The MacGillivray Family
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The name MacGillivray is an anglicised version of
the Gaelic name Mac Gille Bhreith, meaning "the son of the servant of judgement". It is one of the ancient Scottish clans
that came together to form the Clan Chattan confederation, and although originally from the Mull area, this line settled in
the Invernessshire region.
The following members of the MacGillivray family are known
to have been related to Calum:
James MacGillivray (abt 1750 - after
1781) married Ann Cameron
Donald MacGillivray (24/7/1772 - 30/1/1860) married Isabella
Jean MacGillivray (5/10/1774 - ????)
Janet MacGillivray (13/1/1778 - ????)
James MacGillivray (1/8/1781 - 27/2/1866) married Ann Cameron
James McGillivray (1797 - 3/4/1883) married Ann Alexander
Ann MacGillivray (20/3/1801 - ????)
Margaret MacGillivray (23/12/1802 - ????)
James MacGillivray (8/11/1804 - 4/4/1892) married Henrietta
Campbell, and then Margaret "Peggy" Cameron
John MacGillivray (24/3/1806 - ????)
Marjery MacGillivray (30/6/1808 - ????)
Donald MacGillivray (22/8/1808 - ????)
Donald MacGillivray (1/4/1811 - 23/6/1885)
Robert MacGillivray (17/6/1813 - ????)
David MacGillivray (1815 approx - 7/10/1887) married Jessie MacFarlane,
then Ann Cameron, and finally Isabel McIntoshDonald MacGillivray (1825 - 2/1/1857)
Mary MacGillivray (6/2/1827 - ????)
Isabella MacGillivray (10/2/1829)
James MacGillivray (7/6/1831 - ????)
Ann MacGillivray (7/212/1833 - ????)
James MacGillivray (1834 - ????)William Henry MacGillivray
(26/5/1836 - 4/1/1879) married Eliza MacKenzie
John MacGillivray (1837 - 26/5/1915) married Mary Clark
Christina MacGillivray (25/9/1837 - ????)
Isabella MacGillivray (1838 - 5/12/1859) married William
Margaret MacGillivray (1/8/1838 - ????)
MacGillivray (15/7/1839 - 18/3/1932)
Alexander MacGillivray (7/7/1841 - ????)John Lauchlan MacGillivray (3/8/1841 - 19/9/1885) married Margaret Cameron
David MacGillivray (30/6/1844 - ????)Christina MacGillivray (11/12/1844 - 12/2/1934) married Ewen MacDonald
Peter McGillivray (17/9/1865 - 1949) married Christina Menzies
Henrietta (formerly Fanny) McGillivray (26/5/1867
James McGillivray (1868 - after 1885)James McGillivray (25/11/1869 - ????)
(1873 - ????)
Daniel McGillivray (7/7/1869 - ????)Christina MacGillivray (21/10/1870 - ????)
Eliza MacGillivray (9/8/1873 - ????)
John Lachlan McGillivray (14/9/1874 - ????)Colin McGillivray (26/3/1875 - 29/3/1875)
Anne McGillivray (1876 - after 1901)
Alexander Laidlaw McGillivray (1878 - after 1901)
John McGillivray (1880 - after 1901)
Colin McGillivray (9/4/1883 - possibly 1915)
William McGillivray (1886 - after 1901)
Donald MacGillivray - unconfirmed
17?? - 17??
Our earliest MacGillivray ancestor was likely to have been called Donald
MacGillivray, following the naming pattern of the eldest son named after the father's father, used almost excusively
by his descendants for several generations to come.
Virtually nothing is known of him, except that it is likely that he lived at Dunchea in the parish
of Dores in Invernessshire.
Confirmed children of Donald MacGillivray:
b: abt 1750
Calum's and Jamie's 6 x great grandfather - see below
MacGillivrays of Dunchea circa 1750
From the extensive records researched by Jane S. MacGillivray
as part of her Operation Dunlichity project, some extra information on the family of our earliest known MacGillivray ancestors can be examined.
Our earliest confrmed ancestor, James MacGillivray, presumed son of a Donald MacGillivray, was noted
in his marriage entry to Ann Cameron of Ruthven in 1772 as being originally from Dunchea, and then moving after his wedding
to Bochrubin. Today, Dunchea, Bochrubin and Ruthven still exist, as farms on the south side of Loch Ness, in the parish
of Dores and Boleskine (previously Dores).
From Jane's research, other MacGillivray members are noted at Dunchea prior to James' marriage,
and it can be deduced that they were in some way likely related to James - some were almost certainly siblings.
The following are the other Dunchea based MacGillivrays:
On March 31st 1760, a Donald MacGillivray of Dunchea (noted as Danchy) married Elizabeth
MacGillivray of Gortleg, having initially contracted for the wedding on January 22nd.
On April 15th 1760, Donald MacGillivray, two year old son to John MacGillivray in Dunchea,
died in infancy.
On August 11th 1766, a Thomas McIntire was born to John McIntire and Mary
MacGillivray, of Dunchea, and baptised on the 17th.
On March 11th 1771, a William Glass was born to Donald Glass and Elspeth
MacGillivray of Dunchea, and baptised on the 16th.
On October 23rd 1771, a Donald Fraser was born to John Fraser and Mary MacGilliivray
of Dunchea, and baptised on the 27th.
In October 1780, a William MacGillivray of Dunchea married Janet MacLeod.
And on February 22nd 1796, a Margaret Fraser was born to Donald
Fraser and Isobel MacGillivray, both of Dunchea.
|William Roy's map 1745 showing the MacGillivray settlements on south side of Loch Ness (source: NLS)
The territory shown in William Roy's map above from 1745-47 comprises the
three settlements within which it is known that our ancestors came from. The main settlement of Dunchea (2) is noted,
as is the estate of Bochruben (1), where James MacGillivray settled in the 1770s, and the farm of Ruthven
(3), where Ann Cameron came from.
There are two other settlements worth noting. The estate at Aberarder (4) to
the east of Ruthven is just a few minutes walk away from the farm - a John MacGillivray of Aberarder surrendered
to the British Government on May 17th 1746 in the aftermath of the Battle of Culloden.
To the south (5) lies Dunmaglass - the seat of the clan for hundreds of
years prior to Culloden. At the battle, the regiment was led by Alexander MacGillivray, who died in the charge.
The regiment within which he served, Lady Mackintosh's, comprised of scores of MacGillivrays, who led the main charge and
as a result suffered the most casualties. From an issue of Celtic Monthly in 1898:
The MacGillivrays fell in scores at Culloden, including of officers, at
least one Colonel, one Major, two Captains and one Lieutenant.
As can be seen, our MacGillivray family lay right at the heart of the clan
territory. Whether any of our family was involved in the battle is unclear, but it is well established that in 1745, and in
particular 1715, the MacGillivrays played a major part on the Jacobite side. If
our ancestors did not fight, they certainly knew someone who did - and would equally have suffered the consequences after
1750 (approx) - after 1781
Calum's and Jamie's great great great great great great grandfather.
James was noted in the parish register for his wedding as being from Dunchea in the parish of Dores and Boleskine,
Inverness, situated on the south shore of Loch Ness. Dunchea today still exists as a farm, and it is most likely that he was
raised at the same farm. He was born in approximately 1750.
On May 21st 1772, James married Ann Cameron, who was from the settlement
of Ruthven, just east of Dunchea, where the marriage took place. From the research done by Jane MacGillivray on her Operation
Dunlichity site, it appears that the couple had three children at least, and from their records, a brief summary of James
life can be worked out.
In James' early days, he worked as a shoemaker, presumably within the parish of Dores and Boleskine.
After his marriage to Ann, the couple moved to a neighbouring farm called Bochruben, situated about a mile west of Dunchea.
It too still exists today as a farm. James was noted as working as a farm manager and also as a weaver in his lifetime.
