Donald Mackay (1263 - d.)

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Birthplace: scotland
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About Donald Mackay

Scottish peerage pg. 158 has him listed as ''' son of  Iye Mor''', who obtained from the Bishop of Caithness, his maternal grandfather, twelve davachs of land in Durness,  as the Lord Rea his old evidents doe testifie. He was succeeded by his son  ''' Donald''', who married a daughter  of Iye MacNeil of Gigha, an island lying between Kiutyre and Islay. '''By her he had a son, Iye,'''

As lye Mor married the daughter of Bishop Walter about 1263,

we presume that Donald was born sometime between that date

and 1270. He married a daughter of lye, son of Neil of Gigha, an island lying close to the coast of Kintyre, between that and Islay. The distance to which Donald went in search of a wife, combined with the neighbourhood in which he found her, seem to indicate that there was at this time a close connection between the Mackays of Strathnaver and those of that name on the west coast of Argyle. We have found Mackays holding land in Kintyre at this early period, and there were others in the same quarter. The Knock MS. describing the state of matters during the time of Angus Og of the Isles, the attached friend of Robert the Bruce, proceeds : —

" The constitution or government of the Isles was thus : MacDonakl had his council at Island Finlaggan, in Isla, to the number of sixteen, viz., four Thanes, four Armins, that is to say lords or sub-thanes, four Bastards, i.e., squires or men of competent estates who could not come up with Armins or Thanes, that is freeholders or men that had their lands in factory, as MacGe of the Rinds of Islay, MacNicol in Portree in Skye, and MacEachern, MacKay, and MacGillevray, in Mull."

Thus we see there were contemporary with Donald of Strathnaver landed men of the name Mackay in the Rhins of Islay, in Mull, and in Kintyre ; while at a little later period Mackays appear in the registers holding lands and office in Bute. See our account of the Argyle Mackays.

It would be interesting to know what part if any Donald of Stratlmaver took in the struggle for independence under Wallace and Bruce, when Scotland, Highland and Lowland, was stirred to its depths. In Hervey's Life of Bruce, in Gordon's Life of Bruce, and in General Stewart's Sketches of the Highlanders, the Mackays of Stratlmaver are mentioned as being present at the battle of Bannockburn. We are not aware that they have substantial documentary evidence for this statement ; but there is no doubt that the Mackays of Isla, Mull, etc., who were dependants of Angus Og of the Isles, supported the cause which their superior so warmly espoused. Barbour, who is a competent authority, informs us that at Bannockburn the Earl of Moray commanded the centre, Edward Bruce the right, and Sir James Douglas and Walter the Stewart commanded the left on that fateful day. The same authority states that Bruce and Angus of the Isles commanded the reserve, consisting of the men of Argyle, Carrick, Kantire, the Isles, and Bute. When Donald of Strathnaver's wife's relatives and his kinsmen of the west were ranged under the banner of Scotland's deliverer, it is very likely that the Strathnavermen were not far away although Barbour does not chronicle the fact.

In Haddington's Collection of Ancient Charters (the Earl of Haddington was Lord Clerk Register for Scotland in 1612) there is the following excerpt from a charter by a King Robert to a Mackay, of which we give a translation : —

" King Robert's charter to MacKay for attending annually at our war when it shall happen with forty days' sustenance for his armed foot-men, and for performing other services as far as pertains to the said lands." This fragment does not tell us which King Robert it was, what the lands were, nor who the Mackay that possessed them. No doubt the original charter, which cannot now be found, made all this clear

but as in Haddington's day the prominent family of Mackay was the Strathnaver one, he may have concluded that the bald statement "Charter to Makaj " was sufficient for the purpose of identification. The King Robert, however, may be Robert II., who was on friendly terms with the Strathnaver Mackays, as shall soon appear.

