Ancestorian member, taniavr, has posted an interesting brick wall challenge regarding the prior history of a pair of ancestors that undertook an ill-fated journey in 1852.
Archibald McLean and Ann McDonald
My query is aimed at anything that may break a brick from my wall ... or even nudge it!
Archibald (Archebald, Archie, Archd) McLean (MacLean) and wife Ann (nee McDonald) emigrated from North Uist leaving LochEuport in Dec 1852 on the ill-fated Hercules, heading to Adelaide, South Australia.
I have traced the family back to this point, but have been unable to locate anything about wife Ann prior to their departure, apart from one reference in the 1851 census. The age of Archibald in the census listing on Ancestry appears to be a transcription/reading error as I believe he was born between 1802 and 1807.
The ships listings indicate he was 46 and Ann 38 at departure. If they are correct births were 1806 & 1814 approx. and Archie could have been 45 at Census time .. easy error in handwriting perhaps.
They were evicted from Middlequarter, Croft 11 we believe. (Ceathramh Meadhanach 11, North Uist)
Would love to go back further on the McLean side also.
If anyone has connections to these names, further information or leads as to where I may further research I would love to hear.
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