McLeods of Condah

Albanella Homestead

“Albanella” (another Scotland) was the home built by Rory McLeod (Ruairidh). Rory was the eldest child of Norman and Susan and emigrated with them as a young boy of eight in 1854.


  • Niall MacLeòid says:

    ‘Albanella’ is from the Gaelic ‘Albain eile’ (with dative Albain for official nominative Alba). ‘Albain eile’ means ‘Another Scotland’.

  • Ivan W. MacKenzie (Apt 26, 1 Harbourside Access Road, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada C1A 8R4) says:

    I would be very grateful if you could suggest ti me a possible source where I might be able to purchase a new or used copy of the McLeods of Raasay and Condah by Ian McLeod
    Incidentally, the Mclean grandparents of my maternal and paternal grandparents (who were second cousins) immigrated from Raasay to Prince Edward Island in the 1830s.
    Thank you!
    Ivan MacKenzie

  • Michael Routledge says:

    Good to hear from you Ivan.
    The book is the work of Ian McLeod from Tasmania, Australia. I’ll forward your request onto him as well as to Maryanne Martin who organises the McLeod’s of Condah events.
    I’ll also add you to our tree. If you have an account the tree is under my member name of Michael Routledge.
    Regards, Michael.

  • Iain McLeod says:

    Re The origin of “Albanella”, I of course agree with my learned son.

  • Rowan Brindley says:

    Hi all,
    I was looking for a list of contacts. I am a direct descendant of John Herbert Brindley and Sarah Catherine McDermott (MacDermid / MacDiarmid) and consequently also Hugh & Catherine MacDiarmid , and Neil & Betsy Murchison.
    I know a fair bit about our side of the family and it would be great to have a contact with the Macleod’s. I tried for a while to work out where the MacDiarmid allegiances lie, but have not worked out an exact answer. I suspect given that since the parishes of Duirinish and Bracadale lie in traditional MacLeod lands, my Murchison and MacDiarmid ancestors were also aligned with them. However, there is also a connection with Edinbane and the Skeabost estate, which seemed to be a bit of a no man’s land between 1843 and 1861 when it was sold to the MacLeod’s.
    I’d be happy to hear how we could connect.
    Regards, Rowan

  • Michael Routledge says:

    Hi Rowan,
    I’ve looked into this and I’m confident your connection to the McLeods is through Neil Murchison (1789-1873) and Elizabeth Nicholson (1791-1876).
    They had a daughter Catherine Murchison (1821-1873) who married Hugh McDermott (1819-1878) and they in turn had a daughter Sarah McDermott (1860-1920) who married John Brindley (1860-1946) leading to your line.
    On the McLeod side Neil and Elizabeth also had a son Malcolm Murchison (1818-1897) who married Mary McKenzie (1825-1874) and they in turn had a daughter Elizabeth Murchison (1859-1935) who married Roderick McLeod (1846-1936).
    I’m from Roderick’s brother Norman’s line so it would be useful for you to contact Ian McLeod and Kevin MacLeod who are direct descendents of Roderick. I’ll see what I can arrange.
    It appears the Murchisons, Nicholsons, McDermotts and McLeods all emmigrated to Australia on the “Edward Johnston” which arrived at Portland, Victoria from Raasay and Skye via Liverpool on the 3rd September 1854.
    There could also be other connections as we have many names in common in both trees such as McKenzie and Stewart as well as the ones above.
    Regards, Michael.

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