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Courtesy OfRoddie Macpherson
GraveyardKilmartin, Clachan
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Martins, Marishadder.

The tomb of/The Martins Marishadder.

This stone was erected by/D. R. McGregor of Duntulm, Australia/in affectionate remenbrance of his beloved mother/ABIGAIL McKENZIE MARTIN, wife of the late/JOHN McGREGOR surveyor, who died in 1839 aged 40.

"A good name is better than precious ointment and the/day of death than the day of one's birth." Eccles. 7C. 1V.

also of his much revered uncle MARTIN MARTIN late of/Duntulm and Tote who died 1874 aged 92 years.

"With long life will I satisfy him and show him my salvation ." Ps. 91C. 16V.

also of his much loved aunt ISABELLA wife of/MARTIN MARTIN, daughter of MARTIN MARTIN of Bealvach/and granddaughter of McLEOD of Raasay/who died in 1852 aged 72 years.

"For she has been a succourer of many such as myself also." Rom. 16C. 2V.

also of his dear godson ALEXANDER MARTIN/banker, Portree, who died in 1872 aged 29 years.

"When ye were yet without strength in due time/Christ died for the ungodly".  Rom. 15C. 6V.


Picture Added on 09 September 2014.


Added by Michael Martin on 12 February 2016.
"Dr. McGregor" should read D. R. MCGregor (ie.:Donald Robert McGregor), a son of Abigail Martin (Vic BDM # 1480/1912).
Added by Stephen John Martin on 02 September 2017.
For the records Martin Martin had at least 2 children who are named in his Will. He did not die childless as several sources suggest. The 2 daughters are: Isabella by Margaret MacPhee and Jessy by Janet MacPhie.
Added by Stephen Martin on 06 March 2018.
There were a number of Martin Martins born in Skye. I read the will of Martin Martin who wrote the Description of the Western Isles and I am not aware there was any mention of children in the Will stored in the National Libraries of Scotland. I know I am descended from one of the Martin Martin who would have lived in the 1700s.
Added by Marion Ross on 19 March 2018.
It is definitely Martin Martin the tacksman of Tote. My email address is and I can send you the Will and other information. I'd like to contact a male line Martin of Beallach or Marrishadder to ask them to join the Martin Y DNA surname project at FTDNA (Family Tree DNA) and do a Y37 DNA test to clarify many people's heritage on Skye. There seems to be a John Mac Gille Mhartain who was in Trottenish in 1510. I am seeking a letter under Privy Council seal addressed to him in 1510 a Letter of Protection for 68 tenants.
Added by Stephen Martin on 19 March 2018.
I'm sorry it is not the Martin Martin of Tote I was referring to but Martin Martin who wrote the book. On my mother's side there are five different branches of Martins from the Trotternish area in our family tree.
Added by Marion Ross on 20 March 2018.
Can you persuade any male-line Martins to join the Martin surname Y DNA Project run by Family Tree DNA. To do so the person needs to have an unbroken line of Martin fathers. Y37 is a sufficient test, but Y67 and Y111 are a lot more helpful for those of us from Skye - who were 'encouraged' to migrate - looking to find relatives (brothers, uncles, etc).
Added by Steve Martin, Canberra on 27 July 2018.
I have just come back from the Isle of Skye and visited Martin Martin Tote house. Visited the archives at Armadale and Portree. Which all neglect Martin's 2 daughters Janet (my 2x great grandmother) who married Donald Cameron from Kylerhea.
and Isabella. I do have a print out of his having a previous spouse Janet Macphee. There just isn't any other info I can find. Visited the grave and left a small bouquet.

Added by Sandi Havler on 24 September 2018.
Isabella Martin died unmarried in Kew Victoria on 1 January 1903. I have her death certificate. She had lived in Victoria for 16 years before her death. Her father is named as Martin Martin, tacksman. Her mother's name is spelt Margaret Martin formerly McPhee. She was supposedly 83. The informant was the undertaker.
Added by Steve Martin on 26 September 2018.
there is a tombstone at the Cemetery: Boroondara Cemetery [Kew, Victoria], Area: PRES A, Grave Number/s: 16-19

which reads:

Erected by Jessie Forbes in loving memory of her aunt Isabella Nicolson daughter of the late Martin Martin of Duntulm Skye Scotland born 1819 died 1 January 1903.

This is at odds with her death certificate which names her mother as Margaret McPhee. However, the informant was the undertaker.

Added by Steve Martin on 29 January 2020.
There is no recorded will for Martin Martin who died in 1719 in London. The National Archives' reference PROB 11/566/170 is for Dr Martin Martin a phycicist who died in Knightsbridge.

That Martin Martin's will refers to him having brothers named John, Martin [#2] and Daniel.

A NRS recommended researcher wrote this;

"All the Scottish wills and inventories held in the NRS up to the early 19th century have been digitised and are available to be purchased and downloaded via Legal Records on the ScotlandsPeople site – These include wills of people who owned property in Scotland, but who died out-with it. I have checked this and there is noo entry for him

If Martin Martin died in England, then his will was almost certainly probated in the Prerogative Court of Canterbury. These are held in the National Archives at Kew –

I have checked and found that there is a will which was probated on the 21 November 1718 for Martin Martin, Doctor of Physics, St Martins in the Field – PROB11/566/170. This can also be downloaded and purchased at £3.50."

Added by on 09 February 2020.

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