Catherine Bain MacKenzie

(13 April 1863 - 1868)
     Catherine Bain MacKenzie was born on 13 April 1863 in Cromarty, Ross & Cromarty, Scotland. She was the daughter of Donald MacKenzie and Margaret Holm.
     Catherine died She is too young to be this person: At Bennetsfield, Avoch, on the 2nd instant, Catherine Bain Mackenzie, relict of Mr Colin Macdonald, Avoch. Friends will please accept of this intimation in 1868. William, John and Catherine were listed as the children of Donald MacKenzie in the 1871 census in 5 Barclays Lane, Cromarty, Ross & Cromarty.

William Mackay MacKenzie

(20 November 1871 - 4 August 1952)
Don Alexander, William Mackay & George MacKenzie
     William Mackay MacKenzie was born on 20 November 1871 in Cromarty, Ross & Cromarty, Scotland. He was the son of Alexander Holm MacKenzie and Isabella MacKay. Robert, Janet, Donald, William, John and James were listed as the children of Alexander Holm MacKenzie in the 1881 census in 4 Barclay St, Cromarty. William, Robert, John, Janet, James and George were listed as the children of Alexander Holm MacKenzie in the 1891 census in 4 Barkly St, Cromarty, Ross & Cromarty.
     Mr W Mackay Mackenzie, who is receiving the degree of Doctor of Literature from the University of Edinburgh, is native of Cromarty. He was a master of Glasgow Academy from 1897 till 1913. In the latter year he was appointed secretary to the Royal Commission.
     William Mackay MacKenzie and Janet Grace Mackay MacKenzie appeared on the 1901 census in 20 Wilton Gardens, Kelvinside, Glasgow, Lanarkshire. William MacKay MacKenzie, 29, head, born Cromarty, teacher of English, with Janet Grace MacKenzie, aged 22.
     William Mackay MacKenzie married Isabella Jane MacKenzie on 10 April 1902 in the Free Presbyterian Church, Stornaway, Inverness-shire.
     His portrait was painted by David Foggie in 1914. It is now held in the National Gallery of Scotland. William Mackay MacKenzie was the informant at the death of Alexander Holm MacKenzie, on 19 July 1915.
     William Mackay MacKenzie lived at 21 Dalrymple Crescent, Edinburgh, 19 July 1915. William was an historian and archaeologist. He was Secretary of the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland for 22 years and a notable historian and archaeologist. He was the subject of a talk by the RCAHMS in Nov 1998: Cromarty's history Man, Dr William Mackay Mackenzie 1872-1952. He wrote: Cromarty, its old chapels and parish church published Edinbrugh, Scottish Ecclesiastical Society, 1905 and Hugh Miller, London, Hodder & Stoughton, 1905 and 'The old sheriffdom of Cromarty' reprinted from the Northern chronicle, Inverness which was published in Transactions of the Gaelic Society of Inverness, 30 (1924) pp 329-59j and 'The Royal burgh of Cromarty and the breaking of the burgh' in Transactions of the Gaelic Society of Inverness, 31 (1927) pp 289-325.
     In 1925-1926 he was Rhind lecturer in Archaeology at Edinburgh University and during the Second World War acted as head of the department of Ancient Scottish History. In 1942 he was appointed to be a member of the Commission where he had formerly been Secretary. He was a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London (FSA) and was made an honorary Doctor of Laws in 1949 at Edinburgh. As well as writing on medieval history, he published a major edition of Dunbar's poems..
     William Mackay MacKenzie lived at 8 Cargill Tce, Leith, Midlothian, 1935.
     He was also an author, poet and journalist, having 50 titles in the National Library of Scotland. He was supposedly related to Compton MacKenzie and Eric Linklater. See also and
     William Mackay MacKenzie lived at Calrossie, Cromarty, 1952.
     William died on 4 August 1952 in the Northern Infirmary, Inverness, aged 80. He was described as an historian and archaeologist at his death. He was buried in the Gaelic churchyard (new section), Cromarty. In loving memory of William Mackay Mackenzie, MA, D. Litt, LLd, who died on 4 th August 1952 aged 80. Isabella Jane Mackenzie his loving wife who followed him on 14th Janauary 1955 aged 85. Also of his sister Janet Grace who died on 31st August 1952 aged 74. "Goodnight beloved, not farewell."

