The Davidson Connection?
In 1972, Dr. W. MacKay of Newcastle (?Chatham), New Brunswick showed me a
paper containing the account of a brooch which had been passed from the
eldest daughter to the eldest daughter - the first recorded daughter being
'Margaret Davidson'. The account read as follows:
"This brooch is an heirloom which passes from eldest daughter to eldest
daughter. It may have originated with the Davidson family. The wife of
Alexandeer MacKay was Margaret Davidson who was said to have been the
daughter of the Sheriff of Dornoch and the initials K.D. may refer to an
earlier holder of the brooch, perhaps a Katherine Davidson."
The known holders of it have been as shown:
Margaret Davidson (1771-1855);
born in Scotland, wife of Alexander MacKay (1762 - 1847)
Marion MacKay (1818 - 1880);
born in Bratten, Scotland, wife of John MacIntosh (1810 - 1887)
Annabel MacIntosh (1849 - 1940);
born in North Earltown, N.S., wife of Murdoch MacLean (1858
Mary M. MacLean (1884 - );
born in Wallace Grant, N.S., wife of Talbert MacNutt
One queries this account. Margaret Davidson, born 1771, would be 47 years
old if and when she gave birth to Marion. Has a generation been missed?
The other wives appear to be older when giving birth to their first
The known ages of the children of Alexander and Margaret MacKay of Bratan
Grudy (later of Mount Dalhousie, Pictou County, NS) range from Janet, born
in 1791, to Angus, born in 1812. The Parish records of Rogart give
Margaret's maiden name as MacKay, not Davidson.
This may indeed be two married couples, with similar names. Due ot the
rigours of the Scottish Naming System,
it happens frequently.
One may question whether Marion is the eldest daughter of the eldest
daughter of Alexander and Margaret MacKay, and perhaps her parents were
living at Bratten at the time of her birth.
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