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Bob Topley
23-11-2007, 4:33 PM
I have a relative Donald Mackenzie born abt 1860 in Orbliston Morayshire and I would like to learn more about that area. Donald married Mary Stokoe Bonthorn and in the 1901 census they were living in Carstairs Junction Lanarkshire with their children Grace b abt 1890, George b abt 1891, Henry b abt 1892, Gordon b abt 1896 and William b 1900. Any information or links to checkout Orbliston and the Mackenzie family would be appreciated.
Thank you.

Bob Topley
13-06-2008, 10:50 PM
Donald's birth was registered as Donald McKinzie, 1860, February 18, at Orbliston in the Parish of Speymouth County of Elgin. His father is George McKinzie, farm servant and his mother is Anne McKinzie, maiden name Milne. From 1900 onwards the family has used the spelling Mackenzie.

Chasing Caseys
14-06-2008, 6:09 PM
Hello Bob

The moray.gov.uk web site is good for anyone with roots in Moray. You can search for people and places by following the local heritage links.

Happy hunting.


Bob Topley
15-06-2008, 3:56 PM
Hello Tracey
Thank you very much I have added the site to my bookmarks.
The most interesting thing so far is how the family surname starts with McKinzie, to McKenzie, to MacKenzie and finally with lower case Mackenzie. It has been the latter since the 1920s.

14-10-2010, 3:33 PM
My grandmothers brother Hugh McDonald married an Isabella McKenzie in 1924. Isabella was born 1896 at Broomhill,Duthill which is now famous as Glenbogle station in the television series "Monarch of the Glen." In 1929 Hugh was employed as 4th Horseman at Orbliston farm. He had previously been employed as a farm servant at Knockanbuie by John Grant who Isabella was first married to.John Grant died and Isabella married Hugh and he became farm manager. Hugh had been wounded in WW1 and took to drink.
Isabella drowned herself and her four children in the Spey River in June 1929 at Fochabers very near Orbliston. I have some photographs taken in the area by a friend a few years ago and would be happy to send copies on to you.