The MacVarish Family of River
Inhabitants, Inverness County, Nova Scotia
by Allan J. Gillis © 2005
( -1860s), known in this country as "An Taillear Mór" (The Big Tailor),
was married in Scotland to CATHERINE STEWART (ca. 1813-Feb. 9, 1911),
daughter of George Stewart. They left Mingarry Ard, Moidart, in 1843 with
their four children and came to Ship Harbour (Port Hawkesbury), ultimately
settling at River Inhabitants.
According to MacDougall's
History of Inverness County, Alexander MacVarish had three
brothers, namely: "Black" Donald, who went to Australia; Hugh, who died in
Scotland; Angus, who came to Antigonish and changed his name to
"MacDonald", the clan name. There was also a Donald “BBn”
MacDonald (MacVarish) who settled at Lower South River in Antigonish. He
was also from Moidart It seems that Alex MacVarish died sometime between
the census of 1861 (where he is listed with six males and seven females in
his family) and that of 1871, where Catherine is listed as a widow.
Catherine MacVarish died on February 9, 1911, at the advanced age of 98
years. She had lived the last eight years of her life with her daughter
Margaret, the eldest of her Nova Scotia-born children. Margaret died
within twelve hours of her mother and Mrs. MacVarish's obituary states,
"It was a touching sight to see mother and daughter lying in the same room
and laid to rest side by side in the graveyard at River Dennis, where they
were the first to be buried."Catherine and Alexander MacVarish had a
family of fourteen children, the first six being born in Scotland (two
died as infants). The other eight were born on this side of the water.
At the time of her death, Catherine MacVarish was the matriarch of 14
children, 65 grandchildren, 68 great-grandchildren and 2
great-great-grandchildren -- a total of 149!
(see: HIC, p.635; GG,
The children of Catherine
Stewart and Alexander MacVarish were: I. John; II. Mary; III. Angus;
IV.Donald; V. and VI. died as infants; VII. Margaret; VIII. Marcella; IX.
Anne; X. Hugh; XI. George; XII. Christina; XIII. Jane (twin); XIV. Mary
MacVarish b. Scotland m. Catherine (Kate) MacNeil, nfi.
MacVarish (c.1839- ) b. Scotland m. Rory MacInnis "Donald"
(ca.1816-1880s) of Kingsville, with issue: 1. Mary Catherine; 2. Donald;
3. Mary; 4. John; 5. Alexander.
(see: GG pp.58-59)
Catherine MacInnis "Ruairi"(c.1862- ) m. Donald Rory MacDonald "Iain
mac Eoghainn Mór(ca.1840- ) of Kingsville, (South Uist connection) with
issue: A. Mary Ellen; B. Mary Catherine; C. Mary Jane; D. Mary; E. John
Rory; F. John; G. Daniel Peter (Danny). (see: CIB,
p.353; GG, pp. 33-34, 59)
Mary Ellen MacDonald (ca.1882-Aug. 8, 1963) m. Angus Boyd
(ca.1873-1965) (Arisaig connection) on Oct 6, 1906, at St. Mary's,
Glendale. They had issue: a. Margaret Isabel; b. Hugh; c. Donald John; d.
Catherine; e. Donald Joseph; f. Mary Catherine.
(see: CIB, p.165; GG, pp.14, 33; The Boyds of Glendale, p.4)
a. Margaret Isabel Boyd
m. Michael Malcolm MacLean of Boisdale, with issue: i. Michael Francis;
ii. John Angus.
(see; HOB, p.373) - She was his 1st wife.
Francis MacLean died young in a car accident; nfi.
ii. John Angus
MacLean m. Charlotte MacDonald (1944- ) d/o Sarah MacDonald and Dan
C. MacDonald of Creignish. They live in Scheffreville, P.Q., where he is
on the mine railway, with issue: ai. Michael. (see: FIP, p.430)
Michael MacLean (1967- ); nfi.
N.B. I believe that
some of Michael Malcolm MacLean's second family live in the West Bay Road
area: i.e.: Anne=John Livingston and Cheryl=Lauchlin
(see: The Boyds of Glendale,
p.3; GG, p.14)
b. Hugh Boyd (1909-Nov.
12, 1964) n/m, was killed in a car accident, along with Rannie MacInnis;
c. Donald John (Dan J.)
Boyd (May 8, 1911-Sep. 16, 1995) , n/m, lived on the old homestead;
d. Catherine B. Boyd
(Sep. 2, 1912- ) m. Frederick J. Reardon
(May 12, 1907-Jul. 2,
2000) of Boston. Catherine owned part of the old farm. Fred died in
Florida and is buried at Glendale.
(see: CIB, p.768)
e. Donald Joseph Boyd
(1916-Oct. 1977) m. Edna Marie Sampson
(1919-Oct. 10, 1995), with
issue: i. Angus, ii. Margaret Ellen, iii.Sylvia, iv. Donna, v. Carol Anne,
vi. Almeda, vii. Donald.
i. Angus Boyd,
a teacher in Richmond County, m. Marlene Beaton; nfi.
Ellen Boyd m. Raymond (Ray) MacKinnon of Antigonish, with issue: ai.
Luke, bi. Matthew, ci. Jude.
