henny   do             Wife         Mar      24
Murdo   do             Son                 2
Peggy   do             Daur                  6m
Kety McKenzie          Serv         Unm      16   Domestic Serv
Notes on this Household:

This Household is on page 6 of Enumeration District #2. All marked as born at Ross Shire.

In the 1861 census Murdo was with his brother Donald's family at Dornie 61-3. Donald is in this census in the next Household, Dornie 71-33. Murdo is not at home in the next census at Dornie 81-2, but Henny is there with the children Murdo and Margaret ("Peggy" above).

Cannot find the marriage registration for Murdo and Henny, however the birth of Margaret 7 September 1870 and Ann 20 September 1872 gives Henny's maiden surname as McKenzie. The only matching age Henny McKenzie in the 1861 Coigach census not found in later censuses was at Reiff 61-26 as daughter of Duncan McKenzie of Reiff and Ann McKenzie of Reiff. That Duncan testified in 1883 to the Napier Commission on the Plight of the Crofters and Cotters of the Highlands and Islands of Scotland, see duncan.htm. In his testimony Duncan says when asked of his children (presumably including Henny above);

Now I am an old man and I have no family - they have taken wing and flown away - they were not of such a kind as would remain in the place.

The Widow Christina "Chirsty" McLeod at Polbain 71-9 is a sister of Murdo. Chirsty was an ancestor of Allana MacLean of Toronto (CONTACT INFO). Elisabeth McLeod in the Household next to Chirsty at Polbain 71-10 was another sister.

Another sister of Murdo was Hughina. She married in 1854 to Murdoch MacLean of Altandhu and emigrated to New Zealand. Her descendants there include Margaret Ward (CONTACT INFO).

Possibly Kety McKenzie above was a sister or relative of Henny.


Dornie 71-33

Donald McLeod          Head         Mar   48      Crofter
                     -- page break --
Ketty McLeod           Wife         Mar      34
Annabella   do         Daur                  12   Scholar
Murdo       do         Son                10       do
William     do         Son                 8       do
Hugh        do         Son                 3
Notes on this Household:

This Household is on pages 6 and 7 of Enumeration District #2. All marked as born at Ross Shire.

In the 1861 census this family was at Dornie 61-3. With them then was a brother of Donald's named Murdoch, who is in this census as Head of the previous Household at Dornie 71-32. In the next census this family is at Dornie 81-3.

Catherine "Ketty"'s maiden surname was also McLeod! Civil Registration records the marriage 26 March 1857 at Lochbroom of Donald McLeod to Catherine McLeod, and the births of several children to that couple;

In the 1881 census Annabella is Domestic Servant to a McKenzie family at Achiltibuie 81-1, she marries soon after that to James McLean who is in this census with his family at Tanera 71-3.

The Widow Christina "Chirsty" McLeod at Polbain 71-9 is a sister of Donald. Chirsty was an ancestor of Allana MacLean of Toronto (CONTACT INFO). Elisabeth McLeod in the Household next to Chirsty at Polbain 71-10 was another sister.

Another sister of Donald was Hughina. She married in 1854 to Murdoch MacLean of Altandhu and emigrated to New Zealand. Her descendants there include Margaret Ward (CONTACT INFO).


Dornie 71-34

Kenneth McLeod         Head         Mar   40      Crofter
Peggy    do            Wife         Mar      32
Janet    do            Daur                   4
Alexander  do          Son                 2
Rory McLeod            Son                5m
John McLeod            Father       Mar   77      Crofter
Jean McLean            Serv.        Unm      16   Domestic Serv
Notes on this Household:

This Household is on page 7 of Enumeration District #2. All marked as born at Ross Shire.

In the 1861 census Kenneth with his parents and two siblings was at Dornie 61-4. In 1881 this family is at Dornie 81-4

The Parish Register records the marriage 7 March, 1820 of "John MacLeod Tanaray" to "Anne Urquhart Ruiff".

John MacLeod's death is registered as 2 January, 1873 at Dornie, aged 75 years, married to Ann Urquhart, The registration notes his parents had been Roderick MacLeod and Margaret, Maiden Surname MacLeod.

The Civil Registration Index records the marriage 1 February, 1866 of Kenneth McLeod to Margaret Campbell. I think she was the 22 year old servant in the 1861 census at Dornie 61-2, related somehow to Alexander Campbell the Head of Household there. That Campbell family is in this census at Dornie 71-31.

Also recorded are the births of four of children to Kenneth McLeod and Margaret "Peggy" Campbell;

John McLeod's wife Ann is in the next Household, Dornie 71-35 with two of their unmarried children (Alexander there was Informant of John's 1873 Death Registration). Ann is not in the 1881 census, probably she died before then. Their daughter Margaret's 1900 death registration confirms Ann's Maiden Surname was Urquhart.


Dornie 71-35

Alexander McLeod       Head         Unm   46      Crofter
Peggy     do           Daur         Unm      39   General Serv
Ann       do           Wife         Mar      78   Crofter's Wife
Notes on this Household:

This Household is on page 7 of Enumeration District #2. All marked as born at Ross Shire.

In the 1861 census this family was at Dornie 61-4, Alexander and Peggy are brother and sister, Ann their mother.

The marriage is registered 20 February, 1873 of Alexander McLeod, a Fisherman Resident at Dornie aged 43 years to Margaret McLeod of Isle Tanera, aged 29 years. His parents noted as John McLeod and Ann, Maiden Surname Urquhart, hers as Duncan McLeod and Mary, Maiden Surname McKenzie (her family in this census at Tanera 71-1). The registration notes Alexander and Margaret were cousins, so presumably his father John McLeod was a brother of her father Duncan.

In the 1881 census Alexander and Margaret with two young children and Alexander's sister Margaret ("Peggy" above) at Dornie 81-5.

Ann's husband John is in the previous Household, Dornie 71-34, in the Household of their son Kenneth. Neither Ann or John are in the 1881 census, John dies 1873, Ann likely between then and 1881. The 1900 death registration of John and of their daughter Margaret ("Peggy" above) notes Ann's Maiden Surname was Urquhart.


Dornie 71-36

Chirsty McLeod         Head         Unm      70   Pauper
Notes on this Household:

This Household is on page 7 of Enumeration District #2. Chirsty is marked as born at Ross Shire.

In the 1861 census Christina "Chirsty" was at Dornie 61-5.


Dornie 71-37

Rory McLeod            Head         Widr  67      Farmer of 3 acre
Kenneth   do           Brother      Unm   55      Hird
Alexr     do           Son          Mar   30      Fisherman
Margaret   do          Wife         Mar      26
Murdo      do          Son                4m

            End of the Township of Dorney
Notes on this Household:

This Household is on page 7 of Enumeration District #2. All marked as born at Ross Shire.

In the 1861 census Roderick "Rory"'s wife Barbara was still alive and the family was then at Achiltibuie 61-19.

Alexander McLeod married Margaret "Peggy" McKenzie of Achiltibuie 10 February, 1870. Peggy was with her family in the 1861 census at Achiltibuie 61-6. Peggy's father and two of her siblings are in this census at Achiltibuie 71-6.

In the 1881 census Alexander and Peggy with five children are at Achnahaird 81-6, with them then is a 70 year old unmarried servant Kenneth McLeod, Alexander's uncle above.

Rory, Alexander, Margaret, and Murdo, are all ancestors of Kate Ferris who lives on the Isle of Lewis (CONTACT INFO), Murdo was Kate's grandfather! Kate has provided lots of info on this family, including a photo of her gt-grandfather Alexander McLeod! Click here to see Alex with his gun and game bag; alex6.jpg

Young Murdo's birth was registered 14 November, 1870 at Dornie, with his parents as Alexander McLeod and "Peggee" McKenzie. Kate says he married in 1910 to Margaret Matheson, present in the 1881 census at Tanera 81-13 as a 9 month old. Kate says her grandfather Murdo died 10 December 1961 at Brora.

