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Brian McGee Davis Rank

Commissioner, Clan Mackay Society Western Australia

My direct ancestral links with life in Strathnaver were broken Circa late 1500’s/early 1600’s when they moved to Argyle and later Islay. Oral history reports intermittent visits by young men over the next 200 years some returning with brides, [a number said to be from Strath More].

The oral history also holds their origins were in the far northern highlands in ‘Ay’s country. Extensive research so far has uncovered very little hard data, as an experienced genealogist one has to consider what may be valid oral history in the Highland tradition and what folk myth and either suffering from ‘Chinese Whispers’ syndrome or even in some cases wishful thinking!

My direct ancestral links with life in Strathnaver were broken Circa late 1500’s/early 1600’s when they moved to Argyle and later Islay. Oral history reports intermittent visits by young men over the next 200 years some returning with brides, (a number said to be from Strath More).

The oral history also holds their origins were in the far northern highlands in ‘Ay’s country. Extensive research so far has uncovered very little hard data, as an experienced genealogist one has to consider what may be valid oral history in the Highland tradition and what folk myth and either suffering from ‘Chinese Whispers’ syndrome or even in some cases wishful thinking!

The linage as derived mainly from the oral history:

Circa 1570: 1630’s the ancestral line left ‘Mackay Lands’ settling in Argyle and later Islay
Circa 1695: 6xG/F ? Sorley McKay/McGhee/McGee, ? Loch Melfort area Argyle
Circa 1735: 5xG/F Hector Mc Kay/Mc Ghee, Islay
Circa 1760: 4xG/F Angus McKay/McGhee/McGee, Islay M ?Maille McKay ? Strath More ‘Mackay Country’
Circa 1785: 3xG/F Edward McKay/McGhee/McGee b NW Donegal Ireland, 1806 Sentenced to life Transportation to NSW, Arr: Sydney 1808/9 as variously under McGee and Magee, received pardon, M Johanne McCarthy. Edward D 1828

Bn NSW 1824 2xG/M Julia Ann McGee Married Henry Davis 21 09.1846 D 31.05.1905
Bn NSW 17.07.1854 G/F Alfred McGee Davis Married 1906 Elizabeth (Sarah) Loader (nee Wright) Alfred D 18.04.1911
Bn NSW 22.11.1906 Mother Florence McGee Davis Married 9.10 1926 Thomas Rank, Florence D 22.02.1980
Bn NSW 15.08.1940 self Brian McGee Davis Rank Married 1) Janice Bonus 10.09.1960 Div 18.06 1971
Bn NSW 24.03 1961 Son Michael Rank Married 1986 Rosslyn Prowse
Brian Married 2) Cynthia Pordage 14.08.1971 Div 15.10 1992
Bn NSW 26.06.1972 Daughter Fiona (Fey) Rank
Bn NSW 20.09.1995 Daughter Emma (Lili) Rank (now Knox)
Bn NSW 11.03.1997 Daughter Heather Rank Married Perth WA 26.08.2008 Dr David Thirkettle-Watts Bn UK 11.05.1997
Bn NSW 05.11.1978 Daughter Alicia Rank
Bn NSW 26.05.1987 Son Timothy to Michael & Rosslyn; G/S to Brian
Bn NSW 21.11.1990 Daughter Caitlin to Michael & Rosslyn; G/D to Brian
Bn Queensland 23.06.1994 Son Maxwell to Michael & Rosslyn; G/S to Brian
Brian Married 3) 02.04.1998 Rayma Pervan.

As the family oral history passed from my Grand-father through my mother when quite young, and the few supporting relics seen by her were subsequently burnt by her mother after his death, all in an era when interest in such things was almost non-existent and even frowned upon, may lend more credibility to the oral history. It is perhaps because this side of my family history, filtered through a transported convict/pioneer beginning in this country is suppressed, while my father’s side is thoroughly documented from the present up through their flour milling and as Yeoman farmers in the East Riding of Yorkshire back to pre Norman times.