(additional.) – Of the Shinness branch of the Mathesons, so named from
their having held that place as a wadset for several centuries, there
are several notices in Sir Robert Gordon’s History of the Earldom of
Sutherland, who mentions the family as chief of the name, A.D. 1616. Of
this family was colonel George Matheson, who accompanied Sir Donald
Mackay of Farr, afterwards Lord Reay, into the service of Gustavus
Adolphus of Sweden, and obtained a grant of the family coat of arms from
King Charles I. on the 5th October, 1639. In the last century the family
was represented by Niel Matheson, born in 1700, died in 1775, having had
an only son, Duncan Matheson, who died young, in 1746, from wounds
received in a skirmish connected with the rebellion of 1745. He married
Elizabeth Mackay of Mowdil. His widow married, 2dly, Dr. Archibald
Campbell, with whom she emigrated in 1772 to America, and had a numerous
progeny. Her youngest son, George Washington Campbell, was finance
minister of the United States in 1813, and in 1818 was appointed
ambassador extraordinary to the court of St. Petersburg. Duncan Matheson
had an only son, Capt. Donald Matheson, born in 1746, died 4th Feb.
1810, when the family ceased to occupy Shinness, This gentleman married
Catherine, eldest daughter of the Rev. Thomas Mackay, minister of his
native parish, Lairg, by whom he had three sons and six daughters.
Duncan Matheson, the
eldest son, advocate, who died in 1838, married, in 1815, Annabella,
daughter of T. Farquharson, Esq. of Howden, near Mid Calder, issue, 3
sons. 1. Donald Matheson of Grandon Lodge, Dorking, Surrey, now
representative of the family, married Jane, daughter of Lieutenant
Petley, R.N., issue, 3 sons, Duncan, Donald, and James Horace. 2. Hugh
Mackay Matheson, merchant, London, married Agnes, daughter of David
M’Farlane, Esq., Edinburgh, by whom he has an only daughter, Mary. 3.
Thomas Matheson, merchant, Liverpool, married Annie, daughter of a
gentleman of the name of Cropper, by whom he has no issue.
The 2d son, Sir James
Matheson, Bart., F.R.S., of Achany and the Lews, born in 1796 at Lairg,
married, in 1843, Mary Jane, fourth daughter of M.H. Perceval, Esq., of
Quebec, without issue.