Peter Stewart - Unknown Unknown

Husband: Peter Stewart [WJHS]
Born:   Place:  
Residence:   Place: Portree, Isle of Skye, Scotland [WJHS]
Occupation:   Farmer and drover [WJHS]
Child 1:
Charles Stewart [GS][WJHS]
Born: 1760 [WJHS]
~ 1760 [CEM-1]
Place: Sconser, Isle of Skye, Scotland [WJHS]
Isle of Skye, Scotland [CEM-1]
Died: 27-Sep-1850 [CEM-1] Place:  
Buried:   Place: 58/1/920
Families: Charles Stewart - Mary MacMillan
Charles Stewart - Catharine Morrison
Child 2:
Donald Stewart [WJHS]
Born:   Place: Sconser, Isle of Skye, Scotland [WJHS]

Notes on Peter Stewart:

1. Very little is left of pre-clearance Sconser but the house platforms and field systems can still be recognised on the hillside by the archaeological eye. Drovers herded the black cattle down from Scotland to the English Markets and could be men of substance if not reputation. [WS]

2. Peter Stewart does not sound like a Skye-name - in the 18thC the improving McDonalds of the Isles imported staff and tenants from elsewhere in Scotland. I have found (unrelated) 18thC Peter Stewarts in Atholl and Inverness. Checking Prince Charles Edward Stuarts Muster Roll there do not appear to be any Peters amongst the Stewarts of Appin but there is a Peter Stewart from Borland, Glentanar in his Royal Scots. There is no record of his ultimate fate. Glentanar is near Aboyne, Aberdeenshite. The address Borland (the Englishman's land) suggests an established farm outside or on the fringes of the Gaeltacht. From the same address came Joseph and James Stewart, surely related and the three of them having suspiciously Catholic first-names. Charlie's Royal Scots (Regiment Royal-Ecossais - a regular French regiment) recruited around Perth during the 45. I am not claiming this Peter but using him to demonstrate that the Peter Stewarts seem to have come from outside the Highland Line and the first-name hints at Catholicism. [WS]

3. I suggest that our Peter, who was born perhaps in the 1720s-30s, could have been at Culloden, but we have no evidence. If he really did come from Skye we should remember that MacLeod of MacLeod and MacDonald of Sleat kept Skye out of the '45. [WS]

4. The name could indicate some Anglicization: he may have come from the Borders - that great recruiting ground for the hard-nosed, hard-headed sheep-loving factors sought by the improving highland lairds. Peter was an uncommon 18C first name - there are only 52 among the 4000 of so names in the '45 muster roll: it is also rare in mid-to-late 18C army lists.


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