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96th Regiment 1875
Name McKAY – John
Regiment (s)96th Regiment
Regiment Number (s) 1064
Date/Age/Place/Trade or
Profession at Attestation
29th August 1836 / 15 years / Glasgow Scotland
Description – Height
5 Ft 6 in
Dark / Hazel / Dark Brown /
Overseas Service/DurationAustralian Colonies – 7 years 10 months
East Indies – 6 years 1 month
Gibraltar – 10 months
Length of Service21 years 29 days
Rank/Date/Place of DischargeCorporal / 25th March 1861 / Dublin Ireland
Campaign MedalsNone
Intended Residence at
20 Candleriggs Street Glasgow Scotland
Pension Districts1861 2nd Glasgow
1862 Bermuda (in transit)
1863-1871 Western Australia
Pension Paid1/3d per diem
Date of Departure and Place
England or Ireland
30th October 1862 Gravesend England (via Bermuda)
Ship and Date of Arrival
Western Australia
MERCHANTMAN 15th February 1863
Date/Place of Birth29th August 1821 North Leith Leith Scotland
Date/Place of BaptismNot yet known
Date/Place of Birth
McKAY Donald
Not yet known
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
SiblingsNot yet known
1st Wife
Date of Birth or Baptism
PATTON Isabella
c1836 Glasgow Scotland
Date/Place of Marriage6th June 1862 Glasgow Scotland
Children by 1st WifeMary Janet or Janet Mary B 14th August 1867 Western Australia
M WATSON James1889 Western Australia
D 6th February 1946 Western Australia
bur Spiritualist Section Karrakatta Cemetery Western Australia
Father of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
Mother of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
2nd Husband of WifeGARDNER (GARDINER) John – Honourable East India Company arrived “LORD DALHOUSIE 1863”
Date/Place of Marriage1872 Western Australia
Children by 2nd HusbandJohn Donald McKay B 24th December 1872 Western Australia
M CROWTHER Margaret 28th December 1913 Western Australia
D 4th August 1934 Perth Western Australia
Ernest B 1873 Western Australia
M SELBIE Matilda 20th October 1897 Residence of WH Gorman Port Adelaide South Australia
D 15th July 1934 Port Adelaide SA
Bur Cheltenham Cemetery SA
Isabella B 1874 Western Australia
M OLDHAM John 1899 Cottesloe Western Australia
D 28th July 1946 Victoria Park Western Australia
Agnes B 1877 Western Australia
D 10th September 1877 Western Australia
B East Perth Cemeteries Western Australia
Land Grants Western
Occupation after
Not yet known
Newspaper ArticlesWest Australian Friday 21st August 1908 – page 7
The West Australian Saturday 3rd August 1946 page 1 Death of Isabella Oldham
Departure from Western
Not applicable
Date/Place of Death/Burial31st August 1871 Western Australia
East Perth Cemeteries Western Australia
Date/Place of Death/Burial
18th August 1908 127 Summers Street East Perth Western Australia
Congregational Section East Perth Cemeteries Western Australia
Will or ProbateSROWA Cons 3403 1908/169 (see below)
Further InformationBritish Army Worldwide index
1851 John McKay 1064 Drummer, fifer or bugler 96th Foot location Lahore
Discharge due to Chronic rheumatism
In the 1861 Census John McKay, pensioner, age 39 is a visitor at the home of James and Elizabeth Welsh at 20 Candleriggs street Glasgow.
Isabella Paton [born Ayr in 1836 daughter of Janet (nee Watson) & John Paton] a domestic servant, married John McKay a Calenderer (operator of a roller machine for glazing and smoothing paper) at the Church of Scotland St James Road Glasgow on 6 June 1862. Both were residing at 20 Candelriggs Street .
Conduct of both John and Isabella McKay was recorded by the Surgeon Superintendent of the Merchantman as being Very Good.
On 22nd May 1908 Isabella Gardner wrote her will bequeathing all her worldly possessions to her son John Donald McKay Gardner and naming him executor. The estate consisted of land and buildings valued at £1285/10/0 with debts of 500/3/0 making the value of the estate £785/7/0. The land was 3 pieces of land consisting of 2 roods 3 perches subdivision 32 &33 of Perth suburban lot 162 with frontages to Claisebrook Road and Summer Street with a 4 roomed villa, another smaller 4 roomed cottage and a small cottage of 3 rooms. If John Donald was to die unmarried the residue of the estate would go to her granddaughter.
Janet Mary McKay was 4 years old when her father died, they were living on the Mezzanine floor of the Perth pensioner Barracks. Her mother Isabella McKay married John Gardner, pensioner, after the death of his first wife Isabella (Lawson). Isabella McKay had nursed Isabella Gardner (Lawson) before her death. Janet McKay attended school at the Barracks and was taught music and played the organ at St. Georges Terrace Presbyterian Church-later Trinity. (Information from Evelyn Morgan letter dated 2014)