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Mini Biographies of Scots and Scots Descendants (Mc)
MacMaster Family

Country: Canada
Clan Associations: MacInnes - Buchanan
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The Mac Master name is an old one and is said to be of a clerical nature. The name can be found on record in the year 1433, An.III Eugenii IV, a Papal letter from Rome.

Yes it is true that there is no Mac Master 'clan.' History has it that they were a clan at one time--until the 15th century it seems. They are now a family (sometimes referred to as a 'sept') -- in the clan Buchanan primarily, as they apparently married into the clan centuries ago. The clan Mac Innes also considers them a sept of their clan, but the exact way in which that relationship was established is unclear!  More information to follow...

The lines that I am interested in are as follows; Donald MacMaster (weaver) and his wife Catherine MacEachern, (Nighean Aonghneas ic Tearleach) both are apparently from Lochaber (Fort William) via Moidart. They both left for Nova Scotia (New Scotland) and Arrived in Antigonish in the year 1801, and after a brief stay they moved to Creignish, in Cape Breton in the year 1802. This Marriage produced four sons and three daughters!

From the records that are available, Donald was born about the year 1765-1766 in Scotland, and he and his wife had two children before leaving (that I can tell). His son Duncan was born about the year 1792-1793 in Scotland, and a daughter Annie, who was apparently married to a Rory MacDonald of South Uist, and had three boys John-born-1798 in Scotland, Archie-born-1799 in Scotland, and Allan-born-1800 in Scotland. They also went to Nova Scotia at the same time as the rest of Annies family, and probable Rorys' too! 

Also on that ship was a John MacMaster "Iain Mac Ewen ic Iain" (stone house; he was called this because of the stone house he built and is still standing to this day in Creignish!) He was a first cousin to Donald (weaver), it is also a chance that they where brothers? From what I know this man came from a place called Achintee Ho, outside of Fort William, he was not married before leaving. Acording to records available, John was born about the year 1773-1774 in Scotland. Upon arrival in Antigonish he married to a Mary MacIsaac, The issue of that marriage was five sons and seven daughters

If anyone out there has any information on these families in Canada or Scotland, a reply would be great!

P.S.- The Scots where very bad or good at not telling people their correct age, take this into consideration when comparing this information to your own for a match!

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