Isabella McKay

ID# 7041, (22 Sep 1890 - 13 May 1957)

Isabella McKay was born on 22 Sep 1890 at North Castle Street, Cullen, Banffshire, Scotland ,

at 7.30 AM
Parents: George McKay, Sailmaker (Journeyman) & Maggie McKay MS King
Married: 1882 March 4th Banff

George McKay, Father was the informant.1,2

She was the daughter of George McKay and Maggie King.

Isabella appeared on the 1891 Scottish Census of 5 Apr 1891 in the household of George McKay at Castle Street, Cullen, Banffshire, Scotland ;
MCKAY George, Head, M, 32, Sailmaker, Banff
MCKAY Maggie, Wife, M, 29, Sailmakers Wife, Macduff
MCKAY Alexander, Son, 8, Scholar, Banff
MCKAY George, Son, 6, Scholar, Cullen
MCKAY Robert, Son, 3, Cullen
MCKAY Isabella, Dau, 6mths, Rathven.3

Isabella appeared on the 1901 Scottish Census of 31 Mar 1901 in the household of George McKay at Cullen, Banffshire, Banffshire;
MCKAY George, Head, M, 45, Rope & Sailmaker Foreman, Macduff
MCKAY Maggie, Wife, M, 39, Rope & Sailmker Foreman Wife, Banff
MCKAY Alexander K, Son, S, 18, Rope & Sailmaker Foreman, Macduff
MCKAY George, Son, S, 16, Baker Apprentice, Banff
MCKAY Robert, Son, 13, Scholar, Cullen
MCKAY Isabella, Dau, 10, Scholar, Cullen
MCKAY Ethel, Dau, 5, Cullen
MCKAY Wallace, Son, 2, Cullen
MCKAY Margaretta, Dau, 1, Cullen.4

Isabella was in the photo with Williamina McKay taken c 1920;
Photo taken of the 4 Sisters and young boy.
Young boy in the photo may be William Ewing McKay, the son of Robert and Mary, who was born in 1911, so would be around 9 years of age if this photo was taken in 1920 before Margaretta married.5

Isabella McKay married John Findlay on 18 Feb 1949 at Office of the Registrar for the District of Cullen, Cullen, Banffshire, Scotland ,

After Publication

John Findlay
Fisherman (Retired), Widower, aged 77
Res: 32 Castle Terrace, Cullen
Parents: Alexander Findlay, Fisherman (dec) & Helen Findlay MS Wood (dec)
Isabella McKay
Bakers Shop Assistant, Spinster, aged 58
Res: 8 North Castle Street, Cullen
Parents: George McKay, Sailmaker (dec) & Margaret McKay MS King (dec)

Witnesses: Alex K McKay, 8 North Castle ST, Cullen & Williamina Paterson, 18 Seafield St, Cullen.1,6

As of 18 Feb 1949,her married name was Findlay.

Isabella died on 11 May 1957 at Seafield Hospital, Buckie, Banffshire, Scotland , at age 66 years, 7 months and 19 days

Isabella Findlay
Married to John Findlay, Fisherman (Retired)
at 10.05 AM aged 66yrs
Usual Res: 8 North Castles Street, Cullen
Parents: George McKay, Sailmaker (dec) & Margaret McKay MS King (dec)

Gordon L Paterson, Brother in Law, 18 Seafield Street, Cullen was the informant.1,7

Isabella's cause of death on 11 May 1957 was from Carcinoma of Colon

Isabella's death notice appeared on 13 May 1957 in the Banffshire, Scotland ,

At Seafield Cottage Hospital, Buckie, on May 11 1957, Isabella McKay, beloved wife of John Findlay, and daughter of the late Mr and Mrs George McKay, Sailmaker.
Funeral from 8 North Castle Street, Cullen, to Cullen Cemetery, on Tuesday, May 14 at 2PM.
All friends repectifully invited. No callers, please.8

Isabella was buried on 14 May 1957 at Cullen Cemetery, Cullen, Banffshire, Scotland ,

Isabella is buried in plot H53, which had been provisionally booked by John William Findlay as his son Eric who died aged 2 is buried in plot H52.
Unfortunately John William Findlay lost his life in 1940 due to a mine sinking his trawler and his body was never found. His name was written against plot H53, but due to the circumstances he never got to purchase it, so never actually owned that plot.
The plot was then purchased by John Findlay for Isabella.
It is nice to note that little Eric who was only 2 years old at the time of his death is next door to Isabella.
For further information regarding all of this please contact me via my email address.
Information has come from the Moray Council, The Brother of little Eric, as well as family of Isabella of whom I have been in contact with during 2016.9

Family: Isabella McKay and John Findlay

FatherGeorge McKay (17 May 1857 - 14 Mar 1926)
MotherMaggie King (1861 - 17 Apr 1948)


  1. [S1] Certificate held on file, Held by Ailsa Corlett, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. Hereinafter cited as Certificate held on file.
  2. [S11] Scottish Record Office BDM Indexes, online, 1890 Cullen Banffshire, 150/00 0046. Hereinafter cited as Scottish Record Office BDM Indexes.
  3. [S16] 1891 Scottish Census ( New Register House Edinburgh, 5 April 1891), 1891 Cullen Banffshire, RG12 Piece 150 Folio 1 Page 9 - via Hereinafter cited as 1891 Scottish Census.
  4. [S63] 1901 Scottish Census ( New Register House Edinburgh, 31 March 1901), 1901 Cullen Banffshire, RG13, Piece 150, Folio 1, Page 16 - via Hereinafter cited as 1901 Scottish Census.
  5. [S196] Letter or email from Ian Coull (England) to Ailsa Corlett, Various letters or emails; Held by Ailsa Corlett (Brisbane, Queensland, Australia) Email from Ian Jan 2017.
  6. [S11] Scottish Record Office BDM Indexes, online, 1949 Cullen Banffshire, 150/00 0006.
  7. [S11] Scottish Record Office BDM Indexes, online, 1957 Rathven Banff, 164/00 0057.
  8. [S10] Newspaper, Various Papers, Local newspaper of the area - sent to me from Ian Coull - email Feb 2015. Hereinafter cited as Newspaper Article.
  9. [S41] Miscellaneous Records , email from Cecil Findlay 5 Feb 2016 - giving details that Isabella is buried in the plot H53
    email from Ian Coul Dec 2016 - further details about the plot from the Moray Council.