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#52ancestors Binnie MacPherson

December 7, 2020

Professional genealogist and podcaster, Amy Johnson Crow has put out the challenge to genealogists and family historians, to write stories about 52 of their ancestors in 52 weeks. I am happily taking up the challenge, and look forward to writing stories, that will collate many years of research results. In most cases, the research for my ancestors is not complete, and possibly never will be complete, but I’m hoping to build a story of the lives they lived with the information I have to hand.

I plan to compile the posts published for the 52 ancestors in 52 weeks Challenge, into a book.

Binnie MacPherson

Binnie MacPHERSON is the sister of my 3 X great grandfather Alexander McPHERSON. Binnie is the eldest child of eight children, six boys and two girls. She was born in about 1806 in Sleat, Inverness-Shire, Scotland. Her parents were Hugh MacPHERSON and Christina GRANT who were both also born in Sleat.

The MacPherson family lived at Kylerhea, which is a village on the east coast of the Isle of Skye. Kylerhea overlooks a strait which splits Skye from the mainland of Scotland.

Marriage and Family

On 27 December 1833, Binnie married Angus Buchanan, also born in Sleat. They were married at Sleat. They had seven children, four girls and three boys. All children were born at Sleat.

  • Jessie born about 1835
  • John born about 1836
  • Christina born 1839
  • Mary born 1842
  • Neil born 1844
  • Marion born 1846
  • Hugh born 1848


1841: Teangue, Sleat, Inverness-Shire, Scotland
1851: Stonefield, Sleat, Inverness-Shire Scotland
1861: Moss Side, Nairn, Nairnshire, Scotland
1871: 11 Rose Street, Nairn, Nairnshire, Scotland
1881: 14 1st Floor Caledonian, Nairn, Nairnshire, Scotland
1886: 15A Wilson Street, Nairn, Nairnshire, Scotland


Binnie BUCHANAN died, at age 80, on 28 January 1886 at 15A Wilson Street, Nairn. Her cause of death was heart disease and bronchitis.

1. 27/12/1833 BUCHANAN, ANGUS (OPR Marriages 115/00 00/20 0128 SLEAT
2. New Statistical Account of Scotland, for Sleat Family History Library book 941 B4sa, series 2, vol. 14.
4. Parish: Sleat; ED: 3; Page: 8; Line: 865; Year: 1841. 1841 Scotland Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2006.
5. Parish: Sleat; ED: 7; Page: 7; Line: 14; Roll: CSSCT1851_27; Year: 1851. 1851 Scotland Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2006.
5. Parish: Nairn; ED: 2A; Page: 7; Line: 1; Roll: CSSCT1861_17. 1861 Scotland Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2006.
6. Nairn Burgh; ED: 5; Page: 26; Line: 24; Roll: CSSCT1871_23 1871 Scotland Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2007.
7. Parish: Nairn; ED: 3; Page: 11; Line: 2; Roll: cssct1881_36 1881 Scotland Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2007.
8. 1886 Buchanan, Binnie (Statutory Deaths, 123/00 0011)

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