McKinnon Family fonds

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Correspondence, legal and business documents, and a few photographs relating to the genealogy of the McKinnon family of Edinburgh, Colonsay and Mull in Scotland, as well as Erin Township and Guelph in Wellington County. Oversize file contains genealogy of the Clan MacKinnon (2 pieces including coat of arms and tartans), blueprint genealogical chart for James Winstanley of Braunston, and two certificates of appointment for Robert Lachlan McKinnon,1928. [Located in Map Cabinet 21, Drawer 15]

These family papers were gathered together by Robert Lachlan McKinnon. They had been in the possession of his uncle, Archibald McKinnon (d.1912), Local Master of the Superior Court in Guelph, and many of them are concerned with attempts to recover the Russian estate of Catherine McKinnon (1778?-1858), a relative from the Island of Mull, Argyll, who was a nursery governess in the Imperial household of the czars Alexander I and Nicholas I. Robert L. McKinnon's grandfather, Lachlan McKinnon, was brother to the father of Professor Donald MacKinnon, the first chair of Celtic Languages at Edinburgh University.

Donated by Charles L. McKinnon, Guelph and Robert L. McKinnon, Toronto, in September 1993.
Articles and related correspondence donated by J.W. Sheets. 

Robert Lachlan McKinnon (1872-1954) began his law career in Guelph in 1898 and served as Judge of the County Court of the County of Wellington and Local Judge of the High Court Division of the Supreme Court of Ontario, from his appointment in 1928 until his retirement in 1947.



Types of Materials

  • Photographs
  • Unpublished Material and Manuscripts


Approximately 35 cm of textual material 

How to Access This Resource

XS1 MS A231

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