Charles Fraser Mackintosh's "Minor Septs of Clan Chattan: An Account of the Confederation of Clan Chattan; Its Kith and Kin",
published in 1898, there is a description of the history of Bochruben in the 18th and 19th centuries, with its MacGillivray
Farquhar, eldest son of the
above Farquhar, succeeded in 1714, and entered into marriage articles with Elizabeth Mackintosh, daughter of William Mackintosh
of Aberarder, upon 8th September, 1716, but the contract is not dated till 8th May, 1717, nor the lady infeft in Dunmaglass,
Lairgs, and Gask, until 29th July, 1730, after her mother-in-law's death. The MacGillivrays took an active part in
the rising of 1715. The laird (Farquhar) and his brother, William, were Captain and Lieutenant respectively
in the Clan Chattan regiment, while there was another Farquhar MacGillivray, also Lieutenant. The two former at least, got
off, but one John MacGillivray, apparently of good standing, was tried and convicted on 25th January, and executed at Wigan,
10th February, 1716. This Farquhar was a leading man under Lachlan and William Mackintosh, Chiefs of Clan Chattan, and did
much to bring about the agreement with the Macphersons in the year 1724. He received from Lachlan Mackintosh a feu of the
Davoch of Bochruben in Dores, which he parted with to Fraser of Bochruben, the dominium utile ultimately falling
into the hands of William Fraser of Balnain, whose posterity still retain it. He was an excellent man of business, but interfering
too much with other people's affairs, his own became involved. He died in 1740, but his wife, Elizabeth Mackintosh, is found
as late as 1769. He had several children--Alexander, who succeeded; William, who succeeded his brother; John, Farquhar, and
Donald, also Anne, Catherine, and Elizabeth. With the exception of William, none left issue.
James or his wife in any way related to William Fraser of Balnain, or was James simply an employee on the farm?
CHILDREN of JAMES MacGILLIVRAY and ANN CAMERON:
b: 24/7/1772 c: 26/7/1772 d: 30/1/1860
Donald was Calum's and Jamie's great great great grandfather -
b: 5/10/1774 c: 11/12/1774
Jean was born and baptised in the parish of Dores and Boleskine, presumably at
b: 13/1/1778 c: 8/2/1778
Janet was born and baptised in Buchroben, in the parish of Dores and Boleskine.
b: 1/8/1781 d: 27/2/1866
James was born in the parish of Dores and Boleskine, and grew up to become a
weaver in the town of Inverness. Like his father, he too was to marry a woman with the name of Ann Cameron,
the happy event taking place in Dunain, in the parish of Daviot and Dunlichty, on March 5th 1800. The couple were to
have at least seven children.
James died on February 27th 1866 at 2am, at his home of 37 Wells Street, Inverness.
The cause was debility from old age, which he had suffered for some nine months, without the aid of any medical attendant.
On his death entry in the register, he is listed as married, as opposed to being a widower, which presumably means his wife
Ann was still alive and kicking at the time, although no death entry for her has as yet been identified. James' son
James informed the Inverness registrar about his father's death on March 5th (GROS: 1866/98/76).
CHILDREN of JAMES MacGILLIVRAY
and ANN CAMERON:
Ann was born in Inverness in approxiamtely March 1801, and christened on the
20th (GROS: OPR 98/6):
James McGilvray (weaver Dunend) and his spouse Ann
Cammron (sic) had a child baptised by H. Rok called Ann - Duncan Fraser & John Gunn witnesses.
Margaret was born in Inverness in approximately December 1802, and baptised in
the town on the 23rd (GROS:OPR 98/6):
James McGilvray Dunain his spouse Ann Cemron had a
child bapt by Rd. Fraser called Margrat / Duncan Fraser & John Gunn witn.
Margaret never married. She died of chronic heart disease at 8.30pm on December
15th 1886, in her home of 37 Wells Street, Inverness. Her niece, Margaret McKenzie, listed as living at 20
Muirtown Bridge, informed the registrar, Donald Fraser, on December 20th (GROS:1886/098/00/425).
c: 8/11/1804 d: 4/4/1892
James was born in Inverness in either October or November 1804 and christened
on November 8th (GROS: OPR 98/6):
James McGilvray labourer & his spouse Ann Cameron
had a child bapt. by W. H. Bayer named James - Duncan Fraser & John Gunn witnesses.
James married Henrietta Campbell in Wick, Caithness, in the
year 1834 (OPR:043/00/0005). The couple went on to have two sons in Caithness, but it seems that Henrietta, or "Fanny" as
she was known, died between 1837 and 1843.
James remarried to Margaret 'Peggy' Cameron, on December 2nd
1843 in Kilmallie, near Fortwilliam in Invernessshire.
In the 1851 census, James was listed in Druimarbin, Kilmallie, as a 46
year old road foreman. His wife Margaret was also living in their home, as well as Marion Cameron, a lodger,
and described as an "idiot" (Cen:1851/520/4/6&9).
In 1861, the couple were listed in Kilmallie at Duncansburg,
with James recorded as a road contractor. This census tells us that Margaret was from Blurchaerine in Invernessshire, whilst
62 year old James was from 'Dunean'. Also listed were their son John, Marjery Cameron, a
54 year old pauper and James' sister-in-law, as well as Christian Cameron, a 19 year old servant (Cen:1861/520/1/3).
Peggy died at 4.00pm on March 20th 1880, at the age of 77, the cause being asthma,
from which she had suffered for two years. Her husband James had the sad duty of informing the registrar on the 29th (GROS:
The next we hear of James is in the 1881 census. In
1881, James was described as an 81 year old road contractor. Living with him were his 11 year old grandson James
(born in 1869), is sister-in-law Marjorie Cameron, described as an 84 year old lunatic, and Annie
McDougall, a 19 year old general servant from Glenelg (Cen:1881/520/1/2).
James finished his days as a crofter in Druimarbin. He died on April 4th 1892
at midday, apparently aged 95, although he was in fact about 88. The cause of his death was senile decay, as certified by
Dr John MacNaughton. James' son John informed the registrar on the 7th (GROS:1892/520/24).
CHILDREN of JAMES MacGILLIVRAY and HENRIETTA CAMPBELL:
b: 1837 d: 26/5/1915
On December 22nd 1864 John, at that time a labourer, married Mary
Clark, from Blarmacfoldach, the daughter of crofter Peter Clark and Ann Campbell (both
by then deceased). The marriage was carried out by the Reverend Charles Stewart, the Free Church of Scotland minister in Fortwilliam,
and the witnesses were Charles Cameron and Jim Hinton. From the wedding entry, it is clear that Mary could
not write, as she had to make her mark by way of the letter X, which was witnessed by Charles Cameron and James MacGillivray,
although it is not known if this James was her prospective brother-in-law or father-in-law. The wedding was subsequently registered
on the 24th (GROS:1864/520/00/21).
In 1881, the year after John's stepmother had died of asthma, we find in the
census that John had been born in Wick, Caithness, where his parents had obviously lived for a time. He was living at Blarmacfoldach
Road in Killmallie, and was a crofter of 10 acres. His wife Mary was described as having been born in Crieff in Perthshire,
and all their children were listed as born in Kilmallie.
In the 1891 census, John is still at Blarmacfoldach in Kilmallie. He is listed
as a 51 year old crofter, who was born in Wick, Caithness, and who could speak both Gaelic and English. Also in the house
were his wife Mary, and his children, James, Donald, Annie, Alexander, John, Colin, William and Mary. The house was described
as having three rooms with one or more windows.
In 1892, John had the sad duty of informing the registrar of his father's death
In the 1901 census, John was still listed as a crofter at 10 Blarmacfaoldach
in Kilmallie. He was described as aged 58, and as both a fluent speaker in Scots Gaelic and English. The house was described
as having two rooms with one or more windows (Cen:1901/520/002/000).
John died at 11pm on May 26th 1915 at Fassifren Road in Fortwilliam,
aged 76. The cause was hemiplegin, retention of urine and cardiac
failure. His son Peter, by now living at Burks Cottage in Aberfeldy, Perthshire, informed the Fortwilliam
registrar on the 28th (GROS: 1915/098/B0/032).
CHILDREN of JOHN McGILLIVRAY and MARY CLARK:
b: 17/9/1865 d: 20/10/1951
|Peter McGillivray (1933) with daughter in law Catherine, granddaughter Margaret, and Catherine's mum
Peter was born at 5.00am on September 17th 1865 at Blarmacfoldach, in the parish
of Kilmallie, Fortwilliam. His father John, a labourer at the time of the birth, informed the Fort William registrar
on the 18th (GROS: 1865/520/55).
On December 9th 1892, Peter married a twenty two year old domestic
servant, Christina Menzies, daughter of William Menzies and Christina
Anderson, at Viewlands in Perth. Peter was at that time working at Comrie Farm in Weem, Perthshire, whilst Christina
was living at Auchloe in Fortingall, Perthshire. The witnesses were Donald McTavish and Elizabeth Menzies, whilst the Church
of Scotland minister was the Reverend Robert Milne, of the West Kirk in Perth.
