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Edward I. as against Robert Bruce. On Bruce
achieving the independence of Scotland, Alexander,
on account of his attitude, was forfeited in all his
estate, and his descendants cut oflpfrom the succession
for ever. He m. Juliana of Lome, and had six
sons —

Black .John, Ueginald, Somerled, Angus, Godfrey, and Charles
Alexander died a prisoner in Dundonald Castle, and was succeeded
by his brother,

VI. Angus Og. He appears at the outset of the
War of Independence as attached to the English
interest, but before long became a strenuous sup-
porter of the Bruce, and did yeoman service in the
final struggle at Bannockburn. He m. Agnes,
daughter of Gu}^ O'Cahan of Ulster, by whom he
had John, his successor.


He had another son, John, known as Iain Fraocli, progenitor
of the family of Glenco, and who is alleged by the seanachies to
have been illegitimate. The mother of this John was a daughter
of Dougall MacHenry, a leading man in Glenco. Angus Ug was
succeeded by

VII. John, known as "the good John of Isla,"
owing to his benefactions to the Church. He m.
Amy, daughter of Roderick, son of Allan MacRuari,
his third cousin, for which union they are said to
have obtained a papal dispensation, and had

1. John, whose son Angus is mentioned as oue of the

hostages given to King David in pledge of the fidelity
of the Lord of the Isles. John predeceased his
father, and his son Angus does notappear to have left

2. Reginald or Ranald, ancestor of the Clanranald.

3. Godfrey, of whom the Siol Ghorraidh. John of Isla is

said to have repudiated Amy Macrnari, his first wife,
in favour of the Princess Margaret of Scotland,
daughter of Robert II., whom he manied as his
second wife. By the Princess Margaret he had

4. Donald, his successor.

5. John Mor Tanistear, founder of the family of Dunnyveg.

6. Angus, who left no issue.

7. Alexander, known as Alastair Carrach, of whom the

family of Keppoch.
8. Hugh, who got a Charter of the Thanage of Glentilt,

and whose descendants, according to Skene, became

John had also a natural son, Donald, who is mentioned
as one of the hostages placed in the King's hands a«
pledge for his fidelity. He had a daughter Mary, who
married Lachlan Lubanach Maclean of Duart, and
another daughter Margaret, who married Angus Dubh
Mackay of Strathnaver. John's familv by the lirst wife-
having been cut oft" from the succession to the lordship
of the Isles, John was succeeded by

VIII. Donald of Harlaw, Lord of the Isles.
He m. Lady Mary Leslie, daughter of Sir Walter
Leslie by Euphemia, Countess of Ross. Lady Mary


Leslie, wife of Donald, Lord of the Isles, became
Countess of Ross in her own right, the dignity
being destined to heirs general. By her Donald
had two sons —

1. Alexander, who succeeded his father ; and

2. Angus, who became Bishop of the Fsles.

He had another son, a monk, w^hose name is not known.
Donald was succeeded by

IX. Alexander, Lord of the Isl^^s, and in right
of his mother Earl of Koss. Alexander m.
Elizabeth, daughter of Alexander Seton, Lord of
Gordon and Huntly. By her he had —

1. John, who succeeded him. By another marriage with a

daughter of Macphee or MacDutfie of Lochaber he

2. Celestine, of whom the family of Lochalsh ; and by

another marriage wiih a daughter of Gillepatrick
Roy, son of Ror}', son of the Green Abbot, he had

3. Hugh, the founder of the family of Sleat. Alexander

was succeeded by

X. John, Lord of the Isles, and Earl of Boss-
He m. Elizabeth, eldest daughter of Lord Living-
stone, great Chamberlain of Scotland, without issue.

