Colin MacKenzie

     Colin MacKenzie was the son of Alexander MacKenzie.
     He married Janet, daugher of John Mackenie, Ardcharnach and Langwell, and had issue..

Colin MacKenzie

     Colin MacKenzie was the son of Roderick MacKenzie (of Redcastle) and Finguella (Florence) Munro. Colin MacKenzie was also known as Colin MacKenzie (of Kincraig) in records.

Colin MacKenzie

     Colin MacKenzie was the son of Thomas MacKenzie.

Child of Colin MacKenzie

Colin Bodman MacKenzie

(3 September 1902 - 28 July 1985)
     Colin Bodman MacKenzie was born on 3 September 1902 in Yarram, Victoria. He was the son of James MacKenzie and Emily Alice Bodman.
     Colin Bodman MacKenzie married Doris May Wheeler on 15 June 1927 in St Paul's Cathedral, Melbourne, Victoria.
     Colin Bodman MacKenzie lived at 201 Booran Rd, Caulfield, 1982.
     Colin died on 28 July 1985 in Kyneton, Victoria, aged 82. He was buried in Brighton General Cemetery, Brighton, Victoria.

Child of Colin Bodman MacKenzie and Doris May Wheeler

Colin Douglas MacKenzie

     Colin Douglas MacKenzie was the son of John Bannans MacKenzie and Daisy Pearl Felmingham.

Colin James Wheeler MacKenzie

(29 July 1929 - 27 September 1984)
     Colin James Wheeler MacKenzie was born on 29 July 1929 in Greta, Victoria. He was the son of Colin Bodman MacKenzie and Doris May Wheeler.
     Colin was a sales manager and company director.
     Colin died on 27 September 1984 in Chadstone, Victoria, aged 55.

Daisy Victoria MacKenzie

(21 July 1897 - )
     Daisy Victoria MacKenzie was born on 21 July 1897 in the Women's Hospital, Carlton, Victoria. She was born six weeks after their marriage. Her marrige or death have not been identified.. She was the daughter of David Turnbull MacKenzie and Catherine Thirza Gay.

Capt Daniel MacKenzie

     Capt Daniel MacKenzie was the son of Capt Bernard MacKenzie.
     The Clan Mackenzie website states: The descendants of Murdoch Riach, for example, the illegitimate son of Kenneth of the Nose, known as Clan Vurchie (the Gaelic for Murdoch), fought alongside the illegitimate descendants of Murdoch of the Cave in opposition to their cousin, Alexander the Upright. It was only in the seventeenth century, when the Mackenzie power base had been firmly established, that they associated themselves with the wider Clan, and we find Murdoch Riach’s descendants, such as Colonel Daniel and Captain Bernard, styling themselves Mackenzie, rather than using their former patronymic, MhicVurchie.. Capt Daniel MacKenzie was also known as Capt/Colonel Daniel MacKenzie in records.
     Capt Daniel MacKenzie married Nance Dunbar before 1650.

Child of Capt Daniel MacKenzie and Nance Dunbar

David MacKenzie

(circa 1791 - )
     David MacKenzie was born circa 1791 in Kilmuir Easter, Ross & Cromarty.
     David MacKenzie was recorded on the 1851 census in Portleich, Kilmuir Easter, Ross & Cromarty. David McKenzie 60. mason, Ann MKkenzie 16, Donald Forbes 23, Angus Mackay 24, Donlad Munro 23, Donald Ross 18, Hugh Ross 28, Alexander Suter, 22.

David MacKenzie

(before 1770 - )
     David MacKenzie married Christian Ross. David MacKenzie was born before 1770.

