(1825-1879)James McKay, born at Fort Edmonton, was the son of James McKay Sr.
(an itinerantScottish fur trader) and Marguerite Gladu
,a Métisse daughter of Charles Gladu andMarguerite Ross. He spent most of his life in what is now Manitoba. McKay was anexpert guide, woodsman and hunter.James McKay was educated at Red River and began working for the Hudson's BayCompany in 1853 and had postings in the Swan River district, Qu'Appelle Lakes, FortEllice, Fort Pelly and the Shayenne River region. McKay began work with the HBC in1853. It is a tribute to his skills that many distinguished visitors sought him out as aguide. He often met the HBC governor,George SimpsoninCrow Wing, Minnesota and
escorted him toUpper Fort Garry. In 1857, while atFort Ellice,he was engaged to guide
theJohn Palliser party from Fort Ellice (now St. Lazare, Manitoba) through theSaskatchewan plains to its winter quarters atFort Carlton,Saskatchewan.James married Margaret Rowand in June of 1859 and as a result of his wife’sinheritance, the family established itself at Deer Lodge and McKay had an active business career at Red River. Margaret was born on July 5, 1825, at Fort Edmonton, theMetis daughter of Chief Factor John Rowand (b. 1787) and Louise (Lizette) Humphyville(Metis), the daughter of Edward Humphryville and an unknown Native woman. Margaretmarried James McKay, the son of James McKay and Marguerite Gladu. Her cousinMaria Rowand married John HenryMcTavish. He was a Roman Catholic andspoke French fluently. He was a sympathizer of the Métis. He was in charge of Upper FortGarry after the departure of Governor WilliamMcTavish (no relation) in 1870.Children of James McKay and MargueriteRowand:
Augusta, born December 5, 1856, shemarried Richard Lapoudre dit Power.
Marie Sophie, born November 8,18612, died October 21, 1862.
John Henri, born August 23, 1863 atSt. Boniface, died October 26, 1866.
Jane Dallas, born August 23, 1863 atSt. James, she married Louis Gagnon.
James Alexander, born March 10,1866 at St. James.
John Auguste, born May 31, 1870 atSt. James.
James McKay Sr, Was born January 13, 1797 in Scotland, he died in 1887 at Prince Albert and is buried on the Mistawasis Reserve.
Marguerite was born in 1809 at Cumberland House