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Alexander Paterson

Alexander Paterson

Alexander, born in 1847, was the eldest son of Norman Paterson and Catherine MacAskill of 9 Ruisgarry (Gunhill).

Alexander became a fisherman, then sailor. In January 1885 he married Christina MacAskill, and later that year was passed 9 Ruisgarry following the death of his father. Alexander became a boatbuilder and carpenter as well as a crofter. Following the death of his wife Christina in childbirth in 1888 he married for a second time - to Christina MacDonald. With her he was to have a family of eight children.

His uncle, bard Malcolm MacAskill wrote to Alexander's younger brother Roderick, recounting his success hunting cormorants one day in 1897:

'Alex took a new gun home this year. The first day he was out with it, [he] had 30 scarts....'

Apparently the other three men who went hunting the same day had a total of only six scarts between them!

On Alexander's death in 1913, 9 Ruisgarry was passed to son Norman.



Title: Alexander Paterson
Record Type: People
Gaelic Name: Alasdair Thormoid-Oig Alasdair
Date of Birth: 1847
Date of Death: 20-08-1913
Date of Marriage: 16-10-1888;20-01-1885
Occupation: Fisherman; Crofter; Seaman; Boat builder
Sex: Male
Bk Reference: CEBH 1277
Record Maintained By: CEBH
Subject Id: 74169