Malcolm was born in about 1763 in Muckairn, Argyllshire, Scotland, the son of Dugald MacCallum and Anne McGregor. Muckairn is a parish about eleven miles northeast of Kilbrandon. Muckairn was united with the parish of Ardchattan in the early 1600s.



Malcolm married Anne Maxwell in about 1781
. Malcolm worked as a crofter and innkeeper in Kilbrandon, then a carter and slate labourer as he became older. Anne is shown as Agnes at son George's christening.



Malcolm is found in the 1841 census in Kilbrandon, in the village of Easdale:

Malcolm MacCallum 1841 census

1841 census, Kilbrandon

Easdale    Malcolm McCallum, age 71, carter, born in the county

                Catherine McCallum, age 61, born in the county

                Mary McGregor, age 25, born in the county

It seems that Anne has died, and Malcolm has married Catherine.

In the 1851 census in Kilbrandon, Malcolm is found living with Joseph and Anne MacLean.

Malcolm MacCallum 1851 census

1851 census, Kilbrandon

Joseph MacLean, head, age 56, occupation - pilot, born Kilbrandon
Ann MacLean, wife, age 37, born Kilmore
Catherine MacLean, daughter, born Kilbrandon
Jessie MacLean, daughter, born Kilbrandon
Malcolm MacCallum, pauper, age 83, occupation: Quarry Lab., birthplace Muckairn

Joseph was Malcolm's nephew-in-law. Joseph married Ann McGregor, Malcolm's niece. Ann is shown as being "of Kilninver" at her marriage 30 November 1845 in Kilbrandon.

Malcolm MacCallum death certificate

Death certificate for Malcolm MacCallum

Malcolm died 24 April 1856 in Kilbrandon. His nephew Joseph McLean was present at his death.

Malcolm McCallum, slate labourer, widower
Died 24 April 24, 1 h. 0 m. a.m., Easdale
Male, 94 years
Parents: Dugald McCallum, farmer, deceased, Ann McCallum, maiden name McGregor, deceased
Cause of death: Infirmity, as certified by Wm Gordon, MD, who saw deceased April 22d
Where buried: Churchyard of Kilbrandon, as certified by Joseph McLean, nephew
Informant: Joseph McLean, nephew present
Registered: 24 April 1856 at Kilbride, Seil, Alex. McMillan, Registrar

Malcolm and Anne had the following children:


1. George, christened 10 July 1782 in Kilbrandon: "George son to Malcom MacCallum and Agnes Maxwell, Balvicar".

2. Johnchristened 27 January 1787 in Kilbrandon: "John son to Malcom MacCallum Inkeeper at Caolis and Ann Maxwell his wife was born 27 January 1787".


*3. Catherine, born about 1793 in Kilbrandon; married Alexander Cameron 9 December 1813 in Kilmelford; died 18 March 1862 in Strachur. Her death certificate listed her parents as Malcolm MacCallum and Anne Maxwell.

SOURCES: Kilbrandon parish register; FHS# 102373;; 1841 census, Kilbrandon; 1851 census, Kilbrandon; Death certificate for Malcolm MacCallum.


Dugald MacCallum was born in about 1730 of Muckairn, Argyllshire. He married Ann McGregor.

Dugald is found in the Farm Horse Tax roll of 1797-8 in Ardchattan and Muckairn:

Dugald MacCallum horse tax

Farm Horse Tax List 1797-8

The list shows:

Dugald MacCallum, Laitt   2  2   4

(Later, in 1834, Duncan, John and Gregor McGregor are listed in Laitt in a census of male heads of household. Possibly these are Ann's family.)



Dugald and Ann had the following child:

*1. Malcolm, born in about 1767 in Muckairn; married Anne Maxwell; died 24 April 1856 in Kilbrandon.

SOURCE: Farm Horse Tax Roll 1797-8, Ardchattan and Muckairn,; Death certificate for Malcolm MacCallum.

Other early MacCallums in Muckairn were:

In 1774, Janet MacCallum is shown in Muckairn as the mistress of a spinning school, and paid a salary of 3. (An Account of the Society in Scotland for Propagating Christian Knowledge, 1774)

John MacCallum, born Muckairn, served in the 91st Foot Regiment, discharged at age 48, (born 1768), served as a corporal. He was 5 feet 10 3/4 inches tall, had dark brown hair, gray eyes, and fair complexion, by trade a labourer. He enlisted at age 26, and served in the regiment for 22 years. He was discharged as a consequence of "being worn out".   (

The Farm Horse Tax Roll 1797-8 showed two additional MacCallums in Ardchattan and Muckairn, in the townland of Achnacreemore - John and Archibald MacCallum. (

Censuses taken of male heads of household in 1834, 1835, and 1836 listed John and Malcolm MacCallum in Airdeny, Archibald and Alexander MacCallum in Bay, Duncan, James and John MacCallum in Airds and Particles, Hugh MacCallum in Culnadaluch, and Duncan MacCallum in Achlevan.

The 1851 census in Muckairn shows these MacCallums born in Muckairn or Ardchattan: Mary MacCallum, born 1760 in Muckairn, Catharine MacCallum, born 1769 in Muckairn, residence Ardchattan, Janet MacCalllum, born 1773 in Ardchattan, residence Muckairn.


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