He had two naturdl sons, John and Angus, both of whom were
feudally legitimised in a charter bestowing a new patent of nobility
upon, and restoring the lordship of the Isles to, their father.
John predeceased his father. Angus was marked out by character,
the voice of the Clan Donald, as well as the precept of legitimation,
as his father's successor, and in one charter he is described as
Master of the Isles and Lord of Trotternish. He, however, died
before his father, having been assassinated in 1490. John seems
also to have had another son, presumably illegitimate, who
appears on record in 1485 as Reginald, the son of the Lord of the
Isles. Angus, Master of the Isles, m. Lady Margaret Campbell,
daughter of the Earl of Argyle, by whom he had a son

XL Donald Dubh, upon whom the Earl of
Argyll and the Scottish Parliament tried to fix the
stigma of illegitimacy, but whom the vassals of the


Isles per'sistently regarded and repeatedly followed
as the lineal representative of the Lords of the Isles.
His great and prolonged misfortunes have already
been recorded, and with him died out the direct
line of the Lords of the Isles.


The founder of this powerful family was —

I. Roderick, the second son of Reginald De
He, son of Somerled. Roderick left two sons —

(1) Dougall ; (2) Allan. He was succeeded by

II. Dougall. He had two sons —

Fearchar and Duncan, neither of whom appears to have suc»
ceeded or left progeny. Dougall was succeeded by his younger

III. Allan, son of Roderick. He left tlnee
sons —

1. Roderick.

2. Ranald.

3. Lauchlan — and one daughter, Christina.

This daughter seems to have been a half- sister of the
brothers mentioned, and apparently the sole legitimate
child, according to strict feudal law. She, however,
through resignation, confirmed to her brother. Rod rick,
his patrimonial rights, whereby he became feudally
capable of succession. Christina m. Donald, 10th Earl
of Mar, to whom she had two daughters. One of thci.e
was Lady Isabel, who m. King Robert Bruce. Her
daughter to Robert Bruce — the Princess Marjory — who
m. Walter, the Steward of Scotland, was the mother of
Robert II., and ancestress of the line of Stewart Kings"
Allan, the son of Roderick, was succeeded by his oldest

IV. Roderick, who, owing to liis sister Christina's
disinterested action, was able to inherit his iktlier's


property, as well as the headship of the family.
He had two sons —

1. Reginald or Ranald.

2. Allan — and a daughter, Euphemia or Amy. Roderick

was succeeded by his son,

V. Reginald. He was killed in 1346 by the

Earl of Koss, and with him the Macruaris apj)ear to

have become extinct in the male line — at anyrate, so

far as the transmission of territorial possessions was


Amy, the daughter of Roderick and sister of Reginald, the last
head of the house, inherited the family estates, which, on her
marriage with John of Isla, became the property of the family of
the Isles.


This family owes its origin genealogically to Alex-
ander, younger son of Donald, progenitor of the clan,
and not, as has been supposed by some, to Alexander,
son of Angus Mor, the deposed Lord of the Isles.
The reasons for this conclusion have been sufficiently
discussed in the second volume of this work, it is
sufficient to say here that wherever we ffiid the
descendants of Alastair Og, son of Angus Mor,
appearing indubitably on record in the Irish Annals
they invariably do so as MacDonalds, and never as
MacAllisters or MacAlexanders. There seems little
reason to doubt that all the sons of the forfeited
Alexander settled in Ireland. On the other hand,
though some of the df^scendants of " Alastair Mor "
seem to have migrated to Ireland, most of them
obtained settlements in Scotland, the principal family
being from the outset associated with Kintyre, while
others are found in the Lowlands of Scotland.

I. Alexander, younger son of Donald, was the
progenitor of the Clan Allister. He appears in the


Highland and Irish genealogies as Alastair Mor,
whereby he is distinguished from his nephew and
contemporary Alastair Og. According to tlie
Seanachies he had at least five sons —

1. Donald.

2. Godfrey.

3. Duncan.

4. John.

5. Hector. Alexander was succeeded by

II. Donald, who in 1291 swore fealty to
Edward I. In this act of homage there was associ-
ated with him

III. Alexander, his son and successor. He
and his descendants appear to have maintained a
connection with their native Argyll, as is evidenced
by the glimpse we get of the son and successor of
Alexander, namely,

IV. Ranald Mac Alexander, who crosses to
Ireland in 1366 to fight in the chronic wars of
Ulster at that time raging between Donald and
Neill O'Neill. For the next three generations the
succession seems obscure, but with the aid of a
genealogical tree we infer the succession to Imve
been in this wise — Ranald MacAlexancler was suc-
ceeded by

