Adam Mulbuie MacHamish Gunn
Whilst checking my MacHamish chapter I have solved the issue of Adam Mulbuie Gunn.
Rugg Gunn, Thomas Sinclair and the 1868/70 family trees all have Adam of Mulbuie as the first son of Donald the Scholar of Kinbrace. Mark Rugg Gunn has Adam of Mulbuie on page 240. Thomas Sinclair has him on pages 120-121. The Sinclair pages are not from the Appendix where he was writing about these 1868/70 family trees so presumably his information came from elsewhere.
Now Adam Mulbuie Gunn as the first son of Donald the Scholar of Kinbrace is just wrong as I have copies of the Sutherland Estate papers clearly showing the linked three generations of Gunn Kinbrace owners after Donald Gunn (until one Gunn relinquished the estate), and they are direct descendants from Donald. And Adam of Mulbuie was not one of them – and the first son of Donald of Kinbrace was William of Kinbrace. I note, as well, Mulbuie is nowhere near Kinbrace.
D. A. Young’s ‘The Book of Lybster’ does have an Adam Gunn who was tacksman of Mulbuie and whose son was the three time married Reverend Robert Gunn. Robert was the Reverend at Lybster from 1775 to 1819. Now the Reverend Robert Gunn and his father were descendants from Donald the Scholar - Adam Mulbuie Gunn was, in fact, the great, great grandson of Donald the Scholar.
I suspect Gunn history / genealogy confusion was caused by the Rev Robert Gunn knowing his family history and having a place in society where his descent from Donald the Scholar of Kinbrace could be made clear but over time ‘Adam of Mulbuie’ got misplaced due to the oral nature of much of the history at that time.
The descendants of Donald Gunn the Scholar of Kinbrace – and a MacHamish – are many.