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Sutherland County, Scotland research:

Clan Sutherland Society of North America, Inc.
     Clan Chief, Lady Elizabeth, Countess of Sutherland,
      President,   John Sutherland

"Dunrobin Castle is the seat of Clan Sutherland
  in County of Sutherland, Scotland"

"Dunrobin is in Golspie, Scotland,
making it the most northerly of Scotland's great houses."

Genuki Sutherland (with map) 

ELDER - Largest number gathered in Northern Scotland:
See Distribution map for ELDER surnames in 1881 and 1998 Scotland/England:

ELDER; Reay;
pre 1800 to present; Carol; [email protected]

History of Reay, Sutherland - partly in Caithness
   "Reay, vil., Caithness, and par. partly also in Sutherland - par., 115,301 ac., pop. 2191; vil., near Sandside Bay, 10 miles W. of Thurso; P.O., T.O.; gives the title of baron to the family of Mackay, from whom a large section of Sutherland took the name of "Lord Reay's Country".

Elder Tree by Rebecca Elder in Ancestry Family Tree

 James Donald Elder, b. 25 July 1878  Reay, Scotland  
                                     Res. 1920: Manhattan,
 NY NY  
Father: Donald Elder, b. 1847 Reay, m. Jamesina Sutherland  
Father: Donald Elder (1804 Reay -1891 Reay) m. Isabella Henderson  
Father: John Elder, b. 1767 Reay m. Barbara M Mackay


ELDER; Clyne;
1832; Kay;  [email protected]

Elspat Matheson m John Sutherland, Dornoch

  Author: jesse stuart Date: 15 Jul 2005 1:12 PM GMT
  Surnames: Sutherland Matheson
  Classification: Query
>I am wondering if anyone has any information on the family of
Elspat Matheson b: 1765 Evelix & John Sutherland b: 1756 Thurso.
Elspat died in the Miekle Ferry disaster 1809 along with her youngest son George.
What happened to the rest of the family? I understand another son Angus b: 1785,
married an Isobel Gordon in 1811 & emigrated to Nova Scotia around 1812.
Im unsure whether the rest of John & Elspats children emigrated as well.

  Author: Kay Sturgeon Date: 10 Apr 2000 12:00 PM GMT
  Surnames: ELDER
  Classification: Query
>Hugh Russell ELDER b 04 Sep 1832 Clyne SUT to Andrew ELDER and Catherine MCKENZIE. He was the 8th child to this couple but the only one to be born in SUT. Siblings Andrew, Christina, Margaret Scott, Jean born Kiltearn ROSS, William Mackenzie b Kilmuir Easter and twins Colin and Robert born Drakies INV. Father Andrew b 1796 Cupar FIFE was a grieve at "Balcony" when marrying in 1820 Kilmuir Easter ROSS a Catherine MCKENZIE of Terrain.
by Kay Sturgeon
# ID: I2895
# Name: William Mackenzie ELDER
# Sex: M
# Baptism: 11 JUN 1827 Kilmuir Easter, ROC, Scotland
# Death: 16 AUG 1900 in Colton, Eyre Peninsular, SA, Australia
# Emigration: 12 SEP 1857 Belfast, Geelong, VIC, Australia
# Birth: 1827 in Kilmuir Easter, ROC, Scotland

Father: Andrew ELDER b: 1796 in Cupar, FIF, Scotland
Mother: Catherine MCKENZIE b: ABT 1800 in Unknown

Marriage 1 Benjamina SUTHERLAND b: 1835 in Edinburgh, MID, Scotland
    * Married: 26 OCT 1854 in Avoch, ROC, Scotland
   1.  (female) ELDER b: 28 MAY 1855 in Edinburgh Parish, Edinburgh, MID, Scotland
   2. William Benjamin ELDER b: 1858 in Belfast, VIC, Australia
   3.  Elizabeth Catherine ELDER b: APR 1860 in Amherst, VIC, Australia
   4.  Catherine ELDER b: 19 JAN 1862 in Amherst, VIC, Australia
   5.  Alexandrina Dow ELDER b: MAR 1863 in Amherst, VIC, Australia
   6.  Mina Elizabeth ELDER b: 1865 in Talbot, VIC, Australia

Marriage 2 Catherine WILSON b: ABT 1841 in Athbury, MEA, Ireland
    * Married: 22 FEB 1873 in Church of England Parsonage, Wannon, Hamilton, VIC, Australia
   1.  Olive Catherine Mackenzie ELDER b: 1874 in Hamilton, VIC, Australia
   2.  Louisa Alexandra ELDER b: 1877 in Hamilton, VIC, Australia

