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in the Long Island Militia, who succeeded his father
at Gerrihellie, and a daughter, Magdalene.

Alexander Macdonald, Minister of Islandfinan, died
at Dalelea May 25, 1724, and was buried at Island-
finan. He was succeeded at Dalelea by his eldest


II. Angus. Angus was " out " in the '45, and
was a captain in the Clanranald Regiment. He
was afterwards in hiding with his brother, Alex-
ander, until the Indemnity Act was passed. Though
small of stature, he was noted for his physical


strength. He married Margaret, daughter of
Cameron of Achadhuana, in Lochaber, and had l)y
her —

1. Allan, his successor.

2. Marcella, who married Ranald, brother of Kinloch-

moidart, " who tossed his bonnet in the air on
board the ' Doutelle.' "

3. Mary, married to Charles MacEachen of Drimindarach.

Angus of Dalelea died shortly after 1760, and was
succeeded by his son,

III. Allan. He married Mary Macdonald,
Arisaig, and had by her —

1. Alexander, his successor.

2. Lieutenant Angus of Kennachregan.

3. Margaret, who married Donald Macdonald, Lochans,

with issue.

Allan of Dalelea, who died before 1780, was suc-
ceeded by his son,

IV. Alexander. Alexander, who had been a
banker at Callender, bought Lochans from Clan-
ranald in 1814. He married Mary, daughter of
Ranald Macdonald of Borrodale, and had by her —

1. Flora, who married Major Macdonald of the 42nd Regi-

ment, who lived at Arisaig.

2. Jessie, who married a Mr Campbell.

3. Joanna, who died unmarried.

4. Marjory, who married, but left no issue.


This family is descended from Donald, son of
Ranald Macdonald I. of Benbecula. In 1658 he
received from Clanranald a tack of Boisdale. He
married a daughter of MacNeill of Barra, and had
bv her

Donald II. of Boisdale. He fought at Killie-
crankie under his cousin, Donald Macdonald of


Benbecula. His claymore and cuacb are still pre-
served ill the family. He married Mary Maclean,
daughter of Lachlan Maclean of Torloisk, and had
by her —

1. Donald, who succeeded him.

2. Allan, who died unmarried.

3. Archibald, who was drowned on the Clyde when a boy.

Donald of Boisdale was succeeded by his son,

in. Donald. He was an officer in the army of
Prince Charles, and married Miss Payne, grand-
daughter of Carlyle of Bridekirk, Dumfriesshire,
and had by her —

1. Allan, who was an officer ia the 76th Regiment, or Mac-

donald Highlanders, and died unmarried.

2. Donald, who succeeded his father.

3. Archibald, an officer in the Army, who was taken

prisoner and put to death in India by Tippoo Saib.
He died unmarried.

4. Janet, who mn-ried W. Cuthbertson, Glasgow, with


Donald was succeeded by his elder surviving son,

IV. Donald. He married Mary, sister of
William Bell of Rammerscales, and had by her —

1. William Bell, his successor.

2. Margaret.

Donald was succeeded by his son,

V. William Bell Macdonald, a man of wide
culture, and a well-known antiquarian. He was
educated at the University of Glasgow, where he
graduated B.A. in 1827. He was one of the
greatest linguists of his time. In 1851 he pub-
lished Lusus Philologici. Ex Museo Gul. B. Mac-
donald ; in 1854, "Ten Scottish Songs rendered
into German;" in 1856, "Sketch of a Coptic
Grammer adapted for Self-Tuition." For several
years he represented the Burgh of Lochmaben in the


1. Ranald Macdonald of Belfiulay. 3- Captain Allan Macdonald of

2. Major Allan Macdonald of Water- Waternish.

„igh. 4- '^l^aii ^- Macdonald. yr. of \\ ater-

5. Ranald Macdonald of Staffa, afterwards Sir Reginald Stenart Seton of

Allanton, Bart.


General Assein])ly of the Cliurcli of Scotland. He
succeeded his maternal uncle m 1837 in the estate
of Rammerscales, and married in 1839 Helen,
daughter of Thomas Johnstone of Underwood, and
had by her —

1. William Bell, his succesHor.

2. Donald.

3. Thomas Johnstone.

4. Harriett.

.5. ^rary, who died in 1869.

