MACKAY CLAN
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There are many spelling variations for the Clan MacKay surname. Mac and Mc are interchangeable. (Mac in Gaelic means "son of"). Included are families (known as Septs) with different surnames from the original Clan name. Throughout the centuries, surnames have continued to “develop” often leading to astonishing variants of the original MacKay spelling.

Those families who acquired their names through marriage or from other families combining with the clan are true Clans people.  The MacKay Clan Crest which, all members are entitled to wear, is from the crest on the top of the Clan MacKay Chief’s “Coat of Arms”.  The complete MacKay Coat of Arms is displayed only by the Clan Chief and passes down directly to his eldest son. The wearing of your Clan Chief’s Crest, is a way of honoring your Chief, your Clan association and your Scottish Family Ancestry. 

We make this range of Clan MacKay Crest Jewelry and Clan MacKay  Crest as your link to your Scottish bloodline.            

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MACKAY CLAN History
MACKAY CLAN

 

Clan Chief:          Hugh William MacKay, 14th Lord Reay,

                        Baron MacKay Van Omphemert

Origin of Name:  From the Gaelic name, MacAoidh (Son of fire)

Gaelic Name:      MacAoidh

Clan Crest:          A dexter hand holding a dagger 

Clan Motto:          Manu Fort (With A Strong Hand)

Lands:               Strathnaver 

 

The homeland of the MacKay Clan lies in the far north of Scotland, from Cape Wrath to the Caithness border, amidst wild, rugged and beautiful countryside. The earlier Clan lands were just north of Inverness in Moray and in the early 12th century The MacKay Chief, Malcolm, was known to the Norsemen as Jarl (Earl) of Moray. Both Malcolm and his immediate descendants came into conflict with the Kings of Scotland and the Clan moved north to the remote glen of Strathnaver in Sutherland. There the Clan prospered and by 1427 the MacKays, always warriors, were able to muster 4000 men for battle.



The fighting abilities of the MacKays were well tested over the next three centuries when the Clan was involved in many battles, mainly with the Sutherlands and the Gordons, to prevent encroachment by these clans onto their lands. The Clan also became well known on the battlefields of Europe when, in 1626, Donald, the MacKay Chief raised a regiment of 3000 Clansmen to fight in Germany during the Thirty Years War. Such was the reputation gained during this war, that they were much sought after and the regiment joined up with the army of the Swedish King, Gustav Adolph who was waging war against a large part of Europe in the Protestant cause. Much of the King’s successes were due to the MacKay’s fighting prowess and Donald was described by the Swedish King as ‘my right hand in battle’. Charles 1 created Donald 1st Lord Reay in 1428, but the costs involved in raising the regiment had been great and parts of the Strathnaver lands had to be sold to pay the debts. From this time the Chiefs also became Barons of Nova Scotia. The Clan also had a strong connection with Holland. General Aeneas MacKay who died in 1697 had made his home there and his great grandson was made Baron MacKay of Ophemert. Hugh MacKay of Scourie was in command of the Scots regiment in Holland which accompanied Prince William of Orange when, with Mary, he crossed to Britain and took the throne from James 11. He was appointed Commander in Chief by William and later died in battle in Holland.

Hugh, 14th Lord Reay, Baron MacKay Van Omphemert, is the present Chief. Hugh’s grandfather, 12th Lord Reay succeeded to the title in 1875 when the direct male line died out in Scotland. His father became a  British subject in 1938.

The Clan MacKay Crest shows a hand holding a dagger and the proud MacKay clan motto is  "Manu Forti", which means, “With A Strong Hand”, - fitting indeed for one of the most military of all of the clans.

Our Scottish Heritage is the common bond that unites our MacKay family name forever.


Septs/Spelling Variations of MACKAY CLAN
BAIN of MACKAY CLAN    BAYNE of MACKAY CLAN    MACCAA of MACKAY CLAN    MACCAW of MACKAY CLAN    MACCAY of MACKAY CLAN    MACGAA of MACKAY CLAN    MACGAW of MACKAY CLAN    MACGEE of MACKAY CLAN    MACGHEE of MACKAY CLAN    MACGHIE of MACKAY CLAN    MACKEE of MACKAY CLAN    MACQUE of MACKAY CLAN    MACQUEY of MACKAY CLAN    MACQUOIN of MACKAY CLAN    MACVAIN of MACKAY CLAN    MACVANE of MACKAY CLAN    MORGAN of MACKAY CLAN    POLE of MACKAY CLAN    POLESON of MACKAY CLAN    SCOBIE of MACKAY CLAN    MCQUOIN of MACKAY CLAN    MCQUEY of MACKAY CLAN    MCQUE of MACKAY CLAN    MCKEE of MACKAY CLAN    MCKAY of MACKAY CLAN    MCGHIE of MACKAY CLAN    MCGHEE of MACKAY CLAN    MCGEE of MACKAY CLAN    MCGAW of MACKAY CLAN    MCGAA of MACKAY CLAN    MCCAY of MACKAY CLAN    MCCAW of MACKAY CLAN    MCCAA of MACKAY CLAN    MCVAIN of MACKAY CLAN    MCVANE of MACKAY CLAN