Malcom MACKAY (M'Kie), of Cumloden (1390 - d.)

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Birthplace: of Cumloden, Minnigaff, Kirkcudbright, Scotland
Death: (Date and location unknown)
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About Malcom MACKAY (M'Kie), of Cumloden

Chart from "The Clan Mackay" - families of McKee or McKie or Mackie living in Galloway.

Blackcastle Manuscript p 6 states: "King James II...1437...[gave] Gilbert Mackay...Charter to Lands in Wigtonshire wherein he is designed (most probably in reference to his descent from Malcolm Earl of Ross) "Gilberto Mackie, Malcolmson" - Mag. Sig. Lib. V."

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I. Malcolm M'Kie of Cumloden, is the first, however, from whom a direct descent cau be traced. He had two sons :—

  • Patrick, of whom follows ; and
  • Gilbert, m. Marion de Keth, by whom he got the third part of the barony of Craichlaw, Longaster, and

Barmagachrie, c 1450 (Beg. Mag. Sig., v, 69,).

pg. 353

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 [1906]

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THE LARG, Etc., M'KIES.

This branch dates back to the time of king Robert Bruce. According to Barbour's Metrical History of Bruce, the hunted king, escaping from the beagles of John of Lorn, made his way on foot and alone to an appointed trysting place near Loch Dee in Galloway, where he was hospitably entertained by widow Anabel and her three sons, M'Kie, M'Clurg, and Muiredach. During the night the king was joined by his brother and Sir James Douglas with about 150 men, and next morning the widow's sons gave an exhibition of their prowess with the bow which greatly delighted the Bruce ; M'Kie with an arrow transfixed a brace of ravens perched upon a rock, while his brother Muiredach brought down the third corbie on the wing.

This incident is supposed to account for the brace of pierced ravens which find a place on the shield of M'Kie. The arms of M'Kie of Larg were never recorded in Lyon Register, but they are described in the Heraldic MSS. of Sir James Balfour, and may be blazoned as follows :—Argent, two ravens pendent from an arrow fessways piercing their necks proper, on a shield azure a lion passant of the field, armed and langued gides. Of these arms we give a representation here, but unfortunately our artist has omitted the crest and motto, which are respectively a raven proper and Labora. These arms are now borne by M'Kie of Bargaly, within a bordure componee of the first and second.

When the king came to his own he did not forget the loyal widow and her gallant sons, who had fought for him so well. He bestowed upon the family " the hassock of land 'tween Palnure and Penkill," to

wit, the thirty pound land of Cumloden in the parish of Minnigaff and stewartry of Kirkcudbright. It lies between the burns of Palnure and Penkill which flow into the River Cree, and measures about ten miles by three. It was divided into three ten pound lands, which were known as Cimilodcn-M'Kie, Cumloden-Murdoch, and Cumloden- M'Clurg.

Sir Patrick M'Kie and his successors heavily mortgaged the barony of Larg in the interest of the Solemn League and Covenant, and had their lands eventually forfeited. During the religious persecutions which followed three leading M'Kies, John of Larg, Anthony of Glencaird, and Alexr. of Drambuie, were condemned to death. They all escaped, however, but with the loss of their lands, which went to pay the cruel fines imposed. The only family that weathered the storm was M'Kie of Palgown, from which descended the present M'Kies of Bargaly, a family that has religiously striven with a great measure of success for more than a century now to repurchase the old M'Kie lands in Galloway. Long may their tree flourish. The first notice of the lands of Cumloden is the following in Robertson's Index:—"Carta Gilberti, fil. Nigelli, terrain partem terre de Cameleden, in vie. de Dumfries," which may be translated, charter of Gilbert, son of Neil, of the third part of the lands of Cumloden, in the sheriffdom of Dumfries—"terrain partem terre" being probably intended for " tertiam partem terre." According to the Exchequer Rolls, Cuthbert M'Makay paid £3 13s. 4d. for relief of lands in the county of Wigton, 1330.

pg. 351-353

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 [1906]
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Malcom MACKAY (M'Kie), of Cumloden's Timeline

1390
1390
of Cumloden, Minnigaff, Kirkcudbright, Scotland
1420
1420
Age 30
Minnigaff, Dumfries and Galloway, UK
1425
1425
Age 35
of Wigtonshire, Scotland
1430
1430
Age 40
of Kirouchtrie, Minnigaff, Kirkcudbright, Scotland
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