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Mackenzie-Ross (Aldie)

George Balfour Mackenzie-Ross (1809-1875) was born in the parish of Tarbat (Ross-shire) to George Ross, of Aldie, who from 1820 was known as George Mackenzie Ross, and Catherine Balfour, a daughter of the parish minister of Tain (Ross-shire). He was noted as being 'in Berbice' where in 1862 he married Catherine Elizabeth Douglas of that colony. The couple returned to Scotland and lived for a time on Linlithgow. Catherine Douglas died in Tain in 1898.

In 1869, on the birth of a son in Linlithgow, he was described as George Balfour Mackenzie Ross, Esq., of Aldie, Scotland and Wellington Park, Berbice [The Colonist, 28 October, 1869].

He also had four children in Berbice with Charlotte Bowling (d1888) who all took the surname Mackenzie - Isabella, George, Simon, and William Chisholm [Report of the Titles to Land Commissioners, Berbice (1892), p488]. They lived on part of Lot 35 on the Corentyne Coast, which their father bought for them before finally returning to Scotland.

Further details of Ross of Aldie family. The source of the reference to Berbice is the Findon tables, a series of thirteen large genealogy charts published in 1879 by Major James Dixon MacKenzie of Findon.



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