Donald Alexander MacKenzie

(24 July 1873 - 2 March 1936)
     Donald Alexander MacKenzie was born on 24 July 1873 in Cromarty, Ross & Cromarty, Scotland. He was the son of Alexander Holm MacKenzie and Isabella MacKay.
     David Alston in My little town of Cromarty reports that D A Mackenzie, son of the Cromarty Sheriff Clerk wrote "in my boyhood [the fisher children] sat in their own corner of the church, the boys sat on their own forms in each class of school, and were not allowed to leave thier corner of the playground". This is interesting as he was the gt-grandson of a Kilmuir Easter fisher.. Robert, Janet, Donald, William, John and James were listed as the children of Alexander Holm MacKenzie in the 1881 census in 4 Barclay St, Cromarty.
     Donald Alexander MacKenzie and George Mackenzie appeared on the 1901 census in 32 Bank St, Partick, Govan, Lanarkshire. Donald Alexander McKenzie, 27, journalist (sub-editor), was a boarder with his brother George aged 19, journalist, with the Birnie family.
     Donald Alexander MacKenzie married Elizabeth Fraser on 26 September 1901 in Free Church, 2 Sauchiehall St, Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Scotland.
     Between 1903 and 1910 he owned and edited The North Star in Dingwall, and then moved to the People's Journal in Dundee. From 1916 he represented the Glasgow paper, The Bulletin, in Edinburgh. As well as writing books, articles and poems, he often gave lectures, and also broadcast talks on Celtic mythology. He was the friend of many specialist authorities in his areas of interest.
     Donald Alexander MacKenzie lived at Harpers Court, Dingwall, Ross & Cromarty, Scotland, 6 November 1904.
     Donald Alexander MacKenzie lived at 19 Merchiston Crescent, Edinburgh, 1935.
     Donald died on 2 March 1936 in the Royal Infirmary, Edinburgh, Scotland, aged 62. He was buried in the Gaelic churchyard (new section), Cromarty. In loving memory of DONALD ALEXANDER MACKENZIE author and poet died 2nd March 1936 aged 63 years also of ELZABETH FRASER his wife died 12th August 196 aged 65 years. See for photograph.
     His will was proved on 28 November 1936 at Edinburgh, Midlothian. Donald Alexander Mackenzie, journalist, sometime of 60 Leamington Terrace, Edinburgh, latterly of 19 Merchiston Crescent there, died 2 March 1936 at Edinburgh, testate. Confirmation Edinburgh 20 August to Elizabeth Fraser or Mackenzie, 19 Merchiston Crescent aforesadi, the relict. Will dated 31 July recorded Edinburgh 19 August 1936, Value of estate £995: 5: 1.
     In one of his books Great Britain by Blackie & Son. Ltd., Glasgow, there was a DEDICATION TO MY WIFE
Let sages ponder, "What is life?",
And o'er their books despair;-
I gaze in thy deep eyes and read
Its meaning there.
For then I know why I am here
To wage this strife with death;-
It is that I may love but thee,