Luke MacKinnon ci. Jude MacKinnon
Boyd m. Kevin French, with issue: ai. Jonathon,
Jonathon French bi. Michael French
iv. Donna Boyd
m. John (Jack) MacNeil, with issue:
ai. Chris, bi.
Chris MacNeil bi. Craig MacNeil
v. Carol Anne
Boyd m. Don Maybin of Ontario, with issue:
Candace Maybin bi. Aaron Maybin
vi. Almeda Boyd
m. Peter Deamicis, with issue: ai. Natalia,
Natalia Deamicis ci. Julia Deamicis
vii. Donald Boyd
lives in Sydney; nfi.
Mary Catherine Boyd (1920-1980), n.m.; nfi.
Catherine MacDonald (ca.1884- ) m. at Glendale, Feb. 14, 1914,
MacEachen (ca.1875- ) s/o Isabel (Bella) MacDougall "Padruig Crubach", of
Judique Intervale and Ranald "Ruadh" MacEachen, of Glendale. with issue:
a. Catherine Isabel; b. Donald Ranald;
Margaret; d. Marie; e. Walter, f. one child who died young.
p.465; GG, pp.14, 33, 40-42; MJI, pp. 47-48)
Catherine Isabel MacEachen, n.m.; nfi.
Donald Ranald MacEachen, n.m.; nfi.
Flora Margaret MacEachen m. John Peter (Johnnie Joe) MacDonald
(May 27, 1920- ) son of Joseph MacDonald (S.Uist connection) and Mary
Isabel Chisholm, River Denys, with issue:
i. Ann Marie; ii. Gerard.
(see: GRDR, p.117)
Ann Marie MacDonald (Nov. 1960- ) m. Ross Drake of Montreal,
with issue: ai. Michael; bi. Stephen; ci. Ryan.
Drake (1986- )
Drake (1988- )
ci. Ryan Drake
Gerard MacDonald m. Michaelette MacDonald, d/o John R.
MacDonald of Marble Mountain, with issue:
ai. John Graham, bi.
Matthew Barrington. They are separated and Gerard is now living with his
ai. John Graham
MacDonald (1999- )
Barrington MacDonald (2001- )
Marie MacEachen (Feb. 20, 1923-Feb. 10, 1988) m. William
Devercus Myten (Bill) Davies (Mar. 7, 1916-Jan. 20, 1993) of Boston, MA,
with issue: i. William, ii. Mary Catherine,
iii. James Peter, iv.
Jayne Marie, v. Isabel, vi. Peter, vii. William, viii. Anne. (see:
(Billy) Davies (1950-Aug. 30, 1956)
Catherine (Cathy) Davies (1951- ); nfi.
Peter Davies (1953- ) m., on Oct. 20, 1991, Linda Lydon. They have
issue: ai. Jayme Cameron,
Jayme Cameron Davies
iv. Jayne Marie
Davies (1957- ) m., on Sep. 19, 1981, Robert Gordon Anderson of
Boston, with issue: i. Sarah,
Sarah Anderson iii. Laura Anderson
Davies (1961- ); nfi.
Davies (1963- ), twin, m. Joni Faria, with issue:
Cameron Davies bi. Madison Davies
Davies (1963- ), twin; nfi.
viii. Anne Davies
(1965- ) m., on Aug. 27, 1994, Duncan Glenn MacDonald (1964- ), s/o Mary
Jo Farrell of Christmas Island and Malcolm Alexander MacDonald of East Bay
and River Denys. They have issue: ai. Olivia Marie,
Anne. (see: CIB, p.401)
Olivia Marie MacDonald (1996- )
Emily Anne MacDonald (1998- )
Walter (Gallant) MacEachen m. Jenevieve Gray of West Bay.
They live in Dartmouth, NS, with issue: i. Donald.
f. _____ MacEachen died young.
C. Mary Jane
MacDonald m. Dominic O'Donnell of Philidelphia, PA; nfi.
(Mamie) MacDonald m. Dan Alex MacLennan of Judique Intervale, with
issue: a. Margaret; b. John Martin, c.Alexander.
MJI, p.50; GG p.47; Descendants of John MacEachern, Kingsville,
Margaret (Peggy) MacLennan m. Donald Joseph MacEachern
( - May, 1991) of
Kingsville. They lived in Toronto, with issue:
ai. Brian; bi. Jennifer.
John Martin MacLennan ( -2004), n/m, lived in Toronto; nfi.
Rory MacDonald ( -Apr. 1981); n/m, lived on the old homestead; nfi.
F. John D.
(Johnnie) MacDonald ( -June 19, 1963), n/m, died in Kingsville; nfi
Peter (Danny) MacDonald (Apr. 9, 1889-Jul. 18, 1967) m., on Sep. 30,
1930, Mary Catherine (Mona) MacDonald (Mar. 4, 1909-Oct. 30, 1984), d/o
Mary Graham of Judique and Edward MacDonald of Long Stretch Road, with
issue: a. Edward, b. Donald, c. Malcolm,
Catherine, e. Anna Margaret, f. Francis Xavier, g. Kathleen,
Chrysostom. (see: FIP, p.364; GG, pp.34-35; GRDR, p.132)
Edward MacDonald (1931- ) m. Sarah (Sadie) MacGillivray of St.
Andrew’s, Antigonish County. They live in Halifax, wuth issue: i.