V. Alexander, who flourished c. 1400. He
was succeeded by

VI. John Dubh, from whom the tribe seem to
have acquired the patronymic Clann Eoin duihh.
As the oldest son of Alastair Og, the forfeited
Lord of the Isles, was also John Dubh, and his
descendants were called Clann Eoin duihli, great
confusion lias naturally arisen between the two
families. John Dubh was succeeded by

VII. Charles, who appears on record in 1481
as Steward of Kintyre. He was succeeded by


VIII. Angus MacEoin duibh. He is mentioned
in the Register of the Privy Seal a.d. 1515. He
was succeeded by his son

IX. Alexander, Laird of Loup, who on 16th
November, 1540, received a remission for treasonably
abiding from the army of Solway. He was suc-
ceeded by his son

X. John, who in the winter of 1571-2 was slain
in the Irish wars. The entry in the State Papers
is as follows : — " Owen McOwen duffe^ McAlastrain,
called the Laird of Loop, was slain." He was
succeeded by his brother

XL Hector, of whom little is known beyond the
fact of his succession. He does not appear to have
survived his brother John for more than a year or
two, for we find his son and successor

XII. Alexander obtaining a charter in 1573 of
the lands of Loup and others, wherein he is desig-
nated as Alexander M'Eachine, lawful son of the
deceased Hector MacAllister of Loup. Alexander
having died without issue, was succeeded by

XIII. Godfrey, his brother. He obtained a
charter for his lands in 1591. A daughter of his,
Fynvola by name, is said to liave married Hector,
4tli Maclean of Coll. Godfrey was succeeded by
his son,

XIV. Hector, who, in 1617, obtained a charter
of the lands of Loup, and others, and is therein
designated as[Hector M'Gorry Vic Eachin Vic Alister
Vic Ean Duibh. He m. Margaret, a daughter of
Colin Campbell of Kilberry, 1620, and was succeeded
by his son,

XV. Godfrey, who married a daughter of Sir
Ilol)ert Montii'omery of Skelmorlie, and was succeeded
by his son,

1 McOwen duff here is the family patronymic.


XVT. Alexander. He, in 1698, obtained a
charter as heir to his grandfather. He is said to
have been a staunch supporter of the Stewart cause
at the time of the Revolution of 1689, and to have
been present a*"; the battles of Killiecrankie and the
Boyne. He m. Grace, daughter of Sir James Camp-
bell of Auchinbreck, by whom he had issue —

1. Hector, his heir.

2. Charles, who succeeded his brother.

3. Duncan, who settled in Holland ii:. 1717.

This Duncan m. Johanna, daughter of Arnold Leucheu-
maker Burgratf at Ments. His oldest son, Robei't,
attained the rank of General in the Dutch service, and
was commanda^lt of the Scots Brigade. He left a large
family, and his descendants are still settled in Holland.

XVII. Hector m. Isabell, daughter of Thomson
of Ballygabbin, Co. Antrim, but, dying without
issue, was succeeded by his brother,

XVIII. Charles, who m. Christina, daughter of
Lamont of Lamont, in Argyllshire. By her he had
two sons — Angus, his heir, and Archibald, who for
many years commanded the 35th Kegiment. His
eldest son was lieut. -colonel of the Ceylon Rifle

XIX. Angus m. his cousin, Jane, daughter of
John Macdonald of Ardnacroish by Grace, his wife,
daughter of Godfrey Mac Alii ster of Loup. This
lady (Jane Macdonald) was niece of Macdonald of
Kingsburgh, in Skye. At his decease, in 1796,
Angus MacAllister of Loup left one son and three
daughters —

1. Charles, his heir.

2. Jeanne or " Jackie " m. John Macallister of Ballinakill ;

issue, four sons, two daughters.

(a) Ann McNeill d. young.

(b) Angus, Laird of Ballinakill, who ni. Frances Byng,

with issue a daughter Charlotte Fanny.


(c) Robert Stewart.

(d) John.
(b) Grace.

(f) Matthew.

