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He married a Miss Macgregor, and had by her

(a) Alexander, who succeeded him.

(b) John, who was an officer in the 23rd Roj'al Welsh

Fusiliers, and served through the Peninsula War.
He married Miss Farquhar, and died at Malta
' without surviving issue.

(c) Gregor, tacksman of Rhu.

(d) Coll, a doctor of medicine, who managed his brother's

estate of Glenshiel for some time, and was tacks-
man of Ranachan and Moy.

(e) Anne, who married Colonel Donald Macdonald, Tray,

with issue.

(f) Mary, who married Angus Macdonald, Prince Edward

Island, with issue.

(g) Joanna, who married Colonel Wilson.

(h) Catherine, who married, in 1826, Hugh Macdonald,
Prince Edward Island, a member of the Provincial
Legislature and High Sheriff of the Province.

(i) Jane.

" Old Rhue," who was a man of many accomplish-
ments and great popularity, died in 1828. He was
succeeded in the Estate of Lochshiel by his eldest
son, Alexander. In 1853 he sold Island Shona to
Captain Swinburne for £6500. In 1855 he sold
the Estate of Lochshiel to Hope Scott for £24.000.
Alexander Macdonald of Lochshiel died unmarried.



THE GENEALOGY OF CLAN DONALD. 271

5. Catherine, married to Dr Angus Maceachen, who was a
surgeon in tlie Glengarry Regiment, in the Prince's
Army.

We shall now go back to Alexander, son of* An^-ns
of Borodale, to pick up the line oi' succession to the
Estate of Glenaladale. Alexander, who went abroad
as a young man, amassed a considerable foitune ii]
the West Indies. He, as already stated, acquired
by purchase the Estate of Glenaladale in 1773, and
succeeded his cousin accordingly as

IX. Alexander Macdonald of Glenaladale. He
married, first, a Mrs Handyside of Jamaica, without
issue. He married, secondly,, a Miss Macgregor, and
had by her —

1. John, who died young.

2. Alexander, his successor.

3. Ranald, who died young.

He was succeeded by his son,

X. Alexander Macdonald. In 1813 he pur-
chased from Clanranald, for £15,060, the lands of
Dalelea, Langall, Annat, Drumloy, Mingairy, Blain,
Island Shona, Breig, and Portvait. He had some
years previously purchased the Estate of Drimnin..
in Morven, which was afterwards sold to John
Maclean of Boreray. He erected a monument at
Glenfinan to commemorate the raising of the Royal
Standard of the House of Stuart there in 1745. It
bears the following inscrijjtion : — "On this spot,
whei-e Prince Charles Edward first raised his
standard, on the 1 9th day of August, 1745, when
he made the daring and romantic attempt to recover
a throne lost by the imprudence of his ancestors,
this column is erected by Alexander Macdonald,
Es(|. of Glenaladale, to commemorate the generous
zeal, the undaunted bravery, and the inviolable



272 THE CLAN DONALD.

fidelity of his forefathers, and the rest of them who
fought and bled in that arduous and unfortunate
enterprise."

Alexander Macdonald of Glenaladale, having died
unmarried, in 1814, at the early age of 28, was, in
terms of bis father's settlement, succeeded by his
cousin, John Macdonald of Borodale, the son of his
uncle, Ranald, as nearest heir-male.

XL John Macdonald. He married, in 1792,
Jane, second daughter of Alexander MacNab of
Innishewen, and had by her —

1. Angus, liis successor.

2. Ranald, who died young.

3. Alexander. He entered as a student in Marischall

College, Abei'deen, in 1821, and afterwai-ds studied
law in Glasgow, where he qualified as a legal practi-
tioner, and became a member of the Glasgow Faculty
of Procui'ators. He was for several years factor for
Lord Lovat. Alexander, who died in 1893, married
Margaret, daughter of Hugh Watson of Torsonce,
W.S,, and had by her —

(a) John, of H.M. Customs, now in New Zealand.

(b) Hugh, a priest. He died in 1889.

(c) James, a priest in Edinburgh,
(n) Angus, who died in infancy.

(e) Alexander, C.E., who died abroad in 1895.

