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Dr. L. D. McKixley,

Topeka, Kansas.

Sec'v aud Tkkas.
T'&ris, Ills.

Chicago, Ills.








\r N a country unknown to their ancestors, under a strange sky>
* on the shore of the inland ocean where the ma^ic of man
^ had created the Great White City upon the dunes of sand;
where the Highlands of Bonnie Scotland had become the Lowlands
of a new world; where the heather had never bloomed and the pi-
broch never sounded; where the nations came together and the past
but cast a greater glory on the future, the Clan MacKinlay gathered.
Not in the century and a half since the battle of Cuiloden scattered
the Scottish Clans had the Clan MacKinlay met. In different dress,
with strange words of welcome, owning allegiance to states and
principalities unborn when night drew its curtain over that battle
field n?ar Inverness, they met to honor the memory of their fathers,
to gather and weave together the tangled and broken threads of their
ancestry, to draw inspiration and strength for life's battles from
the glorious history of their past. They came, the old and young,
from many lands and of many minds. That day hand clasped hand
and eye looked into eye and then they parted.

Fate has traced out many a pathway
For their hurrying, wayward feet,

And mayhap by hill or valley
No two steps of theirs may meet,

out the memory of that day will linger and brighten and brighten
as life steals away.

What was done — is it not written'

John Samuel Goodwin,




- IN THE -



Through the efforts of Dr. L. D. McKinley of Topeka, Kansas,
who conceived and carried the plan to successful fruition, the Clan
MacKinlay gathered together in the parlors of the Kansas State
Building at the World's Fair and at eleven o'clock in the midst of
hand-shaking and "gude words of welcome" order was requested by
Judge John S. Goodwin of Chicago, and, on motion, Dr. L. D.
McKinley was elected temporary chairman and Miss Marie B. Mc-
Kinlay of Paris, Illinois, was elected temporary secretary. After
a brief address of welcome by Dr. McKinley the following commit-
tees were appointed :

Committee ox Permanent Organization.

James D. McKinlay Ridgetown, Ontario.

Dr. Esdras Burns McKinley Vaughnsville, dbio.

Homer Bun van McKinley Harrisville, W. Va.

Leroy LaFayette McKinley Ottawa, 111.

Committee on Selection ok Chief.

Wirth C. McKinley Danville, Ills.

Alexander McKinley Claremont, Iowa.

Thomas E. MacKinlay Ottawa, Ilia.

Peter McKinlay Morpeth, Ontario.

Committee on Selection of Historian.

Dr. L. D. McKinley Topeka, Kansas.

|i William McKinley Borden, Ind.

James E. McKinlay Ridgetown, Outario.

i vp Committee on Resolutions.

Governor William McKinley Canton, Ohio.

Hon. John F. McKinlay Detroit, Mich.

Dr. John McKinley Uhrichsville, Ohio.

The committees having signified their willingness to serve, it
was therefore moved and carried that the meeting adjourn until
two p. m.


Upon the gathering of the Clan at two o'clock p. m. Governor
Lewelling of Kansas made an address of welcome after which Gov-
ernor William McKinley of Ohio was introduced by Dr. L. D. Mc-
Kinlev and made an informal talk which was received by the Clan
with many tokens of approval. At the conclusion of the talk a
recess was taken for the personal greeting of the Governor, after
which, order having been restored, the following committees reported:

Permanent Organization.

We, your committee on permanent organization, would respect-
fully report as follows:

For permanent chairman. Dr. L. D. McKinley of Topeka, Kansas.
i For permanent secretary, Miss Marie B. McKinlay of Paris, Ills.

l J (Signed)

James D. McKinlay.
E. B. McKinley.
H. B. McKinley.
L. L. McKinley.


We, the committee appointed to reeomend a Clansman for tbe
position of Chief of the Clan MacKinlay, do hereby respectfully sug-
gest the name of Dr. L. D. McKinley of Topeka, Kansas, for life.