William Bell Macdonald, who died in Glasgow,
Dec. 5, 1862, was succeeded by his son,

VT. William Bell Macdonald, who was horn
in 1845. He was a captain in the 1st Regiment, or
lloyal Scots, and married in 1882 Violet Frances,
daughter of James Buckley Rutherford, and had by
her —

William Malcolm.


James, the first of this family, was the son of
Ranald Macdonald II. of Benbecula by his wife,
Anne, daughter of John XII. of (Jlanranald.

In 1682, his brother, Donald III. of Benbecula,
gave him a charter of the 12 penny lands of Belhnlay,
Ardbeg, and Ardmore, the penny land of Rosinish
and Knocknagour, the 2^ penny lands of Cuich-
meane, all in Benbecula, with a penny land in
Machermeanach, in Skirhouo-h.

James married Mar}-, daughter of Alexander
Macdonald of Kinlochmoidart, and had by her —

1. Angus, his successor.

2. Allan, afterwards of Belfinlay.

3. Ranald. He had two sons, Allan, and Donald, tutor to

James VH. of Belfinlay.


4. Alexander.

5. Mary, who married Lachlan Maclean of Muck, with issue.

James Macdonald of Belfiiilay died in 1709, and was
succeeded by his eldest son,

II. Angus Macdonald. In 1720 he excambed
with Donald Macdonald of Benbecula his lands in
Uist, enumerated above, for the lands of Pendui,
Laggan, Essan, Allasary, Torary, Ranachan, Moy,
and Peinmeanach, all in Arisaig. Angus married
Penelope, daughter of Macneill of Barra. She
afterwards married Dr John Macdonald, brother
of Banald Macdonald of Kinlochmoidart. By her
Angus had —

1. Donald, his successor.

2. Ranald, who succeeded his brother.

.3. Penelope, who married Angus Macdonald of Milton.

Angus Macdonald of Belfinlay died in 1731, and was
succeeded by liis eldest son,

III. Donald Macdonald. He died unmarried,
and was succeeded by his brother,

IV. Banald Macdonald. He joined the army
of Prince Charles at the beginning of the campaign,
and was a captain in the Clanranald Begiment. At
Culloden he was shot through both legs, which
rendered all chance of escape hopeless. Having
been stripped of his clothing, he lay al) night on the
field of battle in extreme agony from the pain of his
wounds and exposure to inclement weather. Next
morning he was saved from being shot by Butcher
Cumberland's soldiers through the clemency of
Lieutenant James Hamilton of Cholmondely's
Regiment. He was then taken to Inverness,
where he lay in prison until the Act of Indemnity
set him free. In prison he received the cruellest
treatment, from the effects of which, added to his


wounds and exposure on the field of l)attle5 he
ultimately died. The gallant Belfinlay, described
by Bishop Forbes as "a tall, strapi:)ing, beautiful
young man," died on September 27, 1749. Having
never married, he was succeeded by his uncle,

V. Allan Macdonald. He married Isabel
Cameroj), without issue, and was succeeded by his
nephew, the son of his brother,

VI. Allan Macdonald. In 17G3 he sold liis
lands in Arisaig to Ranald Macdonald, younger of
Clanranald, for 30,810 merks. The Judicial Rental
of these lands in the following year gives the gross
rental at 1108 merks. On selling his estate, Bel-
finlay leased the lands of Keppoch and others
from Clanranald. In 1761 he married Jean, eldest
daughter of Lachlan Mackinnon of Corry, and had
by her —

1. James, who succeeded him in the representation of the


2. Alhm, who succeeded his brother.

3. Janet, who married Thomas Ord, Factor for Blair-

drummond, with issue.

