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Notes based on Ullapool, Lochbroom

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

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

The people of "Braes of Ullapool", an almost separate hamlet to the south-east of the village, are included in many records as part of the village, so rather than try to separate them I include them below.

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

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

don_niagara@yahoo.ca


Ullapool

Ullapool was, and remains, the largest community in Lochbroom. From ancient times it was part of the Barony of Coigach. There are several excellent histories available in print and on line about Ullapool, and rather than repeat their efforts I will be including some links here.



Joan Michael in her column "Blethers from Lochbroom" in the Rossshire Journal published 21 October, 2011 notes a packet of correspondance recently acquired by the Ullapool Museum, see Blethers

Joan says some relate to the debts of Robert Melville, early settler of Ullapool, including a 1780 invoice from "Sergeant John Mackenzie formerly of Loudon's Regiment who was one of the twelve soldiers who were settled on Ullapool farm on returning from the Seven Years War". She notes Mackenzie was on Isle Martin till 1776 when the island was leased to Melville at which time he took lease of much of Ullapool farm, being asked to give it up in 1788 when the farm was transferred to the British Fisheries Society for founding of the village. Unhappy at being asked to move again he asked for a King's Letter. Joan notes the Society surveyors reported;

"John Mackenzie is a man upwards of 60 years of age (and) has within these two months past married a young girl of 18, and it is presumed the duration of the letter cannot be long."

And Joan concludes;

"How wrong they were - he lived for another 28 years. He and his wife are buried at Ullapool's Mill Street burial ground".


The "Caledonian Mercury" newspaper of Edinburgh notes in it's 8 May, 1815 edition in the death notices;

      At Ullapool, on the 25th ult. Miss Helen Mackenzie,
daughter of Captain Murdoch Mackenzie, of Greenock, and
niece to the late Colin Mackenzie, Esq. of Achilty.


In Lochinver Cemetery is a table stone with the following inscription;

"Sacred to the memory of Alexander MACKENZIE, Ullapool, who died the 12th March 1802. Erected by his son Roderick, Chief Factor for the Honourable Hudsonís Bay Company, with affectionate love."

That Roderick, the furtader has history and descent noted by his descendant, Gary Still, on his web page focussed on Red River familys, see http://www.redriverancestry.ca/McKENZIE-RODERICK-1772.php


The Ullapool census transcripts are far from complete, however from the civil registrations of deaths is;

Ann MacKenzie, Widow of Alexander MacKenzie, Tenant,
died 29 May, 1869 at Ullapool aged 75 years,
father was John Maclean, miller
mother was Rachel, maiden surname Macleod,
Informant her niece, Mary Maclean

Names of parents and occupation of father closely correspond to a family at Altandhu, except other registrations note mother with maiden surname "MacLean".

The Parish Register notes the marriage 18 March, 1828 of Alexander MacKenzie Isle of Gruinard (as "Greenyard") to Ann MacLean Altandow.


Alexander MacKenzie of Langwell, and Alexanderina MacKenzie of Achnaclerach

Alexander MacKenzie was son of Thomas, IV of Langwell and Catherine Robertson, an article on his father's funeral in 1825 notes Thomas as the sixth generation of the family to hold Langwell.

Alexander's wife Alexanderina came from an equally notable Lochbroom MacKenzie family, her father Alexander, though styled as "of Achnaclerach" (a farm in neighbouring Contin Parish), was born at Achiltibuie in Coigach, where his own father Roderick had been Tacksman in the 18th century, and her brother and nephew had held the same position to the middle of the 19th century.

Some details of their families are given in the massive MacKenzie database of Diane MacKenzie, and displayed on her webpage at http://www.munchkinsworld.com Other details, sometimes conflicting with Diane, sometimes adding data, are in the Clan MacKenzie database at http://community.svcn.mb.ca/mckenzie/html/persons.html More details, based on research by a gt-gt-granddaughter, Marris Lucas (Marris Lucas, EMAIL: clunead@bordernet.com.au), are correcting errors in those other sources.

From all those sources the family of Alexander and Alexanderina appears as follows;

There is great similarity of forenames between this family and some others in Ullapool, as those households included siblings of Alexander and Alexanderina;


An early merchant at Ullapool was Alexander Macdonald, there are several mentions of him;

An announcement in the 4 November, 1808 Inverness Journal regarding auction of several properties notes it will be held "within the house of Alex. McDonald, vintner in Ullapool".

An 1813 list of shareholders in the Commercial Banking Company of Scotland includes "Alexander Macdonald, Ullapool"

An article in the 17 February, 1816 edition of the "Caledonian Mercury" of Edinburgh (transcribed at articles/cm_17_feb_1816.htm ) includes;

At this moment, Mr Alexander Macdonald, merchant in Ullapool,
was standing on the quay ; he sprang instantly to the unhappy
youth, and, with much feeling, took him up in his arms, and
carried him into his shop, and laid him down gently on the
counter.

The Parish Register notes the marriage 19 August, 1818, of;

"Mr Alexr McDond Mercht Ullapool to Miss Margt McPherson"

An article in the 18 June, 1819 Inverness Journal transcribes as;

    At Ullapool, on the 26th ult. in the 27th year of her
age, Mrs. Margaret McPherson, spouse of Mr. Alexander
Macdonald, Merchant there. Her genuine piety, amiable
disposition, and unassuming manners, endeared her to a
large circle of acquaintances ; her premature death will
long remain a source of deep sorrow to a disconsolate
husband and near relations.


The John O' Groats Journal, 2 April, 1868, notes
"ULLAPOOL LONGETIVITY -- We learn of the death
lately, at Ullapool, of two persons, husband and wife
each at a various advanced age. Donald Fraser, tailor,
died on the 7th of the present month, aged 102, and his
wife, Jessie Macleod, on 28th February, at the age of
97. They were married for the period of 70 years, and
had ten of a family -- of whom only four are living.



Ullapool 41-1


Janet Robertson                              60   Publican
Alexander McKenzie                        30      Clerk
Margaret     do                              12   Female Servant
Ann McDonald                                  8   Female Servant
Notes on this Household:

This Household appears on page 1 of Enumeration District #9, it is preceeded by an uninhabited building. All are marked as born in County.

In the 1851 census Alexander is at Ullapool 51-77 with his wife Jamesina three children, cousins and relatives or servants. Jamesina as "Jamina" is with her Widowed mother and siblings in this census at Ullapool 41-89.

Alexander is noted in later records as "Alexander MacKenzie, Junior, Inspector of the Poor".

Alexander's 1869 death registration notes his then late parents as John MacKenzie, Innkeeper, and Janet Robertson, Roddie MacPherson has posted on his website at http://gravestones.rosscromartyroots.co.uk/picture/number1584.asp?st=robertson a photo of a table stone at the Mill Street burial ground to John and Janet, he transcribes it as;

Sacred
to
the memory of JOHN MCKENZIE
Tacksman of [Dalapaid?] and
JANET ROBERTSON his spouse
first of whom deprted this
life on the 11 March 1811
and the on the 15th Dec. 1849


Ullapool 41-88


Fanny Carmichael                             60   Feuer
Jean McKenzie                                60
Notes on this Household:

This Household appears on page 16 of Enumeration District #9. Both are marked as born in County.

Roddie Macpherson has phoographed and transcribed a stone in the Mill Street cemetery, Ullapool, at http://gravestones.rosscromartyroots.co.uk/picture/number1605.asp as;

[eroded...] parents ALEXR MACKENZIE
blacksmith, Ullapool
who died in the year 1839?0
aged 5[?]
and JEAN MACKENZIE
who died in 1863
aged 82 years


Ullapool 41-89


Margaret McKenzie                            50   Widow
Roderick   do                             20      Fisher
John MacKenzie                            18
Jamina   do                                  15
Elisabeth do                                 14
George    do                              12
Maria     do                                 10
Simon     do                               8
                     -- page break --
Sibella McKenzie                              6
Catharine Dawson                             20   F.S.
Notes on this Household:

This Household appears on pages 16 and 17 of Enumeration District #9. All are marked as born in County, except Margaret.

In the 1851 census this family is at Ullapool 51-103.

An 1817 newspaper announcement notes the marriage of "at Ledmore House Kenneth Mackenzie Younger Langwell to Miss Margaret MacKenzie".

Margaret's husband Kenneth MacKenzie was a son of Thomas MacKenzie, IV of Langwell, and his wife, Catherine Robertson, see notes regarding his brother Alexander above at Alexander MacKenzie of Langwell, and Alexanderina MacKenzie of Achnaclerach, his sister Isabella is in this census with her family as second wife of the Merchant Alexander MacKenzie at Ullapool 41-97. Kenneth had been Tacksman of Corrie, there are several christenings in the Parish Register with Kenneth listed as father, including one where he is referred to as "Tacksman".

Later censuses show Margaret to have been born in Assynt, The Findon tables note her as a Mackenzie from Ledmore there. Her death is registered as happening 15 February, 1873, aged 84 years, her parents having been Roderick MacKenzie and Williamina, maiden surname MacKenzie.

Jamina ("Jamesina") marries before the next census to Alexander MacKenzie, Junior, Inspector of the Poor, who is in this census at Ullapool 41-1. Probably Alexander's mother Janet Robertson was a sister or other close relation of the mother of Margaret's missing husband, Kenneth. That suggestion reinforced as Jamesina and Alexander are in the 1851 census with three daughters at Ullapool 51-77, having two siblings of Jamesina with relationship to Alexander noted as "cousin".

From several sources, including a descendant of Kenneth's brother Alexander (Marris Lucas, EMAIL: clunead@bordernet.com.au), the Findon Tables, christenings in the Parish Register, and civil registration Kenneth and Margaret had 12 children (birth order that follows may be wrong);

  1. Thomas MacKenzie, he went to Australia. Not above so likely an older sibling, Scottish naming pattern had the first son named after the father's father.
  2. Cathrine MacKenzie, remained in Scotland. Not above, so likely an older sibling.
  3. Roderick MacKenzie, above, born 1824, he went to Canada and endered the HBCo, retiring in 1872.
  4. John MacKenzie, above, born about 1823.
  5. Kenneth MacKenzie, not above, so his birth year is uncertain, possibly he died young.
  6. Jamina MacKenzie, above, born about 1826, as noted above she remained in Ullapool.
  7. Betsy MacKenzie, above as "Elisabeth", born 27 September, 1827 at Corrie, she remained in Scotland, she married 21 January, 1855 at Ullapool to Donald McLennan from Drumrunnie, a Gamekeeper (born 24 November, 1824 in Contin Parish to John McLennan and Mary McDonald)
  8. George Balfour MacKenzie, christened 27 February, 1828 at Corrie, (above), he went to Australia.
  9. Anne MacKenzie, christened 9 July, 1829 (father noted as "Tenant Corrie").
  10. Maria MacKenzie, christened 25 January, 1830, father listed as "Tacksman Corrie" (above).
  11. Simon MacKenzie, christened 10 February, 1832 at Corrie (above), he went to Australia.
  12. Sibblah MacKenzie, above as "Sibella", christened 13 November, 1834 at Corrie, she remained in Scotland.

