Robert Mackay or McKay

???? - 1802


Of Robert McKay & Co., shown as owners of Heywood Hall in St Mary, Jamaica and of Iter Boreale in St George, Jamaica. The firm of Robert Mackay & Co. (q.v.) failed in 1818 and trustees for the firm were awarded compensation for the two estates. Robert Mackay or McKay himself died in 1802, leaving £489, suggesting the business was in trouble at earlier times.


Stephen Mullen, ‘A Glasgow-West India Merchant House and the Imperial Dividend, 1779-1867’, Journal of Scottish Historical Studies 33.2 2012, pp.196-233 at p. 221; Anthony Cooke, 'An elite revisited: Glasgow West India merchants, 1783-1877', Journal of Scottish Historical Studies 32.2 2012 pp. 127-165, at p. 162; CC 9/7/7/9/191 12/07/1807; Stephen Mullen, 'The ‘Glasgow West India interest: integration, collaboration and exploitation in the British Atlantic World', PhD thesis, University of Glasgow (2015) p. 165-166.

We are grateful to Martin Sweet for his assistance with compiling this entry.

Further Information

Wealth at death
West India merchant

Associated Estates (3)

The dates listed below have different categories as denoted by the letters in the brackets following each date. Here is a key to explain those letter codes:

  • SD - Association Start Date
  • SY - Association Start Year
  • EA - Earliest Known Association
  • ED - Association End Date
  • EY - Association End Year
  • LA - Latest Known Association
1810 [EA] - 1839 [LA] → Previous owner
1809 [EA] - 1832 [LA] → Previous owner
1790 [EA] - 1793 [LA] → Joint owner

The Palmetto River estate was shown as owned by Robert McKay & Co. 1790-1793.

Legacies Summary

Commercial (1)

Name Partner
Robert Mckay and Company
West India merchant  

Relationships (1)

Business partners