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THE SANDWOOD MACKAYS

See Pedigree Table H

I. The Hon. Charles Mackay, son of Donald, 1st Lord Reay, by his 3rd wife Marjory, daughter of Francis Sinclair of Stirkoke, was the first of this branch. He married Elizabeth, daughter of Captain William Mackay of Borley, and on 28 May 1679, gave sasine to his wife in liferent and to his eldest son Donald in fee of his wadset lands of Sandwood, Alschermore, etc. His known issue was three sons and two daughters: -

  1. Donald of Farr, obtained a wadset of Eriboll in 1706, which he resigned in 1719 when he secured a wadset of Farr, Swordly, and Kirtomy for 13,458 merks. He married Margaret, daughter of William Sutherland of Riarchar, and dying circa 1720 his brother Robert became curator to his three children, who were as follows: -
    1. Lieut. Donald of the Scots Brigade in Holland, who fell in the Dutch campaign of 1745, when the wadset of Farr passed to his uncle Major Hugh of Riarchar;
    2. Jane, became the 2nd wife of John Mackay of Kirtomy
    3. Margaret, married James Douglas, afterwards Sir James, British Consul at Naples (Blk. MS.).
  2. Robert, tutor of Farr
  3. Major Hugh, served on the staff of General Oglethorpe during the Spanish invasion of Georgia in 1742, and took a prominent part in organizing the militia of Strathnaver and Sutherland during the '45. He had a tack of Riarchar, near Dornoch, and inherited the wadset of Farr. He married first, 28 Jul 1737, Margaret, eldest daughter of Alexander Gunn of Badinloch, Chief of Gunn, by his wife Mary Mackay, and had by her an only daughter
    1. Elizabeth (Reg. of Deeds: Mackenzie Office)
    He married secondly, Mary Ross by whom he had three sons: -
    1. Hugh, resigned the wadset of Farr 5 May, 1760
    2. Donald, served heir to his elder brother 7 Jan 1764, and whose will is recorded in the Edinburgh Testaments 15 Sep 1772
    3. Alexander
  4. A daughter married William Polson of Rogart, and bore to him Margaret, who married John Mackay, surgeon, Falsaid
  5. Margaret, married John Sutherland of Keoldale, issue two: -
    1. Kenneth, married his cousin Catherine, daughter of Robert Mackay, tutor of Farr, and had a son John who married Isobel, daughter of John Mackay of Clashneach;
    2. Barbara Sutherland, married Donald Mackay, Clashneach, and had issue: -
      1. George, an officer of the H.E.I.C.
      2. Marion, married John Mackay, Borley
      3. Mary, married Neil Morrison, Kylestrome
      4. Margaret, who died 1809, married James Clark, issue seven sons and two daughters
II. Robert, tutor of Farr, had a tack of Scourymore, etc., 2 Mar 1736, and in 1749 had a bond for £500 Sterling over Scoury. Besides being curator of the children of his deceased brother Donald, in 1752 he became one of the trustees for the children of his deceased brother Major Hugh (Reg. of Deeds: Mackenzie Office).
He married first, Elizabeth, daughter of Mackenzie of Glenlerig, Assynt, issue four children: -
  1. Hugh, died unmarried in 1746. See his elegy by Rob Donn
  2. Jane, married Sheriff-Substitute Donald Forbes of Ribigill. One of the children was Major Donald Forbes of the Reay Fencibles, who had a tack of Ribigill, Kinloch, etc., and lived at Melness House in 1821. The major was married and had issue.