Margaret's brother, Peter, entered the HBCo in 1847 and had a long career there, a son and grandson continued the family connection to the Company right through into the 20th century. Young Roderick above entered the Company in 1825, likely at Peter's urging.


Ullapool 41-90


Paul Ross                                 40      Elder
Janet  do                                    30
Robert  do                                15
Thomas  do                                14
Notes on this Household:

This Household appears on page 17 of Enumeration District #9. All are marked as born in County except Paul.


Ullapool 41-91


Robert Cameron                            28      Teacher
Jessie   do                                   25
John     do                                   2mo
Margaret McLeod                              20   F.S.
Notes on this Household:

This Household appears on page 17 of Enumeration District #9. All except Robert are marked as born in County. There is a tick mark above Margaret's name, indicating though part of the Household, she was not part of the family.


Ullapool 41-92


Janet McDonald                               60   Feuer
Jessie Mundell                               11
Margaret    do                                9
Jessie      do                               17

Notes on this Household:

This Household appears on page 17 of Enumeration District #9. All except the second Jessie Mundell are marked as born in County. There is a tick mark above the second Jessie's name, indicating though part of the Household, she was not part of the family.


Ullapool 41-93


Hugh Ross                                 20      Merchant
Margaret Do                                  30
John     do                              11days
Donald Fraser                             11
Ann     do                                    9
Notes on this Household:

This Household appears on page 17 of Enumeration District #9. All are marked as born in County. There is a tick mark above Donald's name, indicating though part of the Household, he and Ann were not part of the family.


Ullapool 41-94

This was an uninhabited House. It appears on page 17 of Enumeration District #9.


Ullapool 41-95


George Gillanders                         65      House Con??????
Christian     do                             50
Mary          do                             25
Elizabeth Morison                            45   F.S.

Notes on this Household:

This Household appears on page 17 of Enumeration District #9. All are marked as born in County. Spelling of George's occupation unclear, may be "House Contractor". There is a tick mark above Elizabth's name, indicating though part of the Household, she was not part of the family.


Ullapool 41-96

Notes on this Household:

This was an uninhabited House. It appears on page 17 of Enumeration District #9.


Ullapool 41-97


Alexander McKenzie                        48      Merchant
Isabella   do                                28
                     -- page break --
Catharine McKenzie                            6
John       do.                             5
Thomas     do.                             2
Christina McLeod                             25   F.S.
Margaret    do                               24   F.S.
Hellen MacKenzie                             15   F.S.
Robert MacLeod                            14      ShopKeeper
Notes on this Household:

This Household appears on pages 17 and 18 of Enumeration District #9. All are marked as born in County. A tick mark under Thomas's name indicates the end of a family group.

In the 1851 census this family, with Alexander away from home, is at Ullapool 51-74, the address then is listed as "Argyle Street".

Alexander was often referred to as "Senior, Justice of the Peace". He was married twice, firstly to Jane MacKenzie, with at least one child, Margaret (christened 16 August, 1810, father noted as "Alexander Mackenzie Senr Ullapool".). That first wife died 5 August, 1831. The 19 August, 1831 edition of the Inverness Journal includes the following announcement;


Died--At Ullapool, on Saturday the 6th, inst., Mrs Jane Mackenzie, spouse of Mr Alexander Mackenzie Sr. Merchant there. Her unaffected piety, stedfast integrity, and charitable disposition, doubly endeared her to her numerous friends and acquaintances, who will long bewail the breach made in their society.

The Parish Register records the second marriage of Alexander as 16 November, 1832 (a year and a half after the death of Jane); "Alexr McKenzie Merchant Ullapool to Isabella McKenzie Langwell"

Alexander's own death was registered as 1 November, 1862 aged 77 years, "Justice of the Peace and latterly Merchant", his parents noted as having been John MacKenzie, Merchant, and Margaret MacAulay (Informant was his son Thomas). Roddie MacPherson has photographed the stone of John and Margaret on his website at; http://gravestones.rosscromartyroots.co.uk/picture/number1577.asp?st=ullapool He transcribes it as;

Sacred
to the memory of
MARGARET MACAULAY
who departed this life the 1st day of
Dec. 1811 aged 52 years
and JOHN MACKENZIE senr Merchant her husband who died at Ullapool
the 13th November 1820
aged 73 years.

Invoices and correspondance copied by Joan MacKenzie 2006 in the Ullapool Museum note John MacKenzie, Senior, was Merchant at Ullapool from 1777 to 1821. From an invoice dated about 1784 regarding clothing purchases I think Alexander had four older brothers;

Alexander testified a few months before his 1862 death in "the Coigach Salmon Case", and stated he was 76 years of age, born at Ullapool, and had been a Merchant there. (Alex was involved in the Salmon fishery, becoming in 1827 the local agent of Captain Hugh Munro of Teannach, who held Tack of the Fishery). Another witness (Robert Carmichael) noted Alexander as "Alexander MacKenzie otherwise called Tutor".

Isabella is shown in the Registration of her death 4 January, 1874 at Harris aged 69 to have been a daughter of Thomas MacKenzie, IV of Langwell, and his wife, Catharine Robertson, her brother Alexander married Alexanderina MacKenzie of the Achnaclerach family, see notes for that family above at; "Alexander MacKenzie and Alexanderina MacKenzie". Kenneth MacKenzie, Tacksman of Corrie, was a brother of Isabella, he died before this census, but his widow and children are at Ullapool 41-89.

Alexander above was Tacksman of Achiltibuie from 1829 to 1853, in partnership with William MacKenzie who held Tack of Badenscallie and the small communities at the east end of the Coigach Peninsula, another Merchant of Ullapool. John Prebble in his book "Highland Clearances" (SOURCE) referred to them as brothers, a mistake I am sure, knowing the parents. William is the 18 year old in this census at Ullapool 41-134, with his Widowed mother and other relatives, his father had been Murdoch MacKenzie Senior, Merchant and PostMaster at Ullapool. There is a possibility Alexander's first wife, Jane, was a sister of Murdoch. The families were certainly close, Alexander was named as a trustee in the estate of William's mother Susan (though he later predeceased her). The noting above of Alexander as "otherwise called Tutor", might reflect his taking care of the interests of young William until he came of age.

In the last few days of 1855, just before the start of civil registration, there was a series of registrations of births, christenings, and marriages in the Lochbroom Parish Register to families of Tacksmen and Merchants going back over decades. Those registrations include the following at Ullapool with parents as "Alexander McKenzie, Senior, Merchant, and Isabella McKenzie, his wife";

  1. Catherine Robertson McKenzie, born 17 October, 1833 (enumerated above).
  2. John MacKenzie, born 5 November, 1835 (enumerated above).
  3. Thomas McKenzie, born 5 December, 1838 (enumerated above, Informant on his mother's death in 1874).
  4. Jean Margaret McAulay McKenzie, born 17 August, 1843. (in the 1851 census enumerated as "Jane").


Ullapool 41-98


Lieut James McLeod                        55      Army
Annabella      do                            45
Abigail        do                            20
Annabella      do                            15
Elea Ann       do                            14
James A.P.     do                         72
Ann MacKenzie                                75
Catharine McLeod                             25   F.S.
Sally Shaw                                   20   F.S.
Notes on this Household:

This Household appears on page 18 of Enumeration District #9. All are marked as born in County, except Abigail not born in County, Annabella born in Ireland, Elea Ann in France, and the elder James in England.


Ullapool 41-99


Hector McKenzie                           40      Agent B F S
William   do                              13
Murdoch   do                               9
Helen     do                                 11
Catharine  do                                25   Housekeeper
Ann        do                                20   Female Servant
Ann        do                                30      do    do
William Matheson                          35        Male   do
Hector    do                              15         do    do
                     -- page break --
John MacPhail                             16      Student
Helen McNab                                  25   Female Servant
Notes on this Household:

This Household appears on pages 18 and 19 of Enumeration District #9. All are marked as born in County.

In the 1851 census this family is at Ullapool 51-178.

Hector was Agent for the British Fisheries Society, after Ullapool was sold in 1847 he continued as Agent for Sir James Matheson.


Ullapool 41-105


Duncan Campbell                           49      Fisher
Annie     do                                 31
Annabella  do                                10
Kenneth    do                              7
Alexander  do                              5
Rachel     do                                 2
Notes on this Household:

This Household appears on page 20 of Enumeration District #9. All are marked as born in County.

In 1832 Neil Campbell from Tanera married to Catharine Campbell, resident Ullapool, in this census they are at Badentarbat 41-10. That family emigrates in 1853 to Tasmania aboard the Sir Allan McNab (see McNab 517). With that family on the emigration is an Alexander noted as son, however a descendant, Hugh Campbell, said the Alexander aboard was actually a nephew, son of Duncan Campbell and Ann MacRae, clearly the Alexander above.


Ullapool 41-112


John McKenzie                             50      Sheriff Officer
Justina  do                                  35
Catherine do                                 20
Alexander do                              15
Andrew    do                              10
Alexis                                       12
John                                       5
Barbara                                       2
infant                                    1m
Notes on this Household:

This Household appears on page 21 of Enumeration District #9. All are marked as born in County.

In the 1851 census this family is at Ullapool 51-63, the address then is listed as "Shore Street".

The Parish Register records the marriage 20 February, 1819 of "John (Andrew) MacKenzie Ullapool" to "Justina MacKenzie Dalcanloch". John's father indicated from the entry as Andrew. Justina was daughter of John MacKenzie, a descendant of the MacKenzies of Achiltibuie, that John was married twice, I think the mother of Justina was the second wife, Margaret Stronach (daughter of Alexander Stronach, Minister of Lochbroom).

Young Andrew above was christened at Ullapool 25 February, 1828.

The unnamed infant is shown in the 1851 census to be a daughter, not son as noted above, Williamina.

Justina has relatives at Ullapool in this census; her father John MacKenzie of Atachol was brother to Murdo MacKenzie of Achnaclerach, whose Widow Susan is at Ullapool 41-134 with her family.


Ullapool 41-129


Christian McKenzie                           30
John        do                            13
Margaret     do                              10
Alexander    do                            8
Abigael      do                               4
Notes on this Household:

This Household appears on page 23 of Enumeration District #9. All are marked as born in County.

