The CUB Report – 2010

November, 2010
Dear Cubbies,
Issue Number 10 features:

Third Anniversary of the McCubbin DNA Project
The Conventicle
The Letter of 1859, from Australia to Scotland
Clydesdales, Shorthorns and the Art of Animal Husbandry
A note from Sheriff Rick McCubbin in Bardstown, Kentucky
Obit for Charles McCubbin, Naturalist and Artist of Australia

Third Anniversary of the McCubbin DNA Project

by Lorna McCubbin, Project Administrator
There are now 40 members in the McCubbin DNA Project. 32 members have matches with others in the project. There are four distinct DNA groups. For easier identification each group has a number and name. Name indicates the earliest known ancestor within a test group. The latter part indicates possible ancestral roots yet to be proven in our research.

Group 1. Keir, Dumfriesshire – 1745. Alexander the Martyr & King Niall of Ireland

Group 2. Maryland, USA – c1620, John the Colonist. The Lords of Knockdolian and Tradunnock, c 1400’s in Ayrshire

Group 3. Galloway, South West Scotland – 1735. The Dal Riata, Ireland

Group 4. Penpont, Dumfriesshire – c1760. The Master Masons

Since our last CUB report, 5 matching results have been returned from the Family Tree DNA lab. Two of those males ‘belong’ to the Keir group, one to the Galloway group and two to John the Colonist. The Keir group now has two males with the McCubbing name. Five members of the Keir group have links to King Niall of Ireland. Two McKibbens joined the project and had no matches with the McCubbin name. The name ‘McBean’ shows up in John Colonist group. A McCubbin variant with a Mac (MacCubbin) has been confirmed. Two female members are looking for mitochondrial roots.

A long search for a donor from the descendants of the McCubbins/McCubbings (#31) of Edgartoun, Dumfries, found a McCubbing in Saskatchewan, Canada, who donated his DNA. Interested McCubbins/McCubbings in the Dumfries area were delighted to have confirmation that this major family is indeed their cousins. This donor also has a link to King Niall of Ireland, aka “Niall of the Nine Hostages” one of the greatest Irish kings. He was said to have consolidated his power by leading raids on the Roman Empire, taking hostages from rival Irish royal families, Britain and the European mainland, thus earning the name Niall of the Nine Hostages. Saint Patrick was said to have been kidnapped and brought to Ireland as one of his hostages during his raids.
FTDNA writes, Of note to Family Tree DNA customers, this signature is found in .6 of 1% of the entire Family Tree DNA database. It is characterized by the following Markers when our 12 marker test is applied:PANEL 1 (1-12)

Since the McCubbin project began we have the following family groups with one or more DNA donors tested and matched. (Number of donors in brackets below). If you are descended from those groups with one donor tested, please consider doing the test so we can double check.

Group 1
– #05 John McCubbin (1745-1805) & Margaret Tait of Keir (4)
– #31 James McCubbin & Mary McMurdo of Edgartoun (also McCubbing) (1)
– #62 John McCubbin (md 1797) & Agnes Hodgeon of Maybole  (2)
– #41 John McCubbin (1799-1889) & Elizabeth Beggs of Leswal (1)
– #06 Daniel McCubbin & Margaret McGhie (md. before 1769) of Ayrshire (1)
– #04 James McCubbin (b 1770-80) & Isabella Stoddard of Dumfriesshire  (2)
– #81/69 Father (born c 1725) of Hugh & Daniel McCubbin of Stranraer  (1)

Group 2
– #14 James McCubbin (b abt. 1760) & Elizabeth Bowman, Maybole, Ayr (1)
– #80, John the Colonist of America (1630-1686) (6)
– #61-43 James McCubbin (b 1692) and Janet Millar of Ayrshire  (2)
Note – chart number for John Colonist changed from #100 to #80

