Captain Hector MacFadyen of Heanish

Photograph of Captain Hector MacFadyen of Heanish aboard the paddle steamer ‘Bonnie Doon’ in 1911.


Hector MacFadyen was born in Heanish in 1868, the son of Lachlan MacFadyen and his wife Christina MacNeill. He qualified as a Master Mariner and settled in Bristol, spending most of his career working for the P. & A. Campbell Pleasure Steamer Company.

He is pictured here aboard the paddle steamer ‘Bonnie Doon’ in 1911 with his wife Emma Eliza Coates who is holding their fourth son Ronald. Many of the steamers, along with their captains and crews, were requisitioned by the Admiralty during World War I and deployed as minesweepers and coastal ferries.

Hector’s four sons also served some time with the company, his eldest son Hector becoming chief engineer. His third son Angus died aged twenty-one in an accident in Venice while serving on the ‘Cymric Queen’. Hector himself continued to sail into the late 1920s before retiring in Bristol where he died in 1953 aged eighty-five.

Copy of a photograph of Captain Hector MacFadyen aboard the `Bonnie Doon`.

Captain Hector MacFadyen of Heanish with his wife Emma and baby son, Ronald, aboard the paddle steamer `Bonnie Doon` in 1911.

Object Details

Other Number: Q79
Normal Location: Photograph Shelves: photographs – Q1-99
Current Location: normal location

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