Messages gleaned from the RootsWeb Islay Mailing List
is a parish in the southeastern portion of Islay, containing Port Ellen. It covers
most of the southeastern portion of the Island while Killarrow covers the northeastern
portion. This I discovered while searching for my g-g-grandmother, Isabella McDuffie
who was born in Killlarrow, in 1808 to Alexander McDuffie and Elizabeth Somebody, whom I have not been able to find as yet. I don't know anything anything about the Gillies or Gillises except that I have been told that that name meant servant. Since this is just a new website I have not received any response. I think that any info I may find in here might be more germain to my family than what I find in a huge site like LANARK-L due to the much smaller population. Happy New Year and good hunting. Dorothy Nicassio
1.16.99 My family of
Mc/MacTaggarts originated on the Oa, Islay, and subsequently lived elsewhere in Kildlaton
parish, at Ardmore, Ardtalla, Proaig, Suirnish, etc. I have our family tree back to 1767.
My branch left Islay in 1923 although others of our MacTaggarts were in the Port
Ellen area until 1939.
I am trying to trace the descendants of Donald McTaggart, who left Islay
probably as a widow, with five young sons, probably in the period about
1892-1900, maybe a little later. We suspect he emigrated to Canada or the
US. These are the details :
Donald McTaggart born 1853, Islay, died abroad (?)
wife Anne Morrison, born 1855-57, died 27 March 1888, Islay
Dugald, b. 15 March 1882, Ardtalla, Islay, Argyll
Archibald, b. 2 April 1883, Ardtalla, Islay, Argyll
John, b. 1884, presumably Islay
Alexander, b. 2 Nov. 1885, Ardtalla, Islay, Argyll
Thomas, b. 2 Feb 1888, Ardtalla, Islay, Argyll
Donald McTaggart, widowed, appears in the 1891 Census and 1890 Voters Roll on Islay
Donald's sons would have died in the 1960s-70s, had they lived a full life. Given the predominance of males, descendants in the present day bearing the name McTaggart seem likely.
I am also interested in hearing from other Mac/McTaggarts who originated on Islay, especially from the parishes of Kildalton and Oa. Many went to Canada and elsewehere in the mid 1800s. I believe some settled in Islay, Alberta, some in McTaggart, Saskatchewan, and many more in Ontario. I have details of some of these families.
Regards, Kenneth D. MacTaggart, Inverness, Scotland
Coinneach Mac an t-Sagairt, Inbhir-nis
1.17.99 Hi, I am seeking information about my g-Grandparents William OMNET (b Jan 9, 1844 Kilchoman) and Margaret MACQUEEN (b Islay) married June 22, 1866 in Greenock. Scotland. They and 3 children came to Ontario, Canada in 1874. William's father (John?) was raised on Islay by a CHALMERS family. his wife's name was Christine. Would like to hear from anyone researching these families. Thanks, Peggy
1.20.99 Any information regarding the late Reverend Donald Caskie, alias the Tartan Pimpernel of Scots Kirk Paris would be very gratefully appreciated. Andrew Sandilands