- Larry A. McFarlane
Mackenzie, Murdo (24 April 1850–30 May 1939), cattleman, was born near Tain, Scotland, the son of David Mackenzie and Jessie Mackenzie. As a youth Mackenzie attended the parish school at Balnagown, and in 1869 he graduated from the Royal Academy at Tain. He then served a one-year apprenticeship in a law office, after which he was employed as a clerk in the Tain bank and subsequently as assistant factor on the estate of Sir Charles Ross near Balnagown. He married Isabella MacBain of Tain in 1876; they had five children. He then returned to the local bank as an insurance agent, where he was employed for the next nine years. In 1885 the governing board of the five-year-old Prairie Cattle Company, Ltd., of Edinburgh, Scotland, was seeking a new manager. These businessmen met 35-year-old Mackenzie, noted his excellent skills and background, and hired him to fill the position....