Tuesday, 24 May 2011

Napier witnesses: Alexander Mackenzie

Alexander Mackenzie gave evidence on behalf of the people of Branahine [Braighe na h-Aoidhe]. We find him on the 1881 census at the age of 61, married to Isabella Mackenzie (57). The location of the couple is confirmed in the corresponding record from 1817. In '81, their children Malcolm (26), Robert (16) and Helen (14) are in the house. The 1871 census also shows an elder daughter Catherine, three years older than Malcolm; the 1861 census adds Janet, three years older than Catherine. Janet is Jessie in the 1851 census. The same record puts Alexander down as a crofter of 4 acres.

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