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William McKay

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Francis Report 20 Jun 2018 16:17

I'm looking for information on William McKay 7th Lancers.
Died in 1893 aged 46, date of birth 1847/8.
May have been in the Royal Hospital Kilmainham Dublin when he died.
Married Catherine McKay nee Looney in 1872 in Co. Cork Ireland.
I think they had 5 children.
Fathers name James McKay a builder.
Trying to find a service record and William's place of birth and mother's name.
Thanking you in advance.


ArgyllGran Report 20 Jun 2018 16:28

Welcome to the boards, Frank.

It's a very common name - but just as a possible starting point, for the helpers' reference, is this his death?

William Francis M'Kay
in the Ireland, Civil Registration Deaths Index, 1864-1958
Name: William Francis M'Kay
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1847
Date of Registration: Apr-May-Jun 1893
Death Age: 46
Registration district: Dublin South
Volume: 2
Page: 542
FHL Film Number: 101597

Also the marriage, again just for reference:

Catherine Looney
in the Ireland, Civil Registration Marriages Index, 1845-1958
Name: Catherine Looney
Date of Registration: 1872
Registration district: Cork, Ireland
Volume: 20
Page Number: 111
FHL Film Number: 101251
Records on Page:
William M'Kay
Eliza M'Neill
Thomas Wilkins
Timothy Mahony
Catherine Looney
John O'Donoghue
Mary Murphy
Hannah O'Brien


Francis Report 20 Jun 2018 16:39

Hi ArgyllGran
Thanks for that,
that's him, I should have said the 17th Lancers not the 7th.
I think he saw service in India and South Africa.


ArgyllGran Report 20 Jun 2018 16:41

The marriage cert is marginally helpful.

Oct 5th 1872, in the Roman Catholic Chapel at Ballincollig [?]
William McKay, full age, bachelor, soldier.
Residence at marriage: Ballincollig.
Father James McKay, deceased, printer.

Oh, I see you say his father was a builder? It looks like "printer" to me.

Catherine Looney, full age, spinster, servant.
Address: Ballincollig.
Father: Daniel Looney, deceased, labourer.

Witnesses: Theobald Murphy and Ellen Duggan.


Francis Report 20 Jun 2018 16:46

Looking at this now it could well be printer


ArgyllGran Report 21 Jun 2018 15:56

Frank started another thread re William's father James -