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NOTE: This page has been adapted for the Website from Donald Coburn’s My Line. Use of the first person is in relation to Donald and not the webmaster/author of the site. Subscript index numbers (ex. Moses4) refer to generations after the family’s arrival in North America. Edward Colborne being generation 1.


The following record is taken verbatum from a hand-written account by a daughter of Duncan Buchanan b. 1828 d. 1914. The first statement regarding geographic origin should be checked. Farther on, starting with PREFACE, is another document as it appeared in typescript. This is a family history of Duncanís wife Dinah (Thompson) Buchanan b. 1842 d. 12 Feb. 1903. Very likely one of the authors of the second document produced the first. The two authors, who were my maternal aunts, were the eldest daughters of Duncan and Dinah (Thompson) Buchanan.

The Buchanan Family came in 1815 from the Estate of the Duke of Argyle Breadalbane near Aberdeen in the Highlands of Scotland.

They lived for one year on the Island of Grand Manan. In the spring of 1816 they went up the Kennebecasis River to Belle Isle Bay, Kings Co., N.B. in a row boat and landed at Belle Isle point. From this point they travelled to West Scotch Settlement. The family at that time consisted of Gt-Grandmother and three sons (The eldest son Alexander made a mistake in getting the ship and went to Bruce Co. near Perth Ont.). A brother Duncan remained in Scotland. He was heard from but once.

The others were Donald and James (our grandfather) and two sisters - Janet who married Alexander Somerville and Katie who married James Smith, and lived at Cromwell Hill. Smith was a Waterloo Veteran and had a bronze and silver medal. James (our grandfather) and Donald (Uncle Don) had adjoining farms about a mile from the Somerville farm.

After some years living in W. Scotch Settlement, grandfather (James) moved to the Kennebecasis R. about midway between Apohaqui and Norton, and bought the old McLeod homestead (about 500 acres) from the brother and sister of his wife. She was Jane McLeod, sister of Hector McLeod. Jane was born on the Atlantic Ocean en route to America. Her mother's name was Morrison. Grandmother Jane McLeod had fi ve children (Donald who died a young man, Duncan (our father) James and Maggie who died young shortly after her motherís death which occurred when father was 6 years old. Maggie was buried at Belle Isle Pt. (age 40).

Fatherís grandmother on his fatherís side was a McIntyre and lived to be 96.

Grandmother, Jane McLeod, had a brother Hector and a sister Lydia who married a Jones and lived near Barnday Creek, perhaps Lutz Mtn.

After Grandmotherís father died, her mother married Donald Campbell - father of squire Duncan M. Campbell. They had two daughters, Margaret and Elizabeth. They both married Kings. Margaret was the grandmother of Ora P. King (one time MPP for Kings Co.)

Duncan M. Campbell married Prudence Sproul and had two daughters - Mary Jane who married Adam Murray (Uncle of Prof. Walter Murray) while Margaret married a Marjoribanks.

Gt. Grandmother Buchanan lived to 110 years of age was blind 10 years, died at the home of her daughter Mrs. Janet Somerville and was buried at Belle Isle Pt.

When 93 years old she walked from Whiteís Corner to Grandfatherís about 15 miles. She was a very little lady and could only talk Gaelic.

Grandfather died about 1888, buried in old Presb. Cemetery about a mile above Norton, beside his second wife Ida Morrell. Their family were:

Susannah - married Wm Brittain
Jane - married Thos. Armstrong
Jerusha - married Wesley Campbell
Alexander - married Maggie Coleman (one son Albert)