This family noted at http://www.familytreeforum.com/wiki/index.php/User:Wulliam, noted there is the missing husband was Alexander MacKenzie, born before 17 May, 1801 in Lochbroom to parents Kenneth MacKenzie and Mary, maiden surname Cameron, and that he died 2 March, 1881 at Point, Ullapool. It also notes Christina above was maiden surname MacKenzie, born before 13 April, 1800 in Lochbroom, died 2 May, 1863 at Ullapool, and they were married 30 January, 1823 in Lochbroom.


Ullapool 41-134


Susan McKenzie                               50   Postmistress
William    do                             18      C.G. (sp?)
Elisabeth  do                                40
David Ferguson                            20      Farmer
Grace  Do                                    20
Annie Stewart                                45   F.S.
Annie McLean                                 25   F.S.
Janet McKenzie                               20   F.S.
Kenneth  do                               18      Shopkeeper
Duncan   do                               14      Student
Notes on this Household:

These two Households appear on page 24 of Enumeration District #9. There is a tick mark under Elisabeth's name indicating the end of a family group. All are marked as born in County, except Susan and Elisabeth. The occupation for William might be mistranscribed.

Susan is in the 1851 census at Ullapool 51-96, the address then listed as "Argyle Street". With her then is her daughter Grace Ferguson (also above), who in later censuses and birth Registrations is shown to have been wife of David Ferguson, Tacksman of Langwell (also above), her son James, a surgeon not present in this census, and the servant Annie Stewart who is also above.

Susan through her daughter Grace and son-in-law David Ferguson is an ancestor of Malcolm Ferguson in Australia. He has done lots of research on this family, and can be emailed at mjferguson11@bigpond.com

Susan's son William, also above, is in the 1851 census married and listed as "General Dealer" at Ullapool 51-52, his occupation above as "C.G" might have stood for "Corn Grocer". He was Tacksman of Badenscallie for some period, part of "Messrs MacKenzie, Merchants at Ullapool", probably following his father Murdoch in the position. William's partner Alexander was mistakedly noted by some as his brother, there is a possibility Alexander's first wife, Jane, was a sister of Susan's late husband, Murdoch. Alexander is in this census at Ullapool 41-97, he was Tacksman of Achiltibuie. The MacKenzie Merchants of Ullapool held their tacks of Badenscallie and Achiltibuie from 1829 to 1853.

Susan's maiden surname is shown in the death registration of her son James to have been MacGregor, later censuses show her to have been born in Fortingall Parish, PerthShire. The Parish register there lists her as christened there at "Innerchadden" 15 April 1782 to parents Duncan McGregor and Margaret Stewart. Elisabeth McKenzie above was a sister of Susan, christened to the same parents 18 May, 1788 at "Innerhadden". Elizabeth's family is in this census at Badentarbat 41-1. She is in the 1851 census at Dornie 51-48. Elizabeth at Badentarbat in 1851 had a son "Duncan John MacGregor MacKenzie" christened 9 February, 1829 whose age corresponds with the Duncan above.

Susan and her sister Elizabeth's direct McGregor ancestry is recorded at least 17 generations, as their father Duncan was descended from the well documented "McGregor of Roro" family. Their mother Margaret Stewart was daughter of David Stewart of Crossmount, who fought at Culloden. All the Coigach Stewarts (including Annie above) are said to descend from three Stewart Jacobites who fled after that battle with their families. I suspect Susan and Elizabeth were related to the Coigach Stewarts, a suspision reinforced as they constantly through the censuses had Coigach Stewarts as servants.

Further showing a relationship between the Badentarbat and Ullapool MacKenzie families is that Elizabeth at Badentarbat had a daughter "Susanna Grace McKenzie" christened 7 December, 1826, either to honour Susan and her daughter Grace above, or to honour a common MacGregor ancestor in Fortingall.

David Ferguson, husband of Grace, is in the 1851 census as Tacksman of Langwell with several of their children there at Langwell 51-5. In this census David and Grace are newly wed, their marriage at Ullapool was registered as 8 February, 1841.

The 18 year old shopkeeper Kenneth McKenzie shares a name with several other Lochbroom lads around that age and cannot with certaintity be placed in a particular family group. However,... Hector MacKenzie, a Runner of Post, in this census at Reiff 41-4, had a son Kenneth christened 8 March, 1824, Susan as Postmistress at Ullapool would have known Hector well, and was possibly related through her husband.

Susan's late husband Murdoch MacKenzie, died the night of 28 November, 1821, returning from market at Kincardine. A dark and tempestuous night, his horse in the storm wandered off the road over the bank into the Conan river, there was fear he was attacked by thieves, but when his body was discovered six days later it still had his money from market, and his silver watch. Murdoch was born at Achiltibuie about 1759 as eldest child of Alexander MacKenzie, who as a young man along with his Widowed mother Catherine had lost a legal battle in 1768 to hold on to the Tack. Alexander raised Murdoch and his other eight children at Achnaclerach in neighbouring Contin Parish, but the family looks to have maintained their interests in Lochbroom, Murdoch's lease of the home at Ullapool dated from 1800. Four of his brothers became prominant fur-tradrers in North America, but other siblings stayed in Lochbroom. His neice Justina (daughter of his brother John) in this census at Ullapool 41-112, and his gt-neice Catherine (a granddaughter of John), is in the 1851 census at Ullapool 51-43.


Ullapool 41-136


Roderick Fraser                           30      Excise
                     -- page break --
Catharine Fraser                             30
Elizabeth   do                                8
John        do                             5
James       do                             3
Catharine   do                               10m
Barbara McKenzie                             73   Independent
Mary       do                                20   Female Servant
Notes on this Household:

This Household appears on pages 24 and 25 of Enumeration District #9. The older Catherine Fraser, Barbara, and Mary are noted as born in County, the other three elsewhere.

I am wondering if Barbara was Widow, "Relict", of John Robertson of Polochorie, Coigach, whose death is noted in the May 28, 1847 edition of the John O'Groat Journal (I am awaiting a copy). If so young Mary above might be her granddaughter, christened 27 January, 1823 at Dalkenloch to parents Elizabeth "Bessie" Robertson and John MacKenzie of Achall near Ullapool. That family, missing daughter Mary, is in this census at Cromarty. Perhaps Catherine above might be another daughter of Barbara.


Ullapool 41-141


Margaret McKenzie                            35   Publican
Betsy       do                               20
                     -- page break --
Johanna McKenzie                             15
Notes on this Household:

This Household appears on pages 25 and 26 of Enumeration District #9. All are marked as born in County.

Margaret and Betsy are in the 1851 census at Ullapool 51-42, the address then listed as "Shore Street", Margaret as "Innkeeper", and Betsy as "InKeepers Daur".

Possibly Margaret is the Margaret Gillander whose memorial stone notes her as dead November 1859 aged 66, wife of "John MacKenzie, merchant Ullapool" died April 1824, aged 35.

There is notice in the 23 January, 1846 John O'Groat Journal of the marriage of Johanna;

At Ullapool, on the 15th inst., by Rev. George Macleod, Minster of the Free Church, Captain Daniel Kelso, of Greenock, to Johanna, second daughter of the late Mr John Mackenzie, Merchant, Ullapool.


Ullapool 51-16


Rodk McKenzie         Head         Mar    63      Carrier
Murdo McKenzie        Son          U      13      Carriers Son
Donald    Do          Son          U      12         Do     Do
Christy   Do          Daur         U          7      Do's  Daur
Notes on this Household:

This Household appears on page 5 of Enumeration District #5, address listed as "Braes of Ullapool". All noted as born at Ross, Lochbroom.

In the 1841 census this family was at Ullapool 41-.


Ullapool 51-17


Alex. Campbell        Head         Mar    36      Fisher
Cathrine   Do         Wife         Mar       40   Fishers Wife
Johan      Do         Daur         U          7   Fishers Daur
Rodk       Do         Son          U       5      Fishers Son
Cathrine    Do        Daur         U          3   Fishers Daur
Ann         Do        Aunt         U         60   Pauper HouseServant
Notes on this Household:

This Household appears on page 5 of Enumeration District #5, address listed as "Braes of Ullapool". All noted as born at Ross, Lochbroom.

In the 1841 census this family was at Ullapool 41-.


Ullapool 51-18


Angus McLeod          Head         Mar    50      Handloom Weaver (Yarn)
Mary   Do             Wife         Mar       45   Weavers Wife
Hugh    Do            Son          U      14      Weavers Son
John McLeod           Son          U      10        Do     Do
Betsy   Do            Daur         U          6   Scholar (at home)
Williamina Do         Daur         U          3      Do       Do
Notes on this Household:

This Household appears on page 5 of Enumeration District #5, address listed as "Braes". All noted as born at Ross, Lochbroom.

In the 1841 census this family was at Ullapool 41-.


Ullapool 51-19


Geddes Munro          Head         Wid       70   Pauper Domestic Serv.
Notes on this Household:

This Household appears on page 5 of Enumeration District #5, address listed as "Braes". All noted as born at Ross, Lochbroom.

In the 1841 census this family was at Ullapool 41-.


Ullapool 51-20


William Fraser        Head         Mar    60      Gardener
Rachel Fraser         Wife         Mar       45   Gardeners Wife
Simon Fraser          Son          U      18      Gardeners Son
Notes on this Household:

This Household appears on page 5 of Enumeration District #5, address listed as "Braes". William noted as born at Ross, Gairloch, the other two at Ross, Lochbroom.

In the 1841 census this family was at Ullapool 41-.


Ullapool 51-39


Alexr McKenzie        Head         Mar    34      Baker
Margt      Do         Wife         Mar       38   Bakers Wife
Ewen       Do         Brother      U      17      Baker
Isabel McRae          Servant      U         10   House Serv.
Notes on this Household:

This Household appears on page 10 of Enumeration District #5, address listed as "Shore Street". Place of birth just off edge of photocopy I am transcribing from.

In the 1841 census this family was at Ullapool 41-.


Ullapool 51-40


Duncan McLeod         Head         Mar    40      Fisherman
Ann MacLeod           Wife         Mar       30   Fishers Wife
Angus    Do           Son          U       2      Fishers Son
Notes on this Household:

This Household appears on page 10 of Enumeration District #5, address listed as "Shore Street". Place of birth just off edge of photocopy I am transcribing from.

In the 1841 census this family was at Ullapool 41-.