(g) Margaret.
(h) Jane.

3. Grace, m. Major Alexander of Boydstown ; issue,

1 son, 2 daughters.

4. Flora., ni. a M'Donald ; died without issue.

XX. Charles, a major in the Argyleshire
Militia, b. 1765, m. Jessie, daughter and heiress of
William Somerville of Kemiox, Ayr. He died in
1847, leaving issue —

1. Charles, his heir.

2. James, of Chapelton ; unmarried.

3. Williamina, who d. unmarried.

4. Jane, who d. unmarried.

XXI. Charles, a major in the Ayrshire Rifle
Militia, b. in 1797, succeeded his father in 1847, m.
in 1828 Mary Adeline, only daughter of Edward
Lyon, lieut. R.N., with issue —

1. Charles, his successor.

2. Edward, d. 1834.

3. James, d. 1857.

4. Mary, who married Colonel Hay Boyd of Townsend, Ayr,

with issue.

5. Anna Catherine, d. 1855.

6. Jessie, d. 1845.

XXII. Charles, b. 1830. He entered the army
in 1846, and became an Ensign in the 46th Regi-
ment. In 1854 he became Captain. He served at
the Siege of Sebastopol, for which he received medal
and clasp, and 5th class of the Medjidie. He was
on the Stafl' of the Forces in Balaklava as jimior
Provost Marshal. He m. in 1867 Williamina


Pollok, daughter of William P. Morris, Esq. of
Craig, Ayr, and had by her, who died in IS 72 —

1. Charles Godfrey.

2. Henry.

3. Janet.

4. Mary.

5. Violet, ni. Rev. Alex. Copland, Episcopal minister at


Charles MacAlister died at Dunskaig, Ayr, Jan. 17,


This family claimed to be connected with the
Clan Donald and closely allied in blood with the
MacAllisters of Loup. As we had reason to point
out in the first volume of this work, they were
descendants of Donald, older son of Alastair Mor,
through his son Gilbert, who got a grant of lands in
Stirlingshire in 1330. There is no further trace of
this family until we find them settled in Clack-
mannanshire in the beginning of the 16th century.
The first of the Alexanders of Menstrie Avhom w^e
find on record is —

I. Thomas Alexander. He was succeeded by
his son,

II. Andrew' Alexander. He m. Catherine
Graham, by whom he had two sons, Alexander
and Andrew, the latter of whom is said to have
entered the Church. He was succeeded by his
older son,

III. Alexander, who was bailie to Argyll on
his Clackmannanshire estates. He m. Elizabeth,
daughter of Sir Robert Douglas of Lochle\'en,


ancestor of the Earl of Morton, by whom he had
two sons, WilHam and James. He d. in 1565, and
was succeeded by

IV. William Alexander. He m. Marion,
daughter of Allan Couttie, by whom he had, as
only son, his successor,

V. Alexander Alexander. He m. Marion
Graham, sister of William Graham of Gartavestan,
by whom he had a son, William, and two daughters,
Janet and Christian. He died in 1581, and was
succeeded by

VI. William Alexander, the great statesman
and poet, w^hose eventful history has, with more or
less minuteness, been recorded in Vol. II. He m.
Janet, daughter and heiress of Sir William Erskine
Knight, cousin-german to the Earl of Mar, the regent
by whom he had seven sons and two daughters —

1. William Viscount Canada and Lord Alexander.

2. Sir Anthony Alexander, who married a daughter of

Sir Henry Wardlaw of Pitreavie, and died without

3. Henry, who succeeded to the earldom of Stirling.

4. John Alexander, who' got a charter under the Great

Seal of the lands' of Over-Isgall, &c., anno 1642, and
m. a daughter of John Graham of Gartmore, by
whom he had one daughter, but died without male

5. Charles Alexander, who got a charter under the Great

Seal of the lands of Tullybody in 1642, and left one
son, Charlesi, who died without issue.

6. Ludovick.

7. James.

Both of these last died without issue. The
daughters were —

1 . Lady Jean, m. Hugh Lord Viscount Montgomery ojt
the Kingdom of Ireland, whose son Hugh was
created Earl of Mount Alexander in 1661 ; wliich
title he assumed in honour of his mother's surname.


