Angus McDonald of the Great Divide
In the summer of 2016, my family visited Glacier National Park, Montana. Here we learned the amazing story of the McDonalds of Montana, descendants of Angus who arrived in America in 1838 to work in the fur trade. In 1841, Angus married Catherine of the Nez Perce people. Angus would have experienced, first hand and through stories told by his older relatives while growing up in Dingwall, the highland clearances and this he empathized greatly with the Native Americans who were driven from their traditional lands and forced into reservations - often with other tribes with whom they had little or nothing in common. At the Ninepipes Museum of early Montana, we were introduced to Angus’s great grandson, Joe McDonald - retired Principal of the Salish Kootenai College and historian. It is said that Lake McDonald was named after a son of Angus, Duncan.My wife, who is from Scotland, was intrigued by the story of Angus and I could not think of a better candidate to be named and remembered by my very humble offering.