Ullapool 51-41


Catherine Fraser      Head         Mar       40   Packmans Wife
Rodk         Do       Son          U      11      Packmans Son
Alexr        Do       Son          U       9          Do     Do
Margt        Do       Daur         U          6   Scholar
Simon        Do       Son          U       5         Do
John MacAlroy         Visitor      U      35      Packman ??????
James Cameron           Do         M      46          Do
Notes on this Household:

This Household appears on page 10 of Enumeration District #5, address listed as "Shore Street". Place of birth just off edge of photocopy I am transcribing from. Surname and second part of occupation for the visiting Packman not clear.

In the 1841 census this family was at Ullapool 41-.


Ullapool 51-42


Margt McKenzie        Head         Wid       60   InnKeeper
Betsy McKenzie        Daur         u         28   InKeepers Daur
Notes on this Household:

This Household appears on page 10 of Enumeration District #5, address listed as "Shore Street". Both are marked as born at "Ross Lochbroom".

In the 1841 census this family was at Ullapool 41-141.

Possibly Margaret is the Margaret Gillander whose memorial stone notes her as dead November 1859 aged 66, wife of "John MacKenzie, merchant Ullapool" died April 1824, aged 35.

There is notice in the 23 January, 1846 John O'Groat Journal of the marriage of daughter Johanna who was with them in the 1841 census;

At Ullapool, on the 15th inst., by Rev. George Macleod, Minster of the Free Church, Captain Daniel Kelso, of Greenock, to Johanna, second daughter of the late Mr John Mackenzie, Merchant, Ullapool.

The I.G.I. notes two children born at "Middle Or New Parish, Greenock, Renfrew" to Captain Daniel and Joanna; Margaret Ann Kelso born 9 March, 1855 and Mary Campbell Kelso born 25 August, 1857.


Ullapool 51-43


Alexr McKenzie       Head          Mar   27      Tailor (Master employing 2 Men)
Catherine do         wife          Mar      28   Tailor's Wife
Betsy     do         dgt           Unm      1-1/2 Tailor's Daur
John      do         son           Unm   6 mos   Tailor's Son
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John McKenzie        tenant        Unm   21      Tailor (app)
James Munro           do           Unm   14       do      do
Ann McLeod            do           Unm      21   House Servant
Notes on this Household:

This Household appears on pages 10 and 11 of Enumeration District #5, address listed as "Shore Street". All are marked as born at "Ross Lochbroom", except Alex at "Ross, Urray" and James Munro left blank.

Alexander and Catherine married 10 December, 1848, her residence noted as South Keanachulish, his as Ullapool. Father of the bride was noted as "late John McKenzie (Cromarty)". Catherine and Alexander emigrated to Listowel about 1857, three years after her brother John. Most of the details on them and their descendants come from the extensive researches of their descendant, Linda Dillon. (email: lmshook@earthlink.net )

Alexander was born 23 July, 1821 in Urray Parish, Ross and Cromarty, to a John Mackenzie, and his wife Margaret (?), he died 1902 at Listowel in Ontario, Canada, and was buried there at Fairview Cemetery.

Catherine "Kate" Mackenzie was born about 1824 in Lochbroom Parish, likely at Dalcanloch by Loch Achall near to Ullapool, she was christened 22 July, 1828 with father's residence as Ullapool. Her parents were John MacKenzie and Elizabeth "Bessie" Robertson. In 1828 their home burnt, and the family moved to Cromarty, Catherine was with them there in the 1841 census. Catherine died 7 May, 1891 and is buried at Fairview Cemetery, Listowel.

Catherine has relatives at Ullapool in this census; her paternal grandfather John MacKenzie of Atachol was brother to Murdo MacKenzie of Achnaclerach, whose Widow Susan is at Ullapool 51-96, Susan's son William is at Ullapool 51-52. Justina MacKenzie at Ullapool 51-63 is Catherine's aunt, a daughter of John of Atachol.


Ullapool 51-51


Donald McKenzie       Head         Widr   50      Retired Farmer
Janet   Do            Sister       Wid       60   Farmers Widow
Notes on this Household:

This Household appears on page 13 of Enumeration District #5, address listed as "Shore Street". Both are marked as born at "Ross Lochbroom".

Donald and Janet were children of Roderick MacKenzie, Tacksman of Achnahaird in Coigach, and Catherine Scobie of Achmore, whose family were intermarried with most of the Tacksman's families in neighbouring Assynt Parish. I have been constructing a file based on the MacKenzie of Achnahaird family, see; corrie.htm

In the 1841 census Donald was with other family members at the family farm, Achnahaird 41-11. Janet was then "Head of Household", probably Widowed, living with her unmarried brother Alexander and other relatives at Gruinard, see Gruinard 41-3. Donald and Janet are in the 1861 census at Ullapool 61-101 with Alexander and a Widowed sister, Hughina Cameron.

The Lochbroom Parish Register records the marriage 14 March, 1827 of "Simon McKenzie Muckle Greenyard to Jessie McKenzie Achnahaird". The 1826 Militia list shows Simon to have been Tacksman of "Greenyard".


Ullapool 51-52


William McKenzie      Head         Mar    29      General Dealer
Isabella Do           Wife         Mar       20   Wife of the above
Alexa Riry            Visitor      U         20   Spinster
Anne McKenzie         Serv.        U         40   Maid Servant
Georgina Do           Serv.        U         21    do    do
Murdo Campbel         Shopkeeper   U      20      Shopman (App)
Notes on this Household:

This Household appears on page 13 of Enumeration District #5, address listed as "Shore Street". Isabella and Alexanderina are marked as born at "Ross Stornoway", the rest at "Ross Lochbroom".

In the 1841 census William was at Ullapool 41-134 with his mother Susan, who was Postmaster and wife of Murdoch MacKenzie Sr., a Merchant at Ullapool. Susan is in this census at Ullapool 51-96. With her is her daughter Grace (William's sister), wife of David Ferguson, Tacksman of Langwell, and his brother James, a surgeon.

William's occupation in the 1841 census was noted as "C.G", which might have stood for "Corn Grocer". He was Tacksman of Badenscallie for some period, reportedly 1829 to 1853, though he would have been only about 8 years of age in 1829. He was part of "Messrs MacKenzie, Merchants at Ullapool", also referred to as "MacKenzies of the Post Office", probably following his father Murdoch in the position. William's business partner Alexander MacKenzie was Tacksman of Achiltibuie, that Alexander was mistakedly noted by some sources, such as John Prebble in his book "Highland Clearances" as William's brother. I think the relationship was more complex, and that Alexander was a brother-in-law of a brother-in-law of William! However, there is a possibility Alexander's first wife, Jane, was a sister of Susan's late husband, Murdoch. Testimony in the Coigach Salmon Case of the 1860s referred to Alexander as "Alexander MacKenzie otherwise called Tutor", and I think it likely regardless of the blood relationship to William Alexander acted on his behalf in business interests till William gained his majority. Alexander is missing in this census though his family is present at Ullapool 51-74.

Records with the Stornoway Historical Society record Isabella as "Isabella Marion Ryrie, born in Stornoway 11th July 1830, the youngest child of Lt. Phineas Ryrie (formerly of the 78th Seaforths) and Catherine Morison". Her death registration 21 July, 1894 at Conon Bridge, Parish of Urquhart and Logie Wester mostly agrees, other than the Informant noted her middle name as "Morrison". The Stornoway Historical Society notes her mother Catherine as a daughter of Roderick Morison (born 1748, died 1791), of Isle Tanera and Isle Martin. Isabella and Alexanderina's grandfather Roderick Morrison started the fishing station on Isle Tanera in 1784, and went on to contract the construction of many of the first buildings at Ullapool when the British Fisheries Society founded the village in 1788.

An interesting letter excerpted in a July, 1858 newspaper article notes several acres of formerly waste land near Ullapool had been converted by William (referred to both simply as "William Mackenzie", and also as "William Mackenzie & Co.") into "a perfect model of agricultural operations".

William died 23 June, 1901 as a Widower at Inverness.

In records 1881, 1896, and 1901 William is noted as a "Retired Merchant", or "General Merchant (Retired)". He was a Trustee in his mother's estate following her death in 1865, and at that time was resident at Eilanriach near Glenelg, across from the Isle of Skye, at time of the sale of the family home at Ullapool in 1869 his own estate was "sequestered", in the hands of trustees, a Scottish form of bankruptcy. In 1881 he and Isabella were with three apparantly unrelated people at "Burnside Cottage" in Logie Wester Parish, Ross and Cromarty.

"Alexanderina MacKenzie Ryrie" was a cousin of Isabella. She was born 20 April, 1829 at Stornoway to Lieutenant William Ryrie of the Royal Marines and his wife Sybella MacKenzie. Alexanderina's descent is recorded in the book "History of the Mackenzies" (SOURCE) as her maternal grandfather was Captain John Mackenzie, III of Lochend. Alexanderina's and Isabella's fathers were brothers.


Ullapool 51-63


John McKenzie         Head         Mar    60      Sherriff Officer
Justina Do            Wife         Mar       55   Sherriff Officer's Wife
                     -- page break --
Andrew McKenzie       Son          U      22      Fisherman
Alexa McKenzie        Daur         U         20   House Servant
John   Do             Son          U      18      Scholar (at home)
Williamina Do         Daur         U         10      Do      Do
Notes on this Household:

This Household appears on pages 15 an 16 of Enumeration District #5, address listed as "Shore Street". All are marked as born at "Ross Lochbroom".

This family was in the 1841 census at Ullapool 41-112.

The Parish Register records the marriage 20 February, 1819 of "John (Andrew) MacKenzie Ullapool" to "Justina MacKenzie Dalcanloch". John's father indicated from the entry as Andrew. Justina was daughter of John MacKenzie, a descendant of the MacKenzies of Achiltibuie, that John was married twice, I think the mother of Justina was the second wife, Margaret Stronach (daughter of Alexander Stronach, Minister of Lochbroom).

Andrew was christened at Ullapool 25 February, 1828.

Williamina married 1 July, 1873 at Inverness to Gustavus Aird Calder, no children yet traced of this couple, Gustavus was Informant on Justina's death registration.

Justina has relatives at Ullapool in this census; her father John MacKenzie of Atachol was brother to Murdo MacKenzie of Achnaclerach, whose Widow Susan is at Ullapool 51-96, Susan's son William is at Ullapool 51-52. Catherine MacKenzie at Ullapool 51-43 is Justina's neice, a daughter of her brother John.


