I am descended from Beatons of Kilmuir. This is what I have: If you are able to find any useful links, do please let me know!
Beatons of Greaulin
I have managed to research my Beaton line back to the early 1820s, where my 3 x great grandfather, William Bethune was crofting at Greaulin near Linicro. At the time of the 1841 census, William Bethune’s age was given as 75 and he was with his wife, Mary Macneil and youngest child, Neil aged 15 (my great great grandfather).
At the same time, there were two other Beaton / Bethune families crofting at Greaulin, headed by brothers, Angus born Kilmuir about 1790 and John, born circa 1785. The parents of Angus and John were Donald Beaton and Mary Macloed.
Here are the details found for these two brothers:
• John Beaton born circa 1785, married Anne Macaskill:
Emily born @ 1826,
Donald born @1826,
Mary born @1827,
Anne born @1830 (subsequently married Donald Macinnes)
John born @ 1832
The death of John Beaton is recorded as 5th May 1866 at the age of 80.
Angus Beaton born circa 1790, married Mary McSwan:
Catherine born @ 1828
Donald born @ 1832
John born @ 1837
Angus born @ 1840
Ann born @ 1846
The death of Angus is recorded as 29th March 1863, aged 72.
Although I have not proved it definitively, I believe that my William Bethune was an older brother to John and Angus. William and his wife, Mary had three known children:
Donald born @ 1824, subsequently married Mary Beaton
Isabella born circa 1825
Neil, born 1826, my 2 x great grandfather, who lived and worked on Stormyhill, Portree until his death in 1901
Neil married Mary Mackinnon in 1861 and had four children, who survived
Mary born 1861 (subsequently married James Macdonald of Raasay)
Duncan, born 1865, (my great grandfather who went to Africa in 1890, where he remained until his death in 1943
Donald born 1868 lived and worked as a blacksmith until his death in 1940 and never married.
Katie born 1870 and never married but spent most of her life in Portree. Died 1956.
Neil Beaton’s older brother, Donald and his wife, Mary continued to live at Greaulin and had four known children:
William born @ 1853
Marion born @ 1855
Donald born@ 1858
Mary born @1863
Donald Beaton was tragically killed in March 1891 by a locomotive as he worked on the track near Row in Dunbartonshire. His widow, Mary is recorded in the 1891 census living at Balagowan with her 30+ year old unmarried daughter, Marion, but no indication of the wherabouts of any of the other children.