The couple settled down in Kenmore, Perthshire, and had four sons, two of whom
were William, born in 1893, and Robert, born in 1900. Peter's job varied from
being a careter to working as a ploughman.
But tragedy struck shortly after Robert's birth. Almost exactly a year after
the birth, Christina died from peritonitis, on March 23rd 1901, as certified by Dr John Mackay. The death may have been due
to an ongoing complication from having recently given birth. The couple had been living in Mains parish of Kenmore when
the tragedy had occurred, where Peter had been working as ploughman (GROS:1901/360/0/3). To get over the shock, Peter
had moved back to his parents' home for a while in Kilmallie, where he is found listed in the 1901 census. At this point,
Peter was listed as a 35 year old coachman (domestic service), and the census confirms that he could speak in both Scottish
Gaelic and English (Cen:1901/520/002/000).
Peter was the informant to the same
registrar for his father's death in 1915, at which time he was living at Burk's Cottage in Aberfeldy, Perthshire (GROS: 1915/098/B0/032).
Peter subsequently remarried to Christina Cameron, and continued
to live in Aberfeldy.
At 6.10pm on October 20th 1951, Peter, by now a retired gardener, died. He died
at Cuil an Daraich, Logierait, Perthshire, although his home address was 6 Breadalbane Terrace in Aberfeldy. The cause
was senility and cardiovascular degeneration, as certified by Dr. W. Yellowlees. The informant was a William A. Graham, the
occupier of the premises (GROS:1951/376/0/18).
CHILDREN of PETER McGILLIVRAY and CHRISTIAN MENZIES:
William was born at 3.300pm on September 12th 1893, in Kenmore, Perthshire. The
informat to the registrar on the 16th was his father, a carter at the time (GROS:1893/360/0/13).
John was born in the Mains parish of Kenmore, Perthshire in 1896 (GROS:360/00/05).
John later married Agnes Gracie (born 1908) and had at least one child.
CHILDREN of JOHN McGILLIVRAY and AGNES GRACIE:
Peter was born in Aberfeldy, Perthshire in 1936. He later went on to marry Janet Salt
(born Hinckley, Leicestershire, England in 1937).
The couple went on to raise a family of five children.
CHILDREN of PETER McGILLIVRAY and JANET SALT:
Peter Wayne McGillivray
Peter was born in Nuneaton, Warwickshire, England, in 1957.
Gavin Mark McGillivray
Gavin was born in Hong Kong, China, in 1958.
Shaun Duncan McGillivray
Shaun was born in Hong Kong, China, in 1959.
Cheryl Jayne McGillivray
Cheryl was born in Leicester, England, in 1963.
Donna Michelle McGillivray
Donna was born in Leicester, England, in 1965.
Peter was born in the Mains parish of Kenmore at 2.00pm on May 3rd
1898. His father, John, a farm servant at the time, informed the Kenmore registrar on the 10th (GROS:1898/360/00/08).
|Robert McGillivray and wife Catherine Stewart on their wedding day in 1925
Robert was born at 7.40pm on St Patrick's day, 1900, in the Mains parish of Kenmore,
Perthshire. His father, a ploughman at this point, informed the registrar on the 21st (GROS:1900/360/0/05).
Robert married Catherine Stewart in Aberfeldy on October 2nd
Their first child Daniel died in infancy, but their two daughters,
Margaret and Christine, survive to this day in Aberfeldy and in Australia.
CHILDREN of ROBERT McGILLIVRAY and CATHERINE STEWART:
b: 4/1/1928 d: 5/1/1928
Daniel died aged only a day old at 5.00pm on Januray 5th 1928, in the family
home at 6 Breadalbane Terrace in Aberfeldy. The cause was premature birth. His father, Robert, a journeyman baker at the time,
informed the Aberfeldy registrar on January 14th (GROS:1928/324/0/2).
Christine currently lives in Aberfeldy, Perthshire, Scotland.
Margaret married Hugh Robertson in 1955, and emigrated
to Western Australia in 1964 with their three children. She still lives there with her family, which now includes six grandchildren.
In February 2003, contact with Margaret was established, and much information has been gratefully received from her. Margaret can be contacted by e-mail on email@example.com.
Henrietta (Campbell) McGillivray
b: 26/5/1867 d: 24/3/1952
Henrietta was born on May 26th 1867 at 3.00am, at Blarmacfoldach
in the parish of Kilmallie. She was originally christened Fanny, but the register of corrected entries records
her name being changed to Henrietta on September 4th that year. Her
father was present at her birth, and informed the registrar on April 7th (GROS:1867/520/26).
Henrietta married John Angus Mackintosh, an engineer's storeman,
and son of police inspector Lachlan Mackintosh and Christina Wilson, at some stage
after 1885, and had at least one son. John died at 8.05pm on February 10th 1947, aged 81, at 133 Balornoch Road, Glasgow,
alhough his usual address was 36 Simpson Street in the city. The cause was senility, as certified by Dr Ruth Hoffman. The
informant was his son, J. Mackintosh, also living at the family home at the time. In the death entry, Henrietta
is listed with the middle name Campbell, though it is unclear why, as she was not christened with the name (GROS:1947/644/5/197).
Henrietta died herself on March 23rd 1952, at 6.15am in her home on Simpson Street,
Glasgow. The cause was arterio-sclerosis and terminal broncho-pneumonia, as certified by Dr. James R. Langmuir. Her son, J.
Mackintosh, who was by now living at 83 Argyll House in Kinlochleven, informed tghe registrar on the 24th (GROS:1952/644/12/159).
CHILD of HENRIETTA McGILLIVRAY
and JOHN ANGUS MACKINTOSH:
James was born at 11pm on November 25th 1869 at Blarmacfoldach in the parish
of Kilmallie. His father informed the registrar in Fortwilliam on the 27th (GROS:1869/520/79).
b: 26/3/1875 d: 29/3/1875
Colin was born in Blarmacfoldach, but died after only four days old. His father
registered both the birth and the death.
Anne is listed in the 1901 census as a 24 year old
domestic servant, living with her parents at Blarmacfoldach in Kilmallie (Cen:1901/520/002/000).
Alexander Laidlaw McGillivray
In the 1901 census, Alexander is listed as a 22 year
old lodger living in Upper Achintore (Ach' an Todhair) with 69 year old widowed crofter, Catherine Cameron. Alexander
was described as a plate forger by trade, and could speak in both English and Scots Gaelic (Cen:1901/520/001).
John is listed in the 1901 census as a 20 year old railway labourer, living with
his parents at Blarmacfoldach in Kilmallie. He could converse in Scottish Gaelic as well as in English (Cen:1901/520/002/000).
b: 9/4/1883 d: possibly 1915
Colin was named after his brother who had died a few years earlier at birth.
He was born at 7.00am on April 9th 1883 at Blarmacfoldach, in the parish of Kilmallie. His father informed the Fortwilliam
registrar on the 23rd (GROS: 1883/520/030).
It is believed that Colin may have died fighting in the First World War, but
the record has yet to be checked to confirm that this is so (GROS: Service returns-122/AF/0016).
In the 1901 census, William was listed at Blarmacfoldach in Kilmallie as a 15
year old scholar. He was both a Gaelic and English speaker (Cen:1901/520/002/000).
Mary Flora MacGillivray
Mary was born at 9.00pm on February 20th 1888 at Blarmacfaoldach in the parish
of Kilmallie. Her father informed the Fortwilliam registrar on March 8th (GROS:1888/520/00/13). She is listed in the 1891
census in Kilmallie as John's three year old daughter.
John was born in Inverness in March 1806 and christened
there on the 24th (GROS: OPR 98/6):
James McGilvray farmer & his spouse Ann Cameron
had a child bapt by R. Thomas Fraser called John - Duncan Fraser & John Gunn witnesses
Marjery was born in Inverness in June 1808 and christened
on the 30th (GROS: OPR 98/7):
James McGillivray farmer at Dunain & his spouse
Ann Cameron had a child baptised by Mr. Thos. Fraser named Marjery, witnesses John Gunn & Duncan Fraser.
b: 1/4/1811 d: 23/6/1885
Donald was born in Inverness in March 1811, and
was christened there on April 1st (GROS: OPR 98/7):
James McGillivray labourer and his spouse Ann Cameron
had a child baptised by Mr. Thomas Fraser named Donald, witnesses Duncan Fraser & John Gunn.