(p) Donald, who died in infancy,

(g) Andrew, solicitor, and Sherifl:-Clerk of Inverness-shire.
He married Minna, daughter of John Chisholm,
Charleston, Inverness, and has by her — (a) Alex-
ander Francis Joseph ; (b) Ellen Mary ; (c)
Margaret Mary; (d) Andrew Edward, solicitor;

(e) Clementina, a nun of Notre Dame Order ;

(f) Jane Frances ; (g) Anne Constance ; (h)
Mary Elizabeth, died in childhood ; (i) Angus,
medical student ; (j) Minna Gertrude.

(h) Mary, a nun of the Franciscan Order.

(i) Joseph, a Divinity student, who died in 1869.

4. John, a distinguished officer in the East Indian Army,

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THE GENEALOGY OF CLAN DONALD. '^73

many years of service, often in the most trying cir-
cumstances, he proved himself a brave and capable
officer. "By his daring, promptitude, and decision of
character at Umritzir, he quelled the first movements
of a Sepoy revolt, which might have ended in a
general massacre of the Europeans." In promoting
him to the command of the 5th Irregular Cavalry for
his services on this occasion, Sir Charles Napier
wrote : — " You have ivon it, if ever a man deserved
well of his chief. But for your decision, we should
have had the devil to pay at Umritzir." He acted in
the same prompt manner in dealing with the mur-
derers of Sir Norman Leslie at Rohnee, and [prevented
his regiment from going over to the rebels. While
Macdonald, Sir Norman, and Dr Grant were sitting
one evening in front of their tent, they wei'e suddenly
attacked by a small band of men from Macdonald's
own regiment, as was afterwards discovered. Sir
Norinan was killed, and Macdonald and Grant, who
defended themselves with their camp stools, were
severely wounded, but they put to flight the mur-
derers. An inquiry was soon afterwards made, and
the men were discovered. They were forthwith tried
by Court-Martial, and sentenced to be hanged. When
this sentence was about being carried out, one of the
condemned men, a person of high caste, appealed to
the regiment drawn up to witness the execution to
shoot the English, but Macdonald pointed his pistol
at his head, and threatened to blow out his brains if
be uttered another word. Tiiis had the desired
effect, and the men were all hanged. The stern re-
solution with which he punished those leaders of
revolt had a salutary effect upon the rest of the regi-
ment Macdonald's conduct at this critical time is
deserving of the highest praise.

Colonel Macdonald lived latterly at Aberdeen,
where he died in 1892. He msirried Helen Morgan,
who died in India in ISS.'i, nnd left two daughters,
Minna and Jane.

5. Ranald George Charles, who died young.

6. Donald, Priest of Moidart, died in 1895.
7 Clementina, who died unmarried in 1874.

18



274 THE CLAN DONALD.

8. Catherine, who died unmarried in 1880.

9. Jane, who died unmarried in 1 874.

10. Margaret, who married Colin Chishohii, solicitor, Inver-

ness, and had

(a) John Archibald.

(b) Aeneas, D.D., LL.D. He received his early education

at Inverness, from which he was sent to Blair's
College, Aberdeen. He afterwards went to
Rome, where he studied for seven years. He
was ordained priest in 1859, and was settled
successively at Elgin, Beaiily, Aberdeen, Glen-
gairn, and Banff. He was appointed Rector of
Blair's College in 1890, and was consecrated
Bishop of Aberdeen in 1899.

(c) Colin.

(d) Jane, who died unmarried.
(b) Sarah.

(f) Clementina.

11. Helen, who died young.

John Macdonald of Glenaladale, who was well known
in his time as a man of exceptional ability in busi-
ness, sound judgment, and commanding influence,
died in 1830, when he was succeeded by his eldest
son,

XL Angus Macdonald, who was born in 1793.
He married, in 1836, Mary, youngest daughter of
Hugh Watson of Torsonce, Midlothian, and had by
her —

