Transition From McAldonich to Downie in Argyll

As an example of this, the name change in Argyll from McAldonich to one McAldownie to Downie.   An individual and phonetic search for all births, marriages and deaths 1538 to 1854 in Scotland was conducted for the surname McAldonich from Scotland’s People.

The McAldonich (McIldonich/McOldonich) families are primarily located in three areas, one near Damally in Argyll, another two groups around the Inverness and Killin areas (both will be investigated at a later date).

McAldonich in Argyll (Damally):

·         1556 V'Oldouycht in Drissag (Reference)

·    19/10/1695 MacOldonich Margaret in Auchiberlin, parish of Inshaile Inventory Argyll Commissary Court CC2/5/2.  19/10/1695 MacOldonich Moir in Braiblie, Clachandysart Inventory Argyll Commissary Court CC2/5/2.  4 Nov. 1698 MacOldonich, Archibald Moir, in Bracklie in Clachandysart, d. (Reference)

·    James Macildonich, Brackahy (Brackley) (same parish). Carried arms (with the rebels) at Culloden.  (Reference)

In Argyll the McAldonich family is first recorded by a birth in 1754 in Auchtemully (just south of Damally).

·    The last record in Argyll is a birth in 1764 in Auchtemully. 

·    There are nine McAldonich marriages recorded, all in Inverness.

·    There are three McAldonich deaths recorded, all in Inverness.

·    There are no McAldonich or similar on the 1841, 1851 census.

An individual search for all births 1538 to 1854 in Scotland was conducted for the surname Downie in Argyll, Glenorchy and Inishail Parish:

·    The Downie families are located around the Damally area.

·    The Downie family is first recorded by a birth in 1762 in Bochyle (north east of Damally).

·    There are numerous Downie births recorded in Auchtemully (just south of Damally). 

·    The last record in Argyll is a birth in 1826 in Drishaig (just west of Damally).

·    There are records of marriages, deaths and census for Downie.

An individual search for all births 1538 to 1854 and post 1855 for Scotland was conducted for the surnames Mcaldownie and one was found via Birth Certificate, Christian Mcaldownie b.1759 in Blercharin (Barr a Chistealain?).  This is the same geographical location for individuals with the McAldonich and Downie’s surname at Blercharin (Barr a Chistealain).  The location is a group of houses just south of Damally and west of Auchtermally.  There are no Mcaldownie’s listed being married or died in all of Scotland.  There are no Mcaldownie’s listed in the 1841 Census.

 

Auchtermully or Uachdar Mhaluidh

Auchtermully or Uachdar Mhaluidh, is described by The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland (RCAHMS) as:

Ruins of eight drystone buildings, two sheepfolds and a corn-drying kiln of unusual design. Visit by OS March 1973.  The outline of several dwellings sited either side of the burn Allt Mhaluidh are clearly visible. A lime kiln and flax pit are well marked. H Harold 1981.  Associated corn-drying kilns at NN 173 258, NN 174 258 and NN 172 259 are listed; no details given.  Hill 1976.  A township, comprising eleven unroofed buildings, four enclosures and two lengths of head-dyke is depicted on the 1st edition of the OS 6-inch map (Argyllshire 1875, sheet ci). Ten unroofed buildings, three enclosures and three lengths of head-dyke are shown on the current edition of the OS 1:10000 map (1977).  (Reference)

 

Books and References

Harold, H (1981b) 'Uachdar Mhaluidh, Auchtermully (Glenorchy and Inishail p) deserted settlement', Discovery Excav Scot Page(s): 28

Hill, P (1976e) 'Glenorchy: corn-drying kilns', Discovery Excav Scot
Page(s): 16

McOwan, R (1991) 'Dirks from Dalmally', The Scots Mag, New, vol.135, 5 August

 

McAldonich in Argyll (Dalmally)

 

·    Birth Certificates state that there were three McAldonich families in Auchtemully 1754 to 1764.

·    Birth Certificates state that there were Downie families in Auchtemully 1768 to 1803.