  3. A daughter married Donald Mackay, Sandwood
  4. A daughter married Hugh Mackay, Kinlochbervie, and had a son of whom follows: - Robert, married a daughter of James Mackay, tacksman of Skerray, and had the following issue according to the Ben Reay Notes: -
    1. Captain Hugh, of the Royal African Corps, died unmarried
    2. Captain Hector, who held a post in the War Office
    3. Iye, married near Laxford
    4. Captain James of the 60th Foot died in Australia
Robert, the tutor, married secondly, Janet, daughter of
John Mackay of Kirtomy, issue seven sons and five daughters: -
  1. George of Bighouse
  2. Captain John of the 31st Foot, Auldany, Assynt. He married Jane, daughter of Patrick Gray of Easter-Lairg, and died in 1773 leaving four daughters: -
    1. Joan, married Captain Alexander Clark of the Reay Fencibles, with issue
    2. Betty, married Kenneth Mackenzie, Laidbeg, Assynt, issue nine, of whom the eldest, John, succeeded to the Milmont baronetcy (Ben Reay Notes)
    3. Janet, married Lieut. Hugh Clark of the Reay Fencibles, with issue
    4. Lucy, married Captain William Scobie, Ardvarr, with issue
  3. Hugh, a surgeon, married Isabella, daughter of Colonel Hugh Mackay of Balnakeil by his first wife, Francis de la Rue, no issue.
  4. Rupert, a planter in Jamaica, married but no issue
  5. Captain Æneas of Scotstoun, of whom afterwards as IIIa
  6. Major Donald of the H.E.I.C. Artillery, died unmarried at Madras, 1783 (Blk. MS.).
  7. Captain Alexander of the 42nd Highlanders, died during the American War.
  8. Mrs. Kenneth Scobie, Auchiemore, with issue
  9. Mrs. Robert Gordon, Auchness, with issue
  10. Mrs. Captain John Gray
  11. Mrs. Donald Mackay, Skinet, who had Captain Donald of the 21st Foot
  12. Catherine (Mrs. Kenneth Sutherland, Keoldale)
III. George Mackay of Handa, afterwards of Bighouse, had a company in the Duke of Gordon's North Fencibles in 1778, became lieut.-col. of the Reay Fencibles, and died at Scotstoun in 1798.
He married Louisa Campbell, who died 1834, portioner of Bighouse, and purchased from the other portioners the remainder of the estate. They had issue twenty-one children: -
  1. Hugh, married Miss Wykes, and died without issue at Antigua, 1818
  2. Robert, died unmarried at Antigua, 1793
  3. Colin of Bighouse
  4. Major Donald of the 70th Foot, died at New Ross, Ireland, 1832. He married Mary, daughter of Neil Macinnes, issue five: -
    1. George, a surgeon of the H.E.I.C. and afterwards of H.M. Madras Army, who served in the Burmah expedition of 1852-4, and died at Edinburgh in 1900 a deputy-surgeon-general. He married Ellen Rose, daughter of Arthur J. Robertson of Inches, Inverness, issue nine: -
      1. Donald, died young, 1857
      2. Marianne, died young, 1857
      3. Mary Macinnes, married Lieut.-Col. Robert D. Murray of the Indian Medical Staff, and Professor of Surgery, Calcutta, with issue (Rose; Marian Effie; Eric; Robert George; Ronald Neil; and Rona Jean);
      4. Ellen Cameron, died young, 1860
      5. Arthur Neil, died young, 1860
      6. George, ophthalmic surgeon, Edinburgh, married in 1896 Elise Marjory, daughter of Lieut.-Col. A.B. Machardy, R.E., C B., chairman of the Prison Commission for Scotland, with issue (Donald James; Alexander George; and Kenneth Charles);
      7. Colin James, indigo planter, Bengal
      8. Captain Henry Forbes, of the Royal Marine Artillery, married Margaret Evelyn, eldest daughter of Major P. L. Gordon, late Madras Cavalry, with issue (Henry Neill; and George Lawrence);
      9. Julia Effie
      10. Lucy Campbell, married Archibald F. P. Paxton, with issue (Nellie Prudence; George Archibald; Archibald Francis; and Llewellyn Colin).
    2. Colonel Neil Macinnes of the Royal Artillery, served during the Crimean War, and died at Merut, 20 Aug 1875. He married Harriet Wood, with surviving issue Emma Louisa.