W. C. McKinley.
Alex. McKinley.
Thomas E. MacKinlay.
Peter McKinlay.



We, your committee on the selection of a Historian, would
respectfully recommend the election of Judge John S. Goodwin of
Chicago, Ills, (a descendant of James McKinley. b. 1708, d. 1812), as


L. D. McKinley.
Wm. McKinley.
Jas. E. McKinlay.


Your committee on Resolutions beg leave to report as follows:

Resolved: that the hearty thanks of the Clan MacKinlay be
tendered the State of Kansas for its kindness and hospitality in
granting us the use of its building for the meetings of the Clan and __j
to the Governor of that state for his cordial address of welcome. j

That the thanks of the Clan be most gratefully tendered to Dr.)
L» D. McKinley of Topeka, Kansas, for his foresight in conceiving'
the idea and plan of this gathering and for his industry and zeal in
carrying out so very well the many details necessary to its success

md for the great pleasure it has afforded us all in forming the ac-

ptaintance of one another.

That the hearty thanks of the Clan be conveyed to the Modoc
Club of Topeka, Kansas, for its delightful music which has contribu-
ted so much to our enjoyment and to the press for its kindness in
many ways shown us.

»c.i That the matter of calling the next meeting of the Clan be left to
'me good judgment of our Chieftain and that we respectfully sug-
gest that the same be not deferred for a longer period than one year,
and the place of the same made as convenient for the Clan as possible
and that power is hereby given the Chieftain to appoint such state
and subordinate Chiefs as he may deem advisable or any other officers
necessary to carry out the objects of the Clan and that we further
suggest the advisability of frequent correspondence and visits be-
tween the members of the Clan with a view to the developement of
our acquaintances and friendships.

That we recall with pride the land of our forefathers, dear old
Scotland, and all her splendid battles for personal liberty and her
grand contributions to the statesmanship, literature and material
welfare not only of Scotland but of almost every civilized country of
the world.


John F. McKinlay.
I John McKinley.

Upon motion the reports of the various committees were receiv-
ed and approved and the committees discharged. By a rising vote
; Dr. L. D. McKinley of Topeka, Kansas, the chairman, was elected
Chief of the Clan, Judge Goodwin pattiDg the question before the
Clan. An address of thanks was made by the Chief, after which
letters were read from Hon. Wm. G. Rose, ex-mayor of Cleveland,
Ohio, Mrs. J. II. Livingston of Chicago, Mrs. Carrie McKinley Neal of
Parkersburg, W. Va., and Miss Helen McKinley of Canton, Ohio.
Then amid music and words of farewell the first gathering of the

Clan MacKinlay on this side of the ocean and the first reunion since
the dismemberment of the Scottish Clans in 17 40 came to an end.


Chief, Secretary,

Topeka, Kansas. Paris, Illinois.— '

The following report is gathered from the " Chicago Evening
Post," " Inter Ocean " and "Herald": —


Comes to Attend the Clan Reunion at Jackson Park.


Met by the Chief from Topeka at the Grand

Pacific Hotel.


" Governor William McKinley and staff arrived at the Grand Pacific Hotel this morn-
ing from Ohio to take part in the reunion of the Clan MeKinlay in the Kansas State Building
at the World's Fair Grounds.

The governor's train was due here at 7 :30 a. m. and at S o'clock Dr. L. D. McKinley of
Kansas, Chief, and Judge John S. Goodwin of Chicago, Historian of the Clan, were at the
! hotel, accompanied by several members of the Clan, to greet the distinguished guest on his

It was nearly lOo'clock before Governor McKinley walked briskly in through the Jack-
son Street entrance to the hotel and appended his name in bold characters to the register.

The Governor of Ohio never looked better physically. His step is elastic, his eye
bright and there is energy in his every movement. Moreover his face wears its old time
genial expression and he greeted most heartily those who crowded forward to shake hands
before he had lain down the pen.

The Chief of the Clan MacKinlay stepped forward and introduced himself, asking when
the Clan could hope to meet the Governor at the Kansas State Building.

•• I'll be with you between l? and 1.30 if my baggage arrives in time," he replied. " No
speech-making, 1 suppose. Just a general band-shaking. What's that? Oh. yes, I'll cheer-
fully respond in an informal way. Excuse me gentlemen.*' And the Governor of Ohio
sought the privacy of his room to efface the stains of travel and the little group melted away.


The reunion of the Clan MacKinlay was held in the parlors of the Kansas State BuiJd-
ir g about 11 o'clock. The Clan gathered at an early hour, and its members were eloquently
we turned by Governor Levelling on behalf of the citizens of Kansas. It was expected that
Governor McKinley would be on hand to respond to this, but his late arrival necessitated a
change of programme, and the business meeting of the Clan was held this morning. Its
feature was a historical address by Dr. L. D. McKinley, Chief of the Clan. Chief McKinley
hails from Topeka, Kansas, and besides being president of the Topeka Scottish Society, he
can write M. D. after his name. On the back of his card appears this explanatory legend:
" flan MacKinlay; name in English MacKinlay or McKinley; modern Galic, Mac an Ollaunh;
ancient Gaelic, Mac Fhiounlaidh; arms, a stag trippant: crest, an armed arm holding a
branch of olives; motto, " Not too much."

