Looking for information on Frederick MacDonald

+6 votes
Estimated DOB  1769 Born in Scotland, Married Mary Ann McLean of Scotland Immigrated to PEI in about 1800 to the best of my knowledge they had 11 childen.  I have looked everywhere I can think of.
in Genealogy Help by Colleen MacDonald G2G Crew (770 points)
retagged by Maria Maxwell
Interesting. I am also looking for an unusual name; Fralton MacDonald b. abt. 1850 perhaps near Aberdeen.


2 Answers

+2 votes

Hi Colleen

Possible: there were two main migrations of Highland Scots to PEI in the period you are considering.  The first, 1790, consisted of three (I think) ships from the Clanranald estates.  The ships names, that I know, were Lucy, Jane and British Queen.  There would have been a large number of MacDonalds aboard these ships.  The second migration was in 1803 when Thomas Douglas, 5th Earl of Selkirk took around 800 to populate his grant.  Many of these would have been MacDonald as he took families from around Skye.  

Frederick is however an unusual name for a Macdonald of that period, particularly c 1790.  Are you sure he wasn't Ludovick/Ludvick/Lodvick or Roderick?  Also if you know his religion it might help.  The Clanranald estates would have been Catholic while the Selkirk migration was more likely to have been Protestant.

Drop me a note if any of this hits the mark.  There are a number of resources that are available.


by Doug Straiton G2G6 Mach 2 (20.8k points)
Good Morning - Thank you for your response.  I have looked further into this and found a document that said  "Michael McDonald, son of old Fred (Farraher) McDonald"  What does this mean.  I have not been able to find any further information on Michael's father
Hi Colleen. I think I would have to see this in context.  Farraher is an unusual name, it might be derived from Irish (west coast - Galway) or Scottish Farquhar.  In Scotland, at least, it was sometimes seen as a first name as well as a surname.  It was popular in Scotland, up to about the 16th Century, as a first name for a number of the Highland families.  There is a popular Highland fiddler today, from the Isle of Syke, called Farquhar MacDonald.  This may be a clue.  Any chance of sending me the document?


Is there an email I can share information with you?
I agree that Farraher could be an attempt to mean Farquhar (pron. close to Farwhar) .

Possible is in Tyree Parish Register:(OPR 551/1)

Farquhar McDonald son to Donald McDonald and Anne McKinnon 12 Feb 1769

There was a Roderick born in that island parish in 1776 to a Donald McDonald but unfortunately no mother's name recorded but often abode is mentioned which helps sort out the many Donald McDonalds.
+1 vote
I'm at a dead end there as well.

Might be a brother to Roderick Mcdonald.  The oldest map I have of where they settled (where my family still lives) shows the two of them sharing a couple plots of land.  You might have more luck tracing down Roderick.


I have some history if you want to share.  I am still stuck at Frederick - but I am not giving up.  I was in PEI last year and found a cemetery in Grand River that has his name along with his wife's.  (I did take a photo- that i can share) But that seems to be the end of it.

Related questions

+4 votes
2 answers
107 views asked Dec 16, 2019 in Genealogy Help by Bernard Vatant G2G6 Mach 3 (39.9k points)
+1 vote
3 answers
+4 votes
3 answers
265 views asked Dec 28, 2014 in Genealogy Help by anonymous
+1 vote
0 answers
+1 vote
2 answers
121 views asked Apr 27, 2020 in Genealogy Help by anonymous
0 votes
0 answers
42 views asked Apr 22, 2020 in Genealogy Help by Janet MacDonald G2G Rookie (130 points)

WikiTree  ~  About  ~  Help Help  ~  Search Person Search  ~  Surname:

disclaimer - terms - copyright