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THE STRATHY MACKAYS

See Pedigree Table F

I. John Mackay, son of Huistean Du of Strathnaver by his wife, Lady Jane Gordon, was the first of this branch. He had a disposition from his brother, the 1st Lord Reay, of the lands of Braegall in Caithness, viz., Dilred, Cattack, Dalniore, Knockdhu, Dalnachrach, Dalreith, etc., 23rd Sep 1626, which was duly confirmed by charter afterwards (Blk. MS.). The said Lord Reay also granted to the said John Mackay of Dilred in life-rent, and to Hugh Mackay his eldest son in fee and heritage, the lands of Strathy, Armadale, Portskerray, and Glen of Kinloch-Strathy with fishings of the river, 2nd May 1631.
He married in 1618 Agnes, daughter of Sir James Sinclair of Murkle, and died in 1645 leaving the following five children: -

  1. Hugh
  2. John of Skerray
  3. James of Kirtomy
  4. Elizabeth, married (contract 20th Feb 1640) Patrick Sinclair, eldest son of John Sinclair of Brims, and had issue;
  5. Jane, married William Mackay III of Bighouse
II. Hugh Mackay, succeeded, in 1645 on his father's death, and married the Hon. Jane Mackay, daughter of the 2nd Lord Reay and widow of the Hon. Robert Gordon of Langdale, to whom he gave sasine in life-rent of the lands of Strathy, 3rd Mar 1676. He disponed the lands of Braegall to John Sinclair of Ulbster, 8th May 1681, and died between 1688 and 1690 leaving two known children: -
John and Ann, "eldest daughter" married John Mackay, Portskerray, to whom she bore an elder son Donald.

III. John Mackay, married Elizabeth, daughter of John Sinclair of Brims, Caithness, issue the following four sons all mentioned in a heritable bond by the 2nd Lord Reay, on which he had sasine reg. 1st Jul 1702: -

  1. Hugh
  2. George, married (contract 20th Sep 1710) Barbara, daughter of William Sinclair of Thrumster, with issue Hugh of Dalangdale who died without issue.
  3. John, became major of Benticks' Foot, 24th Dec 1755 (Scots Magazine).
  4. William, witnessed a sasine of Strathy reg. 30th Aug 1717.
    In the House of Mackay he is said to have married a daughter of John Mackay of Kirtomy, who bore him a son Hugh, who had a son John - the latter a solicitor in Inverness, 1829.
IV. Hugh Mackay, married first, Barbara, daughter of Patrick Murray of Scotscalder, Halkirk, to whom he gave sasine in life-rent of the lands of Armadale, 11th Aug 1716, issue five sons: -
  1. John who succeeded
  2. George
  3. Patrick
  4. James
  5. Hugh
The four latter sons are all mentioned in a bond of Provision by their father, 23rd Oct 1721 (Caithness Sheriff Records).
He married secondly, Jane, daughter of William Budge, Toftingall, Watten, to whom he gave sasine in life-rent of Strathy lands, 8th Feb 1726. He died before 1729.

V. John Mackay, married Janet (who died at Strathy, 19th May 1775), daughter of William Sinclair of Scotscalder, issue four children. In 1779 he disponed the estate of Strathy to his grandson William Honeyman, and died at Geise, near Thurso, 29th Sep 1783 (Blk. MS.).
His children were: -

