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Malcolm SCOLLAY 1

  • Born: 1648, Stronsay, Orkney 1
  • Marriage: Barbara ELPHINSTONE in 1685 in Holm and Paplay, Orkney 1
  • Died: After 1717, Of, Hunton, Stronsay, Orkney 2

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Malcolm was the son of Harie Scollay (qv) of Strynie (now named Whitehall) in Stronsay. He was a merchant, and purchased Hunton near Strynie from Robert Scollay in 1684, the year before his marriage to Barbara Elphinstone (qv). They had seven children, five sons and two daughters. All their children with the possible exception of William moved away from their home island. Their eldest son John (qv) was born around 1686. The dates of birth of their other children are not known. Their son Robert was a shipmaster who settled in Shetland and married Janet Nicolson. The next son William may have been a shipmaster in Stronsay. Thier next son James emigrated to Boston in Massachusetts, where he married Deborah Bligh and had a large family including John Scollay who became Chairman of the Boston Selectmen and was a friend of Samuel Adams, one of the founding fathers of the United States. The last son Samuel also emigrated, to North Carolina, where he married Elizabeth Pollock, a widow.

Malcolm and Barbara had two married daughters. Jean first married her cousin Thomas Dishington, a skipper, and had three children; and then married David Strang, a dyer, and had another eight children all baptised in Kirkwall, including James Strang who became a distinguished engraver and changed his name to Strange. The other married daughter was Rebecca, who married James Laing, a merchant from Shapinsay and had six children, several with links to Jamaica.


Malcolm married Barbara ELPHINSTONE, daughter of John ELPHINSTONE and Jean COK, in 1685 in Holm and Paplay, Orkney.1 (Barbara ELPHINSTONE died After 1717, Of in Hunton, Stronsay, Orkney 2.)



1 Hugh Marwick, Some Notes on an Old Orkney Family - The Scollays, Orkney Herald, 4 March 1952, 11, 18:, p35.

2 Inference, Kirkwall and St Ola, FHL(L) ref Mf 0990503 (baptism of granddaughter Barbara Scollay).

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