Allan died February 10, 1784, and was succeeded by
his eldest son,

VII. James Macdonald. He died, unmarried,
in America, and was succeeded by his brother,

VIII. Allan Macdonald. He entered the army
in 1799, and received his first commission in the
55th Regiment. He shortly afterwards proceeded
with his regiment to the West Indies, where he
served with distinction, and in January, 1808, he
was promoted to the rank of captain. In the same
year he took part in the expedition, under Major-
General Carmichael, against St Domingo, and, on
termination of hostilities, he was promoted to the



temporary command of the 2nd West India Regi-
ment. He also served in the campaign in the
Netherlands, in 1813 and 1814, and distinguished
himself at the storming of Bergen-op-Zoom, where
he was second in command of the 55th Regiment.
In this assault he was woundeH. In January, 1818,
he received his promotion to the majority of his
corps. In 1821 he left the service, being then
senior major of his regiment, with the sale of his
commission. In 1827 he purchased from Clanranald
the Estate of Moidart, and in 1833 he purchased
from Lord Glenelg the Estate of Waternish, in Skye.
In 1834 he sold the Estate of Moidart. He took up
his residence at Waternish on his acquiring that
property, and interested himself in country affairs.
He interested himself much in farmino^, and took
great pains in establishing the well-known Water-
nish herd of Highland cattle. He was a J. P. and
D.L. of the county of Inverness. Major Macdonald
married, in 1819, Flora, daughter of Patrick Nicolson
of Ardmore by his wife Catherine, daughter of
Ronald MacAlister of Skirinish, and by her had —

1. Patrick, who succeeded him in the repi'eseutation of the


2. Allan, who died young.

3. Allan. In 1848 he obtained a commission in the 99th

Regiment as Ensign, and shortly afterwards joined
his regiment in Tasmania, where he I'emained with it
till 1855. In 1857 he got his company, and in the
same year he retired from the army with the sale of
his commission. On the death of his father, Captain
Macdonald succeeded him in the Instate of Waternish.
He has since made an addition to his patrimony by
the purchase of the fine Island of Rona, in Uist. He
is a keen sportsman, keeps a yacht, and the finest
pack of terriers in the Highlands. He also takes
much interest in both county and local affairs, and is

1. Colonel Donald Macdonald, Bois- 3. D. J. K. Macdonald of Sanda,

dale. 4. Hector Macdonald-Bnchanan

2. Hon. William Macdonald of Vallay. (Boisdale).

5. Admiral Robertson IMacdonald of Kinlochmoidart.


a J. P. and D.L. of the County of Inverness. Captain
Macdonald, who is a typical Highhuid gentleman, is,
in all respects, true to the best traditions of his race,
and is greatly respected in the Western Isles. He is
still unmarried.
4. Donald, who died in 1854, unmarried.

Major Allan Macdonald died in May, 1855, when he
was succeeded in the representation of the family of
Belfinlay by his eldest son

IX. Patrick Macdonald. He married Grace,
daughter of James Bell of Scarden, in Ireland, and
had by her —

1. Allan Reginald, his successor.

2. A son, who died young.

Patrick died in 1874, when he was succeeded by
his son,

X. Allan Reginald Macdonald, now \\Yiu<r at
Waternish, and heir of his uncle, Captain Mac-
donald. He married, in 1895, Edith, eldest
daughter of Mr Thomas Bayne, and has by her —

1. Reginald.

2. Flora.

3. Donald Ronald.


Alexander Macdonald, the first of this family,
w^as the son by his second marriage of Donald
Macdonald of Benbecula, afterwards XVI. of Clan-
ranald. He was born in 1698, and his father, in
1721, gave him as his portion a liferent tack of the
lands of Cuichmeane, liosinish, and Knocknagour,
in Benbecula. In 1741, he received from his brother,
Clanranald, a tack of the lands of Boisdale, and
others, for life, and to his successors for 499 years.
He gave up this tack in 175G, and in 1758 received


a feu charter of the lands of Boisclale, Smerclet,
Kilbride, Eriska, and Lingay. Alexander, known
as " Alastair Mor nam Mart," was a shrewd business
man who succeeded in accumulating a considerable
fortune. He was noted for his physical strength,
and had the reputation of being " as able a bowlman
as any in Scotland."

