History | Culture | Ancestry
My name is Colin MacDonald and I was born to Scottish parents in Stuttgart, West Germany in 1985. I live in the West of Scotland and I’ve started this blog to document and share the history of my ancestors and to highlight other aspects of Scottish history that I find interesting. I began researching my family tree in 2010 and have accumulated a significant amount of information which I feel should be shared, rather than sitting in the virtual equivalent of a dusty old filing cabinet.
My family history tells the story of not only myself, but of my people and the history of Scotland, Ireland and beyond. Researching my family tree has often taken me on unexpected paths and produced some surprising discoveries. As many family historians will sympathise, the research often leads to more questions than answers, and many family mysteries still remain. There is a strong tendency in the modern world to deify anything that speaks of individuality, and often we forget that we are more than an individual. For better or worse, we are the product of many people and many generations and that is something that continues to be important to me.
My ancestors came from all walks of life. Some were woollen weavers from Skye and crofters from Argyll, while others were Irish soldiers, shipyard workers from Greenock or engineers from Glasgow. There are many more and they had varied, interesting and often tragic stories. I hope to document those that came before me in the context of their own time, and I hope to also use this blog as a useful way of documenting all the other background information I have accumulated about their lives.
I am proud of my people and who I am from. I hope that this blog proves interesting to read and please do not hesitate to get in touch if you would like to exchange research or make corrections.