More support for the Corrish Gunns as Chief idea...Thomas Sinclair ‘History of the Clan Gunn’ Supplement, Ninth Instalment 27.1.1903 (Clan Gunn Chief claims and history,)
As usual I am providing a list of the key people and issues (in order of the article) in this Gunn Supplement so readers can work out if they need to work on these images; an Index of some sort always helps. It must be read against the time. Lyon now allows for female descent for the Chief...
Quite an interesting article, strongest again on the strength (overall) of Corrish Gunns as Chief claimants. It also clearly hints as to why Captain ‘Braehour’ Gunn may not like the Corrish claim... Useful on Achanakin Gunns. Nice character sketches of people, especially ones to whom I am related...
Key facts, issues and people
· ‘Gunn’, New Hebrides 1900. (A New Hebrides Gunn Chief tree is of importance; see Mark Rugg Gunn. I wonder if this ‘New Hebrides’ was actually Rev. Dr. William T. Gunn of Futuna. If so he was at Futuna for the period 1883-1917, working for the Reformed Presbyterian Church of Scotland (or ‘United Free Church’). A work by him ‘The Gospel in Futuna’ can be downloaded at http://www.ebooksread.com/authors-eng/william-gunn/the-gospel-in-futuna-with-chapters-on-the-islands-of-the-new-hebrides-the-peop-ala/1-the-gospel-in-futuna-with-chapters-on-the-islands-of-the-new-hebrides-the-peop-ala.shtml Other books by him can be found at http://trove.nla.gov.au/book/result?q=william+gunn+futuna. He came from Caithness, was married to Margaret Mathieson Gunn (died January 1932), retired to Bancroft Avenue, Roseville, Sydney, Australia and he had at least four daughters, Ruth and Dorothy (unmarried at his death in June 1935) and two who died on Futuna. Apparently he has descendants, so at least one of them married. See http://bygonedaysphotography.blogspot.co.uk/search?q=gunn UPDATE; Yes it is the right person. See Thomas Sinclair, p.109. And note Sinclair 24.2.1903 article 'Rev. Dr William Gunn, Futuna, one of the Tonga Islands, near Feejee... Dr Gunn is the son of the late James Gunn, elder of Westerdale Free Church, who had the mills there for some time, born at Badbea, Berriedale, in 1819 and died at Westerdale 17th February 1893, son of John Gunn Badbea... (James) married a M'Leod... buried in Helmsdale chrchyard. Another of his sons is George (Gunn) North Public School, Wick.'
· Sage’s Gunn History
· Captain Gunn, Braehour
· Williamina Gunn Clark (father being Captain Gunn Braehour)
· Gunn Chiefship controvery 1890-1891
· Rev. Alex Sage’s MS page 27 ‘ The last MacHamish, and seventh of that name, was Doanld Gunn’s eldest son Alexander, who held the commission of Sutherland, an adept in law matters, and of high authority, power and influence among his clans, to such a degree that his will was considered among them as sacred, inviolable, as the laws of the Medes (?) and Persians... He was a Captain of Militia in 1745-46. He married a daughter of Mackay of Kirtomy, by whom he had a numerous family, namely, Alexander who died an officer in the Dutch service, one daughter, married to Major Mackay of Reachar (?) and several other children whose names cannot be recollected. After the death of Mrs Gunn, he continued some time a widower. He married afterwards a daughter of Mr Rose, Minister of Loth, by whom he had two sons William and Morrison ... The succession to the last and seventh Mhickeamish, whose family is extinct, are the descendants of his older brother, commonly called George Gunn of Corrish (this is wrong, it's generally assumed George Gunn of Corrish is an Uncle)). He had two sons who were tenants in the parish of Kildonan, Alexander and George. Alexxander had three sons, William, Donald and Robert who was a sergeant in the Cromarty Rangers, all surviving; and George the second son, four sons, Thomas who went to India, Alexander William and James, all living.’ The MS is dated 1801. (See my earlier post on Corrish Gunns and http://www.melville-connections.co.uk/webpages/gunn.htm and http://fionamsinclair.co.uk/genealogy/Goshen/Additions.htm) William mentioned as the proper chief was the late William Gunn, Acherny and Backlass. His eldest son was the late Alexander Gunn, Achnavast, and his youngest the late William Gunn, Backlass, Watten.’
· Support for Rev. Alexander Gunn Watten and Mr Sage of Kildonan for their Gunn history knowledge.
· Robert Gunn Achanaikin (se earlier posts) the famoue sennachie
· Why ‘Captain Gunn (Braehour) should persistently deny the existence of the ancient (Sage) document was not far to seek ... the descendants of George of Corrish were the real chiefs.’
· Mrs Clark had the Sage document checked by others. Is it the real document?
· George, the 2nd son of the 6th McKeamish, called George of Corrish was twice married.. With his first wife he had children who died before his second marriage. By his second marriage he he had a son William, who went abroad; ...lost at sea...’ But that’s certified by Robert Gunn of Achanaikan / Achanakin, one of the principal witnesses in favour of Hector Gunn, declared Chief in 1803.
· Rev. Miller Madras, India (see earlier posts)
· Mention made of Aeneas Gunn Edinburgh, the person my earlier family trees were written by...
· Mrs Clark makes mention of (not convinced her dates her right) Alexander Gunn, son of George of Dalnaglaton died 1765 ... due to marry his cousin Janet Gunn ... typhoid ... Janet afterwards became Mrs Mackay in the Dunbeath district where her descendants still live Kirsty Gunn (Mrs James Bain) died in 1900 at Westerdale... doubly connected with the clan her father being David Gunn of the Achanakin family and her mother Catherine Ross, half sister to Chief William Gunn and Chief Morrison Gunn...’
· ‘Catherine Ross... she had two sons by David Gunn... one a soldier...’ William and Morrison Gunn ‘tall... good-looking’,
· David Gunn Achanakin had ‘two brothers, the eldest of the family being John, who married Helen, daughter of William Gunn Braemore 22nd June 1777. John was cattle dealer and settled in Caithness... three of his sons soldiers and a grandson William Gunn, now factor for the Countess of Cromarty... The younger brother of Catherine Ross’s husband was Alexander Gunn, merchant Thurso...
· Captain Gunn’s favourite grandson...
· Owen Sound Canada
· Sir Robert Sinclair
· House of Killearnan taking fire or not...