Wlien Prince Charles landed at Eriska on the
23rd of July, 1745, he sent a messenger to Boisdale
in the hope of persuading him to engage the men
of South Uist in his favour, the great body of whom
were known to favour his cause. But Boisdale,
notwithstanding the kindness shown by him to the
Prince afterwards when a fugitive in Uist, does not
appear, from the principles he then and afterwards
professed, to have been favourable to a change of
dynasty. His conduct during the rebellion may be
inferred from the memorial sent up to London in his
favour by the Presbytery of Uist, who, in their own
words, " cannot be justly suspected of any design to
impede justice, or screen His Majesty's enemies."
After referring to his loyalty to the Constitution In
Church and State, the memorialists declare that
" during the continuance of the late troubles he
gave all possible discouragement to the Pretender's
adherents, and was neither allured by promises nor
overawed by threatenings to rise in arms." The
memorialists still further declare that " when some
mad people in the country of South Uist gathered
together some vagabonds to march with them to the
Pretender's camp, he endeavoured to stop their
career, and wrote his brother, who was then in
Harris, that he should return and use his authority to
disperse them, which was accordingly done." When
the Prince's misfortunes, however, drove him back to


Uist, Bolsdale acted a noble part iii protecting the
royal wanderer from his enemies, often visiting liim
in his hiding place at Corrodale, and supplying him
with the necessaries of life. As might have been
expected, he was arrested on suspicion of harbouring
the Prince, and carried to London. This was about
the middle of June. The Presbytery of Uist met
on the 29th of September, and sent the memorial
already referred to in his favour, which had the
desired effect by his being liberated.

Boisdale married, first, Mary, daughter of Donald
Macdonald of Castleton, widow oP Sir Donald Mac-
donald of Sleat, and had by her —

1. Colin, his successor.

2. John, a shipmaster, and merchant in South Uist.

3. Janet, who died unmarried in Edinburgh in 1818.

4. Mary, who married WilHam Macdonald of VaHay, with

5. Anne, who married Dr Murdoch Maclcod of Eyre, with

Boisdale married, secondly, Margaret, daughter of
Hector Maclean, XIII. of Coll, and had by her —

6. Donald, an otticer in the Army, killed in America in

7. Hector, an otticer in the Army, killed in America in

Boisdale married, thirdly, Anne, daughter of Mac-
Neil of Barra, and had by her —

L8. James of iVskernisli, a Major in the Army, who served in
the Macdonald and other regiments. Ho married
Christina, daughter of Donald Maclcod of Bernera,
and had by her —
(a) Dr Alexander Macdonald, who was in practice in
Inverness, where he died unmarried, June 9th

»(b) Donald,
(c) Margaret Christian, who died at Inverness in 1836.
(d) Jane.



Major James Macdonald died at Rothesay, 18th
June, 1857, and was buried there. His wife died at
Rothesay, and was buried there, July 9, 1835.
9. Margaret, who married Donald MacXeill of Kenach-
reggan, afterwards of Canna, with issue.

Alexander Macdonald of Boisdale had other 8 sons
and 2 daughters, all of whom died young. He died
at Kilbride, South Uist, in 1768, and was succeeded
by his eldest son,

II. Colin. He, like his father, was well known
in the Highlands as a man of outstanding abilities
and active business habits, which he put to good
account by adding considerably to his patrimony.
In the latter half of the 18th century he purchased
the estate of Ulva and other lands in Mull.

He married, first, Margaret, daughter of Donald
Campbell of Airds, and had by her —

1. Alexander, his successor.

2. Donald, a Major in the 92nd or Gordon Highhmders.

He also served in the 22nd, 18th, and 100th Regiments.
In 1795, letters of service were granted to him to
raise a regiment in the Highlands, of which he was
appointed Colonel, but he died that year, and before
the regiment was completed. He married a daughter
of Innes of Sandside, Caithness, without issue.
3 Hector, a W.S., and one of the Principal Clerks of
Session. He was well known in Edinburgh society
and in the Highlands and Islands as agent for
several proprietors. He was on intimate terms with
Sir Walter Scott, who was a frequent guest at his
seat of Ross Priory. He was for many years the
representative of the Presbytery of Uist in the
General Assembly, On his marriage to the daughter
and heiress of Buchanan of Drumikill and Ross
Priory, Dumbartonshire, he assumed her name in
addition to his own. I>y her he had Colin, Robert,
Hector, John, and James, all of whom died after attain-
ing the age of manhood. He had four daughters — Jane,
Margaret, Jemima, and Flora. Jemima married, in


