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I was a student at the Celtic Dept. from 1993-97. Prior to that, my only other family connection to the University was on my grandmother’s side – two great-uncles of hers from Fort William were students of medicine in the late 1800s. Both were Gaelic speakers.
I was wondering if there would be any record of their involvement in the Ossianic Society. All I know about them is the following:
• Dr. John MacNaughton qualified in medicine in 1869 at Glasgow University – he practiced in Fort William, Dalmally, Lochgilphead, and again in Fort William
• Dr. Allan MacNaughton qualified in 1873 and 1881 from Glasgow University. He practiced in Fort William, Elgin, Bonawe, Easdale, Taynuilt. He was a J.P. and a F.S.A.
Their father (my side of the family) was from Kilmory, Ardnamurchan and their mother a Kennedy from Fort WIlliam. If there is any information about their time at Glasgow University that can be traced, I would be delighted to know.
Gach durachd an drasta,
Yes, matriculation records survive for both of them and are held in the University Archives. Dr John attended the University from 1864 onwards. I am not sure if this is the first year he attended or not, but his age was given in 1864-65 as 20. His father, named Ewen (and Hugh in some entries) was a farmer, according to this and Dr John was born at Fort William.
His brother, Allan MacNaughton, came to the University in 1868-69 aged just 16. He studied Arts in his first year but switched to medicine in his second year.
I have not yet examined the Ossianic Society records for this period. It is possible they were involved with this but I can’t say for sure at the moment. If I come across them I will e-mail you.
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