Shirley <sam.clarke@...>

Good Evening All

A question/suggestion:  would those responding through my post where I am specifically seeking my McColman, Campbell, Bell and Graham ancestors not be better initiating a post with a subject line of their kin's names? - not tagging onto mine.  I'm a novice but I was able to draft my own search subject line.  I get excited when I see that someone is responding to my post - me thinking they are seeking my ancestors too - only to find that they are not - they are seeking completely different Scottish ancestors.

Thank you Dee for your response regarding Scottish naming patterns.  Family names repeated from generation to generation certainly keep us on our toes!  Best of luck to you too in your research of the ancestors!


On 29/01/2020 2:15 p.m., M Monty wrote:
Bruce, I spotted the McVorran name in your post. My 3rd Great Grandmother was Margaret McVorran m George Montgomery (founding Distiller of Octomore). I have been searching for years on the McVorran's but have never found anything other than that both her father and brother were both named John. I have heard that many McVorran's changed their name to Morrison. Do you have any information on the McVorran's? Here's a link to Margaret's profile:
Is this your ancestor? Compare DNA and explore genealogy for Margaret (McVorren) Montgomery born 1793 Argyleshire, Scotland died 1871 Canada including father + descendants + DNA connections + more in the free family tree community.

From: <> on behalf of bruce@... <bruce@...>
Sent: Wednesday, January 29, 2020 6:14 PM
To: <>

Hi Dee,

I'm researching my Cameron ancestors. 

The forenames Alexander and Robert are found in my ancestors, who were located mainly in Lanarkshire / Glasgow. 

My link to Islay is Mary McMillan, born 7th June 1826 in Kilchoman. Her parents were Finlay MacMillan and Catherine McVorran.

Mary McMillan married Alexander Cameron on 24 November 1854 in Cambuslang.

Kind regards

Bruce Cameron

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From: Dee Byster-Graham

Hello Shirley, and all on our List,


Sorry I am unable to help you with your names of interest.

My late husband was a Graham, Gordon Temple Graham, but born in England.

He had no idea he was actually of Scottish descent, although his name would surely have provided him with an inkling, one would think!

Name following family lines is a huge pain for me, too, both in Scotland and Ireland.


My interests are mainly Mitchell; Mather; Cameron; More; and Bulloch.

All resplendently blessed with James, Alexander, Robert, Malcom; Margaret, Mary, and Janet.


Good luck in your quest.



Moreton Bay island.



From: [] On Behalf Of Shirley
Sent: Tuesday, 28 January 2020 7:13 AM


Greetings from British Columbia, Canada.  I am researching my MCCOLMAN ancestors arriving in Canada from Islay in the early 1830s. I'm hoping to learn more about the ancestors that remained on Islay too.  I have not researched the McColman families lately (I work from materials gathered by cousins many years ago that have been passed on to me) but would love to begin again - to verify the information I have and to learn more.  My ancestors born in Islay:

Great Great Grandparents:    Alexander "Sandy" John MCCOLMAN
b 19 Nov 1826 Baliharrie, Kilmeny Parish
d 7 Jun 1889  Manitoulin Island, Ontario
Married to Flora CAMPBELL
b 16 Aug 1826  Mulreesh, Kilmeny Parish
d 19 Dec 1912  Sterling, Michigan, USA

Greatx3 Grandparents:    Archibald Godfrey MCCOLMAN
b  21 Dec 1799  Carabus, Islay
d 15 Mar 1886 Midhurst, Ontario
Married  Catherine Anne BELL
b 13 Jan 1805  Baliharrie, Kilmeny Parish
d  15 May 1849  Duntroon, Simcoe County, Ontario


Greatx4 Grandparents:  Alexander MCCALMAN
b 1766  Bowmore, Kilarrow Parish
d  Unknown
Married (2nd wife) Mary GRAHAM
b 1774
d 1814

Thank you for reading my family names.  I hope to find others researching the families to share and compare notes.  The families all followed the Scottish naming pattern - keeping them in the proper group is difficult!!




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