Norman BETHUNE c1795-1880 & Catherine McDONALD c1807-?

Isle of Skye; Hotspur, Digby, "Muntham" Station & ... S-W Victoria, Australia

Norman BETHUNE b. 1795 Isle of Skye, Inverness, Scotland, son of Duncan & Isabella BETHUNE was married abt 1825 at Portree, Scotland to Catharine McDONALD. Norman was a farmer / crofter of 4 acres at Borniskitaig, Isle of Skye, Scotland, a tenant Lord Godfrey William Wentworth MacDonald, 4th Baron of the Isle of Skye. He arrived in Australia, with his family in 1853 on the ship Neptune, South Australia, 25 October, from Plymouth 7 June 1853, Captain Henderson. (Register 26 October 1853). He was accompanied by his wife Catherine (McDonald), his children Lachlan, Christain, Ann, Isabella and Malcolm. Norman came to Victoria about 1858 and farmed at Chetwynd, where he died in 1880. Another son named Alexander born in 1832 was separated in the immigration process and arrived on the ship Oliva 14 November, from Plymouth 30 July 1853, Captain T. Williams. (Register 15 November 1853). The family of Norman BETHUNE was:

  1. Lachlan BETHUNE b. 1832 Isle of Skye, Sct, mar. Christina BETHUNE;
  2. Christina BETHUNE b. 1835, Ilse of Skye, Sct. mar. Donald McKENZIE;
  3. Alexander McLeod BETHUNE b. 1837 Inverness, Scotland, mar. Flora McKAY;
  4. Malcolm BETHUNE b. c1843, Sct, d. 1872, Melbourne, Vic;
  5. Ann BETHUNE b. 1844, Isle of Skye, Sct;
  6. Isabella BETHUNE b. 1845, Inverness, Sct, mar. Alexander KINGHORN;

N. BETHUNE was listed as an early landowner on the Hotspur Parish map.


1. Lachlan BETHUNE 1832-1912 & Christina BETHUNE 1835-1925

Lachlan BETHUNE b. 1832 Isle of Skye, Inverness, Scotland, son of Norman BETHUNE and Catharine McDONALD was married in 1856 at Melbourne, Victoria to Christina BETHUNE b. 1835 Isle of Skye, Inverness, Scotland daugter of Norman BETHUNE and Marian McLEOD and they had the following children:

  1. William BETHUNE b. 1857, Melbourne, Vic d. 1857;
  2. Duncan BETHUNE b. 1859 Lyndhurst, Vic, d. 1868, Muntham Station, Vic;
  3. Norman BETHUNE b. 1859, Lyndhurst, Vic;
  4. John BETHUNE b. 1860, Lyndhurst, Vic, mar. Susanna SIMS;
  5. James Gilespy BETHUNE b. 1864, Muntham, Vic, d. 1865, Muntham Station, Vic;
  6. Florence Bothwell BETHUNE b. 1866, Muntham Station, mar. Robert Jelbart HARRY;
  7. Duncan James BETHUNE b. 1867;
  8. James Gilespy BETHUNE b. 1868, Carapook, Vic, mar. Gertrude WHITE;
  9. Neil BETHUNE b. 1869, Bruk Bruk, Vic, mar. Kate PETCHELL;
  10. Sarah BETHUNE b. 1873;
  11. Duncan Gilespy BETHUNE b. 1874 Lemon Springs, Vic.



3. Alexander McLeod BETHUNE 1837-abt1900 & Flora McKAY 1838-1912

Alexander McLeod BETHUNE b. 1837 Inverness, Scotland, son of Norman BETHUNE and Catharine McDONALD was married in 1858 at Naracoorte, SA to Flora McKAY b. 1838 Inverness, Scotland and they had the following children:

  1. Catherine BETHUNE b. 1859 Digby;
  2. Samuel Louden BETHUNE b. 1861 Hotspur, mar. Laura GELLAND;
  3. Peter William BETHUNE b. 1863;
  4. Jessie BETHUNE b. 1864, Naracoorte, SA;
  5. Christina BETHUNE b. 1866, Naracoorte, SA;
  6. Mary BETHUNE b. 1868;
  7. Spurgeon BETHUNE b. 1870;
  8. Alexander BETHUNE b. 1872, d. 1873;
  9. Flora BETHUNE b. 1874;
  10. Alexander BETHUNE b. 1876, Chetwynd;
  11. Peter William BETHUNE b. 1878 Chetwynd.



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