William Mackay van Strathnaver, of Bighouse

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About William Mackay van Strathnaver, of Bighouse

I. ^YILLIA^I Mackay, son of lye Da XII. of Strathnaver by his wife, Christina Sinclair, was the first of this family. During the troubled minority and early reign of King James VI., when the northern people did very much as they pleased, William was often on the war-path. As we show in our memoir of his brother, Huistean Du of Strathnaver, he led the Mackays on La Tom Fraoich, fighting the Sutherlands from morning till nightfall, and next morning at day-break, being joined by the Gunns, practically exterminated a strong force of Sinclairs that was advancing in concert with the Sutherlands. Sir Robert Gordon refers to various other encounters in which William bore a part. The Hurrays who got possession of the lands of Strathhalladale in 1430—lands which the Mackays held at that time by charter from the Lord of the Isles—he harried so mercilessly that they had to abandon the strath altogether. On the 14th September, 1592, Rory Murray of Bighouse complained to the Privy Council : —

That upon the 20th September, 1587, William Mackay "with certan brokin hieland men, to the noumer of personis or fchairby," came to the lands of Bighouse or Strathhalladale and " ejected the said complenaris wyffe and bairnis furth of the said houssis, Quhairthrou thay being strangearis in that cuntrey at last miserablie deit throu hunger in the mountane." Further, the said William Mackay " hes continuallie sensyne withhaldin and possest the said complenaris hous and rowme, and hes banist himself the cuntry swa that he dar nocht repair thairunto for feir of his lyffe" (P.C Reg.). Eventually1 Murray alienated these lands to William Mackay for 1000 nierks on 18th July, 1597, and on the 18th December, 1598, the latter secured the estate by a charter of confirmation under the Great Seal. William, who d. in 1612, m. Isabella, dau. of Rorie Mackenzie2 of Ardfalie, afterwards of Redcastle, by a dau. of Munro of Fowlis (Bighouse Inventory). Their known issue was three sons and two daus. : —

  • i. Angus, who succeeded, and of whom follows.
  • ii. Iye of Golval, of whom afterwards as lib.

The other children are said to have been :—

  • Donald ;
  • Ann, m.Adam Gordon of Kilcalumkill ; and
  • Marian.

pg. 302-304

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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William Mackay, the first of this branch, as mentioned, p. 142, youngest son of Iye Mackay of Far, by his second wife, Christian Sinclair, married Isabella, daughter of Roderick Mackenzie of Redcastle ; issue, three sons, 1st, Angus, who succeeded him ; 2d Iye Mackay of Golval ; and, 3d Donald ; and two daughters, 1st, Ann, who married Adam Gordon of Kilcalmkill : issue, besides other children, Captain William Gordon who commanded the garrison placed in Strathnaver in 1649, (page 326) ; and 2d Marian.

pg. 568 HISTORY THE HOUSE AND CLAN MACKAY, FOR CONNECTION AND ELUCIDATION, BESIDES ACCOUNTS OF MANY OTHER SCOTTISH FAMILIES, A VARIETY OF MORE PARTICULARLY 01: TIIOSE RELATING TO THE NORTHERN DIVISION OF SCOTLAND DURING THE MOST CRITICAL AND INTERESTING PERIODS; WITH A GENEALOGICAL TABLE OF THE CLAN. BY ROBERT MACKAT, WRITER, THURSO.EDINBURGH -------------------- William Mackay of Bighouse was always in terms of amity with Lord Caithness, and neither he nor any of his descendants had cause to regret that such was the case. William died soon after his return home, being about fortv-eight af years old, and was succeeded by his eldest son, Angus, who married Jane Elphingston, niece of Lord Elphingston, treasurer of Scotland pg. 170

HISTORY THE HOUSE AND CLAN MACKAY,BY ROBERT MACKAY, 1829

THE BIGHOUSE BRANCH OF MACKAYS.

William Mackay, the first of this branch, as mentioned, p. 142, youngest son of Iye Mackay of Far, by his second wife, Christian Sinclair, married Isabella, daughter of Roderick Mackeenzie of Redcastle ; issue, three sons,

  • 1st, Angus, who succeeded him ;
  • 2d lye Mackay of Golval ; and,
  • 3d Donald ;

and two daughters,

  • 1st, Ann, who married Adam Gordon of Kilcalmkill
  • 2d Marian

pg.HISTORY THE HOUSE AND CLAN MACKAY,BY ROBERT MACKAY, 1829

-------------------- Eventually1 Murray alienated these lands to William Mackay for 1000 merks on 18th July, 1597, and on the 18th December, 1598, the latter secured the estate by a charter of confirmation under the Great Seal. William, who d. in 1612, m. Isabella, dau. of Rorie Mackenzie2 of Ardfalie, afterwards of Redcastle, by a dau. of Munro of Fowlis (Bighouse Inventory). Their known issue was three sons and two daus. : —

  • i. Angus, who succeeded, and of whom follows.
  • ii. Iye of Golval, of whom afterwards as lib.

The other children are said to have been :—

  • Donald ;
  • Ann, m. Adam Gordon of Kilcalumkill ; and
  • Marian.

pg. 304 Mackay Genealogy by Agnus Mackay