Group 3
– #02 Alexander McCubbin (md 1736) & Jean McIlwraith of Ballantrae, Ayrshire(1)
– #09 Alexander McCubbin (md 1808) & Agnes Jackson of Leswalt, Wigtownshire(1)
– #42 William McCubbin (b abt. 1750) & Jane Stewart, Kirkcolm, Wig(1)
– #44 John McCubbin (McKibbon) (md 1755) & Margaret Gibson of Stoneykirk, Wig (1)
– #45 Alexander McCubbin (c1789-1840) & Agnes Weir of Kirkmaiden & Stoneykirk(3)
– #54 James McCubbin (b abt.1780) & Isabella McClelland, Mochrum, Wig(1)
– #55 Shaw McCubbin (b abt.1785) & Sarah Chapman, County Down, Ireland(1)
– #68 Alexander Charles (md 1765) & Jean Smith, Ayr, Ayshire (1)

Group 4
#03 James MCubbin & Isabella Lorimer, Penpont, Dumfries (2)

Want to join? The project requires McCubbin males to purchase a test kit (a swab to rub inside the cheek) and mail it back to the lab. You can go to Family Tree DNA to read more and/ or contact us at

We are looking for male McCubbin candidates who are descendants of the following ancestors. Earliest known ancestor is listed first, then geographic areas where descendants settled.

Peter McCubbin & Janet Campbell (married 1801) – Wigtown to Glasgow, to Australia
James McCubbin & Janet McIntyre (m. 1802) – Wigtown to Lancashire to Australia
Edward McCubbin & wife Sophia (m. 1829) – Dumfries to Buckinghamshire & Linslade
Any McCubbin male who has roots in Kirkoswald. We are searching for a link to Sir Fergus MacCubbin of Tradunnock.

There are funds available to help pay the cost for qualified individuals of these groups. To find out if you belong to one of these groups, email us at

It gives me great pleasure to announce that Kathy McCubbing Hopkins has recently taken on the position of McCubbin DNA Co-administrator.

The Conventicle of 2010

by Kathy McCubbing Hopkins

On Sunday 29th August 2010 a conventicle was held to commemorate two Covenanter Martyrs, Alexander McCubine and Edward Gordon, who were captured at Lochenkit and hanged on an oak-tree on 3rd March 1685 at Hallhill, Kirkpatrick Irongray, the place where they were buried.

The conventicle was held on a sunny but windy day and more than 40 people attended, including 3 descendants of Alexander McCubine.
The congregation gathered at the Martyrs Graves at 3pm to hold a service led by Reverend Christine Sime to remember Covenanters who had been executed in those Killing Times.

Thanks to Leslie McCubbin of Dunscore for sending us a copy of the DVD produced by a member of the congregation from which we obtained these pictures of the gathering.

Three McCubbin Descendants Standing Front Row with Irongray Church in the background.

In the year 1685, when Alexander McCubine and Edward Gordon were executed without trial, at least 93 Covenanters were known to have suffered similar fates.

McCubine and Gordon had been arrested in late February 1685 when Captain Bruce and a party of troopers surprised and apprehended them at Lochenkit along with 4 other Covenanters, William Heron; John Gordon; William Stewart and John Wallace. Heron, Gordon, Stewart and Wallace were shot immediately and a monument to their memory stands at that isolated spot.

McCubine and Gordon were taken to the Bridge of Urr where the notorious Grierson of Lagg was violently pressing the population to formally renounce their commitment to the Covenants. McCubine and Gordon refused the oath, were denied recourse to the assizes and, on 3rd March, were taken to Irongray by Lagg and his party where they were hanged within sight of the Kirk.

The Scottish Covenanters Memorial Association regularly organise conventicles which are held throughout the country.

The last time a conventicle was held to commemmorate McCubine and Gordon was on Sunday 18th August 1985 at the Communion Stones on Skeoch Hill, a remembrance service having been held on the 300th anniversary of their deaths, on 3rd March 1985, at the Martyrs Memorial at Hallhill, Irongray.

