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looking for relatives

Beverly J LaPorte (View posts)
Posted: 14 Aug 2002 12:39AM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: macilwraith
Greetings All
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.

Thanks

Bev LaPorte
btw ( dont mind the French last name- must be the "auld alliance thing- its my married name.)

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