Kenneth, the brother above, is with this family till his death 1897 at Achnahaird.


Dornie 81-1

Alexander Campbell     Head         Mar   70      General Merchant
Janet       do         Wife         Mar      52
Simon       do         Son          Unm   30      Retired Teacher
Murdo       do         Son          Unm   28      Shopman
Catherine   do         Daur         Unm      21   Sewing Mistress
Georgina    do         Daur         Unm      17   Housekeeper
Isabella MacKenzie     Visitor      Unm      54   Dressmaker
Notes on this Household:

This Household is on page 6 of Enumeration District #2. Alexander, Janet, and Isabella marked as born at Gairloch and the children at Lochbroom.

In the 1871 census this family was at Dornie 71-31, in 1891 they are at Dornie 91-64.

Alastair Donald (CONTACT INFO) is researching and tracing the MacKenzie family Janet "Jessie" Campbell in this Household was descended from. He has lots of info, and is eagerly seeking descendants of this Campbell family.

Catherine marries in 1886 at Dornie to Alexander Mackenzie (born 1852 at Kildonan, died 1937 in New Zealand), Sometime after the 1891 census they emigrated to New Zealand and had nine children. Grandchildren included the late "Jock" MacKenzie, whose wife Sonia is an officer of Clan Mackenzie New Zealand, has done massive research on both hers and Jock's Mackenzie ancestors, and she is author of the updated Gruinard Chart, which updates the 19th century Findon Chart of the family.

In the 1871 census a daughter not present here, Barbara Campbell, was 17 years old, Alastair says she married an Alan Stewart, and had six children. Possibly her husband was the 7 year old Alan Stewart in 1851 at Badenscallie 51-32.

Margaret McLeod at Dornie 81-4 is likely a relative of Alexander, she was with this family as a servant in the 1861 census.


Dornie 81-2

Henny MacLeod          Head         Mar      33   Crofter
Murdo    Do            Son                12      Scholar
Margaret  Do           Daur                  10      Do

Notes on this Household:

This Household appears in Enumeration District 2, page 6. They were all marked as born at Lochbroom.

In the 1871 census this family was at Dornie 71-32 with Henny's husband Murdo as Head of Household.

Cannot find the marriage registration for Murdo and Henny, however the birth of Margaret 7 September 1870 and Ann 20 September 1872 gives Henny's maiden surname as McKenzie. The only matching age Henny McKenzie in the 1861 Coigach census not found in later censuses was at Reiff 61-26 as daughter of Duncan McKenzie of Reiff and Ann McKenzie of Reiff. That Duncan testified in 1883 to the Napier Commission on the Plight of the Crofters and Cotters of the Highlands and Islands of Scotland, see duncan.htm. In his testimony Duncan says when asked of his children (presumably including Henny above);

Now I am an old man and I have no family - they have taken wing and flown away - they were not of such a kind as would remain in the place.

Donald MacLeod in the next Household, Dornie 81-3, is a brother of the missing Murdo, his sister Elizabeth MacLeod is at Polbain 81-1, his sister Christina is at Polbain 81-9, and another sister, Hughina, married in 1854 to Murdoch MacLean of Altandhu and emigrated to New Zealand, her descendants there include Marg Ward (CONTACT INFO).


Dornie 81-3

Donald MacLeod         Head         Mar   54      Fisherman
Catherine  Do          Wife         Mar      44
William    Do          Son          Unm   18      Fisherman
Alexander  Do          Son          Unm   15      Scholar
Heugh      Do          Son                13         Do
Notes on this Household:

This Household appears in Enumeration District 2, page 6. They were all marked as born at Lochbroom.

In the 1871 census this family was at Dornie 71-33.

Catherine "Ketty"'s maiden surname was also McLeod! Civil Registration records the marriage 26 March 1857 at Lochbroom of Donald McLeod to Catherine McLeod, and the births of several children to that couple;

Donald was a brother of Murdo MacLeod, whose wife and family is in the previous Household at Dornie 81-2, his sister Elizabeth MacLeod is at Polbain 81-10, his sister Christina is at Polbain 81-9, and another sister, Hughina, married in 1854 to Murdoch MacLean of Altandhu and emigrated to New Zealand, her descendants there include Marg Ward (CONTACT INFO).


Dornie 81-4

Kenneth MacLeod        Head         Mar   52      Fisherman
Margaret    Do         Wife         Mar      42
Janet       Do         Daur         Unm      14   Scholar
Alexander   Do         Son                12         Do
Roderick    Do         Son                10         Do
Murdo       Do         Son                 8         Do
Ann         Do         Daur                   4
Notes on this Household:

This Household appears in Enumeration District 2, page 6. They were all marked as born at Lochbroom.

In the 1871 census this family was at Dornie 71-34. In 1891 they are at Dornie 91-61.

The Civil Registration Index records the marriage 1 February 1866 of Kenneth McLeod to Margaret Campbell. I think Margaret was related to Alexander Campbell who is in this census at Dornie 81-1 (she was a servant to that Campbell family in the 1861 census).

Also recorded are the births of four of children to Kenneth McLeod and Margaret "Peggy" Campbell;

Alexander McLeod in the next Household, Dornie 81-5, is a brother of Kenneth, death registration of their sister Margaret also in that Household notes their parents had been John MacLeod and Ann, Maiden Surname Urquhart.


Dornie 81-5

Alexander MacLeod      Head         Mar   57      Crofter
Margaret    Do         Wife         Mar      30
Ann         Do         Daur                   3
Janet       Do         Daur                  6m
Margaret    Do         Sister       Unm      50
Notes on this Household:

This Household appears in Enumeration District 2, page 7. They were all marked as born at Lochbroom. The Household is followed by one marked as "Uninhabited".

In the 1871 census Alexander was unmarried, and was with his sister Peggy ("Margaret" above) and their mother Ann at Dornie 71-35. In 1891 the family is at Dornie 91-60.

Not certain yet what family Margaret was part of.

Margaret "Maggie", the sister, dies unmarried 3 June, 1900 at Dornie, age 73 years, neice Annie (above) the Informant. The registration notes the parents of her and Alexander had been John MacLeod and Ann, Maiden Surname Urquhart.

Kenneth McLeod in the previous Household, Dornie 81-4, is a brother of Alexander.


Dornie 81-7

Donald MacLeod         Head         Mar   35      Farmer of 200 Acres
Christy Stewart        Servant      Unm      50   General Servant
William MacLeod        Servant            12      Scholar
Notes on this Household:

This Household appears in Enumeration District 2, page 7. They were all marked as born at Lochbroom. The Household is preceded by one marked as "Uninhabited". William's relationship to Head of Household was originally written as "Brother-in-Law", and then crossed out.

Not certain where these people were in previous censuses.


Dornie 91-57

Donald MacLeod         Head         Mar   46      Farmer
Mary      Do           Wife         Do       30   Farmer's Wife
Murdina McKenzie       Serv         Unm      17   General Servant (Domestic)
Notes on this Household:

This Household appears in Enumeration District #2, page 12, address as "Old Dornie, Farmhouse". All noted as born Lochbroom.

In the 1881 census Donald was at Dornie 81-7, noted as "Farmer of 200 Acres".

Have not identified Murdina in the 1881 census, but in 1871 her parents were at Polbain 71-18. Her birth was registered as 6 May, 1873 at Polbain, the registrattion notes her parents were Donald MacKenzie, a Fisherman, and Ann, maiden surname MacLeod, married 1859 in Assynt.


Dornie 91-58 & 59

Edward McKay           Head         Mar   40      Missionary
Margaret  Do           Wife          Do      24   Missionary's Wife
Angus MacLeod          Head         Widr     80   Retired Sailor
Notes on this Household:

This Household appears in Enumeration District #2, page 12, address as "Old Dornie". Edward noted as born at Argyle, Kilbrandon, Margaret at Inverness, Kilmuir, and Angus at Lochbroom.

