I am looking for the parents/ relatives of John McDonald born 19th August 1820 Derry, Northern Ireland. Wife was Agnes Murray-born 26/11/1825in County Cork, Ireland. Married Moville, Donegal, Ireland 1841. John was a soldier and stationed in Quebec Canada
his two eldest children: John 1844-1917 and William 1848-1914 were born in Quebec. His daughter Mary was born in Woolwich, England 1st August 1853-1893. The family emigrated to New Zealand on the Polar Star around 1854/55. Settled in Taranaki. Son James born in New Plymouth, Taranaki 1858-1928, son Alexander born June 7th 1863-1940 and son Charles born Taranaki 1867-1945.
John McDonald (senior) died in Auckland New Zealand 1893 and Agnes McDonald died Havelock North New Zealand.
My grandfather Douglas McDonald (Alexanders son) always spoke of being Highlanders and part of Clanranald of the Isles. I am having trouble making the connection between Ireland where John McDonald was born and Scotland where my grandfather spoke of as our ancestral home. Any help would be wonderful.