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Family Crest Motto: MANU FORTI (With a strong hand)

Let me regale you with the tale of your family’s roots, woven through the annals of time. The Gaelic echoes of Macaoidh, signifying ‘son of Hugh’, resonate with the legacy your family carries. Yet, delve deeper, and you will find whispers of a lineage stemming from a younger branch of Scotland’s ancient royal house. Among the earliest threads of your family’s story is that of Walter Mackay, who served as chamberlain to Adam, the bishop of Caithness. Through a union with the bishop’s daughter, a new chapter began.

From this union, Martin emerged, inheriting church lands in Strathnaver, bestowed by his maternal grandfather. This Martin’s valor echoed at the Battle of Bannockburn under the banner of Robert the Bruce, marking the resurgence of Scottish sovereignty. Two sons, Morgan and Farquhar, followed in his footsteps. It is from Morgan that your clan drew its Gaelic name, Clan-wie-Worgan, a tribute to ancestral valor.

In 1411, the tapestry of your family’s history intertwined with the Lord of the Isles, as Angus Dubh Makay made his stand at Dingwall. From captivity to marriage, Angus’s path was etched in bold strokes. In 1437, Neill Mackay, released from captivity, ascended to the chiefship, steering the course for your family through turbulent waters.

Magnificent strides were taken in 1628 when Sir Donald Mackay was crowned Lord Reay, a testament to the honor your lineage had earned. The tale continued with Eric, the 7th Lord of Reay, securing a place among Scotland’s peers. As eras shifted, so did fortunes. With the weight of debts, Alexander, the 8th Lord Reay, donned the mantle, while Eric, the 9th Lord Reay, grappled with the specter of financial encumbrances.

Donald, the 11th lord, carried your family’s banner to Bombay’s Governorship, and the echoes of his legacy resounded through the corridors of diplomacy. From the annals of history emerged a cousin from distant lands, whose kinship inherited the mantle of your family’s honor. Your own heritage was solidified as your lineage became British subjects, leaving indelible imprints on the Foreign Office during the crucible of World War II.

With a tapestry that spans across centuries, your family’s story is one of courage, resilience, and legacy. The chapters of triumph and challenge are interwoven, creating a mosaic of honor that echoes through the halls of time.

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Family Crest Motto: MANU FORTI (With a strong hand)

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