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How can I find out when my Great Great Grandfather came to NZ

Question by NickyMac

if I don't have the ship or date? Only a name Alexander McKay (aka MacKay).

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on 2010-09-24 20:52:15

NickyMac , from Christchurch, New Zealand (formally from Bay of Plenty), has been a Family Tree Circles member since Sep 2010. is researching the following names: MCKAY, MACKAY, LEAMING and 4 other(s).

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by ngairedith on 2010-09-24 21:17:06

Hi Nicky,
Do you have a town they may have lived in and his wife's name etc - any children ??
There were quite a number of Alexander McKay/MacKay

A well known one was Alexander McKay (1841-1917) who was born in Scotland and emigrated into Bluff in 1863.

If you can provide a little more info I will try to help you

by NickyMac on 2010-09-24 23:18:59

Yes, My Great Great Grandmother was Hannah Mary Morris, but I'm not sure they were married, even though she is buried as hannah McKay. I think he may have been married in his 30s, to an Alice Green in Thames NZ. I believe he was a repatriated soldier from a Regiment of the Black Watch, from Glasgow Scotland and he was one of the youngest soldiers at the time (he lied about his age to get in!). He was born in 1841ish and died in AKL in 1918 and was a Mining Agent in Thames, NZ. His last will and testament states his name as Alexander Bredalbane McKay (aka MacKay).

by NickyMac on 2010-09-24 23:22:05

unfortunately not the famous Alexander McKay, Geologist, wrong birthplace. Close with the dates though. :-)

by Macdalbane on 2011-10-10 06:42:15

HI Nicky
I am Blanche Mackays granddaughter and have just found you on this site. Thankyou for all your research to date you have answered a few questions for me and created a few more as well. Could Alex Mackay have belonged to the 'Black cuffs 58th regiment of foot' involved here from 1845 for 13+ years. Of the 1200 soldiers 300 remained in NZ to farm and settle or do you have firm word of mouth it was the regiment you mentioned. A good place to gather information are army records.
Love to know when and how he came here.Yes Blanche apparently was told to keep the name Bredalbane going as it had some 'prestige' behind it back in Scotland.
I too hoped he was the NZ Govt geologist Mackay for a while but sadly found I had the wrong Alexander.
Thanks again

by NickyMac on 2011-10-11 02:46:32

Hi Michelle!

Wow, this is amazing! My dad and I just received an email from Wendy Morris who told us she had found you! We don't actually know which regiment he really belonged too, but the oldies in the family reckon it was the Black Watch, but I'm not sure about that. I would love to catch up for a chat another time and share information! Glad you found me :-))))

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