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Alexander Mackenzie

Alexander Mackenzie

Alexander (1875-1952) was the son of Donald Mackenzie and Christina Smith of 12 Calbost.

At Govan, Glasgow, in 1903, he married Christina Nicolson, 11 Calbost. Alexander and Christina settled at 11 Calbost and they had four children.

Alexander was widowed in 1915  when he was away in the Royal Navy during the First World War. The children went to live with their Maternal Grandparents at Stornoway.

He was discharged from the Royal Navy on medical grounds in 1916.

At Marvig School, in 1918, he married Matilda Mackenzie, 4 Calbost.  There was no mission hall in Marvig or Calbost at that time. Rev Donald MacCallum Keose officiated at the wedding. Alexander and Matilda settled at 4 Calbost and they had five children.

The family settled on croft 12 Calbost in 1933 but continued to cultivate croft 4 because they were still landless cottars.

He was the village postman from 1917-1942, walking to Cromore for the mails three times a week until the daily delivery was introduced in 1928. He was Postmaster when a Sub Post Office was opened in Marvig. All these years he carried out the household delivery in Marvig and Calbost by foot. He was also a Free Church Elder and he took the evening Sunday service in the village as well as the weekly prayer meeting.

His sons John, Donald Alexander and Roderick John served in the Navy during the Second World War. Two of his daughters were Red Cross Nurses and two were Munitions Workers.


Title: Alexander Mackenzie
Record Type: People
Gaelic Name: Alasdair Dhomhnuill Bhig
Also Known As: Alasdair Gladaidh
Date of Birth: 1875
Date of Death: 1952
Date of Marriage: 1903
Occupation: Postmaster
Sex: Male
Bk Reference: CEP 2125
Record Maintained By: CEP
Subject Id: 15938