Foreward by Professor W J Watson,
LL.D., D.Litt.Celt.
Donald Alexander Mackenzie 24th July I873 -2nd March, 1936. Born in the ancient burgh of Cromarty, Donald A. Mackenzie was the son of Alexander H. Mackenzie, Sheriff-Clerk Depute, and Isobel Mackay, a descendant of the famous Sutherland Gaelic poet, Rob Donn. In a most interesting article contributed to "The Scottish Educational Journal "(18 Nov1932) he tells of his early years in Cromarty, then visited by ships of many nations - Flemings, Dutchmen, Danes, French and Russians. With the three first named, the boys could converse by using Braid Scots. They greatly feared the wild Russians, with knives dangling from their belts; traditions of the Peninsular War made them hate the French. Cromarty itself, though in the main Braid Scots or English, still held a remnant of a Gaelic-speaking population, and was in contact with Gaelic-speakers of Nigg, across the mile wide ferry. All this helped to widen the minds of the boys, and besides, there was the tradition of famous local men - Sir Thomas Urquhart, Professor James Robertson (Oriental languages) admired by Dr Samuel Johnson, and Hugh Miller. "These," says Mr Mackenzie, "were held up to us as 'shining examples', who, in their boyhood, had been 'earnest readers'."
His school life began when, about four years old, he entered the school of Cromarty with an old Bible tucked under his right arm, and was detained as a pupil. Before leaving, about the age of fourteen, though handicapped by severe headaches (the result of imperfect sight), he had a fair knowledge of Latin, could repeat by heart portions of Virgil and Caesar, and had latterly been a monitor. After leaving school he set himself, prompted by his grandmother, to learn by heart the first book of Paradise Lost and remembered much of it at the time of writing. He served as interim teacher for some time in one of the neighbouring schools, and was well appreciated.
His next appointment was as clerk in the service of the Callander and Oban Railway, stationed at Callander, Crianlarich, Connel and Oban for about ten years - he told me incidentally of three years at Connel. These years gave him first-hand experience of the Central and Western Highlands, which he turned to good account. His taste for literature, however, was such that, leaving his post in the railway service, he returned to Cromarty to take up free-lance journalism. This brought him in touch with the Glasgow Evening News, which again led to his joining the staff and gaining his training in newspaper work. In Glasgow he made the friendship of Neil Munro.
His marriage in 1901 to Miss Elizabeth Fraser, Inverness, was followed by settlement in Dingwall, as proprietor and editor of the North Star newspaper. Here, in addition to his editorial work, he took up serious study of Egyptology. I should add that for several years of this period he lived in Inverness, where we became firm friends.
In 1909 he disposed of the North Star, joined the People's Journal, and removed to Dundee, where he remained till 1912. It was now that he settled down to write that series of books which established his reputation as research student and historian. The number and variety of his works, extending to about forty volumes, forms some indication of his remarkable industry and no less remarkable versatility. They include studies of mythology all over the world, ancient civilization in Britain and elsewhere, stories for children, Scottish history and folklore, and that delightful book of poems entitled Elves and Heroes. Four of these volumes were written in connexion with the Great War. He also contributed articles to the Celtic Review, Celtic Monthly, and other magazines. Two valuable papers were read to the Gaelic Society of Inverness (Vols. XXXI, XXXIII).
On the formation of the Bulletin he was made its Edinburgh representative, and made his home in Edinburgh where our friendship was renewed and continued till his much lamented death. His last work, published in 1935, was Scottish Folk-Lore and Folk Life, a book of the greatest value and interest - none but he could have written it. Besides a prodigious memory - inherited from his father - Donald A Mackenzie possessed remarkable clarity of insight and soundness of judgment, together with a style simple and unaffected. From his mother's side he inherited the gifts of a poet, with a true poet's vision. In a Foreword to 'Ancient Man in Britain' (1922) Professor G. Elliot Smith writes inter alia: " There is nothing of technical pedantry about Mr Mackenzie's writing. He has made himself familiar with the customs and beliefs of the whole world, as his remarkable series of books on mythology has revealed, and in the process of acquiring this mass of information he has not sacrificed his common sense and powers of judgment."
Only those who were fortunate enough to be his intimates could appreciate Mr Mackenzie's unfailing store of wit and humour, as well as of information. He loved Cromarty and he loved Scotland. His death is a great loss. He is survived by his widow, three sons and two daugters
List of works by D. A. Mackenzie
From all the fronts: stories of the great war.
Ancient England.
The Gods of the classics.
The story of ancient Babylonia and Assyria.
The story of ancient Crete.
The story of ancient Egypt.
The story of the great war.
Our glorious empire.
Tales from northern sagas.
Egyptian myth and legend.
Myths of Babylonia and Assyria.
Myths of Crete and pre-Hellenic Europe.
Teutonic myth and legend.
Indian myth and legend.
Myths of China and Japan.
Myths of pre-Columbian America.
Ancient man in Britain, with migration op symbols.
Elves and heroes (poems).
Ancient civilizations.
Footprints of early man.
Buddhism in pre-Christian Britain.
Rome through five centuries.
Myths and traditions of the south sea islands.
Myths of Indonesia and Melanesia.
Scotland: the ancient kingdom.
Tales from the moors and the mountains.
Scottish folklore and folk life.
Burmese wonder tales.
Wonder tales from Scottish myth and legend.
Wonder tales of the East.
Finn and his warrior band.
The world's heritage of legend and romance.
Indian fairy stories.
Stories of Russian folk life.
Heroes and heroic deeds of the great war.
Lord Kitchener: the story of his life and work.

Children of Donald Alexander MacKenzie and Elizabeth Fraser