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GUNN of KINLOCHLAGGAN
the Donald and Margaret Urquhart Gunn
following information is from "the GUNNs of
Kinlochlaggan...A Scottish Diaspora"
compiled and printed in 1979 by Kathleen Gunn Turpin (now
At the time Kathleen compiled our family's history and family tree information, it was determined that Hugh and Margaret were the ancestors of over 750 people, including 41 grandchildren and 91 great-grandchildren. That was twenty years ago. Since then there has been a whole new generation (possibly two) added to the trees. Gary Rhyason, a cousin in Canada, is diligently working on up-dating the whole tree with the help of "Family Tree Maker".
As is mentioned
elsewhere in the Homepage, if you have any information that can
be added to the family tree or history, please let us know by email so that we can add it to
DONALD GUNN (1825-1901) m.
MARGARET URQUHART (1832-1917)......
Donald Gunn was the seventh child of Hugh and Margaret (Marion) Gunn of Kinlochlaggan.
Prior to the marriage of Margaret Urquhart to Donald LGunn on June 27, 1853, she had lived at Medosegate, in Fearn Parish, Ross-shire.
Donald Gunn and his bride, Margaret Urquhart, left their Scotland home the day after their marriage in Tain on June 27, 1853.
According to information received from their grandson, Andrew Ruxton, and his wife, Annie, "They landed in Halifax about six weeks later (a rough trip). They came by smaller boat up the St. Lawrence to Niagara on the lake; then by train to Goderich; then by fish boat from Goderich to Kincardine -- followed the bush trail only marked by chips off the trees for 15 miles to what is now the 8th Concession of Bruce -- where they camped under a tree over night."
The Donald Gunns then built a "shanty" on the farm -- later replaced by a log house -- and lived there the rest of their lives.
The Ruxtons further stated: "The first winter, Donald Gunn carried a bushel of wheat on his back to Kincardine (15 miles) to be ground into flour and then carried it all the way back. the next year there was a mill started at Underwood, 1 1/4 miles from their farm."
"Donald's brother, Joseph, located on the farm next to him but never proved up on it."
The 1861 census listed Joseph Gunn and his wife Ann as residing with the Donald Gunns and daughters Marion and Mary. The two families were sharing a two-story house. Also living with them was Hugh Calder, a widower born in Scotland, a first cousin of Donald and Joseph.