Robert Macky Records

Stewart Bell Jr. Archives Room
Handley Regional Library
Winchester-Frederick County Historical Society

P.O. Box 58, Winchester, VA 22604
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1752 THL 

Finding aid created by Archives Staff on 01/18. Last revised 02/18.

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EXTENT:  0.25 linear feet 

CREATOR: Macky, Robert, 1737-1814

DATES: 1796 – 1808 

ALTERNATIVE FORM AVAILABLE:Digitized in 2018. Macky's account book is available online through the Stewart Bell Jr. Archives Digital Collections.

SCOPE AND CONTENT:  This collection holds a ledger belonging to Dr. Robert Macky, a physician who practiced medicine in the area in and around Winchester and Frederick County, Virginia. The ledger contains records of treatment and the sale of medicines to patients between the years 1796 to 1808. The ledger includes the names of individuals and families living in the area and possibly the names of enslaved people belonging to particular households.  Information about location is listed with some of the names. The names of other area doctors consulted in the course of treatment are also included.

Macky's account book lists numerous members of Winchester and the surrounding area as patients. Entries may show family members, guests, hired workers, and enslaved persons receiving treatment. African Americans are sometimes listed by name under each accounty, making this book a potential resource for people researching enslaved persons. Additionally, Macky served as a physician for the Overseers of the Poor of Frederick County and his records name a number of individuals who were supported by the county because of poverty or infirmity. In addition to providing information about residents of the Winchester area the ledger also shows the state of medical treatment in this period. 

BIOGRAPHICAL/HISTORICAL: Dr. Robert Macky (1737-1814) was a Scotsman by birth and is thought to have been a Quaker. He came to Virginia from Pennsylvania. He served over a year during the Revolutionary War as the surgeon in the 11th VA Regiment of Foot in 1776. Dr. Macky served under various commanders but most noteworthy was Colonel Daniel Morgan. He was also personal physician to Thomas Lord Fairfax. 

Dr. Macky was active in business and politics and became very wealthy and influential. On January 31, 1778, he received a land grant of 430 acres in Hampshire County from Lord Fairfax. In 1779 he purchased the James Dowdall Lot #60 on the North side of Piccadilly Street and the East side of Drury Lane (present day Braddock Street), where he built his home. Dr. Macky also purchased Lot #77 from the estate of George Washington in 1804. 

Dr. Macky died March 10, 1814 at his residence on the corner of Braddock and Piccadilly Street (where the current Old Post Office building now stands). He and his wife Catherine were both buried in the garden of their home. When the home was razed the Post Office and adjacent parking lot were built over the garden. The graves were never moved. 

BIBLIOGRAPHY: Thomas, Ann Whitehead. Dr. Robert Macky: Surgeon, Revolutionary War, 1737[?]-1814 (1990). “MMF-Macky, Dr. Robert,” Ann Whitehead Thomas Collection, 938 THL; Dunn, Victor S. “Frederick Parish, Frederick County Vestry Book, 1764-1818.” Magazine of Virginia Genealogy 45, no. 1 (February 2007): 32-38.

CITE AS: Robert Macky Records, 1752 THL, Stewart Bell Jr. Archives, Handley Regional Library, Winchester, VA, USA. 

ACQUISITION INFORMATION:  Acquired as a gift. 

ORGANIZATION

BOX 1

Account book, July 1796 – March 1808