The Martyrs graves at Hallhill, Irongray were enclosed by railings in 1832 and a new gravestone was put alongside the old one.

An image and transcription of the inscriptions on the graves can be found in the Cub Report, 2005 along with other information about Alexander McCubbin and his descendants.

Dalgarnoc Memorial Another memorial to the Nithsdale Martyrs, including Alexr MacCubine (sic), was erected in 1928 in the ancient cemetery of Dalgarnoc.
More details about this memorial are given in the Cub Report 2005 (link as above)

Background Information The Covenanters

The story of the Covenanters stretches back to the mid 16th century and concise histories can be found at the following websites:

The Covenanters were so named because in a series of covenants Scottish presbyterians bound themselves to maintain the Presbyterian doctrine as the sole religion of their country. They fiercely resisted the English, and defied laws which aimed to discourage nonconformism and to strengthen the position of the Established Church.

They were in constant conflict with the English government over their right to practice their religion as they deemed fit, whilst the English periodically tried to impose various constraints on the forms of religious service permitted, and in 1662 Charles II, in passing the Rescissory Act, renounced the covenants made and they were declared unlawful oaths and were to be formally retracted by all persons holding public office.

Other laws which aimed to prevent these Scots from practicing their religion in the way they wished included:
The Act of Uniformity 1662 which required the use of all the rites and ceremonies in the Book of Common Prayer in church services.
The Conventicle Act of 1664, which forbade conventicles (religious asssemblies of more than five people outside the auspices of the Church of England).
The Five Mile Act 1665 which sought to prevent nonconformists from living in incorporated and chartered towns. In defying these laws rebel ministers began to preach at secret conventicles in the fields and a period of persecution began. More than two-thirds of the Dumfries Presbytery ministers vacated their parishes rather than submit to the new Episcopal authorities, their congregations following them to hear sermons preached on the hillsides.

A new minister was installed at St Michael’s in Dumfries but so few people attended his services that the town council felt obliged to enforce compulsory attendance on Sundays with a fine of 40 Scottish Shillings for absenteeism.

It was made a crime for any person not licensed by the bishop to preach or to pray except with his own family. To do so outside one’s house incurred fines, imprisonment or banishment. To conduct a field conventicle was declared to be a capital offence, punishable by death. A reward of 500 Merks was offered to any person who could capture a field preacher and he was excused of any act of murder he might commit in the process. All suspected persons who could not be brought to trial were denounced in their absence, and any person supplying food or shelter to a Covenanter was also regarded as outside the law.

The Conventicle Act and the Five Mile Act were repealed in 1689.

Tradition tells us that the reason these men were executed near Irongray Church was that it might be within sight of Hallhill, then occupied by a family named Ferguson, well known for their attachment to the principles of the Covenanted Reformation. It was thought that the sight of the execution would overawe the Fergusons. It had quite the opposite effect. A young daughter of the family came to the martyrs when they were brought to the place of execution, and tied a handkerchief over their eyes. For this she was banished. Two differing accounts exist, one that she went to Lisbon, where she married a carpenter, and lived to a ripe old age. It is said that seventy years after the execution, on 1st November, 1755, the day of the great earthquake, when the city was all but entirely destroyed, and when from thirty to sixty thousand people lost their lives, she was sitting on a plank by the riverside when the sea came up, rising like a mountain. Multitudes of people were swept back to a watery grave when it retired, but it carried her on before it, and left her high and dry on the land. The other account says that she was banished to the colonies.

The Letter of 1859, from Australia to Scotland
In May of 2010, Garry Kelly, a descendant of John McCubbin & Margaret Tait of Keir, Dumfries, shared this very old letter with us. It had been in safe keeping by his family for over 150 years.
In the 1800s many young men were leaving Scotland. Some parents would never see their sons and daughters again. The letter was written by John McCubbin (married to Anne Paterson) to his son in Australia. It relays his deep concern and love for his son. The letter would take about three months in transit by sea to Australia. In fact Johns son in Australia, died at the young age 31, and father and son likely never saw each other again. Following is an excerpt the full text to be included in the main website in 2011. Many thanks to Leslie McCubbin of Dunscore for helping to translate and interpret some of the Scottish terms used.