1. John Andrew, his successor.

2. Hugh, Bishop of Aberdeen. He was educated at St.

Cuthbert's College, Ushaw. On the completion of
his studies, he taught there for a year as Professor of
the Humanities, and after ordination in 1867 he
acted for two or three years as a secular priest in
Greenock. Subsequently joining the Congregation of
the Redeniptorists, he entered upon his new vocation
with great enei-gy, conducting missions all over the
world, but proving especially valuable in the High-
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THE GENEALOGY OF CLAN DONALD. 275

language. For several years he acted as rector of the
Redemptorist Monastery at Kinnoull, and after hold-
ing several other important offices, he was appointed
Provincial of the Order. In 1890 he was consecrated
Bishop of Aberdeen. The wisdom of his nomination
was manifest from the very outset of his episcopal
career — in the i-epair of old, or the erection of new
churches, in the enlargement of schools, and in the
promotion of the general pros])erity and working
order of his diocese. He took a great interest in the
welfare of tlie ecclesiastical seminary of Blair's College,
and threw himself enthusiastically into the scheme for
rebuilding and extending the institution. He erected
the Cathedral Chapter at Aberdeen, made the canonical
visitation with great regularity, and altogether infused
a great amovnit of order into the administration of his
diocese. Personally, he was of a most amiable and
unassuming disposition, respected by all classes of the
community in the North, and held in the highest
estimation by his clergy and people. He died at
Greenhill Gardens, Edinburgh, the residence of his
brother. Archbishop Macdonald, May 29th, 1898.
3. Angus, Archbishop of St Andrews and Edinbui'gh. He
was born at Borrodale, September 18th, 1844, and
was educated at St Cuthbert's College, Ushaw. He
afterwards became B.A. of the University of London.
After his ordination in July, 1872, he was fiist
stationed at St Patrick's, Anderston, Glasgow, then
sent to Arisaig to help the aged Father William
Mackintosh, at whose death he took charge of that
parish. There he laboured among the people he had
known from childhood, his knowledge of Gaelic
enabling him to instruct and help those — and there
were a great many of them — who neither understood
nor spoke English. When the Scottish Hierarchy
was restored, in 1878, he was selected, by the wish of
bishops and priests alike, as well as by the desire of
the Pope, as Bishop of Argyll and tlie Isles. He was
consecrated on May 23rd of that year, by the late
Archbishop Eyre of Glasgow, and took up his
residence in Oban. There he devoted himself to
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276 THE CLAN DONALD.

he visited in all seasons and in all kinds of weather.
The Bishop soon became a familiar sight on the High-
land steamers, often clad in oilskin and sou'-wester.
He built churches and schools, and, with his priests,
worked incessantly for the glory of God and the
increase of the religion to which he and his fore-
fathers had always adhered. When his priests fell
ill, he visited and nursed them, often doing their
work for them. Neither typhus fever nor any sick-
ness daunted him, as he followed the example of
the Good Shepherd, and risked his own life for the
sake of others, many times when he was worn out and
ill. Having been Bishop of Argyll and the Isles for
14 years, he was chosen to till the Metropolitan see of
St Andrews and Edinburgh, and, in 1892, began his
new duties. The same spirit animated him in his
new as in his old sphere — untiring zeal, humility,
gentleness, tact, and firm attention to everything
under his charge. Everyone loved and respected
Archbishop Macdonald, and when, on the Feast of
the Good Shepherd, April 29th, 1900, worn out by
work and ill-health, he died, he left an example of
piety, learning, and, above all, love and zeal for the
glory of God.

4. Mary Mai'garet, a nun.

5. Jane Veronica.

Angus Macdonald of Glenaladale died in 1870,
and was succeeded by his eldest son,

XIII. John Andrew Macdonald. He was for
many years Colonel-Commanding the Inverness-
shire Militia Regiment, and was highly popular
with officers and men. On the occasion of the late
Queen's Diamond Jubilee in 1897, Her Majesty
conferred the distinction of C.B. on Colonel Mac-
donald. He takes a prominent part in county and
parish business, and is much respected both for his
personal qualities and as the representative of an
ancient and popular Highland family. Colonel
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THE GENEALOGY OF CLAN DONALD. 277

Mary, elder daughter of Edward Chaloner of
Hermistoii Hall, Nottinghamshire. She died
March 14, 1864, without issue. He married,
secondly, August 13, 1901, Margaret Mary Teresa,
daughter of the late Sir Edward Blount, Baronet
of Sodington and Mawley.



THE MACDONALDS OF BENBECULA.