Child of David MacKenzie and Christian Ross

David Turnbull MacKenzie

(29 September 1872 - 15 November 1951)
     David Turnbull MacKenzie was commonly known as D T. He was born on 29 September 1872 in Port Albert, Victoria. He was the son of Donald Thomson MacKenzie and Mary Ann Hodgson.
     The Gippsland Standard on 2 Sep 1885 reported that David McKenzie held 285 acres at Wonga Wonga via the Local Land Board.
     The South Gippsland chronicle reported in 1896 that he had joined his uncle Robert McKenzie in Coolgardie.
     David Turnbull MacKenzie married Catherine Thirza Gay on 12 June 1897 in Holt's Matrimonial Agency, Melbourne, Victoria. His father's will made it clear that she or her children were not to inherit any McKenzie estate.. David was a farmer in 'Calrossie', Yarram, Victoria.
     David Turnbull MacKenzie served in the military as a Trooper (#31672) in the Scottish Horse (Marquis of Tullibardine's regiment), Unit 2. Discharged 27/04/01l. He was awarded the Queen's South Africa (QSA) Medal Clasps: Transvaal, South Africa 1901 circa 1901 in South Africa.
     David was registered at Won Wron, on the 1903 electoral roll. David was granted a divorce from Catherine Thirza Gay between 14 Feb- May 1908 in Victoria. David Turnbull McKenzie, Petitioner, against, Catherine Thirza McKenzie, respondent.
I David Turnbull McKenzie of Won Wron in the State of Victoria, Dairy Farmer, make oath and say as follows :-
1. That I am the above-named petitioner.
2. That I was on the 12th day of June 1897 lawfully married to the above-named Respondent CATHERINE THIRZA McKENZIE (then Catherine Thirza Gay) at Holts Matrimonial Agency, Queen Street, Melbourne in the State of Victoria by the Rev. Samuel Alexander Hamilton.
3. That I was born at Port Albert in the said State on the 29th day of September 1872 and am now of the age of thirty-five years and am now and have been for two years and upwards domiciled in the State of Victoria.
4. The said Respondent as I verily believe was born at North Devon in the said State and to the best of my knowledge information and belief is now of the age of thirty-two years and is now and has been for two years and upwards domiciled in the State of Victoria and except as aforesaid I am unable to swear from information belief or otherwise.
5. My condition of life before my said marriage was that of a bachelor and a farmer and farm labourer and my means of livelihood both before and after marriage were derived from my earnings as a farmer and farm labourer. The condition of life of the Respondent before marriage was that of a spinster employed at Moonee Ponds in the said State as a domestic servant and her means of livelihood before marriage were derived from her earnings as such and since the said marriage to the best of my knowledge information and belief her means of livelihood were derived from payments made by me and my father and from earnings as a domestic servant and waitress.
6. THAT there has been issue of the marriage, one child Daisy Victoria McKenzie who was born at the Women's Hospital Melbourne on the 21st day of July 1897 as I was informed by the said Respondent and verily believe.
7. Immediately after the said marriage I went to New South Wales without cohabiting with the Respondent and remained there at work at various places for about twelve months when I returned to my parents home at Won Wron aforesaid where I continued to reside and work until the month of July 1899. At intervals during the above period I sent part of my earnings to the Respondent but did not cohabit with her at all during such period.
8. In the month of July 1899 I met with a severe accident being picked up on the road in Yarram Yarram in the State aforesaid where my horse had fallen with me and to all appearances kicked my head in getting up - I lay for four weeks in Yarram Yarram aforesaid and was them taken to Melbourne hospital where the operation of trephining was performed by Dr. Fred Bird and I was able to return to my parents home in the month of October 1899 but was utterly unable to work or earn my living in any manner.
9. On the 30th day of November 1899 the Respondent proceeded against me in the Court of Petty Sessions at Carlton for the maintenance of herself and our child and the case was adjourned from time to time - chiefly in order to give me time to become well and able to earn my living and finally on the 12th day of June 1900 the case was withdrawn by the Respondents solicitor.
10. THAT whilst the said case was on during the months of January and March in 1900 I cohabited twice with the Respondent in Melbourne aforesaid during two of my visits to defend such case and after such month of March cohabitation finally ceased between us.
11. Immediately after the said case had been withdrawn, my father in order that I might have an opportunity of becoming well and strong, agreed to pay the Respondent through her solicitor the sum of ten shillings weekly or twelve months from the said month of June 1900 and such weekly sum was, I am informed and verily believe, duly paid up to the month of February 1901.
12. In the said month of February 1901 I, having become well, enlisted in the Scotch Horse to serve in South Africa and whilst in camp near Melbourne awaiting to embark, I was arrested on the complaint of the said Respondent for desertion and confined in the Melbourne Gaol for a short time and was only released when my father agreed to pay to the Respondent through her said solicitor the weekly sum of ten shillings for three years, terminating on the 15th day of February 1904 - and I am informed and verily believe that such payments were regularly made up to the said last mentioned date.
