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Name: JoAnne MacDonald Wood <>
Date: 2015-03-18
How I found this page Diane Boumenot's Page
So much great information and pictures - I look forward to reading through it - hoping to find a connection.

Name: Robin Greenfield <>
Date: 2015-03-11
How I found this page Looking for McLennana/Macleod of Coigach
Very interesting. My forbears joined Rev Norman McLeod & went firstly to Cape Breton & some 30 years later to New Zealand arriving on the Gertrude in 1856.
I'm grateful desperate circumstances forced them to move to the lush & moderate climate of New Zealand..


Name: N Macleod <>
Date: 2015-03-07
Interesting site. My patronymic is Niall Sheonaidh Neill Mor 'an people are from Pollban and the Meall Dearg. My great great grandfather on my father's side was Murchadh an t shaighdear who lost his arm at the siege of Burgos. My mother was the daughter of Dunnachadh a Cnuic and Bellac Ali n Fhidleir. My great grandfather Iain Neill (see above) was married to Ealasaid one of Murdo's daughters. Their gravestone is in the cemetery at Bad an Sgallaidh where Ealasaid is named (rather unusually) as his "spouse".

Name: Kenneth Ross McLeay <>
Date: 2015-03-03
How I found this page google
searching for McLeay ancestry


Name: Rosemary MacLean <>
Date: 2015-03-01
How I found this page google search
Thank you for sharing this information. I still can't connect my Alexander b. c. 1765 and wife Euphemia Ross family but it was interesting.

Name: LornaHen <>
Date: 2015-01-23
URL of my Website
How I found this page Searching for McLEODs of "Riff" !
I've a dna match with what looks to be a descendant of a Murdo McLEOD (son of William McLEOD and Margaret McLEOD) and Christina McPHERSON (dtr of Donald McPHERSON & Mary McPHERSON).
Murdo(ch) died aged 60, 1918 Brisbane, Christina aged 54, in 1913, they are buried together Nundah Cem.
My trail currently leads me to the William McLEOD who married 1853, Margaret dtr of Donald McLEOD, tenant "Riff" - which search led me to your website.
Love to hear from any of this lot who may have ventured into dna testing such as FamilyFinder from FamilyTreeDNA, 23andme, or Ancestry to help narrow this match down a tad!


Name: Amber Mackenzie <>
Date: 2015-01-19
I have spent many hours pouring over this website and have learned so much fascinating information. What an amazing project you have created. Still stuck on trying to trace my gt gt gt grandfather Allan Mackenzie, father of Murdo Mackenzie, born Loch Broom.

Name: Alex Glennie <>
Date: 2015-01-18
How I found this page research
Fantastic record

Name: margaret baxter <>
Date: 2015-01-02
How I found this page facebook
thank you for sharing this very interesting

Name: Flora Bastin nee McLeod <>
Date: 2014-12-01
How I found this page recommendaion
Just as before, a wonderful collection of work. Well done.

Name: Peggy Stewart <>
Date: 2014-09-30
How I found this page Can't keep me away now that I found you!!
Donald -

Once again - have to tell you how totally impressed I am by your astonishing work and dedication. So, so, so interesting, beautifully done, and helpful. I am in awe.



Name: Henri Fortin <>
Date: 2014-09-27
How I found this page internet
While searching for my ancesters I've found your site. Very beautiful story. I am from Anne Mactavish married to George Munro Skene. According to other family tree Matooskie is my ancestor. I still need to verify. Thank you for sharing this

Name: Peggy Stewart <>
Date: 2014-09-26
How I found this page your guidance
Once again - a tremendous amount of excellent work, and so specifically focused on what I'm looking for.

Any idea who Lieut. Daniel Mackenzie'es parents were?


Name: Peggy Stewart <>
Date: 2014-09-26
How I found this page internet search re Achiltibuie
What a HUGE, DAUNTING and extremely HELPFUL amount of information you have assembled!!! Thank-you so much for your commitment and hard work.

