Hello Colin, Norman is also my GG-grandfather and I assume like me that you are also descended from Angus? My G-grandfather Colin was Angus' second-oldest and left Scotland for New York City c1890.
A couple of your dates and places differ from what I have, but all I have going that far back is from LDS records and I've not verified them yet with actual parish records, the census etc. I have been mystified as to why I had not been able to find a Norman and Janet of the right ages in the right places; your info should help me along.
Thank you as well Fiona for your detailed answer, that certainly does give plenty of family history. It's interesting to see the family becoming so prominent in local affairs so quickly (Angus gave Norman's occupation as crofter on his marriage certificate). I take it catechist would have been a voluntary position in the church? I also assume it was not necessarily a role only for Catholics, as Angus wed in the Free Church of Scotland?
Angus was indeed a mason from Lochbroom as stated on his 1864 marriage certificate, but the info I found about Hector Munro's Fyrish monument is that it dates from 1782.
It is interesting to hear that my G-grandfather's uncle ran the Dingwall newspaper as Colin worked as a printer for the Denver Post and later founded the Minidoka County News in Heyburn, Idaho.
It so happens I live in England and will be making the trip up to Dingwall this weekend. There is a headstone for Angus and other members of his family in St Clements churchyard which says they lived on Craig Road so it sounds like there are some interesting photo ops ahead.
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