My family (Hugh Macilwraith) sailed from Greenock Scotland aboard the HMS Buckinghamshire in Apr. of 1782, bound for Canada. Hugh, was a weaver in Paisley Renfreshire- he married Jean Finlay (or Findlay) Stewart and brought her along with thier two sons to Cnd. I have been unable to go back any further than thier wedding, so I am not even sure when Hugh was born, or who his parents might be.
Although he was a weaver in Paisley, Hugh farmed in the New Lanark area of Ontario-which makes me wonder if he became a weaver out of necessity.
Logic says, that his grandfather most likely fought in the '45 or at the very least was a middle aged man then. So, that would place Hugh as a second generation post '45. It is likely that his grandfather and father may have been victims of the clearances.
I am wondering if anyone can tell me if any Macilwraiths still inhabit Skye and Mull? I am also wondering if the MacDonald chieftains cleared off their tenants after the '45, and if so, where would one find records ( if any exist) of the clearances, especially detailing family names.
Also, he had a brother who went ( was sent?) to Australia- we recently found this branch of the family, after having been missing for over 200 years.
Any information forthcoming would be greatly appreciated.
btw ( dont mind the French last name- must be the "auld alliance thing- its my married name.)