In a previous post ( I wrote about Charles McFadyen and Catherine Ferguson’s marriage.

Enumerated in the 1851 Census on 30 March (GROS 523/00 009/00 005) Charles and Catherine were recorded at High St, Oban under the surname of McPhaden.  Elizabeth, age 12 attended school and Catherine had given birth the previous year to Martin.  Nephews, Lachlan McLean a 25 year old builder’s labourer born in Torosay and three year old Malcolm McLean, pauper lived with the family.  To date I have not been able to ascertain which side of the family the McLeans belong to.  The following year son, John McFadyen was born.

On his birthday (or anniversary of his baptism) 2nd June 1854, Charles was tried by J Forsyth JP for fish killing and had a choice of paying a £5 fine or two months imprisonment; he was admitted to Inveraray Jail on 26th June and released 61 days later on the 26th August.  During this year, Catherine gave birth to another son named Charles.

In December 1856, Charles registered the birth of his youngest son Alan who was born at 12 noon on Thursday 16th October.

On the 14th July 1859, daughter Elizabeth McFadyen, seven months pregnant and widower, Duncan McTavish were married by the Rev. Donald MacDonald, Minister of Kilmeny, Islay at Shore St, Oban.  Witnesses were John McLachlan and Dugald Douglas.  Robert McTavish, Duncan’s second son, fifth child was born on the 23rd September.

“The 1861 census was the first census of Scotland which was administratively separate from that of the rest of Great Britain”.   On the 7th April in the McFadyen household were: Charles’ whose birthplace is recorded as Tobermory, Catherine now age 40, another nephew, 13 year old Malcolm Livingston, scholar and their three sons, John age 9, scholar, Charles 7 and four year old Allan.

When answering the question about school attendance for children between the ages of 5 to 15 – the reply was 2 as was the answer to number of rooms with windows.

Ten years later, 12 year old Alan resides with his parents, while 17 year old Charles [McFaiden] is working as a servant on the farm of Alan McDougall in the Parish of Kilbride and John is working [and probably living in servant’s quarters] at Auchnadrish in the Parish of Kilninian & Kilmore.

At 5.30pm on the 14th April 1877 in his Shore St home, Charles age 73 years, passed away.  He had suffered from an undiagnosed chronic disease for many years and was not attended by a medical practitioner.  John registered his father’s death two days later.  I wonder if the “chronic disease” was the Celtic Curse, “Haemochromatosis”.

Dr Neil M Campbell certified the cause of Catherine’s death on 28th October, 1880 at 9.30pm as cancer of the uterus.  Perhaps the twelve year gap between Elizabeth and her brothers was caused by an underlying medical problem.


On three occasions in the late 1870’s, Charles Jr. spent time as a guest of HM Inveraray Jail:

Admitted to Inveraray Jail on 27th December 1877 and tried by Sheriff Home on 2nd January 1878 for assault, Charles received 10 days detention.  Released on 12th January.

For assault and breach of peace on the 20th August 1878, Sheriff Home convicted Charles on 22nd August giving him 15 days to cool his heels.  He returned to the outside world on 6th September.

On 27th October 1879, 23 year old fisherman Charles appeared before Bailie Menzies on a charge of obstructing the police.  Two previous convictions noted.  For this transgression he received 14 days incarceration.

Keeping Charles company and likely to be involved in the same altercation, 25 year old fisherman, John McDougall (son of Mary McTavish [second great aunt] and sister of Duncan McTavish Sr) was given a heftier sentencing of 42 days for breach of peace, his three previous convictions probably a determinant.  Both arrived at Inveraray Jail on the 28th October, Charles released on the 10th November and John on the 8th December.

MCDOUGALL & MCFADYEN(Edited October 2013 to insert newspaper clipping)

In the 1881 census, Charles described himself as Master Fisherman when enumerated at West Laggan Caves near Lothe Sea with Archibald Stewart, 52 b. Appin, Master Fisherman; Alexander McLauchlan, 23 b. Torosay, Master Fisherman and Alexander Stewart, 23 b. Kilmore & Kilbride, Master Fisherman Royal N.R.

He is elusive on the nights of the 1891, 1901 and 1911 census so I presume Charles was not in the country or the enumerator misspelt his surname.

Charles never married and his death certificate reveals that his usual residence, a lodging house, 102 London St, Glasgow was run by the Salvation Army. A google of this address took me to

“Charles McFadyen, General Labourer, Single on 27th January 1920 at 0h 40m am, Barnhill Poorhouse, Glasgow (residence Lodging House, 102 London Street) age 63 years.”  J Thomson MD certified the cause of death as broncho pneumonia for 7 days.

His final resting placing may be the Sighthill Cemetery.  I found a posting on the Glasgow Guide Discussion Board whilst googling Barnhill.  “My great great Grandfather died in there in Dec 1908. There was no official record of where he was laid to rest. It took me a lot of research to discover that paupers were loaded onto a cart and taken up to Sighthill in the middle of the night. Very sad indeed.  As an earlier poster said, the Mitchell library has all the Barnhill records available and they are fascinating.  *Chris_C* 11th Aug 2010, 02:20pm Post #21 (Glasgow Guide Discussion Board)

Quite a sad ending to his life.  Sister Elizabeth was deceased before the end of the 19th century; brother Alan died in 1915 at Fall River, Massachusetts while eldest brother John married, lived in the Glasgow area but may well have died before Charles.