Have not identified these three in the 1881 census.


Dornie 91-60

Alexander McLeod       Head         Mar   59      Crofter
Maggie      Do         Wife          Do      48   Crofter's Wife
Maggie      Do         Sister       Unm      54   Crofters Sister
Annie       Do         Daur          Do      15   Scholar
Jessie      Do          Do                    9      Do
Duncan      Do         Son                 8         Do
Notes on this Household:

This Household appears in Enumeration District #2, page 12. All noted as born at Coigach.

In the 1881 census this family was at Dornie 81-5.

Margaret "Maggie", the sister, dies unmarried 3 June, 1900 at Dornie, age 73 years, neice Annie (above) the Informant. The registration notes the parents of her and Alexander had been John MacLeod and Ann, Maiden Surname Urquhart.

Kenneth McLeod in the next Household, Dornie 91-61, is a brother of Alexander.


Dornie 91-61

Kenneth McLeod         Head         Mar   64      Crofter
Maggie     Do          Wife          Do      52   Crofter's Wife
Alexander  Do          Son          Unm   22      Crofter's Son
Annie      Do          Daur          Do      14   Scholar
Notes on this Household:

This Household appears in Enumeration District #2, page 12. All noted as born at Coigach.

In the 1881 census this family was at Dornie 81-4.

The Civil Registration Index records the marriage 1 February 1866 of Kenneth McLeod to Margaret Campbell.

Also recorded are the births of four of children to Kenneth McLeod and Margaret "Peggy" Campbell;

Kenneth's death is registered as 28 May, 1903 at Dornie aged 79 years, Informant his son Alexander, wife noted as Maggie Campbell, parents as John MacLeod and Ann, maiden surname Urquhart.

Alexander McLeod in the previous Household, Dornie 91-60, is a brother of Kenneth, death registration of their sister Margaret also in that Household confirms parents names.


Dornie 91-62

Donald MacLeod         Head         Widr  88      Crofter
John      Do           Son          Unm   48      Crofter's Son
Bella     Do           Daur          Do      52   Crofter's Daughter
Christina Do           Visitor      Mar      25   Crofter's Wife
Notes on this Household:

This Household appears in Enumeration District #2, page 12. All noted as born at Coigach, except Christina at Sutherland, Brora.

In the 1881 census this family was at Polglass 81-24.

Death is registered as 10 September, 1893 at Dornie of Donald MacLeod aged 92 years, Widower of Rachel MacLeod, with Informant his son John, parents noted as having been Murdo MacLeod and Mary, maiden surname MacLeod.


Dornie 91-63

Murdo McLeod           Head         Mar   56      Crofter & Fisherman
Henrietta Do           Wife         Do       44   Crofters Wife
Notes on this Household:

This Household appears in Enumeration District #2, page 12. Both noted as born at Coigach.


Dornie 91-64

Alexander Campbell     Head         Mar   70      Merchant (General)
Jessie       Do        Wife          Do      62   Merchants Wife
Murdo        Do        Son           Do   37      Merchants Assistant
Alexandrina  Do        Daur inlaw    Do      33   Merchant Assistants
                                                                   Wife
Jessie May   Do        Grand daur             2
George       Do        Grandson           6mos
Colina       Do        Daur         Unm      27   Merchants Daughter
Georgina      Do        Do           Do      24      Do         Do
Katie McKenzie         Daur         Mar      33   Farmers Wife
James    Do            Grandson            4
Alexander H Do           Do                2
John        Do           Do                1
Isabella    Do         Visitor      Unm      63   Dressmaker

                                  End of Dornie
Notes on this Household:

This Household is on page 13 of Enumeration District #2. The address is described as "House a part of Shopbuilding".

All are marked as born in Coigach, except Alexandrina at Scoraig, the three McKenzie grandchildren at Dundonnell, and Isabella at Lochbroom. The initial in Alexander McKenzie's name is indistinct; might be "A", "F", or "H". There is a line drawn above Katie McKenzie's name, showing it to be the start of a second family in the same dwelling.

In the 1881 census this family was at Dornie 81-1. Previous censuses disagree with this one, in that they show Alexander and Janet "Jessie" Campbell were born in the Parish of Gairloch.

Alastair Donald (CONTACT INFO) is researching and tracing the MacKenzie family Janet "Jessie" Campbell in this Household was descended from. He has lots of info, and is eagerly seeking descendants of this Campbell family.

In the 1871 census a daughter not present here, Barbara Campbell, was 17 years old, Alastair says she married an Alan Stewart, and had six children. Possibly her husband was the 7 year old Alan Stewart in 1851 at Badenscallie 51-32.

There are further details in the memorial stone for this family, see http://www.rosscromartyroo ts.co.uk/picture/number546.asp


Ristol

NB9711 : The shell-sand beach on Isle Ristol, Summer Isles by John Hughes
The shell-sand beach on Isle Ristol, Summer Isles
  Copyright John Hughes and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

Ristol is one of the Summer Isles, It was sold to the British Fisheries Society, who in turn in 1816 sold it to Donald MacDonald of Lochinver in Assynt. Donald was originally from Skye, Chieftan of an ancient cadet of Clan Donald, as well as being a Merchant and Tacksman in Assynt Donald maintained interests in Coigach; in the 1798 Militia List of Lochbroom he is noted as owning two fishing boats at Isle Tanera, where he died in 1857, and his daughter Frances is noted as living in 1861, see Tanera 61-8.

Ristol was uninhabited by time of the 1881 census. Early records spell the name as "Ruistail". At low tide there is reportedly a semi-submerged causway to the mainland at Dornie.

Malcolm MacLeod, a carpenter and boatbuilder was born on Ristol about 1800. By time of the 1841 census he has moved to Achlochan 41-4.

The Parish Register includes a few christenings I have not yet been able to place with their family's other data;



Hector McKenzie's Family at Isle Ristol

The Parish Register includes the marriage of Hector McKenzie of Isle Ristol to Janet McDonald from Reiff 12 March 1830. Janet was a daughter of John McDonald and Catherine "Ketty" McLeod there at Reiff 41-18. That is my own family, so I would welcome any input on this bunch! CONTACT INFO. Hector, Janet, and three children are in the 1841 census at Polbain 41-5, sometime after birth of a fifth child in 1844 they move to Balintore in Easter Ross, descendants to the present day are traced.

Great coincidence in names! But not likely the Coigach couple.


Ristol 41-1

Evander Campbell                          50
Barbara     do                               60
Jannet      do                               60
Anne        do                               50
Murdoch McKenzie                          20
Janet Morison                                50
Jane MacKenzie                               55
Notes on this Household:

All shown as born in RossShire.

Evander, Janett, Anne and Murdoch, are in the 1851 census at Ristol 51-2 with Evander's forename as "Edward". All these Campbells then are listed as "MacIvers"! A search of the web shows McIver was a sept of Campbell, and that some McIver families in the Parish of Gairloch just south of Lochbroom used the surname Campbell.

There is another Evander Campbell in the 1841 Coigach census! He is Head of Household at Achnancarnian 41-1. That Evander has a daughter named Barbara, and I think it likely he was a nephew of the Evander above.

Murdo McKenzie is shown in the 1851 census to be a nephew of Evander, one of the three Campbell women above (likely Jannet or Anne who are also still then at Ristol) is his mother. His father is I think shown in a christening 30 July 1816; "Dond McKenzie Ullapool, Murdo, a bastard". Though the father is listed as resident at Ullapool, the other three christenings that day were at Coigach.