13. That early in the year 1903 the said Respondent came to Won Wron aforesaid to consult me about the adoption of the said child and I then asked her to come back and live with me informing her that I would provide a home for her when she refused and returned to Melbourne. A few weeks later I wrote to the Respondent again offering to provide a home for her and the child and received a reply a few days later in the Respondents own handwriting refusing my offer and saying she could never live with me. I again wrote about a week later making the same offer and urging the said Respondent to accept it and come live with me but did not receive any reply - thereto I am able to fix the date as in the year 1903 as it was some months before the last payment as aforesaid fell due in the month of February 1904.
14. In the year 1906 the Respondent again wrote to me and I proceeded to Melbourne to see her and again requested her to come and live with me and stated to her that as under an arrangement with my father I was now using part of his property and residing in the house built thereon and if she would come to me we could get along well and let all bygones be bygones but the Respondent again distinctly refused my said offer and took me to her Solicitor who examined me closely (and as I thought impertinently) as to my means and ability to carry out my desire.
15. In the month of May 1907 the respondent again came to see me and asked me to pay her something to keep the child and I replied "I will take you and the child if you will come" to which she answered "I will never live with you, I only want money to keep the child" and I said, "I will take the child and see that she is brought up properly". The Respondent did not reply but after striking me, ran away. I met her several times after, each time making the same offer which she invariably refused and asked for money for the child and finally informed me that she would ruin me and returned to Melbourne where she is employed at the United Service Club Hotel in Collins Street.
16. That on the 2nd day of July last, the Respondent issued a summons against me under the Marriage Act 1890 for the maintenance of the said child which said Summons was by consent of the parties struck out on the 31st July last on my promising to pay to the Respondent for the maintenance and support of the said child the sum of twelve shillings and sixpence a week during the months of October, November, December, January, February and March and the sum of ten shillings a week during the months of April, May, June, July, August and September in each and every year until such child should attain the age of sixteen years, such payments to be payable every four weeks in advance, the first to be made on the 24th day of July last, and on the 13th day of September 1907 I executed an agreement with the Respondent binding myself to carry out the aforesaid arrangement - and allowing her the sole custody and control of the said child and have since the said 24th day of July last, duly paid the monthly payments to the Respondent in pursuance of the said agreement.
17. That I have instituted these proceedings without any unnecessary delay.
18. That the above-named Respondent, Catherine Thirza McKenzie, has without just cause or excuse wilfully deserted me this deponent and without any such cause or excuse left me so continuously so deserted during three years and upwards namely from the month of February 1904 to the time of making this affidavit.
19. Save as aforesaid there have been no separation or separations and no deed or separation has ever been executed between me and the Respondent.
20. That I distinctly and unequivocally deny all collusion or connivance past or present directly or indirectly with the Respondent or with any person liable to be made Respondent.
Sworn at Yarram Yarram in the State of Victoria this 25th day of October 1907 before me, F F Hall. A Commissioner of the Supreme Court of the State of Victoria for taking Affidavits.
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     David was registered as David Turnbull, farmer & Catherine Sarah, home duties at Won Wron, on the from 1908 to 1912 electoral roll.
     David Turnbull MacKenzie married secondly Catherine Snadden MacKenzie on 30 June 1909 in her home, 'Heathville', Macks Creek. By Presbyterian rites.
     David was registered as a farmer at North Devon, Victoria, on the 1919 electoral roll.
     David and Catherine were registered as David Turnbull, farmer & Catherine Snaddon, home duties at Devon North, Victoria, on the 1931 electoral roll.
     David was registered as a farmer at 'Calrossie', near Yarram, on the 1934 electoral roll.
     David was registered as a farmer at near Yarram, on the between 1935 and 1936 electoral roll.
     David was registered as a farmer at near Yarram, on the 1949 electoral roll.
     The Gippsland times on 27 Nov 1950 reported the sale of 298 acres of Calrossie. This property was selected by the late D T McKenzie and was noted for its quality. 194 acres with a small four reeomed cottage went at £92/10/- per acre to Douglas Mcleod of yarram and the remaining 104 acres with no buildings to Clyde Coulthard of Yarram at £91 per acre.
     David died on 15 November 1951 in hospital, Yarram, Victoria, aged 79. He was buried on 17 November 1951 in the Presbyterian section, Alberton.
     His will was proved in February 1952 at Victoria.

