· Research still in progress
Looking for Margaret McLeod in Scotland.
Information to go by:
Margaret , daughter of Janet McKay & William McLeod was born about 1817 in Scotland, probably in Kinlochbervie, Sutherland Shire.
When Janet & the rest of the family [Donald, Wilhelmina, Ann & Christina] boarded the “James Moran” in Oct. 1838, Margaret did not board with the rest of the family . Oral history was that she stayed to marry her beloved also called McLeod.
The will of Ann McLeod dated 1901 leaves50 pounds “to my sister Margaret McLeod wife of Donald McLeod of Thurso Scotland”.
Search Scotlandspeople for birth of Margaret MacLeod./all areas.
Search Scotlandspeople for marriage Margaret McLeod & Donald McLeod
· Marriage 16th March 1855–Eddrachilis, County of Sutherland , at Kinlochbervie. Marriage [ after banns] was solemnized between us according to the forms of the rites & ceremonies of the free Church of Scotland.
DONALD MACLEOD, 39, 2nd Marriage [2 children], Fisher, present residence Oldshore, Usual residence Oldshore, Born at Oldshore, not registered, son of:
F. Hugh MacLeod, cottar.
M. Christy MacLeod,m.s. Morrison.
To Margt. MacLeod, 35, spinster, house servant, present residence Oldshore, Usual residence Oldshore, born at Kinlochbervie, not registered, daughter of:
F. William MacLeod, tenant.
M. Janet Macleod,m.s. MacKay.
Signed thomas Fraser, free Church Minister at Kinlochbervie.
Witness Donald McLean [ ? McLeod]
[Oldshore More is a small village on the N.W. coast of Sutherland District of highland council area. It lies 2K S.E. of Oldshore Beg & 3 K N.W. of Kinlochbervie.]
· BIRTH 19th March 1861,Stromness, County of Orkney.
At North End, Stromness.
Mary McLeod, daughter of :
F. Donald McLeod, labourer [General], informant.
M.Margaret McLeod,m.s, McLeod.
Parents Marriage 1855 March, Sutherland.
· 1881 census Mary A McLeod born 1861 found in Thurso.
At Rotterdam Street, Thurso.
Mary Ann Mcleod, servant, unmarried ,aged 20, Profession nurse dom. Servant, birth place Orkney, Stromness.
[ In the household of James W. Galloway , Bank Agent.]
Search of Scotlandspeople censuses for Donald McLeod & Margaret McLeod in Thurso.
· 1881 Census at Wilson St Thurso.
Donald McLeod,Head. Married, aged 66,Gen. Labourer, Birthplace, Sutherlandshire, Kinlochbervie.
Margaret McLeod, wife, married, aged 62,House wife, Birthplace, Sutherlandshire, Kinlochbervie.
· 1891 census of Thurso, Scotland
Banks St, Thurso.
Donald McLeod, head of house, married. aged 66, general labourer, born Sutherland, Kinlochbervie, Gaelic & English.
Margaret McLeod, wife, married, aged 72, born Sutherland, Kinlochbervie, Gaelic & English.
· DEATH OF MARGARET McLEOD
1898, Parish of Thurso, in the county of Caithness.
Margaret MacLeod, married to Donald MacLeod, Stonecutter.
December 2nd 1898 at Bank St Thurso. Female, aged 75 years.
Father William MacLeod, crofter[deceased]
Mother Janet MacLeod [maiden Name CLARK ] deceased.
Dry gangrene of foot, ? failure
MARY DAVIDSON DAUGHTER present.
· Death of Donald McLeod
1901 Parish of Thurso, in the county of Caithness.
Stonecutter, widower of Margaret McLeod
February 25th 1901, Bank St Thurso, Male aged 82
Father Hugh McLeod, farmer [deceased]
Mother Christina McLeod [maiden name Morrison]
Mary A Davidson daughter present.
ALSO NOTE the name given for Margarets mother is Janet MacLeod [MAIDEN NAME CLARK]
In Janets death cert. the name of Janets mother was given as CHRISTIAN CLARK also.
& in the shipping docs her mothers name is given only as Christian.
· Marriage 25 November 1887 St. Andrew, Burgh of Edinburgh.
At No. 43 Thistle St, Edinburgh.
After publication according to the free Church.