  1. Hugh, had sasine of Armadale, 28th Sep 1752, and died soon after (Blk. MS.).
  2. Captain John, of the Earl of Sutherland's Highlanders, 1760, died at Strathy, 6th Sep 1772 (Scots Magazine).
  3. Margaret, married Patrick Honeyman of Graemsay, Orkney, issue: -
    1. Janet
    2. Barbara
    3. William Honeyman, appointed one of the senators of the College of Justice, 5th Jan 1797, was created a baronet 12th May, 1804 (Blk. MS.).
      Sir William Honeyman sold the estate of Strathy to the Marquis of Stafford, 23rd Feb 1813, for £25,000.
  4. Barbara, married Major John Scobie of the Reay Fencibles (son of the Rev. William Scobie, Assynt), tacksman of Melness, and died at Keoldale, 1818, issue four children: -
    1. Captain Mackay John Scobie of the H.E.I.C., married Bessie, daughter of Major Donald Mackay of Eriboll, with issue
    2. Captain Kenneth Scobie of the Royal Marines
    3. Janet Scobie, married Lieut. John Mackenzie, Badnahay, with issue: - Lieut. Robert Mackenzie, Borgie; and Louisa (See Excursus below)
    4. Jane Scobie, married Captain Angus Mackay, Rogart, issue: - John S. Mackay, died in Jamaica; and Barbara, married Robert Leith, Culgower.
Excursus. - Louisa Mackenzie, married in 1816 George Mackay, merchant, Scoury, and that year emigrated to Cape Breton, and thence to Upper Canada, where she died in 1859, leaving living issue four daughters: -
  1. Johanna, married in 1836 Roderick, son of John Macdonald of Scorraig, Ross, issue: -
    1. Louisa, married in 1862 Dr. David Mark Dibble, Canada, with surviving issue as follows: - Mary Louisa Dibble, married W. Wilfred Campbell, a well-known Canadian poet, with issue: - Marjory; Faith; Basil; and Dorothy
    2. Georgina, married Dr. Fergus Black with issue (Roderick; Davidson; Norman; Fergus; and Mary Johanna).
  2. Janet, married Sheriff Ross, Woodstock, Ontario
  3. Christina, married Alexander Mackay, Woodstock
  4. Anne (Mrs. Peter Cleland)
IIa. John Mackay of Skerray, son of Hugh Mackay I of Strathy, was captured at Balveny in 1649, appointed a commissioner of supply for the shire of Sutherland in 1685 and again in 1690 (Records of Parliament). He obtained in wadset the town and lands of Skerray-Horisdale, port and strath thereof, 28th Nov 1659, and married Margaret, daughter of Hector Munro of Eriboll. He was alive in 1709, and had four known children: -
  1. John, died without issue before 1679
  2. Hector
  3. Donald, a notary public in Skerray, Strathan-Tongue, and afterwards in Ribigill, had a wadset of Kinnisid in 1702, and married Margaret Munro, with known issue two sons: -
    1. Hugh, elder son, who inherited the wadset of Kinnisid (Reay Papers)
    2. John, merchant in Inverness, married 5th Dec 1717, Jean, daughter of John Barbour of Aldowry, issue nine children - one of whom was Donald Mackay, born 1730, tacksman of Dorrery, Halkirk, married Barbara Macpherson with issue: -
      1. Robert in Brawlbin, born 1764, and died 1810, married first, Elspat Macdonald, issue three daughters., viz.,
        1. Katherine, married Alexander Brims, solicitor, Thurso
        2. Barbara (Mrs. Alexander Jack, Thurso)
        3. Elspat
        He married secondly, Isabel Gunn, with issue: -
        1. Anne, died unmarried
        2. John, died young
        3. Donald, married Christina Falconer (whose children Robert; William; David; John; Isabella; Christina; Katherine; and Barbara all emigrated to New Zealand)
        4. Robert, died unmarried
        5. David, merchant, Thurso, who died in 1876, married Christiana Brims, and left issue: -
          1. Alexander, solicitor and banker, Thurso
          2. Robert, died without issue
          3. David, in San Francisco
          4. Katherine (Mrs. Donald Swanson, South Africa)
          5. Isabel
          6. Christina
          7. Anne
          8. Jane
      2. Donald, born 1765, died in America
      3. Roderick, in Watten, born 1770, married Margaret Mackay with issue
        1. Donald
        2. Robert, whose only daughter Margaret is now (1905) married to the Rev. Donald Brims, U.F., Keiss
        3. David
        4. Barbara
        5. Elspat
  4. Hugh of Cairnloch
IIIa. Hector Mackay, had sasine of Skerray, 7th March, 1679, on a Precept of clare constat as heir to his deceased brother John. He married Barbara, daughter of Captain William Mackay of Borley, who had sasine in life-rent of Skerray, 22nd Feb 1686, issue six children: -
  1. Donald
  2. John of Clashneach, factor for the 3rd Lord Reay, and a large dealer. He married Catherine, daughter of William Mackay of Strathan-Melness, and had known issue four children: -
    1. Colonel Hugh, planter in Jamaica, afterwards tacksman of Balnakiel, married first, Francis de la Rue, issue: - Isabella, married Hugh, son of Robert Mackay, tutor of Farr. Colonel Hugh married secondly, Janet Sutherland, issue a large family, but the only one who left issue was Caroline, who married Captain John Mackay VIc. of Borgie, and afterwards of Skerray.
    2. John, witnessed a sasine of Rennivie, 30th Aug 1757
    3. Isobel, married John, son of Kenneth Sutherland of Keoldale, issue: - Harriot.
    4. Mary, married Donald Mackay, Clashneach, with issue
  3. Angus, "third lawful son", tacksman of Kinloch
  4. George
  5. Barbara, married John Munro, Skinit
  6. Ann, married Angus Mackay of Rennivie
IVa. Donald Mackay, resigned the wadset of Skerray, to Lord Reay, 17th May 1723.
He married and had known issue: - Hector, "eldest lawful son"; and a daughter who married John Mackay of Moudale