Evander is I think the person referred to in an 1825 letter as "Mr Maciver the sheep master" at Achnahaird, the 1851 census says he had been a shepherd. There is also a Donald MacKenzie there who *might* be the father of Murdo above. See Achnahaird 41-11.


Ristol 41-2

Katharine McLeod                             40   Cotter
Alexander     do                          20
Katharine     do                             20
John          do                          15
Duncan        do                          14
Ann           do                             11
Murdoch       do                           9
Ann           do                             15
Notes on this Household:

Column listing whether born in county left blank for this Household!

In 1851 this family is still on the island, see Ristol 51-3. That census shows Katharine, the mother, was surnamed Stewart.

The Parish Register records the marriage 13 April 1848 of Murdo McKenzie of Reiff to Catharine McLeod, a daughter of Roderick McLeod of Isle Ristol (see Murdo at Reiff 41-8). Catherine and Murdo are in the household next to her mother's in the 1851 census, see Ristol 51-4. This family are ancestors of Alistair MacLeod, the Highland Council genealogist at Inverness (CONTACT INFO).

Young John above marries 6 December 1848 to Isabella McDonald of the Isle Tanera, she is there in this census with her Widowed father and siblings at Tanera 41-10. In the 1851 census John and Isabella at Ristol 51-5, so three of the five Households on Ristol in 1851 included immediate family members of these McLeods!


Ristol 41-3

William Leith                             25      Fishcurer
John Forbes                               25      Cooper(sp? might read
                                                             "Crofter")
Adam Matheson                             25         do
John McKenzie                             40         do
Notes on this Household:

Only John McKenzie shown as born in RossShire.


Ristol 51-1

John MacLeod           Head       Mar     33      Shepherd
Isabella MacLeod       Wife       Mar        29
Chirsty Kerr           Visitor     U.        17   Scholar
Notes on this Household:

All born at Lochbroom.

The Parish Register records the marriage 31 January 1850 of John McLeod, a shepherd at Altandubh, to Isabella Kerr from Riff, a daughter of Donald Kerr, a Tenant there.

I think John is the John McLeod listed in the 1841 census at Altandhu 41-18, That John was christened 4 July 1817, with father given as Alexander McLeod. Another son of Alexander was Murdo, who is an ancestor of Neil McLeod in California (CONTACT INFO).

Isabella was a servant in 1841 at Achnahaird 41-11.

In the 1861 census this family is at Ristol 61-2, Isabella is not with them then though, she is then at Faochag 61-31, and the family is in all later censuses at Faochag.

Chirsty is from Reiff, Isabella is her sister; see Reiff 41-11.

Chirsty and her brother Alexander emigrate to Tasmania in 1853 aboard the Sir Allan McNab (see McNab 519). Alexander is in this census as a visiting tailor at Achiltibuie 51-84. Two descendants of Chirsty in Tasmania have been researching Coigach Kerrs, they are Ron Williams (CONTACT INFO), and the husband of Ron's sister Penny; Geoff Butler (CONTACT INFO).


Ristol 51-2

Edward MacIver         Head        U.     68      Pauper (Was Shepherd)
Janet   Do             Sister      U.        77   Pauper ( Do    Do   )
Ann     Do             Sister      U.        75   Pauper ( Do    Do  )
Murdoch MacKenzie      Nephew      U.     35      Pauper   Do    Do
Notes on this Household:

All born at Lochbroom.

These four were in the 1841 census at Ristol 41-1, with Edward as "Evander", and the MacIver surname given as "Campbell"! A search of the web shows McIver was a sept of Campbell, and that some McIver families in the Parish of Gairloch just south of Lochbroom used the surname Campbell.

There is a death registered 23 January 1860 on Isle Tanera of Janet McIver aged 83, parents were Murdoch McIver and Mary McDougald.

Murdo's christening is listed in the Parish Register; 30 July 1816; "Dond McKenzie Ullapool, Murdo, a bastard". Probably Janet or Anne above is his mother.

Evander is I think the person referred to in an 1825 letter as "Mr Maciver the sheep master" at Achnahaird. The Tacksman's family there had a son Donald MacKenzie who *might* be the father of Murdo above. See Achnahaird 41-11.


Ristol 51-3

Alexander MacLeod      Head         U.    31      Cotter
Catherine Stewart      Mother       W.       57   Do  Mother
Ann MacLeod            Sister       U.       20   Do  Sister
Murdo MacLeod          Brother      U.    18      Scholar
Notes on this Household:

All born at Lochbroom.

In 1841 this family was one of the three households on Isle Ristol, see Ristol 41-2. In 1851 Catherine and Alexander are with the family of Catherine's daughter Catherine, at Tanera 61-4.

Catherine MacKenzie in the next Household, Ristol 51-4, is a child of Catherine above. Both Catherines are ancestors of Alistair MacLeod (CONTACT INFO).

John MacLeod two Households away at Ristol 51-5 is a son of Catherine.


Ristol 51-4

Murdo MacKenzie        Head       Mar     31      Cotter
Catherine MacKenzie    Wife       Mar        29
Roderick MacKenzie     Son                 2
Notes on this Household:

All are marked as born at Lochbroom.

Murdo was from Reiff, he was there with his family in 1841 at Reiff 41-8. Catherine was in the 1841 census with her McLeod family at Ristol 41-2. In the 1861 census Murdo and Catherine, with six children, are at Tanera 61-4.

Catherine's Widowed mother and three siblings are in the previous Household at Ristol 51-3, and John MacLeod in the next Household, Ristol 51-5 is a brother.

Murdo and Catherine married 13 April 1848.

Among the children of Murdo and Catherine is Alexanderina, who became grandmother to Alistair MacLeod (CONTACT INFO), the Highland Council Genealogist!


Ristol 51-5

John MacLeod           Head       Mar     27      Cotter
Bell    Do             Wife       Mar        24
Sarah   Do             Daur                   1
Ann Macdonald          Visitor      U,       27   Servt. at home

                    End of Isle Ristol
Notes on this Household:

All born at Lochbroom.

John was from a Ristol family, in 1841 he was with them at Ristol 41-2. In this census his Widowed mother and three siblings are two Households before at Ristol 51-3, and Catherine MacKenzie in the previous Household, Ristol 51-4, is a sister.

Isabella "Bell" was a MacDonald, in the 1841 census she was at Tanera 41-10. In 1861 John and Isabella with five children are at Tanera 61-1.

In this census Isabella's father and other relatives are at Tanera 51-10.


Ristol 61-1

Alexander West         Head       Mar     49      Fisherman
William Wiseman        Lodger     Mar     33         Do
George Walk(sp?)       Lodger     Mar     36         Do
Andrew Wiseman         Lodger     Mar     30         Do
Hugh Walk(sp?)         Lodger     Mar     28         Do
James Laurence         Lodger     Un.     21         Do
Mary Ann West          Servt.     Un.        19   Domestic Servt.
Isabella Murray        Servt.     Un.        20   Domestic Servt.
Notes on this Household:

All born at BanffShire.

Possibly crew of a fishing boat?


Ristol 61-2

John McLeod            Head       Mar     42      Tenant
Margaret Do.           Daur                   9   Tenant' Daur. Scholar
Donald   Do.           Son                    7   Scholar
Rachel   Do.           Daur.                  6     Do.
Mary     Do.           Daur                   5     Do.
Ann      Do.           Daur                   3     Do.
Christina Do.          Daur.                  1     Do.
Ann McLeod             Servt.     Un.        43   General Servt.
Duncan McLeod          Servt.     Un.     18      Ag. Lab.
Murdo McLeod           Visitor    Mar     38      Tenant
Notes on this Household:

All are marked as born at Coigach.

In the 1851 census this family was at Ristol 51-1. John's missing wife Isabella Kerr is in this census at Faochag 61-31, in the 1871 census the family has moved there, and is listed at Faochag 71-79.

In the next census Rachel is a servant to a McLean family at Achduart 71-103.


