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Account of a trip to the Western Isles and St. Kilda

Identifier: Coll-1430

Scope and Contents

Manuscript account of a 'Pedestrian tour round the west coast of Scotland in 1849', in August of that year, followed by an account of a 'Trip aboard the Free Kirk Breadalbane yacht with 3 ministers to St. Kilda, Staffa, and back' in 1850.

The volume has inserted a monochromatically tinted sketch of St. Kilda


  • Creation: 1849-1850


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Biographical / Historical

Lieutenant-Colonel William Donald Macdonald, 93rd Foot, was the son of Donald Macdonald of Sandside, Caithness. He was born on15 September 1827.

He served in Crimea, 1854, and during the Indian Mutiny in 1857. He died of cholera whilst commanding the 93rd Sutherland Highlanders at Camp Jalozai on 29 October 1862, aged 35 years. he has also served as Deputy Lieutenant and JP of Caithness.

MacDonald had married Emma Lindsay on 30 August 1860. Their only son was Harry Lindsay Somerled MacDonald, born in Westminster, London, on 2 August 1861.


1 volume

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Material purchased June 2012. Accession no: E2012.59.

Related Materials

Also at Special Collections is the material 'Journal of European tours, 1889-1890, and 1891, undertaken by Harry Lindsay Somerled MacDonald (1861-1936) and his wife Lillian Margaret Coke', Coll-1417. Harry Lindsay Somerled MacDonald was the son of William Donald Macdonald.

Processing Information

Catalogued by Graeme D. Eddie 15 January 2013

Account of a trip to the Western Isles and St. Kilda, 1849 and 1850, made by William Donald Macdonald (1827-1862)
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Repository Details

Part of the University of Edinburgh Library Heritage Collections Repository

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