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Black Watch Records
« on: Saturday 25 November 17 10:23 GMT (UK) »
I'm trying to find out enlistment information on my 3 x Great Grandfather Angus McDonald aka Aeneas (Gaelic spelling).
He died in 1823 in Aberlour, Banffshire and according to his tombstone and death certificate he was 80 years old and was a Sergeant in the Black Watch. 
He was married to Helen Thomson in 1788 in Aberlour and a farmer in Allowick, Aberlour.
I don't know where he enlisted or if he was married at the time.
I'm starting to think that because of the Gaelic spelling he wasn't born in Aberlour and maybe Skye or Western Isles.

I have tried emailing the Black Watch headquarters archives in Perth but it always comes back as undelivered so thought I would try Roots Chat.


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Re: Black Watch Records
« Reply #1 on: Saturday 25 November 17 11:45 GMT (UK) »
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He died in 1823 in Aberlour, Banffshire and according to his tombstone and death certificate he was 80 years old and was a Sergeant in the Black Watch.



Per another researcher the only evidence that he was in the Black Watch (42nd Foot) is from his son Robert's death certificate. http://home.st.net.au/~ailsa/McDonald%20Grigor/g0/p46.htm

It's not on his tombstone and there would be no death certificate in 1823.

Also there seems to be some doubt as to whether he was 60 or 80 when he died. See http://libindx.moray.gov.uk/people/people_report_view.asp?REF_ID=NM103840

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Re: Black Watch Records
« Reply #2 on: Saturday 25 November 17 12:26 GMT (UK) »
That was my fault. It is on his sons death
As for lib index there are many mistakes on it as I've discovered so I don't tend to go by their records.

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Re: Black Watch Records
« Reply #3 on: Saturday 25 November 17 12:46 GMT (UK) »
You could try the "Black Watch Forums.co.uk" rather than the archivist as I believe he only works 1 or 2 days a week

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Re: Black Watch Records
« Reply #4 on: Saturday 25 November 17 13:16 GMT (UK) »
Many thanks for information. I'll try that

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Re: Black Watch Records
« Reply #5 on: Saturday 25 November 17 20:09 GMT (UK) »
At that period a majority of the local population in that area would have been Gaelic speakers.

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