Donald worked as a general labourer in his lifetime. He died in the poorhouse
in Inverness on June 23rd 1885, at the age of 75.
Robert was born in Inverness in June 1813 and christened
on the 17th (GROS: OPR 98/7):
James McGillivray at Dunain and his spouse Ann Cameron
had a child baptised by the Revd Thomas Fraser named Robert - witnesses.
24/7/1772 - 30/1/1860
Donald MacGillivray was Calum's and Jamie's
five times great grandfather.
Donald was born on July 24th 1772 in Dunchea, parish of Dores, and christened
two days later on the 26th.
Donald trained to become a house carpenter,
and married Isabella Munroe on 5th September 1796, in Inverness, Scotland (OPR:098/8/14). Donald is listed from Ness Bleachfield,
most likely his place of abode at the time.
|The Inverness Militia in 1804 - Donald will be in the background somewhere!
The couple had at least three sons, although the dates of their birth cover such
a vast period that it can only be assumed that there were several other children. The first of the known children, and the
oldest, was James, born in Kiltearn in Ross and Cromarty, in October 1797, with Donald noted as the
father and as a servant to a Mr Barclay of Balcony. (James' death entry in 1883 later confirms that Donald spent most of his
life as a master house carpenter).
The next known about son is Donald, who was born in Edinburgh
in 1808, and from his birth entry in the Edinburgh OPR we learn that Donald senior had left the carpentry trade for a period
to become a soldier in the 75th Militia, the Inverness militia brigade, enlisting on February 5th 1808. From the Public
Records Office in Kew Gardens, London, England, I have managed to track down a single adjutant's roll for the Inverness Militia
covering the period from the end of 1807 to the end of 1808. The roll lists four entries that refer to Donald (PRO Kew: WO/13/1084):
25th December 1807 to 24th March 1808
Donald MacGillivray served 49 days from February 5th 1808, the date on which he joined the militia.
25th March to 24th June 1808
Private Donald MacGillivray was entitled to the full
rate of pay for the account period.
25th June to 24th September 1808
Private Donald MacGillivray was entitled to the full
rate of pay for the complete period, at a rate of 1 shilling a day. It is noted that the militia had 864 privates at the beginning
of the account and 812 at the end.
25th September to 24th December 1808
Private Donald MacGillivray was entitled to the full
rate of pay for the account period.
In 1815, Donald was based as a militiaman with his wife in Portsmouth for
a time, where his son David, who would eventually become Calum's and Jamie's great great great great grandfather,
was born. Shortly after this, it is assumed that Donald and his family returned to Inverness, his stint in the militia now
over. Back in Inverness, Donald once again took up work as a carpenter, and he was most likely a member of the Wrights Guild
in the town.
Elizabeth Isabella Spence, when travelling in Inverness in 1816, recorded her impressions of the men's
dress style in the town at that time:
The elderly men use the Scotch bonnet universally, and are always habited
in a suit of light blue cloth, which materials are wove at home. They enwrap themselves in the drapery of the plaid; it looks
very graceful, and gives something of the Roman character to their air, which is always stately and erect.
On Thursday 28 APR 1825 Donald pops up in an advertisement within the Inverness
Courier, concerning the sale of the property within which he was a tenant:
HOUSE IN INVERNESS FOR SALE
There is to be sold, by private bargain,
THAT DWELLING HOUSE, with ground attached consisting of 32 feet in length
and 29 1/2 feet in breadth; pleasantly situated on the west bank of the River Ness, and occupied by DONALD MACGILLIVRAY, House
Carpenter and others. This subject holds of the Magistrates of Inverness, for payment of a very small feu duty.
For further particulars apply to GEORGE CAMERON, Solicitor, who is in possession
of the Title-Deeds, and authorised to conclude a bargain.
Inverness, 27th April, 1825
In August 1832, the cholera epidemic
hit Inverness, killing 217 people by the time it had passed in December. Government advice printed in the Inverness
Journal on November 11th 1831, the previous year, shows the concern that it had about the forthcoming epidemic, and no
doubt Donald and Isabella followed it to the letter:
The inhabitants of the burgh and suburbs should pay the strictest and most
scrupulous attention to cleanliness, not only in their houses but on their own persons; and that they should forthwith take
the precaution of washing the inner walls of their houses as well as the furniture with a white-wash, composed of quick lime
and at all times to allow a free admission of air - and further use the utmost diligence in the immediate removal of all manure
and pigstyes from and about their premises and recommending to all butchers in town and neighbourhood, to remove INSTANTLY
the offals of the animals slaughtered in their shambles.
The town itself was not the cleanest place in which an epidemic could
occur. Dr. John Nicol, the medical officer for Inverness at the time of the cholera plague, recorded the following description
of the place in 1841:
There are very few houses in town which can boast of either water-closet
or privy; and only two or three public privies in the better part of the place exist for the great bulk of the inhabitants.
Hence there is not a street, lane, or approach to it that is not disgustingly defiled at all times, so much so as to render
the whole place an absolute nuisance. The midden is the chief object of the humble; and though enough of water for
purposes of cleanliness may be had by little trouble, still the ablutions are seldom - MUCK in doors and out of doors must
be their portion.
Donald was present as a witness at the christenings of his son
David's children, Ann (July 1839) and David (July 1844). Similarly, he was also listed
as present at the christenings of his son James' children, Mary (6/2/1827), Isabella
(10/2/1829), James (7/6/1831), Anne (12/11/1833), Donald (28/3/1835),
William (26/5/1836), Margaret (9/8/1838) and Christina (11/12/1844).
On August 10th 1840, Donald remarried to a Margaret Fraser,
which means Isabella must have died at some stage prior to this point. The OPR for the wedding states the following (OPR:098/0140):
Donald MacGillivray, house carpenter, King Street, and Margaret Fraser,
Knockbain, Kirkhill. By the Revd. Dr. Rose.
Shortly after his marriage, on 17 JAN 1841, Donald is again menioned in
a newspaper advert from the Inverness Courier, confirming his residence on King Street:
HOUSES IN INVERNESS, FOR SALE.
To be sold, by public roup, within the chambers of Andrew Belford, Solicitor
in Inverness, on Friday, the 2d day of february next, at One o'clock afternoon,
1. THE TWO DWELLING HOUSES Nos. 39 and 40, King Street, Merkinch, presently
occupied by Wm. Macfarquhar, Alex. Chisholm, and others, with the Garden Ground behind.
2. The DWELLING-HOUSE, No. 35, King Street, presently occupied by Donald
Macgillivray, wright, and others.
The above Properties belong to the Sequestrated Estate of Messrs Kenneth
Macrae & Son, merchants, Inverness, and will be sold in one or two Lots, to suit intending purchasers.
The Articles of Roup, and
Title Deeds, are in the hands of Mr. Belford, who will communciate any further particulars that may be required.
In the 1841 census, Donald is mistakenly listed as 60 years old (the 1841 census
rounded down ages to the nearest multiple of 5 for statistical purposes). He is again described as a carpenter, and as having
been born in the county of Inverness. Recorded with him at his home in King Street, Inverness, was his new wife, 35 year
old Margaret (GROS: 1841/98/10/2).
In 1851, the couple are recorded at 4 Camerone Close, Inverness. Donald
is listed as a cabinetmaker, aged 78, whilst the ever reliable censuses now tell us that Margaret appears to have aged somewhat
in ten years, now being listed as 60 (GROS:1851/98/13/18)!
Donald died at 11.45pm on January 30th 1860, at his home address of 45
Muirtown Street, at the age of 87. The cause was a general debility which he had suffered for three months, without the attentions of
a medical attendant. Donald was buried in the church yard at Inverness parish church, as certified by John Martin, the sexton,
and the death was registered by Donald's son James on February 3rd in Inverness (GROS: 1860/098/51).
The next mention so far obtained on Donald is from the marriage register
entry in 1869 of his son David, in which Donald is again listed as a carpenter. From David's various census
entries, it is apparent that he was born in Portsmouth, England, in approximately 1815. It is obvious therefore that
Donald was there also in his capacity as a soldier.
