MacDonald of Clanranald

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  • ID: I20987
  • Name: Angus MACDONALD 1
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: ABT 1866 in Upper South River, Antigonish, Nova Scoiia, Canada
  • Death: AFT 1936
  • Note:
    Also a prison Guard at Dorchester penitentiary in Dorchester,
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    Description:
    Angus "The Ridge" MacDonald
    Angus was born in 1866 on his father's farm in Upper South River, Antigonish county. He was the son of Alexander MacDonald and Catherine Cameron. Angus belonged to a branch of MacDonalds from the Braes of Lochaber, Scotland, called "Sliochd an Taighe" or"People of the House," which initially settled near a ridge (hence the family name) in South West Mabou, Cape Breton Island. Other branches of this same family such as the "Hunter,""Tullach," and "Painter" MacDonalds settled in both Antigonish and Inverness counties where their descendants are still known by these patronymics.

    Angus' grandfather, Alexander, settled in South West Mabou in 1816. He belonged to a long line of poets and tradition bearers that stretched back to Iain Dubh Bohuntin (1513-1547) and the chiefs of the Keppoch MacDonalds. Alexander's son, Allan (b. 1794) was a well known Gaelic poet whose work, as well as appearing in local newspapers and song collections, was published in A. MacLean Sinclair's Glenbard Collection and Keith N. MacDonald's The Gaelic Bards 1825-1875. The family was widely acknowledged for their talents in music, storytelling, family history and song composition. Perhaps Allan's most famous composition was "Cumha Ceap Breatainn" or "Lament for Cape Breton" which was composed on the occasion of his resettlement on the mainland.

    Angus MacDonald was regarded as one of the last of a dying breed of Gaelic poets and oral historians--certainly in Antigonish County, where the Gaelic language was quickly becoming extinct. He was first recorded in 1936 by John Lorne Campbell and Margaret Faye Shaw. Angus' song repertoire consisted of many songs from the Lochaber tradition and included a war song as well as some belonging to the milling genre. The stories collected by Leach from Angus MacDonald are a combination of fairytales, legends and humorous character tales.




    Father: Alexander <Allan The Ridge> MACDONALD
    Mother: Catherine CAMERON

    Marriage 1 Mary Anne CHISHOLM
      Children
      1. Has Children William Archibald MACDONALD
      2. Has Children Mary Catherine Isabel MACDONALD
      3. Has No Children Alexander Allan MACDONALD
      4. Has Children Hugh Cameron MACDONALD
      5. Has Children Living MACDONALD
      6. Has Children Living MACDONALD

      Sources:
      1. Title: Mabou Pioneers Volume 1
        Repository:
        Media: Book
        Page: 528

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