# ID: I2888
# Name: Andrew ELDER
# Sex: M
# Birth: 1796 in Cupar, FIF, Scotland

Marriage 1 Catherine MCKENZIE b: ABT 1800 in Unknown
    * Married: 14 AUG 1820 in Kilmuir Easter, ROC, Scotland
   1.  Andrew ELDER b: 25 DEC 1820 in Tain, ROC, Scotland
   2.  Christina ELDER b: 04 JAN 1822 in Kiltearn, ROC, Scotland
   3.  Margaret Scott ELDER b: 22 FEB 1823 in Kiltearn, ROC, Scotland
   4.  Jean ELDER b: 26 SEP 1825 in Kiltearn, ROC, Scotland
   5.  William Mackenzie ELDER b: 1827 in Kilmuir Easter, ROC, Scotland
   6.  Colin ELDER b: 1830 in Drakies, INV, Scotland
   7.  Robert Mackenzie ELDER b: 1830 in Drakies, INV, Scotland
   8.  Hugh Russell ELDER b: 04 SEP 1832 in Clyne, SUT, Scotland
Elder 1807
  Author: William B. Holgate Date: 10 Sep 2000 12:00 PM GMT   (new email: [email protected])
  Surnames: Robert Elder, Elizabeth Elder, Christina Elder
  Classification: Query
>nformation on Robert Elder Family. Chelsea Pensioner 42 Highland Regiment 1824 - 1846. Retired to Dornoch. Married to widow Elizabeth (Burns)Gordon 1838. Daughter born Dornoch 1841 Christina Elder. Robert possibly passed away in the late 1850's in Dornoch and then Elizabeth Elder and their Daughter Christina immigrated to Ekfrid, Ontario, Canada in the late 1850's. Robert Elder was born in 1807 in either Dunnet or Thrso, Scotland. Any information appreciated

  Author: Earl Ross Date: 13 Sep 2000 12:00 PM GMT
  Surnames: Elder
  Classification: Query
  In Reply to: Elder 1807  by:  William B. Holgate
William, The Ontario Cemetery Finding Aid shows:
Elizabeth ELDER, Woodland (Cemetery), London, Ontario.
London Twp., Middlesex Co. Ontario.
Not sure if this is your Elizabeth or not.
You can order copy of the cemetery inscription from the London-Middlesex County Branch of the Ontario Genealogy Society.
Sutherlandshire Families
  Author: Carol Small Date: 20 Nov 1999 12:00 PM GMT
  Surnames: McIntosh, Gunn, McKay, Gordon, McDonald, Sutherland
  Classification: Query
>George McIntosh (1773-1839), son of John McIntosh and Catherine McKay married Margaret Sutherland (1790-1885), daughter of William Sutherland and Catherine McKay and lived at Inchverry House, Tongue. Sons went to Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Daughter, Catherine married her cousin William McIntosh and later James McKay and remained in Tongue at Inchverry House.
Robert Gordon and wife Barbara McKay of Farr had daughter Barbara who emigrated with niece Barbara Gunn and her husband, Alexander McIntosh to Ontario, Canada. Another daughter, Johann (1800-1882) married Goerge Gunn and lived at Camster and Lybster, Caithness. Possible relationship into Campbells at Farr.
Angus McDonald born 1771 married twice. Second marriage to Isobel McKay born 1781. Lived Farr. Had 3 sons Hector, Hugh, William and daughter Elizabeth. William and Elizabeth possibly twins from second marriage. Hugh married Barbara McLeod. Elizabeth married Donald Gunn of Camster, Caithness. All families emigrated in 1840s to Ontario, Canada.
John McKay (1816-1885) son of John McKay and Catherine Elder, born Reay, Sutherlandshire married Flora Gunn (1821-1903), daughter of John Gunn and Janet Murray and born in Glasgow. The Gunns returned to Melvick where Janet died before John and daughters Flora and husband, and Catherine emigrated to Canada. Son William Gunn had alreaady emigrated in 1836. Missing sons Donald born 1824, Alexander born 1819, and John born 1827.
William Sutherland and Catherine McKay lived at Tongue where he was a stone mason. Their family included: 1. Margaret (1778-1873) married George Mc Intosh
2. George who died in 1850's leaving his sisters money
3. William unsure if a brother and was he the one who built 14 apartments in Aberdeen in 1839.
4. Donald - unsure if he was a brother
5. Barbara married Alexander Troupe and James Allison
6. Elizabeth married Donald McLeod and lived in Aberdeen
7. Helen (1794-1846) married Alexander Colquhoun and emigrated to Pictou County, Nova Scotia, Canada
8. Grace (1800-1889) married Duncan Mc Donald and emigrated to Australia

Sutherland Genform
Alexander Sutherland, 1789-1859
Posted by: Kathleen Lister Date: January 10, 2000 at 11:34:55  ([email protected])
Looking for info on:
Alexander Sutherland, b. 1789 in Dornoch or Clyne, Scotland, d. 1859 in Earltown, Colchester Co., NS. Married
Catherine Matheson, b. 1796 in Scotland, d. 1883 in Earltown.

448 - Dixie Johnson-Elder
e-mail: [email protected]
 "Willian Elder of Kirkwall, Scotland came with his 2 brothers (David & John) to New York in 1789.
 They were under the protectorate of the Sutherland family, which castle is still home to the Sutherlands."

