Neil Johnston McKechnie

(1826—1888)



 BORN 1 February 1826, Aberdeenshire, Scotland.
 BAPTISED 1 February 1826
 DIED 22 June 1888, Clarendon Hotel, Durban, SA.
 
 FATHER Neil McKechnie
 MOTHER Janet Johnston (1806-1876)
 
 MARRIED Elizabeth Reid Walker on 16 April 1850 at Old Deer, Aberdeen, Scotland.
 CHILDREN   Jessie Johnston (1851-)
 Neil Malcolm Johnston (1853-1930)
 Elizabeth Reid Johnston (1860-1935)
 Donald Hector Johnston (1861-1926)
 Margaret Johnston

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Neil Johnston McKechnie, M.A. Aberdeen University, went to Natal from Aberdeen in 1850. Acted as a tutor in Natal, then as Clerk in the Commissariat Dept, Fort Napier. In 1858 became a thatcher. Moved to Harrismith. Was trustee of first Methodist Church in Harrismith where he became a shopkeeper and town councillor and eventually Mayor. Later an elder of the first Presbyterian Church.



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