1830, Sir Alexiinder Leith, Bart., and had Sir George
Hector Leith, Bart, of tlie Ross Priory ; James Alex-
ander, Lieutenant in the 92iid Regiment, who died in
1857 ; John Macdonald, C. B., Lieut. -Colonel 1st Batt.
Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders, who died in 1888.
Hector Macdonald-Buchanan died in 1835.
L Margaret, who, in 1783, married Captain Angus Mac-
donald IV. of Milton, with issue.

5. Harriet, who, in 1786, married Major Alexander Mac-

donald of Valla}', with issue.

Boisdale married, secondly, Isabella, daughter of
Lieut. Robert Campbell, of the 99th Regiment,
afterwards of Glenfalloch, and sister of John, 6th
Earl of Breadalbane. By her he had

6. Ranald. He passed Advocate in 1798, and afterwards

became Sheriff of Stirlingshire. He succeeded liis
father in Ulva, and other lauds, in Mull, in 1800. In
1812 the rental of his estate from kelj) and other
sources amounted to £3600. He was a model land-
loi'd, and liighly popular among Highlanders. He
was a member of several Highland societies. He took
great interest in the poetry and lore of the Highlands,
and collected Ossianiu jjoems and tales in 1801-3, which
are preserved in the Advocate's Library. He repi'e-
sented the Presbytery of Mull for many years in the
Cieneral Assembly, and was Colonel of the Long Island
Regiment of Militia, which assembled at Bcnbecula.
Plis intimacy with Sir Walter Scott, who visited him
at Ulva in 1810, is well known. Referring to that
visit, Scott says : — " The proprietor of the isle, Mac-
donald of Statfa, a fine, high-spirited young chieftain,
was our pilot and gi:ide through tlie Hebrides. He is
much loved by his people, whose prosperity he studies
much. ... In the Isle of Ulva, where he has his
house, we were treated with something like feudal
splendour. His people received us under arms, and
with a discharge of musketry and artillery. His piper
was a constant attendant on our parties, and wakened
us in the morning with his music." Scott pays a
warm tribute to Staffa's character as a landlord in his
article on Sir John Carr's Caledonian Sketches, and in


the spirited verses written at liis house in Ulva during
his visit to the "king of all kind fellows." Ranald
married, in LSI 2, Isabella, only child and heiress of
Henry Stewart of Allanton, afterwards created a
baronet. He had by her —

(a) Henry James, who succeeded him.

(b) Archibald, who married Katherine, daughter of

Robert Stein, and had Allan Henry, and Douglas

(c) Colin Archibald, who was drowned.

(d) Isabella, who married, in 1852, Rev. J. Lockhart

Ross, rector of St Dunstan-in-the-East, London,
and died in 186-1.

(e) Lillias Urquhart, who died in 1866.

In 1835, Ranald's wife succeeded in right of her

mother to the Estate of Touch Seton, Stirlingshire,

and added the name of Seton to her own. On the

death of Sir Henry Steuart of Allanton in 1836,

Ranald succeetled him as 2nd Baronet, and assumed

the name of Steuart Seton in addition to his own.

Sir Ranald died 15tli April, 1838, in the 61st year

of his age, and Avas succeeded by his son. Sir Henry

James, as 3rd Baronet. Sir Henry married, in 1852,

Elizabeth, daughter of Robert Montgomery, son of

Sir James Montgomery, Bart, of Stanhope, without

surviving issue. He died in 1884, and was succeeded

by his nephew, the son of his brother, Archibald,

Alan Henry, as -Ith Baronet. Sir xllau, who is

hereditary Armour- Bearer and Squire of the Royal

Body in Scotland, married, in 1883, Susan Edith,

daughter of Sir James Clerk, Baronet, withoiit issue.