    3. Margaret Gillanders, married in 1852 Captain James Cameron, issue three sons and one daughter
    4. Louisa Campbell, married in 1844 Henry M. Fowler of Raddery Ross, issue six sons and three daughters.
    5. Euphemia Garden, married William Robertson younger of Kindeace, Ross, with issue: - Mary Helen; and Helen Gwendoline.
  5. Charles Ross Mackay, died of wounds received on board H.M. Frolic, 18 Oct 1812, in an engagement with the American sloop Wasp. His sword was sent to his mother, along with a piece of plate subscribed by the merchants of Bristol.
  6. Major Honeyman Macqueen Mackay of the 90th Foot, died at Bath unmarried, 1875. He served with the 68th in the expedition to Walcheren in 1809, and was present at the capture of Flushing. He served in the Peninsula 1811-14, fought at Salamanca, the Retreat from Burgos, Vittoria (where he was wounded on the head), Pyrenees, Neville, and Orthes.
  7. Robert, died umarried at Antigua, 1816
  8. A son, died young
  9. Janet (who died 15 Mar 1857), married Sir Benjamin Duff Dunbar of Hempriggs, near Wick, with issue.
  10. Elizabeth, died young
  11. Jean, married George Sackville Sutherland of Uppat, and died at Inverness in 1858, with issue:
    1. James, married G.M. Mackenzie
    2. George, married Elizabeth Walker
    3. Ewen, married Elizabeth Mackenzie
    4. Duncan, married Lucy Hawkshaw
    5. Hugh
    6. Robert, married G. Cumming
    7. Charles
    8. Elizabeth
    9. Louisa, married J. Gibson
    10. Jane, married John Wilson, M.D.
  12. Alexandrina, marrie Gabriel Reed of Gordonbush, and died at Kilcolumkill in 1834, issue nine: -
    1. Louisa, married Rev. Dr. George Mackay, Clyne, afterwards Free High, Inverness;
    2. Mary, married Captain Munro, brother of Munro of Allan;
    3. Georgina, married Dr Ross of the 7th Dragoons;
    4. Aeneasina, married Hugh Houston, banker, Golspie;
    5. Dorothy, married first, Mr Hood and, secondly, Rev. John Murray, Brora;
    6. Hughina, married Mr. Duncan
    7. Ellerington, married Jane Houston and had an only child Mary Thomasina, who married T. E. Buckley of Rossal, Invernessshire, issue four (Ellerington; Guy Charles; Elizabeth; and Eveline);
    8. Robert
    9. John
  13. Joanna (who died 7 Oct 1827), married James Sinclair of Forss, Reay, issue ten: -
    1. James, married Jessie Wemyss
    2. George, married Francis A. Boasman
    3. Captain William of the 13th Light Infantry
    4. Robert, died young
    5. Hugh, died in Australia
    6. Jean
    7. Aeneasina, married William Stevenson, with issue
    8. Louisa, married Hector Macneil
    9. Elizabeth
    10. Janet
  14. Louisa Campbell Mackay, died unmarried, 1815
  15. Æneasina, married John Fearn, an Indian planter, with issue: - Æneasina, died unmarried at Edinburgh, 1877.
  16. Georgina, married Lieut.-Col. Donald Macneil of the 91st Highlanders, son of Macneil of Colonsay, issue four: - General Donald of the Royal Artillery, died at Edinburgh without surviving issue, 1891; Alexander and George, twins, without issue , and Georgina, died in Jamaica, without issue
  17. Hariet Marion, married Harry Hackshaw, a West Indian planter, and died in 1877 in her 92nd year, the last survivor of this large family, issue eight: -
    1. Harry, died in 1848
    2. Robert James, married with issue
    3. Thomas, drowned in 1848
    4. Lucy, married first, D.F. Sutherland and, secondly, Sir John Hall, knighted for medical service performed during the Crimean War;
    5. Lydia Jane
    6. Hariet Marion, married W. H. Nicol
    7. Georgina Lydia
  18. Henrietta, died unmarried
  19. Margaret Carr, who died in 1850, married Captain Popplewell, R.N., issue seven: -
    1. Admiral George, unmarried
    2. Thomas, died leaving issue
    3. Mathew, married his cousin Geraldine Mackay, with issue
    4. Crawford Kerr, married Miss Bishop, with issue
    5. Honeyman Charles, died 1852
    6. Louisa Campbell, second wife of Robert J. Hackshaw, no issue
    7. Sarah Elizabeth, married Rev. William Boys Johnstone, with issue
    8. Margaret Carr, died unmarried
  20. Duncan Forbes, married Captain Pearce, R.N., issue three: - Lieut.-Col. Joseph Pearse of the H.E.I.C., died at Madras, 1860; Lucy, married Mr. Warner of Ardier, Ayr, with issue; and Anne died unmarried.