2. Lady Maay, m. Sir William Murray of Clermont,
creaited a barouot in 1626, and of wlunn the present
Mun-ays of Clermont, in County Fife. He was
created Earl of Stirling, 14th June, 1633. Tlie Earl
of Stirling d. 12th Fehruary, 1639-40. Having been
predeceased by his son. Viscount Canada and Lord
Alexander, who d. 1638, he was succeeded by

YII. William, his grandson, and son of the said
Viscount, as 2nd Earl of Stirling. He only survived
his grandfather by a few months, dying in May,
1640, when he was succeeded by his uncle,

VIII. Henry, as 3rd Earl of Stirling. He m.
Mary, daughter of Sir Peter Vanlore, Bart, of Tyle-
hurst, Berkshire, by whom he acquired a considerable
fortune. His Scottish estates being greatly embar-
rassed, he settled in England, where his posterity
continued to reside. He d. in 1650, leaving issue —
one son, who succeeded, and two daughters, Mar}'-
and Jane.,

IX. Henry, 4th Earl of Stirling, m. Judith,
daughter of Robert Lee, Esq. of Binfield, by whom
he had issue —

1. Henry, liis heir.

2. William.

3. Robert.

4. Peter.

By the same marriage he had three daughters —

1. Lady Mary, who m. John Phillips, and had issue three

sons, the youngest of whom, William Phillips, suc-
ceeded to the estate of Binfield, when he added Lee
to the family name.

2. Lady Judith, m. Sir William Tarnbull of East

stead Park, Bei"ks, with issue.

3. Lady Jean, m. Ralph Stubbs, M.D., with issue.

The Earl died in 1690, and was succeeded by his
oldest son.


X. Henry, as 5th Earl of Stirling. He d. with-
out issue on -tth December. 1730, and was the last
of the family of Menstrie who possessed the patent
of nobility belonging to the Earls of Stirling.
Various claimants for the earldom have at
different times made their appearance, but none
has apparently succeeded in establishing the
validity of his claim. Thip!, of course, involves the
distinction — at anyrate, so far as legal proof is
concerned — of any representation of the House of


This family claims to be allied with that of
Menstrie, and consequently with the MacAllisters
of Loup and Tarbert The arms of the earlier
generations — showing a dexter arm holding a
dagger as well as a mermaid for one of the sup-
porters — suggests a connection both with Menstrie
and Loup. The time and manner of this family
settling in Ireland appears to be thus : — Scottish
landowners from the West were establishing settle-
ments in the North of L'eland early in the 17th
century, and, in 1613, 39 individuals from Scotland
were planted by Sir James Cunningham in County
Donegal. Of these, 9 were settled on the lands of
Eredy, in the ^^arish of Clonleigh, of whom one was

I. John Alexander. He had two sons, John

II. Andrew, the progenitor of the line at present
under consideration. He was at the siege of London-
derry in 16i9, and received a grant of land at
Ballyclose, in the parish of Drumachose, in the
neighbourhood of Newton Limevady. He engaged
in commercial pursuits, and thereby amassed con-


siderable means. He m. a Miss Hilles, the daughter
of a landowner in County Londonderry, by whom he
had two sons—

1. John.

2. Thomas.

He was succeeded by

in. John, who resided at Ballyclose ; purchased
the estate of Gunsland, County Donegal, and built a
town residence at the " Diamond" Londonderry. He
m. Ann White, daughter of John White of the Cady
Hill, Newton Limevady, of whom he had three sons.
Of these, the next in order of this line is

IV. Nathaniel. He m. Eliza, daughter of
William M'Clintock of Dunmore, County Donegal,
and had five sons and six daughters. The third son

V. James, who, having filled several Important
offices in India, was elevated to the peerage of
Ireland, 6th June, 1790, by the title of Baron
Caledon of Caledon, Co. Tyrone. In November,
1797, his lordship was advanced to the dignity of
Viscount Caledon, and 1st January, 1701, created
Earl of Caledon. He m., 28th November, 1774,
Anne, second daughter of James Crawford, Esq., of
Crawfordsburn, Co. Down, and by her (who d. 21st
December, 1777), had issue —

1. Du Pre.

2. MabeUa., m. Andrew-Thomap, lUh Lord Blayney, and

died 4th March, 1854.