Kimberley Ann, ii. Barry, iii. Ramona.
i. Kimberley Ann MacDonald (1965- ) m. Michael (Mike)
Anstey on Jul. 29, 1989. They have: ai. Amanda Mae,
Amanda Mae Anstey (1994- )
Ashlee Sarah Anstey (1999- )
MacDonald (1967- )
MacDonald (1974- ) m., on Aug. 22, 1998, Steven McOnie.
Donald MacDonald (Sep. 30, 1932-Jul. 21, 1979) m., on Oct. 3, 1955,
Joan Marie Gillis, d/o Ida Grant and Alexander Gillis. They had: i.
Daniel Alexander, ii. Carol Ann, iii. Donna Marie,
iv. Darlene Marie.
Alexander MacDonald (1956- ) m., on Apr. 25, 1987, Edna Stella
MacDonald (1961- ), d/o Martha Rankin and Lawrence MacDonald “Angus the
Carpenter” of Judique. They live in Kingsville, with issue:
Ann, bi. Kaitlin Marie, ci. Dylan Donald.
Bhreigh Ann MacDonald (1988- )
Kaitlin Marie MacDonald (1989- )
Dylan Donald MacDonald (1990)
ii. Carol Ann
MacDonald (1958- ) m., on Oct. 20, 1979, Raymond Joseph Boudreau
(1956- ) of New Waterford and Flin Flon, Man., with issue: ai. Tracy
Donald, ci. Lyle Alexander.
Tracy Marie Boudreau (1982- )
Jason Donald Boudreau (1985- )
Lyle Alexander Boudreau (1988- )
Marie MacDonald (1961- ) m., on Jul. 7, 1984, Michael Joseph McKeough
(1961- ), with issue:
Donald, bi. Travis Donald.
Joseph Donald McKeough (1986- )
Travis Donald McKeough (1990- )
Marie MacDonald (1964- ) m., on June 22, 1991, Bernard (Bernie)
Deveaux (1964- ), s/o Lloyd Deveaux of Judique. They have: ai. Dylan
Dylan James Deveaux (1992- )
Christopher Michael Deveaux (1995- )
Malcolm MacDonald (Mar. 18, 1934-June 17, 1990) m., in Sep. 1963,
Elizabeth Ursula (Bessie) Rankin (Oct. 21, 1939- ), d/o Sarah Cameron and
John Rankin of Mabou. They have:
i. Karen Marie, ii. John
Daniel, iii. Francis Gerard, iv. Dawn Ann,
v. Darren. (see: CIB,
p.357; MPII, p.641)
i. Karen Marie
MacDonald (1964- ) m. Thomas (Tom) Slinker and they live in Florida.
Daniel MacDonald (1965- ); nfi.
Gerard MacDonald (1967- ) m. Darlene ? in Medford, MA; nfi.
iv. Dawn Ann
MacDonald (1973- ); nfi.
MacDonald (1975- ); nfi.
Mary Catherine MacDonald (1935- ) m., on Jul 23, 1960, Joseph E.
Boudreau (1930- ), s/o Marie Aucoin and Alexandre Boudreau of Cheticamp.
They live in Waltham MA, with issue:
i. Ann Marie, ii. Patricia
Lee, iii. Alexander Joseph,
iv. Daniel Paul, v. Gene
i. Ann Marie
Boudreau (1961- ); nfi.
Lee Boudreau (1963- ) m., on Oct. 26, 1991, Charles D (Charlie)
Arciprete (1964- ), s/o Cora and Gino Arciprete of Lexington, MA. They
have: ai. Gene Anthony,
Gene Anthony Arciprete (1992- )
Joseph Alexander Arciprete (1995- )
Joseph Boudreau (1965- ) m., on Dec. 3, 1994, Donna Gertie, with
issue: ai. Bailey Renee, bi. Erin Nicole.
Bailey Renee Boudreau (1998- )
Erin Nicole Boudreau (2000- )
iv. Daniel Paul
Boudreau (1967- ) m., on Aug. 29, 1992, Pamela Bennette (1967- ), d/o
Patricia and Roger Benette of New Hampshire, with issue: ai. Ryann Durham,
Daniel, ci. Jackson Quinn, di. Logan Matthew.
Ryann Durham Boudreau (1999- )
Callum Daniel Boudreau (2001- ), triplet.
Jackson Quinn Boudreau (2001- ), triplet.
Logan Matthew Boudreau (2001- ) triplet.
v. Gene Daniel
Boudreau (1970- ) m., on Oct. 10, 1997, Tonja Souza (1970- ), d/o
Ronnie and Robert Souza, with issue: ai. Joseph Robert.
Joseph Robert Boudreau (2001- )
Anna Margaret MacDonald (May 12, 1936- ) m., on Aug. 9, 1958,
Duncan Joseph Gillis (Jul. 1, 1928-Oct. 6, 1993), s/o Florence Agnes
MacPherson of Black River and Neil Charles Gillis of Maple Brook, with
issue: i. Donna Marie,
ii. Florence Ann, iii.
Duncan Joseph, iv. Jean, v. Joan..
(see: CIB, p.212)
i. Donna Marie
Gillis (1961- ) m., on Sep. 6, 1991, Wayne McNamara of Lower River,
Richmond County, NS.
Ann Gillis (1962- ) m., on Oct. 17, 1998, Paul Gerus in Boston, MA.
