MACKEY - McDONNELL. A Victorian carte-de-visite photograph album containing 50 CDV cards all relating to the Mackey / McDonnell family located mostly in Ayrshire, Scotland, plus extended families including Davidson; Elder; Fullerton; Gault; Hunter; Pattison; Stevens; Thompson; and Wallace. Each of the 50 photographs has a neat hand written identification on the base of the album page. Most of the CDVs are by Scottish photographers, with a few other locations including Belfast, Dublin and New York, but not all are checked. The CDVs are contained in an embossed leather album (5 x 6 inches) with brass clasps, and inside the cover is the signature of Mrs J.C.Fulton. The joints of the covers are worn and have a couple of small splits, and the card pages are tight - in one place the pages have split from the backing.
William Mackey Esq of Lismatigiley, Raphoe, County Donegal married Sarah McDonnell, daughter of Captain McDonnell in Saltcoats, Ayrshire, Scotland, on December 16th 1848. The majority of family members in the album appear to be resident in Ayrshire and other Scottish locations, with some others with Irish connections. Such well annotated photograph albums are hard to find, and are an invaluable source in family history research.