Peter McKay 1815-1879

Born 4th November 1815 at Tomoriough, Clashnore, Glenlivet, Peter McKay (also known as Patrick) was the second and oldest surviving son of William McKay and his wife Marjory Stuart. He was also the last in his particular line of McKays to have been born in Glenlivet. The sponsors at his baptism were his aunt, Margaret Stuart of Eskemore, and John Grant of Delhandy.

In 1841 Peter was living at Achnarrow, Glenlivet, with his parents and younger brother and sister, William born c1822 and Jane born c1825. Around 1845 the family left The Braes of Glenlivet and settled at Lockers, in the Aultmore district of Banffshire, where they built a house and cultivated approximately 15 acres of land. In the 1851 census Peter is still unmarried and living with his parents and sister but there is no mention (then or subsequently) of brother William

Family tradition has it that Peter was crippled in some way but whether this is a congenital malformation or the result of an accident is not known. At any rate it is said that a marriage was eventually 'arranged' for him by some friends who had set off over the hills to Enzie to look for a suitable bride (and incidentally falling in a bog en route, which for some obscure reason was considered to be a good omen). On 2nd May 1857 Peter was duly married to Isabella Clark of Ryeriggs, Enzie; neither bride nor groom being in the first flush of youth, he being 41 and she 36.

By this time Peter's mother had died and the newly married couple lived at Lockers with his father and sister. Sister Jane died unmarried in 1859 of consumption and this was followed by the death of Peter's father in 1863. Thereafter the household consisted of Peter and Isabella, their three children (Marjory born 1859, William born 1860, and George born 1862) and Isabella's previous daughter, Isabella Cameron born 1851.

Peter died on 6th September 1879 aged 61 and ws succeeded by his widow and younger son George; the elder son William had left home and was by that time living at the Railway Station, Forres. William, who latterly lived in Coatbridge, Lanarkshire, died in Glasgow on 7th March 1906 as the result of a railway accident.

Origin Unknown 14th January 2011

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