Child of David Turnbull MacKenzie and Catherine Thirza Gay

Children of David Turnbull MacKenzie and Catherine Snadden MacKenzie

Donald MacKenzie

(1 October 1812 - 16 January 1880)
     Donald MacKenzie was born on 1 October 1812 in Cromarty, Ross & Cromarty, Scotland. He was the son of William MacKenzie and Isobell Bain. Donald MacKenzie was christened on 4 October 1812 in Cromarty. Donald was a mason..
     Donald MacKenzie appeared on the 1841 census in Cromarty. A Donald McKenzie aged 28 was listed as m.s.[Male sevrant] at Avoch. There was a Donald McKenzie aged 40, mason at Davidstoun in Cromarty, but he was not born in the county and had a wife Catherine, so is unlikely to be the right family.
     Donald MacKenzie married Margaret Holm, daughter of Alexander Holm and Anne MacKenzie, on 26 January 1847 in the Free Church of Scotland, Cromarty, Ross & Cromarty. They married in her mother's house.
     Donald MacKenzie and Margaret Holm were recorded on the 1851 census in Calrossie Street, Cromarty. Donald McKenzie, head, married 37, mason; Margaret, wife, 34; Alexander, son, 3; William, son, 9 months; all born in Cromarty.      
Donald MacKenzie and William MacKenzie was listed in the Valuation Roll from 1855/6 in Cromarty. William and Donald McKenzie (presumably the brothers) were listed in the Valuation rolls for Cromarty in 1855/6 where they owned and lived jointly in a house in Calrossie St, both being described as masons. From 1856/7 it was called Barkly's Lane. From 1858 Donald rented out part of his share. In 1871/2 Donald had 4 tenants and William had emigrated to Victoria.
     Donald MacKenzie and Margaret Holm appeared on the 1861 census in 5 Barclay Lane, Cromarty. They lived in 2 windowed rooms plus 3 others: Donald McKenzie, head, married 48, housebuilder; Margaret, wife, 44; Alexander H, son, 13, scholar; Anna Bella B, daughter, 8, scholar; William, son, 5, scholar; James, son, 3; John, son, 7 months; all born at Cromarty.
     Donald MacKenzie and Margaret Holm appeared on the 1871 census in 5 Barclays Lane, Cromarty, Ross & Cromarty. Donald head, married 56, mason, Margaret, wife, 54, William, son 15, John son 10 scholar, Catherine B, daughter 7, scholar, Ann Holm, sister in law, unmarried 61, pauper, all born at Cromarty.
     Donald died on 16 January 1880 in Barkly's Lane, Cromarty, Ross & Cromarty, aged 67.