The known issue of Donald by the daughter of lye of Gigha was a son, lye, of whom an account now follows. pg. 41-43

THE BOOK OF MACKAY BY ANGUS MACKAY, M.A. (St. Andrews University) Minister at Westerdale, Caithness EDINBURGH : NORMAN MACLEOD, -25 GEORGE IV. BRIDGE CANADA : EDWARD MACKAY, ST. PETER'S MANSE, MADOC, ONT. M DCCCC VI

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his line of assent backwards differs in

THE HOUSE AND CLAN MACKAY,BY ROBERT MACKAY, 1829 has as follows :

HISTORY THE HOUSE AND CLAN MACKAY Gives dates are those served as clan head by way written:

CHAPTER 11 - ALEXANDER;-WALTER HIS SON;-MARTIN;-MAGNUS;-MORGAN, DONALD IYE I.-ANGUS; AND RELATIVE AFFAIRS DURING THEIR LIVES

  • Alexander, 1180-1222.Alexander was succeeded by his son, pg. 28-33

ALL accounts (excepting that of Sir Robert Gordon) agree that Alexander, son of O'Connacbar, an Irish prince or nobleman, mas the first of the clan ; and the prevailing and most probable opinion is, that he came with a company of warriors to assist William the Lyon, King of Scotland, in expelling the Danes from aithness and other parts of the north, where they had long intruded themselves. Alexander was succeeded by his son Walter, pg. 557

  • Walter 1222-1263 Walter was succeeded by his son, pg. 33-34

Walter, and he by his son Martin, who was slain in Lochaber, from whom, it is supposed, the Mackies, McGhies, and McCries* of Galloway, and Ireland, and Mackays of Argyle, are descended. pg. 557

  • Martin 1263-1290 He was succeeded by his son, pg. 35-37

Martin was succeeded by his son Magnus pg. 557

  • Mangus 1290-1320 Martin [sic Mangus] was succeeded by his son pg. 37-39

Magnus who left two sons,

  • lst, Morgan his successor, of whom the Morgan and Morganach Mackays are sprung; and,
  • 2nd, Farquhar, ancestor of the Farquhar Mackays pg. 557
  • Morgan 1315-1325 [dates as written] Morgan was succeeded by his son, pg. 39

Morgan was succeeded by his son Donald, who married a daughter of Iye MCNiel of Ghiga, pg, 557

  • Donald I 1325-1340 He was succeeded by his son, 39-40

Donald, who married a daughter of Iye McNiel of Ghiga, by whom he had a son named Iye, after his father-in-law ; Iye, who succeeded his father, had a son, Donald, his successor, who, it is said, was the first bearing the name of Mackay, or son of Iye. pg. 557-578

  • Iye, I 1340-1370, pg. 40-48

pg. 44-48, 557-578 HISTORY THE HOUSE AND CLAN MACKAY...;ROBERT MACKAY; 1829.

Copy 1 of THE HOUSE AND CLAN MACKAY and copy 2

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Another line given is:

Iye Mac Eth Birth: 1208 Scotland Death: 1268 (60) Scotland who married Conchar MacKay (de Baltrodi) and iye is said to be son of Kenneth Mac Eth and ? Mac Eth

Scottish Peerage pg. 158 gives him as Iye MacEth, who became chamberlain^ to Walter de Baltrodi, a canon, and afterwards confirmed Bishop of Caithness in 1263." By a daughter of said Bishop he had a son Iye Mor who had a son

  • *Donald, who married a daughter of Iye MacNeil of Gigha who had a son
    • * Iye who had a son
      • * Donald, murdered at Dingwall along with his father, left issue 4 sons of whom was:
        • *Angus, of whom follows.

The lineage after of this line is so entangled and needs a lot of work

another source lists as follows:

Iye Mac Eth Birth: 1208 Scotland Death: 1268 (60) Scotland who married Conchar MacKay (de Baltrodi) and iye is said to be son of Kenneth Mac Eth and ? Mac Eth And by By Scottish peerage pg. 158 he is Iye MacEth, who became chamberlain to Walter de Baltrodi, a canon, and afterwards confirmed Bishop of Caithness in 1263." By a daughter of said Bishop he had a son

  • * Iye Mor who had a son
    • *Donald, who married a daughter of Iye MacNeil of Gigha who had a son
      • * Iye who had had issue :