Joseph Gillis (1964- ); nfi.
iv. Jean Gillis
(1965- ), twin, m., on June 21, 1986, David Ryan (1962- ), s/o Heather
Warner and John Ryan of Port Hawkesbury, with issue: ai. Jennifer Nicole,
Duncan, ci. Bradley David.
Jennifer Nicole Ryan (1988- )
Matthew Duncan Ryan (1994- )
Bradley David Ryan (1999- )
v. Joan Gillis
(1965- ), twin; nfi.
f. Francis Xavier MacDonald (1937- ), n/m, lives at
g. Kathleen MacDonald (1944- ) m., on Jul. 29, 1969, Thomas
Lussier (1941- ), s/o Frances Reynolds and Thomas Lussier of Waltham, MA,
with issue: i. Kris Alan, ii. Michelle Lee.
i. Kris Alan
Lussier (1992- )
Lee Lussier (1974- )
Angus Chrysostom MacDonald (1949- ) m., on Aug. 26, 1977, Grace
Elizabeth MacMullin, d/o Jean MacIntyre and John MacMullin of
Queensville. They live in Glendale, with issue:
i. Jonna Donelle, ii.
Andrea Loreen. (see: CIB, p.724)
Donelle MacDonald (1981- )
Loreen MacDonald (1991- )
2. Donald MacInnis "Ruairi"
(ca.1865- ) m. Anne (Annie) Chisholm (ca.1868- ) of Princeville, with
issue: A. Mary; B. Catherine; C. Mary Anne;
D. Margaret Jane.
MacInnis (Oct. 15, 1889-Dec. 5, 1972) was Sister Francis Xavier,
C.S.M. (see: GG, p.91)
Catherine (Katie) MacInnis (Feb. 1891-Apr. 1972) was the 2nd wife of
Lauchlin Norman Cameron (Jun. 2, 1878-Feb. 12, 1948), with issue:
Catherine, b. Donald Bernard; c. Donald John; d. Francis Xavier;
Donald; f. Dan; g. Anne; h. Alexander Ronald; i. John Malcolm; j. Alex
Ronald; k. John Joseph; l. Florence Margaret.
p.16; The Smiths of Glendale, p.2)
Catherine Cameron m. John MacCormick and lived in New York; nfi.
Donald Bernard Cameron n.m.; nfi.
Donald John Cameron lived in Sydney; nfi.
Francis Xavier Cameron (Dec. 24, 1918- ) lived in Montreal; nfi.
Angus Donald Cameron (Nov. 8, 1920- ) lived in Vancouver, B.C.; nfi.
Dan Cameron; nfi.
Anne Jane Cameron (Jan. 23, 1923- ) m. ________ Delorey, Antigonish,
Alexander Ronald Cameron; nfi.
John Malcolm Cameron (1927- ); nfi.
Alexander Ronald Cameron; nfi.
John Joseph Cameron (1930- ); nfi.
Florence Margaret Cameron m. ________Delorey, Antigonish, N.S.; nfi.
C. Mary Anne
MacInnis (1902- ) m. Malcolm R. MacLeod of Ottawa Brook, Victoria
County. They lived and died in Massachusetts; nfi.
(Maggie) Jane MacInnis m. John Angus MacEachern "Alasdair Mór",
Glendale; nfi. (Not so!)
3. Mary MacInnis
(ca.1865- ); in 1871, age 6; 1881, age 14; nfi.
4. John Rory MacInnis
"Ruairi" (ca.1869- ); nfi.
5. Alexander MacInnis "Ruairi"
(Mar. 19, 1872-Sep. 1954) m. Julia Belle Chisholm (Jul. 23, 1884-Oct. 16,
1976) d/o Margaret Gillis "Alasdair Mór" and Allan Chisholm "Uilleam
ag" of Long
Point. w.i. A. Mary, B. Margaret,
C. Catherine, D. Mary
Flora, E. Allan Joseph, F. Roderick John.
(see: GG, p.59; GRDR,
p.149; HIC, p.222)
MacInnis (Aug. 29, 1906-Jun. 29, 1999), n/m, worked in Boston for 55
years and retired to live with her brother Roddie in Kingsville until her
MacInnis (1909- ) m. Thomas Walwork of Massachusetts in August 1929,
with issue: a. Genevieve.
Genevieve Walwork; nfi.
MacInnis (Jul. 15, 1913-Nov. 1982) m. Ranald (Rannie) MacEachern
of Glendale, with issue: a. Francis Beaton, b. Sarah
Harrietha. (see: CIB, pp.454, 516)
Francis Beaton MacEachern; nfi.
Sarah Harrietha (1936- ; foster child), d/o Josephine MacNeil and
Neil Harrietha of Glace Bay. She m. Francis Daniel Cameron (Nov. 29,
1926-Oct. 29, 2001), s/o Margaret MacLeod of Mabou Ridge and Daniel
Alexander (Dan Alex) Cameron of Glendale and Pembroke, MA. They had: i.
Margaret Josephine, ii. Brian Daniel, iii. Kevin Robert, iv. Donna Marie,
v. Daniel Francis, i. Joan Anne, vii. John Joseph, viii. Jean Marie, ix.
Janet Louise, x. Robert, xi. Neil.
Josephine (Peggy) Cameron (1959- ) m. Thomas McKenna, with issue: ai.
Kristen, bi. Cameron.
