MacKay Tartan & Clan

In 1616, Donald MacKay was knighted before going off to fight in the Thirty Years' War for the king of Denmark. In recognition of his services he was made the Baronet of Nova Scotia as well as being made a peer under the title Lord Reay. He was later asked to gather a force to support the king of Sweden but was locked in the Tower of London for instigating a deul. While he was locked in the tower, the Swedish king was killed and money that the king owed to Lord Reay was never repaid. So, it is the Swedish royal family who have an outstanding debt, not the MacKays.

Clan MacKay Crest & Motto

Mackay

"Manu Forti"

With a Strong Hand
OTHER NAMES WHO WEAR THE MacKay TARTAN:

WHAT DOES THE MacKay NAME MEAN?
In Gaelic MacKay is Mac Aoidh meaning son of Hugh,

WHERE DOES THE MacKay CLAN HAIL FROM?
Strathnaver in the Highlands

Clan MacKay's plant badge is Bulrush