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Wife of John Mackay/Mckay merchant in Thurso, Caithness
« on: Sunday 03 March 19 12:47 GMT (UK) »
Hi,

I am looking for the name of the wife of John Mckay/Mackay who was a merchant in Thurso, Caithness in the late 18th century. The following citation is from the book Caithness Family History (1884, p. 132) which says that he married one of the daughters of James Mackie an Excise officer and his wife Janet Sinclair:

3. William (Sinclair), physician in Thurso, who married, in 1742, Barbara, daughter of Robert Sinclair of Geise, and died in 1767. He had four sons and four daughters, all of whom died young except, first, Dr. William, afterwards of Freswick ; second, Janet, who married James Mackie, an officer of Excise, and had two sons, William and George, and several daughters. George attained the rank of Major- General in the Army, and had a large family of sons and daughters, and in 1826 resided in Caen, in Normandy. One of his sisters married John M'Kay, merchant in Thurso, and had issue. Third, Jane, the other surviving daughter of Dr. William Sinclair, married Allan Robertson of Tarrel, Captain in the 42d Regiment. He was afterwards in Wares, and had several sons and daughters.

I have found various mentions of this John Mackay, merchant in Thurso on the online catalog of the National Records of Scotland. Non of the catalog descriptions mention his wife. It is important to me to verify whether or not his wife was named Barbara as this would rule out the daughter named Barbara of James Mackie and Janet Sinclair as being my ancestor.

There are 10x baptism entries in the parish of Thurso for children of John Mackay and Jean Mackie, although I have not paid to view them yet so cannot confirm if it is John Mackay the merchant there.

Thanks,

Mike.

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Re: Wife of John Mackay/Mckay merchant in Thurso, Caithness
« Reply #1 on: Sunday 03 March 19 20:56 GMT (UK) »
Hi Mike

The children's names that you have for John and wife Jean MacKie certainly seem to point to a connection to the Sinclair name.

Struggling to find you confirmation of the name of John's wife.  Could this be him and Mrs ?? in 1841? www.freecen.org.uk/search_queries/5c7c3c5733045b7bafa7ac86

I think John MacKay may have gone bankrupt in the 1820s. See www.rootschat.com/links/01ngt/  I couldn't find any reference to him on SP's wills & testaments.

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Re: Wife of John Mackay/Mckay merchant in Thurso, Caithness
« Reply #2 on: Sunday 03 March 19 21:22 GMT (UK) »
Hi Mike

The children's names that you have for John and wife Jean MacKie certainly seem to point to a connection to the Sinclair name.

Struggling to find you confirmation of the name of John's wife.  Could this be him and Mrs ?? in 1841? www.freecen.org.uk/search_queries/5c7c3c5733045b7bafa7ac86

I think John MacKay may have gone bankrupt in the 1820s. See www.rootschat.com/links/01ngt/  I couldn't find any reference to him on SP's wills & testaments.

Monica

Thank you for your help. At some point I might download some of the OPR's and see if it gives his occupation as a merchant. Cheers, Mike.


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Re: Wife of John Mackay/Mckay merchant in Thurso, Caithness
« Reply #3 on: Thursday 03 October 19 10:38 BST (UK) »
Marriage/baptisms on SP

MACKAY   JOHN   JEAN MACKIE   09/08/1806   Thurso

WILLIAM SINCLAIR 1807, JAMES & JOHN 1809, GEORGE EDWARD 1811, JOHN SCOBIE 1813
JAMES JOHN WILLIAM 1815, JANET BARBARA 1817, ISABELLA JEAN 1819,
DANIEL WILSON 1821, ROSE ELIZA ISABEL 1823

Maybe the link is the eldest son?


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Re: Wife of John Mackay/Mckay merchant in Thurso, Caithness
« Reply #4 on: Thursday 03 October 19 14:00 BST (UK) »
9 Aug 1806 Marriage is on FreeREG, John Mackays occp is a Merchant*

Daniel Wilson Campbell MACKAY Bapt 4 Apr 1821
Father a Merchant
Notes Wm Wilson And Wm Sinclair Esq Freswick (I presume witnesses)
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Re: Wife of John Mackay/Mckay merchant in Thurso, Caithness
« Reply #5 on: Thursday 03 October 19 14:17 BST (UK) »
John is still a Merchant in 1823, Wm Sinclair also noted.

Rose Elizabeth Isabella Campbell MACKAY   Baptism   31 Jan 1823   Caithness   Thurso : Church of Scotland

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