MACKAY, Hon. George (c.1715-82), of Skibo, Sutherland.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1754-1790, ed. L. Namier, J. Brooke., 1964
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1747 - 1761

Family and Education

b. c.1715, 3rd s. of George, 3rd Lord Reay [S], and bro. of Hon. Alexander Mackay.  educ. ?Aberdeen Univ., M.A. 1730; adv. 1737.  m. 13 Dec. 1766, Anne, da. of Eric Sutherland, o.s. of the attainted 3rd Lord Duffus, 5s. 4da.

Offices Held

Capt. Independent Co. of Foot 1745; capt. Loudoun’s Regt. 1746; ret. 1748.

Master of the Scottish mint 1756.


In 1754 Mackay was returned unopposed for Sutherland. James St. Clair, who had represented Sutherland 1736-47, wrote to James Oswald, 26 Jan. 1754:1 ‘In consequence of Mr. Pelham’s desire I have forebore to give the smallest opposition to Capt. Mackay ... though it was in my power to have done it effectually.’ Mackay was a Government supporter, who held a secret service pension of £300 per annum until he was given office in 1756.2 On 2 May 1757 he voted with Newcastle and Fox on the Minorca inquiry; and during the 1757 negotiations was listed by Newcastle among the Scots personally attached to himself who would support an Administration from which Argyll might be excluded. Electoral considerations prompted Mackay’s vote against the Irish cattle bill; he was a teller in the division of 6 Mar. 1759. At the general election of 1761 he left Parliament in favour of his brother Alexander.

He died 25 June 1782.

Ref Volumes: 1754-1790

Author: John Brooke


  • 1. Memorials of J. Oswald, 337.
  • 2. Namier, Structure, 217, 428.