Kirkbride, February 7th 1859

Dear John,(1) I sit down with pleasure to write you a few lines to let you know that we are all in good health at present thanks be to the Almighty God for all his blessings to us all. Hoping this will find you enjoying the same blessings and hoping that your uncle and his wife (2) and children, and John Kerr is all enjoying the same blessings. We worried very ill last month as we did not get a letter but we are in hopes that we will get one this month but you must not forget to write every month as your Mother and the rest of us all worry to hear from you how you are and how you are getting on, so for gods sake write if you can as long time there is nothing new that I can write, but we are getting on as well as we can. James (3) is started his old trade the Lime leading (4) again, and we bought a two year old filly at the Rood(5) fair and we have got a new cart for her, and your brother Andrew (6) is going to drive-mouth (7) her but he is not begun yet as the weather is but course(8)yet. I have sent you papers that you will have got, and you get yet one and your uncle one with this letter, so you must be sure and write every month as we do.” After giving news about the family, his father signed off – “So I can say no more at present but remain your affectionate father till death. John McCubbin – be sure and not forget and let us know how you are all bearing up in your country.”

1 John McCubbin 1835-1866, married to his cousin Agnes McCubbin and who emigrated to Australia c.1855.
2 James McCubbin 1810-1888, married to Christina MacIntyre in February 1845 in Muswellbrook NSW, Australia, aged 49 at time of letter.
3 James McCubbin 1846-1917, married to Janet Lorimer Kerr in October 1859, age 13 at time of letter (although 1861 census records him as aged 22 and thus born c.1839. The date we have may be a christening record).
4 Barjarg Lime quarry was in Keir so this might say Lime Kilns, however, James marriage certificate in October 1859 records him as a Farm Servant and he was working as Ploughman at the BusyBit in 1861 so this is a mystery, particularly as it is recorded as his old trade. Leslie thinks it might refer to leading in = carting; removing by the cart load, implying that James used his carting skills at the Lime Kilns.
5 The Rood Fair has been held in Dumfries on the last Wednesday in September for many years. It was an agricultural fair for hire of farm workers and other traders and a place for them to sell their wares. Buying and selling horses on the Whitesands was always the biggest part of the Rood Fair, although cattle, agricultural produce, and merchandise were
also bought and sold.
6 Andrew McCubbin 1846-1923, married to Janet Hiddleston in December 1877, age 13 at time of letter.
7 To drive-mouth a horse is to teach it which way to turn. It is achieved by putting a bit in the mouth with reins attached.
8 Course = crude, hard, disreputable, rough, inclement.

Clydesdales, Shorthorns and the Art of Animal Husbandry

Animal husbandry has been practiced for thousands of years, since the first domestication of animals. People are essentially specialists in animal husbandry by means of being farmers, ranchers, sheepherders, or anyone who takes care of a variety of animals. Children were taught early how to take care of the same types of animals their parents raised so that they could take over farms and ranches as adults.
In general, many of the practices involved in learning animal husbandry came naturally from being raised on farms where large numbers of animals were raised.