Children of Donald MacKenzie and Margaret Holm

Donald MacKenzie

(14 January 1917 - 8 July 1977)
Donald McKenzie (1917-1977)
     Donald MacKenzie was born on 14 January 1917 in 75 Alfred Crescent, Fitzroy, Victoria. He was the son of Henry Refshauge MacKenzie and Mavis Bland Ruby.
     Donald MacKenzie lived at 941 Punt Road, South Yarra, Victoria, 1937.
     Donald MacKenzie married Mary Phyllis Colbert, daughter of Edward Michael Colbert and Margaret Robertson, on 7 August 1937 in St Bartholomew's Church of England, Burnley, Victoria. Donald served in the R.A.A.F. He became a Warrant Officer II after enlisting on 2 September 1939 beginning as a fitter & turner. He served in Malaya/Singapore with No. 2 Squadron between 13 August 1940 & 4 March 1942, as Corporal then Sergeant during the War. His service number is A12372/A32998 (previously 205712) - 234 pages. 2 Sep 1939 - 13? Sep 1948, 9 years 11 days, A 1959 document states that he enlisted 1 july 1937 [CAF], He finished his service at the RAAF Academy, Point Cook. Donald was granted a divorce from Phyl Colbert on 15 September 1952.
     Donald MacKenzie married secondly Clarice Jewell Wheelhouse on 10 September 1952 in Melbourne.
     Donald MacKenzie lived at Rainbow Valley Road, Park Orchards, from__ ___ 1955.
     Donald MacKenzie lived at East Sale RAAF Station, Victoria, between January 1956 and 1957.
     Donald MacKenzie lived at 80 Bena Rd, Yarraville, Victoria, 1962. He was awarded an MBE for his work in the RAAF on 12 June 1971. WO Donald McKenzie has been officer-in-charge of the Aeronautical Science Workshops at the RAAF College, now re-named RAAF Academy, since 1957. The re-constitution of the RAAF College as the RAAF Academy brought many changes to the Aeronautical Science Course. This in turn necessitated the re-equipping of the engineering and aeronautics laboratories. Much of the equipment need was not available locally except at excessive cost. The equipment was therefore manufactured on the unit. In addition, much of the equipment that was purchased locally weighed so much that their installation required considerable engineering skill. In constructing and installing the various equipment in the aeronautical laboratory, W. Off. McKenzie displayed outstanding ability as a practical engineer. Throughout his many years at the RAAF Academy, he demonstrated his ability to design and construct sophisticated scientific equipments. In addition to his primary duties, he has freely devoted much of his leisure time to the manufacture and maintenance of sporting equipment used by RAAF Academy cadets.
     Donald died on 8 July 1977 in Warrandyte, Victoria, aged 60. He was killed when a hit-run motorist crushed him against his car, crashed and fled police on foot. He was trying to free his utility bogged in a drain on the east side of Harris Gully Road. He was residing at Rainbow Valley Rd, Park Orchards at the time. He was cremated on 13 July 1977 after a service at Croydon in The Necropolis, Springvale. |His ashes were scattered on his farm at Park Orchards. There is a memorial inscription to him on his father's grave at Yarram cemetery.
     His will was proved on 23 May 1978.

Child of Donald MacKenzie and Clarice Jewell Wheelhouse

Donald MacKenzie

(2 March 1781 - before 1790)
     Donald MacKenzie was born on 2 March 1781 in Portleich, Kilmuir Easter, Ross & Cromarty. He was christened on 3 March 1781 in Kilmuir Easter. Donald, son to William McKenzie & Christian McKenzie was born March 2 and baptised 3rd. Witn: Al. Bain & Al. Fraser. He was the son of William MacKenzie and Christian MacKenzie.
     Donald died before 1790 in Kilmuir Easter, Ross & Cromarty.

Donald MacKenzie

(before 25 April 1790 - )
     Donald MacKenzie was born before 25 April 1790 in Portleich, Kilmuir Easter, Ross & Cromarty. He was christened on 25 April 1790 in Kilmuir Easter. William McKenzie, fisher in Portlich had by his spouse Christian McKenzie, a child baptised Donald. Wit: Al Munro & Al Fraser in ditto. He was the son of William MacKenzie and Christian MacKenzie.
     This may the Donald McKenzie, mason, under 30 living at Portlich in the 1814 militia list for Kilmuir Easter.