Kristen McKenna (1990- )
Daniel Cameron (1960- ) lives in Brockton, MA; nfi.
Robert Cameron (1961- ) m. Barbara ? and lives in Pelham, NH; nfi.
Marie Cameron (1963- ) m. (1) Randy
with issue: ai. Jeffrey Michael.
Jeffrey Michael MacDonald (1985- )
m. (2) Nicholas Slaughter, with issue: bi. Trae.
Trae Slaughter (1994- )
Francis (Danny) Cameron (1964) m. Stella MacPhail, d/o Muriel MacLean
and John MacPhail of Lake Ainslie. They moved from the USA to Rannie
MacEachern’s and have issue: ai. Tyler,
Tyler Cameron (1989- )
Danielle Alexandra Cameron (1994- )
vi. Joan Anne
Cameron (1967- ) m. Stephen Gurtin. They live in Malden, MA, with
issue: ai. Michael, bi. Stephen.
ai. Michael Gurtin (1993- )
Stephen Gurtin (1998- )
vii. John Joseph
Cameron (1968- ) m. Diane ?. They live in Worcester, MA, with issue:
ai. Nicole, bi. Justin.
Nicole Cameron (Apr. 15, ?)
viii. Jean Marie
Cameron (1970- ) lives in Dorchester, MA; nfi.
Louise Cameron (1971- ) m., on Aug. 6, 1994, Stephen MacIntyre, s/o
Alice Horton and Peter J. MacIntyre of Port Hawkesbury. They live in
Malden, MA, with issue: ai. Owen, bi. Parker.
Owen MacIntyre (1999- )
Parker MacIntyre (2001- )
Cameron (1973- ) m. Patti ?. They live in North Reading, MA, with
issue: ai. one child (b. 2001)
Cameron (1977- ); nfi.
Flora MacInnis (1915- ) m. John Carroll of Massachusetts, with issue:
a. Donna Marie, b. John (Jackie), c. Barbara.
Donna Marie Carroll; nfi.
John (Jackie) Carroll; nfi.
Barbara Carroll; nfi.
Joseph MacInnis (Aug. 2, 1917-dec’d) m. Teresa Ceretti (dec’d) of
PEI. They lived in Hamilton, ON, with issue: a. Laurie, b. Kenneth, c.
Laurie MacInnis; nfi. c. Donna MacInnis; nfi.
Kenneth MacInnis; nfi.
John (Roddie Alex) MacInnis (Nov. 29, 1910- ), b. Kingsville, m. on
Aug. 24, 1952, Margaret Catherine MacIntyre (Oct. 2, 1914-May 28, 1996) ,
d/o Mary Jane MacDonald and Dan L. MacIntyre of Princeville, with issue:
a. Donald Gerard, B. Alexander, C. Robert Joseph, d. Linda Marie, e. Mary
Isabel. Roddie Alex is a fine Gaelic singer and has a great memory for
Gaelic songs and other Gaelic lore.
Donald Gerard (Donnie) MacInnis (1950- ), b. Inverness,
Alexander MacInnis (1955- ) m., on May 23, 1994, Peggy Ann
MacDonald (Oct. 2, 1955- ), d/o Margaret Viola MacLellan and Donald Allan
MacDonald. Alexander and Peggy live in Halifax where he is employed by
the CNR. (see: CIB, pp.385, 659)
Robert Joseph (Bobby) MacInnis (1957-Mar. 4, 1998), n/m, died in
Dartmouth, NS; nfi.
Linda Marie MacInnis (1959- ), b. Sydney, m., on Mar. 13, 1976,
Robert Archibald MacLellan (1958- ), s/o Grantie Cummings and Norman
Robert MacLellan of Glendale, with issue: i. Sandra Lee,
ii. Norman Roderick
Thomas. (see: CIB, p.663)
i. Sandra Lee
MacLellan (1976- ), b. Baddeck, m., on Jul. 27, 1996, Bruce Ellsworth
Embree (19968- ), s/o Shirley Murray and Sam Embree, with issue: ai.
Vanessa Dawn Embree (2001- (, b. Antigonish.
Roderick Thomas MacLellan (1985- ); nfi.
Mary Isabel MacInnis (1961- ), n/m, lives at home with her father;
III. Angus MacVarish
(ca.1840-Feb., 1911) b.Scotland m. Margaret MacRae (ca.1844- )
d/o "Widow" Mary MacRae of North
Mountain, with issue: 1. Mary; 2. Margaret;
3. Donald Alex; 4. Catherine; 5. Donald; 6.
Mary Jane. Angus MacVarish died at the age of 72.
1. Mary MacVarish
(ca,1870- ); nfi.
2. Margaret MacVarish
(ca.1873- ); nfi.
3. Donald Alex
MacVarish (ca.1874- ); nfi.
4. Catherine (Katie)
MacVarish (ca.1875- ); nfi.
5. Donald MacVarish
(ca.1878- ); in 1881; not in 1891; died young?
6. Mary Jane MacVarish
(ca.1879- ); nfi.
