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Nimmitabel McDonalds

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Location: Nimmitabel, New South Walesmap
Surnames/tags: McDonald Campbell Rankin Moidart Inverness Nimmitabel New South Wales
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Projenitors and their Monaro DNA Descendants

There is a good history of the first McDonalds to settle Nimmitabel on the Monaro at Monaro Pioneers .Many of these Monaro settlers initially worked for the Campbell's at Duntroon. Robert Campbell 1769-1846 A similar migration of Moidart McDonalds to Saint John's, now Prince Edward Island occurred several generations earlier under the leadership of John, 8th of Glenaladale. Descendants of both groups still share DNA.

McDonald founding couples include:

They are descended from the following lines in the Highlands, mapped at

Map of our Invernesshire McDonald line
Parishes shown at [roots]:
  • Moidart / Port a'Bhata near Eilan Shona on Lake Moidart Clanranald Murray discusses which Estates the lands belong to, eg Kinlochmoidart Estate which included the farms at Lochans, Island Shona and the land between the Kinlochmoidart property and Lochshiel Moidart Estates "Among the Clanranalds" describes McDonalds of the "rough bounds". The "rough bounds" extend from Loch Sninart (south) to Loh Hourh (north-east) include Ardnamurchan, Moidart, Knoydart, Arisaig and North and South Morar. Revd Charles McDonald pg 64 in [3]
  • The Cranachan settlement founded by Moidart McDonalds after 1660 Angus Cranachan b 1660 Clanranald.
  • Boleskine near Fort William Clanranald
  • Glencoe, Argyl Clanranald

DNA Descendants

  • Jean is a descendant of
    • Donald McDonald 1740 Cranachan (Mother Mary line), Angus mor Catherine Roderick Christina and Angus mor Donald (1810 Port a'Bhata) married Marcella their son Dougald 1854 married Christina
    • John Glencoe, Argyl 1730 through Dougald (Appin, Arg. 1782 ) his daughter Marcella (Appen Inv. 1811 )
    • Ewan 1770 through his daughter Margaret Maigrass (1794 Moidart)
    • Duncan 1800 Boleskine and his wife Catherine 1800, son Roderick m Mary Campbell d. Christina

  • Malcolm is a Descendant of
    • John McDonald 1730 - 1785 Glencoe, Argyll Paternal line through Dougald 1782 his son Angus 1821 m Isabella 1840
      • Malcolm's Y-DNA (from John of Glencoe) has been tested at 67 markers, RM-269. This shows a relationship to MacDonalds who had resided in the Glenorchy to Kilmallie districts and by the 1750s resided on the MacLean of Ardgour Estate in Kilmallie parish:- reference MacLean of Ardgour papers, courtesy Fiona MacLean of Ardgour. This is confirmed by the DNA matching of a 67 DNA sample of only 2 MacDonalds 13 24 15 10 with an unusual 28 at 449 who have mutated differently at YCA b, (FamilyTreeDNA y-search open site) &SHOAD, connecting the two families back 6 generations to:- John McDonald, married 1779 and Dougal McDonald married 1788, Kilmallie Parish. John and family later resided at Corran on the MacLean of Ardgour estate, Kilmallie Parish, close to the matching DNA family of Dougal Macdonald at Blaich on the Ardgour Estate, and other relatives.
      • Malcolm and Jean are third cousins on this line)
    • Ewan 1770 through his daughter Margaret Maigrass her son Angus 1821 m Isabella 1840 (Malcolm and Jean are third cousins on this line)
    • John McDonald m abt 1801 - 08 Apr 1869 and Sarah Scott 1809 - 1871 their daughter Isabella 1840
  • Starr Clifford line (Terence and Carmel are siblings and Patricia is a first cousin once removed. ) are descendants of
    • John 1730 through Dougald his son David
    • Ewan 1770 through his daughter Margaret Maigrass great grandson David Hamilton Born 8 Mar 1823 in Moidart, m Helen mc 1875 bombala p96 m Clifford d David David McDonald
    • Campbell sisters Mary 1829 and Catherine 1831 married brothers Roderick and Samuel McDonald grandsons of Angus Mor and Duncan McDonald born 1800 in Boleskine, Inverness-shire, Husband of Catherine McDonald — married 6 Jan 1826 in Boleskine, Inverness . Starr DNA matches are descended from Catherine and Samuel son Archibald's daughter Mary Eileen McDONALD Apr 19 1906 Tumut, July 27 1997 Lismore, New South Wales, married D Clifford ( some are double second cousins to Jean on this line, some 2C1R)
  • Hamilton Laura
    • Ewan 1770 through his daughter Margaret Maigrass Laura McDonald 1872 Tombong m Alexander Hamilton 1893, sisters Vida and Helen
    • John 1730 through Dougald his son David
    • Duncan 1800 Boleskine and his wife Catherine 1800, son Samuel m Catherine Campbell sister of Mary
    • also Catherine Campbell (married Samuel, Rod brother) (Hamilton and Jean are third cousins on this line)