Name: Neil McLeod <>
Date: 2014-09-12
URL of my Website
How I found this page Donald is an old comrade
I am still alive and still wanting to finish my work on the family tree and the story of the MacLeods of Altanduhb.
Are you still with us Donald.
you might like this:


Name: Deanna Briggs Cechowski <>
Date: 2014-08-25
This is absolutely fascinating! I appreciate all that work that's gone into this research.

Who can I contact about some spelling and date errors regarding my family?

Thank you,
Deanna Briggs Cechowski (formerly Schneider)


Name: Geoffrey Thomas Mackenzie <>
Date: 2014-08-17
How I found this page Surfing
Very interesting, my oldies of which I have now joined the ranks date of birth, 22/07/1946 told me tales of being related to Alexander Mackenzie Scottish Canadian explorer. my father Thomas Alexander Mackenzie 15/10/1919 grandfather Thomas Alexander Mackenzie DOB 1873??? Great grandfather john Alexander Mackenzie DOB 1840???

Name: Julie <>
Date: 2014-08-02
How I found this page Googling Coigach
Great info, I am looking for Murdo McLean and Mary Campbell, their children, in particular Catherine McLean, and finding it difficult to locate them on each of the census returns, so thought I'd google Coigach where Catherine was born and see what it was like. Your site has a great deal of info on Coigach, some lovely scenery, thanks for the photos online. We went to Ullapool in the late 1990s and did a boat trip out to the Summer Isles.

Name: Pat McKay <>
Date: 2014-07-06
URL of my Website
How I found this page Doing family research
Capt John Mackenzie Vl of Ballone is my 4X Great Grandfather. Thank you for all the research you've done. What a tremendous amount of work.

Name: Roy Ireland <>
Date: 2014-06-27
How I found this page Ross and Cromarty site
Thanks for a great presentation. I do have a question though - is there any record of the Ross family members who were transported to South Africa? It could be that a ship bound to Australia dropped some of in Cape Town. My family arrived sometime in the early to mid 1800's but I have no record prior to that (and, unfortunately, very little thereafter). My Gran, born in the 1860 to 1880 period spoke Gaelic and was a Miss Ross, but the family bible was lost to a wagon fire.
Thanks again


Name: Susan Rainey <>
Date: 2014-04-02
URL of my Website
How I found this page google
I am researching the Macdonalds for descendants in Wales.


Name: Mark THOMAS <>
Date: 2014-03-28
How I found this page searching online for Macaulay of Lewis genealogical material
Dear Donald, What an attractive and forensic genealogical site! It is always a pleasure to read something that is accurate, new and really informative. On the John Macaulay of Kirkibost mentioned here, could he not have been one of the descendants of John Macaulay of Kneep on F.W.L. Thomas' Macaulay of Lewis family tree? John is surely the same man who served as Captain in Lord Seaforth's forces in the 1715 Rebellion. As someone who researched a great deal of 'The Journals of Thomas Babington Macaulay' (published 2008) I have relished/endured identifying & searching for lesser-known TBM relatives. Sometimes they wrote to him hoping for patronage - but often with his distaste for Highland culture and avertion to meeting distant relatives they did not have much luck!


Name: Alan Roberts <>
Date: 2014-02-10
I am very interested in your website.My Grandfather was Roderick Macnab who was brought up in Letters Lochbroom.He moved to Dingwall possibly in the 1920's

Name: James Breeden <>
Date: 2014-02-04

Name: James F. Breeden <>
Date: 2014-02-03
How I found this page Accident
Trying to trace family tree, and discovered MacKenzie thru my grandmother, and came to a complete road block at John (Hugh?)McKenzie (1790-1837, Dundee, Scotland, and emigrated to Scott County Virginia, USA - date unknown - who had a son, David Jesse McKenzie (1811-1878), Toms Creek, KY., who is my ggg-grandfather. Help, please.

