Still very much neck-deep in my Scottish ancestors. I think it was the haggis I ate last week.
I recently wrote about Dr. Alexander Forrest (1806-1875) my 3x great-grandfather who was born in Cambusnethan Parish, Lanarkshire, Scotland. His wife was Barbara Ross MacKenzie (1805 – 1880). She was born in Nigg Parish, Ross-shire, Ross and Cromarty, Scotland, in a place called Culnauld. Culnauld was a former estate.
The “History of the Munros of Fowlis” by A. Mackenzie, notes:
The estate of Culnauld, parish of Nigg, was bequeathed to Andrew Munro (??-1580) by his father. He was granted “half of the lands and town of Nig, and half the alehouse and its croft, with the keeping of the place and Manor of Nig.”
The careful reader may note that the Munro family and the Forrest family would go on to have quite a close relationship. It’s possible it had its roots long ago in Scotland.
Barbara’s parents were John MacKenzie and Isobella Ross. John was a weaver. I was able to find several birth records for John and Isobella in the Scottish National Archives. The first record showed the births of three children, Hugh, Margaret, and John:
Hugh MacKenzie lawful son to John McKenzie, Weaver, Culnault & Isobella Ross his spouse, born 20th May 1798.
Margaret MacKenzie lawful daughter to John McKenzie, Weaver, Culnault & Isobella Ross his spouse, born 19th March 1800.
John MacKenzie lawful son to John McKenzie, Weaver, Culnault, & Isobella Ross, his spouse born 29th June 1803.
The next child was Barbara Ross:
Barbara Ross MacKenzie, lawful daughter to John McKenzie, Weaver, Culnault & Isobella Ross his spouse, born 3rd Jun 1805.
Unfortunately, the John MacKenzie born in 1803 must have died in infancy, because the next child born was also named John MacKenzie:
John MacKenzie lawful son to John MacKenzie, Weaver, Culnault, and Isobella Ross, his spouse, born 16th March 1809.
There is a birth record listing a child, John L.S. MacKenzie born in Cromarty Parish [i.e. not Nigg Parish] on 17 Oct 1814 and baptized on 19 Oct 1814. The father, John MacKenzie, is listed as a “mason” [i.e. not a weaver], and the mother is “Isobel Ross” [i.e. not Isobella], so I’m skeptical about it. It’s possible John changed professions, but it seems unlikely. I’ve removed this entry from my tree, but I’m mentioning it here to be thorough.
There is a census from 1841, Nigg Parish, which lists a John MacKenzie and his wife Isobella. John is listed as weaver (actually some kind of loom worker), but the birth dates for him and his wife are not realistic if one considers that their first son was born in 1798. It says John was born in 1783 and Isobella in 1886, which would have made them 15 and 12 when their first child was born. Still I’ll include it to be thorough in case they were giving younger ages for some reason. Again, the careful reader will notice the Duff family living next door. Intriguing.