The first of this famil}'- was Ranald, fourth son
of Allan IX. of Clanranald, well known by his
patronymic of Rao7iull Mac Ailein 'ic Iain. His
father bestowed upon him the lands of Benbecula,
consisting of the 13 penny lands of Borve, the penny
land of Gerigriminish, the 4 penny lands of Belfinlay,
the 5 penny lands of Balivanich, the 20 penny lands
of Uachdar, called the tw^o Airds in Knocksorlai^
together with the 3 pen.ny lands of Machermeanach,
in Skirhough, and the 3 mark 10 shilling lands of
Ardnish, Lochelt, and Essan in Arisaig. In 1625,
Ranald received a charter of these lands from his
nephew, John, XII. of Clanranald.

Ranald married, first, Mary, daughter of Ranald
Macdonald of Smerbie, son of James Macdonald of
Dunnyveg and the Glens. By her he had Angus
Mor, from whom the Macdonalds of Ballypatrick,
in the Barony of Carey, in the County of Antrim.

He married, secondly, Fionnsgoth Burke, of the
Burkes of Connaught, and had by her

1. Alexander.

2. Roderick.

3. Farquhar.

He married, thirdly, Margaret, daughter of
Norman Macleod of Harris, widow of Norman Og
Macleod of Lewis, without issue.



278 THE CLAN DONALD.

He married, fourthly, Mary, sister of Sir Donald
Macdonald, 1st Baronet of Sleat, and had by her
Donald Gorm.

He married, fifthly, Margaret, daughter of Angus
Macdonald of Dunnyveg and the Glens, and had by
by her —

L Ranald, who succeeded him.

2. Koderick.

3. John Og.

4. Angus Og, from whom the Macdonalds of Milton.

5. Ranald, who married Anne, daughter of Ranald Mac-

donald of Bornish.

6. Donald, of Boisdale, from whom the Macdonalds of

Rammerscales.

7. A.llan Og.

8. Flora, who married John Macdonald of Griminish, in North

Uist.

Ranald died at Canna in 1636, and was buried at
Howmore. He was succeeded by his eldest son of
the last marriage.

II. Ranald. He married, first, Marion, daughter
of MacNeill of Barra, by whom he had Donald, his
successor.

He married, secondly, Anna, daughter of
John XII. of Clanranald, and had by her —

L James of Belfinlay.

2. Donald Og, who died without issue.

3. Ranald.

i. Alexander of Gerifleuch. He married Margaret, daughter
of Somerled Macdonald of Torlum, and had by her —

(a) Ranald. He was made prisoner in 1746 for assisting

in the escape of Prince Charles froui Uist.

(b) John.

(c) Roderick.

Ranald succeeded his father as II. of Gerifleuch,
and married Mary Macdonald, by whom he had —

(a) John.

(b) Charles.



THE GENEALOGY OF CLAN DONALD. 279

John succeeded his father as III. of Gerifleuch, and
married Mary, daughter of Alexander Macdonald III.
of Geridhoil, and had by her —

(a) Ranald.

(b) Donald.

(c) Roderick, who was priest in Badenoch for several

years. In 1803 he was removed to South Uist,
and had charge of lochdar and Benbecula till
his death, September 29th, 1828.

(d) James.

And six daughters, one of whom was Catherine.

Ranald succeeded his father as IV. of Gerifleuch,
and is entered as tenant of that holding in the South
Uist Rental of 1822.

5. Marion.

Ranald 11. of Benbecula died in 1679, and was
buried at Nunton. He was succeeded by his eldest
son,

III. Donald. In 1680, he received from
Donald XIII. of Clanranald a Charter of Novo-
damus of all the lands granted to his grandfather
in 1625. In 1720, he excambed with Angus Mac-
donald of Belfinlay his lands of Ardnish, Lochelt,
and Essan, in Arisaig, for the lands of Belfinlay and
others in Benbecula. In 1725, Donald succeeded
Ranald XV. of Clanranald as chief of that family.



THE MACDONALDS OF MILTON.