1851 Scotland census
Name:   William Elder
Age:  19
Estimated birth year:  abt 1832
Relationship:  Son
Father's name:  David
Mother's name:  Jannet
Gender:  Male
Where born:  Kirkwall, Orkney
Parish Number:  52
Civil parish:  Kildonan
Town:  Helmsdale
County:  Sutherland
Address:  Helensdale
Occupation:  Scholar
ED:  1
Page:  23 (click to see others on page)
Household schedule number:  81
Line:  5
Roll:  CSSCT1851_12
Household Members:
Name  Age
David Elder      56
Eliza Elder         3
James Elder     17
Jane Elder       17
Jannet Elder   46
Jannet Elder    6
William Elder  19
Ann McGregor  25
Source Citation: Parish: Kildonan; ED: 1; Line: 5; Year: 1851.

JOHN ELDER, cartographer, born in Caithness in 1500's, contributed to publication of:
Chapter Excerpt by Peter M. Barber
... "In France he presented Mary, Queen of Scots, with an autograph letter and
     (in a display of indirect vanity?) a fanciful map of the New Utopia ostensibly by his eight-year-old pupil,
    Lord Darnley."
In 1973 D.G. Moir suggested the John Elder (who signed himself Eldar)
was responsible for the depiction of Scotland on Mercator's map of 1564..."

Sailing Directions For The North Coast, by George Watson
 ...."The most likely candidate was John Elder, who was born in Caithness and was brought up In Skye and Lewis.
In 1543 Elder sent a letter and a 'plotte' or map of Scotland to King Henry VIII. As a cartographer he is
 likely to have had the type of information which Lindsay needed."

"The Highlanders of Scotland"
By William F. Skene, D.C.L. (1836)
Edited by Alexander MacBain, M.A., L.L.D. (1902)
Transcribed Chapters posted on Electric Scotland webpages.
Searching for ELDER in each chapter,
finally found the same JOHN ELDER (mapmaker, b. Caithness)
Part 2 Chapter 1  
" The first proof of the existence of this tradition which I shall bring forward,
is contained in a letter dated 1542, and addressed to King Henry VIII. of England,
by a person designating himself “John Elder, clerk, a Reddschanke.”

More in Google Books

"Pre-reformation Scholars in Scotland in the XVIth Century:
Their Writings and Their Public Services : with a Bibliography and a List of Graduates from 1500 to 1560"
By William Forbes-Leith
Published by J. MacLehose, 1915
Original from the University of California
Digitized Oct 29, 2007
155 pages
 Pages 54-55 (short bio of John ELDER)  (other pages have Johannes ELDER, and Adamus ELDAR, etc.)
"John Elder, a member of the Collegiate Church at Dumbarton, became tutor
of the young Lord Darnley.  He followed the fortunes of the Earl of Lennox when he fled to England.
That John Elder was selected by the Bishop of Orkney as the teacher of the boy abbot,
Abbot Walter Reid, is no small testimony to his capacity and worth.
       The name of "Jean Eldas, pretre ecossois geographe du Roi de France"
 in 1560, occurs in the Registers of the Chambre des Comptes, Paris (see J. Van der Meulen,
"Les Geographes du Roi, etc., " Bulletin de la Societe de Geographie d'Anvers, vol. i. 1878).
  John Elder was a clever linguist, a good Latinist; and as to his English, he surpassed most
of the natives of the south in the clearness and pleasantness of his style.
He had written also in favour of the royal supremacy of Henry VIII; a popular pamphlet,
setting forth the advantages of the union of England and Scotland--a union into
which King Henry was then endeavouring to coerce Scotland at the point of the sword.
The little treatise, which is well known to black-letter collectors, proves
John Elder to have been a man in advance of his time, in regard to statistical wisdom--
the more remarkable, as the author claims to be a Highlander.
  John Elder signs himself John Redshank--the appellation by which the Highlanders were known in the South."

"Dunbarton... on the north bank of the River Clyde where the River Leven flows into the Clyde estuary.
Dumbarton is split between the council areas of Argyll and Bute and West Dunbartonshire.
Dumbarton Castle, sitting on top of Dumbarton Rock, dominates the area.
Dumbarton was a Royal burgh between 1222 and 1975.
    The castle was an important place during the Wars of Independence and was used to imprison
William Wallace for a short time after his capture by the English. It was also from here that
Mary, Queen of Scots, was conveyed to France for safety as a child.
Mary was trying to reach Dumbarton Castle when she suffered her final defeat at Langside."

CENSUS 1841 CAITHNESS SCOTLAND ( subscription)

George Elder  abt 1801 Caithness, Scotland Thurso Caithness  41
Cathrine Elder  abt 1811 Caithness, Scotland Thurso Caithness  41
Isabella Elder  abt 1835 Caithness, Scotland Thurso Caithness  41
Mary Elder  abt 1837 Caithness, Scotland Thurso Caithness  41
William Elder  abt 1832 Caithness, Scotland Thurso Caithness  41
Ann Elder  abt 1839  Caithness, Scotland  Thurso Caithness   41
Barbara Elder  abt 1828 Caithness, Scotland Thurso Caithness  41

John Sutherland-- abt 1796 Caithness, Scotland Thurso Caithness
Margaret Sutherland-- abt 1801 Caithness, Scotland Thurso
William Sutherland -- abt 1834Caithness, Scotland  Thurso


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