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Memorable Manitobans: William McKay (c1775-1849)


Born at Caithness, Scotland around 1775, he came to Red River with the third Selkirk party, and was described as a shoemaker. Embarking at Stromness, he brought a pair of millstones and was accompanied by his wife and three children; a fourth child was born en route from York Factory to the settlement. In 1817 he was granted lot 19 (now part of Kildonan Park) by Lord Selkirk. He died at Red River in 1849.

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Kildonan Settlers Bridge (Red River, Winnipeg)


Dictionary of Manitoba Biography by John M. “Jack” Bumsted, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 1999.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 8 July 2017

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