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Mr. Charles Bruce Mackay

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The Seattle Daily Times
Monday Evening, January 21, 1907
Page 5, Column 3

Noted Man’s Son Dies In Seattle

Charles B. Mackay, Son of Famous Literateur, Dies at the Home of His Son, J.R. Mackay of This City

Was Brother to the Distinguished Author George Eric Mackay and of Marie Corelli

Charles B. Mackay, eldest and only surviving son of the famous British author, Dr. Charles Mackay and brother of the distinguished George Eric Mackay and of whom Marie Corelli was an adopted sister, died at the residence of his son, J.R. Mackay, at 1212 East Pine Street yesterday morning at the age of 73 years.

Mackay was born in London September 20, 1833 and at the age of 21 came to America and settled in Toronto where he married. In 1883 he moved to Chicago where he lived until coming to Seattle about three months ago. While young, Dr. Mackay, father of the Seattle man, began writing for Belgian newspapers and also while a young man sent poems to English newspapers. A volume of “Songs and Poems” followed and then returning to England, Dr. Mackay became a contributor to The Sun, assistant sub-editor of The Morning Chronicle and editor of The Glasgow Argus. Among the songs written by Dr. Mackay are “Cheer, Boys, Cheer;” “There’s a Land, a Dear Land” and many others which are being sung in the schools today.

No less distinguished was the brother of Charles B. Mackay, George Eric Mackay, whose work, “The Love Letters of a Violinist,” created such a sensation in the literary world a few years ago.

Mackay is survived by eight children. Three reside in Seattle, three in Chicago and two in Alaska. The body is to be shipped to Chicago for interment.


Generously contributed by: Sheila Simpson