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As mentioned in a previous post, the founders of Mackays of Cambridge were Economic migrants from the Scottish Highlands. However, not all of the family ended up in Cambridge. The original Donald Mackay had 3 brothers who set their sights on the other side of the pond and it is Roderick who stands out in particular.

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This week we are looking back at the early days of the firm and how it got started. As covered in a previous post, The Mackays had completed their slow emigration from the Highlands of Scotland to the city of Cambridge. Having bought out the local Wheelrights it was time for the original Donald and his son Duncan to make their mark. In the extract from his memoirs below, the current Donald Mackay (3rd Generation in the business) looks back at how it all got going:

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Although we now think of ourselves as Cambridge through and through, the first generation Mackays of Cambridge were migrants driven by economic hardship from their homeland on the Black Isle in the Scottish Highlands.

A story of beginning

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