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Robert MacKay & son William MacKay
For the last few years I've been researching my family tree, and I think that my research is accurate: however, one can never be sure! Eventually my sleuthing brought me to Reay, in Caithness, in the Scottish highlands. From where, sometime in the 1840's, the man I think is my g/g/grandfather, William McKay, trekked down from Caithness, to the North West of England, and married a Welsh girl, named Eliza Jones, (on 13th July 1849, in St Mary's parish church in Chester). Some time after that date, they then appear to have moved to Liverpool. (where we still are!) The 1851 census form shows William and Eliza, and their firstborn child, John Robert, living in Liverpool; however, the family name was then spelled MacKay, not McKay. All the Victorian census forms agree William's year of birth as being 1817, and simply say "Born Scotland" (however, they don't say where in Scotland, nor on what date.) Subsequent census returns show that the spelling was changed sometime between the 1851 and 1861 census taking. On the marriage certificate of William and Eliza, William's father is named as Robert; so, then I looked back in Scotland for a Robert MacKay who sired a son in 1817, and subsequently christened him William, and I found only one "fit"! A Robert MacKay married a Janet Davidson in Milnetown, Reay, on 4th March 1817, and Janet gave birth to a son in the early December of that year. So, the purpose of this post, is to discover if the son that arrived on that cold, dark Scottish highland winter's night, really is my g/g/grandaddy? The only way that I can reliably ascertain that is to discover William's actual date of birth. I think it is 4th December 1817, however, I don't have definite proof of that; so, if anyone can help me to establish it, I will be eternally grateful. Here's hoping :-). Best wishes Ian
red mail CAMPBELLS, REAY
COLIN CAMPBELL m WILLIAMINA July 1819 in Reay.Williamina was from Strathy b.1894. Parents Hugh CAMPBELLand JaneSUTHERLAND. Colin was b.1788 in Reay. His parents were Hugh C and Janet McLEOD. Does anyone have any info on these people. Colin and Williamina lived in Melvich. They were cousins
red mail MacDonald/Campbell
Alexander MacDonald married to Eliza Campbell. Son William born 1783 Reay Parish died 1863 Garden of Eden, Pictou Co. Nova Scotia, Canada
red mail Henderson, Gow
Looking for info on a George henderson b1813 father was James Henderson, Skail. Mother was Lucy Gow, Portskerra
red mail elder sinclair 1700s
I have robert elder and christian sinclair who married in reay late 1700s. they had about ten children who were all born in reay. does anyone have any info on this family? thank you. jane
red mail DUNBAR --Reay Scotland
I'm resaerching the DUNBAR family in Reay,I have a JESSIE DUNBAR born 1848 in Reay her parents were Robert Dunbar & Janet Miller.Jessie married Donald Innes in 1869 in Thurso.They moved to New Zealand.Any help greatly appreciated
red mail Mackay /Mckay of Yellow Moss, Reay
Looking for any relatives of Thomas Mackay born C1797 in Reay(son of George Mckay and Isabell McPherson). He married Christian/Christina Sutherland Born C1808( daughter of David Sutherland and Elizabeth),in Dunreay 1826.Children were David b1833,Isabel b1828, Sinclair b1828,David b1829,George b1831,Eliza b 1836,Neil b 1838,Jane b 1840,Niel b 1842, Helen b 1844 and Williaminna b 1848.I am a descendant of Son David married Isabella Henderson and moved with his family to Riverton New Zealand in 1857. The last mention that I have of the Mackays in Yellowmoss Reay is the 1891 Census which lists Eliza aged 52 and Grandson Sinclair Jack aged 25. I am keen to connect with any descendants who have stayed in Scotland especially in Reay.
red mail ANGUS
William ANGUS (1786-1869) was possibly born in Reay as son of John ANGUS and Margaret SWANSON. He married Isabella HENDERSON in 1828 in Thurso where they had one son, Donald. William eas a school teacher in Thurso.
red mail Margaret frasor
Hi all Looking for any info on Margaret frasor she married Gilbert MacIntyre in Chilsey in 1858. gilbert was a school teacher in Kilninver Argyll. He died young and margaret moved back to reay.
Donald MacKay
Looking for info on Donald Mackay, (wife possibly Jean Mackay?) and daughter Catherine (b. c. 1818) who married Henry Stewart in Edinburgh in 1846.
red mail Mackay
I am searching for relatives from Reay - Mackay. My g grandmother was Catherine Mowat nee Mackay. Her siblings were John, Ramsay Maule, Ann, David, David William, Janet and Margaret (Maggie Millar)
red mail REAY
Hi to Anybody living in REAY. I'm so keen to trace the name of my family namesake so your town/village seems as goood a place as any to start.Could anybody willing to help me out here please contact me trhrough Curiousfox,Many Thanks Bill
red mail Lawson Brydon MacDonald
William Elder Lawson married Jessie Brydon at Reay 11.5.1876 He was agamekeeper at Broubster Shurrey estates, she was from the Brydon family Strathnaver area, hill shepherd from Tweedsmuir c.1840's.


 
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