Name: Flora Macdonald <>
Date: 2013-10-04
How I found this page google
Searching for Annabella Campbell born 1860 at Lochbroom, she was a laundress at Inveran House Gairloch in 1891 married to Roderick McLenna in 1888. looking for 1861,71,81 for her are these searhable for free ? Flora

Name: Pat McKay <>
Date: 2013-09-18
URL of my Website
How I found this page Researching family ties to Coigach through my MacDonald ties
I was looking for information on my Gr-Gr Grandmother Georgina MacDonald 1824-1917 who's mother was Johannah MacKenzie 1795-1884 which led me to this page. Looking forward to going through your research. Thank you.

Name: Pat McKay <>
Date: 2013-09-18
URL of my Website
How I found this page Researching family ties to Coigach through my MacDonald ties
I was looking for information on my Gr-Gr Grandmother Georgina MacDonald 1824-1917 which led me to this page. Looking forward to going through your research. Thank you.

Name: Marina <>
Date: 2013-08-21
How I found this page Google search
This is fab! Decided to research my father's famil who hail from Polbain and didn't take me long to stumble across this. Some of these people will be related, but I have to identify later generations before I can go back to the mid 1800s. My grandmother was born in 1912 and I know her parent's names and their siblings so I have a fair amount to go on to create the wider picture. Getting a complete a record as possible is the aim, but also to track down descendents in other parts of the world/country that I've not known about would be great.
Thanks for this.


Name: D lavoie <>
Date: 2013-07-17
Matooskie was my great great grand mother

Name: jochanmacleod <>
Date: 2013-07-17
How I found this page just by wondering through the interrnet
An excellent and very interesting site, I wonder if we are related my aunty was Mary Maclennon married to Murdo they lived at Laide of Reiff. their son Kenny was drowned at old Dornie in 1972 along with a cousin of Murdos one Murdo Hugh Ross, one of Eba's daughters lives where my grandfather was born

Name: Jeanette Bonnici <>
Date: 2013-07-14
Hi again Donald......I'm still coming back again & again after many years.

You were instrumental in connecting me & my 4th McDonald cousin, Donald Halley, way back in the late 1990s.

I am happy to say Donald & I are still in contact.

Each time I visit your fabulous site....I seem to learn a little once again I want to thank you for your generosity & dedication.

I found something new again today....& have just sent off an email to a lass in New Zealand.

My Hotmail address in the 'Contacts' list will still find me....but I can also be reached at

I am still hoping to find a descendant of my great great grandfather's sister, Janet McDonald (daughter of Murdoch McDonald & Jane McKenzie) who married Angus MacLeod in Lochbroom, Ross & Cromarty on February 28th, 1845.

They had at least 3 children....Neil (born c 1846), Betsy ( born c 1848) & Alexander ( born c 1850).

I was sorry to read of your Dad's passing Donald...& may I offer my sincere sympathies.

Keep up the good work....I'll b back again & again.

Cheers, Jeanette Bonnici (nee Henderson) Australia


Name: Lady Jan Tweedie <>
Date: 2013-06-05
How I found this page Google
My husband and I have been visiting Achiltibuie annually for very many years now and while we have no connections with Coigach, I was particularly interested in discovering how the name had evolved. I know it is gaelic for the field of the golden haired boy and when I sent a postcard to the primary class with whom I am involved on a voluntary basis, they wanted me to find out who the golden haired boy was. Your explanation, however lost or changed in the mist of times, is at least something I can tell the children about. You have clearly done a huge amount of genealogical research of the area - most impressive! Thank you.

Name: Perla <>
Date: 2013-05-31
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How I found this page surfing the web
I love Scotland too much!

Date: 2013-05-09
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How I found this page through a friend
Nice information about Mackenzie the great is gotten from this site.I recommend this very site to all educational institution.More information is needed in this site..

Name: Brian McCarthy <>
Date: 2013-05-07
How I found this page search engine
Doing a search on a Donald MacDonald formerly from Isle of Skye. Moved to Cape Breton in 1830 with daughter of Rev. John MacRae (Isabella) along with 2 of her sons and one from his previous family. She was widowed from Captain Campbell. He was a former Lieutenant in the Coldstream Guards.

