Re: Ewan Mackay/McKay-Boggierow death

Chas Houston <cmcfhouston@...>

He was an Agric Labourer at Clune, Deskford, Banff in June 1841. He was not born in Banff.The closest graveyard is at Portsoy Cemetery, however many working folk would never have been able to afford a headstone in those times.

Boggierow is a small farm which can be seen on Goggle Earth STREET view by looking up the lane to it from the A98., so there was probaly only three families at most there in 1842.

Year County Place Civil Parish Piece Enumeration District Folio Page House Number House or Street Name
1841 Banffshire (BAN) Deskford Deskford 151 4 4 1
Surname Forenames Sex Age Occupation Birth County Notes
MCKAY Ewan M 50 Ag Labourer OUC
MCKAY Margaret F 40
MCKAY William M 15 Ag Labourer BAN
MCKAY Margaret F 9
MCKAY Peter M 7
MCKAY Joseph M 3

On 11-Apr-20 4:10 AM, Goldie & Lido Doratti wrote:
You need to get on to family or to Scotland’s People and you will find the info you are looking for.  It’s called a Mort Cloth and not all, but most, churches had 2 of them; one was more expensive to rent than the other one.  They were used to cover the coffin or body from the kirk to the graveyard.  They were ‘rented’ and had to be returned to the Kirk (church).  Some of the old Parish Record books have pages of “Mort Cloth Rentals”.....because the church was required to keep an account of income and expenditures.  I have been told that they shouldn’t be in the Parish Record books of Births and Marriages, so some have them, some don’t, and they are evasive.  For example you might find a record saying “Joe Smith’s wife..10 “ if you know who Joe Smith’s wife is you would be safe to ‘assume’ she died sometimes before he paid for the Mort Cloth rental, and then could ‘assume’ she had died.  If the death is after 1855 when registration became mandatory in Scotland you can get the death registration from Scotland’s People site.  In 1841 Scotland did the first census, and that may be helpful as well.  Try these.........good luck, Goldie
From: Josephine Conray
Sent: Friday, April 10, 2020 7:50 PM
Subject: Re: [ScotGen] Ewan Mackay/McKay-Boggierow death

Hi Jo


There are a few Family trees on Ancestry for Ewan Mackay but about four have the following information


Ewan Mackay Born 1791 Scotland and Died 21 Dec 1842 in Boggierow, Fordyce Scot. Patents William? MacKay/ McKay? And Ann? Gray?

Margaret Russell 23 Jan 1798 and Died 23 Jan 1864 Fordyce Village, Scot.


Ewan & Margaret had 10 children


I will keep looking so I hope this helps



Bris, Aust.




From: [] On Behalf Of Joanne Mackay
Sent: Saturday, 11 April 2020 2:56 AM
Subject: [ScotGen] Ewan Mackay/McKay-Boggierow death


Hi all


I am enquiring about my GGGG Grandfather Ewen/Ewan/Ewing/Evan/Even Mackay/McKay/McCay (so many diff spellings).

He died 21/12/1842 at Boggierow, Fordyce. He was an Ag Lab and was born c 1791 in Scotland.

He married  in 1819 at Deskford to Margaret Russel.


I have enquired on forums about this family before and don’t want to waste anyone’s time going over info again so I am trying to ask specific questions.

Previous answers have been helpful but I can’t get any traction.


I am trying to find out who his parents were and if he died in Boggierow where would he have likely to have been buried.

He was probably poor and didn’t have a headstone and I haven’t found anything in regards to the death cloth (not sure of its proper title).

What would the population of Boggierow be back in 1842? What newspapers would deaths have been reported to in that area?


Thank you in advance.


Jo Mackay in Australia

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