The earliest written records we have of McCubbin/g families being involved to a large degree in animal husbandry was recorded in a Court of Session, which tell us that in 1817, John McCubbing of Dunscore (of the Edgartoun McCubbings #31) bought and sold 1,793 cattle for which he paid £10466. In 1818 it is indicated that he went frequently to Ireland and the cattle he bought there were sold at Dumfries, Roughhill and Rossley Hill and other places. Another entry shows he bought 1,647 cattle for £14975.
He lived all his lifetime upon the farm of Springfield which was occupied by his father. The farm was partly laid out in grain and partly in pasture . Dealing cattle were grazed on grass parks near markets costing no less than £150 per year. Scottish Archives. West Register House, Court of Session Processes CS231/SEQ/MC/3/2
By 1851 the census shows him as a Farmer of 464 acres in Crossmichael.
His first son also named John, born 1817, was a Farmer and in 1861 he was farming 300 acres, employing 8 labourers in Shirmers, Balmaclellan, Kirkcudbright.
Johns second son Robert, was working his own farm at age 21. Tragically he died at age 25. His young sons, Robert (born 1842) and John (born 1844) continued to be raised on farms and according to census records, they spent time with their grandfather John, the farmer and cattle dealer.
Young John carried on with the familys inherent knowledge of husbandry. In the census of 1871 he was listed as a Cattle Dealer. When he died in 1874, his obituary stated, “He was a prominent and much respected personality in agricultural circles in the South of Scotland. He farmed at both Kissock, Beeswing and Drum Farm. He was a well known breeder of Clydesdales, of which he kept a stud. He bred a useful stock for farm purposes, and exported animals to all parts of the world. He was also a noted exhibitor and frequent prize winner at national and local shows, and had several cups to his credit. In other branches of stock rearing he was also very successful, and the Drum stock was always welcomed in the district markets.”

Written on back of photograph by grandson George Little, John McCubbing & Clydesdale Drum Farm, Beeswing, nr Dumfries, Scotland around 1885 – 1895

Clydesdales, known for their agile strength and docility, are a breed of draft horse derived from the farm horses of Clydesdale, Scotland, and named after that region. Thought to be over 300 years old, the breed was extensively used for pulling heavy loads in rural, industrial and urban settings, their common use extending into the 1960s when they were still a familiar sight pulling the carts of milk and vegetable vendors.

In Dumfriesshire a McCubbing invented a pneumatic collar to keep the pressure off the horses necks. He also invented the McCubbing seed sower, “so the Clydesdales could pull along their seed sower in their posh collars.” Info provided by a McCubbing descendant, Margaret McColl, of New Zealand. The article was forwarded to her by the Dumfries & Galloway Family History Society.

In a local newspaper on 29 August 1896 the following article was printed about John McCubbing, Farmer, Lochrutton:”Last week Mr William Taylor of Park Mains, Renfrew, sold to Mr R S Ewart, Buenos Ayres, 4 stallions, one of them being “Golden Star”, bought from Mr McCubbing, Drum, Lochrutton.”
John bred one of the world’s largest Clydesdales at Drum farm Beeswing. Three of his sons went to Canada and that Clydesdale “Doondodge Mossrock” went to son Alexander in Unity, Saskatchewan in 1933.

Johns son Alexander, (born 1885), on his Unity homestead became known for his Clydesdale horses. Horse breeding became a leading enterprise in Saskatchewan, with homesteads providing a ready market. The first two decades of the twentieth century were the Golden Years of horse husbandry related author Grant McEwan. ‘Every farmer was a horseman and every farm boy aspired to be a horseman. Horses on farms were as essential as oars in a rowboat. A farm without them was unthinkable.’

By 1907 the Saskatchewan Department of Agriculture reported that large numbers of Clydesdale and Percheron stallions with the very best blood obtainable were making regular appearances at local fairs and exhibitions. Alexander’s barn was filled with ribbons won by their Clydesdales. Relates descendant Dennis Marshall, “The girl (pictured on the horse below) is my mother in 1933 when she and her parents were visiting her Uncle Alex in Unity. These Clydesdales of Alex’s were the breeding stock for the American Beer – Budweiser, Clydesdale-drawn wagons featured in many advertisements. I remember my grandfather George Little visiting these Budweiser Clydesdales at an event and speaking with the head horse trainer. My grandfather promptly listed all of the lineages histories of the horses he had at this event. The trainer was just amazed that he knew so much about these horses. Then my grandfather told him that he had lived with his grandfather John McCubbing (after George’s father died) at the Drum farm near Beeswing and Lochrutton when he was young and that he helped with the horses at Drum. He later stayed with his cousin Alex in Unity when he had brought over horses from Drum. He remembered quite a bit about these horses as he was very fond of them.”

