Dundee Courier - Thursday 20 August 1936
BELIEVED DEAD FOR THIRTY YEARS SCOTSMAN RETURNS TO NATIVE VILLAGE Reunited with Aged Brothers. A man who for over thirty years had been believed be dead has returned to his native village of Cullipool, on the island of Luing, 16 miles south of Oban. There he has met his two aged brothers, whom he has not seen since he went to America 50 years ago. Archibald Mac Donald, who now 70 years of age, left his parents and seven brothers, who were engaged in the slate quarrying industry in the island, to seek his fortune in America. Only one
letter was received from him, and for many years he was presumed dead. His parents died many years ago. During 50 years of roving in Arizona and other parts of America, Archibald worked in a gold mine as a labourer and the docks. winter he became ill, and was in hospital in San Francisco for several weeks. He decided to return to Luing, and, on making inquiries, found that three of his brothers were still alive. John, the eldest of the surviving brothers, 88 years of age, and the other two brothers, who are both called Donald in accordance with Highland custom, are 72 and 84 respectively. Archibald arrived home yesterday, and was reunited with John and the younger Donald. The other brother is on holiday on the mainland, and is leaving for Luing to see his brother.
Dundee Courier - Friday 12 March 1937
DEATH CLAIMS WANDERER AND BROTHER BRIEF REUNION ON SCOTS ISLE Seven months after the reunion of four aged brothers in the island of Luing, Argyllshire, two of them are dead. Seven months ago Archibald Mac Donald surprised his brothers when he walked into the humble cottage at Cullipool, where he was born 70 years before. He left Luing when & boy to seek his fortune at the gold fields in America and shortly afterwards all trace of him was lost. Last year he was found destitute in San Francisco, and the Scottish Office arranged his passage home. A month ago Archibald and his brother Donald, aged 74, fell ill and were taken to the West Highland Rest Hospital at Oban. So ill were they that they did not know each other, although their beds were side side. Donald died a few days after admission, Now Archibald, the wanderer, has also died, and is to find his resting-place in his native island.