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Gairloch Old Burial Ground.

Located between road and beach, this beautiful burial ground has served the communities of Gairloch for a number of centuries.

Picture Added on 13 June 2008.


I am searching for my ancestors. Parents of Donald Ferguson McLennan born in Gairloch 1816. Not sure of their names but could be John and Christina or John and Catherine. Are you able to help me locate them or any one else connected to them. I would appreciate anything you might have as I have come to a stop.
Added by Leonie Crane on 26 November 2010.
Hi Leonie, I research all the McLennans from Gairloch. There is no record for a Donald Ferguson McLennan. However, I know of a Donald McLennan (relative of mine in fact) that emigrated to Australia, married Eliza Baker, and had a child named Donald Ferguson McLennan. Does that correspond to your line? If yes, then I do have info about those McLennans in Gairloch.
Added by Francisco on 05 January 2012.
Hi, I am currently researching my ancestors from Poolewe and Gairloch. I live in Australia, and its a very difficult task to get meaningful information over here. So any help whatsoever would be very much appreciated.. My ancestors are as follows. John McPherson, born and died Gairloch 1760-1851, and his wife, Jenny Jessie Mcpherson. I've no dates available for her. . And maternal lines are, Duncan Mackenzie and his wife was Anne. I have their daughter Christina Henderson Mackenzie Mcpherson, [my gt gt grandmother] born at Poolewe in 1806, so I presume that's where her parents were buried.. Any help at all would be great.. Regards, Jim..
Added by James McPherson on 19 January 2015.
Hi Jim, I mainly handle the Mac Lennans in Gairloch. However, I looked to see what I could find for you and there was a couple John & Jessie McPherson living in South Erradale (Gairloch) in 1841. Both aged 60 or more, so I think that's probably them. If yes, then Jessie was a MacKenzie and she died in South Erradale 29 Aug 1869, aged 92, she was the daughter of John MacKenzie and Isabella (no surname recorded). Her death was registered by a grandson John MacKenzie. I found 5 births of children of John & Janet MacPherson: Anna (26 Feb 1803), Kenneth (4 Nov 1803), Hector (23 Oct 1807), Margaret (9 Jun 1810), Isabella (5 Jul 1812). Best luck with your search, Francisco
Added by Francisco on 22 January 2015.
Hi Francisco, Pleased to make your acquaintance. Thank you very much for looking for me, I appreciate it greatly. I will take your results on board, as I can find nothing on them at all. I contacted the Gairloch heritage museum about all this. They have kindly offered to search the parish records for me, so fingers crossed, they will find further files. The holy grail for me is to find anything on Christina, my grt grt grandmother and her husband Donald, But even though they migrated here in 1839, there is next to no records of them anywhere, and that includes over here. Its almost like they didn't exist. They were early pioneers in rural N.S.W., And as I know the town where they moved, the historical society in that town is hot on my list of places to visit as soon as I can.. Once again, thank you very much, your information is a blessing to me.. And I must add, you people over there are very helpful and friendly..
Regards.. Jim..

Added by James McPherson on 23 January 2015.
Hi, I am looking for McGregor families around Poolewe and Kinlochewe in the 1800s and earlier. Has anyone researched these families? I wouldn't have thought there were a great many McGregors (unlike McKenzies!). I am particularly interested in John Roy McGregor in Badachro in the early 1800s who seems to have been originally from Kinlochewe where his daughter Ann was born in 1779. Also Donald McGregor and wife Mary McRae, innkeepers at Poolhouse of Inverewe in early 1800s who later emigrated to Cape Breton. Does anyone know anything about these families and whether they were related? Any help most appreciated. Kaye
Added by Kaye on 26 February 2015.
Hello fellow family tree researchers. My 2x great granddad was John Mac/McLennan born about 1825 in Gairloch to Alexander & Jessie. I have him on censuses from 1851-1891 and I cannot figure out which one he is on the 1841 census. So by a process of elimination, I have begun researching all John Mac/McLennans born in the area around 1825 to see if I can figure out which one is him. It's quite unusual that instead of staying in the Gairloch area, he moved to Moy and Dallarossie in Invernessshire and apprenticed, then became a journeyman/master shoe & boot maker, married & raised his family there. I'm so curious to find out who his siblings were, and what they went on to do in their lives... and to figure out where his parents are buried. So far I've eliminated one family.. that of John McL son of Isabella & John, all of the Diabaig area, crofters and fishermen. If anyone can help me shed light on any of the John McL's born around 1825, I would appreciate it very much. Many thanks, Carol McLennan Mohr, near Vancouver, Canada
Added by Carol McLennan Mohr on 17 June 2015.
I too, like Kaye who left a message here on 26 Feb 2015, am interested in any McGregor (all spelling variations) in the Gairloch Parish pre 1825 (especially Poolewe, Inverewe, Kernsary, Isle of Ewe). The couple she mentioned (Donald McGregor and Mary McRae) are my 3rd great grandparents. Best wishes to all researchers - from Jeannine in 'Down Under' Australia.
Added by Jeannine (nee McGregor) on 27 July 2015.
Hi there
Any information gleaned about my family – perhaps from the cemetery – I would appreciate.
My ancestors came from Gairloch and Poolewe.
Hector Mackenzie (b.1767 d.1860) married Margaret (Peggy) MORRISON (b.1768-d.1855) – 1787-88 Invercastle, Gairloch, Ross Shire Scotland
their 8th child: DONALD MACKENZIE born 3rd June 1809 at Poolewe Shire of Ross and Cromarty – came to Australia

Donald MORRISON married. Margaret (Mary) McDonald– 1798 Lochbroom, Gairloch, Ross Shire Scotland
Their 6th child: ISABELLA MORRISON born 24th May 1806 Drumchork, Laigh, Ross Shire Scotland. Daughter of Donald Morrison Esq., grandaughter of Marquis of Bredalbyn, Scotland – came to Australia.

DONALD Mackenzie b.1809 married ISABELLA Morrison b.1806 on the 2nd May 1834 in the parish of Poolewe.
They arrived as bounty immigrants in Sydney, Australia 11.2.1839 on the ship ‘James Moran’. They settled in rural NSW.

I did come across this info about Isabella's mother
This article came from The Aberdeen Chronicle 19/08/1826 ISSUE NO: 1037
“…… aged 48 years, deeply and justly lamented by her family, and a numerous and respectable circle of relatives and acquaintances, Mrs. MARGARET MacDONALD, spouse to Donald Morrison, tacksman at Drimachork, parish of Gairloch. Mrs. Morrison was a gentlewoman of fervent but unobtrusive piety and universal benevolence. In acts of charity she had few equals among persons of her limited income. So much indeed did she excel in this grace, that what is said in Scripture of Dorcas, may be justly applied to her. “This woman was full of good works and alms, deeds which she did.” By her early death her family have suffered an irreparable loss; the poor have lost a liberal benefactress ; society, a valuable member ; and religion, a bright ornament.”
Looks like there's not been much activity here for a while.
regards to all.

Added by Robin on 19 June 2024.

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