It was very interesting to read your post on GenForum.com.
My gtgtgt grandfather, Angus MacMillan of Callich, born 1766, Callich,died November 1st, 1841 at age 75==dates on tombstone.[Will], settled on Lot 20, Concession 1, Finch Township in Stormont County, Ontario.Angus was buried in the MacMillan [known as 'Laughing Johns'] Cemetery at Lot 19, Concession 1 Finch Township, Stormont County.His brother was Donald MacMillan, died 1807, buried Kilmallie Cemetery, Corpach, near Ft William in Scotland.Theinscription on Donald'stombstone states, "Here Lyes the Remains of Donald McMillan, the late Tacksman of Callich Who Departed this life the 15th Day of Aug. 1807, aged 58.This is done by the order of his son Archibald McMillan."
Somerled MacMillan wrote a book titled "Bygone Lochaber" in which he outlined the history of my family[i.e. =Glenpean/Callich/Murlaggan, Glennevis,etc.]and the Lochaber MacMillans who were a Clan within the protection of the Cameron Clan.My father's double cousin, Cassie MacMillan, is listed at the top of page 81 of Bygone Lochaber.Somerled MacMillan had access to family papers.
On page 81 of Bygone Lochaber, he mentioned my ggg Angus of Callich, and he, also, stated that, "John [brother to my ggg] had a croft at Blaich on the south side of Loch Eil.Some of the latter's descendants are to be found at Tomonie and at Fort William and are known by the patronymic of "Mac Alasdair mhic Isin mhic Eoghainn Og [Son of Alexander, son of John, son of Ewen Og]"
I do not have a list of the children for Donald MacMillan, Tacksman of Callich, brother to my ggg. and to John [Iain] who settled on the south side of Loch Eil at Blaich.Donald was Tacksman of Callich and I understood that he lived at Callich until his death, but the Clan MacMillan Assoc. [of which I am not a member]through their 'genealogist' in Inverness stated online that Donald of Callich'schildren were born at Garvan, etc., but this is all conjecture.I do not agree with this supposition.
Would there be a possibility that Janet [Jean MacMillan [Jean a nickname for Janet was often pronounced "Jane"]your ancestor was the daughter of John MacMillan of Blaich, the brother to Donald MacMillan, tacksman of Callich, and to my ggg Angus of Callich?
The history of the Callich family is well documented in the book "Bygone Lochaber by Somerled MacMillan".Copies of Bygone Lochaber have been for sale at the West Highland Museum, Cameron Square, in Fort William.A few years ago, after losing my copy, I had to re order a copy and the museum staff was most courteous and speedy in forwarding a copy to me.
Perhaps the following may be of interest to you:
Don McQuat, at one time the Archivistof Ontario, stated in the 1980s, "I have relied heavily on the exhaustive research carried out by the Rev. Somerled MacMillan respecting the various pre 1800 tribes and indigenous families of Lochaber==of outstanding value in that regard is his scholarly book entitled, 'Bygone Lochaber', - end of quote.
In his book, "The Camerons", Mr. John Stewart of Ardvorlich [brother in law to the deceased Cameron Chief] stated, "Since I wrote this chapter, there has been published and printed for a private circulation [c 1971] the Reverend Somerled MacMillan's 'Bygone Lochaber'...I would pay tribute to the value of those parts of his work which deal with the descent of the various tribes and families which formed the Clan.These will be of much assistance to those who want to trace their descent from one or other of these tribes or families...it may well be that those [lineages] given by Mr. MacMillan are, where they differ, preferable, for they represent years of diligent research". == end of quote.
Angus of Callich's daughter, Mary, born 1794 at Achnacarry, was the grandmother to my Grandmother Cameron.Mary married Duncan Ban MacMillan of Glen Nevis [born Oct 1783, bapt Kilmallie]who settled on s half Lot 23, Conc 3, Finch Township in 1815.My Grandfather Cameron descended from John of Callich, mentioned on page 80 of Bygone Lochaber, along with his brother, Alexander of Callich [an ancestor of Callich]and from Allan Glenpean.These families were very intertwined and an impossiblity for socalled genealogists to untangle.
Reverend Somerled MacMillan was the historian for our Lochaber MacMillans.I have a letter written in 1962 by Rev. Somerled MacMillan to my father's cousin, Cassie MacMillan, and I could foward a copy of this letterif you so wish
Long Sault Ontario