William McKay, Glenlivet 1788

Around 1845 William, Marjory and family (daughter Jane, and sons Peter  and James) left The Braes of Glenlivet and settled at Lockers, in the Aultmore district of Banffshire, where they built a house on Lockers croft and cultivated approximately 15 acres of land.

NB: William’s son, also called William may not in fact have relocated to Aultmore as did the rest of the family … research on William jnr. is ongoing.


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William died June 30th 1863 at Lockers croft from constipation of the bowels.  Buried in Keith cemetery Section number 336 which is of ground extent 7ft 6 ins.  There are fourteen other persons buried there in three different graves, all with a connection to Lockers.

John 1814-18xx

Baptised 23rd April 1814.   Research ongoing.  Believed to have carried on farming in Glenlivet.

Peter 1815-1879

Born 4th November 1815 and baptised on the 5th.  Buried in Keith cemetery.

James 1821-1859

13th March 1821 to April 9th 1859 (burial date).  Buried in Keith cemetery.

William 1822-1858 (?)

Research ongoing.

Jane 1827-1859

Migrated to Lockers and died there of consumption on 7th April 1859 (the death record incorrectly names her mother as Stewart rather than Stuart but it mentions Lockers as place of death), but there is no record of her burial in Keith Cemetery in the lair named as belonging to William Snr.

Alf McKay contends that Jane actually returned to Glenlivet and died much later than 1859 according to Moray records, but the author has, so far, been unable to authenticate that.

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