James Davidson, 27, Bachelor,Tailor[Journeyman], No. 8 West Adam St.,Edinburgh, son of:
F. James Davidson, Cotton Weaver, deceased.
M. Mary Davidson M.S. Davidson.
To Mary Ann McLeod, 26, Spinster,laundress. No. 8 West Adam St. Edinburgh, daughter of :
F. John McLeod, stone hewer.
M. Mary McLeod,m.s. McLeod.
Signed Charles Wedderburn, Minister.
Witness Thomas McIlwraith.
Despite the incorrect first names for Mary’s parents, I think this is the correct marriage of Mary Ann McLeod.
· 1891 census St Cuthberts, Edinburgh.
James Davidson, Head, Married, 33, tailor, birthplace Edinburgh.
Mary Davidson, wife, married,32, Birthplace Stromness, Orkney [speaks gaelic & English.]
Robert Blair, adopted, 10 months, birthplace Edinburgh, St Giles.
· Death 26 August 1931 District of wick, County of Caithness.
2 Whitehouse Lane , Wick.
James Davidson, tailor, married to Mary Ann McLeod. Aged 70 years, cerebral Haemorrhage. Informant David Mackay friend.
· Death 27 February 1937. Wick, County of Caithness. At 2 Whitehouse Lane Wick.
Mary Ann Davidson, 75, widow of James Davidson, Tailor, daughter of;
Informant. David Mackay, neighbour.
Summary so far:
Margaret McLeod , daughter of William McLeod & Janet McKay, did not emigrate with the rest of the family in 1838 on the “James Moran”. Oral history was that she had stayed in Scotland to marry her beloved Donald McLeod.
However the marriage did not take place until 17 years later in 1855. From the marriage certificate Donald McLeod was previously married with two children.
There is a marriage of a Donald McLeod to a Janet Mackay in 1834 in Eddrachillis.
There is a death of a Janet Macleod in 1855 in Eddrachillis.[ Her age was however 75 ] so that seems too old, but the coincidence is interesting.
There are at least 7 births with Donald McLeod as the registered father in Eddrachillis between 1834 & 1855 but no way of determining which may have been the children of the Donald we are interested in.
No births were found to Margaret & Donald McLeod in Eddrachillis between 1838 & 1855, nor any found registered in the name of Margaret McLeod separately.
There is the birth of Mary Ann McLeod in Stromness, Orkney in 1861.
I could not find any births 1855 to 1861 in Kinlochbervie or Stromness that may be other children of Donald & Margaret McLeod. This search was extended to 1875 without result.
Donald & Margaret were in Thurso, Caithness by 1881 [ census] & seem to have continued to live there until their deaths in 1898 & 1901.
The marriage was found for Mary Ann McLeod & James Davidson in Edinburgh in 1887 [ despite the incorrect first names of Mary Ann’s parents, I think this is Mary McLeod ].
In an 1891 census in Edinburgh the couple had an adopted 10 month child Robert Blair.
I could not find further children born to Mary Ann & James Davidson.
At some point they moved to Wick, Caithness as they were there at the times of their death in 1931 & 1937.
Transcription of Tif Certificates
1891 Census Bank St Thurso.
Donald McLeod, head of house, married, age 66, general labourer,
Born Sutherland Kinlochbervie, speaks Gaelic & English.
Margaret McLeod, wife, age 72, Born Sutherland Kinlochbervie, speaks Gaelic & English.
One room with one or more windows.
1898 Deaths in Parish of Thurso, County of Caithness.
Margaret MacLeod, married to Donald MacLeod, stonecutter.
1898 December second, Bank St, Thurso, female, age 75 years.
Father William MacLeod, crofter [deceased]
Mother Janet MacLeod, maiden surname Clark. [deceased]
Cause of death Dry gangrene of foot, heart failure. Certified by D. ?Pearson, MB, Thurso.
Mary Davidson, daughter present, of ?Wilson St Thurso.
Dated 1898 December 3rd at Thurso, Andrew ?, Registrar.
1901 Deaths in Parish of Thurso, County of Caithness.
Donald McLeod, stonecutter, widower of Margaret McLeod.
1901 February twenty fifth, 2h 30 am.
Bank St, Thurso, male, aged 82 years.
Father Hugh McLeod.[ deceased]
Mother Christina McLeod, maiden surname Morrison [deceased]
Cause of death bronchitis. Certified by D. ? Durran, MB, Thurso.
Mary A Davidson daughter present.
Dated 1901 Feb. 26 at Thurso,? Hanson Registrar.