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Sheritthmir, and was afterwards implicated in the
affairs of the '45. While in hiding in Eigg, after
the Battle of Cnlloden, Captain Ferguson of the
"Furnace" went in search of him, but Dr Macdonald
gave himself up. He was then taken on board the
"Furnace," stripped of his clothes, and " barrisdaled "
(the instrument of torture so called was invented by
Barrisdale) in a dark dungeon. He afterwards lived
at Kinlochmoidart. He manied the widow of /Eneas
Macdonald of P.elfinlay.

3. Ranald. In 1730, Clanranald gave him a tack of the

lands of Daliburgh, in South Uist. He was one of
the first to join Prince Charles. It was he who, on
board the Prince's ship at Lochnanuagh, when he
saw iiis brother Kinlochmoidart and Young Clanranald
liesitate, turned to the Prince and said - -" Though no
otiior man in the Highlands should draw a sword, I
am ready to die for you.'' Ranald received a com-
mission as Captain in the Clanranald Regiment, and
accompanied tlie Prince's Army to England, taking
part in all the engagements. He was fortunate in not
being excepted from the General l*ardon. In 1749,
Clanranald gave him a tack of the lands of Irine,
where he spent the rest of his days. He was known
in the West Highlands as " Captain Ranald Mac-
donald of Irine." He married Mareella, daughter of
Angus Macdonald of Dalelea, and had, it is said, 21
children, one of whom, Ewen, was a priest. The rest
of the family who grew up are believed to have emi-
grated to America.

4. Aeneas. He went to France at an early age, was

educated thei-e, and afterwards became a banker
in Paris. He was one of the " Seven Men of Moidart "
who accompanied Prince Charles to Scotland in 17-16.


Holding the commission (dated June 1, 1745) of the
French King appointing him Commissary in England
and Scotland of the French troops then intended to be
embarked for Scotland, he followed the Pinnce's fortu-
nates till the Battle of Culloden. He then procured
Donald Macleod to act as guide to the Prince, but
was obliged to surrender himself to General Campbell
on May 13, 1746. He was committed to Dumbarton
Castle, whence he was conducted to Edinburgh Castle
in the latter end of August, and the week after to the
Duke of Newcastle's Office at Whitehall, when he was
immediately committed to the custody of a messenger.
He was committed to Newgate on May 27, 1747, and
was expressly excepted from the Act of Indemnity.
He was found guilty of high treason on July 3rd,
having the day before attempted to escape from New-
gate. On July 10th he was again arraigned, and,
finally, on December 10th, 1747, the jury found him
guilty, but recommended him to mercy. On the 18th
of December he was sentenced to death. The case
was, however, considered a hard one, as Aeneas was
virtually a French subject, and he therefore received
the King's pardon under the Great Seal on condition of
his retiring from His Majesty's dominions, and con-
tinuing abroad during his life. It was only, how-
ever, on December 11th, 1749, that he regained his
liberty, a creditor having brought an action against
him for debt whilst under sentence, which resulted in
his being detained a prisoner for two years. He sub-
sequently returned to France, and was killed during
the French Revolution. He was never married.
5. Allan. He also fought for Prince Charles, being a
Captain in the Clanranald Regiment. He it was,
with Young Clanranald, who was sent by the Prince,
shortly after his landing, to Sir Alexander Macdonald
and Macleod to solicit their aid, but in vain. After
the defeat at Culloden he went to France, where he
married, and had

(a) Clementina Jacobina Sobieski (born 1768, died 1842),

who married Francis Schnell, with issue.

(b) Allan Og, who married, and had a son who was killed

with his father during the Revolution, and a
daughter, who married the Marquis Daringcour.


6. James, who held a commission in the Prince's Army, He

was captured after Culloden, but appears to have
escaped and gone to America. He was expressly
excepted from the General Pardon in 1747.

7. Alastair, who emigrated to America.

8. Archibald, who died immarried.

9. Margaret, who married James Macdonald of Aird, with


10. Anne, who married Angus Maclean of Kinlochaline, with-

out issue.

