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TITLE
An Emigrant's Loss (1)
EXTERNAL ID
AB_HIGHLANDERS_ON_THE_MOVE_05
DATE OF RECORDING
2009
PERIOD
2000s
CREATOR
John Mackinnon
SOURCE
Am Baile
ASSET ID
40918
KEYWORDS
John of Roag audio
audios
emigration

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John Mackinnon and his wife left Roag, on the island of Skye, to emigrate to Australia at the time of the first Australian Gold Rush in the mid 19th century. Sadly, the couple lost both children on the outward journey. The extract is read by Sarah Fraser.

This is the text of an undated cutting from the Inverness Courier in a volume of historical pamphlets collected by James Maidment (Vol.1, p.74) The volume forms part of the reference collection at Inverness Library.

'Throwing out my two boys into the deep sea, it will never go out of my heart. The youngest died with the measles crossing the line, and the other six days after with a bowel complaint. Disease raged greatly in our ship among children. Fifty-three children died, and two women in childbed and one sailor. We had too many on board.'

This audio was produced for the schools' resource package, 'Highlanders on the Move', Am Baile's contribution to Homecoming Scotland 2009.

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An Emigrant's Loss (1)

2000s

John of Roag audio; audios; emigration;

Am Baile

Am Baile: Highlanders on the Move

John Mackinnon and his wife left Roag, on the island of Skye, to emigrate to Australia at the time of the first Australian Gold Rush in the mid 19th century. Sadly, the couple lost both children on the outward journey. The extract is read by Sarah Fraser.<br /> <br /> This is the text of an undated cutting from the Inverness Courier in a volume of historical pamphlets collected by James Maidment (Vol.1, p.74) The volume forms part of the reference collection at Inverness Library.<br /> <br /> 'Throwing out my two boys into the deep sea, it will never go out of my heart. The youngest died with the measles crossing the line, and the other six days after with a bowel complaint. Disease raged greatly in our ship among children. Fifty-three children died, and two women in childbed and one sailor. We had too many on board.'<br /> <br /> This audio was produced for the schools' resource package, 'Highlanders on the Move', Am Baile's contribution to Homecoming Scotland 2009.