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John (born 1874) was a son of Kenneth Mackay and Ann Maclean, 7 Calbost.
In Fraserburgh, in 1901, he married Margaret Mackenzie, 5 Cromore. John and Margaret settled at 7 Calbost and they had seven children.
John was a weaver, fisherman and and village merchant but due to the poor prospects in the herring fishing in the 1920s the family moved to Stornoway. John worked as a warper with the small producer Maclennan, Bayhead, Stornoway.