11. Mary, who married Alexander Macdonald of Morar.

12. Flora, who died unmarried.

Ranald Macdonald of Kinlochmoidart died in 1725,
and was succeeded in the estate by his eldest son,

IV. Donald. He was at the Battle of Sheriff-
muir with his father, Ranald, and having joined
Prince Charles when he landed at Borrodale on the
25th July, 1745, he was despatched the same day
to summon Cameron of Lochiel, the Duke of Perth,
and John Murray of Broughton. The Prince pro-
ceeded to Kinlochmoidart House on the 11th
August, and remained there till the 181 h, when he
set out for Glenfinan. Kinlochmoidart brouo-ht 100
men to the Prince's standard, was made aide-de-
camp to the Prince, and a Colonel in the army.
He was employed more than anyone else in visiting
the various chiefs whose adherence the Prince was
anxious to secure. On his way to England,
returning, it is said, from making a last appeal to
Sir Alexander Macdonald and Macleod, and accom-
panied by only one servant, he was beset at a place
called Broken-Cross Muir, near the villao-e of
Lesmahagow by a student of divinity named
Linning, assisted by a carpenter, named Meikle,
with some country people armed with old guns and
pitchforks. His servant proposed to fire on the
rabble, but Kinlochmoidart generously resolved to


surrender at once rather than occasion a useless
effusion of blood, and he was accordingly taken
prisoner and conducted by his captor to Edinburgh,
where he was committed to the Castle on November
12, 1745. In the summer of 1746, he was removed
to Carlisle Castle to await his trial. On the 24th
of September he was found guilty of high treason
and condemned to death, and on the 18th of
October he was executed at Carlisle, and his head
stuck over the Scottish gate there, where it remained
for many years. Such was the end of the gallant
Kinlochmoidart, a man, in the words of Bishop
Forbes, "fit for either the Cabinet or the field."
His estate was forfeited, and Kinlochmoidart House
was burnt to the ground by Butcher Cumberland's

Donald married Isabel, daughter of Kobert
Stewart of Appin by his wife, Catherine, daughter
of Sir Duncan Campbell of Lochnell, and by her
had —

1. Alexander, who succeeded him.

2. Charles, who was educated at the Scots College in Paris.

He afterwards entered the French Army, and served
in the American War. He rose to the rank of General,
and was made a Coinit. He was guillotined in the
eeir\j part of the French Revolution, and died

3. Allan, who died luimarried.

4. A.ugus, a priest, Avho died in Jamaica.

5. Donald, who died in Jamaica, without issue.

Donald was succeeded in the representation of the
family by his son,

V. Alexander. He was educated at the Scots
College in Paris, and, entering the army, he got
his first commission in the 42nd Regiment. He
obtained his company by raising men in the High-


lands, and ultimately became Lieutenant-Colonel of
the 2nd Battalion of the 71st Regiment. He served
with that regiment in the American War, and was
invalided liome in 1780. He married, in 17G5,
Susannah, daughter of Donald Campbell of Alrds,
who died in 1817, and liad ])y her —

1. John, wlio succeeded him.

2. Donald, who succeeded his brother.

3. Margarita, who succeeded her bi'other.

Alexander died in Edinburgh, October 3, 1781, from
injuries received during the American War, and was
succeeded by his son,

VI. John, who was born in October, 17()9, and
educated at the Jesuits' College at St Omer.
He entered the army, and was senior major of the
2l8t Highlanders (Royal Scots Fusiliers), when he
was severely wounded during the stormino; of the
Fort of La Fleur d' Epee in Guadaloupe, April 12,
1794. He was carried on board H.M.S. Winchelsea,
and died there shortly afterwards. John, who was
never married, was succeeded in the estate, which
had been restored to him in 1786, by his brother,

