Re: Father Ranald Rankin, 1841, Scardoish, Moidart
- Thanks John,
there must have be a comparatively big community at Scardoish there as
there were 7 residences recorded in the 1841 census. After 1852 many of
these communities were totally abandoned.
Also there were 6 other people residing at the Scardoish house with
Father Ranald (Ronald) Rankin, 35. He had Jean Kelly, 30, Servant with
her 3 children and another Catherine Macdonald, 25, Servant and
Archibald Macisaac, 20, Servant and Rory Macisaac, 12, Servant.
The other 6 Families and their residences were:
- Michael Macvarish Carpenter, 35 + Wife Mary 30 + 6 others
- Mary Macvarish Crofter, 30 + 5 others
- Ronald Macinnis, 60 Crofter + Catherine 50 + 2 others
- William Nichol, 29, + Jean Kelmo + 3 others
- Alexander Henderson, 28 Tinsmith + William Hutton, 21 Tinsmith
- John Macisaac, 60 Crofter + Margaret Macisaac 50 + 5 others
Unusual to see two tinsmiths but from recollection there were a few
mines around the area. So a total of 34 people in the town. The two
towns which may be close are Mingarry and Blain had about the same
number but a few more. There was a single Ranald Rankin at Blain in the
one residence by himself. I wonder if that was him and was double counted.
John Dye wrote:
>Scardoish (you need Charlie MacFarlane to give you the original spelling) is
>a small glen running approximately eastwards from the shore of Loch Moidart
>about 500 metres north of the Shiel Falls. It runs up to a group of lochans
>above Blain and a path up the glen links up with the route from Blain to
>Although several people were said to have lived at Scardoish, the only old
>buildings I have found are above the west end of the glen on the north side,
>I have no idea which, if any, of these was inhabited by Father Rankin.
>There is still a modern house called Scardoish above the public road to
>>Father Ranald Rankin was recorded at Scardoish in the 1841 Census. He
>>left for Australia in 1855 after 600 of his Moidart Catholic
>>congregation left for Australia. He ran services at various tiny
>>churches in the Moidart area including Dorlin, Eignag and others. In
>>Australia he set up Parish in Little River, Victoria and had a Catholic
>>My question is where is Scardoish?