Bishop Angus Bernard MacEachern

Male 1759 - 1835  (76 years)

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  • Name Angus Bernard MacEachern 
    Prefix Bishop 
    Nickname "Aeneas" 
    Born 8 Feb 1759  Kinloch Moidart, Inverness, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Occupation Rev., Missionary, Bishop 
    _UID A76DD8239D196A45B1CC8D3ECC95C7DBBF62 
    Died 22 Apr 1835  Savage Harbor, Kings, Prince Edward Island, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I1015  Victoria Boutilier's Genealogy Pages
    Last Modified 13 Mar 2010 

    Father Hugh "Ban" MacEachern,   b. Abt 1720, Kinlochmoidart, Inverness, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1804, Canavoy/Savage Harbor, Kings, Prince Edward Island, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 84 years) 
    Mother Mary MacDonald,   b. Abt 1720, Kinlochmoidart, Inverness, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1800, Canavoy/Savage Harbor, Kings, Prince Edward Island, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 81 years) 
    Married Abt 1742  Kinloch Moidart, Inverness, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F148  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • "A Sketch of the Life and Times of the Right Rev. Angus Bernard MacEachern: the first bishop of the Diocese of Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada" by Emmet J. Mullaly (privately published: MontrĂ©al, 1947)

      Dictionary of Canadian Biography entry

      Cape Breton Land Petition year 1818
      McEachern, Angus (Rev.)
      Petition to Swayne: Petitioner, a Catholic Missionary, emigrated from Scotland to the American colonies in 1790. He was influential in forming the settlement at Judique. He asks 500 acres of land in the Bras d'Or. Petition to Ainslie: Petitioner, a native of Moydart, Inverness Shire, has resided between Prince Edward Island , Cape Breton, and the adjacent coast of Nova Scotia since 1790. He asks a grant at "Laugh at the Yankees Cove", for which he obtained a lease in 1816. Report of Crawley to Crowdy: 500 acres on the eastern side of Louis Cove, near St. Peter's. Plan. Name, "Kingearlock". [possibly after Kingairloch in Argyllshire, Scotland]
      Cape Breton no.: 1978
      NSARM microfilm: 15795
      (crown grant to Rev. Angus McEacharn appears in Cape Breton County deed bk E p. 197, dated 10 August 1818, recorded 19 August 1818)

      Cape Breton no.: 2157
      NSARM microfilm: 15796
      Land Petition year 1819
      Kavanagh, Lawrence & Others for the Indians in Bras d'Or Lake
      Petition to Ainslie: Petition of Peter Tomah in behalf of himself and other Indians of Bras d'Or: Petitioners ask that Chapel Island, whereon is a chapel and a residence for a priest, be secured to them by a grant in the names of Lawrence Kavanagh, Rev. Eneas McEachern, and Rev. William Dollard, the latter missionary priest to the Indians. Report of Crawley to Ward: Chapel Island, about five miles from St. Peter's, 140 acres. Plan.

      Cape Breton County deed bk E p. 287
      recorded 11 June 1819, dated 8 June 1819
      Grant to Lawrence Kavanagh, Esq., Reverend Eneas McEacharn, and Reverend William Dollard, Missionary Priest to the Indians in this Island (in trust)
      Chapel Island (consisting of 140 acres of land)
      for the purpose of erecting a Roman Catholic missionary chapel on said island (to be transferred to the subsequent missionary priest assigned to the island)

      "For years he [McEachern] made his headquarters at Savage Harbor. This was the usual starting point of his apostolic journeys...early in the summer of 1791, he laid the foundation of a large stone house, on his fathers farm, planned so as to serve the double purpose of residence and chapel. A brother in law, Robert MacInnis, who was an expert mason, had charge of the building, and with the generous help of the people it was speedily completed. It contained two principal divisions, of which one served as a residence for his father and mother, with whom he made his home, and the other he fitted up for a chapel" ("Early History of the Catholic Church in Prince Edward Island" by John C MacMillan, 1905, p. 69)

