Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)
MACKAY, prop. n. In phr. the real Mackay, the genuine article, the true original, the real home product (Edb. 1870); a brand of whisky so-called (see note).
Lnk. 1880 Clydesdale Readings 166:
A thumblefu' o' the “rale Mackay” to mak' a' richt. Sc. 1883 Stevenson Letters to Baxter (1956) 123:
There's myself — he's the real Mackay, whatever. Ags. 1896 A. Blair Rantin Robin 23:
Come yer wa's for the “real Mackay” when I get on my Jirr boa. m.Lth. 1922 “Restalrig” Sheep's Heid 71:
Weemenkind hae sadly deteriorated, Moolie! In oor days . . . they had a certain grace which stamped them as the rale Mackay! Sc. 1926 H. M'Diarmid Drunk Man (1953) 1:
Forbye, the stuffie's no' the real Mackay. Sc. 1957 Scotsman (25 Nov.) 8:
The use of substitutes for the “real Mackay” had grown as it has in the South.
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