Below: World’s largest Clydesdale in 1933 owned by Alexander McCubbing, Unity, Sask, Canada. Bought at the Chicago Exposition for $1,000.00, 1800 lbs, 19 hands high, bred at Drum Farm, Beeswing, Scotland. Alexander is pictured holding ‘Doondodge Mossrock’ while the girl on the horse is Dennis Marshall’s mother, Dorothy Little. Pictured with the team of McCubbing Clydesdales at a Budweiser ‘Promo’ in Whittier, California is Dennis Marshall’s grandfather, George Little.(photos complements of descendant Dennis Marshall)

Note from Lorna: When searching for material about Clydesdales for the CUB Report, I discovered a very timely article in the Dumfries & Galloway Standard, Apr 23, 2010, by Sara Bain. Author, Mary Bromilow was being interviewed about her forthcoming book which has a working title, ‘The Clydesdale: Workhorse of the World’. Mary says it will be the first book on Clydesdales published in this country for nearly 30 years. The main aim is to provide a tribute to this iconic Scottish breed and the place the horse has had in our social history both in Scotland and overseas.” She added, Some of the best Clydesdale studs were in Dumfries and Galloway.” And she said, “This is one of the biggest challenges finding good photographs of the horse at work both in town and in the country.” Mary asked that if anyone can help with her research, to contact her. We did, then submitted the above photographs via Dennis Marshall and his mother Dorothy, the girl on the horse. Mary was delighted to receive them.

‘The Clydesdale: Workhorse of the World’, will be published in April or May of 2011 by Argyll Publishing (they have an online shop), and will be available on Amazon. Mary says she doesn’t have a price yet, as that won’t be decided until the production costs are established. But it will be an illustrated large format paperback.

Shorthorns and Sheep

Another descendant of the Edgartoun McCubbings was James, born 1818. Several years before Alexander went to Canada, his great uncle, James McCubbing (born 1818) had immigrated to Kentucky.
He was featured in a biography of his life and family, in Kentucky History, 1922, History of Kentucky, Vol 4, Biographies, available on-line at
James McCubbing prepared for the legal profession by attending one of the leading law schools in the City of Edinborough, but in Scotland the family name had been closely and prominently associated with live-stock industry for four generations, his early experience having been in connection with this basic line of enterprise, and its lure having led him to abandon his plan for engaging in the practice of law and to identify himself with the same important branch of industry in the United States. Upon coming to this country Mr. McCubbing wisely chose Kentucky as the stage of his live-stock operations. He forthwith established his residence on the farm (that he named Deanside) still owned and occupied by his children, and here he achieved marked success in the breeding and raising of fine Shorthorn cattle. He exhibited cattle from his farm at various stock shows and county and state fairs, and gained many prizes on such exhibits. The Young Mary strain of Shorthorns is still maintained on the McCubbing farm, which is eligibly situated five miles from the City of Lexington. The place is well improved, and under the management of one of the daughters of Mr. McCubbing. Its prestige as a stock farm is being admirably maintained. Jessie McCubbing has shown great executive and practical ability in the active management of the farm since her fathers death.
Relates descendant Ed McCaw, who supplied the pictures below, Aunt Jessie was known for her “Young Mary Strain” of shorthorn cattle. She also raised sheep at Deanside.”

