Lest We Forget: Commando Memorial at Spean Bridge

My cousin Simon (Hamish’s brother) stopped at the Commando Memorial at Spean Bridge on his way back home from North Uist (outer Hebrides) in late August. He took the photographs below that includes the following plaque remembering those who died during Operation Herrick in Afghanistan, which lists my nephew Sam Alexander (see Wiki entry):

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Garvabeg: Keppoch Macdonald home?

Garvabeg, possible home my ancestor Alexander Macdonald of Garvabeg

I found the above photograph of Garvabeg on Geograph.org.uk. It may the home of my ancestors. My great great great grandmother was Christina McNab. Her mother was Jessie Macdonald, the daughter of Alexander Macdonald, of Garvabeg, and Charlotte Macdonell, of Keppoch (see Alexander Mackenzie’s History of the Macdonalds and Lords of the Isles; with genealogies of the principal families of the name, 1942). Continue reading “Garvabeg: Keppoch Macdonald home?”

Cadets of Clan MacDonald of Keppoch

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Macdonald of Keppoch Cadet Family Trail

The Wikipedia entry for the Clan MacDonald of Keppoch lists the following ‘Principal Cadet Families’:  Aberarder, Achnancoichean, Bohuntine, Clianaig, Cranachan, Dalchosnie, Fersit, Gellovie, Inch, Inverroy, Killiechonate, Murlagan, Tirnadris, Tulloch, Tullochrom. As part of trying to discover where my ancestors hailed from I’ve ended locating these places. I may end up visiting some of them, but at the moment I mapped the places out on StreetMap on my fantasy ancestry road trip to the highlands: Continue reading “Cadets of Clan MacDonald of Keppoch”

Keppochs of Achnacochine or Achnancoichean

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Achnacochine Field of the Disputants: From The East Highland Way – Amenities Guide

As mentioned in my previous post, my ancestor Aonghus Ban Innse of Inch (Fair-haired Angus of Inch) married Christina Macdonald, of Achnacoichine. She was the daughter of Archibald Macdonald, 3rd of ‘Achnacoichine’ according to my cousin Hamish’s family tree (source: Burke’s Landed Gentry, 1937, under “Macdonell of Keppock”). I was interested in the spelling of Achnacoichine because the Clan Macdonald of Keppoch entry on the Wikipedia shows Achnancoichean as being a one of the ‘Principal Cadet Families’. Continue reading “Keppochs of Achnacochine or Achnancoichean”

Fantasy Ancestry Road Trip: Inch Found

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Insh Farm near Roybridge

As mentioned on my Fantasy ancestry road trip to the highlands – part 1 post, I’d been having trouble finding Inch in Locaber that was home to my Macdonell ancestors after Culloden. Amazingly, Doug who had previously kindly helped me locate the Cranachan farm nearby, has also managed to find Inch. I’m incredibly grateful for his help. As he explained, the spellings Inch and Insh (and possibly Insse) are interchangeable, such as the following example on the Clan Cameron Reference Guide: Continue reading “Fantasy Ancestry Road Trip: Inch Found”

Fantasy Road trip continued: Duart Castle

Duart Castle, home of Hector Mor Maclean, 12th Chief

I’ve added Duart Castle to my GoogleMap for highland ancestry fantasy road trip. I’ve discovered on cousin Hamish’s tree that Hector Mor 12th Maclean, 8th Lord of Duart, is one of my ancestors (see Wikipedia entry). From what I can tell he lived here and made improvements to the castle. My kids are also impressed because the castle in the Disney Pixar movie Brave is based on Duart Castle, so I might even persuade them to come on a trip if we ever head up that way. Perhaps we could also do the Jacobite Steam Railway ride from Fort William to Malliag made famous by the Hogwarts Express.