The Highland Taylor and Ross Families
Andrew Taylor and Janet McAndrew
 
G7 Andrew Taylor
b. ca 1774-76
d. 5 Jun 1841, Bogywell, Rosemarkie

= ca 1798

Janet McAndrew
b. 12 Jun 1799, Tain, Ross & Cromarty
d. 7 May 1836, Bogywell, Rosemarkie

 
 
G6 William
bapt 12 Feb 1799, Newton Avoch, Ross and Cromarty
d. 10 Sep 1877, Dornoch

= 12 (or 17?) June 1826, Dornoch

Margaret Ross
b ca 1800, Dornoch
d. 14 Jul 1872, Dornoch

Christian
b. 26 Jan 1803, Bogywell
d.

= 14 Feb 1829, Rosemarkie

Roderick MacDonald
bpt. 27 Feb 1809, Kilmorack

Donald
b. ?? Bogywell
d. 10 Jan 1864, Dornoch

= Jan 1847, Dornoch

Johan McLean
bpt. 17 Sep 1822, Dornoch
d. aft 1881

Andrew
b. 19 Jan 1810, Raddery,
d. 3 Dec 1871, Coldhome Avoch

= 25 Dec 1835, Rosemarkie

Ann Thompson
bpt. 3 Jun 1811, Rosemarkie
d. 3 Feb 1873, Avoch

Ann
bpt. 29 Oct 1812, Bogywall
d. 1891-1903

= 29 Dec 1843, Avoch

Hector Cunningham
bpt. 2 Dec 1801, Resolis
d. 24 Jul 1903, Black Isle, Rosemarkie

David
bpt. 22 Feb 1815, Bogywall
d.
Hugh
b. 6 Aug 1817, Bogywall
d. 5 Jan 1901, Resolis

= 4 Jul 1842, Avoch

Isabel McKay
b. ca 1817, Knockbain
d. 7 Nov 1891, Kesolis, Balblair

 
John Ross and Isabella McIntosh
 
G7 John Ross
b. ca 1778, Sutherland
d. 7 Jan 1852, Skelbo

= 10 Jan 1799, Dornoch

Isabella McIntosh
b. ca 1772-1776, Sutherland
d. 21 Mar 1846, Achavandra, Sutherland

 
 
G6 Margaret
b ca 1800, Dornoch
d. 14 Jul 1872, Dornoch

= 12 (or 17?) June 1826, Dornoch

William Taylor
bapt 12 Feb 1799, Newton Avoch, Ross and Cromarty
d. 10 Sep 1877, Dornoch

 
William Taylor and Margaret Ross
 
G6 William Taylor
bapt 12 Feb 1799, Newton Avoch, Ross and Cromarty
d. 10 Sep 1877, Dornoch

= 12 (or 17?) June 1826, Dornoch

Margaret Ross
b ca 1800, Dornoch
d. 14 Jul 1872, Dornoch

 
 
G5 Isabella
bpt. 20 Mar 1827, Ugindy, Dornoch
d. 27 Apr 1904, Berwick, NZ

= 4 Nov 1857, Dornoch

William Munro
bpt. 18 Jul 1836, Dornoch
d. ca 12 Jun 1927, Berwick, NZ

Donald
bpt. 10 Sep 1828, Badininis, Dornoch
d. aft 1871
Andrew
bpt. 2 Nov 1830, Proncy Nairn, Dornoch
d. 22 Jan (Jul?) 1912, Dornoch

= 11 Jun 1878, Dornoch

Isabella McKay
b. ca 1845, Dornoch
d. 23 Nov 1910, Birchen, Dornoch

John
bpt. 3 Sep 1832, Proncy Nairn, Dornoch
d. aft 1841
William
(twin of Janet)
bpt. 19 Nov 1835, Proncy Nairn, Dornoch
d. 24 Mar 1861, Dornoch
Janet (Jessie)
(twin of William)
bpt. 19 Nov 1835, Proncy Nairn, Dornoch
Nancy
bpt. 21 Sep 1837, Proncy Muir, Dornoch
d. 8 Aug 1842, Proncy, Dornoch
David
bpt. 14 Dec 1839, Proncy Muir, Dornoch
d. 8 Aug 1862, Dornoch
Christina
bpt. 23 Feb 1842, Proncy Muir, Dornoch

= 1 May 1868, Berwick, NZ

Angus MacKay
b. 20 Jan 1832, Auchinduich, Lairg
d. 17 Sep 1897, Taieri, NZ

 

From an unreferenced source, but presumably a county Sutherland book or newspaper, we have: "Christina Taylor aged 25 and Isabella Taylor aged 30, daughters of a tenant at Achavandra, parish of Dornoch, emigrated to New Zealand between 1861 and 1871."