VIL Donald, who was born in 1771, and educated
at the Jesuits' College at St Omer. He entered the
army, and eventually became Lieut. -Colonel of the
2nd Batt. of the Royals. He served with distinction
in Egypt and the West Lidies, and was appointed
Governor of Tobago. He died in 1804, while holding
that post, from the effects of wounds received in the
taking of the Island of St Lucie. He died unmarried,
and was succeeded by his sister,

VIII. Margarita, who was born at Airds in
1773. She married, at Edinburgh, October 2, 1799,
Lieut.-Colonel David Robertson, youngest son of the
celebrated historian and Very Reverend William


Robertson, Principal of the University of Edin-
burgh, and Historiographer Royal for Scotland,
who became the representative of the family of
Robertson of Muirton and Gladney, a cadet of
Strowan. Colonel Robertson assmned the name
of Macdonald in addition to his own when his
wife succeeded to Kinlochmoidart. Margarita
Robertson- Macdonald had issue —

1. William Frederick, who succeeded her.

2. Alexander, an officer in the 12th Regiment Madras

Native Infantry, born December 13th, 1804, died
unmarried, April 5th, 1824.

3. James, born July 22nd, 1806, a Captain in the 9th

Madras Native Infantry, and Assistaut-Commissary-
General. He was present at the capture of Rangoon,
in May, 1824, and served in the Ava Campaign from
May, 1824, to Jime, 1826. He was also at all the
operations of the Headquarters Column, Coorg Field
Force, in 1834, as Commissariat Officer of the Column.
He married September 28th, 1820, Anne Emilia, 4th
daughter of Captain Charles Stewart of Blackhall, and
died, without issue, at the Cape, February 15th, 1851.

4. David, born May 6th, 1810, died January 6th, 1811.

5. John, born October 23rd, 1811, an officer in the 30th,

and subsequently in the 9th Regiment of Madras
Native Infantry. He was killed during an attack on
a stockade at Saumwarfit, or Busk, Coorg, April 3rd,
1834. He was never married.

6. David, who afterwards succeeded his nephew as repre-

sentative of the family.

7. Susannah Margarita, born July 10th, 1800, died unmar-

ried, December 9th, 1889.

8. Mary, born June 18th, 1801, died unmarried, August

8th, 1884.

9. Isabella Marie Stewart, born August 23rd, 1803, married

Robert Steele, and emigrated to South Australia. She
had four sons and one daughter, and died at Mel-
bourne, June 18th, 1896.
10. Margarita, born June 24th, 1808, married Henry Wight
of Largneau, and died, without issue, December 7th,


11. Eleanor, born June 24th, 1813, died unmarried, January

29th, 1892.

12. Elizabeth Brydone, born February 1st, 1818, married C.

Bering, and died at Dresden, without issue, in 1870.

13. Janet, born September 15th, 1819, married, January 2nd,

1840, the Rev. John Gibson Mac Vicar, D.D., LL.D.,
minister of Moffat, with issue— 4 sons and 5 daughters.

Margarita liobertson-Macdonald of Kiiilochmoidart
died June 1, 1844, and her husband, Colonel
Eobertson-Macdonald, died September 7, 1845.
She was succeeded by her eldest son,

IX. William Frederick Robertson -Mac-
DONALD. Born in May, 1802, he was married
April 19, 1828, to Sarah Adams, daughter of
James Beck of Priors Hardwick, and had by her

1. William, born June 10th, 1829, and died the same day.

2. William James, born June 10th, 1829, a Captain in the

Army. He joined the Black Watch as Ensign, June
16th, 1848, exchanged as Lieutenant to the 30th
Regiment, and retired with the rank of Captain,
December 4th, 1857. He married Matilda Helen,
daughter of Henry Crawley, and died, without issue,
June 26th, 1869.

3. William Francis, born October 14th, 1832, died 1837.

4. William David Alexander, who succeeded his father.

5. William Coker, born March 6th, 1837, died 1841.

6. William Anstruther, born August 29th, 1839, died

unmarried, June 17th, 1859.

