When the Caledonian Canal was built in about 1803, their house had to be
Nancy Owston adds that "Helen said they were forced to move from their home
(Muirsherlich) to Banavie around 1800 because they lived on land where
Caledonian was being constructed."
Somerled MacMillan, Bygone Lochaber, Paisley, 1971, pp 183-4.
Archibald MacMillan of Murlaggan chartered three ships ---
the Friends, the
Helen, and the Jane --- which sailed from Fort William to Montreal in 1802 with
over 400 emigrants. This voyage is well documented, but see, for example,
Somerled MacMillan, Bygone Lochaber, Paisley, 1971.
Another group of emigrants may have left Fort William in the same year. Cyrus
Thomas in his History of the Counties of Argenteuil, Quebec, and Prescott,
Ontario, first published in Montreal by Lovell & Son in 1896, states on page 95:
"Angus McPhie came with his family from Fort William, Invernessshire, Scotland
in 1802; two brothers, Ewen and Ronald, also making the journey with him."
This Angus McPhie does not appear to be the one mentioned on MacMillan's
passenger list. Oral tradition in my family holds that we are closely related ---
to Angus who settled on the Ottawa River in Chatham Township,
right next to Grenville Township.
Daniel Murray, in a letter written to his brother Alexander from No 15
Cairnton(?) St, Tillicoultry, Scotland, on 20th Nov 1849, said: "Your friend John
Ellis from Mutkill(?) was here two days ago and he stated his mother was still in
good health and able to do all the work about the house the rest of the family
are all well." Who was this John Ellis or Ellice? Was he connected with Edward
Ellice, the son of a wealthy London merchant, who was the largest landowner in
Lower Canada and who bought Glengarry Castle later in the 19th century? Was
the manager of the Locheil estates in 1821 a Mr Ellice? Could this be the same
person? Did he help to organize or finance the voyage? Undoubtedly much
remains to be discovered about the actual organizing of the voyage.