      A copy of Bishop McEachern's will can be found at
      -Wants his body interred alongside nephew, Aeneas MacEachern, St. Andrews.
      -Leaves 200 acres of land at Tuidnuge on the East Arm of Bras d'Or Cape Breton in trust to Angus Mac Eachern, Duncan Curry and Allan MacEachern of same (for occupation by a clergyman to be established by Rev. Dr. William Fraser); also leaves Christmas Island at the narrows of Bras d'Or Lake for the use of the said appointed clergyman.
      -Leaves 500 acres to nephew Eugene MacEachern, studying in Rome, at Lewis Basques Cove in Cape Breton.
      -Leaves 100 acres at Lot 47, PEI, on which a Chapel and Glebe house are built, for the use of his successor in office, to establish a school on the said land
      -Leaves 90 acres (with limited rights and an obligation to pay rent to his nephew Eugene MacEachern in Rome) on Lot 46 PEI to his nephew John MacEachern, son of his late brother Donald MacEachern.
      -Leaves 90 acres on Lot 46 PEI to his nephew Benjamin MacEachern, son of his late brother Hugh MacEachern, adjacent to land occupied by John MacEachern (cousin of Benjamin). Benjamin also receives around 210-220 acres of land west of lands occupied by Benjamin's cousin Donald "Ban" MacEachern, and 150 acres held by testator under lease from the late John Cambridge (on which annual rent is owed to Cambridge's heirs).
      -Leaves 20 acres of Cambridge's land for the use of the Mission of St. Margaret's, and 10 acres given to testator by Allan "Gernis" MacDonald now living in Ontario, with John Gillis and testator's niece Isabella Gillis of Hay River to hold the land on "halves."
      -Testator's brother John MacEachern has occupied the "High Farm" on the 100 acres formerly occupied by testator's late father Hugh MacEachern, instead of agreeing to a quit claim. Therefore, testator will not rent his brother John's son, Donald "Ban" MacEachern, 100 acres on lot 46 (on which he is living), and gives the land to Eugene MacEachern instead (cousin of Donald "Ban"). Donald "Ban" gets the equivalent of 10 pounds in cattle.
      -Leaves to sister in law Mary MacEachern widow of Hugh MacEachern, the use of part of his stone house at Savage Harbour during her lifetime, and one third of the proceeds of the crops willed to the testator by his late father at Savage Harbour. After Mary's death her portion goes to Eugene MacEachern, but he may not sell the land or house.
      -Leaves to Donald MacEachern Sr. and Jr., and Joseph MacEachern sons of brother Hugh MacEachern, the right to occupy lands owned by the testator at Savage Harbour South, which they may not sell.
      -Leaves to Eugene MacEachern 700 acres of Lot 38 "Ceann-a-Bhaidh" (to be called Kingairloch) Eugene is to lease it to his brothers Donald and Joseph and to testator's brother John, who is resident on said land.
      -Leaves two lots, parts of Lots 49 and 50, one of which has a Chapel, to the clergyman at Vernon River.
      -Leaves to niece Isabella Gillis the marsh at Lot 37
      -John MacEachern, brother of the testator, can not use the 100 acres and marsh which he possesses/occupies as leverage for debts
      -Leaves livestock to nephew Benjamin MacEachern and sister in law Mary MacEachern.
      -Leaves half of beds and bedding to sister in law Mary MacEachern, and half to sister Margaret MacIntyre.
      -Leaves furniture and silver to Eugene MacEachern.
      -Leaves a horse to nephew Donald MacEachern Jr., and a horse for the farm at St. Andrew Chapel
      -Leaves tools to nephew Benjamin MacEachern
      -Requests that no land ever be sold out of the family
      -Leaves religious paraphernalia, scientific instruments and books to nephew Eugene MacEachern.
      -Leaves the land on which Joseph MacEachern lives for his use, his neighbor is testator's brother John MacEachern.
      -Leaves to Donald MacEachern Jr. and Joseph MacEachern and their mother Mary MacEachern, widow, the use, in equal shares, of the marsh next to lands of John MacEachern (testator's brother) and Allan MacIntyre. Said Donald and Joseph also get the cows on said lands.
      -Leaves to the sons of his late nephew Patrick MacEachern, use of the land that they have improved, adjacent to testator's brother Donald MacEachern (deceased) and John MacEachern, with conditions for roads (this land is at Savage Harbour).
      dated ??, registered 14 July 1835
      Alexander MacDonnell of Donaldston, John MacDonald of Grand Tracadie, and Angus MacDonald of Allisary appointed executors.
      Signed/marks by brothers, sisters, nephews & nieces of Aeneas Bernard MacEachern. Bonds registered 14 July 1835, letters of admin. with will annexed granted the same day to the executors.