Strachur is located on the east bank of Loch Fyne on the Cowal peninsula in old Argyll.
I would like readers to note that there are some discrepancies between the following article by Jenny Paterson and Graham Holtons ??? That isthe nature of history - Once it has happened we are never quite sure what happened!
The Seven Sons of John MacArthur
Much of my Macarthur ancestry has been from my grandfather's notes cross-referenced with various resources, some of which have there own authority substantiated such as Burke's Colonial Gentry, Geneological & Heraldic History of the Colonial Gentry by Sir Bernard Burke CB LL.D King of Arms. 1970 edition, Vol 1 & 2, p224-225. Burkes Colonial Gentry states- "Macarthur of Strachur was chief of the clan Campbell previous to 1427, since which the oldest cadet, MacCailinmore of Campbell of Loch Arve, now Duke of Argyle, has filled that position, not by right of descent, but by feudal and territorial power" and then goes on to "John Macarthur , Esq, of Strachur, Loch Arve, N.B, was slain at Culloden." and details the seven sons and their descendants going into greatest detail with John, of Camden Park and his children.
ElectricScotland.com website under Clan Campbell states- "Another account makes Arthur the first laird of Strachur, to have descended of the family of Argyll, at a later period, in which the present laird seems to acquiesce, by taking with a mark of cadetcy, the arms and livery of the family of Argyll, after they had been quartered with those of Lorn. The laird of Strachur has been always accounted, according to the custom of the Highlands, chief of the clan Arthur or Macarthur" and in 1427 "…John Macarthur, who was beheaded, and his whole lands forfeited. From this period the chieftainship, according to Skene, was lost to the Macarthurs; the family subsequently obtained Strachur in Cowal, and portions of Glen falloch and Glendochart in Perthshire."
Also of interest, in the booklet "Return to Loch Fyne" by Eoin McArthur, when referring to the origins of the macArthur Clan, he states- "The late Charles Fergusson has recorded his opinion that their home was a moraine, or glacial mound, situated in Inverglen, Strachur, on which are remains of what could have been a fort. This mound, with surrounding stonework, can still be seen, and is marked 'Dun' on the Ordinance Survey Map."
Since my ancestor was the laird of Strachur, it seems my ancestry is linked with the chiefship and fortunes of Clan Arthur (or Macarthur) and so I look forward to reading any research being done by our Clan.
I consider the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography may have combined two Royal Navy "Johns" (John b1755 son of Alexander, and John b1779 son of William) as my John had a son that immigrated to Australia, thus a connection with Governor Hunter, the painting at Camden Park and the authorship of Nelson's biography.
John Macarthur (b1678 & died 16th April 1746)
His seven sons were:
1) Charles born about 1715 Strachur and died after 1746.
2) Unknown born about 1717, most likely Strachur.
3) John born about 1719 Inverglen, Strachur. Married Mary McNeil of Cowal.
4) Alexander born about 1721.
And John (b1766 Stoke & d1834) married 1788 Elizabeth Veale and had eight children. He was an army captain and is credited with introducing the merino sheep to Australia. I have a copy of their descendants.
And William (b1770 & died in infancy).
5) William born about 1723 was a farmer in county Nairn.
Richard Parkin (b1827 London & d1894 Wombat AUST) who immigrated to Australia 1849 and married Mary Grace Williams (her third marriage) with ONLY ONE child Colin Duncan b1888 Wombat, my grandfather who changed surname back to Macarthur.
William Colin (b1832 SCOT & d1894 USA) whose son William immigrated to New Zealand.
Duncan (died in infancy)
Alexander Christopher (b1840 SCOT) whose daughter Estelle (b1875 & d1947) married Thomas Hutson. My family have kept in touch with their children and grandchildren. One of these relatives has John "merino" Macarthur's Masons apron and certificate.
6) Unknown born about 1725 and died 1746 at the battle of Culloden without issue.
7) Unknown born about 1727 went to the American colonies.
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