CAMPBELL - MACINTYRE - MCLEAN & GILCHRIST
Patricia H. London
I am in possession of 4 sheets of paper measuring approximately 8 inches in height and
5 inches in width. My grandfather, John Campbell McFadyen gave these to me when I was young.
These are all written by a Duncan MacIntyre at Port Ellen, Islay on two dates, 19th and 23rd
of February 1889. Duncan has written all that he can recall about his family, including dates.
The following surnames are mentioned on these papers: MacIntyre; Gilchrist, MacLean, Smith and Campbell.
Duncan MacIntyre may have been a clergyman; I'm not sure. There is some repetition, but the information
is still valuable from a genealogical point of view. Parts of it were difficult to read, so I may have
included some errors in spelling while transcribing, but most is quite understandable. These papers are
showing signs of deterioration, so I would welcome suggestions on how to preserve them.
The remains of my dear brother-in-law, John Campbell was conveyed to his long home on Saturday the 16th of
Feby 1889, aged 78 years and 6 months. He was a dutiful, and a loving husband, he and my dear sister Isabella had
lived together for many years in peace and concord; they shared pleasure and pain sympathetically. He was remarkably
kind as a father, perhaps too indulgent. He was respected, and that justly, by all who knew him. He was distinguished
for honesty, and sobriety. And, in addition to all this, he was a god-fearing man, straight forward, and without
duplicity. He was ever ready to relieve the needy and such as might be in distress.
Alexander MacIntyre, my grand-father was buried in Kilarrow, so far as known, in the year 1818 - and Mary Smith, my
grand-mother, about the year 1824 and Isabella Gilchrist my mother, in the spring of 1828 aged 40 years. John MacIntyre,
my father in Jany in 1833, aged 48 years. My uncle Donald in the year 1851 he was 68 years when he died. Mary MacIntyre,
my aunt, so far as I know in 1866 and Neil my brother in Sept 1881, aged 58 years and I think that a daughter of my brother
Neil that died in infancy was buried in the same grave. My mother died, when about 40 years old.
My aunt died (I think) in 1866
My grandfather in 1818, 70 years ago
My grandmother, in 1824, 64 years ago
My mother, in 1828, 60 years ago
My father, in 1833, 56 years ago
My uncle Donald, in 1851, 37 years ago
My brother Neil, in 1881, 7 years ago
John Campbell, in 1889.
It can be seen from these figures those who are buried in this grave, their name and age, at the time of
their death, I do not know the age of my grandfather nor the age of my grandmother. Neither the age of my aunt Mary, but
I know the age of all the rest but those whose age is not known have been far advanced in years before their departure
out of this life. My brother Donald died, 16th Aug 1870, 18 years ago, aged 59 years. My brother Alexander died 3rd April
1884, aged 64 years.
Alexander MacIntyre my grandfather was buried in Kilarrow, so far as I know, in 1818, about 70 years ago.
I would be about 6 years old, then and my sister Bell one year of age at that time. Mary Smith my grand-mother, about
the year 1824. My mother, in the spring of 1828, aged about 40 years. My father in Jany 1833, aged 48 years. My uncle
Donald was 50 years old, when my father died, and he lived 18 years after that; my uncle Donald died in 1851 aged 68
years. My aunt Mary died in 1866, I cannot say what may had been her age. My brother Neil died on the 16th day of Sept
1881 aged 58 years, 30 years after the death of my uncle Donald; and 15 years after the death of my aunt Mary.
Thus Duncan my uncle, then, Ronald my grandfather, then, Duncan, the father of my grandfather, then Ronald Ruadh, the
grandfather of my grandfather and my cousin Ronald, son of my uncle Duncan. That will be five generations on my
mother's side. All that I know about my grandmother is that she was called Isabella MacLean. She had a brother called
Lachlan. He was the father of Angus MacLean, farmer in Talent. It may be that she was related to John Campbell's
mother, Mary MacLean. I think that there will be, at least, 200 years since Ronald Ruadh, Red Ronald, the grandfather of my
grandfather saw the light; that is since he was born. This is written by me on the 23rd day of Feby at Port Ellen, Islay.
Duncan MacIntyre, 1889.
I cannot trace my relations on my father's side farther back than my grandfather, I think that the name of
mygrandfather's father was Neil MacIntyre, so my uncle Neil would likely be called after his grandfather, and
my brother Neil, for my uncle Neil. But on my mother's side my grandfather was Ronald Gilchrist and my grandmother
was Isabella MacLean. My grandfather was the son of Duncan Gilchrist (in Gailic Dannachldh MacRavil ruaidh).
Duncan, the father of my grandfather was the son of Ronald Ruadh a Uhachaine then Dannachadh Ruadh. My uncle for
whom I was called Duncan. 1st Raol Ruadh, the grandfather of my grandfather, then Duncan the father of my grandfather,
then Ronald my grandfather, then Duncan my uncle.
To this dear man, the late John Campbell, I was affectionately attached, ever since I knew him, before he was united to
my my dear sister in marriage, and my affection for him never abated, but rather increased, as years roll on. I pray God
to sanctify this sorrowful dispensation to my dear sister, who is now become a widow; may God Our Father in heaven
give her grace and support and comfort and strength and patience, according to her need. May the Lord give her grace,
to rejoice in hope, patient in tribulation, and continuing instant in prayer. May God guide her in the way of peace, and
truth to the end of her life here; and through the meditation of his son Jesus Christ receive her into his Kingdom & glory.
Our dear brother has left three sons and three daughters; who to the credit of their father, have been well educated. I
pray that wisdom may enter into their heart and that knowledge may be pleasant to their soul; then, discretion shall preserve
them and understanding shall keep them that they may be a source of comfort to their mother. For their dear mother has always
been dutiful to them; they have been brought up very respectfully, and, I hope, trust, and pray, that they all conduct themselves
in such a manner as to be an honour and comfort to her. This is written by me, their uncle, at Port Ellen, Islay, on the 19th of
Feb, 1889. Duncan MacIntyre.
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