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Donald macpherson

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Susan Report 26 Jan 2014 19:27

I am trying to help a friend find information about donald macpherson. She is doing research in the highlands and she would like donald to be part of her writing.
He was born in Laggan i, HIghlands , 1780's although I haven't been able to find evidence of this.
His death was 2nd March 1863 in London. Again I haven't been able to find evidence of this.
He lived at 54 upper ebury street , London for some time.
Any records or a copy of his will would be great.
Thank you


patchem Report 26 Jan 2014 19:35

Sorry, just putting for others:

Laggan is a village in Badenoch, in the Highland region of Scotland. It is beside the River Spey, about 10 km west of Newtonmore.


alviegal Report 26 Jan 2014 19:37

It would come under Inverness-shire patchem....just down the road from me!

How do you know when he died please? Do you know when he moved down to London?


Susan Report 26 Jan 2014 19:42

All the information i have was passed on to me by my friend so im not sure of her sources.
Im just trying to find out more for her.


alviegal Report 26 Jan 2014 19:45

Donald and Daniel were interchangeable names but Laggan and Newtonmore is MacPherson country so loads of folk with that name.
Any idea if he was married or his occupation or is that everything that you know about him?


Susan Report 26 Jan 2014 19:47

He was a poet..sorry that's all I know.


patchem Report 26 Jan 2014 19:48

Donald Macpherson
Date of Registration: Jan-Feb-Mar 1863
Registration District: St George Hanover Square
Inferred County: London
Volume: 1a
Page: 223

Took me ages to work out it was Invernessshire, and been trying to use google maps for distances to Croy or Boleskin....


patchem Report 26 Jan 2014 19:52

If he was a poet and in London we can rule out this one then:
1851 Scotland Census
Donald Mcpherson Age: 74 Estimated Birth Year: abt 1777
Relationship: Head
Spouse's Name: Barbara Mcpherson
Gender: Male Where born: Laggan, Inverness
Parish Number: 104
Civil Parish: Laggan County: Inverness Address: Balgown
Occupation: Farmer Of 6 Acres
ED: 3 Page: 7 21 Line: 6 Roll: CSSCT1851_24
Donald Mcpherson 74
Barbara Mcpherson 73
Malcom Mcpherson 44
Donald Mcpherson 34
Jean Mcpherson 8
Source Citation: Parish: Laggan; ED: 3; Page: 7; Line: 6; Roll: CSSCT1851_24; Year: 1851.


patchem Report 26 Jan 2014 19:59

1851 England Census
Donald McPherson Age: 63 Estimated Birth Year: abt 1788
Relation: Head Gender: M (Male) Where born: Scotland
Civil Parish: St George Hanover Square
County/Island: Middlesex Country: England
Street Address: Upper Ebury Street
Occupation: book seller and xxx?
Registration District: St George Hanover Square
Sub-registration District: Belgrave
ED, institution, or vessel: 12l Household Schedule Number: 139 Piece: 1477 Folio: 337 Page Number: 30
Donald McPherson 63
Sarah McPherson 21 dau Middlesex Pimlico
John McPherson 15 son wood carver Middlesex Pimlico
Elizabeth Pope 16
Source Citation: Class: HO107; Piece: 1477; Folio: 337; Page: 30; GSU roll: 87800.


alviegal Report 26 Jan 2014 20:02

This one may be interesting to follow.

The Rose and the Oak. A Fable.
Melodies from the Gaelic, and Original Poems, with Notes on the Superstitions of the Highlanders, &c. By Donald Macpherson.
Donald Macpherson

The poem was likely written some years before it was published in 1824. Donald Macpherson was one of a number of self-educated Scottish poets who began life tending sheep.


Chris Ho :)

Chris Ho :) Report 26 Jan 2014 20:03

Burial date
06 March 1863
Brompton Cemetery
Brompton Cemetery (Kensington and Chelsea)

(if him)

Chris :)


alviegal Report 26 Jan 2014 20:03

OOh that one looks like it's him patchem. Well done!


patchem Report 26 Jan 2014 20:03

1841 England Census
Donald Macpherson Age: 54 Estimated Birth Year: abt 1787
Gender: Male Where born: Scotland
Civil Parish: St George Hanover Square
Hundred: Westminster County/Island: Middlesex
Registration District: St George Hanover Square
Sub-registration District: Belgrave
Piece: 732 Book: 14 Folio: 5 Page Number: 2
Donald Macpherson 54
Mary Macpherson 49
Ciprian Macpherson 20
Agnes Macpherson 17
Sarah Sophna Macpherson 13
John 5
Source Citation: Class: HO107; Piece: 732; Book: 14; Civil Parish: St George Hanover Square; County: Middlesex; Enumeration District: 41; Folio: 5; Page: 2; Line: 19; GSU roll: 438834.


alviegal Report 26 Jan 2014 20:07

1841 census transcription details for: Ebury Street, Upper, St George Hanover Square, Westminster
Print Close

