The MacLeods of Fuinary

Dear blog reader

This week’s blog posts highlights 2 happenings at Shandon associated with the MacLeod family who owned the Fuinary house.

The MacLeod family were predominantly Church of Scotland ministers (a long line of ministers going back to the eighteenth century) but also had medical men in their family.

Reverend Norman MacLeod, who married Agnes Maxwell, was a Church of Scotland mininster, poet and writer.

Norman and Agnes had 3 sons, Norman, Donald and George. Norman and Donald also became Church ministers and George (George Husband Baird MacLeod to give him his full name) was a surgeon.

George Husband Baird MacLeod:

Norman junior’s grandson was George MacLeod who founded the Iona community.

George MacLeod founder of the Iona community:

Below are 2 reports of some of the happenings of the MacLeod family at Fuinary.





Shandon, Saturday.

Mr Alexander P Lyon, head gardener to Lady MacLeod, Fuinary, Shandon, met with a distressing shooting incident.

It appears that Mr Lyon had gone to shoot a hawk which had been making depredations among the poultry, and was carrying the gun behind him with the barrel downwards. It is supposed that it came in contact with his right foot, and went off, and the contents were discharged into his right heel.

He was removed in the ambulance to the Victoria Infirmary, Helensburgh.



The death has occurred at Fuinary, Shandon, Dumbartonshire, of the Rev William Houldsworth MacLeod, late minister of Buchanan parish. Mr MacLeod, who was 71 years old, was the last surviving son of the late Sir George Husband Baird MacLeod, MD, LLD, Professor of Surgery in the University of Glasgow. He was educated at the University of Cambridge, where he obtained the degree of BA in 1885, and at Glasgow University, where he received the BD degree in 1888. Licensed by the Presbytery of Glasgow, he became assistant at Govan, and in 1892 he was ordained at Buchanan.

In 1916-17 Mr MacLeod acted as chaplain to the late Duke of Montrose, Lord High Commissioner to the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland.

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