IIIb. Hugh Mackay of Cairnloch, as "Hugh Mackay lawful son of John Mackay of Skerray", witnessed a deed by Hector his brother, 22nd Feb 1686.
He is said to have married first, Christina, daughter of
Robert Aberach Mackay, and secondly, Margaret, daughter of Patrick Sinclair of Ulbster.
[The Blk. MS. is our authority for the descent from Hugh down to circa 1840]

He removed to Caithness, and had issue as follows: -

  1. John, married Mrs. Janet Ross, and had an only daughter: - Elizabeth, married Captain John Sutherland of the Caithness Horse, and died at Dunbeath in 1822.
  2. James, died unmarried at Dun, Watten, 1754
  3. Robert
  4. Francis, in Bruan, married Catherine, daughter of James Calder of Lynegar, Watten, with issue: -
    1. Francis, married May, daughter of the Rev. David Dunbar, Olrig, no issue
    2. Robert, whose son Robert was married in Bristol, 1806
    3. Anne, married William Heron, merchant, Glasgow
IVb. Robert Mackay, Clyth, married in 1718 Janet, daughter of George Edwards, Persie, Forfar, and died at Clyth in 1754, leaving two children: -
  1. John
  2. Janet, married David Geddes, Occumster, no issue
Vb. John Mackay, married in 1758 Janet, daughter of John Donaldson, tacksman of Ulbster, and died in 1793 (when his widow and family removed to Edinburgh) leaving issue: -
  1. Robert, died unmarried, 1792
  2. John, in Edinburgh, married Jane Dunlop, and died in 1840 leaving issue:
    1. Dr. John, died unmarried, 1854
    2. Lieut. Walter of the H.E.I.C, died 1827
    3. Robert, died 1884
    4. James, married Elizabeth Lewis, but died without issue
    5. Janet, married Thomas Plews, chemist, York, and died in 1838 leaving four sons
    6. Agnes, married Francis Stainsford, merchant, Newcastle, with issue
    7. Jane, married William Forester, a medical officer of the H.E.I.C, Madras
  3. Francis
  4. James, died unmarried in 1837
  5. Alexander of Blackcastle, F.S.A.S., purchased Blackcastle, near Edinburgh, 1823, married in 1799 Isabella, daughter of William Curor, Ettrickbank, and by her had an only son, of whom follows: -
    John Alexander Mackay, married in 1833 Penelope, daughter of John Macmillan Macneil of Carskey, Argyle, and left issue: -
    1. Colonel Forbes Mackay of Carskey, married in 1865 Margaret Isabella, daughter of Prof. Cosmo Innes, with issue (Ian; Cosmo; Malcolm; Hugh Rose; Ian; Alister; and Frank);
    2. Jane Martha, married Douglas John, son of the Rev. Douglas Macdonald, Sanda, with issue;
    3. Penelope Ann, married Rev. Colin Campbell, D.D., Dundee, no issue.
  6. Ann, married in 1785 Alexander Sutherland, merchant, Edinburgh, and had issue a son John.
  7. Janet, married in 1794 James Macgregor of Fonab, Perthshire, head of the family of Roro, no issue.
VIb. Francis Mackay, born 1776, married first, Miss Peddie, no surviving issue.
He married secondly, Margaret, daughter of William Thomson, Peebles, and died in 1842 leaving issue: -
  1. Francis, died young
  2. John
  3. James, wholesale chemist, died at Edinburgh unmarried, 1890
  4. Robert, in the civil employment of the H.E.I.C., died unmarried, 1846
  5. Elizabeth died unmarried
  6. Jane died unmarried
VIIb. John Mackay, born 1818, manufacturing chemist in Edinburgh, married Agnes, daughter of John Christie of Burnhouse, Portobello, with following issue: -
  1. John Christie, Civil Engineer, Melbourne, married in 1882 Sarah T. Barrow, with issue.
  2. William Bailey, wholesale chemist, Edinburgh, married in 1884 Ellen, daughter of James Lindsay, W.S., Leith, and has one daughter
  3. George Duncan, wholesale chemist, Edinburgh, married in 1880 Hannah, daughter of the late Humphries N. Goulding of Hyde Park House, Cork, and has issue. One of his sons is Lieut. Humphries G. Mackay of the Cameron Highlanders.
  4. James Francis, Writer to the Signet, Edinburgh, married in 1886 Annie, daughter of the late David Croal of Southfield, Midlothian, with issue.
  5. Margaret, married Rev. Peter Thomson, D.D., Dunning, with issue
