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My grandfather Kenneth MacKay came from Thurso in the early 1900's and in 1926, My father went there for a visit to meet his grandfather. I'm not sure but according to a 1901&1891 census they may have lived on Wilson St. How can I get a map, or in touch with city council or geneology in Thurso to track this down. I want to make a trip there but want to have my ducks in a row as i have other family in different cities throughout Scotland. I'm not a spring chicken so no time a wastin to stumble my way around. Thanks any help or pointers appreciated.


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these websites might get you started.





they are taken from an Insider page with lots of info on Scotland.


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Hello barnmack

I live in Thurso (like countless generations of my family before me). Glad to hear you're planning a trip across. You'll find an online map for Thurso at www.streetmap.co.uk and you'll find Wilson Street is right in the centre of town, behind Thurso Town hall and museum. The famous botanist Robert Dick was born in Wilson Street in the 1800's. There are lots of mackays still in this area, and about 30 miles west of Thurso you'll find the Clan Mackay centre in Bettyhill. Try looking at www.mackaycountry.com for further info on the clan in the north. You'll find the north west corner of the Highlands is mackay country. Caithness is traditionally Sinclair territory (my clan!)

You'll also find that the north Highland Archive in nearby Wick will have lots of local family information (highland.gov.uk/leisureandtourism/…), and there is a local Family History Society that should be able to help. It can be found at www.caithnessfhs.org.uk where you'll see a page for queries.

Good luck with your search, and I hope you decide to come and visit us!

Eann Sinclair

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