·    Both the McAldonich and Downie families in Auchtemully and the immediate area have similar first name naming conventions.

·    Only one other family has been identified living in Auchtemully, being MCVRACHDAR’s that marry into the Downie family.

·    Marriage Certificate states that in 1772 Christian Downie of Auchtermally was married.  The only close match is a Christian McAldonich of Auchtermally b.1854, making her 18 at the time of marriage.  The only Christian Downie listed was b. 1765 making her 11 at the time of the marriage.

·    Marriage Certificate states that in 1779 Katherine Downie of Auchtermally was married.  There is a Katherine McAldonich of Auchtermally b. 1761, making her 18 at the time of the marriage.  The only Katherine Downie listed was born in 1799, 20 years after the date of marriage.

 

Map of McAldonich In Argyll

The details of birth were then plotted onto a Goggle map using an ordinance survey map of 1840.  The map is reproduced here: (Google Map Reference For the McAldonich to Downie)

 

Date Year Surname First Parents Sex  Place  On Birth Cert.


01/07/1754 1754 MCALDONICH MALCOM JOHN MCALDONICH/ U Glenorchy and Inishail /ARGYLL Auchtermully
08/02/1754 1754 MCALDONICH CHRISTIAN MALCOM MCALDONICH/ U Glenorchy and Inishail /ARGYLL Auchtermully
14/02/1755 1755 MCALDONICH MARY MALCOM MCALDONICH/ U Glenorchy and Inishail /ARGYLL Auchtermully
12/05/1756 1756 MCALDONICH ARCHIBALD MALCOM MCALDONICH/ U Glenorchy and Inishail /ARGYLL Auchtermully
29/10/1757 1757 MCALDONICH ALEXANDER MALCOLM MCALDONICH/ U Glenorchy and Inishail  /ARGYLL  Auchtermully
18/04/1759 1759 MCALDONICH JOHN DUNCAN MCALDONICH/ U Glenorchy and Inishail /ARGYLL Auchtermully
05/03/1759 1759 MCALDONICH JOHN MALCOLM MCALDONICH/ U Glenorchy and Inishail /ARGYLL Auchtermully
14/07/1761 1761 MCALDONICH CATHARINE MALCOLM MCALDONICH/ U Glenorchy and Inishail  / ARGYLL  Auchtermully
09/02/1764 1764 MCALDONICH ANN MALCOLM MCALDONICH U Glenorchy and Inishail /ARGYLL Auchtermully
22/07/1768 1768 DOWNIE         MARY MALCOM DOWNIE/CHRISTIAN HENDERSON FR32 U Glenorchy and Inishail  / ARGYLL Auchtermully
10/01/1781 1781 DOWNIE         FINLAY DONALD DOWNIE/DOROTHY MCVRACHTAR FR43 U Glenorchy and Inishail  / ARGYLL  Auchtermully
16/10/1791 1791 DOWNIE         ANN DONALD DOWNIE/ U Glenorchy and Inishail /ARGYLL Auchtermully
14/04/1793 1793 DOWNIE         ALEXANDER DONALD DOWNIE/ U Glenorchy and Inishail /ARGYLL Auchtermully
26/01/1797 1797 DOWNIE         MARGARET DONALD DOWNIE/DOROTHY CAMPBELL FR69 U Glenorchy and Inishail   / ARGYLL Auchtermully
10/04/1799 1799 DOWNIE         CATHARINE DONALD DOWNIE/DOROTHY CAMPBELL FR72 U Glenorchy and Inishail  / ARGYLL Auchtermully
31/07/1802 1802 DOWNIE         ALEXANDER DONALD DOWNIE/DOROTHY CAMPBELL FR77 U Glenorchy and Inishail  / ARGYLL Auchtermully
06/11/1759 1759 MCALDOWNIE CHRISTIAN DONALD MCALDOWNIE/ U Glenorchy and Inishail /ARGYLL Barr a Chistealain – Blercharin
30/11/1762 1762 MCALDONICH MARY MALCOLM MCALDONICH/ U Glenorchy and Inishail /ARGYLL Barr a Chistealain – Blercharin
20/10/1771 1771 DOWNIE JOHN MALCOM DOWNIE/MARY CAMPBELL FR34 U Glenorchy and Inishail /ARGYLL Barr a Chistealain – Blercharin
22/01/1774 1774 DOWNIE DUNCAN MALCOLM DOWNIE/CATHERINE CAMPBELL U Glenorchy and Inishail  / ARGYLL  Barr a Chistealain – Blercharin
02/10/1785 1785 DOWNIE MARGARET MALCOM DOWNIE/ U Glenorchy and Inishail /ARGYLL Barr a Chistealain – Blercharin
24/05/1788 1788 DOWNIE MARTIN MALCOM DOWNIE/MARY CAMPBELL FR147 M Glenorchy and Inishail /ARGYLL Barr a Chistealain – Blercharin
07/11/1795 1795 DOWNIE MARY JOHN DOWNIE/CHRISTIAN MCDONALD FR156 F Glenorchy and Inishail /ARGYLL Barr a Chistealain – Blercharin
17/01/1799 1799 DOWNIE ARCHIBALD ARCHIBALD DOWNIE/EUFFY CAMPBELL FR71 U Glenorchy and Inishail  / ARGYLL Barr a Chistealain – Blercharin
27/03/1801 1801 DOWNIE FLORENCE ARCHIBALD DOWNIE/ U Glenorchy and Inishail /ARGYLL Barr a Chistealain – Blercharin
03/04/1805 1805 DOWNIE MARY ARCHIBALD DOWNIE/EUFFY CAMPBELL FR163 F Glenorchy and Inishail /ARGYLL Barr a Chistealain – Blercharin
29/06/1807 1807 DOWNIE FLORA ARCHIBALD DOWNIE/EUFFY CAMPBELL FR164 F Glenorchy and Inishail /ARGYLL Barr a Chistealain – Blercharin
27/07/1812 1812 DOWNIE DUNCAN ARCHIBALD DOWNIE/EUFFY CAMPBELL FR167 M Glenorchy and Inishail /ARGYLL Barr a Chistealain – Blercharin
01/05/1813 1813 DOWNIE ----- JOHN DOWNIE/ DOWNIE FR168 F Glenorchy and Inishail /ARGYLL Barr a Chistealain – Blercharin

