George MacKay

ID# 4409, (1809 - 18 Feb 1887)

George MacKay was born in 1809 at Durness, Sutherland, Scotland .

George MacKay was baptised on 14 May 1809 in Durness, Sutherland, Sutherland,

John MacKay alias MacEorish originally from the Estate of Strathy, Shepherd in Achumore and Margaret Forbes his wife had George Baptised 14th May.1,2,3

George MacKay married Isabella McKenzie c 1837 at Eddrachillis, Sutherland, Scotland ,

No marriage has been located as of July 2017. I suspect that as we also cannot locate the births/ baptisms of the children, that this may have been a marriage outside of the Church of Scotland along with the births. May even have been a case of "Hand Clasping."

George appeared on the 1841 Scottish Census of 6 Jun 1841, at Rhivichie, Eddrachillis, Sutherland, Scotland , also listed in the household was Isabella, John and Alexrina ;
McKAY George, 30, Coter, Sutherland Yes
McKAY Isabella, 25, Sutherland Yes
McKAY John, 3, Sutherland Yes
McKAY Alexrina, 1, Sutherland Yes.4

George appeared on the 1861 Scottish Census of 7 Apr 1861 at 94 Gelymill Street, MacDuff, Banffshire, Scotland , also listed in the household was Isabella, Angus, Maggie and George ;
McKAY George, 51, Head, Railway Labourer, Durness Sutherland
McKAY Isabella, 48, Wife, Labourer's wife, Inverness Inverness
McKAY Angus, 15, Son, Rope Maker, Adrahiles Sutherland
McKAY Margaret, 8, Dau, Scholar, MacDuff Banff
McKAY George, 3, Son, MacDuff Banff.5

George appeared on the 1871 Scottish Census of 2 Apr 1871 at 9 Dockiewell Street, MacDuff, Banffshire, Scotland , also listed in the household was Isabella, Maggie, John and George ;
McKAY George, 60, Head, Mason's Labourer, born Sutherlandshire
McKAY Isabella, 56, Wife, born Inverness
McKAY Margaret, 18, Dau, Domestic Servant, Macduff Banff
McKAY John, 33, Son, Ag Labourer, Sutherland
McKAY George, 14, Son, Apprentice Sail Maker, Macduff Banff.6

George appeared on the 1881 Scottish Census of 3 Apr 1881 at 2 James Street, Gamrie, Banffshire, Scotland , also listed in the household was Isabella and George ;
MACKAY George, Head, M, 71, M, Gen Labourer, Durness, Sunderland
MACKAY Isabella, Wife, M, 65, F, Fort Augustus, Invernessshire
MACKAY George, Son, U, 22, M, Rope & Sailmaker, McDuff, Banffshire.7

George died on 18 Feb 1887 at 7 James Street, MacDuff, Banffshire, Scotland , at age 78 years

George MacKay
At 4.15PM aged 76 years
Pauper (formerly a General Labourer)
Married to Isabella MacKenzie
Parents: John MacKay, Shepherd (dec) & Margaret Forbes (dec)

John Mackay, Son was present when he passed away.1,8

George's cause of death on 18 Feb 1887 was from Heart Disease - 10 months
Chronic Bronchitis - 2 years.

George and Isabella had 6 known children.

Children of George MacKay and Isabella McKenzie


  1. [S1] Certificate held on file, Held by Ailsa Corlett, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. Hereinafter cited as Certificate held on file.
  2. [S32] GROS, Scottish OPR's ( pre 1855), 1809 Durness Sutherland, 048/00 0010 0111. Hereinafter cited as Scottish OPR's.
  3. [S33] Birth Marriage and Burial Entries, International Genealogical Index & Family Search Web Site (IGI) : Family Search Web site, From 2000), 1809 C11048-2 Film 990562.
  4. [S82] 1841 Scottish Census ( New Register House Edinburgh, 6 June 1841), 1841 Eddrachillis Sutherland, ED5 Page 2, Line 1370, Rego No 49, via
    1841 049/00 005/00 001 (recorded as MacKay, yet orginial is McKay). Hereinafter cited as 1841 Scottish Census.
  5. [S79] 1861 Scottish Census ( New Register House Edinburgh, 7 April 1861), 1861 Macduff Banff, ED 2A Page 18 Line 24 Rego 147/1 via Hereinafter cited as 1861 Scottish Census.
  6. [S76] 1871 Scottish Census ( New Register House Edinburgh, 2 April 1871), 1871 MacDuff Banff, ED 8 Page 19 Line 1 Rego 147/1 Gamrie, Macduff Banffshire via Hereinafter cited as 1871 Scottish Census.
  7. [S15] 1881 Scottish Census ( New Register House Edinburgh, 3 April 1881), 1881 FHL Film 0203437 GRO Ref Vol 147 EnumDist 9 Page 28 Gamrie Banff. Hereinafter cited as 1881 Scottish Census.
  8. [S11] Scottish Record Office BDM Indexes, online, 1887 MacDuff Banff, 155/A2 0009. Hereinafter cited as Scottish Record Office BDM Indexes.