Maryburgh Folk

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Mrs Margaret Mackay on 3 October 2014, celebrating her 100th birthday with family and friends in Wyvis House, Dingwall, and showing her congratulatory card from HM The Queen.

Mrs Margaret Mackay

Margaret Mackay was born on 3 October 1914 and brought up in Lochinver where she had her primary education prior to attending Golspie High School.  When the Second World War broke out, Margaret joined the WRNS, being stationed at first at Evanton.  Later, as an officer, she served at Admiralty Headquarters and also at Machrihanish.

Following war service, Margaret married William Mackay, who was a railway employee and finally station master at Conon Bridge until the station closed in 1960.  Then Margaret and William lived in Invergordon for a time but moved to Maryburgh where Margaret took an active part in village life, being a regular attender at Maryburgh Free Church.  She lived an independent life into her 90s, including daily visits to the local shop and helping with the annual checking of Blythswood shoeboxes in the Free Church hall.  Unfortunately, in January 2014 she suffered a fall, had a spell in hospital and then moved to residential care in Wyvis House.

Good genes are obviously in Margaret's family because her grandfather, a crofter near Lochinver, lived to 103 years!
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