Angus McDonald

#4470, (c 1743 - 16 Mar 1823)
     Angus McDonald was born c 1743 at Aberlour, Banffshire, Scotland ,

Need more information. Have recorded as Aberlour just because he was living there.
Approx year is also based on his Headstone record saying he was 80 when he died in 1823.
this may also be incorrect and he may well have been aged around 60 instead.

Angus McDonald married Helen Thomson on 9 Apr 1788 at Aberlour, Banffshire, Scotland ,

April 13th 1788

Angus McDonald & Helen Thomson both in this Parish were contracted & having consigned Pledges were proclaimed & Married 9th April.1,2

Angus's occupation
Sergeant in HM 42 Regiment Foot as per his son Robert's death certificate, Burial record also says he was a Sergeant.
The 42nd was also known as the "Black Watch"

Prior to 1800 few records exist for the 42nd Regiment - what there is are now available in FindmyPast of which I have searched all records relating to an Angus McDonald and various spellings.
It is hard to know which battles Angus was involved with, but could have been the Napoleonic Wars, but could also have been with the regiment when the involved in the American War of Independence. The Regiment took part in the successful action at Broklyn, New York against George Washington's forces in 1776 and undertook much skirmishing against the rebels during the raminder of that war.

I have found 3 Angus McDonald's listed on discharge as being Sergeant's, None of them in the 42nd Regiment nor do dates of age seem to fit. More research needs to be completed to identify Agnus McDonald correctly in the Military records.

Sergeant 42nd Reg Foot - "Black Watch"

Angus died on 16 Mar 1823 at Allawick, Aberlour, Banffshire, Scotland ,

No burial record showing on Scotlandspeople for Angus.

Angus was buried in Mar 1823 at Old Aberlour Churchyard, Aberlour, Banffshire, Scotland ,

Stone No 642

to the memories of
Serjeant Angus McDonald
late Farmer in Alowick who died
there, March 16th 1823 aged 80.
And of his son
George McDonald
who died at Dovecot Park, near Elgin
(13th June) 1846 aged 37.3

Angus McDonald
Old Aberlour Cemetery
Photo Moray Burial Ground Research Group

Angus and Helen had 7 Known Children.

Children of Angus McDonald and Helen Thomson


  1. [S1] Certificate held on file, Held by Ailsa Corlett, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. Hereinafter cited as Certificate held on file.
  2. [S32] GROS, Scottish OPR's ( pre 1855), 1788 Aberlour, Banff, 145/00 0020 0162. Hereinafter cited as Scottish OPR's.
  3. [S43] Cemetery Records , Aberlour Old Churchyard, Stone No 642 - details via Moray burial Grounds web site. Hereinafter cited as Cemetery Records.