William liobertson-Macdonald, shortly before his
death, contracted to sell the Estate of Kinloch-
moidart. He died February 22, 1883, and was
succeeded as representative of the family by his
only surviving son,

X. William David Alexander Robertsox-
Macdonald, who was born August 4, 1834, and
married August 3, 1870, Ida Julia, daughter of
Thomas Littledale, without issue. He died A}n'il



10, 1883, when he was succeeded as representative
of the family by his uncle,

XI. David Robertson-Macdonald, born August
6, 1817, a retired Admiral in His Majesty's Fleet.
He joined the Royal Navy as a volunteer of the 1st
class, and was subsequently employed on the coast
of Portugal and the north coast of Spain during the
civil wars in those countries, and afterwards in the
West Indies and Mediterranean. He was promoted
to the rank of Lieutenant in August, 1841, and in
that rank served in H.M.S. Hazard during the
operations up the River Yang-tse-Kiang in the
Chinese War of 1842. He was then sent to the
station which included New Zealand and the Islands
in the South Pacific.

While in New Zealand, in March, 1845, a serious
rising of the natives took place, and he, being in
acting command consequent on the death of Com-
mander Charles Bell, in August, 1844, was sent by
the Governor, Captain Fitzroy, R.N., to protect the
inhabitants of Korararika, in the Bay of Islands.
Having landed, on March 11, 1845, with a party of
seamen and marines, he was severely wounded while
resisting the attack of an overwhelming body of
well-armed natives. For his services on this occasion
he was promoted Commander, and a sword, with an
address, was presented to him by the inhabitants
of Auckland and Korararika, and similar addresses
were presented to him, his officers, and men from
the inhabitants of Wellington, Port Nicholson, and

In the House of Commons, the Prime Minister, Sir Robert
Peel, on July 23, 1845, thus alluded to his services : —
" Thei'e is another individual who has been alluded to, and
to whom I wish to do justice : I mean that gallant officer,
Mr Robertson, to whom tlie gallant Commodore (Sir Charles



Napier) has referred. The scene on which that gallant
officer performed his services is a very distant one, and the
services themselves may not luxve cast around them that
eminence and distinction which sometimes attend services
not more important ; but I think it is for the public interest
that Ave should show in the House of Commons that the dis-
tance of the scene and the comparative unimportance of tlie
conflict do not make us oblivious of rare merit. Sir. 1 must
say that his conduct stands forward in honourable contrast
with the conduct of others concerned on that occasion, and
I rejoice to find a British officer not thinking whether his
ship was to be surprised by a parcel of savages, but, leaving
that ship, and setting on shore that gallant example which
so many officers of the Navy have before set, and rallying
round him till he was wounded the flagging spirits of the
civilians. And here I wish to make it known to the House
of Commons that that conduct shall not pass unrewarded.
In justice to him, and as an encouragement to others, that
conduct shall receive its reward by the earliest opportunity
being taken to give him that promotion to which he is so
eminently entitled."

In 1849 he was appointed to the command of
H.M.S. Cygnet, on the West Coast pf Africa, and
for a year he was actively engaged in putting down
the slave trade.

In 1851 he was appointed InsjDCcting Commander
in H.M. Coast Guard, and served in that capacity
till he was promoted to the rank of Captain in 1858.
From 1862 to 1879 he was an Assistant Inspector of
Lifeboats to the Royal National Lifeboat Institution.
For his services in saving life he was awarded the
silver medal of that institution in 1870. He also
holds the China and New Zealand medals.

He married, February 10, 1848, Caroline,
youngest daughter of James Bf?ck of Prior's Hard-
wick, and had by her —

1. David Macdonald, born May 30, 1857, educated at St
John's College, Oxford (M.A., 1882), and called to the
Bar by the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple,


Nov. 17, 1881. He married August 6, 1889, Ellen
Sophia, daughter of the Veneratle John William
Sheringham, Archdeacon and Canon of Gloucester,
and has

(a) Allan David James, born July 25, 1895.

(b) Margaret Gertrude, born July 5, 1890,

(c) Caroline Janet, born June 1, 1893.

(d) Flora, born July 21, 1894.

