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Bishop Alexander "Alasdair Mor" MacDonell

Bishop Alexander "Alasdair Mor" MacDonell

Male 1762 - 1840  (77 years)

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  • Name Bishop Alexander "Alasdair Mor" MacDonell  [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
    Born 17 Jul 1762  Glen Urquhart, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [11
    Gender Male 
    Died 14 Jan 1840  Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Kingston, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I8096  Dessert Family Tree
    Last Modified 16 Apr 2006 

    Father Angus "MacAileen" MacDonell,   b. Abt 1725, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother Marsali "Nancy" Cameron,   b. Abt 1730 
    Family ID F2473  Group Sheet

  • Sources 
    1. [S01992] Clan Fraser Society of Canada.
      Marie Fraser of Clan Fraser Canada provided Duncan J. Chisholm with the necessary data required to tie in Bishop MacDonell with the Chisholms in Scotland.

    2. [S01819] Alexander MacDonell - The Scottish Years 1762-1804 by Kathleen M. Toomey, Page 32.
      He was ordained a Priest in Valladolid, Spain, on February 16, 1787.

    3. [S01819] Alexander MacDonell - The Scottish Years 1762-1804 by Kathleen M. Toomey, Page 24.
      Bishop Aeneas Chisholm (to be found elsewhere on this File) wrote an epitaph for Bisholm MacDonell, circa 1794, which read as follows:

      Here lies Sandy tall
      A politician and that is all

    4. [S01819] Alexander MacDonell - The Scottish Years 1762-1804 by Kathleen M. Toomey, Page 21.
      He was known as "Big Sandy" due to his height of 6 foot 4 inches.

    5. [S01819] Alexander MacDonell - The Scottish Years 1762-1804 by Kathleen M. Toomey, Page 146.
      Bishop John Chisholm, to be found elsewhere on this File, was apparently against the plans of Bishop MacDonell to arrange emigration of disbanded Glengarry Fencibles to North America. He stated that he thought of suspending Bishop MacDonell on account of the odium he draws upon us by his emigration schemes, etc.

    6. [S01819] Alexander MacDonell - The Scottish Years 1762-1804 by Kathleen M. Toomey, Page 149.
      His agreement with the British Government was that he would receive 1,200 acres in Upper Canada and 200 acres for every family that went with him.

    7. [S01819] Alexander MacDonell - The Scottish Years 1762-1804 by Kathleen M. Toomey, Page 152.
      It would appear that Bishop MacDonell departed for America in 1804 without the approval of his immediate superior, Bishop John Chisholm.

    8. [S02596] The Story of Martintown, Rhodes C. M. Grant, (Published in 1974), Page 37.
      Reference to Father Alexander MacDonell while Chaplain of the Glengarry Fencibles writing to his aunr, the wife of Angus Grant of Martintown, who wrote back that Canada was a land suitable for the Highlanders to live in.

    9. [S02596] The Story of Martintown, Rhodes C. M. Grant, (Published in 1974), Pages 51 & 56.
      In 1813 Father MacDonell led some troops into battle against the Americans at Ogdensburg with Crucifix in hand along with Rev. John Bethune (Presbyterian) who carried a Bible in his hand. Father MacDonell met a soldier who was running back and excommunicated him on the spot.

    10. [S02596] The Story of Martintown, Rhodes C. M. Grant, (Published in 1974), Page 56.
      On one occasion Rev. Bethune had a dispute with his flockand Father MacDonell was called in as a referee. He gave his decision for the Minister and preached a sharp sermon to the Presbyterians on the respect and obediance due their Pastor.

    11. [S01819] Alexander MacDonell - The Scottish Years 1762-1804 by Kathleen M. Toomey, Page 2.
      Exact location of birth unknown.