  21. A child died in infancy
IV. Colin Campbell Mackay, became captain in the 78th Highlanders in 1805 having raised a company of men for that corps among his Strathhalladale tenantry. He served in Calabria in 1806, was present at the battle of Maida and the capture of Catrone. In 1807 he served in Egypt, was present at the attack on the fort and heights of Alexandria, the siege of Rosetta, and the actions at El Hamet on the 20th and 21st April. At this last battle he was dangerously wounded in the neck by a sabre cut, got a ball in the head and another in the foot at the same time. Of the Grenadier company, whom he led that day and who were mostly his own tenantry, two subalterns and fifty-nine men were killed out of a total of seventy. The nine survivors, who were all wounded except one, practically hewed their way through the serried ranks of the enemy carrying their wounded captain along with them, although he was supposed to be mortally hurt (Bighouse Papers). Captain Mackay, however, recovered of his wound and lived to take part in the 1814-15 campaign in Holland and the Netherlands, including both the actions of Merxem and the bombardment of Antwerp. He became major, 11 Aug 1814, and was promoted lieut.-col. on 10th Jan 1837.
In 1830 he sold Strathhalladale or Bighouse to the Marquis of Stafford, bought a place in Berwickshire which he called Bighouse, and afterwards bought an estate near Arisaig to which he also gave that name.
He married Marjory Gerard, daughter of Mr. Cruikshank of Strathcathro, and died 23 Jun 1841, issue nine: -
  1. Lieut. George of the 62nd Foot, married Anne Moore, daughter of Campbell of Melfort, but died without issue.
  2. James Cruikshank Mackay
  3. Patrick (died 4 Mar 1893), married Eliza, daughter of Major Innes of Lake Innes, N.S. Wales, and had issue: -
    1. Patrick Colin, married in 1891 at Newcastle, N.S.W., Catherine, daughter of John Healey, Dunedin, with issue (Campbell Innes; Marjorie Catherine; and Ednid)
    2. George Archibald, surgeon, married Ethel Geraldine, daughter of Dr. Gerard of Paramata, N.S.W., no issue;
    3. James Henry, married in 1891 at Hobart, Tasmania, Emily Florence, daughter of Basset Dickson of Glen Ayr, Tasmania, with issue (Colin Patrick; James Donald; Margaret Emily; and Ann Mary);
    4. Margaret Gordina
  4. Hugh
  5. Colin Campbell, married in 1874 Elizabeth Clarke, with issue: -
    1. Colin
    2. Hugh Gerard
    3. George
    4. Marjory
    5. Elizabeth
    6. Roderick
    7. Eva
    8. Geraldine
  6. Louisa, married in 1874 Duncan, eldest son of General Sir Alexander Cameron, K.C.B., of Inverailort, but no surviving issue.
  7. Marjory, married in 1861 Harry Y.D. Copland, Writer to the Signet, Edinburgh, and died without issue in 1875.
  8. Geraldine, who died in 1888, married her cousin Mathew James, son of Captain Popplewell, issue four sons and one daughter.