Ullapool 51-74


Isabel McKenzie       Wife         Mar       43   Merchants Wife
Catherine Do          Daur         U         17      Do's Daur
Thomas    Do          Son          U      11      Scholar at Home
Jane      Do          Daur         U          7      Do       Do
Isabel Cameron        Serv.        U.        32   House Servant
                     -- page break --
Catharine McKenzie                            6
Donald McKenzie       Do           U      24        Do     Do
Donald Cameron        Servant      U      18      Shop Keeper
Allen McLeod          Visitor      Mar    32      Painter
Notes on this Household:

This Household appears on pages 18 an 19 of Enumeration District #5, address listed as "Argyle Street". All are marked as born at "Ross Lochbroom", except Donald McKenzie at "Sutherland Assynt", and Allen McLeod at "Ross Dingwall".

Isabel's missing husband was the merchant, Alexander McKenzie, they were together with three of their children in the 1841 census at Ullapool 41-97. In the 1861 census the family is at Ullapool 61-78.

The Parish Register records the marriage 16 November, 1832 of "Alexr McKenzie Merchant Ullapool to Isabella McKenzie Langwell"

Alexander's death was registered as 1 November, 1862 aged 77 years, "Justice of the Peace and latterly Merchant", his parents had been John MacKenzie, Merchant, and Margaret MacAulay (Informant was his son Thomas).

Isabella is shown in the Registration of her death 4 January, 1874 at Harris aged 69 to have been a daughter of Thomas MacKenzie, IV of Langwell, and his wife, Catharine Robertson, her brother Alexander married Alexanderina MacKenzie of the Achnaclerach family, see notes for that family above at; "Alexander MacKenzie, Junior, Merchant"

Alexander was Tacksman of Achiltibuie from 1829 to 1853, in partnership with William MacKenzie who held Tack of Badenscallie and the small communities at the east end of the Coigach Peninsula, another Merchant of Ullapool. Prebble in his book "Highland Clearances" (SOURCE) said Alexander and William were brothers, but I am certain the relationship was more complex. That William is in this census at Ullapool 51-52, a son of Murdoch MacKenzie senior, Merchant at Ullapool.

There is great similarity between forenames in this family, and that of Alexander MacKenzie of Langwell and his wife Alexanderina MacKenzie of Achnaclerach, see above at "Alexander MacKenzie of Langwell and Alexanderina MacKenzie of Achnaclerach". That Alexander was a brother of Isabel.

In the last few days of 1855, just before the start of civil registration, there was a series of registrations of births, christenings, and marriages in the Lochbroom Parish Register to families of Tacksmen going back over decades. Those registrations include the following at Ullapool with parents as "Alexander McKenzie, Senior, Merchant, and Isabella McKenzie, his wife";

  1. Catherine Robertson McKenzie, born 17 October, 1833 (enumerated above).
  2. John MacKenzie, born 5 November, 1835.
  3. Thomas McKenzie, born 5 December, 1838 (enumerated above).
  4. Jean Margaret McAulay McKenzie, born 17 August, 1843 (enumerated above as "Jane").


Ullapool 51-77


Alex. McKenzie        Head         Mar    40      Inspr of Poor
Jamesina  Do          Wife         Mar       27   Innkeeper
Jessie    Do          Daur         U          6   Scholar
Margt     Do          Daur         U          4      Do
Catherine  Do         Daur         U          2
Betsy      Do         Cousin       U         23   Farmers Daur
Simon      Do           Do         U      19        Do's Son
Catherine McLeod      Serv.        U         20   House Servant
Margt       Do        Serv.        U         26     Do     Do
Notes on this Household:

This Household appears on page 19 of Enumeration District #5, address listed as "Argyle Street". All are marked as born at "Ross Lochbroom".

In the 1841 census Alexander is with his mother Janet Robertson and other possible relatives or employees at Ullapool 41-1. His 1869 death registration looks to suggest he was of an established Lochbroom family, as his then late parents were noted as John MacKenzie, Innkeeper, and Janet Robertson. His "cousin" relationship to Jamesina and her two siblings might be as his mother Janet Robertson was a sister of their grandmother, Catherine Robertson.

In the 1841 census Jamesina as "Jamina" was with her Widowed mother and siblings at Ullapool 41-89. Betsy and Simon above as well as being "cousins" of Alexander are siblings of Jamesina, their father Kenneth MacKenzie had been Tacksman of Corrie. Their mother and three other siblings are in this census at Ullapool 51-103. There is a 6 February, 1855 marriage notice in the Inverness Advertiser indexed as "MacKenzie, Betsy, at Ullapool, daughter of the late Kenneth MacKenzie, tacksman of Corry", the I.G.I. notes the date as 25 January, 1855, and the groom as Donald McLennan.

In the 1861 census this family is at Ullapool 61-55.

The Parish Register includes five births at Ullapool to "Alexander McKenzie, Junior, Inspector of Poor, and Jamina McKenzie, his wife";

  1. Jessie MacKenzie, born 20 April, 1843. (possibly died young, given the name of the next child)
  2. Janet Robertson MacKenzie, born 3 April, 1845. (I think that is the "Jessie" above)
  3. Margaret MacKenzie, born 20 April, 1847. (above)
  4. Catharine MacKenzie, born 23 May, 1849. (above)
  5. Isabella MacKenzie, born 5 July, 1851.

The I.G.I. lists three more births at Ullapool to Alexander MacKenzie and Jamesina Mackenzie;

  1. Kenneth John MacKenzie, born 7 April, 1855.
  2. John Alexander MacKenzie, born 15 May, 1858.
  3. Maria MacKenzie, born 13 April, 1860.

Alexander looks to have run into financial trouble in his later years, his estate becoming "sequestered", a Scottish form of bankruptcy where his estate is put into the hands of Trustees, who in this case chose to sell his properties by public roup (auction) to pay his debts. The following notice was printed in the 28 July, 1857 edition of the Inverness Advertiser newspaper;


HERITABLE SUBJECTS IN ULLAPOOL
FOR SALE

There will be sold by Public Roup, within the CALEDONIAN HOTEL, Dingwall, on Friday the 28th day of August next, the following valuable subjects belonging to the sequestered Estate of Alexander Mackenzie, junior, Merchant in Ullapool:--

1st, ALL and WHOLE LOT, No 16 of the Village of Ullapool, lying in Argyll Street, and extending 54 feet in front in line of the said street, by 63 feet in breadth, together with the Substantial and Comfortable DWELLING HOUSE thereon, as presently possesed by the said Alexander Mackenzie, junior. There is a Good GARDEN on the ground. This Lot affords a qualification for a County Vote.

2d, All and Whole that vacant Piece of BUILDING-GROUND, being Lot No. 18 of said Village, together with the Buidings erected thereon, also fronting Argyll Street. There is a right of pasturage of one Cow attached to each Lot.

The Feu-duty on both lots is nominal.

Further particulars may be had on application to W. R. Thomson, Writer, Dingwall, the Trustee, or to William Moffat, Writer, Dingwall, the agent in sequestration, in whose hands are the Title Deeds and articles of Roup.

Dingwall, 27th July 1857.



Ullapool 51-78


Murdo McLeod          Head         Mar    50      Fisherman
Mary     Do           Wife         Mar       46   Fisher's Wife
William    Do         Son          U      16      Fisher's Son
Murdo      Do         Son          U      14        Do      Do
Rodk       Do         Son          U       9        Do      Do
John       Do         Son          U       7        Do      Do
Mary       Do         Daur         U          4     Do's   Daur
Notes on this Household:

This Household appears on page 20 of Enumeration District #5, address listed as "Argyle St.". All noted as born at Ross, Lochbroom.

In the 1841 census this family was at Ullapool 41-.


Ullapool 51-79


Colin McLeod          Head         Widr   60      Fisherman
Cathrine  Do          Daur         U         16   House Servant
Notes on this Household:

This Household appears on page 20 of Enumeration District #5, address listed as "Argyle St.". Both noted as born at Ross, Lochbroom.

In the 1841 census this family was at Ullapool 41-.


Ullapool 51-80


Duncan Matheson       Head         Mar    50      Fisherman
Janet     Do          Wife         Mar       46   Fisher's Wife
Donald     Do         Son          U      16      Fisher's Son
John       Do         Son          U      14      Scholar
Murdo      Do         Son          U      12         Do
Christy    Do         Daur         U         10      Do
Notes on this Household:

This Household appears on page 20 of Enumeration District #5, address listed as "Argyle St.". All noted as born at Ross, Lochbroom.

In the 1841 census this family was at Ullapool 41-.


Ullapool 51-81


Margt Stewart         Head         Wid       58   Widow of a Tailor
Ann Stewart           Daur         U         14   Tailors Daur
John Stewart          Son          U      12      Scholar (at home)
Betsy Stewart         Daur         U         10      Do      Do
Kenneth  Do           Son          U       7         Do      Do
Cathrine McDond       Visitor      U         27   House Servant
Notes on this Household:

This Household appears on page 20 of Enumeration District #5, address listed as "Argyle St.". All noted as born at Ross, Lochbroom.

In the 1841 census this family was at Ullapool 41-.


Ullapool 51-96


Susan McKenzie        Head         Wid       66   Merchants Widow
Grace Ferguson        Daur         Mar       35   Farmers Wife
James McKenzie        Son          U.     29      Surgeon UY of Edmr
Ann Stewart           Servant      U         50   House Servant
Ann McLeod            Do           U         22     Do    Do
Notes on this Household:

This Household appears on page ?? of Enumeration District #5, address listed as "Argyle Street". All are marked as born at "Ross Lochbroom", except Susan McKenzie at "Perth Fortingall", and Allen McLeod at "Ross Dingwall".

Susan's husband had been the merchant, Murdoch McKenzie Senior, I suspect he died before the 1841 census when Susan was Head of Household, and "Postmaster" at Ullapool 41-134. Grace was in the Household next to her mother in 1841, in the same building, with her husband David Ferguson and several people, including several probably related MacKenzies.

Susan is in the 1861 census at Ullapool 61-77 with three servants, listed as "Proprietess of Houses", she dies 22 February, 1865.

Grace's husband David, six children, and eight servants, are in this census at Langwell 51-5, where David is listed as "Farmer & Grazier".

James dies 8 March, 1856, age 33 single at Ullapool, his death registration lists his middle name as "John", and his mother's maiden surname as "McGregor".

Susan's son William (at Ullapool 51-52), was Tacksman of Badenscallie and the small communities at the east end of the Coigach Peninsula, as part of "Messr, MacKenzies, Merchants at Ullapool" during the period from 1829 to 1853, probably following his father. The other named Partner was Alexander MacKenzie who held Tack of Achiltibuie. Seem to recall William and Alexander were said to be brothers, but have not yet found the source of that idea.

