About James Mackay, Lieut.-Col.
IV. The Swedish Mackays, now von Key
These Mackays settled in Sweden in the time of the 1st Lord Reay [ Donald Mackay, 1st Lord Reay (1614-1650) , fiar of Strathnaver], and came thither as members of the Scots regiment which he raised for service under Gustavus Adolphus. " With the regiment were several officers of the name of Mackay," says the Svensk Slaktbok, " who accompanied it to Sweden.
Among those coming in with the said regiment were the under named James Mackay. and a Rudolph Mackay, whose son Isaac [corrupt form of lye] became proprietor of an ironwork in Gestrickland and married Anna Lenfstadius in 1647.
This family has signed itself Mackay, Mackey, etc., but now calls itself von Key."
The family settled in Gothland in the south-east corner of Sweden, and chiefly in the counties of Kalmar and Jonkoping. Our authority for the following account is wholly the Svensk Slaktbok, published in Stockholm by P. A. Norstedt, 1901
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