These appear to be their ages at the time they emigrated. Christina arrived in New Zealand late in 1867, which is consistent with her age listed here. While we have no solid evidence of Isabella's emigration, I am fairly certain that she was the "J Taylor" on the same ship as her husband William Munro, the "Robert Henderson", which sailed from Greenock on 12 Nov 1857 (a week after they were married on the 4th Nov) , arriving in Port Chalmers on Feb 9 1858. Isabella would have been 30.

in the 1851 census there are three sons listed at home: Donald, William and David and also with no parentage given: Isabella Taylor 1829, Christina Taylor 1843.

In 1861 the 1861 Census for Dornoch there was a Christina Taylor b 1842, and brothers Andrew, David and Donald, children of William b 1801 in Aroch, Rosshire and Margaret b 1801 in Dornoch. But no Isabella.

Andrew Taylor and Isabella McKay
 
G5 Andrew Taylor
bpt. 2 Nov 1830, Proncy Nairn, Dornoch
d. 22 Jan (Jul?) 1912, Dornoch

= 11 Jun 1878, Dornoch

Isabella McKay
b. ca 1845, Dornoch
d. 23 Nov 1910, Birchen, Dornoch

 
 
G4 William
b. 20 Nov 1879, Birchen, Dornoch
David
b. 24 Mar 1881, Birchen, Dornoch
Jane
b. 5 Oct 1884, Birchen, Dornoch
d. 6 Jun 1906
John
b. 27 Jun 1886, Birchen, Dornoch
d. 1940

= 6 Jun 1927, Dornoch

Mary Sutherland
b. 10 Sep 1906
d. 1938

Margaret
 
Isabella Taylor and William Munro
 
G5 William Munro
bpt. 18 Jul 1836, Dornoch
d. ca 12 Jun 1927, Berwick, NZ

= 4 Nov 1857, Dornoch

Isabella Taylor
bpt. 20 Mar 1827, Ugindy (Petgrudy?), Dornoch
b. 27 Apr 1904, Berwick, NZ

 
 
G4 William
(c 1861 - 6 Nov 1948)
=29 May 1890
Barbara Harrold Sinclair
(c. 1870 - 25 Jul 1917)
Alexander ??
(c. 1861 - 19 Mar 1937)
Christine ??
(c. 1865 - 4 May 1917)
dau
 
The Marriage Certificate of William Munro/Isabella Taylor:

Nov 4th 1857 at Dornoch

William Munro, ploughman, bachelor 21 Dornoch
father: Alexander Munro, farm labourer
mother: Christian Munro m.s. Gunn

Isabella Taylor, domestic servant, spinster, 30, Achavandra Muir
her x mark, wit: Robert Gunn, wit: William Mcleod,
father: William Taylor, farmer
mother: Margaret Taylor m.s. Ross
witnesses : Robert Gunn, William Mcleod

William and Isabella settled at "Skibo" in Berwick, Taieri, Otago in New Zealand. Several other Dornoch families later settled nearby too.

Mentions in the newspapers:
  • Otago Witness, Issue 324, 13 February 1858, Page 4
    Shipping News.
    Mr W Munro and Miss J Taylor passengers
  • Otago Witness, Issue 2300, 31 March 1898, Page 11
    Biographical Notes of Settlers of the First Decade. THE OLD IDENTITY
    Munro, William, born Dornoch, Sutherlandshire; arrived Robert Henderson Febuary 1858; farmer at Berwick. Family, 2 sons, two daughters.
  • Otago Witness, Issue 2552, 11 February 1903, Page 44
    GATHERING OF OTAGO EARLY SETTLERS AND PIONEERS AT WINGATUI.
    Photograph showing William Munro and others, unfortunately too dark to see any features whatever.
  • Otago Witness, Issue 2762, 20 February 1907, Page 12
    EARLY SETTLERS' REUNION. GATHERING AT MILTON.
    Wm. Munro, Berwick ... (Robert Henderson, 1858)
  • Otago Witness, Issue 2867, 24 February 1909, Page 18
    OTAGO EARLY SETTLERS.
    1858. - Robert Henderson: ... W Munro (Berwick) ...
John Taylor and Mary Sutherland
John was born in Scotland and emigrated to New Zealand ca 1912-1913, but appears to have live in Australia at some time before then. He returned to Scotland, presumably about 1927 married and then returned to New Zealand in 1927, settling in Cheviot. This was where David Shaw MacKay (son of Angus and Christina Taylor) was living and so they must have known each other.

John and Mary had 8 daughters.

Notes & References
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