McKay was born in Stirling in 1906. He was educated at Blairs
seminary in Aberdeen from 1921 to 1924. He then went to Scots
College Rome from 1924 until 1931 and upon completion of his
studies was ordained there. His first Parish was Our Lady of
Perpetual Succour in Kirkcaldy where he served as assistant
Priest from 1931 until 1934. After this he was transferred to
Our Lady and St Bride's Cowdenbeath from 1934 to 1935. He then
spent 3 years from 1935 to 1938 in St Joseph's Kelty in Fife.
His next posting was to last almost 5 years, still as an assistant
priest, to Holy Cross Parish in Edinburgh.
It was from Holy Cross in Edinburgh that Fr Edward McKay then
came to St Patrick's Kilsyth from 1942 to 1944 as assistant
Priest to Canon Michael
Downey. His stay in Kilsyth in the middle of the second
world war was to last only 2 years as he was then moved to St
Anthony's Polmont near Falkirk.
His stay at St Anthony's was interrupted by ill health and
he was granted a period of sick leave from 1945 until 1946.
On his return from sick leave he was lent to the Glasgow Archdiocese
and was posted to St Teresa's Glasgow which only lasted a year.
It is not known whether Fr McKay was eventually overcome by
his illness but after this date as there are no further entries
for him in the records of St Andrew's and Edinburgh Archdiocese.
Priests Ordained at Scots College Rome
- Year 1930-31
Back Row l-r: Rev. Fr. Kevin Whitty DD, Rev Fr. Francis
Burns, Rev Fr. Peter Higgins,
Rev Fr. Denis Meechan DD, Rev Fr Edward McKay, Rev. Fr.
Daniel Scullion, Rev. Fr. Philip I. Boyce DD.
Front Row l-r: Rev Fr Patrick J. Carden,
Rev Fr. Kenneth MacKenzie,
Rev Fr. Herbert G. Rodgers, Rev Fr Charles Rooney, Rev Fr Hugh