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george mackay
« on: Wednesday 14 March 07 09:18 GMT (UK) »
My husbands grandfather ,George Mackay,was drowned at a caithness fishing port about 1900.His death was never registered.We have been told that there was a suggestion that he could have been involved in a "fight".I wonder if such an incident would have been reported in the local newspaper. Can anyone help? Ray

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Re: george mackay
« Reply #1 on: Wednesday 14 March 07 09:56 GMT (UK) »
Hello Ray

There is the Caithness Courier and John O'Groats journal:

http://www.johnogroat-journal.co.uk/

but I can't find out when they started publication.

I do know that the North Star was published at that time as I have some articles from it. It's now part of the Highland News:

http://www.highland-news.co.uk/

Would this event not have been reported to the Fiscal?

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Re: george mackay
« Reply #2 on: Wednesday 14 March 07 12:47 GMT (UK) »
Seems highly unlikely that there is no records, statutory registration started in 1855. Are you certain there is nothing on Scotlandspeople?

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Re: george mackay
« Reply #3 on: Wednesday 14 March 07 12:59 GMT (UK) »
I've checked - There's were two in the marine deaths register - one that wasn't him and one with no image in 1895. In the ordinary register there are 3 possibles - Thurso ( 61) , Dunnet(51)  and Halkirk (18)

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Re: george mackay
« Reply #4 on: Wednesday 14 March 07 13:27 GMT (UK) »
The 61 year old seems the most likely one. I was told that the was no death entry by a registrar in the area(that was a number of years ago) The George Mackay I am interested in was Married to a Anne Macpherson.I do not know if his body was recovered or whether it was brought back to Scourie for burial.Ray

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« Reply #5 on: Wednesday 14 March 07 13:43 GMT (UK) »
Hi again,What do you mean by "no image" Ray

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« Reply #6 on: Wednesday 14 March 07 14:01 GMT (UK) »
Hi Ray

On Scotland's People, it says 'no image' which means that it was probably not good enough to scan. You can contact them to order it though. I've just noticed that it is a Massie  :-\ I'd put in a Soundex so I don't think he's yours.

How old would he have been roughly?

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PS - it wasn't the 61 year old  :(
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Re: george mackay
« Reply #7 on: Wednesday 14 March 07 14:08 GMT (UK) »
There's a 62 year old in 1898, Registered Lairg, Sutherland - not sure but i think deaths have to be registered in the District that the person died in.

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Re: george mackay
« Reply #8 on: Wednesday 14 March 07 14:39 GMT (UK) »
Hi again, I think George would have been about 55-60 in 1900 .Yes births deaths etc had to be registered in the district they occured in .It was a long way from Scourie to Thurso and there were no benefits such as widows pension then.It might be surprising just how many deaths were never registered.Ray.