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Unknown minister/ Rev. John Kennedy?
Tain Museum Image Library
Unknown minister/ Rev. John Kennedy?

Submitted by Ralph Waugh, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.

I am a descendent of Alexander Ross b. 1800 &
Janet (Ellen) Ross b. 1799 of Tarbat. They emigrated to Wallace, Nova Scotia in 1831 along with their three children all born in Bindall: David b. 17th Dec, 1826, Christian Ann b. 27th Feb, 1829, George b. 27th Dec, 1830. Immigration records show that Alexander Ross may have been the son of George Ross and Catharine Davidson of Tain. Family of George R. Ross from IGI

Nova Scotia records show that Alexander and Janet had two visitors from Scotland: William Ross who died in Wallace in 1867 and William Gallie who appears in the Alexander Ross home in 1881 Nova Scotia Census. NS death records for William Ross show that he was
47 years old in 1867, born in Scotland and the son of a William Ross. The 1841 Census for Tarbat shows a household including a William Ross age 20 and a Rev. John Kennedy age 25.

The IGI shows:
Name: William Ross
Birth Date: 02 Jul 1820
Father's Name: Willm. Ross Mother's Name: Ane Kennedy GS Film number: 990659

Could this be the same William Ross who came to visit (his uncle) Alexander Ross in NS?
Could this Rev. John Kennedy be the minister in the picture, and could he be related to William’s mother, Ane Kennedy? Could this be the famous Rev. John Kennedy who served most of his career in Dingwall? Any advice or suggestions would be welcome.
Thanks, Ralph Waugh
Picture added on 10 June 2014 at 15:40
The Days of the Fathers in Ross-shire by Rev. John Kennedy, Dingwall, (pub. 1861) has a photo of Rev. Kennedy at the front. Although he's much older in the photo in the book I'm pretty sure it's the same man. The photo above must have been taken in the 1850s as he looks to be in his 30s at the latest (he was born in 1819). In the photo in the book he looks about 60. It must have been added to the later editions which included a memoir of his life. I don't know why he was in Tarbat in 1841. He was still studying in Aberdeen at that time.
Added by Estelle Quick on 06 July 2014
Hi Estelle,
I was very glad to see your note posted here.
We have communicated several years ago about my search for my Ross ancestors who come from Tarbat.
Google Books now has "The Days of the Fathers in Ross-shire" on-line. It is the fourth edition but does not appear to include any photos.
Could you please send me a note on my personal email which is
Ralph Waugh Nova Scotia
Added by Ralph Waugh on 16 November 2014
John Kennedy was not ordained until after the disruption so he would not have been recorded as Rev in the 1841 census.The best pic of him can be found in Disruption worthies of the highlands and you will also find a very good one from an oil painting on the Reformation Press Stornoway website. I am afraid I doubt this chap is him if you look at the nose and I suspect this is later as he is wearing a modern style clerical collar which did not come in until the 1860s in the cities. Highland ministers of the 1840s would have worn white clerical ties like FP ministers today.

Added by John Smith on 23 March 2015
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