CHILDREN of DONALD MacGILLIVRAY and ISABEL MUNROE:
b: 27/10/1797 d: 3/4/1883
James was born and baptised in October 1797 in the parish of Kiltearn, Ross and
Cromarty, not far from Inverness (SP/NRS OPR B 70/0 001):
Octr 27 (1797)
Donald McGillivray Servant to Mr Barclay of Balcony had a son baptized
James married Ann Alexander at some stage in or before 1824, and went
on to have at least eight children with her.
|Recruitment poster for the Inverness Militia
Between 1829 and 1834, James was listed in the OPR records of his first three children as
a corporal and drummer in the Inverness Militia. But by June 1831, James had left the militia and took up work as a shoemaker
on Baron Taylor's Lane in Inverness, where the family stayed until at least August 1838. By 1841, we find James, his
wife Ann, and his children Donald, William, Mary, Isabella, Ann and Margaret, all recorded as living at Academy Street in
Inverness in the 1841 census, where James continued to work as a shoemaker (GROS:1841/98/3/19).
On January 25th 1853, Ann died. Her sons John and Finlay
erected a stone in her memory at the Old High Church burial ground, which states:
To the memory of Ann ALEXANDER, wife of James MACGILLIVRAY,
musician, Inverness. Who died 25th January 1853, aged 29 years.
Ann's listed age is obviously incorrect! James
later remarried to Jane McLean, originally from Ferintosh in Ross and Cromarty, and who was born in 1825. The
wedding took place at Kilmorack, Inverness.
Tragedy again struck James at the start of 1857, when his son Donald died of consumption in
Inverness. James informed the regsitrar of the death on January 6th, and from the death entry, we learn what kind of musician
he was - he was the Bugle Major of the Inverness Militia.
By the 1881 census, James was described as living
in Island Bank Island House, Inverness, with his job listed as Keeper of Ness Islands. His wife Jane was also listed at this
address (Cen: 1881/98/22/2).
James died at 3am on April 3rd 1883 at Ness Islands
Lodge, Inverness. His death entry records that his father was a master house carpenter. The cause of his death was general
debility of old age, and he had had no medical attendant with him in his final days. Maritally, he was described as widower
of Ann Alexander, and married to Jane McLean. The death was registered in Inverness by a son-in-law of James by the
name of MacDonald (first name illegible), a water worker in Inverness, on April 9th (GROS:1883/98/146).
CHILDREN of JAMES MacGILLIVRAY and ANN ALEXANDER:
b: 3/1825 d: 2/1/1857
Donald was born in Inverness in March 1825, most likely
at some point in the middle of the month. He was christened on the 28th, as the old parochial register records (GROS:OPR 98/11):
James MacGillivray drummer in the Inverness militia
and his spouse Ann Alexander had a child baptized by the Revd Thos. Fraser named Donald. Wits - Donald MacGillivray &
Donald died at 9.00am on January 2nd 1857, at the age
of 31. He had been working in Wester Haugh as a compositor, i.e. a worker setting type on a press. The cause of death
was consumption, of which he had suffered some two years, without the aid of a medical attendant. Donald's father
is listed as a bugle major with the Inverness Militia, and it was he who informed the Inverness registrar on the 6th
Mary was born in Inverness most likely at the end of January 1827. He was christened on February
6th, as recorded in the old parochial rgister (GROS:OPR 98/11):
James McGillivray, corporal Inverness Militia, and
his spouse Ann Alexander had a child baptized by the Revd Thomas Fraser named Mary. Witnesses William Anderson & Donald
Isabella was born in early February 1829 and christened on the 10th, as recorded in the Inverness
old parochial register (GROS:OPR 98/11):
James McGillivray, Corporal Inv Militia & his
spouse Ann Alexander had a child baptized by the Revd. Thos. Fraser named Isabella. Witnesses Charles Bird & Dond McGillivray.
James was most likely born at the beginning of June in Baron's Lane, Inverness,
and christened on the 7th, as recorded by the old parochial register (GROS:OPR 98/11):
James MacGillivray, shoemaker, Baron Taylor's Lane
& his spouse, Ann Alexander, had a child baptized by the Revd. Thos. Fraser named James. Witnesses Wm Mackintosh &
Ann was born on November 12th 1833 at Baron Taylor's Lane, Inverness, and christened
on December 7th 1833 by the Reverend Thomas Fraser, the witnesses being William McBean and Donald
McGillivray, presumably her grandfather (GROS:OPR 98/12).
William Henry MacGillivray
b: 15/5/1836 d: 4/1/1879
William was born in Baron Taylor's Lane on May 15th 1836, and christened on the 26th by Reverend
Rose, the witnesses being William McIntosh and Donald McGillivray (GROS:OPR 98/12).
William trained as a tailor and married Eliza MacKenzie on September
13th 1867 in Inverness. The couple had two children, but at 5.30am on July 29th 1874, Eliza tragically died in her house at
9 Church Street, Inverness, at the young age of 29. The cause was a six month spate of phthisis (tuberculosis) and pulmonary
apoplexy, as certified by Dr William MacDonald. William informed the Inverness registrar on August 1st (GROS:1874/98/246).
William himself died only a few years later, on January 4th 1879, at 1879, at
Porthero Infirmary, Inverness, with is usual residence listed as 30 Castle Street in Inverness. The cause was emphysema, which
he had suffered for a year and five months, and pneumonia, which had hit him in the previous month, as certified by Dr
D.S.McDonald. William's father informed the registrar on the 6th (GROS:1879/098/4).
CHILDREN of WILLIAM MacGILLIVRAY
and ELIZA MacKENZIE:
Christina was born at 0.50am on October 21st 1870, at the family home of 9 Church
Street in Inverness. Her father informed the Inverness registrar on the 7th (GROS: 1870/098/479).
Eliza was born at 10.30pm on August 9th 1873, at 9 Church Street. Her father
informed the Inverness registrar on the 23rd (GROS: 1873/098/330).
Eliza married a 22 year old farm servant called George MacPherson
on June 1st 1894 at Clunes, Kiltarlity, in a ceremony after banns according to the Free Church of Scotland. George was the
son of crofter John MacPherson and Janet MacPherson (listed as her maiden name). At the
time of the wedding Eliza was a domestic servant resident in Easter Clunes, and was described as the daughter of William MacGillivray,
a journeyman tailor and Eliza MacKenzie. The witnesses were Duncan and Jessie MacPherson, whilst the minister was Colin
Sinclair, of the Free Church (GROS:1894/101/00/003).
Eliza died on April 27th 1907 at her home of Botham Bridge in the parish of Urquhart. The
cause was phthisis pulmonala, i.e. tuberculosis, from which she had suffered for some ten months. The informant to the registrar
was Donald MacPherson, Eliza's brother-in-law. By the time of her death, her husband Geoge had become a butcher's master (GROS:1907/107/01/0007).
b: 1/8/1838 c: 9/8/1838
Margaret was born on August 1st 1838 in Baron Taylor's Lane, Inverness, and christened
on the 9th by Reverend Rose, witnessed by Duncan MacGillivray and Donald MacGillivray
John Lauchlan MacGillivray
b: 3/8/1841 c: 17/8/1841
John was born in Academy Street, Inverness, on August 3rd 1841, and christened
on the 17th by Reverend Dr. Rose, and witnessed by his uncle, David McGillivray, and William
McBean. John may have been named in honour of the chief of Clan MacGillivray, also called John
Lachlan MacGillivray, who was to be the last chief of the clan. Curiously enough, he had a procurator working
for him called William MacBean (GROS:OPR 98/12)!
Like his father before him, John became a military bandmaster, the Bugle Major
of the Highland Light Infantry Militia, and on January 10th 1865 he married an Aberdonian woman, Margaret
Cameron, who was five years younger than him. The wedding took place in Inverness (GROS:1865/098/0007).
The couple are to be found in the 1881 census living in Abbey, Renfrew. At this
point, 39 year old John was listed as working as a musician, and was living with his wife and three sons, who were all
scholars at this point. On census night, his brother in law Donald Cameron, an iron shipbuilder's labourer,
was also present, but it is not known if he was living with them or just visiting (Cen1881:573/88/29).
John died at 4.15pm on September 19th 1885, living at 5 Reay Street in Inverness.
His father James was listed as both a shoemaker and a Bugle Major on the death certificate entry. The cause of death was chronic
pulmonary phthisis, better known as tuberculosis, as certified by Dr James Murray. John's son James registered his father's
death in Inverness on the 21st (GROS: 1885/98/253).
CHILDREN of JOHN LAUCHLAN McGILLIVRAY and MARGARET
James was born at 11.30am on September 17th 1867, at 12 Brown Street, Inverness.
His father, listed as a mason by profession, informed the Inverness registrar on October 4th (GROS:1867/98/00/404).
