Culloden

Photos showing Culloden Moor, Culloden House and Cairn.

Clan Bain Research

I must apologise for the lack of posts over the past couple of months, everyday life just takes over and at times I am too busy to spend anytime researching or posting. Things are beginning to settle down again and I will hopefully be researching and posting more about our Clan Bain in the coming months as I wade through the paperwork and documents.

Bawbees and Merks – Old Scottish Money

Did you know Scotland used to have its own currency? Classical Numismatic Group, Inc. http://www.cngcoins.com [GFDL, CC-BY-SA-3.0 or CC BY-SA 2.5], via Wikimedia Commons The photo above shows a James VI Thistle Merk. During the Independence Referendum and all the political bluster surrounding it there was much talk on currency which is when it was…

William Bain c1760

Now on to William Bain and the piece of the puzzle I am currently stuck on. William Bain, the weaver who lived to over a 100! William Bain was the father of James ‘Simon MacKenzie’ Bain as noted on James’ baptism record. Although the record unusually does not name the mother, other records detail children…

In Memory of Annie Irvine Deehan

In Memory of our precious Nanny Mitchell 10 years have passed from one of the saddest days of my life when we had to say goodbye to this gem of a woman, my grandmother or Nanny as we called her. Annie Irvine Deehan (Mitchell) 23/03/1940 – 22/09/2006 Mother of Anna, Donna, Kenny, Wendy, Brian and Bernie….

James Bain 1811 – 1874

Now going back to our Bain line and Hugh Bain’s father, my 4th great-grandfather, James ‘Simon MacKenzie’ Bain, the Lock Keeper at Muirtown Locks. James Bain was born on 27th November 1811. His parents were William Bain and Isobel Urquhart. *It took sometime to locate and confirm this as his birth record is missing his…

Bane / Bain / Bayne – Lairds of Tulloch 1542 – 1762

Alexander Bane (grandson of John Bane Mackay) was the first Bane Laird. He moved from Olrig in Caithness to Dingwall in 1482. In 1541 lands at Qulch were granted to Alexander Bane by King James V. A year later in 1542 his son Duncan was granted the lands of Tulloch and became the 1st Laird of…

Battle of Logiebride

When I was researching our Bain ancestors, I came across a reference of the Bayne’s/Bain’s of Tulloch being involved in a Battle with the Bayne/Bain family and Clan Munro on once side and Clan Mackenzie on the other. It was called the Battle of Logiebride and took place in 1597 near Conon Bridge in the county of…

James VII of Scotland & II of England

Whilst strictly not Bain heritage, this post by Culloden Battlefield on the anniversary of James VII & II death on 16th September 1701 provides a fabulous insight into that time of Scottish history and hints at the roots of Jacobitism. On 16th September 1701 James VII & II died of a stroke in exile, at…

Battle of Drumnacoub

The Battle of Drumnacoub was a battle involving factions of the Clan Mackay fought in the far northwest of Scotland between 1427 and 1433. It took place on a hill called Carn Fada at the southern end of the Kyle of Tongue, between Ben Loyal and the village of Tongue.   Niel Nielson Mackay and Morgan Nielson Mackay were…

Sources of Clan Origins

Over the years I have come across various bits of information on websites or old books and often forget about them for years or completely. Now that the blog is here, I have decided to document them as I come across them for my use as well as yours. Today  have come across a page…

Our Bain Line & The Missing Links

I am a financial adviser to trade, so I am used to taking complex data and information, analysing and presenting this. I have a preference for charts and tables as I find it much easier to find patterns and information when it is laid out in the format. These charts started life as a check…