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Recently had a query from a lady in Invercargill.  One of her ancestors was a McKay, and she is trying to verify whether the "Elizabeth McKay" buried in the Hampden cemetery, was Thomas McKay's first wife Elizabeth Jenkins.  We do know that Elizabeth died at Hamiltons, a gold-mining area in the South Island.  If you have any information please Email us at :


  • Some research has recently been undertaken in Co. Down at Seaforde. Check again later.
    Alisdair Batchem visited Seaforde recently and met the present owner of Seaforde House, Mark Forde. He also visited Cumran House, whose present owner was most friendly and helpful. She sent Alisdair a letter a few days after he arrived back home giving him some extra information. Alisdair also visited Cumran farm which had been owned last century by William Dorrian, Bishop Patrick Dorrian's brother. Alisdair got in touch with Father McGee in Seaforde who was most helpful, photocopying records for him and verifying that certain spellings of the name related to our present family. Much of Alisdair's time was spent in the various cemetaries photographing headstones. Hopefully the outcome of some of this research will arrive in time for the next Newsletter, and will also be posted here.

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