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Re: Davaar Island :

Postby Iain » Wed Aug 14, 2013 6:32 am

Shona wrote:Hi Iain,
Do you want me to take this up with some genealogist pals? A number live in Australia, so may be able to uncover some clues Down Under.

Shona, I don't think it's now necessary to contact the Auzzies..., I think I have all that's needed thanks to Rootschat. Here's what I learned.

1851 for Campbeltown - all born there - you will need to check the original image to confirm spelling of surname

George St

John McKellan 47 flesher
Agness McArthur 46
Archibald 5
Peter 3
Mary 7
Campbeltown ED 1 Page 23 Line 11


From Family Search
Parents John McKellar and Agnes McArthur

Mary McKellar
Birth:19 Jun 1843
Baptism:12 Jul 1843. Campbeltown

Archibald McKellar
Born: 16 Oct 1845
Baptism: 1 Dec 1845. Campbeltown

Peter McKellar
Birth 1 Jan 1848
Baptised: 30 Jan 1848. Campbeltown
Died: 1881, Victoria Australia

Archibald must have been homesick right enough... He came back to Scotland where he died on 13 Mar 1924
http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article ... l-title=13
The matching death is registered in Hillhead, Lanarkshire

Australian newspaper Melbourne :
"McKellar.- On the 13th March 1924, Scotland. Archibald, the beloved husband of the late Janet McKellar of Kilkerran Farm, Poor-???? near Cressy, Victoria, and beloved brother of the late Mrs. W. Maxwell of McKillop Street, ???long."

Reading between the lines of this newspaper, homesickness provides some info. Calling their farm in Australia “Kilkerran,” could well indicate a fond attachment to the region. Indicating that the family obviously walked to the Island at low tide to tend their sheep (butcher) and a long way to walk for Archibald to go to school.
George Street could have been the shop.
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Re: Davaar Island :

Postby Shona » Wed Aug 14, 2013 10:47 am

That seems to all fit together neatly. I wonder if the OPR would say where Archibald was born or where his parents were living.
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Re: Davaar Island :

Postby petewick » Wed Sep 04, 2013 3:12 pm

LANDROVER ROGER wrote:There are Mink on the island.I have watched them hunting by the shore.

A lot of mink were visible all over Kintyre when the mink farms were closed 20 years ago, Peninver was rotten with them, spent a week there in August, never saw one.....
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Re: Davaar Island :

Postby petewick » Tue May 31, 2016 10:25 pm

The buidings beside the light are the principal keepers and relief keepers houses. The building along the
road is the lookout....it was the command post for the anti submarine boom. The ruin on the south shore is
known as the sheep hoose....there is no real evidence of who lived there
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Re: Davaar Island :

Postby Tommy Ralston » Sat Jan 28, 2017 12:09 pm

Of no real connection with the original query - I believe that the name Davaar comes from the Gaelic, "Two crops".
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