Just a note regarding the MacFadyens.
In the latest issue of The Participaper, Dr Jim St Clair has the following,
that he got from MacTalla newspaper. Alexander McFadyen,24, of
Malagawatch, died 15 August 1895. No reason for his death was given.
I expect to have more information within a week.
From: Brenda Merriman
Sent: Tuesday, August 14, 2012 12:09 AM
Subject: [NS-CB] Early McFadyens
Hi Allan and All,
Allan asked (see below) "Were all these MacFadyens from the Isle of Coll?"
That's exactly what I'm trying to find out. I can only explain it best by
referring you to my blog post:
Learning where the four men came from, actually three since Roderick
*was*from Coll, might help sort out the Coll families and ancestors
primary interest). Alexander, Lachlan, and/or Donald might have come from a
different island or parish.
My own ancestor was Donald McFadyen of River Denys, formerly Isle of Coll,
and I've researched him extensively. I call him Donald-the-soldier to
distinguish him from the Malagawatch Donald. Farrell's book has some
errors, mixing up a couple of generations. Easy to do!
Were all these MacFadyens from the Isle of Coll?
There was an army pensioner from Coll, Donald (Soldier) MacFadyen, who
settled at River Denys. He had at least 4 sons: Hector, Angus, John and
Donald Jr. This family is traced out in pp.72-76 of the book "Our
Mountains and Glens" by Rita Heuser Farrell.
An Alexander MacFadyen, married to Margaret MacQuarrie, settled at
Lexington and had at least 8 children: Alexander, John, Donald (Dan), Neil,
Allan, Flora, Catherine and Ann (Annie). I have some of the sons and their
families in the 1871 census.
Alexander's brother Donald settled at Militia Point, near Malagawatch. He
married Mary Ann Calder and they had at least 8 children: Lauchlin, John,
William, Alexander, Hugh, Barbara, Ann and Catherine.
Rory (Tailor) MacFadyen fom Coll married Mary MacLean and they had 4 sons
and three daughters. He settled near Blue's Mills, Inverness County.
Today there are phone listings for 2 MacFadyens in Port Hawkesbury and 5 in
Whycocomagh. There are some MacFadgens and McFadgens in Glace Bay. Also
there is one listing for each of the following names in Sydney: MacFadden,
What is your interest in these families?
Allan J. Gillis, Ottawa
[Brenda wrote] If anyone descends from these four McFadyen emigrants to
Cape Breton, I'd
like to hear from them! My goal is to learn their place of origin in
Scotland and possible relationships amongst them: ALEXANDER arrived in 1821
age 22, settled at Lexington near present Port Hastings; LAUCHLAN arrived
1821 age 24 already married, settlement area unknown; DONALD was there by
at least 1825, settled near Malagawatch, said to be the brother of
Alexander; RODERICK/RORY settled at River Denys, native of Isle of Coll,
arrival date unknown.
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