Arthur, Catherine and youngest sons, Colin and Isaac (abt 1930)
Arthur Peter McLaren Donald was born on January 18, 1873 in the Parish of Fossoway, County of Kinross, Helensburgh, Scotland. He was the third of nine children born to James Donald (#6) and Jane McLaren (#12). All of these children
survived into adulthood, which was somewhat unusal for the times. Arthur was named after his ancestors: Peter was the name of Arthur's paternal grandfather and McLaren was his mother's maiden name.
The family moved around a bit between Perthshire,
Helensburgh, Edinburgh, and Lanarkshire; however they can be tracked every ten years in the Scotland Census. In 1891 at the age of 19, Arthur was working as a farm servant in Douglas, Lanarkshire. It was in the early 1890's that he met
Catherine Devon (#11) and they were married January 1, 1895 in Motherwell, Lanarkshire.
Arthur and Catherine had 11 children, however their first and third children died as toddlers, from natural causes. My maternal grandmother, Maggie (#1), was
their eighth child. Arthur worked most of his adult life as a steelworker or brakesman for the local railroad. Several of their children emigrated to Canada as they reached adulthood; however Catherine and Arthur never left Motherwell, Scotland.
On March 19, 1937, at the age of 64, Arthur died of a cerebral hemorrhage at home. He is buried at Airbles Road Cemetery in Motherwell.