With Susan in the 1841 census was a 40-44 year old Elisabeth McKenzie like herself marked as not born in County. Though the ages do not line up I think it is likely the 60 year old Elizabeth in this census at Dornie 51-48. That Elizabeth is marked in this census as also born in PerthShire, a place called "Invercuddan", a place in Fortingall Parish spelt many ways in different records, accepted form today is "Innerhaddan". Susan and Elizabeth were sisters, maiden surnamed MacGregor, their genealogy there goes back at least seventeen generations! See the file at macgregor.htm. Elizabeth named one of her daughters "Susan Grace".

The Servant, Ann Stewart, was with this family as well in the 1841 census.


Ullapool 51-103


Margt McKenzie        Head         Wid       63   Farmers Widow
John McKenzie         Son          U      26      Farmer's Son
Maria   Do            Daur         U         20   FarmersDaur
Sibbla  Do            Daur         U         16   Scholar (at Home)
Margt McLeod          Serv         U         21   House Servant
Notes on this Household:

This Household appears on page ?? of Enumeration District #5, address listed as "Argyle Street", it was the last Household on the street. All are marked as born at "Ross Lochbroom", except Margaret McKenzie at "Sutherland Assynt"

This family was in the 1841 census at Ullapool 41-89, Margaret was already a Widow by then.

Margaret's husband had been Kenneth MacKenzie, Tacksman of the farm of Corrie which borders Ullapool to the east.

Margaret is noted in the Findon tables to have been born at Ledmore in Assynt. Her death is registered as happening 15 February, 1873, aged 84 years, her parents having been Roderick MacKenzie and Williamina, maiden surname MacKenzie.

Young Sibbla maries 26 February, 1857 to Charles Robertson, the Tenant Farmer of Kenachulish. With two children, and Sibla's mother Margaret, they are in the 1861 census at Kenachulish 61-79.

Another of Margaret's daughters, Jamesina or "Jamina", has married since the last census to Alexander MacKenzie, Inspector of the Poor, they are in this census with three children, and Jamina's siblings Elizabeth "Betsy" and Simon at Ullapool 51-77.


Ullapool 51-178


Hector McKenzie       Head         Wid    54      Land Agent
Helen     Do          Daur         U         20     Do   Do's Daur
Murdo     Do          Son          U      18        Do   Do's Son
Anabell   Do          Mother       Wid       89     Do   Do's Mother
Johann    Do          Niece        U         14     Do   Do's Niece
Bella     Do            Do         U         12     Do   Do's  Do
Anne      Do            Do         U         10     Do   Do's  Do
John McDonald         Visitor      U      27      Ship Owner
Kenneth McKenzie      Servant      U      21      Farm Servant
George     Do            "         U      12      Errand Boy
Colina Ross              "         U         20   House Servant
Mary Fraser              "                   20     Do   Do
Dr. Smith             Visitor      U      35      Surgeon, Dingwall
Notes on this Household:

This Household appears on page 43 of Enumeration District #5, address listed as "Hill Cottage", except the visitor, Dr. Smith has address noted as "Dingwall", presumably the home elsewhere he was visiting Ullapool from. The handwriting on this page is somewhat smudged and unclear, mistranscriptions are possible. Hector, Helen, and Murdo are marked as born at "Cromarty Ullapool", Anabel at "Ross, Sand", Johan, Bella and Anne at Edinburgh, John McDonald at Torridon, Kenneth McKenzie at "Ross Lochbroom", George at "Ross Isle Martin", Colina and Mary at Ross Ullapool, and Dr. Smith at "Not Known".

This family was in the 1841 census at Ullapool 41-99.

From 1847 Hector was Agent for Sir James Matheson who bought Ullapool then, before that he was Agent for the British Fisheries Society.


Ullapool 61-22


William McKenzie      Head         Mar    39      General Merchant
Issabella McKenzie    Wife         Mar       29   Merchant's Wife
John McLeod           Serv         Un     19      Clerk
Murdo McKenzie        Serv         Un        21   Servant
Anne McLeod           Serv         Un        22   Servant
Notes on this Household:

This Household appears on page 4 of Enumeration District #1, address listed as "Shore Street". All are marked as born at "RossShire Ullapool", except Issabella at "RossShire Stornoway".

William and Issabella were in the 1851 census at Ullapool 51-52.

William was Tacksman of Badenscallie for some period, part of "Messrs MacKenzie, Merchants at Ullapool", probably following his father Murdoch in the position. William's partner Alexander, who I think was a brother or other relative, is in this census at Ullapool 61-78, Alexander was Tacksman of Achiltibuie. The MacKenzie merchants of Ullapool held their tacks from 1829 to 1853.

William's Widowed mother Susanna, "Proprietress of Houses" is in this census at Ullapool 61-77.

William's sister Grace Ferguson is in this census with her husband David, three children, and six servants at Langwell 61-8.


Ullapool 61-55


Alexr McKenzie        Head         Mar    56      InnKeeper & I.P.L.
Jamesina McKenzie     Wife         Mar       34
Jessie McKenzie       Dau          Un        15   Scholar
Margt McKenzie        Dau          Un        14     Do
Catherine McKenzie    Dau          Un        11     Do
Isabella McKenzie     Dau                     9     Do
Kenneth McKenzie      Son                  5        Do
Alexr McKenzie        Son                  3        Do
Maria McKenzie        Dau                     1     -
Margaret McKenzie     Serv         Un        17   Dry Nurse
                     -- page break --
Jannet McKenzie       Servt        Un        24   Domestic Servant
Notes on this Household:

This Household appears on pages 9 and 10 of Enumeration District #1, address listed as "Argyll Street". All are marked as born at "RossShire Ullapool", except Jamesina at "RossShire Lochbroom", and the Nurse Margaret MacKenzie at "RossShire Contin".

In the 1851 census this family was at Ullapool 51-77, Alexander shown there to be "Inspector of the Poor", reflected in the initials above in his occupation listing.

In 1871 this family is at Ullapool 71-65, Alexander has died by then, and Jamesina as Head of Household is the InnKeeper. I suspect this family was related to the other Ullapool MacKenzie Merchants, and Tacksmen in Coigach and other parts of Lochbroom such as Gruinard.

Alexander's death was registered as 28 December, 1869 at Ullapool, noted as "J.P. Clerk &tc", aged 68 years. His parents noted as John MacKenzie InnKeeper and Janet maiden surnamed Robertson. Informant was his son Kenneth McKenzie.

The Parish Register lists three births at Ullapool to "Alexander McKenzie, Junior, Inspector of Poor, and Jamina McKenzie, his wife";

  1. Jessie MacKenzie, born 20 April, 1843. (possibly died young, given the name of the next child)
  2. Janet Robertson MacKenzie, born 3 April, 1845. (I think that is the "Jessie" above)
  3. Margaret MacKenzie, born 20 April, 1847. (above)
  4. Catharine MacKenzie, born 23 May, 1849. (above)
  5. Isabella MacKenzie, born 5 July, 1851. (above)

The I.G.I. lists three more births at Ullapool to Alexander MacKenzie and Jamesina Mackenzie;

  1. Kenneth John MacKenzie, born 7 April, 1855. (above)
  2. John Alexander MacKenzie, born 15 May, 1858. (above as "Alexander")
  3. Maria MacKenzie, born 13 April, 1860. (above)

Sibla, wife of Charles Robertson the Tenant Farmer at Kenachulish 61-79, is a sister of Jamesina.


Ullapool 61-75


Roderick McKenzie     Head         Mar    66      Labourer
Grace McKenzie        Wife         Mar       38
Mary McKenzie         Dau                     2
Notes on this Household:

This Household appears on page 13 of Enumeration District #1. Address listed as "West Terrace". Roderick and Mary are marked as born at "RossShire Ullapool", Grace at "RossShire Lochbroom".

24 December, 1857 at Ullapool was registered the marriage of 50 year old Roderick MacKenzie to 28 year old Grace MacKenzie, both resident at Ullapool, his parents listed as Murdoch MacKenzie and Mary MacLeod, hers as Hector McKenzie, weaver, and Mary McKenzie.

The I.G.I. records the births of two children to the couple;

  1. Mary MacKenzie, born 24 May, 1858. (above)
  2. Murdoch Alexander McKenzie, born 9 February, 1866.


Ullapool 61-77


Susanna McKenzie      Head         Wid       78   Proprietress of Houses
Anne Stewart          Serv.        Un        58   Domestic Servt
Christy Stewart       Serv         Un        24     Do       Do
John Stewart          Serv         Un        17     Do       Do
Notes on this Household:

This Household appears on page 13 of Enumeration District #1. Address listed as "Argyll Street". Susanna is marked as born at "PerthShire Fortingle", the rest at "RossShire Ullapool".

In the 1851 census Susanna (as "Susan") was at Ullapool 51-96 with two of her children, including a married daughter, Grace Ferguson. Grace with her husband David, three children, and six servants, is in this census at Langwell 61-8.

Susanna's son William is in this census at Ullapool 61-22.

Death registration of Susanna's son James in 1856 lists her maiden surname as "McGregor".

The Scotlandspeople website includes an index to various legal documents, including 5 January 1866 "an Inventory; Trust Disposition and Settlement at Dingwall Sheriff Court", 11 pages referring to "Mrs Susan MacKenzie or MacGregor residing at Ullapool". Presumably Susan died a few months previous to that date.

I think Susan probably held ten acres of land on Island Tanera, and after her death they went to Margaret Ann MacKenzie, daughter of her sister Elizabeth. And that Margaret Ann subsequently sold that property; the following article was published in the 15 May, 1866 edition of the Inverness Advertiser.

MISS MARGARET ANN MACKENZIE'S
SEQUESTRATION

There will be exposed to Public Roup within the Cameronian Hotel, Dingwall, noon Friday, the 18th day of May curt. at one o'clock afternoon;

All and whole that Piece of GROUND of Island Tanera, lined and marked out opposite to the Bay of Tanera, consisting of Ten Scotch Acres, lying in the Barony of Coigach and Parish of Lochbroom, together with the Storehouses and other Houses built thereon.

For further particulars apply to David Ross, bank agent in Dingwall, trustee on said Estate.


Ullapool 61-78


Alexr MacKenzie       Head         Mar    75      Merchant
Issabella McKenzie    Wife         Mar       55   Merchants Wife
John McKenzie         Son          Un     25      Medical Student
Jean McKenzie         Dau          Un        17
Alexr McKenzie McLean GrandSon             3
Dolina McKenzie       Visitor      Un     30      Domestic Servt
Rachel Stewart        Serv         Un        28     Do       Do
Issabella McDonald    Serv         Un        20     Do       Do
Alexr McGregor        Serv         Un     17        Do       Do
                     -- page break --
Johannah Campbell     Serv         Un        16   Domestic Servt
Notes on this Household:

This Household appears on pages 13 and 14 of Enumeration District #1, address listed as "Argyll Street". All are marked as born at "RossShire Ullapool", except Dolina at "SutherlandShire Assynt".