The state train conveying Governor Levelling and state officials, Kansas World's Fair
Commissioners, Kansas National Guard, under command of Adjutant General Artz: Mar-
shall's Military Band, fifty strong: Chief McKinley and citizens of Kansas left Topeka Sun-
day over the Rock Island and arrived at the terminal station at the Fair Grounds Monday
morning, ready for the exercises of the week.

During this morning the Clan MacKinlay were entertained by the Modoc Singing Club
headed by Mildred Hendricks Hodge, soloist, and this afternoon Governor McKinley was
received informally at the Kansas State Building, and after a graceful impromptu speech the
members of the Clan indulged in an informal reception which lasted until 5 p. m.* r — Post.


The MeKinleys of the Country elect a Chieftain.


Reunion Effected in the Kansas Fair Building.

Ohio's Chief Executive Delivers an Address and Receives
an Ovation.

Governor Ln welling of Kansas stepped half-way down the steps in front of the mam
entrance of the Kansas State Budding yesterday afternoon at 2 o'clock and heartily grasped


the hand of a gentleman who was entering the building. The gentleman whom the Governor
of Kansas had come to meet was of the average height, of solid build, was dressed in a dark
Prince Albert suit and wore a silk hat. His complexion was perhaps a little sallow, bat the
outline of the features was in a classic mold that has been permanently impressed on the
American mind. A crowd had followed him from Mount Vernon station and kept growing /-
behind him as he approached the Kansas building. Governor Lewelling led him, the crowd/
pressing close behind, to a large assembly-room upstairs. A good looking young lady was
sitting at the table. The two were introduced, bowing and shaking hands seemingly to the.
crowd as two actors in a pantomime.

-Governor," said the young lady, addressing the gentleman to whom she had been
introduced, "you spell the last syllable of your name 'ley' and I sped mine 'lay.'"'

"Yes," he replied, "your ancestors of the McKinley clan came to this country directly
from Scotland, while mine came from the North of Ireland, but we are all of the same stock."

They were both members of the Clan McKinley, which was having its first gathering
since the battle of Culloden in 1746. He was Governor William McKinley of Ohio, and she
Miss Marie B. McKinlay of Pans, 111.


As nearly as can be ascertained there are only a few hundred adult descendants
of the Clan McKinley, which, sharing a common fate with so many other Scottish cians
was dissipated at the famous battle of Culloden and scattered broadcast over the earth.

There were fifty McKinleys gathered yesterday for the purpose of reorganizing their
clan and electing their chieftain.

The meeting had been advertised for 10 o'clock in the morning and arrangements had
been made on the outside for Governor McKinley to make an address. But he telegraphed
that he could not be on hand until the afternoon.

When Dr. L. D. McKinley, of Topeka, who was largely instrumental in bringing the
clan together, arrived, fifteen minutes late, he expressed great surprise at finding so many
present. He passed a few words of compliment over the heads of the Clan and then introduced
Governor Lewelling, who welcomed the Clan to the Kansas buildinz. The Governor said it
was not his habit to mix up in family affairs outside of his own, but that he was glad to be
the one to tell the McKinleys to make themselves at home in the Kansas building. He said
the time was when men roamed like wild beasts over hill and through valley, but in time
thej made shelter for themselves from the wind and storms and the home was begun: that
Mie home had grown from this rude beginning to the place which the people of to-day call
home, with its hallowed associations and tender memories, whether it be the marble palace
or the cottage with the latchstring hung out. He quoted Robert Burns on home and s;iid he
supposed that the Clan McKinley had come by the process of evolution from rude beginnings
in the Highlands to their present civilized state. He commended the spirit which kr.it them
together and prophesied that there would be a time when all the nations of the earth would
be bound together with clandike ties, acknowledging the fatherhood of God and the brother-
hood of man.


