Sunday, 24 April 2011

Napier witnesses: Donald Macdonald

Donald Macdonald is 50 years of age when he gives evidence to the Napier Commission in Breasclete. We find him on the 1881 census with his wife Maggy, who in 1891 is referred to as Peggie. It should be born in mind that both are abbreviations / corruptions of Margaret.

They have six of a family in 1881, Angus (15), Murdoch (13), Bella (12), Mary A (10), Donald (4) and Anne (1). The 1881 census shows the curious discrepancy of putting Carloway in the parish of Lochs. In 1891, the family is in Park (Carloway). Donald is 58, and Peggie 50. Since 1881, Kenneth was born, aged 8 in '91. The other children are all still in the home, with the exception of the eldest, Angus.

By 1871, Donald and Margaret (Peggy) are shown with their eldest three children, Andrew [Angus?], aged 5 (should be 15), Murdo (8) and Issabella (5). Donald is a fisherman in the Carloway area.

Donald Macdonald passed away on 18 February 1899, aged 65, having suffered indigestion for a year. His parents are given as Angus and Ann Macdonald, his wife's name is Margaret nee Maciver. Donald's son Kenneth registered the death in his home township of Carloway.

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