7. Robert of Inch Kenneth and Gribune, who was a Colonel

in the Royal Artillery, and a C.B. He married in

1801 Maiy, daughter of Thomas Douglas of Grantham,

and had

(a) Robert Douglas, a Captain in the 42nd Regiment,

who married Mary Anne Carleton, ^lalta, and

had (a) Robert, a Captain in the 97th Regiment,

who died leaving one son, who died in 1872 ; (b)

Charles Edward, Colonel in the Royal Marines,

who married Rebecca, widow of George Eubank,

and had (a^) Charles Clanranald, Captain, A.S.C.,


(a'^) Kenneth Alexander, Captain, A.S.C., (a^)
Flora Mary. (c) Isabella Mary. ((/) Mary
Anne, who married Captain Capel Miers, 79th

(ji) Charles Kerr, a Major in the 42nd Regiment, who
married Lady Asworth, witliout issue, and died
at Alexandria in 1868.

(c) James Archibald, a Captain in the Royal Navy, wlio
married Louisa Greig, a niece of Lady Rollo, and
had (a) Charles Douglas, an officer in the Royal
Marines, who died at Guernsey in 1872 ; (0)
Louisa ; (c) Mary. James died in 1875.

(u) Ranald George Meyritt, a W.S., who married, first,
Alicia, daughter of Rev. B. Bridges, without
issue, and secondly, Mary xVnne, widow of W.
Baines, Q.C., without issue.

(e) Isabella Louisa, who married James N. MacNeille,
with issue.

8. Colin, an Admiral in the Royal Navy, and a C.B. He

married, but left no issue.

9. James, M.D., who died, unmarried, in 1806.

10. William, who died young.

11. Isabella, who died unmarried.

12. Jean, who married John Macdonald, XIX. of Clanranald,

without issue.

13. Mary, who died young.
IL Flora, who died young.

Colin Macdonald of Boisdale died July 31, 1800,
and was succeeded by his eldest son,

III. Alexander. He served in the American
War, was a Captain in the 71st Eegiment, and
retired from the army with the rank of Colonel.
He married, in 1783, Marion, only daughter of
Hugh Maclean of Coll, and had by her —

1. Hugh, his successor.

2. Colin, who was a medical officer of health in India, where

he died unmarried.

3. Donald, a Major in the Army, killed in battle.

4. Janet, who died unmarried.

5. Isabella, who n\arried Colonel Cadell.

6. Margaret, who married Major Lawrence, with issue;


Colonel Alexander Macdonald of Boisdale died in
1818, and was succeeded by his son,

IV. Hugh. The Estate of Boisdale, in the
hands of trustees for some years, was sold in 1839
to Colonel Gordon of Clunj^ Hugh had previously
left the country. He lived for some time in Liver-
pool, where he married, but we know nothing
further of him, or of his family, if he had any.


The Macdonalds of Kinlochmoidart are descended
from John, son of Allan IX. of Clanranald, known
as Iain Mac Alien. He received from Clanranald
a feu charter of Kinlochmoidart, and of Askernish,
with other lands in Uist. The Uist lands were
afterwards exchanged for Glenforslan, and other
lands, in Moidart. John married a daughter of
Macleod of Lewis, and had by her —

1. Alexander, his successor.

2. John, who, ill 1664, married Katheruie, daughter of

Allan Macdonald of Knockeiltaig, in Eigg.

3. Koderick, whose issue is extinct.

John died about 1644, and was succeeded by his
eldest son,

II. Alexander. Alexander, who fought against
the Cromwellians in Ireland, and was wounded
there, married Marion, daughter of Allan Mor Mac-
donald of Morar, and had by her —

1. Ranald, his successor,

2. James, who married Margaret, daughter of MacNeill of


3. Angus, who married Anne, daughter of Charles Maclean

of Drimnin.

4. Una.

Alexander Macdonald of Kinlochmoidart died in
1689, and was succeeded by his eldest son,


III. Ranald. Ranald fought at KlUieci ankle,
and afterwards at Sheriiimuir as Major in the Clan-
ranald Regiment. He married Margaret, only-
daughter of John Cameron of Lochiel, and had by

1. Donald, who succeeded him.

2. John, a doctor of medicine, who fought with his father at

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