Barnabas Shaw

Memorials of South Africa

Ancient Shaw Clan Castles

Prior to Thomas Shaw (1777) refer to the Shaw Clan History, During 1396, after the battle of Perth, the lands of Rotheiemurchus were awarded to the Clan Shaw The Ancient Castle is situate on Loch an Eileen. The latest clan Chief appointed in 1970. He is Major Iain Shaw of Tordarroch.


The other Castle is in  Dùnrath)n the Highland area of Scotland and west of the town of Thurso. Dounreay was originally the site of a castle (now a ruin) and its name derives from the Gaelic for 'fort on a mound.  Since the 1950s it has been the site of two nuclear establishments, I visited the Castle but had to have 2 armed military guards accompany me, because at that time it was not open to the public.
Dounreay Castle dates from the late 16th century, and is one of the few remaining examples of a Scottish Laird’s castle from that period. William Sinclair of Dunbeath, descended from a younger brother of John Sinclair, third Earl of Caithness, built the castle in the 1560s. It was damaged in 1651 by Oliver Cromwell’s New Model Army during their Scottish campaign. Now entirely ruined, the castle was still inhabited in 1863, but had become roofless and derelict by 1889. The castle is on the north coast of Caithness, in the Highland area of Scotland.
This Shaw established a new branch of the clan at Crathienaird in Deeside under the territorial hegemony of Rothiemurchus.
The origin of Shaw, at one time a most important clan of the Chattan confederation, has been referred to in connection with the Mackintoshes.


Looking back at the family tree in S.A., Barnabas died in June 1857 at Elloughton Mission House, Mowbray, Cape Town. His eldest son James Shaw married Barbara Wakinshaw,  (born. 22 Apr 1820, died 17 Nov 1914  (Age 94 years) Newcastle-On-Tyne, Northumberland, England.

Barnabas Shaw married Jane Butler, She was born in 1793, Bidlington Quay, Yorkshire, England, and died in 1861, Cape Town.,    so I will research this part of the tree in England on my next visit there.

Rev. Barnabus James Shaw born 1 Feb 1821 in Cape Town He was educated in  England, where he married Barbara Walkinshaw. The Rev. B.J. Shaw was appointed to Cape Town where he arrived  in 1843. At a later stage they returned to England and when he came out to S.A. again he was appointed  Governor of Salem Industrial and Training Ins. There is a plaque on the wall of the main church in Grahamstown giving full details. Rev. Barnabus James Shaw died in 1902. His eldest son, John Reay Shaw was born in Salem. He was a Lawyer with a practice in Grahamstown. He married Charlotte Louise  Van Ryneveld, born in 1855 in Graffreinet. Her brothers son became Sir. Pierre Van Ryneveld, General in Charge of Staff , Union Defence Force.

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