The story

From Ardersier, Scotland to Searsville, New Brunswick: “Our earlier ancestors stayed close to their origins. It took a different kind of courage and faith to pull up stakes and start a new life in some other part of the world.”

After her husband James passed, Annie MacKenzie MacDonald, with her four sons, followed her daughter, Mary to New Brunswick in 1913. After a couple of years working on farms locally, David the oldest son, purchased the dairy farm on O’Neill Road on September 30, 1915. He married Verna MacAuley in 1919 and they had eight children. David’s son, Ronald and wife Enid, took over the farm in 1958 and then their son Malcolm and wife Elaine forming Clearland Holsteins in 1989 and now with their son, Scott since 2008. Over the years, the MacDonald’s cleared land and increased the herd of prize winning registered Holsteins in preparation for the next or fifth generation.

The Scottish Thistle Barn Quilt was painted by the art class of Belleisle Regional High School in 2015 for the farm’s Century Farm Celebration held in the summer of that year.

Name of sponsor of Barn Quilt : MacDonald Farm


Scottish Thistle

317 O'Neill Road, Searsville, New Brunswick

Latitude : 45.73689 Longitude : -65.68753

See the barns on google maps