Name: Karen Ross MacLeod <>
Date: 2013-04-22
How I found this page Searching
Hi, I am looking for information on the Reverend George MacLeod and his family who lived in Ullapool from about 1844 until about 1870. George is a G-G-G-Uncle of my husband Stewart MacLeod. I am working on the MacLeod family tree at the moment and I have found several things including a photo of George on the Am Baile website, it is helpful that he was a well known minister. Your website is very interesting, thank you. Kind regards, Karen

Name: Brian McGLINCHY <>
Date: 2013-04-22
How I found this page Google search
I was looking for Francis Wallace Mackenzie (1824 - 1892) Died Tapanui NZ

Very helpful thanks


Name: Graham McTavish Watt <>
Date: 2013-04-11
How I found this page nostalgic
Great site. Will return often.

Name: Carol Bell <>
Date: 2013-04-08
I am a descendant of Mackenzies who lived at Rireabhach, Lochbroom - a place I am proud to have visited.

Other places which appear in my family background are Auchtaschailt, Keppoch, Braemore, Achlunachan, Achmore and Scoraig.

The more I discover - the more I want to discover.


Name: Jocelyne Ross <>
Date: 2013-03-28
How I found this page By searching Ross Clan - Saguenay
Hi Donald, You have done a great job with all the information we can read on your website. I'm the sixth generation of Simon Ross. From what I can see Angus, Charles, Thomas and John would be brothers of Simon. The names that we have of Simon's parents are Donald Ross, fisherman of Seatown and Janet Mckeddie and they married in Avoch, November 6th, 1794. I was told when I was in Edinburgh last year that this information wouldn't be good. Could this be confirmed by you and would it be possible to know if he had sister's and what there names are. We have a family tree which my uncle Alexander worked on in 1946 and I would add this information plus our Indian decendants. Hope you can give me this information. I enjoy reading your site.

Name: Mary Anne Sharpe <>
Date: 2013-03-15
How I found this page Google search
Hello, Donald! From a fellow Mackenzie researcher "up the road" on Ottawa.

Great website!

My husband, Alexander Seaforth Mackenzie is the gt-gt-grandson of Major Alexander Mackenzie, born circa 1775 in Inverness, emigrated to the Eastern Townships of Québec circa 1836, and died at Dannville, Richmond County 3 November 1851. His parents were Colonel George Mackenzie and Christy Munro; he married (1) Eliza Sutherland (b. Shiberscross, d. 1812 Jamaica) and (2)Eliza Francis Brown (b. Jamaica, d. Galt, Ontario).

This line of descendancy is from the so-called Gairloch and Lochend Mackenzies (sheet three of the Findon Tables).

I am interested that so many of the Langwell MacKenzies from Coigach seem to have emigrated to the Townships about the same time as the Major. I've heard a rumour that there was a "family" chartered ship involved ...

Mary Anne Sharpe


Name: Ted Andrews <>
Date: 2013-03-05
How I found this page Trying to translate Camas Fhionnaridh to English (trying to trace my ancestry)
I'm unable to find this spot on maps of the Isle of Skye where my ancestor Mary MacDonald (daughter of Alexander MacDonald) lived in the 1820's.

Name: Jamie Ogle Shafer <>
Date: 2013-03-02
URL of my Website
How I found this page Bookmarked it years ago
You site is marvelous today, and I will revisit and spend hours there. My people who came from Ross & Cromarty were the McLennans from Urray near the Black Isle on the east side. My great grandmother was born a McLennan in Glasgow where her grandfather had settled after being mustered out of the 93rd Highlanders in 1816. I have visited both in the east where we visited Urray from Inverness and the west where we stayed in Plockton for a few days and went out from there. I see you are in Canada where my ggrandmother and her family lived after immigrating from London, England and before going down to Chicago.
Cheers! Jamie Shafer, Ridgefield, CT


Name: Norma Muir <>
Date: 2013-03-01
How I found this page by accident. Looking for Alexander MacLeod, my great great great grandfather.
Very helpful site for the Census. Thank you.