The chairman next introduced Governor McKinley as a distinguished clansman. As
he arose to speak the crowd cheered and applauded for several minutes, and one man veiled •.
•'The next President of the United States." The crowd broke forth again. The Governor;
looked a little annoyed, and the chairman, mounting a table, waved the people to silence
as he called "This is no political meeting. We want no politics here."


Governor McKinley had prepared no address, but he said that it gave him great pleas-
ure to meet with the large family bearing the same name and descending from the same
common stuck; that he had no idea it was so large. "But I take pride," said he, " in being
considered worthy of. membership-. I do not know much about the McKinlay Clan. But
what I do know is all good. I never knew of any taint in the family in Scotland or Ireland,
and I never knew of any taint in the family in the United states. Our primal stock, those
bt-'hind us, constituted a strong and sterling race that loved God and walked uprightly. It is
for the McKinleys to continue the good name they bear. However, the present and the fu-
ture is more important than the past.

•• I have no formal address to make. You know I am a very busy man, and I traveled
all night and most of to-day to meet and greet you here, no longer a Scottish Clan, but an
American Clan."

After the Governor had finished his speech the chairman announced that business
would be suspended so the members of the Clan could shake hands with Governor McKinley
beiore he left, as he was in a hurry.


The people formed in line and came to shake him by the hand. Word got down stairs
and out on the grounds that Governor McKinley was shaking hands with the people. Hun-
dreds swarmed in at the doors. "Stop!" shouted the chairman, "you are wearing the
Governor out. You are not all McKinleys; keep back."

"Yes, we are all McKinleys,*' shouted some one trying to get in at the door. It was
estimated that the Governor shook hands with nearly 1,000 McKinleys.

At last two guards forced a way through the 'crowd and the Governor passing through
it, waved his hat and shouted : "Good-bye; I'll see you to-morrow."

After the Governor left Dr. L. D. McKinley was chosen chieftain of the Clan and Miss
Marie B. McKinlay of Paris, 111 , permanent secretary. Judge John S. Goodwin of Chicago,
Historian. Dr. McKinley made a brief speech giving a history of the Clan McKinley.— Inter



The Governor of Ohio attends a reunion
at the Kansas State Building — A
Topeka Physician Elected to
the Post of Chief.

A man with a Scottish cast of countenance and wearing a tartan plaid scarf stood at
the end of a long table in the gallery of the Kansas State Building yesterday afternoon and


received the congratulations of forty or fifty other Scotch-Americans: The man with the

plaid scarf was Dr. L. D. McKinley, of Topeka, Kan., and the rest of the party also bore the
name of McKinley. They were congratulating the genial Kansan on his tleclion as chief of
the McKinley clan— the first chief since the clan was disrupted at the battle of Culloden in
Scotland in 1740. Dr. McKinley has been specially active in arranging for a meeting of the
clan at the world's fair after a trilling lapse in the hereditary chieftainship of nearly 150 years
and his election as chief was the reward of his work.

About fifty of the McKinley family got together in the Kansas building. Governor
McKinley of Ohio was there, and the others came from all parts of the Cnifed States and
Canada, Some spelled Iheir names "MacKinlay," but all claimed the same Scottish ancestry
and all pointed with pride to the antiquity of their clan, which is one of the original "29"' in
Highland traditions.


The fact that no record of the clan exists since 17-tu lent an added interest to yester-
day's meeting. The result of the day's reunion and deliberations was to set it on its feet
again historically. Hereafter the records will be carefully preserved and chieftains will
be elected for life instead of the old hereditary chieftainships.

After a preliminary business meeting yesterday morning the clan adjourned until 2 in
the afternoon, when Governor McKinley was expected to meet his fellow clansmen. The
afternoon meeting was a red-letter occasion for the McKinley family. The honored bearer
of the family name from Ohio's gubernatorial chair was given a warm welcome. Governor
Lewelling of Kansas made an introductory speech and said complimentary things about all
the McKinley s he knew or ever heard about. Governor McKinley was then presented by
his fellow governor, and for ten minutes the Ohio statesman laid politics aside. He said he
was glad to meet so many of his own family. He had no idea before the family was s-: large.
Governor McKinley said he did not know much about his ancestry, but what little he did
know was good. He was also sure there was no taint on the family escutcheon, either past
or present.


They came from strong, earnest forefathers, men who walked uprightly in all the re-
lations of life. He called upon the representatives of the family present to continue the good
name in the future and to remember that the present and future are more important than
the past. He wished for the perpetuation not of a Scottish but an American clan, devoted
to liberty forever.