Jessie McCubbing with Scottie
Jessie (in back) with her flock of sheep, c1920

A Love For Horses
James McCubbin (#61-43 ) born c1692 in Brunston, Dailly married Jannet Millar. By the late 1700’s his offspring were Tailors. However, it’s obvious the next generations had a love for horses, being Coach Drivers and Ostlers. The meaning of Ostler for that period in time was, ‘one who tends to horses at an inn’. James’ great, great grandson, also James, born 1825, became an Ostler. His own son, John, emigrated to Ontario, Canada where he became a well respected Farmer and Horseman. While actively engaged in farming, Mr McCubbin’s hobby was breeding of Ayrshire cattle and Clydesdale horses and many trophies of live stock exhibitions were won by his animals.
Thomas McCubbin, born 1833, Maybole, was also a descendant of James & Jannet. He became a well known proprietor of the Eglinton Hotel and later the King’s Arms Hotel, Maybole. Thomas and his wife Mary McClymont enlarged the hotel and stables. Upon Thomas’ death his son John Gillespie McCubbin was mainly interested in the hiring side of the business, with the result that he soon had about thirty horses for pulling brakes, waggonettes and carriages. Excursions became very popular and the Kings Arms soon acquired a great reputation, running regular four-in-hand sightseeing excursions to such beauty spots as Loch Doon, Tairlaw Linn and Maidens. Wordsworth, Keats, Dante, Gabriel, Rosetti and Robert Louis Stevenson all stayed in this hotel while exploring the neighbouring country. John Gillespie McCubbin became a prominent local Councilor and Provost of Maybole.

And to Australia
By 1872 the entire village of “Busy Bit”, near Dunscore, emigrated to Sydney, New South Wales, villagers, schoolmaster, a nearby blacksmith, and it was said, the Clydesdale horses went too.

The Clydesdale is celebrated in one of the most popular images of rural life in Australia, G.W.Lambert’s painting “Across the Black Soil Plains” which shows a team straining to pull a wagon. (From The National Gallery of Australia)

A Note from Sheriff Rick McCubbin in Bardstown, Kentucky

Good to hear from you! I have been busy with my campaign but still find time to play with the family Tree. I do not really have anything to add though I get many emails, as well as folks stopping me, to ask about “Cousin Pete” and what we are doing. Also, I get a few joking to ask if I have found anymore long lost cousins through DNA!!! So, other than an update about Pete and his wife Jan visiting, I really do not. I am certainly enjoying the inquiries I receive on trying to help connect a “McCousin” to our Tree…most with some degree of success, I might add. Rick

Vale Charles McCubbin of Australia

Obituary provided by Penny McColm, Co-ordinator for Australia

Charles died suddenly on 21st June 2010 in Sale Victoria Australia
He was a gifted artist, his talent for painting and his passion for the butterflies that he collected and nurtured over the years, was one of his greatest endeavors; he eventually compiled the most extraordinary book, Australian Butterflies.
He was a dedicated naturalist and spent much of his time exploring the bush in the company of his children.  Charles was the last Grandson of Frederick McCubbin. He will be greatly missed by his family and the art world.  In an article written by Eleanor Venables of the Gippsland Times she quotes,
“He was a gracious and compassionate advocate who kindly gave of his talents and insights actively sharing his vision of environmental issues and causes.” “He has touched the lives of many Gippslanders and his loss is an immeasurable one.”
The church where his funeral was held was overflowing with people such was the high regard he was held in.

New Website

Our new website is presently being designed. Content is now being added. Each family chart will be profiled pre-1900s. For our Galleries we need pictures of people, places and cemetery headstones. Please send them to

All the best for 2011!!
The MCFHA Committee
Chairperson of McCubbin Family History Association – Kathy McCubbing Hopkins,
Member – Guild of One Name Studies – Kathy forwards world queries to co-ordinators.
DNA Project Administrator – Lorna McCubbin, Co-Admin – Kathy McCubbing Hopkins
Penny McColm – MCFHA Co-Founder & Co-ordinator for Australia. Penny
Co-ordinators specialties: Kathy McCubbing Hopkins, Dumfries, Lynne McCubbin, Ayrshire, Ronald Rick’ McCubbin, America
MCFHA Sponsors – James & Lorna McCubbin

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We are especially thankful to those of you who provided samples for the DNA project. It is providing a great insight into our past.
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