  9. Wilhelmina, residing in Edinburgh
V. James Cruikshank Mackay, who died 22 Feb 1866, married Margaret Anna, only child of Major Duncan Macpherson of Drummond House, Inverness, issue eight: -
  1. Colin
  2. Duncan of the Indian Civil Service, married in 1885 Marian, daughter of Captain Wimberley, late 79th Highlanders, issue four: -
    1. James
    2. Douglas
    3. Ronald
    4. Helen
  3. George, died at Travancore, India, 20 Jan 1888
  4. James Patrick, now (1905) in British Columbia
  5. Margaret G. S.
  6. Charlotte Jane, married in 1892 at Madras, Edwin P. Popert of the Indian Forest Department, and died in 1894 leaving one son;
  7. Frederick who died young
  8. Marjory who died young
VI. Colin Campbell Mackay, now (1905) farming in British Columbia, married in 1890 Rosina Mary, daughter of John Berry of Cochin, Malabar, with issue: -
  1. James Alexander
  2. Mary, died young
  3. Mary Lilias
IIIa. Captain Æneas Mackay of Scotstoun, son of the tutor of Farr, raised a company for Lord Macleod's Highlanders in which he served for some time, but got transferred into a cavalry regiment of the H.E.I.C. In 1780 he was desperately wounded at the battle of Conjeveram, where he was taken prisoner. He remained in the hands of Hyder Ali till April, 1784, when he returned to Scotland and bought the estate of Scotstoun, Peebles. By two separate transactions, in 1805 and 1807, he afterwards sold the property for £20,000 to Sir Thomas Gibson Carmichael.
He married first, Janet Campbell, sister of the Countess of Caithness, and had by her one son Robert, a merchant in Glasgow, who married Miss Bennet, without issue.
He married secondly, Miss Mylne of Mylnfield, and died at Edinburgh 17th Nov 1807, issue seven: -
  1. Donald Æneas, an officer of the H.E.I.C. (who died in India 22 Nov 1831), married Miss Spotiswoode, issue three: -
    1. Æneas, died young
    2. Helen, married first, Captain Macdonald, to whom she bore a daughter, who married a Mr. Maciver, and secondly, a Mr. Mackenzie, by whom she had issue (Aeneas Mackenzie, shipowner, Stornoway; and two daughters. married to gentlemen of the name of Maciver);
    3. Agnes, married first, Captain Malcolm Macdonald, and secondly, Jonathan Duncan of Inverarity, without issue.
  2. Thomas George, Writer to the Signet, Edinburgh, married Mary, daughter of John Kirkcaldy of Baldovie, Forfar, issue two: -
    1. Æneas James George Mackay, advocate, occupied the Chair of History in Edinburgh University 1874-81, sheriff of Fife and Kinross 1881-1901, married in 1891 Lilian Alina, daughter of Colonel C.W. St.John, no issue. He now (1905) resides in Edinburgh.
    2. Emily Helen, married in 1881 Swinton Melville of the Indian Civil Service.
  3. George Hugh, died young
  4. James, military officer of the H.E.I.C., married Emma Bishop, and died in 1831 without issue.
  5. Lieut.-Col. Æneas John of the H.E.I.C., served in the first and second expedition to Afghanistan in 1839 and 1842, in the expedition of 1843 to Maharajpoor, and in the army of the Sutlej in 1845, for which he got four medals and two clasps.
    He married in 1849 Eleanor, daughter of William Roberts, banker, Glasgow, and died in 1865, leaving three children: -
    1. Thomas, LL.D., a writer on political economy, married first, Beatrice, daughter of the Rev. and Hon. John Bailie, canon of York, and secondly, in 1905, Mary, daughter of the the late Colonel Grant, Nairn;
    2. Rev. James, Shrewsbury, married in 1892 Georgina, daughter of the late Captain Kenyon, R.N., Shrewsbury, without issue;
    3. Margaret Elizabeth, died unmarried
  6. Isabella, married Hugh, second son of Sir Archibald Hope of Pinkie, to whom she bore Major-General Archibald Hugh Hope of the Madras Cavalry, who married Miss Jones with issue.
  7. Helen, married first, Sir David Moncrieffe, and secondly, the Earl of Bradford. She had no issue by the second husband, but by the first she had the following four children: -
    1. Sir Thomas Moncrieffe, who married Lady Louisa, daughter of the Earl of Kinnoull, with issue;
    2. Helen, married Edmund Wright of Halston, Shrops, with issue
    3. Elizabeth
    4. William Æneas, who served in the 78th Highlanders

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