In the 1851 census this family, with Alexander missing, was at Ullapool 51-74, by 1871 Isabella is Widowed, with her daughter Jane and an unmarried brother John at Ullapool 71-78.

Alexander was Tacksman of Achiltibuie from 1829 to 1853, in partnership with William MacKenzie who held Tack of Badenscallie and the small communities at the east end of the Coigach Peninsula, another Merchant of Ullapool. Seem to recall they were said to be brothers, but have not yet found the source of that idea. William is in this census at Ullapool 61-22.

In the last few days of 1855, just before the start of civil registration, there was a series of registrations of births, christenings, and marriages in the Lochbroom Parish Register to families of Tacksmen going back over decades. Those registrations include the following at Ullapool with parents as "Alexander McKenzie, Senior, Merchant, and Isabella McKenzie, his wife";

  1. Catherine Robertson McKenzie, born 17 October, 1833.
  2. John MacKenzie, born 5 November, 1835. (above)
  3. Thomas McKenzie, born 5 December, 1838.
  4. Jean Margaret McAulay McKenzie, born 17 August, 1843 (above as "Jean").

The Inverness Advertiser 26 December, 1862 printed a death notice;

At Ullapool on the 17th inst., John Mackenzie, L.R.C.S.E. and L.R.C.P.E., medical officer for the parish of Lochbroom, son of the late Alex.mackenzie, Esq. sen., merchant, Ullapool, aged 27.

The Inverness Courier, 23 February, 1865, Page 2, has a list of Partners to the Caledonian Banking Company, it includes;

The Executor dative qua next of kin of the deceased John Mackenzie, surgeon, Ullapool -- Thomas Mackenzie, merchant, Lochinver

Young "Alexr McKenzie McLean" appears to be the child listed in the IGI as born 23 June, 1857 to parents Colin McLean and Annabella MacKenzie. The IGI has two listings that probably refer to the marriage of that couple; first is extracted from the Parish Register, and gives date simply as "1855". Second is from Patron submitted info, and gives date as 2 July, 1856. That Patron submitted info lists Colin as 49 years old at marriage, a child of Kenneth McLean and Catharine McLennan, and lists Annabella then as 29 years old, daughter of Alexander McKenzie and Catherine McLean. That info disagrees with the info for this family that lists Alexander's wife as Issabella, possibly he was married twice.


Ullapool 61-101


Donald MacKenzie      Head         Widr   60
Alexr McKenzie        Brother      Un.    76      Pauper
Jannet McKenzie       Sister       Wid       70
Huina Cameron         Sister       Wid       64   Minister's Widow
Anne MacLeod          Servt        Un        18   Domestic Servt
Alexr McLeod          Visitor      Mar    70
Roderick McRae        Visitor      Mar    64
Notes on this Household:

This Household appears on page 18 of Enumeration District #1, address listed as "Argyll Street". All are marked as born at "RossShire Ullapool", except both Alexanders, Jannet, and Roderick at "SutherlandShire Assynt".

This was the last Household enumerated on Argyll Street, in the 1851 census the last enumerated Household on the street had a MacKenzie family that might have been related, Headed by a woman possibly Widow of the Tacksman of Corrie, the farm beside Ullapool.

The four siblings were children of Roderick MacKenzie, Tacksman of Achnahaird in Coigach, and Catherine Scobie of Achmore, whose family were intermarried with most of the Tacksman's families in neighbouring Assynt Parish. I have been constructing a file based on the MacKenzie of Achnahaird family, see; corrie.htm

In the 1851 census Donald and Janet were at Ullapool 51-51. Alexander was in that census with their brother Murdoch at Achnahaird 51-61. Another brother, William, was then a Crofter at Dornie 51-48, having till 1842 been Tacksman of Badentarbat. Also in the 1851 census at Achnahaird 51-58 was Susan MacKenzie, Widow of their brother George, last of the family to have been Tacksman of Achnahaird. Susan emigrated in 1853 with her children aboard the Sir Alan McNab to Tasmania.

In the 1871 census Donald, Janet, and Hughina are enumerated as at Shore Street, Ullapool 71-21, Donald mistakedly referred to then as "Unmarried" rather than "Widowed".


Ullapool 61-182


Neil Kerr             Head         Mar.   55      House Proprietor
Anne Kerr             Wife         Mar.      40
Donald Kerr           Son                  8
Alexr. Kerr           Son                  4
Murdo Kerr            Son                  2
Rodk. Kerr            Visitor             24
Donald Matheson       Visitor             18
Notes on this Household:

This Household appears on page 31 of Enumeration District #1, address listed as "West Terrace". Uncertain transcription of Neil's occupation, possibly the last word reads "Repairer". Alexander marked as born at Kilmore Australia, the rest at Lochbroom.

Ron Williams in Tasmania (CONTACT INFO) is descended from Chirsty Kerr from Reiff, who emigrated to Tasmania in 1853 aboard the Sir Allan McNab; see McNab 519. Ron sent me this transcription.

The family in this household also was on the McNab (McNab 518), and Ron has been researching Neil Kerr to see if he was related to the Reiff Kerrs. Neil and his family are the only McNab emigrants known to have returned to Scotland.

In the 1851 census Neil was visiting his cousin Catharine (MacKenzie) MacLeod on Isle Tanera, see Tanera 51-9.

Roderick is a brother of Neil, he was in the 1851 census at Achiltibuie 51-86.

Donald Matheson appears at the end of the census in the list of those people usually resident, but away the night of the census. That note puts him as a son of the Matheson family who had the Inn at Achiltibuie 61-29, and says he was away as a scholar. I cannot see any clear relationship between the Matheson and Kerr families, other than they were neighbors at Achiltibuie.


Ullapool 61-183


Duncan MacKenzie      Head         Mar    38      Merchant
Johanna McKenzie      Wife         Mar       24   Merchant's Wife
Annable McKenzie      Sister       Un        22
Catherine McLeod      Servt        Un        21   Domestic Servt
Notes on this Household:

This Household appears on page 31 of Enumeration District #1, address listed as "West Terrace". Duncan and Catherine are marked as born at RossShire, Lochbroom, Johanna and Annable at Edinburgh.

The marriage of Duncan McKenzie to Johanna McKenzie was registered as 10 May, 1860 at Inverness, Duncan 38 years old resident at Achlunachan, a Merchant and Widower. His parents as "Alexander McKenzie, Tenant, Deceased", and Mary, maiden surname "Macdonald". Johanna was noted as 23 years old resident at Ullapool, a Spinster, her parents as "John McKenzie Merchant, deceased", and Ann, surname indistinct, probably "Powell" as the IGI records a marriage 20 April, 1835 at Saint Cuthberts, Edinburgh. of John McKenzie to Ann Powell.

The IGI records the birth of a son John to Duncan and Johanna 18 August, 1861.


Ullapool 71-21


Donald MacKenzie      Head         Unm    68      Farmer
Jannet MacKenzie      Sister       Widow     78   Farmers Sister
Hughina Cameron       Sister       Widow     74   Minister's Widow
Mary Ross             Servant      Unm       22   Domestic Servt
Notes on this Household:

This Household appears on page 4 of Enumeration District #1, address listed as "Shore Street". All are marked as born at "Lochbroom, RossShire", except Hughina at "Assynt SutherlandShire".

Donald, Janet, and Hughina were in the 1861 census at Ullapool 61-101 with a brother Alexander who has died since. Donald was then and in other documents listed as "Widowed", I think his marital status above was an enumeration error.

The siblings were children of Roderick MacKenzie, Tacksman of Achnahaird in Coigach, and Catherine Scobie of Achmore, whose family were intermarried with most of the Tacksman's families in neighbouring Assynt Parish. I have been constructing a file based on the MacKenzie of Achnahaird family, see; corrie.htm


Ullapool 71-34


Murdo MacKenzie       Head         Mar    37      Annuitant
William MacKenzie     Son          Unm     7      Scholar
Murdo MacKenzie       Son          Unm     5      Scholar
Jessie Helen McKenzie Daughter     Unm        3
Notes on this Household:

This Household appears on page 7 of Enumeration District #1, address listed as "Shore Street". The elder Murdo and Jessie are marked as born at "Ullapool, RossShire", the other two at "Tanera Lochbroom". Murdo senior is noted as "Asthmatic".

Murdo's missing wife was "Johanna Jane MacRay Ross", the I.G.I. records their marriage as registered 18 April, 1861 at Edrachilles, SutherlandShire. Also noted in the I.G.I. are the births of the children above, all in Lochbroom Parish;

  1. William McKenzie, born 17 June, 1863,
  2. Murdoch Alick Ross McKenzie, born 13 February, 1865,
  3. Jessie Helen MacKenzie, born 30 October, 1867.

I suspect this family was related to the various Merchant families in Ullapool, but have not yet seen how.


Ullapool 71-42


John MacKenzie           Head           Widower 52      Merchant
Donald William McKenzie  Son            Unm      7      Scholar
Catherine MacKenzie      Mother in Law  Widow      63
Christina Campbell       Servant        Unm        23   General Servant
Notes on this Household:

This Household appears on page 9 of Enumeration District #1, address listed as "End of Shore Street". The first two are marked as born at "Ullapool, RossShire", the other two at "Lochbroom RossShire".

Catherine "Margaret" Mackenzie was christened 31 August, 1812 at Ullapool as "Catharine", the forename she also used above, but in all records as "Margaret", likely to honour a relative who died around the time of her birth. She died 3 August, 1904 at Ullapool "aged 92 years" with parents noted as Murdoch MacKenzie and Catharine Macrae. Her marriage was registered 17 February, 1829 to the schoolteacher Donald Campbell of Morefield (near Ullapool) and her age there in the 1841 census was marked as 30-34 so I guess her born late 1811. Donald in the 1841 census at Morefield is noted as 40-44 years, not born in County.

John's late wife was Mary Campbell

The I.G.I. records the marriage 22 December, 1859 of John McKenzie to Mary Campbell, and births of six of their children;

  1. Catharine McKenzie, born 12 December, 1860.
  2. Donald McKenzie, born 5 August, 1862.
  3. Donald William McKenzie, born 29 January, 1864.
  4. Catharine McKenzie, born 18 September, 1865.
  5. Barbara McKenzie, born 6 July, 1867.
  6. Mary McKenzie, born 10 October, 1868.

I suspect this family was related to the various other Merchant families in Ullapool, but have not yet seen how.


