MACKAY, ANGUS [SSNE 4828]
- First name
- LT. COLONEL
- REAY, SUTHERLAND
- Social status
Angus Mackay of Melness was the fourth son of Donald Mackay, Lord Reay. Alongside his brother John, later second Lord Reay, Angus was first educated at a Dutch school. Both were then sent to Sorø Academy in Denmark, which they attended in September 1628, to comply with the wish of their father. In October 1628, his brother John wrote from Copenhagen reporting that King Christian IV had directed them to Sorø, getting ‘frie meat and chamer, our father furnising the rest off our necessaries’. He appears to have entered Danish-Norwegian service in 1643 when his father levied troops and commanded a regiment until 1644. He certainly left Danish service before 1659 and settled in Melness. Angus died between 1699 and 1702.
Sir James Balfour Paul, The Scots Peerage (8 vols., Edinburgh, 1904-1911), VII, p. 167; J. L. Cairns-Smith-Barth, The Scottish Clan Chiefs. Volume One: The Chiefs of Clan Mackay and Their Cadets (Fitzroy, Australia, 1999), p. 89; Historical Manuscripts Commission, Sixth Report (London, 1877), p. 685; I. Grimble, Chief of Mackay (London, 1965), pp. 94-5, 176-8.
This entry was kindly updated by Dr Thomas Brochard