National Archive Reference:
RG number: HO107
Piece: 732
Book/Folio: 14/5
Page: 2
Reg. District: St George Hanover Square
Sub District: Belgrave
Parish: St George Hanover Square
Enum. District:
Ecclesiastical District:
City/Municipal Borough: Westminster
Address: Ebury Street, Upper, St George Hanover Square, Westminster
County: Middlesex
Name Relation Sex Age Birth Year Occupation Where Born
MACPHERSON, Donald M 54 1787 book seller Scotland
MACPHERSON, Mary F 49 1792 Middlesex
MACPHERSON, Ossian M 20 1821 Middlesex
MACPHERSON, Agnes F 17 1824 Middlesex
MACPHERSON, Sarah Sophia F 13 1828 Middlesex
MACPHERSON, John M 5 1836
WENN, Edwar M 49 1792
WENN, Eliza F 47 1794
WENN, Ebenezer M 8 1833 Middlesex
WENN, Semeon M 19 1822
CHURCH, Sarah F 30 1811
CHURCH, Sarah F 7 1834 Middlesex
CHURCH, George M 17 1824 Middlesex
CHURCH, William M 14 1827 Middlesex
CHURCH, Thomas M 5 1836 Middlesex
FIELD, Mary F 44 1797
FIELD, Thos M 36 1805
FIELD, Sidney M 17 1824 Middlesex
TURNER, Jane F 34 1807
TURNER, Jane F 11 1830 Middlesex
CHURCH, James M 10 1831 Middlesex

Not suprised to see an Ossian there. I wonder if they were related to James Macpherson who translated the Ossian poems.


alviegal Report 26 Jan 2014 20:16

London, England, Births and Baptisms, 1813-1906 about Ossian Macpherson
Name: Ossian Macpherson b 9 Nov 1820
Record Type: Baptism
Baptism Date: 26 Oct 1823
Father's Name: Donald Macpherson, pensioner of George Street
Mother's Name: Mary Macpherson
Parish or Poor Law Union: Chelsea St Luke
Borough: Kensington and Chelsea
Register Type: Parish Registers

Chris Ho :)

Chris Ho :) Report 26 Jan 2014 21:27

1851 (Find My Past)
MCPHERSON, Donald Head Married M 63 1788 Bookseller C Pensioner
MCPHERSON, Sarah Daughter Unmarried F 21 1830 Dress Maker
Pimlico, Middlesex
MCPHERSON, John Son M 15 1836 Wood Carver
Pimlico, Middlesex
POPE, Elizabeth Visitor F 16 1835 Neighbours Servant
Cricklade, Wiltshire
Piece: 1477
Folio: 337
Page: 30
Registration District: Saint George Hanover Square
Civil Parish: Saint George Hanover Square
Municipal Borough:
Address: 55, Upper Ebury Street, Saint George Hanover Square
County: Middlesex

Chris :)

First name(s): Donald
Last name: MC PHERSON
Calculated year of birth: 1788
Parish of birth: Laggan
Town of birth: Inverness
County of birth: Invernessshire
Age at attestation: 18 years
Discharge date: 17 May 1806
Attestation corps:
Attestation soldier number:
Discharge rank: Serjt
Discharge corps: 75th Foot
Discharge soldier number:
The National Archives reference: WO97

Groom's First names:Donald (Bachelor)
Groom's surname:Macpherson
Groom's parish:St Margaret Westminster
Groom's Age:
Marriage year:1819
Marriage month:Dec
Marriage day:9
Parish:St Margaret, Westminster
Bride's First names:Mary (Widow)
Bride's surname:Ray
Bride's parish:St Margaret Westminster
Bride's Age:
Record source:Westminster Marriages- Transcripts
Data provider:Westminster Archives
(Wits. Hariet Gordon, John Gordon)

(not sure if fitting!)


Susan Report 26 Jan 2014 22:03

Wow you amazing folk have given me lots to pass onto my friend. She will be so very pleased .
Thank you sooooooo much.
Best regards

Chris Ho :)

Chris Ho :) Report 27 Jan 2014 07:57

Agnes Hall Macpherson
Baptism Date:
28 Nov 1824 (Born 13 Sept 1823)
Father's Name:
Donald Macpherson (Bookseller)
Mother's Name:
Mary Macpherson
Parish or Poor Law Union:
Chelsea St Luke
Kensington and Chelsea
(abode, George Street)

Notes a William Jonathan (Born 18 Aug 1822) also same time as Ossian above.

And, 2 entries under O and WJ same date, look to be children of Witnesses, John and Harriet Gordon (abode, Wandsworth, Leather Cutter)

Henry (Born 11 August 1816)
Thomas (Born 2 August 1826)

Chris :)


alviegal Report 27 Jan 2014 20:56

??? These are excerpts from

Person Code NA16751

Family Name Sobieski Stuart

Dates [1790]-1925
Epithet family

Stuart, John Sobieski Stolberg [1795]-1872, and Stuart, Charles Edward [1799]-1880, were two brothers who claimed descent from Prince Charles Edward Stuart, the young chevalier, and to be heirs to the crown of Great Britain and Ireland. Their birthplace is unknown. The dates, too, of their births are uncertain.

About 1811 the reputed secret of their descent from the Stuarts was, according to their own story, revealed to them and they entered the service of the 'eagle monarch' Napoleon, and fought in 1813 at Dresden and at Leipzig. Both brothers claim to have fought once again at Waterloo for Napoleon, attired in 'dolmans green, pelisse of crimson dye'. Afterwards, they went to London, learned Gaelic there from Donald Macpherson, compiler of 'Melodies from the Gaelic,' and in 1817 or 1818 came by sea to Edinburgh.


Country Code GB
Repository Code 233
Repository National Library of Scotland
Reference GB233/Dep.268
Title Highland Society of London Papers

MS.14891 (?Pimlico Package, no.7?). Quarto notebook of Gaelic poems by Donald MacPherson, Pimlico, author of Melodies from the Gaelic and original Poems (London, 1824), watermarked 1828.
MS.14892 (?Pimlico Package, no.10?). Octavo notebook containing drafts of Gaelic and English poems by Donald MacPherson, 1822-48.

and the book can be seen here. Published in London, 1824.

If you read the Dedication, he says he was 'late serjeant of the 75th Regiment' and it was written in Chelsea 28th May 1824.