Ristol 61-3

Donald Main            Head       Mar     40      Fisherman
Donald Main            Lodger     Mar     35         Do.
William McKenzie       Lodger     Mar     28         Do.
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William Smith          Lodger     Mar     29      Fisherman
William Davidson       Lodger     Mar     29         Do.
William Moir           Lodger     Mar     25         Do.
Janet Main             Servt.     Widow      34   Genl. Servt.
Notes on this Household:

The younger Donald Main, William Moir, and Janet Main were all born at Elgin, the other four were born at Inverness.


Ristol 71-81

Norman McLeod          Head       Mar     70      Fisherman
Mary    do             Wife       Mar        62   Fisherman's Wife
John    do             Son        Unm     22      Fisherman
Dolina  do             Daur       Unm        30   General Serv
Notes on this Household:

This Household is on page 17 of Enumeration District 2. All marked as born in RossShire. Mary marked as blind". Writing of John's age might read "29".

In the 1861 this family was at Polbain 61-17.

Norman's death is registered as 15 June, 1878 at Isle Ristol, aged "73", son John the Informant. The Registration has Mary still alive then, Maiden Surname MacLeod, and says Norman's parents had been Donald MacLeod and Esabella MacLeod.

The death of an unmarried daughter of Norman and Mary, also named Mary, was registered as 14 October, 1869 at Isle Ristol, it states her mother's Maiden Surname as MacLeod. The Parish Register includes the marriage 29 February 1828 of "Norman McLeod Altandow to Mary McMcLeod There".


Ristol 71-82

Alexander Ross         Lodger     Mar     32      Fisherman
William    do          Lodger     Mar     30       Do    Do
Alexr Main             Lodger     Mar     29       Do    Do
John   do              Lodger     Mar     25       Do    Do
John   do              Lodger     Mar     25       Do    Do
James Smith            Lodger     Unm     20       Do    Do
William Main           Lodger     Mar     21       Do    Do
Isabella Main          Serv       Unm        19   Domestic Servant
Notes on this Household:

This Household is on page 17 of Enumeration District 2. Alexander and William Ross marked as born at "Burghead Mury". The next three as at Inverness Shire, and the last three as at "Murry Shire".


Ristol 71-83

George Watt            Lodger     Mar     50      Fisherman
Alexander do           Lodger     Mar     53       Do    Do
George    do           Lodger     Mar     26       Do    do
George    do           Lodger     Unm     35       do    do
Thomas West            Lodger     Unm     18       do    do
Charles Watt           Lodger     Unm     20       do    do
Cathrine West          Servant    Unm        20   Domestic serv
Mary Ann Watt          Servant    Unm        19   Domestic Servant
Notes on this Household:

This Household is on page 17 of Enumeration District 2. All marked as born at Banff Shire.


Ristol 71-84

Donald McLeod          Head       Mar     74      Pauper
Bell McLeod            Wife       Mar        68   Pauper
Notes on this Household:

This Household is on page 18 of Enumeration District 2. Donald marked as born at Ross Shire, Bell marked as born at Sutherland Shire.


Ristol 71-85

Alexander McLean       Head       Widr    71      Farmer
Donald      do         Son        Unm     30      Labourer
Mary McLean            Daur       Unm        17   General Serv
Murdo   do             Son        servant 15      Hird
John    do             Son                12      Scholar
Notes on this Household:

This Household is on page 18 of Enumeration District 2. All marked as born at Ross Shire. (And yes, Murdo's marital condition is described as "servant"!)

In the 1861 census this family was at Altandhu 61-14. Alexander's second wife, Isabella McLean (daughter of Kenneth McLean and Mary McLennan), the mother of the three youngest children above, has died since then.


Shepherd Stations

Aird of Coigach is the rolling ground on the north-east side of the peninsula, leading up to Inverkirkcaig in Assynt Parish of SutherlandShire.

May's survey of Coigach in 1758 named Angus Macleod as tacksman at "Leorchircaig" (the "Lineranich" below) with 1650 acres and a community of about 30 people. Angus was also Tacksman of "Sheanscaig" ("Sionascaig" below) with 3870 acres and a community of 9 tenants.

According to testimony before the Napier Commission in 1883 the land at Inverpolly was used as summer pasturage by the people of Reiff up to the 1820s, when it was then rented out to southern sheep farmers.

By time of the 1841 census these small communities had been cleared, and were home to four sheep farmers and their families.

Spelling in these transcriptions is less certain than in other communities, as the surnames only occur in these Households, there is less chance to compare with other similar handwriting.


1861 Clais (Shepherd Station)

Thomas Morrison        Head         Un.   41      Shepherd
Catherine Do.          Sister       Un       24   General Servant
Rodk. McLeod           Visitor      Un    23      Agr Labr.
Notes on this Household:

This Household appears in Enumeration District 4, page 1. All marked as born at Lochbroom. The photocopy is poor, Catherines age might read as 22.


1871 Clais (Shepherd Station)

Murdoch McLeod         Head         Mar   49      Shepherd
Anabella McLeod        Wife         Mar      42
Elizabeth McLeod       Daur         Unm      17   Scholar
Kenneth McLeod         Son                12        Do
Margaret McLeod        Daur                   9     Do
Murdoch McLeod         Son                 7        do
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Janet McLeod           Daur                   6   Scholar
Anabella McLeod        Daur                   4
Ann McLeod             Daur                   3
Caithrine McLeod       Daur                   1
Hector McLeod          Lodger       Unm    17     Teacher
Notes on this Household:

This Household appears in Enumeration District 4, pages 1 and 2, placename spelled in this census as "Clash". All marked as born at Lochbroom, except Hector born at Assynt.

From civil registrations of marriage and of childrens births Annabella's maiden surname is shown to be McDonald.


1841 Inverpolly (Shepherd Station)

Allan Stewart                             36      Shepherd
---anna Stewart                              31
Wm Stewart                                10
Isabella Stewart                              8
Susana Stewart                                6
Eliza Stewart                                 4
James Stewart                              2
Jno Stewart                               11Months
James Murday                              25      Shepherd
Alex McIntyre                             20      Shepherd
Angus McIntyre                            15      Shepherd
Notes on this Household:

This Household appears in Enumeration District 13, page 4. Only the Stewart children are listed as born in County. (See Coigach Gazetteer)

The handwriting is poor, the hyphens above represent letters I could not be sure of.

James Murday, with his surname spelled as "Murdie", is in the 1851 census at Inverpolly 51-47. That census shows him as born in PeeblesShire.


Inverpolly 51-46 (Shepherd Station)

John Rae               Head         Mar   36      Sheep Manager
Hughina Sutherland
              or Rae   Wife         Mar      36
Robert Rae             Son                 6
William  Do.           Son                 5
Mary      Do.          Daur                   3
Christina    Do        Daur                   1
Mary Ann Henderson     Visitor      U.       23   Dressmaker
Adam ????er            Visitor      U.    25      Mason
John Wood              Servt.       U.    30      Shepherd
Christina Stewart      Servt        U.       22   House Servt.
Notes on this Household:

This Household appears in Enumeration District 8, page 33. Left hand side of the page very indistinct! Place of John Rae's birth unclear, Hughina and Adam at Tongue in Sutherland, John Wood at Durness, and the rest at Lochbroom in RossShire.

In the 1861 census this family is at Inverpolly 61-1, John's occupation still listed as "Sheep Manager".

Edward Thompson (ehthomps@dux.dundee.ac.uk) is descended from this family, and has lots of information on later generations.

John and Hughina though both from other Counties married 17 July 1849 in Lochbroom Parish and lived at Coigach, producing 12 children over 20 years. The couple in the next Household, Inverpolly 51-47, was married the same day, and Janet Sutherland or Murdie there was from Tongue like Hughina, likely they were sisters.


