Looking for McSweens who came from the Isle of Skye
MCSWEEN CASTLE / ISLE OF SKYE
I answered one of Judith's messages directly, not realizing I could post to the whole list.
I have a copy of an article on CASTLE SWEEN. I also have a long list of McSween's and MacSweyn that date back to a Sveinn born 820 died 890.
The castle is in the care of "HBMD, Scottish Development Department (formerly the Office of Works), since 1933.
Would love to share what little I have with others or just get to know "relatives"
Cindy McSween Sheldon
dear cindy, i am a neophyte in the geneology department, also in the computer department. both my parents were from scotland, my uncle malcolm who is the last of my dad's siblings and who lives in gourock, tells me that 3-4 generations back we came from skye a town called uig and that john mcswan, a fisherman was drowned. i believe his wife's name was rebecca. at that time there was a adoption and our family name changed to dick, this was the name of the woman who attended rebecca in childbirth after which rebecca passed away, and the child john name was changed from mcswan to dick, my dad brought back a copy of that name change in 1965. i know that there are more than on spelling of our name, also have been told we are mcqueens,and or mcdonalds. any enlightenment would be greatly appreciated.
one of our family names is mcswan, both my parents are from scotland,
my uncle malcolm, who lives in gourock, tells me that 3-4 generations back john mcswan lived in uig on the isle of skye, i have heard there are various spellings, i have also here we are part of the mcqueens or mcdonalds any further info would be greatly appreciated. many thanks, pjmcswan
Just in case there is any confusion from the message string, Castle Sween is in Knapdale, on the Argyll mainland, not in Skye. It is supposed to be the oldest stone built castle in Scotland. the connection is with the McSweens but by the 15th century it was in the keeping of first the McNeills of Gigha and finally, through marriage, of Alexander Macmillan, whose high cross is nearby at Kilmory Knap. Like everything on that coast it was ravaged as part of the ousting of the Mcdonald Lords of the Isles 1479-93 and the lands fell into Campbell hands.
I have somewhere around 400 - 500 McSwan's here in Australia.
Originally 4 brothers from the Isle of Skye sailed to Australia n a ship called 'Midlothian' which arrived in Sydney on 12 Dec 1932.
The parents of these brothers are recorded as :
Hugh (Ewan) - No surname
I would like to track back the McSwan's of Australia into Scotland but have no idea whether the name was changed and how to go about doing it.
in resonse to brendan clarke's query about mcswan's in scotland, i have recently gotten more information about my MCSWANS. they came from Husabost, Parish of Duirinish, Uig, Isle of skye. this would be my g,g grandfather Malcolm MCSWAN lived there his whole life from abt. 1800 until 1883, gave his occupation on various census as tenant, fisherman and crofter. married Marion MCDERMID who died 29 june 1877 aged 70. they had 6 children Angus, Margaret, John (my great grandfather) Mary, Swain and Christian. there name appears as both MCSWAN and MCSWAIN in various documents. I have had e-mail correspondence from someone living now in the area. she says there are still MCSWANS there, so Brendan, skye might be the place to start. good hunting, Patricia Dick
I am also looking for connections to MacSwans in Skye.
My g.grandmother was Dorcas MacSwan from Ramassaig, Duirinish. Her parents were John MacSwan and Mary Chisholm. * John's Parents were John MacSwan/Macsween and Margaret McDiarmid. Trying to find death dates for last mentioned family. I believe John and Margaret lived on the
Island of Isay. They had acording to 1841 census the following children: Donald, Norman, Angus,* John, Alex, Malcolm, Finlay, and a second John. Would appreciat any further information.
I am having great dificulty tracing my family back from the dock in Skye. One rumour that has passed down or across , is that my GGGF ( Alexander MacPherson) was from Husabost. In your research have you seen the MacPherson or Ross (GGGM) names ? Thanks
perhaps we have a connection. my MACSWANS as far back as i have gotten were on Skye, Uig, parish of Duirunish in a village called Husabost around 1780 until at least the 1881 census. Angus MacSwan (crofter) my g-g-g grandfather
Malcolm " (crofter/fisherman) g-g "
John " (merchant seaman) g-"
William John "
Malcolm Macswan m. Marion MacDermid b. around 1807 (daughter of Angus MacDermid and Christina Martin)
Malcolm & Marion's children were: Angus(1832)
perhaps due to death of
of the first mary.
of these children:
John m. Marion MacDonald 9 dec 1870
glasgow. child William John b. 14feb 1872
Margaret m. Laughlin MacLean
child Marion MacLean b. 25 aug 1866
if you think we have a connection, i'd love to hear from you. also now, i understand there are at least 4 families of MacSwans still on Skye. Good Hunting, Patricia J. Dick