In the 1871 census, Angus is listed as a mason
by occupation. He moved, eventually, to Sydney Mines and died there in
1911, within three days of his mother's and sister's funerals. (see: GG,
p.84) He was a Catholic and his wife a Presbyterian. The children were
Catholic. Very likely, the children married in the Sydney area or moved
IV. Donald MacVarish (Dbmhnull
an Taillear) (ca.1842- ) b.Scotland m. Ellen MacDonald (ca.1846- ) d/o
Catherine Grant "Duncan" of Long Point and John MacDonald "Hugh Mór" of
Kingsville, (South Uist connection) with issue: 1. John; 2. Alexander
Daniel. Donald died prior to 1881 and his widow, Ellen, is listed in the
1891 census as a saloon-keeper. She later married Archie MacDonald "Rory"
of Glendale, without issue.
(see: GG, pp.31, 84)
1. John MacVarish
(ca.1868- ) b. in U.S.A.; nfi.
2. Alexander Daniel (Alex Dan)
MacVarish (Mar., 1871- ) m. Flora MacInnis sis/of "Sandy the Mason",
Mason Road. They lived in Maine. nfi.
(see: GG, p.60)
V. _______ MacVarish died in
infancy in Scotland
VI. ______ MacVarish died in
infancy in Scotland
VII. Margaret MacVarish
(ca.1843-Feb. 9, 1911) m. Hugh MacLean "Sam" (ca.1830- ) of River Denys,
with issue: 1. Catherine (Katie Ann); 2. Catherine; 3. Samuel; 4. Janet;
5. Mary; 6. Alexander Hugh; 7. Donald George; 8. Marcella; 9. Jane; 10.
N.B. In 1891, there was
also a grandchild, Lizzie Boyle, age 11 months; nfi.
1. Catherine (Katie
Ann) MacLean (ca.1866- ); nfi.
2. Catherine (Katie) MacLean
(ca.1868- ) (1).m. Angus "ag"
MacDonald of River Denys Road (S.Uist connection) his 2nd wife
and (2). m. Archie MacDonald "Dbmhnull
MacRuairi" , his 2nd wife. (see: IV.Donald, and GG, p.31,
84) No issue in either marriage.
3. Samuel L. MacLean
(ca.1870-1946) m. (1) on Jan. 24, 1893, in Port Hawkesbury, Charlotte
MacMaster (Aug. 15, 1872-Mar. 6, 1896), d/o Catherine Anne MacInnis of
Judique and Hugh MacMaster of Queensville. They had issue:
A. John Hugh, B. Dan
Hugh, C. Charlotte.
A. John Hugh
MacLean (1894-1964), died at River Denys?; nfi.
B. Dan Hugh
MacLean (1896- ); nfi.
4. Janet (Jessie)
MacLean (ca.1869-Feb. 17, 1956); m. _____ MacDonald, with issue: A.
Elizabeth. She lived at River Denys and kept a store there. She d. in
Sydney at the age of 87 an was buried from the home of her only surviving
brother, Alex Hugh, and was buried at River Denys. She left 5
grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
MacDonald m. _____ MacDougall and lived in Sydney Mines; nfi.
5. Mary MacLean
6. Alexander Hugh
MacLean (ca.1876-1963); nfi.
7. Donald George
MacLean (ca.1877-1963) m. Catherine (Katie) MacDonald, d/o Catherine
MacDonald “Aodh” and Angus “ag”
MacDonald of River Denys Mountain, with issue: A. Samuel, B. Eugene, C.
Hugh Angus, D. Allan John,
E. Catherine, F.
Mary. (see: GRDR, p.117)
(Sammy) MacLean; nfi D. Allan John MacLean, d.
age of 2 ˝ yrs.
MacLean; nfi. E. Catherine MacLean;
Angus MacLean; nfi. F. Mary MacLean;
8. Marcella MacLean
9. Jane MacLean
10. Margaret (Maggie)
MacLean (ca,1887- ) m. John Hugh Lamey
( -May 10, 1954), s/o
Annie MacMaster and William Lamey, Glenora, with issue:
A. William; B. Daniel;
C. Margaret; D. Sadie; E. James; F. Sam; G. Ranald.
(see: CIB, p287; GG,
pp.28, 31, 46, 84)
Hugh (Bill) Lamey m. Sarah Anne MacEachern d/o Catherine MacEachern
and Dougald A. MacEachern "Rob" res.: Glenora and Jamaica Plain, MA; with
issue: aii. Patricia; bii. William Jr.;
Margaret; dii. Lawrence; eii. Sarah; fii. Mary. (see: CIB, 293; Bill was
a prominent Cape Breton violinist and recording artist)
Lamey m. Jessie Mae MacEachern d/o Catherine MacEachern and Dougald A.
MacEachern "Rob"; res.: Glenora and Toronto; with issue:
Marie; bii. Catherine; cii. Brian.
VIII. Marcella MacVarish (ca.1846-
) m. James MacEachern "Hugh Ciobair"
(ca.1837-Aug. 20, 1893) of
Glendale, with issue: 1. Margaret; 2. Joseph; 3. Catherine;
4. John; 5. Janet (see: CIB,
p.457; GG, pp.48, 84)
1. Margaret (Maggie)
MacEachern (ca.1868- ) m. _______ in Montana; nfi.
2. Joseph (Joe)
MacEachern (ca.1870- ); nfi.
3. Catherine (Katie)
4. John MacEachern
(1869-Dec. 22, 1897); nfi.
5. Janet (Jessie)
MacEachern (Apr. 6, 1892-1974); nfi.
IX. Anne MacVarish (ca.1847- )
m. Peter Kenny; nfi.