 

Review of the Information from Argyll (McAldonich/Downie)

Review of the data and plots revealed some probabilities:

·    The surname Downie is not known in the Dalmally area prior to the McAldonich surname.  The McAldonich surname is not known or seen in any birth, marriage, death or census in the Argyll area after the name Downie appears.

·    There is a very close geographical association between the various individuals with the McAldonich, Mcaldownie and Downie surname, i.e from a town with eight buildings in total.

·    That the surname McAldonich, with a ‘probable’ pronunciation Mcal doe’- nee was the precursor to the Downie surname being recorded in the area.  See also the Mcgildonie and Mcildonie families in the Cowal area.

·    That Christian Mcaldownie b. 1759 in Blercharin (Barr a Chistealain) is part of the McAldonich family, (there is a Christian McAldonich b. 1754 and 1756 in Auchtermully and a Christian Downie b. 1765 in Bochyle) and it is probable that this birth registration was a transition in the use of the surname from McAldonich to Mcaldownie to Downie.

·    Basic hand writing analysis suggests that it is the same Registrar who records the McAldonich and Mcaldownie birth(s).  With subsequent Registrars recording the Downie surname at birth.  That it is probable that this is the first recording of the transitioning of the surname due to cultural/social pressures.

·    That evidence of the Marriage Certificates for Christian and Katherine and the birth of Christian Mcaldownie suggest the probability that the Downie surname was being used in place of McAldonich from 1772.

·    The first Birth Certificate for a Downie surname in Glenorchy Parish is 1762.

·    There are no registered births for the McAldonich surname in Glenorchy after 1764.

There are no Mcildonie or similare surnames known in the the Parish of Glenorchy and Inishail. 

 

 

 

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