Monday, 11 April 2011

Napier witnesses: Angus Macarthur

Angus Macarthur gave evidence at Miavaig, Uig, Lewis as a representative of Great Bernera. Although the census does not specify the township where he lived, enumeration district 9 does include that island.

We find Angus, aged 52, in the 1881 census with a family of 8 children. He is married to Margaret (44), with  Catherine (24), Donald (22, fisherman), Henrietta (19), Chirsty (14), Mahu [?] (9), Isabella (7), Kenina (4) and Mary (9 mo). The same family appears in 1871, when Angus's mother Ann (85) is also in the house.

In 1861, we find Angus and his wife Margaret (25) at Bosta, where they are staying with his parents Donald (75) and Ann (74). One of Angus's siblings resides at home, Margaret (31). Three of Angus's children are in the house as well, Cathrine (6), Donald (3) and Mary Ann (1). Donald senior was to die some 7 months after the census was taken. Helen was another sister of Angus's, which is not shown in the 1861 census.

Angus and Margaret were married in 1854. Angus Macarthur died on 1 July 1903; Margaret passed away nearly fifteen years later on 13 January 1918.
Hebridean Connections holds more information on this witness.

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