Re: Information on James Common
I can help you with the families of Janet and Ellen Common and just a little with their parents, James and Mary.
I am a descendant of Janet Common who married John Rutherford at Corpach near Fort William in 1852.Ellen Common married William Irvine in the same church.Both couples migrated to Victoria, Australia but on different ships in 1853.The families farmed in the same districts in Victoria and had numerous children.Janet Common was my paternal great grandmother.
I found James and Mary Common and some of their children in the 1851 Census of Scotland.They were in Inverness-shire from memory. (I use the internet at my local library, all my files are at home).I do not know what became of any of the Common family after 1851 except for the daughters, Janet and Ellen.I found that the village in which they were living, Doune (again from memory), was subject to a merciless clearance in the 1850's.I do have a lot of detail on paper file which I would gladly forward.
I was pleasantly surprised to see your message today.The Common forum has few entries so hitherto I haven't looked often or made an entry myself.
I hope that we can exchange a deal of information.
Best wishes, Lachlan Rutherford