Name: Les Shearer <>
Date: 2013-02-18
How I found this page google search
Interested in the Shearers, who emigrated to Tasmania from Scotland in 1857

Name: Helen MacLeod <>
Date: 2013-02-14
How I found this page by chance
Lots of info found here. Looking for Kenneth mc or mackenzie born Scotland moved to Boularderie Cape Breton 1800's.


Name: Trevor Field <>
Date: 2013-02-05
How I found this page Searching for infortmation about Glen Cassley/ Strath Oykel on the web
Very interesting to note that MacGregors are involved in the Family tree. My mother's side is descended from MacGregors of Oykel & Strathcarron.

Name: Matthew Goodman <>
Date: 2013-01-29
Hi Donald : I like your website . You have done so much research ! I might show this website to my sister - in - law's mother who is interested in Gaelic language / history . Do you have Irish heritage as well ?
-- matthew


Name: Ricki Buckles <>
Date: 2013-01-16
How I found this page just searching
I was amazed at how much information you have put out for others. Thank you so much. Have done a DNA test and though I thought I was Mckenzie now have found we are decended through the Alexander McRae born 1800/02 that I have found on your sight. Thank you.

Name: jamie <>
Date: 2013-01-16
How I found this page through a search of his family
Thanks so much! it puts the family in order for me.

Name: G Macleod <>
Date: 2013-01-11
The two Pictures of Sir Rory are clearly different men, the man on the right has the look of one of the MacLeods. It'd make you wonder - Sir Rory Mor Macleod perhaps? - he lived at the same time, was also a tutor and died in 1626.

Name: Kenneth McLean <>
Date: 2013-01-04
I have been using this website for a while and keep turning up new information all the time. my most distant traceable roots are in Coigach where my great grandfather came from, became a member of the new Police Force in Ettrickbridge, Selkirkshire in the 1860s.
My greatest mystery has been to explain why there were so many McLean Families resident in that area.If anyone can help me I would be grateful.I am aware of the story of one MacLean who cast up there as the result of his escape from a MacKenzie laird of Gairloch.

Ken McLean


Name: John Ross <>
Date: 2012-12-19
How I found this page Browsing for John Macleod of elphin

Name: Gerard COLDHAM <>
Date: 2012-12-11
How I found this page internet
The Gogach article is most interesting. I am genetically linked with the MacLeod's of Lewis.
Have you taken a YDNA test. If not I urge you to take the YDNA-37 at


Name: Maureen Jenkins Pender <>
Date: 2012-11-20
How I found this page jean-baptiste bruyere
what a great site - thanks

Name: Simona MacAngus <>
Date: 2012-11-02
How I found this page Researching Isle Martin birthplace of my grt grandmother Christina MacLeod
My grt grandmother (Christina MacLeod) and her father Simon and perhaps his ancestors before this were born on wee Isle Martin. Simon's wife was Catherine also a MacLeod. Simon's father was Alexander b1788 who was married to Barbara Mackenzie b1805?. Barbara was born on the mainland I understand. Alexander's mother was a MacLean. So given all my names and the one known place it's been interesting reading this document even if I am not totally familiar with all the place names. Thank you!

Name: Theresa Daniel <>
Date: 2012-10-31
How I found this page search engine
Whilst looking for information on my ancestors I came upon your brilliant site, it has filled in lots of gaps and added so much. Thank you for your generosity in sharing and opening up my family history (MacLeans).

Name: John Cameron <>
Date: 2012-10-10
URL of my Website
The link in 521 above is broken. The correct link is

Name: Peter de Jong <>
Date: 2012-10-07
In september 1794 Roderick Mackenzie, born in Millton, lieutenant, was barried in Spijk, a small village near Gorinchem in the Netherlands. He married in the church of Gorinchem at 7 sept. 1751 with Adriana Margaretha van Hoeij. They came in 1792 from Veere to Spijk.
In your site several Roderick Mackenzies occur, but I can't find this one. Do you know anything about him?
greetings from Peter de Jong, Schipluiden.


