William Mackay was born in Clyne on 30th June 1872, son of John Mackay, crofter, and his wife, Williamina Ross. The family lived at West Clyne. William was a plumber to trade and married Jane Mowatt Murray, known as Jeannie. They lived in Roslyn Street, Brora, Clyne. William enlisted in the army in 1908. He was with the 5th Battalion Seaforth Highlanders. He was mobilised in August 1914 arriving in France on 1st May 1915. In December that year he was discharged on medical grounds and remained on the sick list until his death. He died on 29th January 1918 in Roslin Street, Brora. He was awarded the 1914/15 Star, War Medal and the Victory Medal. He is buried in a War Grave in Clyne Cemetery, Brora. he is commemorated on the family headstone in the same cemetery and listed on the Clyne War Memorial and the Clyne Parish Church War Memorial. His wife Jeannie died in 1963.