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McFatters of Argyll, Scotland

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While today (2019) McFatters and common variants can be found in the USA, Canada, across Great Britain, and even further abroad, it appears that all McFatters stem from the same small small area of Argyll, Scotland: Kilcolmkill and Kilblaan (now Southend) and Killean and Kilchenzie, on the Kintyre peninsula.

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17th Century

Three men surnamed McPhater are recorded as having hearths in the parishes of "kilcomkill kilchivan kilblaan and South kintyr", in the Hearth Tax Records of Argyll and Buteshire in 1693. They are two men named Duncan, and one man named Neill.

Duncan M'Fater and his wife Margaret N'Tavish had two daughters, Mary and Christian, and his wife's death is recorded in 1694 (Argyll. Inv.) This Duncan is likely identical to one of the two Duncans named in the hearth tax record from a year before.

18th Century

"McFatter" (no first name) married Mary Kelly, Jun 1786, Killean and Kilchenzie. FindMyPast, Scotland Marriages 1561-1910. Judging from their daughter Marion's birth record, this man was named Donald.

Jean McFater married Andrew Stewart, 02 Jun 1798, Saddell and Skipness, Argyll. FindMyPast, Scotland Marriages 1561-1910.

Donald McPhater married Barbara Menzies, 16 Aug 1822, in Campbeltown, Argyll, Scotland. FindMyPast, Scotland Marriages 1561-1910.

Archibald McFatter married Blue Killvan, 06 Mar 1834, in Killean and Kilchenzie. FindMyPast, Scotland Marriages 1561-1910.

Jean McPhater married Robert Currie, 13 Jun 1836, in Campbeltown, Argyll, Scotland. FindMyPast, Scotland Marriages 1561-1910.

Hugh Macfoter (McFatter), born 1797 in Inveraray, a shoemaker by trade, was charged with "Assault with intent to ravish". National Records of Scotland, AD14/26/267, "Precognition Against Hugh Macfoter".

Some McFatters found in "Scotland Births and Baptisms, 1564-1950," database, FamilySearch.

Jean, christened 22 Oct 1765, Killean & Kilchenzie. Father: William McFatter.

Chursty, christened 12 June 1770, Killean & Kilchenzie. Father: William McFatter.

Betty, christened 12 May 1779, Killean & Kilchenzie. Father: Archibald McFatter.

Cathrine, born 21 Feb 1785, Killean & Kilchenzie. Parents: Neill McFatter and Ann McKillop.

Angus, born 13 Nov 1786, Killean & Kilchenzie. Parents: Archibald McFatter and Catherine Kerr.

Donald, born 1786, Killean & Kilchenzie. Parents: Niell Macfatter and Isabella McCorquodale.

Marrion, born 28 May 1787, Killean & Kilchenzie. Parents: Donald McFatter and Mary Kelly.

Archibald, christened 30 June 1788, Killean & Kilchenzie. Parents: Archibald McFatter and Catherine Kerr.

Isabella, christened 2 July 1788, Killean & Kilchenzie. Parents: Neill McFatter and Isabella Maccorqodale.

Janet and Neill, christened 29 Sep 1788, Killean & Kilchenzie. Parents: Donald McFatter and Janet Mccaog/McMillan.

Mary, christened 8 Aug 1789, Killean & Kilchenzie. Parents: James McFatter and Mary Ker.

John, born 17 March 1793, Killean & Kilchenzie. Parents: Archibald McFatter and Catherine Kerr.

Barbra, christened 10 Feb 1794, Killean & Kilchenzie. Parents: Donald McFatter and Janet Mccaig.

Christian, born 23 Apr 1794, Eaglesham, Renfrewshire. Parents: James McFatter and Mary Kier.

Hugh, christened 11 Dec 1795, Killean & Kilchenzie. Parents: Neill McFatter and Isabella Mccorqodale.

Agnes, born 10 Jan 1799, Eaglesham, Renfrewshire. Parents: James McFatter and Mary Kier.

Kate, born December 1799, Killean & Kilchenzie. Parents: Archibald McFatter and Catherine Kerr.

19th century

Isabella McPhater, Drumore, had a paternity suit against William Patterson (farm servant of Matthew Langlands), in Campbeltown, 1843. Source: Scottishindexes.com, Sheriff Court Paternity Case.

Archibald McPhatter, farm servant of Smerby, Campbeltown, was the defendant in a paternity case against Christina Darroch (formerly servant of James Stewart of Smerby), in 1865. Source: Scottishindexes.com, Sheriff Court Paternity Case.

1779 census of the Duke of Argyll's estate

A "Finlay McPhader", age 40, and his wife and sons Malcolm and John are found living in Kilfinichen & Kilvickeon. Are these McFatters?





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Thanks to Jessica for this helpful compilation. Donald McPhater, (McPhater-5) and Barbara Menzies (Menzies-5262) who are mentioned in the list are my maternal great-great grandparents. Donald, a shoemaker, was born in Killean which is on the west side of the Kintyre peninsula while Barbara was born in Carradale on the east side. They had 10 children. They are recorded in the 1841 census living at Drumore. Campbeltown, and included in their family is Bella McPhater, aged 18. Her age, location and name suggest she could well be the Isabella McPhater who brought the paternity suit against William Patterson two years later. My descent is from Mary McPhater who married Andrew Hamilton, a mason in Campbeltown who was born in Cambusnethan., Lanarkshire. HIs parents had moved from Lanarkshire to Campbeltown between 1851 and 1861. Great grandmother Mary was probably the last native Gaelic speaker in my family
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