Farewell to John MacKay

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Posted by Pvt. Davey Gunn, 77 Regt. of Foote on October 17, 2000 at 20:06:26:

3 P.M. October 17, 1758
On the banks of the Loyalhanna Creek
Western Frontier
Colony of Pennsylvania

It is raining steadily now as we say our Final Farewells. This spot was chosen by Christian Morrison as the Resting Place for Pvt. MacKay's body. We are all in attendance, although some have been carried to This Site on litters, as thier strength has not fully returned.

Private John MacKay is being Laid to Rest in a small clearing on the south bank of the Loyalhanna Creek, not far from the place he was cut down by French Musket Fire. He wears the Regimental coat and Grenadier cap of a Soldier of the 77th Regt. of Foote. Morrison was successful in finding a worne Kilt and a pair of discarded hose for wee John, but no shoes could be spared.

Uncle Angus has just been seen on a knoll to the southwest. He and the Flock have formed a large St. Andrews Cross on the hill overlooking us, and the ewes are making low murmuring sounds. It makes me think of Angels humming a Hymn.

As John is lowered into the ground a breeze begins to stir the trees. The rain has ended and the clouds have parted to reveal a deep blue sky. The sun has begun to shine and bright Beams of Light are streaming through the branches into the clearing. There are birds singing off in the distance, and although it is October, even the flowers are in bloom around us.

Christian Morrison is saying the final words and the dirt falls in around wee John's body. We have put to Rest a Hero; a Lad that saved us all from Certain Death. We will remember Him as "wee John", but let the Official Record show him as "Private John Stewart MacKay, 77th Regiment of Foote, Grenadier Company, Montgomery's Highlanders".

According to St. Andrews Plan,

Davey Gunn

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