2. Flora Macdouald.

3. Emma Macdonald, a Sister of Mercy.

4. Caroline Macdonald, died May 14, 1856.

5. Frances Ellen Macdonald.

6. Margaretta Macdonald, a Sister of Mercy.
7 Sarah Coker Macdonald.


This family is descended from Donald, the
second son of Reginald, the founder of the Clan-
ranald family. The head of the family was of old
styled Mac 'ic Alastair.

Donald married, first, Laleve, daughter of Mac-
Iver, the head of a sept of that name, and had by
her —

1. John, his successor.

He married, secondly, a daughter of Fraser of
Lovat, and had by her —

2. Alexander, known as "Alastair na Coille."

3. Angus Og.

Donald died in Lochaber in 1420, was buried at
E-ollaig Orain, and succeeded by his son,

II. John. He appears to have left no issue, and
was succeeded by his brother,

III. Alexander. He married Mary, the only
daughter of Hector Maclean of Duart, and had by
her —

1. John.

2. Angus Mor, from whom the Macdonalds of Shian,



3. John Odhar, from whom a sept of Macdoualds called Clanu
Iain Uidhir.

Alexander died on the Island of Abbas in 1460, and
was buried at Rollaig Grain. He was succeeded by
his son,

IV. John. He married a daughter of Donald
Cameron of Lochiel, and had by her —

1. Alexander, his successor.

2. Donald.

3. i\ngus.

He died at Invergarry in 1501, and was buried at
Kilionain. He was succeeded by his eldest son,

V. Alexander. He married Margaret, daughter
of Sir Alexander Macdonald of Lochalsh, and had by
her —

1. Angus, his successor.

2. Allan, of Lundie.

3. Godfrey, who was killed by the Mackenzies, at Loch-

caiTon, in 1582. He left a sou, Archibald.
-1. Kanald, also killed with his brother.
5. Roderick.

Alexander of Glengarry, who died in 1560, was
succeeded by his eldest son,

VI. Angus. He married, first, Janet, daughter
of Hector Maclean of Duart, and had by her —

1. Donald, his successor.

2. John, who had a son, Donald Gorm.

He married, secondly, Margaret, daughter of Mac-
leod of Dunvegan, and had by her —

3. Angus.

4. Margaret.

He married, thirdly, Mary, daughter of Kenneth
Mackenzie of Kintail, and had by her —

5. Elizabeth, who married John Roy Mackenzie of Gairloch.
Angus died in 1574, and was succeeded by his eldest


YII. Donald, who was born in 1543. He
married, first, Helen, daughter of John Grant IV.
of Freuchy, and had by her —

1. Angus, wlio, in 1584, received a Precept of legitimation

from the Crown. Doubt has been thrown on the
legaUty of the union between Donald and Helen
Grant. The Precept of legitimation in favour of
Angus, presumably the son of Helen Grant, raised
the question in recent yeai's of the legality of the
union between the parties. The contract entered
into, in 1571, b}" Angus Macdonald of Glengarry
and John Grant of Freuchy was, to all intents and
purposes, a marriage contract, and there is no
evidence in the Grant Charter Chest, where one
would expect to find it, if such a thing happened,
to warrant the assumption that Donald MacAngus
repudiated Helen Grant. On the contrary, the
relations between the respective families continued
most friendly. The inference to be drawn from the
Precept of legitimation is conclusive as regards the
legitimacy of Angus from the feudal standpoint. He
could not succeed to lands held of the Crown as the
issue of a handfast marriage, and there appears to
have been no other form of marriage between the
parties, but this was held to be sufficient, according to
the Gaelic Code, without any additional ceremony at
the altar. Tlie probability is that Helen Grant died
soon after the birth of her child.

Angus married Margaret, daughter of Lachlan
XVI. of Mackintosh, without issue. In the marriage
contract, which is dated April 24th, 1590, Angus is
designated as eldest son and heir of his father, and
the marriage was to take place on his attaining his
15th year. He was killed by the Mackenzies, on the
West Coast of Ross-shire, in 1603.