DNA matches

DNA matches to Victorian cousins

  • Donald II Cranachan
    • MS gedmatch GEDCom family=7169787
    • emgA 16cM to LH descendant of Donald McDonald Birth 18 september, 1857•Geelong, Victoria, Death 16 july, 1937•Waubra, son of alexander kinlochmoidart

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/217026073/donald-mcdonald (Torney Family Tree)

DNA matches Canada and USA

maryjean to :

  • Matches to:
    • Descendants of James are a DNA match to multiple descendants (ksargent) of Archibald "Gilleasbuig na Ceapaich" MacDonald, born about 1630 in Keppoch, Lochaber, Inverness-shire, Scotland
    • Dan 25cM gedmatch
    • John (Pioneer) Macdonald, ( b. 1760, Kinlochmoidart, Inverness-shire, Scotland, Antigonish, Nova Scotia, SB 16.8 cM gedmatch

emgA to descendant of :

McDonald migrations to Australia

Victorian cousins

  • Prayers and pastures [1]
  • "Island and Highland Emigration Society", immigrants to Victoria Records show five heads of families were among those who received such loans as follows: Alexander MacDonald, Donald MacDonald, Angus MacDonald, Mary MacDonald, Alexander MacDonald. These five with their families had emigrated from Kinlochmoidart in 1852, in the ship "Allison". In the same ship there also emigrated from Glenuig Moidart a family of which the head was Norman MacDonald. In 1854 it

Migrants to Australia named in The Clan Donald: Volume 3. Inverness, Scotland.

  • Angus MacDonald, VII of Tulloch, married a daughter of MacDonald of Aberarder and had:
    • Ranald, who emigrated to America. His male heirs, if any exist, are not known.
    • Grace, who married a Mr. MacIntyre, with issue, and went to Australia
  • Aloysius , son of Archibald, son of Donald Ruahd of Torgulbin, who went to Australia pp 447
  • Reginalda, daughter of Ranald a Gordon Highlander, son of Alexander of Garravabeg, married Neil Rankin with issue in Australia pp 449-50
  • Alexander son of Alexander of Garravabeg, m Miss Maclean of the Drimnin family had Ranald and several daughters who went to Australia pp 448-49 [5]

Migrants to Australia named in Alexander Mackenzie :: History of the Macdonalds and Lords of the Isles; with genealogies of the principal families of the name :

  • Kinloch Moidart 457-67
  • Keppoch 479-501
  • Inch 502-04 from Angus Ban married on the 31st march 1752 Christina, daughter of Archibald MacDonald of Achnancoichan
    • son Archibald Inch p503 3)Angus who married Mary, daughter of Colonel macDonnell of Morar with issue Archibald francis and georgina all of whom emigrated to Australia
    • p504 from 7. Alexandrina who married Allan MacDonald of Lochans issue Allana who married Archibald MacDonald Moy her brother in law, issue Alexander Allana Alexina emigrated to Australia

Scotland connections

  • Kilmonivaig, Invernesshire sisters Mary Kennedy 77 and Sarah Mac Donald 81 Civil Parish: Ardnamurchan County: Inverness Address: Glenfinnan [6]

Canada migrations


  1. https://www.genealogy.com/forum/surnames/topics/macdonald/230/
  2. Braidwood
  3. MacDonald Bards from medieval times, KN MacDonald Edinburgh 1900
  4. em 8/11/18www.ancestry.ie/boards/thread.aspx?mv=flat&m=645&p=localities.britisles.scotland.westernisles
  5. Northern Counties Publishing Company Ltd. http://archive.org/stream/clandonald03macduoft#page/446/mode/2up
  6. 1851 Scotland Census Parish Number: 505Occupation: Widow Sister ED: 10 Page: 6 Household schedule number: 5 Line: 16 Roll: CSSCT1851_108

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Nice. I have been casually trying to detail the passengers on the Midlothian 1837. My forebears Malcolm and Margaret McLean and children included. Australia Project has created a Ship category for them and I have been adding this to profiles. I have Duncan and Catherine and Roderick, Samuel and Catherine. The passenger lists suggest a Mary who I haven't id'd a profile for yet and an unmarried Anne McDonald aged 21 at the time apparently traveling with them. It would salve my OCD to clarify both.


posted by Pat McCallum
Hi Peter Mary aged 2 is listed under Catherine and looks like she is her daughter. I don't know about Anne, have you looked for a passenger card giving her parents?
posted by Elsie Gorman