X. Hugh MacVarish (Mar. 1,
1850-Apr. 21, 1923) m. Jessie Gillis "Alasdair Mór" (Oct. 10, 1862-Aug.10,
1953) with issue: (see: GG, p.84; GRDR, sect.5 p.44; attached sheets)
XI. George MacVarish (ca.1853- )
m. Catherine MacEachen (ca.1863- ) d/o Catherine Campbell, Glencoe, and
Allan MacEachen "Dbmhnull
MacPhadruig", Kingsville, with issue: 1. Catherine; 2. Donald; 3. Allan;
4. Catherine Mary; 5. Mary; 6. Alexander;
7. Mary Ann; 8. Margaret Isabel. (see: CIB,
p.463; GG pp.42, 84-85) His mother, Catherine, was living with him in
1891 and her age is given as 78, which ties in with Fr. Campbell's
1. Catherine (Katie)
MacVarish (Jan.12, 1887- ) m. Dan MacEachern; nfi.
2. Donald MacVarish
(Apr. 5, 1888-Feb.14, 1920) n.m.; buried in Glendale; nfi.
3. Allan MacVarish
(Dec.31, 1890-Nov.10, 1938), m.; died in Boston; nfi.
4. Catherine Mary (Kate
May) MacVarish (Feb.13, 1893- ) was Sister Mary Rose; nfi.
5. Mary MacVarish
(Mar.24, 1895- ) m. Joseph MacIsaac; lived in Sydney; nfi.
6. Alexander MacVarish
(Mar.17, 1898- ) m.Anne MacDougall; lived in Boston; nfi.
7. Mary Ann MacVarish
was Sister Loretta Vincent; nfi.
8. Margaret Isabel
MacVarish (1901-Aug. 3, 2004) entered the Daughters of Charity in
1923. Margaret Belle was given the name Sister Andrea. In 1966 she was
transferred to Villa St. Michael in Emmitsburg, MD, the province’s
retirement residence, and served as its administrator and local superior
until 1976. From there she went to Bon Secours DePaul Centre in Norfolk,
VA, where she served for 18 years - her last active assignment. She
returned to Emmitsburg in 1994; nfi.
XII. Christina (Christie)MacVarish
(ca.1855- ) m. John Smith nfi.
XIII. Mary MacVarish (ca.1858- ),
twin, m. Alexander Cameron "Duncan", Greenock, Scotland and Port Hastings,
w.i. 1. Jane; 2. Anne; 3. Alexander; 4. Mary Anne.
(see: HIC, p.166; GG p.84)
XIV. Jane MacVarish (ca.1858- ),
twin, m. Dougald MacCormick nfi.
Post-scripts: Mrs. Catherine MacVarish, in
her conversation with Fr. Archie Campbell, S.J., in 1907, stated that she
came from Moidart to Nova Scotia in 1843, at the age of thirty. This ties
in with her age as given in the 1891 census.
There were other MacVarishes from
Moidart in the Sydney area, East Bay, Creignish Rear, West Lake Ainslie
and South-West Margaree. Some of those in the Margaree area were also
intermarried with Stewarts, so it appears that both groups came out from
Moidart. The Inverness County MacVarishes are listed in the 1871 census
pages attached. It is highly probable that they were all related, as the
name is not a common one either here or in Scotland.
In the mid-1960s, there were still
MacVarishes at or near, Rhu, Arisaig, Scotland.
There are three MacVarishes listed
in the 1798 census in P.E.I. and their name is recorded as "McFarrish",
very close to the way it was pronounced in Gaelic or as it was by
Gaelic-speakers trying to say it in English.
Also, it is worthwhile to note
that the MacVarishes, MacLeods, Morrisons, MacKinnons and some of the
MacEachens in the Judique-Glendale area all came out in 1843, after many
of Clanranald's properties had been sold off. There must have been quite
an exodus from South Morar and Moidart at that time!
A census check of the Sydney area
should turn up more of these people, as many of them moved there in the
1880s and 1890s.
CIB = Cuir is Buain,
Glendale Gaelic & Historical Society, Glendale 2002
GG = Genealogical History
of Glendale, Jimmy MacKay et al, Glendale, 1975
GRDR = The Gillis Family of
River Denys Road, Margaret and Allan J. Gillis, Ottawa, 2001
HAM = History of Antigonish,
Raymond A. MacLean (Ed.), Antigonish, 1976
HOB = To the Hill of
Boisdale, Fr. Allan J.MacMillan, Sydney, 1986. A revised
edition was published
HIC = History of Inverness
County, John L. MacDougall, Truro, 1922
MJI = The MacDougalls of
Judique Intervale, Allan J. Gillis, Ottawa, 1975, ms.,
and various censuses: P.E.I. 1798; N.S. 1861;
Canada 1871, 1881, 1891, 1901
Little Genealogy by Allan and Elizabeth MacDonald (email:
April, 12, 2005, >From
Photographs of M.E.M. Donaldson
It was about 1908 that Miss Donaldson came to the Highlands with her
camera. "Herself" was of the Donaldson Shipping Line family and she was
very proud of her Domhnallach ancestry. Her studies were largely concerned
with the old Clan Donald lands. She died on 17th January 1958 leaving
behind a valuable collection of photographs of the western Highlands and
Islands. Some of the photographs are illustrated in a book entitled
"Herself" and presented by John Telfer Dunbar. The book is, unfortunately,
out of print. The ISBN is: 0 85158 133 1
MacDonald, Kinnigary, helped us identify some of the people featured in
the book, including some wonderful pictures of her great grandparents,
grandparents, uncles and aunts taken outside the old Kinnigary black
contains a photo of Moira's grandmother, Mary Ann MacDonald, née
Beaton, with her 4 children, Donald aged about 8 years, later drowned
whilst swimming in Morar River, Charlie, Kate b.1899 and Annie. Kate,
later married Sandy MacEachen, " Sandag Iain", Tougal and they had a
daughter, Elizabeth Ann. The foundations of the old thatched cottage can
still be seen at the foot of Kinnigary Brae, beside the burn.
