After the birth of their youngest son, recorded in the OPR 550/0020 0021 as “Hugh, lawful son of Colin MacTavish, Laggan baptised on the 1st November 1829” the McTavish family left Laggan for the mainland, settling in Oban “… the gem of sea villages.  A small bay locked in by hills; five little vessels sleeping on the quiet water; a crescent of white house’s almost touching the sea backed by a corresponding curve of cliff; the old tower of Dunolly at the end of the one horn and high knolls at the end of the other; no manufactures, no trade and scarcely any bustle, all this completes one’s feeling of a peaceful summer sea retreat.”  [Lord Cockburn’s Circuit Journeys: Sunday 30 August 1840]

The little white houses on the shore line would be Shore Street where my McFadyen line resided.  The McTavish family occupied a tenement in High Street; these two streets tenanted chiefly by fisher folk.

The 1855 death certificate of Catherine McTavish (nee McLean) revealed that she had been a resident of Oban for 23 years following her marriage on 2nd February 1832 in the Parish of Kilfinichen & Kilvickeon to Archibald McTavish.

The McFadyen’s were definitely in Oban by 1838, where the marriage of Mary McFadyen to Peter McIntyre took place on 7th June.

Marion McFadyen (nee McKinnon) going by the name of Sarah (both names interchangeable) was recorded in 1841 at Shore St with son Charles, daughter Christy and grandson John Wilson.

And from this gem of a sea village, McFadyen and McTavish families were born and reared only to follow in their parent’s footsteps and seek prosperity or employment in other towns or countries.

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