Arrochybeg to Australia (The Story of MacFarlane Pioneers) – Part One by ‘Calum Curamach’
As we delve further into our Clan’s history, we come across more and more references to those clan folk who were settled along the eastern shores of Loch Lomond.Thus our lead story in the June 2011 issue of the Australian “MacFarlane’s Lantern”, Issue No.118, concerns two MacFarlane brothers from the small farm of Arrochybeg, Buchanan parish, Stirlingshire, who were among the many Scots that migrated to Australia during the mid-19th century and contributed greatly to the development of this huge country.
James (b1796) and Duncan (b1798) were the sons of Walter and Marjory MacFarlane (nee Colquhoun) who farmed Arrochybeg, beside Loch Lomond.Walter (1755-1836) was a seventh generation direct descendant of Andrew Dubh MacFarlane, 2nd Laird of Gartartan, Gartmore, Stirlingshire, which, in turn, linked the family to the main line of MacFarlane Barons of Arrochar and to the ancient Earls of Lennox – by all accounts a pedigree to be proud of.
Part one of this article deals with James, who was a pioneering cattleman in Victoria.His brother Duncan, who made his own mark in South Australia, will feature in the next (September) issue.
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