The MacKay clan lived in the Highlands of Scotland, before immigrating to County Down, Ireland.
The Highlands are beautiful country, in the Northern most part of Scotland. This is an area with a lot of rain and that grows considerably cold in the winter.
Many mountanious ranges cover the area, which leads to it being sparely populated.
The population speaks Scottish Gaelic. Even today this is one of the few areas where Gaelic is still spoken. All of the signs on the countryside are in both English and Gaelic.
Before the 1800 Highland Uprisings, this was a very poor area.
Stratnaver is at the very tip of Scotland and where many of the MacKay’s lived. The clan system had a chieftan that protected and cared for his clan. All of the clan lived and worked the land together.