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Courtesy of:Roddie Macpherson
GraveyardGarve Old
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Alexander McKenzie.

Erected in/memory of/ALEXr McKENZIE/achnaclerach/who died in/1789/aged 52 years.


[see Image no.  9035].








Picture Added on 15 September 2008.


Alexander was born about 1737 at Achiltibuie in Coigach. He is noted in "Ships of the '45" as in 1746 with his mother fleeing from isle to isle from the English; his father and mother's brother were officers in Cromarty's Jacobite Regiment.

He later had an apprenticeship in the south learning modern farming methods, however in 1767 he and his Widowed mother lost tack of Achiltibuie and were moved to the more remote and desolate farm of Dalpolly. See the stone of Daniel Mackenzie in Badenscallie burial ground who took Achiltibuie on this website (enter 601 in Search Box).

At some point he became Tacksman of Achnaclerach, and his death variously ascribed to a footpad near Garve, or a duel. It is thought his wife was sister of the father of the explorer, Sir Alexander Mackenzie (see Image No. 1381).

Alex of Achnaclerach had nine or ten children, four of them noted furtraders in North America. See file on the Mackenzie of Achiltibuie family at the Coigach genealogy website noted in the links section of this site.

Added by Donald MacDonald-Ross on 06 October 2008.
Hiya Roddie, has another pic of this stone, including a line that was buried in the sod when you took your photo;

"aged 52 years"

which agrees with a transcription about 1912 by a descendant.

Added by Donald MacDonald-Ross on 26 November 2008.

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