Donald MacKenzie

(June 1907 - 28 June 1907)
     Donald MacKenzie was born in June 1907 in Yarram, Victoria. He was the son of Donald Thomson MacKenzie and Lily Hannah Attenborough. Donald MacKenzie was buried on 28 June 1907 in the Presbyterian section, Yarram.
     Donald died on 28 June 1907 in Yarram, Victoria. He was aged eleven hours..

Donald MacKenzie

(before 1735 - )
     Donald MacKenzie was born before 1735 in Kilmuir Easter, Ross & Cromarty, Scotland.
     Donald MacKenzie married Margaret Munro. Donald was a fisher in 1756, in Kilmuir Easter. Donald was present at John MacKenzie's christening on 16 June 1756 in Kilmuir Easter, ROC, SCT.

Child of Donald MacKenzie and Margaret Munro

Donald MacKenzie

(4 March 1786 - )
     Donald MacKenzie was born on 4 March 1786 in Portleich, Kilmuir Easter, Ross & Cromarty, Scotland. He was the son of John MacKenzie and Christian MacKenzie. Donald MacKenzie was christened on 7 March 1786 in Kilmuir Easter.

Donald MacKenzie

(1 September 1806 - )
     Donald MacKenzie was born on 1 September 1806 in Ballandraide/Ballintraid, Kilmuir Easter, Ross & Cromarty, Scotland. He was the son of Alexander MacKenzie alias Bain and Isabel Munro. Donald MacKenzie was christened on 3 September 1806 in Kilmuir Easter.

Donald MacKenzie

(1881 - )
     Donald MacKenzie was born in 1881 in Cromarty, Ross & Cromarty, Scotland. He was the son of James MacKenzie and Anne Mackay.
     Donald MacKenzie lived at Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

Children of Donald MacKenzie

Donald MacKenzie

(before 1781 - )
     Donald MacKenzie was born before 1781. Donald was a mason in 1841..
     Donald MacKenzie appeared on the 1841 census in Muckernich, Kilmuir Easter, Ross & Cromarty. Donald McKenzie, aged 60, mason, Helen 55, Christy 20, Helen 65.

Donald MacKenzie

(7 March 1786 - )
     Donald MacKenzie was christened on 7 March 1786 in Kilmuir Easter, Ross & Cromarty. He was the son of John MacKenzie and Christian MacKenzie.

Donald MacKenzie

(25 January 1790 - )
     Donald MacKenzie was christened on 25 January 1790 in Kilmuir Easter, Ross & Cromarty. He was the son of David MacKenzie and Christian Ross.

Donald MacKenzie

(23 May 1791 - )
     Donald MacKenzie was christened on 23 May 1791 in Kilmuir Easter, Ross & Cromarty. He was the son of Donald MacKenzie and Christian MacDonald.

Donald MacKenzie

(before 1770 - )
     Donald MacKenzie married Christian MacDonald. Donald MacKenzie was born before 1770.

Child of Donald MacKenzie and Christian MacDonald

Donald MacKenzie

(5 February 1794 - )
     Donald MacKenzie was christened on 5 February 1794 in Kilmuir Easter, Ross & Cromarty. He was the son of William MacKenzie and Christian Fowler.

Donald MacKenzie

(between 1795 and 1801 - )
     Donald MacKenzie was born between 1795 and 1801 in Ross & Cromarty.
     Donald MacKenzie appeared on the 1841 census in Davidstown, Ross & Cromarty. Donald Mackenzie, aged 40, mason, born in the county, with Catherine Mackenzie, 35, Jane 13 and Catherine 11..

Donald Alastair MacKenzie

(5 October 1939 - )
     Donald Alastair MacKenzie was born on 5 October 1939 in Melbourne, Victoria. Possibly 5 Oct 1937?. He was the son of Alastair Ian Fraser MacKenzie and Florence Francis Lovell.

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 http://gravestones.rosscromartyroots.co.uk 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,
Elizabeth.

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
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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

Donald Alexander MacKenzie

(3 February 1913 - 16 March 2001)
     Donald Alexander MacKenzie was born on 3 February 1913 in New Zealand. He was the son of John MacKenzie and Helen Livngstone Johnston.
     Donald died on 16 March 2001 aged 88.