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12.10.1998    I am looking for information on the Family related to Catherine Spence who was from Bowmore on the Isle of Islay. She was born abt. 1846. Catherine's parents were Peter Spence(who Christening was Nov. 4, 1807 in Killarrow, Argyll, Sct.) Peter was a Journeyman Caulker at the time of Marriage(January 31, 1834) to Margaret Leslie, who was born July 2, 1804 in Glasgow, Lanark, Scotland. They also had Janet Spence born May 20, 1834 & David Spence born abt. 1836. Peter Spence's Parents were David Spence & Janet McDonald, who were married abt. 1806.

Catherine Married on Sept. 10, 1867, In Greenock to Lachlan Beaton (born abt.1831, who was from Mull). Lachlan also was a Journeyman Caulker. Best Wishes, Suzanne Cain Beaton


12.10.1998    I am seeking information on the McNaughton family of Islay, possibly from
a farm called Ballytarsin. Specifically seeking info on Alexander
McNaughton, his brother Duncan McNaughton and Duncan's wife Margaret
Fisher McNaughton.

Alexander McNaughton came to New York colony in 1738 to settle the Argyle
Patent, a venture led by Laughlan Campbell. Alexander's brother, Duncan
McNaughton, apparently died in Scotland. I would like to know where
Duncan is buried. Duncan's widow, Margaret Fisher McNaughton, came to New
York colony with her children prior to the American Revolution and
settled on land in Rutland County, Vermont, owned by her brother Donald
Fisher. This land was very near the Argyle patent property in Washington
Co., NY, where her brother-in-law Alexander McNaughton and his family

I am descended from Duncan and Margaret's son, Findlay McNaughton, born
Scotland, possibly Islay, ca. 1742-52, died West Pawlet, VT, 1798.

I would be interested in exchanging information about the McNaughton and
Fisher families, both in Islay and New York. Also interested in the
Argyle Patent.

I have long been hoping to get more information about these families
Scottish roots.
Thanks, Nancy Thomson


12.10.1998    I am working with the Islay Family History Society to help them digitise
some of the data they hold.  The Finlaggan Trust on Islay is also
digitising records.  the information which will be entered onto computer
includes census records 1841 - 1891 and Old Parish Records.  The Family
History Society have a number of photographs which will be scanned.
These include school photos, many of which can be matched to school
rolls and the individuals identified.  They also have photographs of
places in Islay.
Melody McKay Burton
IT Advisor, Argyll & the Islands Enterprise
              (44) 1546 605421

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