James registered his father's death in 1885.
Daniel was born at 3.00am on July 7th 1869, at 9 Innes Street in Inverness. His father, listed
as a Bugle Major Militia Staffs, informed the Inverness registrar on the 19th (GROS:1869/98/299).
John Lachlan McGillivray
John was born at 6.30am on September 14th 1874, at 3 Drummond Street in Inverness, Scotland.
His father registered the birth on October 5th in Inverness (GROS:1874/98/431).
c: 11/12/1844 d: 12/2/1934
Christina was born in Acandemy Street, Inverness, on November 30th 1844 and christened
by Reverend Dr. Rose on December 12th, as witnessed by David McGillivray and Donald McGillivray
(GROS: OPR 98/12).
On October 18th 1872, Christina married 32 year old Ewen McDonald, son of
Ewen and Jessie McDonald, and who was a superintendent of Inverness Water Works. The witnesses were Thomas Mackintosh
and Hugh Fraser.
In the 1881 census, she and her family were living at Ashie Cottage in Culduthel, Inverness.
From this document we learn that her husband Ewen was manager of the water works at Loch Ashie, which had opened only a few
years previously in 1877, after being designed by John Scott as Inverness' first chlorinated public water supply. Also
in the house were Christina's three daughters, Catherine, Flora and baby Jane, only 10 months old. Ewen's 23 year old
brother, Donald MacDonald, a telegraph clerk, was also in the house on census night, but it is not known
if he was living in their house at the time (Cen: 1881/098/21/19).
Tragedy struck in 1884, when on December 8th wee Flora died of diphtheria, from which
she had suffered for seven or eight days, as certified by Dr James McNee. Ewen had the unhappy task of informing the registrar
on the 19th, and in the record we learn that Ewen was the water manager for the burgh (GROS:1884/98/426).
In the 1891 census, we learn that Christina's home in Culduthel had seven rooms with one or
more windows. Ewen was still working as a water manager in Inverness, and her children Catherine, Jane and Mary were all still
scholars and living at home (Cen: 1891/098/24/0).
Christina died, a widow, at 6.50am on February 12th 1934, at 52 Culdanish Road, Inverness.
The cause was senile decay and cerebral apoplexy of 7 days, as certified by Dr G. Kerr . The ibnformant to the Inverbess
registrar was a John Fraser, resident at School Lane in the town, on the 13th (GROS: 1934/098/A0/520).
CHILDREN of CHRISTINA MacGILLIVRAY and EWEN MacDONALD:
In the 1881 and 1891 censuses, Catherine was listed at Ashie Cottage as a scholar (Cen:1881/098/21/19 and
Flora Annie MacDonald
b: 1876 d: 8/12/1884
In 1881 Flora was listed in the census as a scholar living with her family at Ashie Cottage
in Culduthel, Inverness, Scotland (Cen:1881/098/21/19).
But tragedy was to hit Flora at an early age. At 5.30am on December 8th
1884, she died of diphtheria, from which she had suffered for seven or eight days, as certified by local surgeon, Dr
James McNee. Her father informed the registrar on the 19th (GROS:1884/98/426).
In the 1881 census, Jane was a 10 month old baby at Ashie Cottage (Cen: 1881/098/21/19). In
1891, she was a scholar in the same location (Cen:1891/098/24/0).
In the 1891 census, Mary was an 8 year old scholar at Ashie Cottage (Cen:1891/098/24/0).
The existence of Finaly is as yet unconfirmed.
The old parochial register for Edinburgh records Donald's
birth as follows (OPR: 685/1/41/19):
Donald MacGillivray, 75th Militia, and Isabella Munro
his spouse Old Church parish a son born 22 current, named Donald.
b: 1815 approx d: 7/10/1887
David McGillivray was Calum's and Jamie's great great great great grandfather
- see below.
1815(approx) - 7/10/1887
David McGillivray was Calum's and Jamie's great great great great grandfather.
|David MacGillivray's signature
The fact that David is the son of Donald MacGillivray
and Isabel Munroe is confirmed in his wedding register entry to Isabel McIntosh, 2/12/1869 (GROS: 1869/098/104).
David was born in England, in Portsmouth, where his father was based as a member of the Inverness Militia.
The next mention we have of David is from a card that was published on the front pages of the Inverness Courier on Wednesday,
December 16th 1835, and the Inverness Journal of Friday, December 18th 1835:
|4 Church Street today - a cheque advance shop (2006)
DAVID McGILLIVRAY, Tailor, respectfully intimates to the Nobility and Gentry of Inverness
and the surrounding country, that he has commenced Business
in the above line, in that House No. 4, Church Street, lately
occupied by Mr Allan, Tailor, and from his own practice in the
south, as well as that of his Foreman, who had excessive practice
in this line for years in some of the first Establishments in
the south, and from attention to business, he feels confident that every satisfaction will be given to those who may
be pleased to favour him with their patronage.
D. McG. intends to keep superior workmen, and has opened correspondence with one of the first London Houses
for receiving quarterly patterns and the newest fashions.
All orders from the country will be executed with accuracy and dispatch.
No. 4, Church Street, Inverness
Dec. 15, 1835.
The card is of interest, not only in the fact
that it mentions when David first established himself in Inverness as a tailor, but also in that it seems to suggest that
David had worked as a tailor further south prior to 1835 (perhaps where he may have served an apprenticeship?). Where
this happened is not yet known, but a guess may be that this happened in Glasgow, as he later received an apprentice from
the city, in the person of his future son-in-law, John Brownlee MacFarlane. As a tailor now setting
up in Inverness, David was undoubtedly a member of the town's Tailors Guild.
A description of Inverness from 1816 by excursionist Elizabeth Isabella Spence paints the picture
of the town at that time:
Inverness is the capital of the Highlands, and considered the only town,
north of Aberdeen, of importance. It is large and populous but the idea I had formed of noble streets, and elegant houses,
greatly disappointed me, on a near approach. Like several of the Scotch towns, which owe their beauty to situation, the charm
is lost on entering, from the old and irregular appearance of many of the houses, to which a handsome one often unites; and
the quantity of fish hung over the doors of the ordinary dwellings, for the purpose of drying, is very disgusting in warm
weather. The squalid dirty aspect of the children, take from all the engaging attraction of infancy. Civilisation in the lower
class seems to be almost a century behind, as far as regards necessary comfort; this is the more extraordinary, as there is
such a striking superiority of refinement, in language, and courtesy of manner, in the inhabitants of Inverness, which extends
to the humblest individual. English here is universally spoken, and in a state of purity and correctness, which renders it
perfectly beautiful. It gives a softness to the manners, extremely graceful, which, united with the Highland urbanity of character,
at once win upon a stranger. The Gaelic used, I am told, by all the ordinary people, is very comprehensive and powerful. Its
seems, to my ear, to have great affinity to the Welch (sic).
David married Janet (Jessie) Fraser at some point prior to 1835. There is no record for their marriage in the Inverness OPRs, or any other
OPR in Scotland. The 1841 census later shows that they had a six year old daughter Isabella, placing her
birth in 1834 or 1835, and so it would seem that David and Janet married prior to settling in Inverness, if the card intimating
his setting up in business in the town in December 1835 depicts their arrival there. Isabella was born in Invernessshire,
however, so the couple may well have already been based in Inverness or elsewhere n the county before December 1835.
The newlyweds certainly set up home in Inverness and
raised a family. As noted, their first known daughter Isabella was born in approximately 1834 or 1835, as
noted in the 1841 census where she is recorded as 6 years old and from Invernesshire, although her birth record has yet to
be found. Their second known daughter Christina was born in September 1837 in the Merkinch area of the town,
on the east side of the river, suggesting that either David and Jessie had moved there, or that Jessie had given birth
at a friend's or relative's house. About a year later, in 1838, Isabella was born, although a birth entry
cannot be found for her in the OPRs, and in June 1939, their third daughter Ann was born in Glebe Street,
who would eventually grow up to become Calum's and Jamie's great great great grandmother.
In the 1841 census, a 25 year old David is listed as
a tailor, living in the east side of Church Street, along with his 25 year old wife Jess, six year old daughter
Isabella, and two year old daughter Ann (GROS:1841/98/3/13). There is no mention of Christina
- perhaps she had died in infancy? David is again listed as being born in England.
A few months after the census, in July 1841, David's first son Alexander was born,
at their house in Church Street. It is believed that Alexander may sadly have also died in infancy, as he makes no further
appearance in subsequent census entries. In June 1844, a second son was born, David, also in Church Street.