Name: John Cameron <>
Date: 2012-10-04
You probably already know this but comment on the name Morefield says:

National Grid: NH 110 950

The name seems an odd combination of English and Gaelic; mor is the Gaelic descrptive word for big or large, but field is a clearly English word.

The name is actually just a corruption of the original name Morechyle.

Quoting from the Mitford manuscript...
"some arable at Morechyle, now Morefield"


Name: John Cameron <>
Date: 2012-10-01
I am another descendant of Alexander Mackenzie who emigrated to Tasmania on the Alan McNab.

I am trying to link him with the other Mackenzie genealogies in Scotland.


Name: Tony Broscomb <johny_maple>
Date: 2012-09-21
How I found this page Google
Information found here has added a different dimension to some writing I am doing that includes Alexander Mackenzie. Thank you.

Name: Jim Ritchie <>
Date: 2012-09-19
How I found this page google search engine
Was using the'Muster Roll of the Jacobites' to find 'local'
Jacobites for making up activity/reference sheets(primary schools) for the Alness heritage Centre. Focusing on the Battle of Little ferry, the day before Culloden. (And the much earlier battle of alness bridge.) This fantastic online referance with a search that actually works has helped fill in gaps and work out family relationships.


Name: Geoffrey Roderick Campbell <>
Date: 2012-09-12
How I found this page stumbled upon
We have just returned to Australia from Scotland in our search (in particular, Coigach-Achultibuie) to attempt to trace the family history. My Greatgrandfather was Roderick(Rory)whose father was Alexander who sailed out on the "Sir Alan McNab"in 1853 at age 20. Your record suprised me at the least,to find he was not Neil Campbells(croft 168) son,but his nephew!(Oh!those wily folk!)Neils father was Hugh(croft 177 Tanera mor)born 1776 re(Census1841 Ullapool museam)So we are assuming Alex was the son of one of Neils siblings(we have their names&births) Searching on for Greatgrandfatherx3&what happened to Alex(Neils son as recorded)Thankyou for your amazing work.G&E Campbell"Sherwood Farm"Tyabb rd Moorooduc.Victoria. Australia.3933..

Name: Isobel Rose (MacKenzie) Cawthorne <>
Date: 2012-09-02
How I found this page 2nd posting - 1st was made June 30, 2008
Hi Donald- Thank you once again for your many hours of research. Sir Roderick MacKenzie of Tarbat, 1st Baron of Cougeach "Tutor of Kintail" and Margaret MacLeod are my 9th Great grandparents.

Name: Jeanette McCabe <>
Date: 2012-07-16
How I found this page Mozilla Firefox - Google
I was looking for the village where my grandmother Isabella Fraser was born in 1855 - her father Kenneth Fraser was born in Achtascaild, in 1818. They came to Australia around 1859. Excited to find the area they all lived. Great website.


Name: Maureen Fraser <>
Date: 2012-07-13
Looks really interesting Donald, There's so much info I'll have to come back and spend some time.


Name: Donald Murdoch McLeod <>
Date: 2012-07-04
How I found this page random
Terrific job and what a lot of dedication. Sincerely

Name: Linda Bermes <>
Date: 2012-06-25
How I found this page Internet search
I am a descendant of Murdoch MacKenzie, born about 1745 in Reiff and died before 1841. He married Mary MacLean and had 6 children.

Linda Bermes


Name: Grant Evers <>
Date: 2012-05-26
How I found this page Searching for George Forbes Lockbroom
Good historical site

Name: Peter Hutchinson <>
Date: 2012-04-26
Descendent of Donald Ross who went to Australia from Inverlaul Loch Broom 1853

Name: Keith Mills <>
Date: 2012-04-19
How I found this page Google
Fascinating site, so much information. I was particularly interested in census results for Camuscoille as one of my family own a croft there.
Well done !


Name: me <>
Date: 2012-04-03
How I found this page testing new guesrtbook
yes, this is a test.