Inverpolly 51-47 (Shepherd Station)

James Murdie           Head         Mar   32      Shepherd
Janet Sutherland or
              Murdie   Wife         Mar      23
John Murdie            Son               10Mo
Alexander Do.          Brother      U.    22      Shepherd
Flora MacKenzie        Srvt.        U        22   House Servt.
Roderick MacLeod       Visitor      U.    25      Tailor (App)
Allan      Do.         Visitor      U.    14      Tailor An App.
Notes on this Household:

This Household appears in Enumeration District 8, page 33. Left hand side of the page very indistinct! James and his brother Alexander born at PeebleShire, Janet born at Tongue in SutherlandShire, and the rest at Lochbroom in RossShire.

In the 1841 census James was at Inverpolly 41-1. In the 1861 census this family is at the isolated Shepherd Station of Rhegreanoch.

James and Janet though both from other Counties married 17 July 1849 in Lochbroom Parish. The couple in the previous Household, Inverpolly 51-46, was married the same day, and Hughina Sutherland or Rae there was from Tongue like Janet, likely they were sisters.


Inverpolly 51-48 (Shepherd Station)

William Michael        Head         Mar   23      Shepherd
Ann     Do.            Wife         Mar      26
Mary     Do            Daur                   1
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Christina Michael      Sister       Mar      24
John MacLeod           Nephew             4Mo
Ann Ross               Aunt         Mar      50
Janet MacLeod          Servt.       U.       20   House Servt.
Notes on this Household:

This Household appears in Enumeration District 8, pages 33 and 34. Left hand side of page 33 is very indistinct! William, his sister Christina, and nephew John born at Creich in SutherlandShire, Ann at Kilmorick in InvernessShire, and the rest at Lochbroom in RossShire.

In the 1841 census there was a Michael family at the Shepherd Station at Lineranich, with the surname spelled as "McMichel". The Head of Household then was also a William, unlikely though if that was the same William as here, because the age (36 in 1841) does not match, and it looks like his wife then was "Hellen"!

The Parish Register includes a marriage 3 January, 1828 of "John McLeod Badintarbit and Ann McMichael Shinisgag".

Also included is the marriage of William and the Ann above, 26 January, 1849, both of their surnames listed as "Michael". Ann is in the 1841 census as transcribed by "FreeCEN", http://freecen.rootsweb.com/, at "Teachuing", in the Parish of Creich, SutherlandShire, with her siblings and parents, surname as "McMichael", that family is in this census at the next household, Inverpolly 51-49.

The Parish Register includes a few births and christenings I assume to be of this family or relatives;


Inverpolly 51-49 (Shepherd Station)

James Michael          Head         Mar   53      Shepherd
Mary MacLennan
         or Michael    Wife         Mar      48
John Michael           Son          U.    21      Shepherd
Catherine Do.          Daur         U.       17   House Servt
James     Do.          Son                15      Shepherd
Janet     Do.          Daur                  10
Alexander   Do.        Son                 8
Notes on this Household:

This Household appears in Enumeration District 8, page 34. My photocopy misses part of the right hand side of this page, so the following list of birth places might have errors! James, Janet, and Alexander born in SutherlandShire, presumably at Creich like the Michaels in the previous Household. Mary and John born in InvernessShire, and Catherine and young James at Lochbroom in RossShire.

The wife Ann in the previous Household; Inverpolly 51-48, was a daughter of James and Mary, in the 1841 census they were together at Creich in Sutherlandshire, the 1841 census as transcribed by "FreeCEN", http://freecen.rootsweb.com/, has the family in the Parish of at Creich in Sutherlandshire, Enumeration District 9, page 8, address as "Teachuing";

James McMichael                           35      Independent
Ann McMichael                                15
John McMichael                            10
Catherine McMichael                           8
James McMichael                            5
Janet McMichael                               1
Mary McLennan                             35

James and Mary noted in 1841 as born in census County (Sutherland), all else outside the County.


Inverpolly 61-1 and 2

John Rae               Head         Mar.  47      Sheep Manager
Hughina   Do.          Wife         Mar.     42   Wife of  Do.
Robert   Do.           Son          Un.   16      Son of  Do.
William  Do.           Son          Un.   15      Scholar
Mary     Do            Daur.                 13   Do.
Thomas    Do           Son                 9      Do.
Henry    Do.           Son                 8      Do.
Margaret   Do          Daur.                 12(?) Do.
John      Do.          Son                 4
Christopher  Do.       Son                 2
Dond. Sutherland do.   Son               10Mo.
Roderick McLeod        Boarder      Un.   29      Shepherd
==
Allan McIntosh         Lodger       Un.   25      Gamekeeper
Notes on this Household:

These people are on page 1 of Enumeration District #4. John Rae listed as born at Eskdale in DumfriesShire, Hughina at Tongue in SutherlandShire, Allan McIntosh at Kiltarlity in InvernessShire, the rest at Lochbroom. Though Allan is listed as a separate Household, I suspect he lived in a modest outbuilding; the Rae Household had two rooms with windows, and he had but one. No other Households at Inverpolly in 1861.

In the 1851 census this family was at Inverpolly 51-46, John's occupation then also listed as "Sheep Manager". In the next census they are at Inverpolly 71-2.

Edward Thompson (ehthomps@dux.dundee.ac.uk) is descended from this family, and says that though John and Hughina were both from other Counties they married 17 July 1849 in Lochbroom Parish and lived at Coigach, producing 12 children over 20 years.

Jilly Wilson (CONTACT INFO) is descended from the Reiff McLennan family. Jilly includes on her webpage excerpts from information she has compiled from earlier family researchers, including the following about Alexander "Sandy" MacLeod (see Acheninver 61-2) that mentions "Rae" (certainly the John Rae above);

Sandy had a horse and cart and he earned a little money every summer carting the salmon catch from the station at Badentarbet where they had an ice house. The salmon fishing were let to a man named Rae, a southerner without a trace of Gaelic, but he loved to tease Sandy to hear his 'quaint' English. On one occasion, he suggested to Sandy he should keep a pig 'Ah yes, Mr Rae', Sandy replied, 'but you know a pig is a very costing/expensive animal'
[K. MacLeod 1967]

Sandy's father John McLeod had been born at Strathpolly about 1800, and was no doubt one of the people cleared from there when it was converted to a sheep farm rented to southern shepherds such as Rae. From the jesting back and forth it looks like there was no resentment.


Inverpolly 71-1

Christina Stewart      Serv.        Unm      39   General Serv.
Notes on this Household:

This Household is on page 1 of Enumeration District #4. Christina listed as born at Lochbroom.


Inverpolly 71-2

John Rae               Head         Mar   55      Sheep Manager
Hughina Rae            Wife         Mar.     51
William Rae            Son          Unm   25      Shepherd
Margaret  Do           Daur         Unm      16   General Servant
Henry     Do           Son          Unm   18      Scholar
John      Do           Son                14      Scholar
Christopher Do         Son                12      Scholar
Donald S.   Do         Son                10      Scholar
Christina   Do         Daur.                  8   Scholar
Scott      Do.         Son                 7      Scholar
Notes on this Household:

These people are on page 1 of Enumeration District #4. John Rae listed as born at Eskdale Muir in Dumfries, Hughina at Tongue in SutherlandShire, and the children all at Lochbroom.

In the 1861 census this family was at Inverpolly 61-1, John's occupation then also listed as "Sheep Manager". In the next census they are at Inverpolly 81-Shepherds House.

A child of this family, Thomas, is in this census as a boarding shepherd with the family at Rhegreanoch

Another child of this family, Mary, married Duncan Morrison 26 March 1868 in the neighbouring Parish of Assynt. Duncan was in the 1861 census with his family at Achnahaird 61-8, in this census Mary and Duncan with two children and Duncan's father are at Achnahaird 71-97.