Donald MacAngus married, secondly, Margaret,

daughter of Allan Macdonald IX. of Clanranald,
and had by her —

2. Alastair Dearg. He succeeded his brother, Angus, as

heir to his father. He married Jean, daughter of
Allan Cameron of Lochiel, and had by her —


(a) Angus, who succeeded to Glengarry.

(b) Donald, who, in 1666, received from his brother a

tack of the lands of Keppoch.

3. Donald Gorm of Scotu^.

4. John Mor, from whom the Macdonalds of Ardnabie.

5. John Og, from whom the Macdonalds of Leek.

6. Alastair Mor, from whom Aberchalder and Culachie.

7. Isabella, who married Sir Koderick Mor Macleod of Dun-

vegan, with issue, five sons, known as Ciugnear Mhac
Vasal Iseabail. She had been one of the maids of
honour to Anne of Denmark, Queen of James VI.,
and wa!^ known in Skje as IsmhaU Mhor Nighean
Mhic He Alastair.

8. Margaret, who married Torquil Macleod of Lewis, with


9. Katherine, who married Duncan Grant of Aonach, son of

John Grant of Glenmoriston.
10. Janet, who married Malcolm, son of Lachlan XVI. of
Mackintosh, with issue.

Donald married, thirdly, Katherine, daughter of
Lachlan XVI. of Mackintosh. Donald Mac Angus
died February 2nd, 1645. His son, Alastair Dearg,
having predeceased him, he was succeeded by his

VIII. Angus, who was created a peer, in 1660,
by Charles II., by the title of Lord Macdonell and
Aros. He married, in 1646, Margaret, daughter of
Sir Donald Macdonald of Sleat, with a tocher of
10,000 merks. He had no issue, and the title
became extinct. He died at Edinburgh, December
6th, 1680, and was buried at Holyrood. He was
succeeded by his cousin, the son of his uncle, Donald
Gorm of Scotus,

IX. Ranald. He married Flora, daughter of
John Macleod of Drynoch, and had by her —

1. Angus, who succeeded to Scotus.

2. Alastair Dubh, who succeeded to (ilengarrv.

3. John, of Sandaig, from whom Lochgarry.

4. Donald, killed at Killiecrankie.


5. Archibald of Baiisdale.

6. Mary, who married John Macdonald of Ardnabie.

Ranald died in 1705, and was succeeded by his
second son,

X. Alastair Dubh, who was created a Lord
and Peer of Parliament by James III. and VIIL,
Dec. 9, 1716, as Lord Macdonell. He married, first,
Anne, daughter of Hugh Lord Lovat, and had by
her —

1. Anne, who, in 1704, married Roderick Mackenzie, yr. of


He married, secondly, Mary, daughter of Kenneth,
Earl of Seaforth, and had by her, who died in
January, 1726, and was buried at Holyrood —

2. John, his successor.

3. Dr Ranald, of Kylles, on Lochnevis, who was " out " in

the '45, and was then described as " an eminent

4. Alexander.

5. William, who was " out " in the '45, and was killed.

6. Isabella, who, in 1713, married Roderick Chisholm of


Alastair Dubh died at Invergarry, Oct. 28, 1721,
and was succeeded by his son,

XL John. He married, first, Margaret, daughter
of Colin Mackenzie of Hilton, and had by her —

1. Alastair Ruadh, his successor.

2. Angus, who was " out " in the '45 in command of the

Glengany Regiment, described by Lord George
Murray as " a modest, brave, and advisable lad." He
was accidentally shot two days after the Battle of
Falkirk, and died January 22, 1746. He married
Mary, daughter of Colonel Duncan Robertson, after-
wards of Struan, and had by her —

(a) Duncan, who succeeded to Glengarry.

(b) Angusia, who married Alexander Mackay of Ach-


John married, secondly, in 1728, Helen, daughter of
John Gordon of Glenbucket, and had by her —

3. James of Glennieddle, a Cxvptain in the Army. He had

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