The first of this family was Angus Og, son of
Ranald Macdonald I. of Benbecula and Margaret
Macdonald of Dunnyveg. He received a wadset of
the 5 penny lands of Balivanich, in Benbecula, from
his father, and afterwards a tack of Milton from
his cousin, John XII. of Clanranald. He married
Mary, daughter of Maclean of Boreray, and had
by her —



28 THE CLAN DONALD.

1. Ranald, his successor.

2. James, tacksman of Frobost. James had two sons,

Kanald and Donald. Donald was a merchant in
South Uist. Ranald succeeded his father as IL of
Frobost. He had two sons, Ranald and Donald of
Stilligarry, factor of South Uist. Donald had two
sons, Lieutenant Angus Macdonald of Grogary, and
James. Ranald of Frobost was succeeded by his son,
Ranald, as IIL of Frobost. He had a son, Ranald.

3. Roderick, tacksman of Kilpheder. He had two sons,__^^

Angus and Alexander,

4. Alexander, minister of Ardnamurchan, afterwards of

Islandfinan. See Macdonalds of Dalelea.

5. Somerled, tacksman, of Torlum, IJenbecula. Somerled

had—

(a) Ranald II. of Torlum.

(b) John. He and his brother, Ranald, were taken

prisoners for aiding in the escape of Prince
Charles from Uist.

(c) Roderick.

(d) Donald.

(b) Margaret, married to Alexander Macdonald of Geri-
fleuch.
Ranald, who succeeded his father at Torlum, was
factor of Benbecula. He was succeeded by his son,
Somerled.

6. Angus, tacksman of Kilaulay and Balgarvay. He married,

in 1710, Mary, daughter of Lachlan Macdonald of
Laig, in Eigg. Angus, who died in 1716, left three
sons, Ranald, Roderick, and Angus. His widow
married John Macdonald of Cleadell, in Eigg, son of
Ranald Macdonald of Cross.

7. A daughter, who married John Macdonald of Glenaladale.

Angus Macdonald of Milton was succeeded by his
eldest son,

II. Ranald Macdonald. Kanald received, in
1704, a tack for life of the 10 penny lands of North
and South Gerivaltos from Clanranald. He had
previously received a tack of the lands of Balivanich
from Donald Macdonald of Benbecula. He married,



f



THE GENEALOGY OF CLAN DONALD. 281

first, Marion, daughter of John Macleod of Dun-
vegan, and widow of Donald XIII. of Clanranald,
without issue. He married, secondly, Marion,
daughter of Angus Macdonald, minister of Soutli
Uist, son of John Macdonald of Griminisli and Flora
Macdonald of Benbecula. By her he had —

1. Angus, his successor,

2. Kanald, who died after attaining the age of nianliood,

unmarried.

3. Flora, who married Allan Macdonald of Kingsburgh.
Ranald, who died in 1725, was succeeded by his
eldest son,

III. Angus Macdonald. He married Penelope,
daughter of Angus Macdonald of Belfinlay, and had
by her —

1. Angus, his successor.

2. Archibald.

3. Alexander.

L Gilbert. He was a Captain in the Sixth Uoyal Veteran
Battalion, and amassed a considerable fortune. By
his will, dated 1835, he left many legacies to relatives
—£dO to the Deaf and Dumb Institution, Edinl)urgh,
and £20 to the poor of his native parish of South
Uist. He died, unmarried, in 1836.

5. Donald, who died unmarried.

6. Flora.

7. Marion, who married George Munro, minister of South

Uist, with issue.

8. Mary, and two natural daughters— Catherine, residing at

Locheynort, and Mary, residing at Daliburgh, to whom
annuities were left by Captain Gilbert ALicdonald.
Angus died in August, 1792 (his elegy is in Stewart's
Collection), and was succeeded by his eldest son,

IV. Angus Macdonald. He was a captain in
the army, and served in the American War. He
married, in 1783, Margaret, daughter of Colin Mac-
donald of Boisdale, and had by her —
1. Angus, his successor.



.282 THE CLAN DONALD.

2. Colin, who became tacksman of Milton in the absence of

his brother abroad. His lease terminated in 1829,
and he died soon after, xnimarried.

3. Margaret, who married John MacMarquis, with issue.

She married, secondly, her cousin, Angus, son of
George Munro, minister of South Uist, without issue.

4. Jane, who married Captain Hutchison, in the Merchant

Service, and removed to England.

5. Isabella, who married a MacCormick, and emigrated to

America.

