Murdo Mackenzie,

Murdo Mackenzie, "Cattle King"

Year: 1920 | Included in Albums: People

Photo Description

Murdo Mackenzie was born in Rhamore, Edderton in 1850, son of a small tenant farmer on the Balnagown Estate. He was one of many Scots who took apart in the great cattle rearing industry in the Great Plains of North America in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Some merely became cowboys but others played a leading role in the large cattle companies, a number of which were registered and organised from Scotland. Murdo featured in several associations but is best known as the manager of the giant Matador Land & Cattle Company based in Texas. He held this post from 1891 to 1911 and again from 1922 to 1937. His two sons and a nephew were also involved with this company. More information about this interesting subject and Murdo's part in it can be found in "Plaids and Bandanas" by Rob Gibson.

Cat No. 2737.1
Year 1920
Albums People
Date added February 13th, 2006
Added by Tain & District Museum
12 Visitor Comments
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    Ryan Macleay Mackenzie

    Murdo was my great great grandfathers younger brother. His brother David Mackenzie (my great great grandfather) left the family home at Craigroy Farm to work as a police constable in Plockton. His son Donald Macleay Mackenzie eventually left the north of Scotland to reside in Ayrshire. Donald Mackenzie's remaining desendants still live in Ayrshire today.

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    Ian Harris

    Murdo Mackenzie was also brother to my great-grandmother, Jessie (1854-1941). They, along with the above mentioned David (and Charles Mackenzie who appears on another photograph) were among eleven children born at Rhamore farm, Edderton (aka. Rathmore) to tenant farmers Jessie & David Mackenzie. The family later moved to nearby Craigroy farm. My great-grandmother, Jessie, emigrated in 1879 to New Zealand with her first husband, John Gallie, but he died there soon after from appendicitis, so she returned to Craigroy with her two young daughters and later married my great-grandfather, Alexander MacArthur (1863-1938) who was employed at nearby Balblair, but came from Nairnshire. I am the only living descendant of both Alexander & Jessie, and have lived in Denmark almost 30 years.

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    John Ross Allen, son of James Ross Allen, father of Sameul Ross Allen

    My great grandmother was also the brother of Murdoch. Her name was Barbara Mackenzie. I think she is buried in Raton, New Mexico. My grandmother, Mollie Cartwright told me Barbara came across the plains in a covered wagon to meet her older brother, Murdoch. Barbara married William Cartwright in New Mexico. William worked for Murdoch. My grandmother, Mollie Cartwright was born in Raton, NM. She married Samuel Ross Allen b. Belton, TX in 1888. Both Samuel and Mollie are buried in La Junta, Colorado. Sam died in 1948, Mollie about 1997.

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    Lisa McMurray

    Hi Folks Do any of you know any more detail about David and Jessie Mackenzie, Birth dates, Jessie's maiden surname, Davids siblings.Any information, assumed or factual would be helpful.

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    Iain Russell

    Murdo was a great friend to The Glenmorangie Distillery and placed frequent orders for whisky to be sent to him and to his friends and business associates in the USA. The town of Murdo, in Jones County, South Dakota, is named for him. His son David (nicknamed "Dode") was shot dead in a saloon in SD.

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    David Forlow

    Murdo also worked for Thomas Edward Wilson. Thomas was Canadian born but proud of his Scottish roots. Wilson Meatpacking owned land from Brazil to Canada. An offshoot of the meatpacking business was Wilson Sporting Goods. If anyone has a photo of Murdo and Thomas together, I'd love to see it.

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    Lori Whitener

    John Ross Allen, your grandmother Mollie was sister to my grandmother, Susan!

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    Lori Whitener

    I show Jessie Robertson Mackenzie's birth date is June 25, 1828. Died May 4, 1900 in Craigroy, Scotland. David Mackenzie born 1816, died 1903

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    Ian Harris

    Lori - records show David born on Nov.13th, 1815 at Craigroy farm: christened on Nov.24th, 1815: died July 9th, 1903 at Craigroy farm (Edderton).

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    Barbara Button

    Murdo was my children's great great great grandfather. We will be visiting Scotland in a few months and wondered if someone could let us know if there are any places to visit that honor Murdo.

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    Alasdair Cameron

    Go to the "Drover" exhibition that is upstair in the Dingwall Auction Mart and he is featured there. Also look at the book "Plaids & Bandannas" by Rob Gibson

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    Ian Harris

    To Barbara Button :- do you need details and photos of Murdo's birthplace and family farms, and family gravestones (near Tain)?

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