Ullapool 71-65


Jamesina MacKenzie    Headoffamily Widow     45   InnKeeper
Margret MacKenzie     Daughter     Unm       24   Spinster
Kenneth MacKenzie     Son          Unm    16      Pupil Teacher
John MacKenzie        Son          Unm    14      Scholar
Maria MacKenzie       Daughter     Unm       12   Scholar
Mother MacKenzie      Mother       Widow     85   Annuitant
Anne Cameron          GrandDaughter  -        2      -
Christina MacLean     Servant      Unm       20   Domestic Servant
Mary MacKenzie        Visitor      Unm       50      -       -
Notes on this Household:

This Household appears on page 13 of Enumeration District #1, address listed as "Argyle Street". All are marked as born at "Ullapool, RossShire", except "Mother" at "Assynt SutherlandShire". The spelling of the forename of "Mother" is unclear, possibly might be "Margt" or "Maria", but does seem to begin with "M", and ends with "er", Jamesina's mother Margaret was in the 1861 census with another daughter, Sibla Robertson, at Kenachulish 61-79. That Sibla is in this census with her family at Kenachulish 71-7.

"Mother" Margaret is noted in the Findon tables to have been born at Ledmore in Assynt. Her death is registered as happening 15 February, 1873 at Ullapool, aged 84 years, her parents having been Roderick MacKenzie and Williamina, maiden surname MacKenzie.

This family, with Jamesina's husband Alexander as Head were in the 1861 census at Ullapool 61-55.

Alexander's death was registered as 28 December, 1869 at Ullapool, noted as "J.P. Clerk &tc", aged 68 years. His parents noted as John MacKenzie InnKeeper and Janet maiden surnamed Robertson. Informant was his son Kenneth McKenzie.

The Parish Register lists five births at Ullapool to "Alexander McKenzie, Junior, Inspector of Poor, and Jamina McKenzie, his wife";

  1. Jessie MacKenzie, born 20 April, 1843. (Possibly died young, given the name of the next child)
  2. Janet Robertson MacKenzie, born 3 April, 1845. (In the 1851 census)
  3. Margaret MacKenzie, born 20 April, 1847. (In the 1851 census)
  4. Catharine MacKenzie, born 23 May, 1849. (In the 1851 census)
  5. Isabella MacKenzie, born 5 July, 1851.

The I.G.I. lists three more births at Ullapool to Alexander MacKenzie and Jamesina Mackenzie;

  1. Kenneth John MacKenzie, born 7 April, 1855. (Above)
  2. John Alexander MacKenzie, born 15 May, 1858. (Above)
  3. Maria MacKenzie, born 13 April, 1860. (Above)

With this family in 1851 was a daughter Jessie, the I.G.I. records the marriage at Lochbroom 10 September, 1863 of Kenneth Cameron to Jessie MacKenzie, and births of six children to that couple, including young Anne above;

  1. Kenneth Cameron, born 15 November, 1864.
  2. Alexander Cameron, born 18 August, 1866.
  3. Ann Cameron, born 26 September, 1868.
  4. Janet Cameron, born 12 September, 1870.
  5. John Cameron, born 18 August, 1872.
  6. Murdoch Cameron, born 8 December, 1874.


Ullapool 71-81


Donald MacLeay        Head         Mar    60      Fisherman
Rachel MacLeay        Wife         Mar       40   Fisherman's Wife
Kenneth MacLeay       Son          Unm    18      Scholar
Catherine MacLeay     Daughter     Unm       16   Scholar
Finlay MacLeay        Son          Unm    12      Scholar
Hugh MacLeay          Son          Unm     7      Scholar
John MacLeay          Son          -      5weeks
Notes on this Household:

This Household appears on page 16 of Enumeration District #1, address listed as "Argyle Street". All are marked as born at "Lochbroom, RossShire".

This family was in the 1861 census at the village of Letters, see 61rachel. In 1881 they are still at Ullapool, see Ullapool 81-82.

Rachel was a MacLeod from Reiff. She was the second wife of Donald, married 25 February, 1852.

In this census a daughter of Donald and Rachel, Janet, is at Reiff 71-68, visiting her grandparents, Murdo and Annabella McLeod.


Ullapool 71-87


Isabella MacKenzie    Head         Widow     66
Jane MacKenzie        Daughter     Unm       27
John MacKenzie        Brother      Unm    68      Farmer
Catherine MacGregor   Servant      Unm       20   House Maid
Notes on this Household:

This Household appears on page 17 of Enumeration District #1, address listed as "Argyle Street". All are marked as born at "Ullapool, Lochbroom", except Isabella at "Langwell, Lochbroom".

This family was in the 1861 census at Ullapool 61-78.


Ullapool 71-98


Kenneth MacKenzie     Head         Mar    30      Farmer
Flory MacKenzie       Wife         Mar       28   Farmer's Wife
John MacKenzie        Son          Unm     5      Scholar
Hector MacKenzie      Son          Unm     4
Catherine MacKenzie   Daughter     Unm        2
Notes on this Household:

This Household appears on page 19 of Enumeration District #1, address listed as "Argyle Street". All are marked as born at "Lochbroom, RossShire".

Kenneth was in the 1841 census with his parents and siblings on the peninsula between Big and Little Lochbroom at Kildonan 41-8.

The marriage of Kenneth McKenzie aged 24 to Flora Urquhart aged 20 was registered as 20 March, 1862 at Ullapool, both previously unmarried and resident there. Kenneth's parents as "Hector McKenzie, Flesher" and Abigail, maiden surname McLean (that couple in the 1841 census at Kildonan). Flora's parents as "James Urquhart, Slater" and Catharine maiden surname Matheson.

The IGI notes births of six of their children in Lochbroom Parish;

  1. James MacKenzie, born 18 February, 1863, died 19 February, 1870.
  2. John Matheson MacKenzie, born 4 November, 1865.
  3. Hector MacKenzie, born 23 July, 1867.
  4. Catharine MacKenzie, born 21 July, 1869.
  5. James MacKenzie, born 5 August, 1871.
  6. Duncan MacKenzie, born 27 December, 1873.

Many of the people in the Lochbroom censuses with occupation listed as "Farmer" are shown in other records as Tacksmen, or as large tenants, as opposed to crofters or sub-tenants. I suspect this family was related to the various other Tacksman families in Lochbroom, and Merchant families in Ullapool, but have not yet seen how.

The 4 June 1921 edition of the Argus of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, includes an announcement;

McKENZIE - McKENZIE. -[Diamond Wedding] --
On the 23rd May, 1861 at Glendonald, by Rev. John Steele, of Creswick, Murdoch, eldest son of Hector and Abigail McKenzie, Ullapool, Scotland, to Margaret, youngest daughter of Colin and Christina McKenzie, Glendonald, late of Dornie Scotland. Present address, Lawrence P O, via Allendale.


Ullapool 81-30


Hughina Cameron       Head         Wid       84   Clergyman's Widow
Catherine  do         GdDaur       Unm       19   Dressmaker
Sarah McLean          Serv.        do        28   General Serv.
Notes on this Household:

This Household appears on page 5 of Enumeration District #1, address marked as "Shore Street". Hughina and Sarah are marked as born at "RossShire, Lochbroom", Catherine at "East Indies (B.S.)", the letters "B.S." denoted "British Subject".

In the 1871 census Hughina with two elderly siblings was at Ullapool 71-21.

Hughina was a child of Roderick MacKenzie, Tacksman of Achnahaird in Coigach, and Catherine Scobie of Achmore, whose family were intermarried with most of the Tacksman's families in neighbouring Assynt Parish. I have been constructing a file based on the MacKenzie of Achnahaird family, see; corrie.htm


Ullapool 81-61


Jamesina McKenzie     Head         Wid       56   InnKeeper
Bella       do        Daur         Unm       29     do's Daur
Christina   Do        Serv.         do       14   General Servant
Notes on this Household:

This Household appears on page 11 of Enumeration District #1, address marked as "Argyle Street". All are marked as born at "Ross, Lochbroom".

In the 1871 census this Household was at Ullapool 71-65.

Jamesina's husband had been "Alexander McKenzie, Junior, Inspector of Poor", he died before the 1871 census.

Birth of Isabella, "Bella" above, is recorded in the Parish Register as 5 July, 1851.


Ullapool 81-82


Donald McLeay         Head         Mar    70      General Labourer
Rachel  do.           Wife         do        50
Jessie  do.           Daur         Unm       19
Hugh    do.           Son          do     17     gen lab.
Notes on this Household:

This Household appears on page 14 of Enumeration District #1, address marked as "Argyle Street". All are marked as born at "Ross, Lochbroom".

In the 1871 census this family was here at Ullapool, see 71-81. In 1891 they are still at Ullapool, see 91-a.

In the 1871 census young Janet "Jessie" was at Reiff 71-68, visiting her grandparents, Murdo and Annabella McLeod.

The Parish Register includes 25 February, 1852 the marriage of Donald McLeay to Rachel McLeod. This was Donald's second marriage, 24 December, 1844 Donald McLeay of Letters married to Catherine McLean of Letters.

Births to Donald and Rachel in the I.G.I. were;

  1. Hugh, born 1 June, 1856
  2. Janet, born 30 January, 1861
  3. Hugh (again! first Hugh died perhaps?), born 24 July, 1863
  4. John, born 23 February, 1871

Three unmarried siblings of Rachel are in this census at Reiff 81-15. Two more unmarried sisters are at Reiff 81-5, a brother, Alexander, is at Reiff 81-7, and another brother, William, is at Reiff 81-6.

Donald was a half brother of Mary McLeay, who is a gt-gt-gt-grandmother of Catherine "Cela" Beale in New Zealand (CONTACT INFO). Cela has obtained Donald's death registration 17 June, 1894, the cause of death was listed as "shock from blow by cow"!


Ullapool 91-a


Donald McLeay         Head         Mar    80     Fisherman
Rachel  do.           Wife         do.       60
Kenneth do            Son          Unm    34     Sailor
Notes on this Household:

Address for this Household is listed as "109 Argyle Street". All are marked as born at Lochbroom.

In the 1881 census this family was also at Ullapool, see 81-82.

Donald was originally from Letters, and Rachel a MacLeod from Reiff.

Three unmarried siblings of Rachel are in this census at Reiff 91-24. Two more unmarried sisters are at Reiff 91-33, a brother, Alexander, is missing from this census, but his family is at Reiff 91-34, and another brother, William, has died since the last census, his Widow is at Reiff 91-35.

Donald was a half brother of Mary McLeay, who is a gt-gt-gt-grandmother of Catherine "Cela" Beale in New Zealand (CONTACT INFO). Cela has obtained Donald's death registration 17 June, 1894, the cause of death was listed as "shock from blow by cow"!


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