6. Penelope, who married John MacLellan, tacksman of

Drimore, with issue.

CajDtain Angus Macdonald was di'owned in Loch-
eynort, in the winter of 1808-9 (See his elegy in the
Uist Collection), and was succeeded by his eldest
son,

V. Angus Macdonald. He sei-ved as a lieu-
tenant in the 91st Regiment, and was living abroad
in 1828. He married an Irish lady, and had a son,
Angus.

THE MACDONALDS OF DALELEA.

Alexander Macdonald, the first of this family,
was a son of Angus Macdonald of Milton, South
Uist, and brother of Ranald Macdonald, afterwards
of Milton. He was at an early age sent to the
University of Glasgow, where he graduated Master
of Arts July 16th, 1674. He afterwards studied
divinity, and was in due time instituted minister of
Islandfinan. In the Clanranald Charter Chest there
are several papers in Alexander's handwriting bear-
ing dates before and after the Revolution of 1688,
and in all these he designates himself " Minister of
Islandfinan," never once "Minister of Ardna-
murchan," His predecessors also, as well as his
successors, in their receipts for stipends from 1644



THE GENEALOGY OF CLAN DONALD. 283

to 1709 are similarly designated. We can find no
indication of Alexander Macdonald having ever
lived at Ardnamurchan. According to Dr Scott in
his Faati Eccl. Scoticance, he was deprived for non-
jurancy in 1697. He continued to call himself
Minister of Islandfinan, and to minister to the
Protestants of that district to the end of his life.
According to the tradition of the country he also
ministered to the Ardnamurchan people at Kilchoan,
nearly 30 miles from Dalelea. " Maighstir Alastair,"
as he was called, was reckoned a man of great
physical strength, and he was undoubtedly a man
of very considerable mental attainments. He
married a Morven lady of the name of Maclachlan,
and had by her —

1. Angus, known as Aonghas Beag.

2. Alexander, the Bard. Alexander married Jean Macdonald

of Dalness, and had by her —

(a) Ranald, commonly called Raonall Dnbh.

(b) Jane.

(c) Penelope.

(d) Catherine.

(e) Margaret.

Ranald was tenant for some years of the inn at
Strath Arisaig. He afterwards became tacksman of
Laig, in Eigg, which he entered before 1770. In
1776 he published a valuable collection of Gaelic
poetry. Boswell, writing to Johnson from Edin-
burgh, in February, 1775, says: — "There is now
come to this city Ranald Macdonald, from the Isle
of Eigg, who has several MSS. of Erse jjoetry,
which he wishes to publish by subscription.
This man says that some of his manuscripts arc
ancient ; and, to be sure, one of them which was
shown to me does appear to have the duskiness of
antiquity." Ranald married Mary Macdonald, and
had a son, Allan.

In a letter from him to the Tutors of Clanr?.nald,
in 1800, he says he is the oldest tacksman on the



284 THE CLAN DONALD.

estate, and the only one who had paid reut to old
Clanranald, who died in 1766. He died shortly after,
and was succeeded by his son, Allan, in the farm of
Laig.

Allan, who was noted for hi.s feats of strength,
married Isabella Macdonald, and died August 9th,
1833, leaving a son, Angus, who had been joint
tenant with him at Laig. Angus emigrated to
America shortly after his father's death. When
the war broke out between the Northern and
Southern States, he received a commission in the
11th Wisconsin Regiment, and distinguished himself
by his gallantry during the operations of the Federal
Army in Alabama and Mississippi, and was severely
wounded. He afterwards received an appointment
in the Civil Service, and died, unmarried, at Mil-
waukee some 30 years ago.

3. Lachlan. He became, first, tacksman of Gerrihellie, and

afterwards of Dremisdale, in South Uist. He was
Bailie of South Uist in 1740. He had three sons —
Ewen, who succeeded him at Dremisdale, and John
and Roderick, both of whom were "out" in the '45.
Lachlan and his brother, James, visited the Prince at
Corrodale. They were afterwards arrested on suspicion
of being concerned in the Prince's escape ; but, for
want of evidence against them, they were liberated,
after being detained for a short time.

4. James, who was tacksman of Gerrihellie. He married

Marion Macdonald, and had by her James, a Captain



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