At the close of Governor McKinley's speech the clansmen, their wives and friends
had an opportunity to shake hands with their distinguished relative. The rest of the after-
noon was devoted to a business meeting and social intercourse. At the business meeting the
following permanent officers were elected:

Chiet— Dr. L. D. McKinley, Topeka. Kan.

Secretary and treasurer— Miss Marie B. McKinlay, fans, 111.

Historian— Judge Goodwin, Chicago.

The historian. Judge Goodwin, is a law partner of Gen'l John C. Black, Congressman-
at-large from the state of Illinois, and is a blood relative of the Ohio McKialeys. Thomas E.
MacKinlay, of Ottawa, 111., was chosen to arrange for the distribution of souvenirs. Resolu-
tions were adopted in favor of holding th? next mating of tha el in nn Liter than one year
from date, at some central point to be designated by the chief. Thanks were tendered to
the Kansas commission for courtesies. The resolutions concluded with this sentiment :—

That we recall with pride the land of our forefathers, dear old .Scotland, and all her
.splendid battles for personal liberty and her grand coutributi«a to the statesmanship, litera-
ture and material welfare not only of Scotland, but in almost every civilized countrv of the



Chief McKinley made a closing address, and gave a history of the clan as far as known.
Its arms are a stag trippant, its crest an armed arm holding an olive branch and its motto,
^ "Not too much."— Herald.





James D. McKinlay Ridgetowu

James E. McKinlay Ridgetown

Miss Margaret McKinlay Ridgetowu

Peter McKinlay Morpeth

Mrs. Sarah McKinlay Ferguson. Thamesville

Miss Belle Ferguson Thamesville

Miss Sarah Helen Ferguson Thamesville




Rev. G. G. McKinley Aurora

A. K. McKinley Chicago

Alexander McKinley Chicago

Daniel C. McKinlay Chicago

J. A. McKinley Chicago

Miss Nancy McKinley Chicago

Peter McKinley Chicago

William McKinley Chicago

Mr. & Mrs. John S. Goodwin Chicago

Wlrth C. McKinley Danville

M. R. McKinley Moline

D. MacKinlay Ottawa

Leroy L. McKinley Ottawa

Thomas E. MacKinlay Ottawa

Wm. E. YV. MacKinlay Ottawa

Miss Marie B. McKinlay Paris, Sec'y


Albert McKinley Borden

Willam McKinley Borden

William McKinley Columbia City

Thomas Bell Fincastle


Alexander McKinley Clermont

* Miss Anna McKinley Clermont

G. W. McKinley ..Humeston

O. W. McKinley Humeston

M. L. McKinley Po'stville

Miss M. Harriet McKinley PostvrtTe

C. S. McKinley Russell

Joseph McKinley Humbolt

William McKinley, Jr Humbolt

Dr. & Mrs. C. G. McKinley Olathe

Dr. L. D. McKinley Topeka, Chief

Rev. & Mrs. W. B. Bradshaw Hiawatha

Frank G. Bradshaw Hiawatha

MissC. Blanche Bradshaw Hiawatha


James McKinley. Vaneeburg

Miss Birdie McKinley Vaneeburg

Mrs. Sallie McKinley Fitch Vaneeburg


Hon. John F. McKinlay Detroit

W. W. Furey Constantine

Miss Delia Furey Coustantine


Miss Alice MacKinlay St. Louis

M. Louise MacKiulay v St. Louis


Governor William McKinley Canton

Dr. & Mrs. John McKinley Findiay

Dr. John McKinley Uhrichsville

Dr. & Mrs. Esdras

Burns McKinley... .Vaughn->ville


Homer B. McKinley Harri-.vil!e

Mrs. George B. Neal Parkersburg

W.J. Funston Plattevillft

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1745. 1894.







SEPTEMBER 10, 1894.

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dr. l. d. Mckinley,

Topeka, Kansas.

Paris. Ills


Chicago, Ills.



Detroit, Mich.

Assistant Historian.


Ottawa, Ills.

- 1894. -



"if^AST year it was sentiment — this year it is business. It is the
I ulterior object of the Clan to collect and publish a genealogy

^Jt^- of the Clan MacKiulay. This means the searching of
records, the copying of wills, the printing of blanks, and the employ-
ment of professional genealogists where their services will be of
benefit; all of this takes cash-not a great deal, but more than any few

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