In the 1851 Inverness census (GROS:1851/68/11/51) we
learn that by this point, David and his family had crossed over to the west side of the River Ness, and were living at
67 King Street, Inverness. David is again listed as 'born in England' and as a tailor in the Merkinch district of Inverness.
Also with him were his 34 year old wife Jessie, 13 year old daughter Isabella, 12 year old daughter Ann, and six year old
son Donald, although this is belived to be a mistaken recording of the name of his six year old son David (GROS:1851/98/8/11/51).
In the 1855 Valuation Roll for Inverness, David was found based on the High Street, in
a property owned by Dr. John Mackenzie of Sileanach. He was noted as a tailor, and the annual rent was valued at £12 (Source:
SP/NRS Valuation Roll VR004200001-/8 Inverness Burgh, Folio 8)
The years 1859 and 1860 were a mixture of highs and devastating lows for
David. On June 3rd 1859 things had started well when his daughter Isabella married William Dingwall, an iron
moulder from Inverness. Isabella was five months pregnant at the time, and on September 29th she gave birth to their first
son, John Dingwall. But after this initial period of joy, things rapidly went downhill. Isabella developed
the peritonitis infection as result of giving birth, and On December 5th she tragially died at the age of 23, at 18 Friars
Street, Inverness, at that point David's home.
Already griefstricken, things went from bad to worse for David. His wife, Jessie,
who was particularly attached to Isabella, found the burden of her daughter's death too much to handle. The Inverness
Courier of March 10th 1860 recounts the tragedy of what happened next:
MELANCHOLY AFFAIR - A melancholy circumstance
took place on Tuesday evening. Some months ago, Mrs Macgillivray, wife of Mr D. Macgillivray, tailor, Friars Street, lost
a daughter to whom she was much attached, and has brooded on the subject ever since to such an extent that latterly her friends
considered it prudent to have an attendant, who should accompany her when going out. On Tuesday Mrs Macgillivray went to see
her daughter's child, and after sitting some time, she embraced it tenderly, and proposed to her attendant, a stout young
woman, to take a walk. They strolled by the river side as far as the Bught Mills, where they crossed the fields to the banks
of the Canal. They were only a few minutes here, when the unfortunate woman, without a word of warning, plunged into the Canal.
Her companion rushed in after, but the bank was so steep that she could not follow far; she screamed for help, and Mr Hossack,
lock-keeper, at the Tomnahurich Bridge, ran up with a boat-hook. This was not long enough, however, and a sailor, no longer
young, plunged into the water, and succeeded in bringing the body on shore. By this time it was too late. Dr Mackay was promptly
on the spot, but life was extinct.
Not only distraught at his daughter Isabella's death, Jessie's suicide must have
further traumatised David in his home on Friars Street.
On August 9th 1960, things brightened again when David's 20 year old daughter Ann
married 21 year old tailor John Brownlee MacFarlane, originally from Glasgow in Lanarkshire. It is not known how John and Ann met, but John was most likely an
apprentice to David. Although Ann's address is not listed on her wedding entry, Slater's Directory for 1860 indicates that
David was resident as a tailor at 91 Castle Street, and that he was one of 34 tailors based in Inverness at that time.
|Friars Street, Inverness, painted 1890 - 1906 by Pierre Delavault (courtesy Inverness Courier)
From the 1861 Census, we learn that David was a widower living with his daughter
Ann and his new son-in-law John MacFarlane at 17 Friars Street, and that he was listed as
the head of the family business. His birthplace is confirmed in the census as being Portsmouth. In the column asking whether
he is blind, deaf or dumb, there appears to be a tick. Possibly he was short sighted, after working with so much
material? The only others with the same column ticked in the census entry are the two other tailors in the family business
- John McFarlane, David's son in law, and Peter Fraser, possibly a relative of David's wife.
Peter Fraser was married. Also present in the house were his 30 year old wife Ann, and their children - 2 year old
John, and 10 month old Alexander - as well as two lodgers, 19 year old Hugh Fraser, a blacksmith
from Aberdeen, and 21 year old tailor John Fraser, from Inverness (SP/NRS 1861 098 9 p.19 Inverness).
Incidentally, Peter Fraser's father was a master tailor from Inverness called
Alexander Fraser, and his mother was a Mary McDonald, as revealed from Peter's death register
entry in 1895 (he died on August 23rd 1895 - GROS:1895/98/00/371). It is entirely possible that Alexander Fraser
was the tailor who taught David during his apprenticeship to become a tailor himself. At the christening of David's
daughter Christina in 1837, one of the witnesses present was Alexander Fraser. It seems
likely that this was Peter's father.
On June 15th 1861, it is believed that David became a grandfather for the first
time, with the birth of Annie MacFarlane at 17 Friars Street. A second grandchild, David, was born two years later on September
10th 1863 at 12 Rose Street (see MacFarlane page). David was probably suffering from severe sleep deprivation by the end of the year, with two screaming we'uns about
On May 14th a proclamation was recorded at Inverness and Bona parish church
for David's forthcoming second marriage. The entry reads as follows (Source: NRS CH2/720/33/125 Inverness and Bona):
14th May 1864
David MacGillivray, Tailor, Church Street, Inverness, and Ann Cameron, same place, both in this parish.
The marriage took place on June 2nd 1864, with the civil record noting that David
was aged 48. His bride was 38 year old Inverness housekeeper Ann Cameron, daughter of day labourer Alexander
Cameron and Hannah Robertson. The wedding was performed according to the forms of the Church of
Scotland by the Reverend MacGregor, in the presence of witnesses Andrew McKenzie and James Stewart. The
wedding was registered in Inverness on the following day. On the wedding entry in the register, David is listed as the son
of Donald McGillivray, joiner, and Isobel Munro, both deceased. From the record, it
is clear that David could read and write, as he signed the register himself, although Ann was forced to write an X down, as
she could not write (SP/NRS:1864/098/00/0055 Inverness).
In 1866, David acted as informant to the Inverness registrar when his daughter
Ann gave birth in the city to his second granddaughter, Jessie, who would become Calum's and Jamie's great
great grandmother. From this we learn that David was now living at number 2 Rose Street, Inverness.
|Ann Cameron's gravestone in the cemetery of the Old High Church, Inverness
But having married in 1864, David was again to endure the worst kind of grief. At
the beginning of 1869, David was forced to watch as his second wife developed "schirrus of pylorus". The condition worsened,
until on June 30th Ann died of the condition, at 8.30am in their home at 2 Rose Street. The death was certified by Dr J. J.
Ross. On the same day, a grief stricken David registered her death in Inverness (GROS:1869/098/00/264). Ann
was subsequently buried in the Old High Church graveyard, where David raised a small curved memorial stone to her which read:
Erected by David McGILLIVRAY in memory of his
wife Ann CAMERON who died June 1869 aged 54 years.
Soon after, in approximately 1870, David's daughter Ann moved to Nairn with her
husband John MacFarlane. David remained in Inverness, as can be seen in the 1871 census, where he was recorded at 9 Waterloo
Place in the city, as a 55 year old tailor, born in Portsmouth, England. This would suggest a birth year of approximately
1815 for David (GROS:1871/098/7/8).
More importantly, from this census, we learn that David had again remarried to
a new wife - Isabella, listed in 1871 as 43 years old. This was in fact Isabella McIntosh,
a widow from Inverness, the daughter of local vintner Donald McIntosh and his wife Isabella Muirson.
The banns for the couple's wedding were recorded in the Inverness parish church register as follows (Source: NRS CH2/720/33/187
Inverness and Bona):
14th November 1869
David MacGillivray and Isabella Mackintosh, both in Inverness.
The two married on December 2nd 1869, just six months after the death of David's
previous wife, in a ceremony according to the forms of the Church of Scotland. The witnesses to the wedding were David's son-in-law
John MacFarlane and someone called Adani Hogg (SP/NRS M 1869 720/00 104 Inverness).
In the 1849 Inverness Statistical Account compiled by the Reverends Alexander Rose,
Alexander Clark and Robert MacPherson, the institution of marriage was described in a way that might explain why David was
so quick to remarry after Ann's death..
Among the labouring classes marriage
is almost a matter of pecuniary convenience; for a man in narrow circumstances finds it more economical to marry than to keep
a servant, and, if a widower with daughters, it is seldom the case that they chose to live long with him, as they are better
fed and clothed by going into service, or marrying for themselves, so that second and even third marriages are common.