3. Elizabeth.

His lordship d. in 1802, and was succeeded by his

VI. Du Pre, 3rd Earl, a representative peer, and
Colonel of the Tyrone Militia, b. 27th July, 1812.
He m., 4th September, 1845, Lady Jane Frederica,



Griraston, fourth daughter of James Walter, 1st
Earl of Verulam, and had issue —

1. James.

2. Walter- Pliilip, Royal Scots Greys, h. 8th Febi'iiary,


3. Chaiies, b. 26th January, 1854.

4. Jane Charlotte Elizabeth.

The Earl d. 1855, and was succeeded by

VIL James, as 4th Earl, b. 1846, m. 1884 Lad_y
Elizabeth, daughter of Hector, 3rd Earl of Norbury,
and has issue —

1. Erik, Viscount Alexander.

2. Hubrand-Charles.

The 7th Earl of Caledon d. 1902, and was suc-
ceeded by

VIII. Erik Alexander, 8th Earl of Caledon.


Of the earlier connection of this family with the
McAlisters of Loup not much is known, and for
several generations only the bare links can be sup-
plied in the shape of the heads of families. They
trace their descent to John McAlister, 6th of the
line, known in his day as John Dubh or Black John,
father of Charles McAlister Stewart of Kintyre,
before 1500, and they appear to have branched out
first in the person of

I Ranald, son of John Dubh, who flourished
early in the 16th century. He had two sons, Alex-
ander and Donald, of whom

II. Alexander succeeded. The next of the line

III. Ranald, who was succeeded by

IV. Ranald, who w^as succeeded by


V. Hugh, who was succeeded by
VI. Hector, who was succeeded by
VIZ. John McAllster, who flourished c. 1700,
and with whom we come into the region of com-
parative genealogical definiteness and certainty.
He, like his ancestor, was called John Dubh, and
was styled of ArdnakiU and Torrisdale Glen. He
m. Flora MacNeill of Tirfergus in Kintyre,
both of them enjoying great longevity— the former
dying at 96 and the latter at 98 years of age— so
the family traditions relate. They had issue—

1. Alexander, b. 1706; d. 30th October, 1779; m. Miss

M'MiUan of Cour, Kintyre, with issue. John, laird
of Cour, m. Anna, daughter of Rev. Archibald
M'Neill of Clachan ; no issue; d. 1824.

2. Hector, of Lepincorach or Torrisdale Glen, m. Miss

Simpson, daughter of Rev. Neil Simpson of Gigha,
with issue. —

(a) John, lieutenant in the army ; d. in East Indies.

(b) Neil, d. at home, aged 15.
3. Ranald, who succeeded.

There were three daughters —

1. Margaret, who m. Charles Macquarrie, of the family of
Ulva, with issue —
Isabella, who m. Capt. Charles McAlister, who was
lost at sea in 1797, with issue.

Margaret m. 2ndly Duncan M'Alister, merchant, Campbelltown,
with issue —

(a) .John McAlister, Laird of Ballinakill, who m. liis

cousin "Jackie," daughter of Angus McAlister,
19th of Loup, with issue {vide Loup genealogy).

(b) Ranald, Lieut. Indian army, died in E. Indies.

(c) Charles, d. without issue.

(d) Alexander, d. without issue.

(e) Mary, m. James McMurchy, shipmaster, Campbell-

town, with issue.

2. Mary, m. Hector McNeill of Barliagh, Cantyre, with


3. Catherine, d. unmarried.


VIII. Ranald, who in consequence of the death
of his two brothers without surviving issue carried
on the representation of the family. He spent much
ot* his hfe in Skye, where he possessed the Farm of
Skirrinish, and was factor on the Macdonakl Estate
of Troternish. He m. Anne, daughter of Alexander
Macdonakl of Kingsburgh, and widow of Lauchlan
Mackinnon of Corrychatachan, with issue —

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