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II. Hugh, obtained a wadset of the lands of Eriboll in 1626 for £2000 Scots, which he disponed in 1634 to Hector Munro of Pitfure who came to reside at Eriboll, and whose descendants retained these lands for three generations. Hugh purchased from Lord Reay the estate of Scoury which his brother Neil had disponed, and had sasine of it 2/th June, 1634. We give the following extract of the disposition in his favour, preserved among the Reay Papers . "Be it kend till all men be thir put. Irs. Me, Donald Lord Rae, heritable proprietor of the lands and others, and for certain great soumes of money reallis and with effect advancit, payed, and delyvered to me for making of thir puts, be our trustie cousing, Hew Makie of Ereboll, of the qlk. soumes of money we hold us weill contentit, completely satisfied and payed, and renuncing the exceptione of non numeratio money, aith of pairty, and all uther exceptions competent be the law, we exoner and discharge the said Hew Makie his airs and excrs. of the samen be thir presentis simpliciter and for ever, to have saule and in few ferme and heritage analret and dispontit, Lykeas we for the onerous causes forsaid instantly and in few ferme and heritage sell, annalzrie, and dispone to the said Hew Makie his airs maill and assigneys, heretablie, irredemablie, and bot onie kyne of reversione, rogress, or redemption qlksomever, All and sundrie the lands, feschings, woods, and grassings of Edderachilis with their pertinents whatsumever undermentioned, viz., All and heal the davach lands of Killstromes, the lands of Douartmoir, Dourtbeg, the lands of Geiskill, the lands of Badchuill, the lands of Skouriemore, Skouriebeg, the lands of Tarbeit, the lands of Ffynidew, the lands of Rieroy, the lands of Auchtavikfarie, All and heal the ylland of Handa, with all and sundrie the yllands of Dewroy, Mell-alands, Galway, with all the other yllands qtsomever lyand betwixt the Stoirhead in Assin at the west and the river of Laxford at the eist, with which the lands are boundit, and that as follows, viz., Glencoul and Killkaik at the south and south-west, the sea at the north till the water at Laxfuird and as the said water of Laxfuird descends from Knockan-Kelloch and fra that to Loichmore and to Lochstak and therefrae to the sea, which waters as they run from Knockan-Kelloch to the sea are the marches cognoscit to devyd the said lands of Eddruchilis from Diridmore and the Ard all lyand within the parrochein of Ardierurness, in Strathnaver, and shirriffdom of Sutherland." In 1643 Scoury was appointed a commissioner of supply for the shire of Sutherland, and in 1648 a member of the War Committee (Acts of Pari.). In 1649 he was taken prisoner at Balveny Castle, and in 1650 was appointed by Parliament colonel of a Fencible regiment to be raised in the north, and again in 1661 was re-appointed a commissioner of supply (Acts of Pari, and Balfour's Annals). For the part which he took in supporting Charles II. his estate was apprised in payment of fines and pretended debts, but General Mackay, his son and successor, managed to clear away these encumbrances.

He m. Ann, dau. of John Corbet of Arkboll, Ross, and had issue six sons and three dans. :—

i. Donald, who d. young (Blk. MS.).

ii. William, who was driven ashore near Thurso by stress of weather, 14th February, 1668, east into a foul dungeon in said town, and after some days of cruel confinement put aboard an open boat which set out for Scoury, but he died on the passage. This barbarous treatment was due to a feud between the Mackays and the Sinclairs at the time.

iii. Hector, waylaid and murdered in Aberdeenshire by Sinclair of Dunbeath and three others, 11th August, 1668. In consequence of these misdeeds, the Mackays obtained Letters of Fire and Sword against the Sinclairs, as we show in our memoir of the 2nd Lord Reay.

iv. General Hugh Mackay, of whom follows.

The other children were:—

  • Col. James, k. at Killicrankie ;
  • Roderick,who took the oath as Provost-Marshal of the Scots regiment in Holland, 11th June, 1677;
  • Barbara, who became the second wife of the 2nd Lord Reay ;
  • Elizabeth, m. Hugh Munro of Eriboll (and had an elder son John, who disponed Eriboll to Captain Mackay of Borley in 1700, and m. Rachel, dau. of Angus Mackay IV. of Bighouse) ; and
  • Ann, m. the Hon. William Mackay of Kinloch, son of Donald, 1st Lord Reay, with issue
given already.

pg. 288-


Minister at Westerdale, Caithness EDINBURGH : NORMAN MACLEOD, 



Hugh, who succeeded his father, and was by the Scots parliament appointed colonel of the Reay-countrymen, married a daughter of James Corbet of Rheims, by whom he had five sons,

  • William,
  • Hector,
  • Hugh,
  • James, and

James Mackay, fourth son of Colonel Hugh of Scowry, was Lieutenant-colonel of his brother the general's regiment, and mas killed at the battle of Killicranky, unmarried.

  • Roderick ;

Roderick, the youngest son, died in the East Indies, unmarried

and three daughters,

  • Barbara, married to John, Lord Reay ;
  • Elizabeth, married to Hugh Munro of Eriboll ; and
  • Ann married to the Hon. Captain William Makay of Kinloch ;

William and Hector were murdered, (pp. 365-6) both unmarried


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Age 69
Sutherland, Scotland
Age 69
Scotland, United Kingdom
Age 96
Scourie, Ederrachilis, Sutherland, Scotland