Greetings feom Australia

| February 3, 2014 | 4 Comments

An email we received from sunny Australia.

Bill, Alice, Mrs Macnab of Macnab, Ina, Doug & Andrew

Bill, Alice, Mrs Macnab of Macnab, Ina, Doug & Andrew

Dear Jamie,
May I call you Jamie? My cousin Allan Macnab says you are a very nice fellow so I am hoping that is OK. Allan sent me a copy of Scots Heritage Magazine featuring you on the cover and I enjoyed reading all the Clan news and seeing Allan and his son photographed with you at the car rally.

I have attached a photo taken in 1973 when Alice, Mrs Macnab of Macnab visited Australia and New Zealand, primarily on behalf of her mother Dame Flora but as she had Macnab connections she graced a number of Macnab functions during her visit. On one particular day, she was taken to the Art Gallery in St. Kilda Road, Melbourne, The Shrine of Remembrance, the Botanical Gardens and she signed the Visitor’s Book at State Government House. On the following day my Dad, Bill McNabb (my g/grandmother added the extra ‘b’ because she thought the name looked unfinished) took Mrs Macnab on a scenic drive around Melbourne and arrived at my home in time for afternoon tea and my sons had arrived home from school at that time too. I have just calculated that is 40 years ago.

I wonder if you knew that Dewar’s in the Haymarket, London, were giving out copies of Raeburn’s Macnab to overseas visitors named Macnab or any version of the spelling. So all of my cousins and before them my Uncles all have The Macnab hanging in prominent places in their homes. Allan can’t find a direct link to him but we claim him anyway!

My connection with Allan is that our great grandfathers were brothers – his g/grandfather stayed in Scotland while my mine migrated to Australia in 1853.

Wishing you and your family the Season’s Greetings and best wishes for 2014.

Warm regards,
Ina McNabb le Bas

Ina also kindly sent these photos:

Jessie Morton

Jessie Morton

William McNabb

William McNabb

Here is a photo of Morton McNabb who visited his Scots cousins during WW1.  His story is in Ina's family history.

Here is a photo of Morton McNabb who visited his Scots cousins during WW1. His story is in Ina’s family history.


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  1. Jim Mcnab says:

    Hi Folk in Scotland
    My friend and I are planning to be in Scotland for a tour in the last week in August and will have a few spare days in early Sept to look for my roots . Census record 1871 show my great grand parents James and Jane(nee McMurtrie) Mcnab living in Grangeston Cothouse, in Ayre shire.

    James lists his occupation as a ploughman.

    I am a 3rd generation farmer on a farm called Glencoe in southwest Western Australia. This farm was founded by James,s son Alexander. My father was christened Robert Burns Mcnab.
    I will incude an email with a family history written by my mother about the family’s consolidation in Australia.
    I have lots of interest in the family tree and would dearly love to meet up with some other members of our Scottish family.

    Regards Jim

  2. Jim, You will meet up with Macnabs from around the world if you come to the Homecoming in Killin Aug. 6-8th. You will love it.
    Thanks and God bless, W. Lanny McNabb, FSAScott, Lieutenant to the Chief

  3. Jim Mcnab says:

    Hi W Lanny McNabb
    Thank you for your email. Unfortunately we will not be able to attend the McNab reunion as we are locked into a cruise down the Rhine at that time and will finish our tour of Scotland on 31st of August. My brother Robert Burns McNab will however be attending.

    Due to these constraints I hope to make some contact with any of our kin folk earlier so that we can possibly meet in the first six days of September. Details of our family who emigrated from Girvan will be in the article that will hopefully be shown on your website
    Keep up the good work
    Jim McNab
    South West Western, Australia

  4. Tiona Barben says:

    Hi my name is Tiona and my nanas name is Helen Barben formally McNabb. I have been doing a lot of research into my family history lately and I would love to find out more.

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