Thanks for getting this started, Eugene. I will be interested to know information about
any other MacLeans from Coll who were part of the group on the Dunlop. As described in the
MacTalla piece, it does seem like a number of people got off in NS and made their way to
Malagawatch instead of continuing on to Prince Edward Island.
From: Eugene & Bernie <quigleys(a)eastlink.ca>
Sent: Sunday, March 19, 2017 5:56 PM
Subject: [NS-CB] The ship Dunlop, Tobermory to Pictou 1820
The ship Dunlop, often referred to as Dunlop of Greenock sailed from
Tobermory on June 25, 1820 bound for Nova Scotia. The passage was organized,
at least in part, by Coun Douly (Condulli) Rankin (ca 1774 - February 4,
1852) who convinced a small group of Collochs to emigrate to Prince Edward
Island. C.D., as he was commonly known, was born at Breachacha Castle on
the Isle of Coll, the son of Neil Rankin, the resident piper at the castle,
and Catherine Maclean his wife.
Per the Lloyd's Register, the Ship Dunlop, was Captained by J. Brown,
tonnage: 331, single deck, built 1807, almost rebuilt 1818, draught of water
when loaded 17 ft. It was sheathed in copper and identified as a
second-class vessel of the first quality.
It does not appear that a passenger list for the voyage has survived. There
are however several references to people identified as being on board. Along
with the Coll emigrants there were others from the Isle of Muck known to be
on board. I am attempting to reconstruct the passenger list from available
One passenger was Neil MacDonald, aka Bartimeus. He was a correspondent from
the River Denys area who contributed regularly to the Gaelic Newspaper
MacTalla. Describing the voyage in the paper published July 9 1894 he
writes, ''Five were born on board - John MacLean, Lachlan MacKenzie,
Ebenezer MacMillan, John Rankin, and a MacNiven-all of Coll. Three came to
Cape Breton and two to Prince Edward Island."
As part of the process I am trying to identify these five families and
thought perhaps the list members might be able to help.
I know that Ebenezer MacMillan is the son of Donald & Catherine (MacDonald)
MacMillan. Donald was a teacher on the Isle of Muck. He settled at North
Gut, St. Ann's, Victoria County, Cape Breton. Donald remained at North Gut
until 1856 when he, accompanied by sons John, Ebenezer, Norman and their
young families immigrated to New Zealand on board the "Gertrude".
I believe John Rankin is probably a son of Coun Douly or perhaps his
brother, Hector, who both settled in Prince Edward Island. The MacNiven
family probably also settled in PEI.
If you can helpout with identifying these or other families that were on
board I would appreciate hearing from you.
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