[TSL] Argyll, Scotland, to Montreal 1848
Frances Farmer via <> on 09/26/2014

Hello all,

I am searching for information about the journey of my great-great grandfather and his family from Scotland to Montreal in 1848. I do not know the exact date of their departure, the port from which they sailed, or the name of the ship. 

According to the 1841 Scotland Census, their residence had been Bainlongart (now known as Barnlongart), South Knapdale, Argyll, Scotland. The parents and the six children had all been born in Argyll, Scotland.

Husband:       Duncan McTaggart, born 25 Dec 1802; age at emigration - 45

Wife:             Jean (Campbell) McTaggart, born 25 Dec 1809; age at emigration - 38


Ann, born 8 Apr 1834; age at emigration - 14

Alexander, born 1 May 1836; age at emigration - 12

Janet, born 1838; age at emigration- 10

Grace, born 2 Apr 1840; age at emigration - 8

Margaret, born 1842; age at emigration- 6

Jean, born 5 Jun 1845; age at emigration - 3

There must have been illness on the ship. Duncan McTaggart, my great-great grandfather, died in Montreal, 8 Aug 1848. His daughter Janet, aged 10, died in Montreal 19 Aug 1848. His wife, Jean, had been pregnant during the voyage. She gave birth to twin sons in July (date unknown). According to family information, the babies were born on the ship and died three days later. They were “buried on an island in the St. Lawrence.” Given these details, I assume the voyage must have been during June/July 1848.

I would be grateful to learn the ship’s name, the date and port of departure, and any information about the probable type of illness on board and how one might search for the burial places – both those in Montreal and the one “on an island in the St. Lawrence.”

The family eventually settled in Strathroy, ON, where the formidable mother, Jean, lived to the age of 90!

Frances Farmer
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