  6. Agnes Steele, married in 1883 David Pringle of the Edinburgh Roperie and Sailcloth Co., Leith, with issue.
  7. Francis, who died young
  8. Mary, who died unmarried at Edinburgh, 1896
IIc. James Mackay of Kirtomy, son of John Mackay I of Strathy, had sasine on a contract of wadset, 6th Jul 1670, of the four pennylands of Kirtomy and the two pennylands of Swordlie. He married Mary, daughter of the Hon. Sir James Fraser of Brae, son of Simon, Lord Lovat, and had known issue three children: -
  1. John
  2. James of Borgiemore, had a wadset of Borgiemore of which he took sasine, 15th Sep 1705.
    He married Elizabeth, daughter of Rev. D. Munro, Reay, and had issue: -
    Margaret, heiress of Borgie, who married her cousin, Ensign James Mackay, younger of Kirtomy, as will appear.
  3. Madeline, married John Fearn, Balchladich
IIIc. John Mackay, had a Precept of clare constat as heir to his deceased father in the wadset of Kirtomy, 22nd Nov, 1692, and in 1704 obtained Farr also in wadset.
He married Elizabeth, daughter of
John Sinclair of Lybster, and died at Badinloch in December, 1732, leaving issue: -
  1. James, Ensign of Cunningham's regiment, married his cousin, Margaret Mackay of Borgie, 8th Dec 1724, and died without issue soon after.
  2. John
  3. George, a writer in Thurso, had a son William, whose son Robert rose to the rank of lieut.-general in the H.E.I.C. The said general retired from the army in 1823, and died at Honfleur, France, 10th Sep 1833, leaving a widow and family (Ben Reay Notes)
  4. Catherine, married Rev. John Mackay, Lairg
  5. Mary, first wife of Alexander Gunn of Badinloch and Wester Helmsdale, chieftain of Gunn. They had a daughter Mary, who married Major Hugh Mackay of Rearchar, Dornoch (See Sandwood Mackays).
  6. Elizabeth, married Rev. Alexander Sutherland, Halkirk, and had issue
  7. Jane, married at Badinloch, 18th Mar 1731, Rev. William Scobie, Assynt, issue: -
    1. Kenneth Scobie, Achimore
    2. Rev. William Scobie, Wick
    3. Major John Scobie, Melness, of the Reay Fencibles
  8. Janet, married Robert Mackay, tutor of Farr, with issue (See Sandwood Mackays),
IVc. John Mackay of Borgie, served heir to his cousin [and sister-in-law] in the wadset of Borgie, 10th Feb 1739 (Chancery Record).
He married first, a daughter of Provost Fraser, Inverness, and secondly, Jane, daughter of Donald Mackay of Farr.
To his second wife be gave sasine in life-rent "of one half of the town and lands of Borgieniore, shoaling and arable lands of Polruskane, with power to her to take possession of and dwell in the bouse of Borgie at the first term of Whitsunday after his death".
He died in 1750 leaving two sons: -
  1. Donald
  2. Captain James of the Earl of Sutherland's regiment of 1760, who resided in Thurso, but afterwards went to London, where he married leaving issue.
Vc. Donald Mackay of Borgie, married a daughter of James Mackay, tacksman of Skerray, and had issue: -
  1. John
  2. James
  3. Elizabeth, married Captain William Mackay of Skail
VIc. John Mackay of Borgie and Skerray, captain of the Tongue company of Sutherland Militia, married Caroline, daughter of Colonel Hugh Mackay of Balnakeil, grandson of Hector Mackay, and died in 1808, leaving issue: -
  1. Hugh, studying for the ministry, died in 1816
  2. James, who obtained a tack of Skerray, 1818
  3. Donald died young
  4. Isabella died young
  5. Janet, married Lieut. Robert Mackenzie, son of Lieut. Mackenzie of Badnabay by his wife, a grand-daughter of John Mackay V. of Strathy.
    Lieut. Robert Mackenzie held Borgie in tack until about 1865, and died in Skerray about 10 years thereafter. His issue was: -
    1. John
    2. Mackay
    3. Hugh
    4. James
    5. a daughter married Rev. Mr. Fraser, Granton
    6. a daughter married a Mackay, sheep-farmer in Assynt
    Most of the sons emigrated to Canada and Australia, and some of them married.

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