Edward Thompson (ehthomps@dux.dundee.ac.uk) is descended from this Rae family, and says that though John and Hughina were both from other Counties they married 17 July 1849 in Lochbroom Parish and lived at Coigach, producing 12 children over 20 years.

Jilly Wilson (CONTACT INFO) is descended from the Reiff McLennan family. Jilly includes on her webpage excerpts from information she has compiled from earlier family researchers, including the following about Alexander "Sandy" MacLeod (see Acheninver 61-2) that mentions "Rae" (certainly the John Rae above);

Sandy had a horse and cart and he earned a little money every summer carting the salmon catch from the station at Badentarbet where they had an ice house. The salmon fishing were let to a man named Rae, a southerner without a trace of Gaelic, but he loved to tease Sandy to hear his 'quaint' English. On one occasion, he suggested to Sandy he should keep a pig 'Ah yes, Mr Rae', Sandy replied, 'but you know a pig is a very costing/expensive animal'
[K. MacLeod 1967]

Sandy's father John McLeod had been born at Strathpolly about 1800, and was no doubt one of the people cleared from there when it was converted to a sheep farm rented to southern shepherds such as Rae. From the jesting back and forth it looks like there was no resentment.

John dies 3 February, 1882 at Inverpolly. His death registration notes his parents had been Robert Rae, a shepherd, and Mary, maiden surname Graham, son Thomas was Informant of the registration.


1881 Inverpolly (Shepherds House)

John Rae               Head       Mar     66      Retired Sheep Manager
Heughina Do            Wife       Mar        60
Robert   Do            Son        Unm     36      Shoemaker
Thomas   Do            Son        Unm     28      Manager
John     Do            Son        Unm     23      Shepherd
Christina Do           Daur       Unm        18   Serv.
John S.   Do           Son        Unm     16      Shepherd
Henry Paterson         Vist       Unm     27      Gamekeeper
James Thomson          Vist       Unm     36      Tailor

This Household is on page 1 of Enumeration District 4 (a district of only 5 Households, all Shepherds or Gameskeepers). John Rae is marked as born at Eskdalemuir in DumfriesShire, Heughina at Tongue in SutherlandShire, their children at Lochbroom, Henry Paterson at Reay in Caithness, and James Thomson at Wick in Caithness.

In the 1871 census this family was at Inverpolly 71-2.

Edward Thompson (ehthomps@dux.dundee.ac.uk) is descended from this family, and says that though John and Hughina were both from other Counties they married 17 July 1849 in Lochbroom Parish and lived at Coigach, producing 12 children over 20 years.

John dies 3 February, 1882 at Inverpolly. His death registration notes his parents had been Robert Rae, a shepherd, and Mary, maiden surname Graham, son Thomas was Informant of the registration.


1881 Inverpolly (Gamekeepers House)

Alexander Stewart      Head       Mar     51      Gamekeeper
Catherine    Do        Wife       Mar        44
Kenneth      Do        Son        Unm     15      Scholar
Ann          Do        Daur                  13   Scholar
Johan        Do        Daur                   4
Barbra MacLeod         Visitor    W.         51   Servt.
Kenneth Stewart        Visitor    Unm.    16      General Labourer

This Household is on page 2 of Enumeration District 4 (a district of only 5 Households, all Shepherds or Gameskeepers). Alexander, Ann, Johan, Kenneth marked as born at Lochbroom, the others at Assynt.

In the 1871 census this family was at Achiltibuie 71-15, with them then was Alexander's father Kenneth.

Alexander's death is registered as 18 December, 1890 at Achiltibuie, aged 57 years, Widower of Catherine MacLeod. The registration notes his parents had been Kenneth Stewart and Mary, Maiden Surname MacLeod. Informant of the death was his brother Roderick.

This family includes ancestors of Roderick "Hugh" Waterton (CONTACT INFO). Hugh has sent me a lot of information on this family, he says Alexander Stewart married Catherine McLeod (of Elphin in Assynt Parish) 28 December, 1865 at Ardmair. Young Johan above marries in 1895 at Glasgow to Roderick McKenzie of Achnacarnin in Assynt Parish. Johan was Hugh's grandmother, she and Roderick emigrated to B.C. in Canada, where Hugh still lives.

A brother of Alexander, Roderick, is in this census at Polglass 81-25.


1881 Inverpolly (Shooting Lodge)

Janet Gordon           Hskp       Unm        66   Housekeeper

This Household is on page 2 of Enumeration District 4 (a district of only 5 Households, all Shepherds or Gameskeepers). Janet marked as born at Tongue in SutherlandShire.


1841 Lineranich (Shepherd Station)

Wm. McMichel                              36      Shepherd
Hellen McMichel                              34
James McMichel                            10
Agnes McMichel                                8
Kth McMichel                               5
Mary McMichel                                 3
Jno McMichel                              2 months
Agnes Dun--ale                               55
Margt McMichel                               18   F S
Notes on this Household:

Spelling indistinct!

This Household appears in Enumeration District 13, page 4. All are listed as born in County. (See Coigach Gazetteer)

The Parish Register includes a marriage 3 January 1828 of "John McLeod Badintarbit and Ann McMichael Shinisgag". Cannot see the couple at Badentarbet in 1841 though. Also included is what I think is a second marriage for William, possibly to a cousin; 26 January 1849 William Michael m. Ann Michael.

The Parish Register includes a few births and christenings I assume to be of this family;


1861 Lineranich (Shepherd Station)

John McLeod            Head         Mar.  42      Shepherd
Barbara Do             Wife         Mar.     34   Shepherd's Wife
John    Do.            Son                 9
Murdoch  Do.           Son                 6
Dolina   Do.           Daur                   2
Murdoch  Do            Lodger       Un.   31      Gamekeeper
Mary     Do.           Servant      Un.      18   Genl. Servt.
Notes on this Household:

This Household appears in Enumeration District 4, page 2. John, Barbara, and their children are listed as born in Assynt, the other two in Coigach. (See Coigach Gazetteer)


1871 Lineranich (Shepherd Station)

Murdo McLeod           Head         Mar   36      Shepherd
Sussanna McLeod        Wife         Mar      33
Donald McLeod          Son                 8
Isabella McLeod        Daur                   6
Ann McLeod             Daur                   3
Jean McLeod            Daur                   1
Notes on this Household:

This Household appears in Enumeration District 4, page 1, community spelled this census as "Leanranach". All listed as born at Eddrachillis in SutherlandShire, except young Jean born at Lochbroom. (See Coigach Gazetteer)


1881 Lineranich (Shepherd Station)

Donald Ross            Head         Mar   75      Shepherd
Catherine Do           Wife         Mar      70
John      Do           Son          Unm   27      Shepherd
Heughina  Do           Daur         Unm      29   Dressmaker
John Blackburn         Vist.        Unm   37      Retired Farmer
Charles Lindsay        Vist.        Unm   33      Farmer
Donald MacKenzie       Vist.        Unm   65      Tailor
George Anderson        Vist.        Unm   30      Plumber

This Household is on page 1 of Enumeration District 4 (a district of only 5 Households, all Shepherds or Gameskeepers). The Ross family and Donald MacKenzie marked as born at Assynt, John Blackburn at Kelern in Stirling, Charles Lindsay at Clova in Forres, and George Anderson at Leith in Edinborough.

The death of Catherine is registered as 6 September, 1885 at "Leanachrannich" aged 74 years, Informant her brother-in-law, John Ross at Badentarbat. The registration says her parents had been Robert Ross, Shepherd, and Cristy, Maiden Surname McKenzie.

A son of this family, Robert, died 5 January, 1879 at a place in Inverpolly difficult to transcribe;

Robert's death registration notes him as 30 years old, single, a gillie, son of Donald Ross, shepherd, and Catherine, maiden surname Ross, he slipped off a rock and died. Informant was his uncle, John Ross.

