I am interested in contact with descendants of those cleared from Kildonan and neighboring parishes after the sheep riots of 1812 -1813.
My paternal heritage is with the Gunns, Bannermans, Mathesons, MacKays, and Sutherlands who left their crofts in 1813 to board the 'Prince of Wales' as Selkirk Settlers destined for the Red River Settlement in that which is now in Canada. Parishioners followed in 1815 and later years.
For those that don't know, the story of the clearance of Kildonan is told here:
There is some useful background here: http://www.broughtysands.co.uk/Sutherland-family-structures.htm
My interest is in Douglases brought in to look after the sheep.
John Gunn, b. 1775 at Kildonan Parish, Sutherlandshire, Scotland, was my 3rd grreat grandfather. He came, with his brother, Walter Alexander Gunn, to Montreal, Canada around 1803 and they both married their first cousins, Isabella Sutherland and Barbara Sutherland, respectively. I believe their father, John Gunn, died around 1780, while their mother Annabella "Anna" Sutherland remarried Donald McCleod and died aroound 1850. There were also some McKays that married into the Sutherland family in Canada.
Feel free to reply or contact if you want to discuss more.
I recommend the web site http://www.helmsdale.org/highland-clearances.html as an excellent point of interest and which will contain all you need to know of the history of KIldonan 1812-1813. Your paternal lineage Clans are also mentioned if you scroll down the long page. This is in addition to my earlier recommnedation of David Craig's excellent book, 'On the Crofters Trail'.