Buried at your church (Strathnaver Museum is built in an old church in a cemetery) is Neil MacKay, tenant, 1803 to 1881 husband of Rupertina MacKay (ne Scott) my great great grandfather.
Their son Angus MacKay who married Henrietta MacKay (ne MacKay) lived his entire life in Armadale and they are my great grandparents. Dolina Wares (ne MacKay), their daughter, was born in Armadale and immigrated through Canada to the United States in 1906. She was by herself with five young children to care for.Her brother William and sister Bessie had immigrated to the United States in previous years and they helped her with the transition to this new life. She became a rancher.
My mother, Johan MacKay Wares, was born in Nigg, Scotland and came to the United States as a child along with her mother.
I’ve had the pleasure to visit Scotland and the Highlands three times in my lifetime, and I hope to come again this year. It is hard to explain the emotion that overtook me the first time I saw the hills, the heather, and the sea……it overwhelmed me emotionally. …..the phrase “…..the pipes are calling….” oh how true that is, my heart is in Scotland. I wish I could be with you for this celebration; I am with you in spirit.