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James "Don Diego" Mac Kay
Posted by: Charles E. Mac Kay (ID *****7814) Date: October 26, 2002 at 12:25:58
In Reply to: Capt. James MacKay (1759?1822) by Hugh A. Sprague III of 986

I am a west coast Mac Kay or son of Kay.They were originally from Scandinavia and as a reward from the good King Robert received lands in Kintyre around 1323.
I am not sure of this because all I have is the oral tradition of Seamus Ic'Aodh. My aunt told me there was a member of the family in America who worked for the Spanish and that Lewis and Clarke used his maps. I was told he was born around 1760 and emigrated to America with the rest of the family. He was born near Skye on the West Coast. I understand he swore his oath to King Charles of Spain around 1791. He was no liker of the English and I wonder where the Captain came from.
Certainly the research I have done proves he was alive up to 1830. He had trouble with congress proving his land titles and his final claim was around 1736 where he is described as deceased, he was certainly alive in 1830 because the land titles in St Louis Missouri, match him.He was also described as a Canadian volunteer who was in the pay of the United States, this was around 1820. To the Spanish he was Don Diego, and we have Roberto Mac Kay and Aeneus Mac Kay who all worked for the Spanish.There is one thing certain if there had been no James Mac Kay (the spelling is of paramount importance} Lewis and Clarke could not have crossed America


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