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Robert Mackay
Fictional Character
1632 series
POD: May, 1631
Appearance(s): 1633
Type of Appearance: Direct
Nationality: Scotland
Religion: Calvinism
Children: Alexander Mackay
Relatives: Julie Sims (daughter-in-law), Alexi Sims Mackay (granddaughter)

Robert Mackay was a Scottish aristocrat and father of Alexander Mackay, a soldier in the service of Gustavus Adolphus during the Thirty Years' War. Living in Edinburgh, Robert was paralyzed from the waist down after falling off his horse while hunting. This had happened a few months before he was reunited with his son, and met his new daughter-in-law Julie and his granddaughter Alexi. The senior Mackay received a great deal of medical care, including some treatment from the up-timer Julie. Robert and his family generally took a favorable view towards his son's new family.

During Alexander's absence, Robert learned the news of Thomas Wentworth's rise and King Charles's decision to officially tolerate Scottish Presbyterianism, and adoption of a non-interference policy in Scotland -- as long as Scotland didn't meddle in England's affairs. The news nonetheless troubled Robert, as he saw that, if left alone by England, Scotland would quickly return to inter-clan and inter-factional conflict, a status quo Robert had grown to despise. Robert expected that, within five to ten years, the English would again invade Scotland.

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