Lachlan McPhee was born in 1869 the son of Donald McPhee. Donald and his father Lachlan were tenant crofters in Ormsaigbeg from 1841 or earlier. Young Lachlan, like so many men, went to sea, but was injured sailing to Melbourne Australia on the Loch Garry, so stayed in Australia. Now Darryl McPhee, of Germein, Australia, Lachlan's great-grandson, is coming to Kilchoan to visit his family's home, which was....
Darryl writes, "I started researching Lachlan’s history after my dad Dalton died. Louise Brook (nee McPhee) my cousin had successfully researched the family history years earlier but the internet wasn’t as informative back then. My only regret is that my father would have loved to have known what I now know.
"Back in February 16, I went to a birthday party for a person who is also researching his Scottish heritage. I came home and decided that I was going to Scotland. I typed Ormsaigbeg into Google and to this day I don’t know why I hadn’t done it earlier. Anyhow I commented about Lachlan on Jon Haylett’s website.
"If it wasn’t for Jon and his interest in all things in Kilchoan and Ormsaigbeg then some sixty of Lachlan's direct descendants would not know about the area where he was born and the home he lived in."
Many thanks to Darryl for the story and the pictures.
Darryl and his family expect to be visiting Kilchoan towards the end of November.