A battle was fought at the site of this house during the American Revolution and thirteen American patriots were hanged from a stairway of this house by British Colonel Thomas Brown. Thomas Red built the house about 1750 at 1822 Broad Street. He sold it in 1761 to John Francis Williams, a partner with Robert Mackay. They had a trading post on the Savannah River, just north of the dwelling. Mackay moved into the house. In 1771 Mackay was married to a widow, Mary Malbine Chilcott of Rhode Island. Mackay continued in business for many years.
The genealogy of the Mackay family is found under biographical sketches (available to members) at www.georgiapioneers.com