The Register of Corrected Entries notes a different place for the death, also difficult to transcribe;


1841 Rhegreanoch (Shepherd Station)

John Russel                               26      Shepherd
Martha Russel                                28
Mason(sp?) Russel                          3
Jno Russel                                 1
Georgina McKaskle                            21   F.S.
Notes on this Household:

This Household appears in Enumeration District 13, page 4. (See Coigach Gazetteer). In this census, the placename was spelled "Regreinach".

The first three are listed as not born in County, indicating John Russel probably became shepherd at Rhegreanoch sometime 1838-40. There is an I.G.I. listing of the marriage 16 June 1837 at Moffat in Dumfries of a John Russel to a Martha Thorburn, probably this couple.

The I.G.I. only includes one Georgina McKaskle; she married Donald McLeod 2 July 1844 in Assynt Parish of SutherlandShire, which begins about a mile north of this Shepherd Station. See McCaskle notes at 1841 Sionascaig.

In the 1851 census there are no residents listed at Rhegreanoch.

Jim Win (jnw223581@yahoo.com) is a descendant of Georgina and the husband Donald McLeod she marries in 1844. Jim has done lots of research on the family, tracing forward from their emigration to Galveston Texas arriving aboard the ship "Havelock" 2 February 1867, and is now climbing backwards through Georgina and Donald's ancestry in Assynt. He credits a son of his gt-grandfather George, Alexander "Tex" McLeod, as source of some of his family history, in a recording taped in 1972.

From Assynt OPR listings Jim has Donald McLeod born about 1809 around Culaig, and Georgina MacKaskle born around 1820. OPR of a birth at Ardroe in Assynt to the couple in 1855 lists Georgina's birthplace as "Inverpolly, Lock Broom". Some of the couple's birth registrations give Donald's occupation as "mason".

It is interesting that Jim has found the family in the 1861 census with a son born about 1853 in Canada, with the earlier and later children born in Scotland, which he says confirms information passed down that the family had gone to Canada for a few years and then returned to Scotland before emigrating to the United States.


1861 Rhegreanoch (Shepherd Station)

James Murdie           Head         Mar   44      Shepherd
Janet    Do.           Wife         Mar      33   Wife of Do.
John     Do.           Son                10      Scholar
Christina  Do.         Daur.                  9     Do.
William     Do.        Son                 4
Catherine   Do.        Daur.                  2
Janet        Do.       Daur.                 9Mo.
Donald McLeod          Boarder      Un.   22      Shepherd
Catherine McLeod       Servt.       Un.      22   Domestic Servt.
Notes on this Household:

This Household appears in Enumeration District 4, page 1. (See Coigach Gazetteer). In this census, the placename was spelled "Regrenach". Photocopy is faint; the age of Christina might read as 7 or 5.

James listed as not born at Beggar in PeebleShire, Janet born at Tongue in SutherlandShire, Donald McLeod at Assynt, and the rest in Coigach.

In the 1851 census this family was at the shepherd station at Inverpolly 51-47.


1871 Rhegreanoch (Shepherd Station)

Peter Morrison         Head         Mar   36      Shepherd
Johan Morrison         Wife         Mar      22
Mary McDonald       Sister in law   Unm      30   General Serv.
Ann McLeod             Serv.        Unm      16     Do     Do
Thomas Rae             Boarder      Unm   19      Shepherd
Thomas Ross            Visitor      Unm   18      Tutor
Notes on this Household:

This Household appears in Enumeration District 4, page 2. (See Coigach Gazetteer). In this census, the placename was spelled "Regreanach".

Peter listed as not born at Eddrachilles in Sutherland, Johan and Mary at Reay in Sutherland, Ann McLeod and Thomas Ross at Assynt, and Thomas Rae at Lochbroom.

Thomas Rae is a child of the family at Inverpolly 71-2.


1881 Rhegreanoch (Shepherds House)

William MacKenzie      Head         Mar   45      Shepherd
Catherine  Do          Wife         Mar      44
Mary Ann   Do          Daur         Unm      16   Shepherds Daughter
John       Do          Son                14      Scholar
Donald     Do          Son (Twin)         11        Do
Hellen     Do          Daur (Twin)           11     Do
William    Do          Son                 9        Do
David James Do         Son                 4

This Household is on page 1 of Enumeration District 4 (a district of only 5 Households, all Shepherds or Gameskeepers). All marked as born at Lochbroom, except Mary Ann at Assynt.

I identify the place as Rhegreanoch as there is a memorial stone at Lochinver cemetery that reads;

"In loving memory of Catherine CAMERON, beloved wife of William MACKENZIE. who died at Strathan 20th April 1905 in her 64th year. Also her son Donald who died at Rhigreanoch 1885 aged 16 years."

Death of Donald McKenzie is registered as 14 January, 1887 at Rigrenoch aged 16 years, son of William Mackenzie, shepherd, and Catherine, maiden surname Cameron, Informant his father William.


old postcard of Loch Sionascaig Ruins at Loch Sionascaig
old postcard of Loch Sionascaig Ruins at Loch Sionascaig
courtesy Malcolm Bangor-Jones

1841 Sionascaig (Shepherd Station)

Alex Hoatson                              27      Shepherd
Janet Hoatson                                30
James Hoatson                              4
Jane Hoatson                                  2
Wm Hoatson                                 1
Margt McKaskle                               15   F. S.
Notes on this Household:

This Household appears in Enumeration District 13, page 5. (See Coigach Gazetteer) Spelling of the surname is indistinct. Placename in this census was spelled "Shiniskaig".

Alex was born 9 July 1814 at Penpont in DumfriesShire (surname as "Hewetson").

Alex and Janet were married 23 May 1838 at Straiton in Ayr, his surname listed as "Howatson", hers as "McMoran". As of the children only James is listed as not born in County, my guess is this family came to Sionascaig either late 1838, or some time in 1839.

Sheila Gallacher (CONTACT INFO) is a gt-gt-gt-grand-daughter of Alex and Janet through their son Samuel, who was born the year after this census. So far Sheila has found Samuel only in the 1851 census.

Sheila says that Alex was born in Penpont, Dumfriesshire, and christened there as Hewetson. He married in Straiton as Howatson and appears in the 1851 census for Carsphairn Kirkcudbrightshire, the 1861 for Straiton, Ayrshire and the 1881 for Dalmellington, Ayrshire as Hewitson. Samuel married as Hotson, his son was registered as Howatson!

James was born in Carsphairn KirkudbrightShire.

Interesting that the 1851 census has the Hoatson children listed as born at Lochbroom, but 1861 lists them as born in Assynt. I think that reflects that this remote shepherd's home was geographically closer to Inverkirkaig in Assynt then Ullapool in Lochbroom, and probably had christenings there. (A situation reflected by their having an Assynt MacAskill as servant.)

Only other McKascle in the 1841 census at Coigach is 20 year old Georgina, who is servant at a Sheep Station a few miles away, at Rhegreanoch.

Though Margaret is marked as born in Lochbroom Parish, the I.G.I. includes a christening 12 November 1826 to parents William and Anne (both surnamed McKaskle) in neighboring Assynt Parish. That couple matches a marriage registration 18 April 1816 of "William MacCaskle Shiniscaig and Anne McCaskle Lockpreanach Assant".


1851 In a Boat

George Ritchie         Head         Mar   61      Fisher
James    Do            Head         Mar   31      Fisher
George    Do.          Head         Mar   26      Fisher
George Taylor          Nephew       U.    28      Fisher
Mary Duthie            Niece        U        14   Servt.

This Household is on page 34 of Enumeration District 8, it follows the Households at Inverpolly, and I assume it was moored off there. Lower right hand side of the page is destroyed, making places of birth illegible.


Unsorted Rough Notes


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