About Iye Mackay, I
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 the His father as Donald I 1325-1340 with futher ancestry provided as follows :
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.
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.
- * Donald, murdered at Dingwall along with his father, left issue 4 sons of whom was:
- * Iye who had a son
The lineage after of this line is so entangled and needs a lot of work
There have been various conjectures regarding the origin of the name Mackay.
Some have alleged, that the name Iye is from the Gaelic word Oidh, which has very nearly the same sound with Iye, in that language, and signifies a stranger or guest; and that Mack-Iye is, 80th of the Stranger others say that Iye is the same as Diogenes; but the most probable supposition is, that it is an Irish name, derived from O'Donnel, which seems to be a name compounded of Odo and Niel, i.e. Odo-Niel.
There are several charters and other writs extant, in which Iye Mackay is called Odo Mackay, as will afterwards appear.
Sir Robert, as before mentioned, says that Donald, the son of this Iye, was the first who went under the name Mackay : but this seems a mistake, from the charters granted to Mackays several ages before.
It has also been said, and not without some degree of evidence, that the names Iye and Hugh are the same. Hugh, as pronounced in English, and Iye in Gaelic, have nearly the same sound, and it will afterwards be seen, that the same chief of the Mackays was sometimes called Hugh, and at other times lye.
It frequently takes place, that the same name is pronounced differently in different places, arising from the idioms of speech, such as, what is sounded Mackay in the north of Scotland, is Mackie in England, and in the more southern parts of Scotland in many instances ; and in Ireland the name is Mackghie. Upon the whole, probable, that the name originated from Ireland, but at what period, it is uncertain. pg. 44-45
Nicolas, Earl of Sutherland, appointed a meeting at Dingwall, in Ross, with the Lord of the Isles, and divers other neighbours, to reconcile said Nicolas with his enemy Y-Mackay of Far, in Strathnaver, and his son Donald Mackay, for divers slaughters and spoils committed on either side. Having met there at the appointed time, they lodged both in the castle of Dingwall, in several chambers hard by one another.
Earl Nicolas and Y-Mackay fell at some hot reasoning and altercation anent these particulars then in controversy between them, and being incensed in anger one against another, upon the repetition of past injuries, with some reproachful words, he killed Y-Mackay and his son Donald, with his own hands; and hardly escaping from their followers and servants, he returned home with all speed into Sutherland, the year 1395."" Very particular indeed, as to a matter which took place about two centuries before the narrator was born
This is doubtless a partial and distorted view of the case, and he must be wrong as to the date. What were the grounds of the controversy, or the particulars of the consequences, he does not mention. It is not probable that Mackay was the aggressor, as he could not expect to prevail in an unjust cause against Nicolas, supported as he must have been, by so many powerful connections.
There is therefore reason to think, that the disputes arose from some encroachments intended by Nicolas, on Mackay's country ; and that so conscious was the latter of the rectitude of his measures, in resisting those encroachments, that he was content to join issue with Nicolas, in submitting all their questions to arbiters, one of whom, namely, the Lord of the Isles, was father-in-law of the latter, and no doubt chosen on his art A : and perhaps Munro of Fowlis was on Mackay's part, as that family appear to have been in all ages on friendly terms with the family of Mackay. It is also probable that parties had been heard before the arbiters, and that Nicolas, finding that matters were likely to go against him, resolved to determine them by one act of his own; and with that view, he and his followers assassinated Iye Mackay and his son Donald in their lodging, in the nighttime.
He had some grounds to calculate upon his escape, both then and afterwards, with impunity, notwithstanding that the deed was treacherous and cowardly. He then had his father-in-law and his followers, and his own followers, to support him ; whereas the followers of Mackay wanted their leaders : but after all, it appears that his escape was narrow, and that night was his best friend .
Iye Mackay must have been pretty far advanced in age at the time, his son Donald having left three sons, and these sons must have then been too young to revenge the murder of their father and grandfather.
And with regard to the date which Sir Robert affixes to this action,the following will show clearly, that he has post-dated it at least thirty years. He states, that the first William of Sutherland succeeded his father Hugh, some time before the year 1218 ; that he was succeeded by the second William in 1248, who died in 1325, after possessing the estate seventy-seven years; that to this William succeeded his son Kenneth, to him his son William, to him his son John, and to him. his son. Nicolas, who, he says, died in 1399, so that the last four possessed only seventy years.