has a picture of Moira's gt. grandmother, Annie MacDonald, carding wool
and on page 36 she is spinning, watched by her granddaughter. Page 37 is
another family group consisting of gt. grandmother Annie, her son, John,
his wife Mary Ann Beaton, children Charlie, Kate, Annie and Angusina, who
was Moira's mother. Angusina was a nurse and married John Campbell from
Barra. Charlie and Annie remained unmarried. On pages 38 and 39, gt.
grandmother continues spinning and winding wool and on page 40, she can be
seen feeding the hens. Another splendid photo has John wearing his
sou'wester and standing on the beach below Kinnigary John died in Rhu acha
a week before his 100th birthday.
another photo, John MacDonald's brother, Donald, is examining a peat
cutter and yet another picture shows him enjoying a smoke beside his boat.
Donald was a tug- master, for many years, with the Clyde Port Authority.
Page 66 contains a lovely photo, which has been much reproduced, of
Moira's Uncle Charlie, aged about 8 or 9, barefoot and clad in his wee
kilt and tweed, hill jacket, standing above the bay, with a brace of what
may be haddock, in his hand. In his adult life Charlie was always known
as, "Charlie Rhu acha Mhbr".
67 there is charming photo of Christina MacVarish carrying a bundle of
brushwood for the fire. Christina was the daughter of Neil MacVarish and
Margaret MacRae and her brothers were, Donald, John, Sandy "the Post" and
Angus who ran the Post Office on the family croft in Bracara. Christina's
father, Neil MacVarish was drowned off Eilean Ighe, Arisaig. Christina
married Sandy MacDonald and they lived in Meoble. Their son, Neillie with
his wife MBiri
and children, were the last of the native families resident in Meoble.
Christina's husband, Sandy and his brother, John MacDonald, Inverosie,
were natives of Moidart. John was married to Isabella MacDougall from Glen
Nevis. Their daughter, Ishbel MacLellan, one of 8 children, lives in
shows a photo of Allan MacEachen, who had a croft at Kinsadel and the now
derelict dwelling was the family home of his son, Hugh, or, Ebghainn
whose wife was a Barra woman. Their children were Archie, John and Mary
Ann. Page 51 is a photo of Donald Macallister (see next page) standing on
the old Rhue pier. The old pier was in good condition then. Macallister,
who lived at Morroch, used to row M.E.M.D. on the 6 and a half hour
journey to Eigg. He is buried in the old cemetery of Cill Maol Ruadh,
where no headstone remains to show us his grave.
and 47 contain photos of Angus MacLellan, Seaview, Morar, cutting peats
and cleaning the well. The likeness to his nephew, Ronnie Seaview, is
shows Katie Ann MacDonald, Bourblach, Morar, who was one of a family who
lived in the 2, now derelict buldings on the shore. One of the buildings
was a shop.
is a picture of Ronald MacLaughlin who used to live in Rhubana and was the
gamekeeper for Arisaig estate. Ronald's son John, was married to Lily
MacEachen of Knoydart and they had one unmarried son, Ronnie. John was
water bailiff for Prentice until he retired and came to live in the
cottage in the Square at Cross Farm. Lily predeceased John. Her two
sisters, Maggie and Kate had worked in Traigh, with the Shaw Stewarts, for
many years and when they retired in the early 60s, they came to keep house
for their brother-in-law, at Cross. Flora, another of Lily's sisters, was
married to Donald Duncan MacLellan, who was originally from Riverside,
Morar, and latterly, of Traigh Farm where he was farm manager. Their
children were, Duncan, Ishbel and James.
features Angus MacDonald, one of the accomplished piping brothers from Bun
a Chaimbe, South Morar - although I think that the Arisaig people could
claim them as their own. As a young man Angus was estate agent on the
estate of South Morar for Aeneas (Aoghnas) MacDonnel. He was taught piping
by Duncan Campbell, Foss and also by the MacKays who were composers and
pibroch players. Angus was unable to compete in the public arena until he
was 41 but then, with his brother George, competed at all the major games
in the North. Between them, they took all the premier prizes in the area.
Angus was a renowned piper of world class and his advice on the Cebl
was keenly sought by amateur and professional pipers. Although Angus was
unmarried, the descendants of his siblings, some of whom are fine
musicians, still live in the district.
44 is a photo of a man with a wooden, agricultural, implement, not unlike
a plough but, this it appears that this was for hoeing between the rows of
turnips. This is Sandy "a' Gheamair", MacKellaig, grandfather of CatrXona,
and Mairead, MacKellaig, Beoraid.