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Your common ancestor is Captain James Mackay of the Sandwood Mackay group located southwest of Durness (Cape Wrath) Scotland. In 1736 (approx.) Capt. Mackay departed Durness Bay with his wife Barbara Mcleod for posting in America with the 41st Independent Highlander Company which became later the 43rd Black Watch, then the 42nd as naming conventions changed.
Information about the Sandwood Mackays and his relation Major Hugh Mackay and Mr. Patrick Mackay may be found in "The Book of Mackay" by Aeneas Mackay 1906. This is regarded as THE book on the Clan Mac Aodoigh.
Gary McKay B.A. M.Sc. Ph.D. Dept. of Geography University of Edinburgh Edinburgh EH8 9XP Scotland UK 011 44 131 667 6000 Ext. 45001 home