All this might be possible, abstractly considered: only seventy years. All this might be possible, abstractly considered but the period to which he confines the succession of Nicolas, which is from 1389 to 1399, and the date he gives to the murder, disagree with certain facts stated by himself, one of which in particular, is, that in the year 1411, Angus-Dow Mackay, the grandson of Donald Mackay,fought with Donald, Lord of the Isles, who had invaded Scotland with 10,000 men. Now, if the murder of Iye Mackay and his son Donald, was in the year 1395, it is impossible that Donald's grandson, Angus-Dow, sixteen years thereafter, could be of age to command an army to encounter such a host
Donald left three sons, Angus, Hugh-Dow, and Niel. The next in succession was this Angus Mackay, 1370-1380
pg. 44-48 HISTORY THE HOUSE AND CLAN MACKAY...;ROBERT MACKAY; 1829.
Iye, who had a bloody and protracted feud with William, Earl of Sutherland. When at last the matters in dispute were submitted to arbitration about 1370, and a court had assembled at Dingwall for the purpose, Iye and his eldest son were murdered' during the night within the castle there by Nicolas Sutherland of Duffus, brother of the Earl, lye had issue :
- 1. Donald, murdered at Dingwall along with his father, left issue :
- 2. Farquhar, physician to King Robert ii., had a gift of the lands of Melness, etc., from Alexander Stewart, Lord of Badenoch, which the King confirmed by a charter 4 September 1379, in which Farquhar is designated ' medicus noster.' He obtained the Little Islands of Strathnaver from said King by a charter 31 December 1386,^ in which he is designated ' dile ctus et fldelis noster Ferchardus leche.'
- 3. Mariota. She is supposed to be the ' Mariota fllia Athyn ' handfasted to Alexander Stewart,* Lord of Badenoch, and to be the mother of his children.
Scottish Peerage Vol. 7 pg. 158 - 159
Iye Mor MACKAY 
- ABT 1230 - ____
- BIRTH: ABT 1230, of Strathnaver, Sutherland, Scotland 
- Father: Iye or Hugh) MAC ETH (Mackie)
- Family 1 : Conchar BALTRODI
- MARRIAGE: 1263, of Caithness, Scotland
- Donald MACKAY
- +Gilcrist Mac Ymar MACKAY
_Hugh (Mackie) MAC ETH _+ | (1165 - ....) m 1190 _Iye or Hugh) MAC ETH (Mackie)_|
| (1200 - ....) m 1229 | | |_ M'CAY ________________+ | (1175 - ....) m 1190 | |--Iye Mor MACKAY | (1230 - ....) | ________________________ | | |_______________________________|
(Note you have to open the edit tab to see this correctly)
 FHL "The Mackays of Strathnaver," pg 305a; The Book of McKee pg 281 - 1263 became chamberlain to the Bishop of Caithness, Walter de Batrodi and married his daughter; temple dates from Ordinance Index which gives birth as 1241; redone with birth date 1263 - 21 Aug 1991, 23 Nov 1991, and 4 Feb 1992 Seatt
Blackcastle Manuscript p 7 states: "Hugh Mackay, the eldest son [of Hugh], succeeded his father and lived in the Reign of King Alexander III, and from his great size and portly figure was called Hugh More Mackay."
[Some genealogists have mistakenly attempted to replace Iye with Hugh; however, these are not correct translations.] Tom Mackay has transcribed the original document: "It is clear that Gilcrist is the son of Y/Iye Mor MacAy; Gilchrist had an older son "seniori," Ymar [or Iye Mor (or Ivor)] and a younger son "minori," Gilcrist who received the heritage in preference to the older son. Reg. Mag. Sig. = Great Seal (1984 ed.) 1:477, appendix 1, item #99....these other sources have also cited it; but they are no longer to be considered our source...they...interpret the various documents as we have construed them."
Iye MacEth's son, Iye Mor, married the daughter of the Bishop of Caithness around 1263, and also acquired lands from him in Durness.
Iye (Ymar, Ivor) MACKAY 
- ABT 1305 - 1370
- BIRTH: ABT 1305, of Strathnaver, Sutherland, Scotland 
- DEATH: 1370, Dingwall, Ross, Scotland 
- Father: Gilcrist Mac Ymar MACKAY
- Family 1 : MACNEILL
- MARRIAGE: ABT 1330, Scotland
- +Donald MACKAY
- +Ferchard MACKAY Physician
- +Mariota MACKAY
Iye ( Ymar, Yvor) Mor MacKay van Strathnaver, I (1340-1370)'s Timeline
of Caithness, Scotland
Kinbrace, Sutherland, UK
Dingwall, Ross-shire, Scotland