Friday, September 21, 2012

Family History Through the Alphabet Challenge ~M

 Is For
~ Mary MacKay ~

Mary Mackay was the wife of my 2nd Great Uncle, Alexander Imlah, she was born about 1847 in Sunderland Scotland the daughter of Walter Mackay and Emiline Munro, the 1861 Census shows Walter Mackay  age 70 farmer of 160 Acres in Achnaluncbrach, Mary is listed as age 13 and going to school. In the censuses from 1881 to 1911, Mary gave her birthplace as Rogart, except for in 1891 when she said it was Dornoch.

Mary MacKay
 Mary’s father died at Achnaluachrach, Rogart, Sutherland, on Tuesday 9th April 1867, aged 75. Her mother died there on Thursday 30th October 1890, aged 83.

Mary MacKay married Alexander Imlah at the Free High Church manse, Culduthel Road, Inverness on the 23rd of January 1880. The witnesses at the wedding were Isabella Stuart and Margaret Black. The marriage record shows Mary, a domestic servant aged 28, she gave her address as Tower Street, Tain.
Mary holding Alexander, Alexander
is holding Mary, Walter seated on floor,Unknown standing

Alexander and Mary had the following children: 
Mary Emeline, born Friday 8th April 1881,  
Walter, born Wednesday 24th January 1883,
 Alexander, born Tuesday 3rd February 1885,
 Emeline Robina, born Saturday 3rd July 1886,
Alexander, born Wednesday 4th June 1890.

Mary MacKay died at 12 High Street, Buckie, on Monday 22nd December 1913, aged 61. The cause of death was cancer of the uterus and exhaustion. The death was registered by her son, Alexander.
Alexander Imlah died at 12 High Street, Buckie, on Tuesday 16th July 1918, aged 71. The cause of death was stomach cancer. The death was registered by his son, Walter.      



  1. Tray, I think the the producers of the "Anne of Avonlea" movie patterned one of the characters (whose name I can't remember) after this photo of your Mary. She looks very imperious in the first photo. It's a beautiful photograph.

  2. LOL Rachel Lynde? I think if Mary and I had been living at the same time, I would have not visited my Uncle much...she kind of scares me. :)

  3. What a great blog. I like your quotes as well especially the one about the kind and the slave.