Ancestors of a 21st century British family

Entries: 75403    Updated: 2013-05-13 12:21:32 UTC (Mon)    Owner: Richard Hodgson

Index | Descendancy | Register

  • ID: I171
  • Name: James Donaldson
  • Suffix: of Allachie
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 1712 1
  • Death: 24 APR 1784 in Bush of Edinvillie, Aberlour 2
  • Residence: Mains of Kirdels, Knockando 3
  • Occupation: gggg grandfather of the Mitford sisters
  • MEM: Inveravon, Banffshire: tombstone
  • Note: 4 2 5

    At the house of Robert Grant, Esq. of Elchies, Mr Peter Cameron, writer in Edinburgh, to Miss Anne Donaldson, daughter of the late James Donaldson of Allachie.
    (Scots magazine, 1791.)
    Gravestone at Inveravon reads:
    "From motives of filial esteem for the memories of James Donaldson, formerly in Mains of Kirdels, who died at Bush of Edinvillie 24.4.1784 aged 71. And Janet Grant, his spouse died at Banff 16.8.1810 aged 81. This stone was gratefully erected by their affectionate daughter Anne Donaldson, Spouse to Peter Cameron, Writer in Banff".
    Mains of Kirdels lies in the parish of Knockando.
    A Testament Dative was drawn up in 1794 for James Donaldson late in Kirdels, so he evidently died intestate. Mrs Janet Grant was his executrix.
    Advertisement in Aberdeen Journal of 1st August 1810:
    Farms To Let In Moray and Banff Shires
    There will be Let, at Innes House, on Tuesday the 7th of August next, for such number of years as may be agreed on The Following Farms, on the Trust Estates of the Earl of Fife, viz,
    [Long list of farms, including:]
    BANFFSHIRE ? Estate of Edinvillie
    Bush ? Mr Cameron or Mrs Donaldson.
    There is a Bush Farmhouse at Milltown Of Edinvillie, Aberlour.
    Unfortunately due to a fire many years ago, the baptism registers for this parish [Knockando] only go back to 1761 and the marriage registers to 1768.
    Ann Donaldson is described as ?Miss Donaldson of the Bushe? in William Grant of Gladhills?s letter to his son William.
    Scotlandspeople has no record of this marriage.
    Allachie Drive is shown on the current Ordnance Survey Explorer map as a road leading up from Aberlour towards Knock of Allachie, Daugh of Allachie and Wood of Allachie. Beyond these, and reached by a different road, is Burnside of Allachie, lying on the opposite bank of the Burn of Allachie. There's also Glenallachie Distillery, but that was not there in the 1830s! This map shows housing on what is now Allachie Drive; from the layout of the buildings it is easy to tell that they are new, and this is confirmed because there are only a couple of very small buildings on the 1969 one-inch map. Of all these names, only Burnside is a farm or other habitation.
    The 1901 one-inch map also shows the road, Wood of Allachie and Burnside of Allachie, but no buildings at all along it.
    The 1872 map at shows the road passing along the Braes of Allachie. It also shows Daugh of Allachie, Wood of Allachie, Knock of Allachie, Tom of Allachie, Burnside of Allachie and the Burn of Allachie.
    ?James Donaldson in Kirdels? is referred to in 1760, as having received some money from James Gordon in Gortons (in Knockando). In notes in the Tammore MSS at the British Museum, referred to in Scottihs Notes & Queries May 1906, in correspondence regarding the Gorton Gordons.
    ?The Landranger map shows a Mains of Kirdells near the bridge over the Spey near Marypark.?
    Could this be him - probably not as I have seen no reference to him at Hatton:
    ... tenants o' Carron an' Allachie are requested tae pay their arrears o' rent." Some of the tenants were naturally very much nettled at this intimation, and one Sunday one of them ? Mr J. Donaldson, Hatton ? on hearing the intimation, shouted with a sufficiently loud voice ?Name them?.
    (Scottish anecdotes and tales William Grant (of Mansefield). 1885.)
    Inscriptions at Aberlour:
    Robt Donaldson, Shanval% of Edenville died 1 Dec 1751 age 67; wife Margaret Meroues* died 12 Jan 1732, age 36
    *Someone says Robert?s wife surname was Marquis.
    % Shanval means the old town.
    And these are the gravestones nearby:
    James Donaldson fr Newtown of Boharm died 24 Dec 1820 age 58, wife Jean McDonald died 19 Nov 1863, son John died 28 Feb 1801, dau Isabel died 4 April 1811, son James erected the monument 5 Dec 1816.
    John Donaldson, Blairmain erected in memory of son Alex died 1752 infant, son Robert 10 May 1768 age 19; John Donaldson, wife Janet Garrow in Allachie died 22 July 1831 age 75; Alex Donaldson fr Blairmain died 7 Dec 1833 age 70, wife Ann Thomson died 1862 age 77; John Donaldson late of Blairmain died Feb 1808 age 91, wife Elspet Stewart died May 1809, age 80.
    (Laura Lovett <> on MORAY-L, 2005.)
    I have his will. Not much of use, other than confirming hs wife as Janet.
  • _UID: 88E989F95E074F568276CDB73BDCA1AADB32
  • Change Date: 5 NOV 2012

    Marriage 1 Janet Grant b: 1729
    • Married:
    1. Has Children Ann Donaldson
    2. Has Children Mary Donaldson
    3. Has No Children Alexander Donaldson
    4. Has No Children Elizabeth Donaldson
    5. Has No Children Margaret Donaldson

    1. Text: Manuscript family tree drawn by Colin Cameron, grandfather of Richard Hodgson
      (drawn abt 1950-1980?)
    2. Text: Moray Local Heritage Services
      Libindx System - Online Genealogical Search
    3. Text: Moray Local Heritage Services
      Libindx System - Online Genealogical Search
      Page: Tombstone
    4. Text: The Scots magazine
      Volume 53
      Oct 1791
    5. Text: Hugh Cambell
  • We want to hear from you! Take our WorldConnect survey

    Index | Descendancy | Register

    Printer Friendly Version Printer Friendly Version Search Ancestry Search Ancestry Search WorldConnect Search WorldConnect Join Today! Join Today!

    WorldConnect Home | WorldConnect Global Search | WorldConnect Help
    We want to hear from you! Take our WorldConnect survey is NOT responsible for the content of the GEDCOMs uploaded through the WorldConnect Program. The creator of each GEDCOM is solely responsible for its content.