In the 1873/74 Inverness Post Office trade directory, David is noted as residing at
5 North Church Lane in the city. Between 1876 and 1877, the valuation rolls for Inverness show that David lived at 7
North Church Lane, paying an annual rent to his landlord, carpenter George Fraser, of £4. Between 1878 and 1883, David was
then listed as residing at 41 Friars Place, paying a reduced annual rent of £3 to his landlady Mrs Margaret Sabbison, a seamstress.
In the 1881 census, both David and Isabella were listed at 41 Friars Street, where
he continued working as a tailor (GROS:1881/098/10/13). From this record we again learn that David's birthplace was Portsmouth,
and that he was 65 years old. This would place his birth year at approximately 1815.
The valuation rolls for 1884 to 1886 show that David had again moved, this time to 17
Glebe Street, where he was now paying a £4 annual rent to his new landlady, Mrs McLean.
It was whilst living at Glebe Street that David began to suffer from epileptic
fits, which would ultimately lead to his death three years later. In 1887, perhaps because of his illness, he moved for one
last time to another address in the city, 8 Albert Place, paying a much reduced rent of £2 annually to the representatives
of the estate of the late Alexander Matheson. It was at Albert Place where David
was to ultimately pass away at 10pm on 7th October 1887, with his death certified by Dr G. W. E. Kerr, and registered
by a distraught Isabella on the 28th. (GROS:1887/098/0/380)
The valuation rolls show that Isabella continued to live
in the house on Albert Place until her death. Like her predecessor Jessie Fraser, she too suffered an unfortunate demise.
On Boxing Day 1898 she fell down the stairs inside the house, which brought on a heart attack, from which she died (GROS:1898/098/529).
Her death was registered by David's granddaughter Ann MacFarlane on 28th December. There was an investigation
into her death by the procurator fiscal, but he ultimately agreed with the original conclusion in the deaths register. The
Register of Corrected Entries, Vol IV, page 148, recorded the cause of death, as stated by Dr Murray, as "natural causes probably
shock affecting a senile heart".
CHILDREN of DAVID MacGILLIVRAY and JANET FRASER:
b: abt 1835
In the 1841 census, Isabella is listed as six years
old and from Invernesshire.
In the 1851 census, Isabella is a scholar. On June 3rd
1859, Isabella married 23 year old moulder William Dingwall, son of a saddler, John Dingwall,
and Elizabeth McDonald. At the time of the wedding, William was living at Church Street in
Inverness, whilst Isabella, a dressmaker, was living in Friars Street. The witnesses to the wedding were John B. Falconer
and Alexander Fraser, and the wedding took place after banns, and according to the forms of the established Church of Scotland,
as carried out by Reverend MacGregor, "one of the ministers of Inverness". The marriage was registered on the following day
at Inverness registrar (SP/NRS M 1859/098/0/43).
At the time of the wedding, Isabella was five months
pregnant, and after initially staying with her father at 18 Friar's Street, the newlyweds set up home at 18 Stephen's Brae.
Isabella gave birth to their only son John Dingwall on 29/9/1859 (GROS:1859/98/0/7). But tragically, as a
direct consequence of the birth, Isabella developed peretonitis, and died a few weeks later on 5/12/1859 (GROS:1859/98/0/313).
The shock of Isabella's sudden death led to further
tragedy when her own mother Jessie threw herself into the Caledonian Canal a few months later in May 1860, unable to cope
with the loss. Isabella is buried in Inverness High Church cemetery at plot #5.16. The inscription reads:
Erected by William DINGWALL, moulder, to the memory of his beloved wife
Isabella McGILLIVRAY, who died 5th Decr. 1859 aged 24 years.
b: 25/9/1837 c: 9/10/1837
Christina was born in Merkinch, Inverness, on 25 SEP
1837 and was baptised by the Rev. Robert MacPherson on 9 OCT 1837. In this record her mother was noted as Jane Fraser,
and her father as David MacGillivray, tailor. The witnesses to her baptism were James MacGillivray
and Alexander Fraser (Source: SP/NRS OPR B 098/120 250 Inverness).
It would appear that she died in infancy, as she does
not appear in the 1841 or 1851 censuses.
Ann was Calum's and Jamie's great great great grandmother
- see below.
7/7/1841 c: 26/7/1841
Alex was born at Church Street, Inverness, on July 7th 1841, and
christened by the Rev. D.R ose on the 26th, as witnessed by James MacGillivray and John Fraser
b: 30/6/1844 c: 29/7/1844
David was born in Church Street, Inverness, and was
baptised by the Rev. D.Rose, as witnessed by James McGillivray and Donald McGillivray (GROS:OPR
David either moved away from Scotland, or died prior
to 1855, as a Scottish death certificate cannot be located for him.
Mentioned in the 1851
census - But is most likely a mistranscribed David, who is not listed in the census.
15/7/1839 - 18/3/1932
Ann was Calum's and Jamie's great great
Ann was born in Glebe Street, Inverness, on June 28th 1839, and was christened on July
15th by the Rev. Robert MacPherson. The witnesses to her baptism were James MacGillivray and Donald
MacGillivray (GROS:OPR 98/12)
In her teens, Ann worked as a servant. On August 9th 1860, Ann married tailor John Brownlee MacFarlane in Inverness, in a ceremony according to the forms of the Church of Scotland. The witnesses to the
wedding were Lauchlan Ferguson and John Grant, with the presiding minister being the Reverend MacGregor. The marriage was
registered in Inverness on the following day.
From the 1861 census we learn that Ann and John lived at 17 Friars
In approximately 1870, Ann and John relocated
to Nairn to set up business for themselves as a tailoring firm. Tragedy hit the couple though in the late 1870s as work began
to fall away, and by 1878, John had declared himself bankrupt, a situation that would hit the family hard for several years,
as he struggled to repay his debts.
During the 1881 census, the family lived at 6
Church Street, Nairn. Apart from the family, they had a lodger staying at the house - William Daniel Mitchell,
a law apprentice, aged 18, and originally from Avoch.
By the time of the 1891 census, the family were back living
in Inverness, now living at 2 Hill Place.
In the 1911 census, recorded on April 2nd, Ann was noted as 71, married for some 50 years with eight
children, seven of them still alive, and as having been born in Inverness. She was resident at 8 View Place, Inverness, along
with her husband and several of her children (SP 1911 098/0A 010/00 004).
|2 Culduthel Road, Inverness, where Ann lived towards the end of her life
Ann's husband John died in 1922 in Inverness, leaving her a widow. She survived another ten years,
but died at 8.45pm on March 18th 1932. Her death entry in the register states that she was 91 years old - she was actually
93. At the time of her death she was living at 2 Culduthel Road in Inverness. The cause of her death was a cerebral haemorrhage,
as certified by Dr Ranald D. Campbell. Her son, Charles MacFarlane, resident at 29 Ross Avenue in Inverness,
registered his mother's death on the 21st in the city (GROS:1932/098/A0/144).
Ann's death was recorded in the Inverness Courier and General Advertiser on Tuesday, march 22nd 1932
Died at 2 Culduthel Road, Inverness, on Friday 18th inst., Ann MacGillivray,
widow of John Brownlee MacFarlane. Funeral private.
Three days later, the MacFarlane family paid thanks in the Inverness Courier of
Friday March 25th to those who gave them support:
THANKS FOR SYMPATHY
MACFARLANE - Miss MacFarlane and Mrs Cooney return thanks for letters of
sympathy received in their recent Bereavement; also for the many beautiful flowers sent. 2 Culduthel Road, Inverness.
CHILDREN of ANN MacGILLIVRAY
and JOHN MacFARLANE:
b: 5/6/1866 d: 1948
Calum's and Jamie's great great grandmother.
Connecting to Calum and Jamie
James MacGillivray married Ann Cameron in 1772.
Donald MacGillivray married Isabel Munroe in
Son, David MacGillivray married Janet (Jessy) Fraser, just prior to 1837.
Daughter, Ann MacGillivray
married John Brownlee McFarlane in 1860.
Daughter, Jessie McFarlane, married David Hepburn Paton in 1889.
Charles Paton, married Jane Currie in 1934.
Son, Colin Paton, married Charlotte Harper Graham in 1969.
Christopher Mark Paton, married Claire Patricia Giles in 2000.
Sons, Calum Graham Paton and Jamie Christopher Paton.