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Mac Gorry a tenant of John Moideartach's, and Alastair
Mac Gorry following him in ways that were not law-
abiding in 1636, as already stated, and in 1625 we
find "Johannes MacGorrie," doubtless of the same
family, acting as " Scriptus A.ctornatus" in a sasine in
favour of Ranald Macdonald of Benbecula. So also
have we found Angus, the son of Alastair, son of
Alastair MacGorraidh, following the Clanranald
standard in 1648. Donald probably lived to 1650.
Of the three sons of Donald Odhar who settled at
Malaglate, we can only mention one, and this because
his name appears in the traditional genealogy, and it
is through him that the generations can be brought
down to the present time. This was
John, known as Iain Og or young John, possibly to dis-
tinguish him from his uncle, John Dow MacGorraidh,
who may have been the Scriptus Actornatus of 1625.
He flourished 1610-1680. How long the family re-
mained at Malaglate cannot be determined — probably
not later than the time of Donald Odhar, after whom
the ruins were named "Totaichean Mhic Ghorraidh."
John had at least one son,


5. Malcolm, known as Gille Calluin Mac Iain Oig. He
~ lived in the Island of Rona, off North Uist, which he

farmed in whole or part, and flourished c. 1650-1720.
There is a large number of his progeny in North
Uist and other parts of the world, and the following
may be regarded as an accurate genealogy of some at
least of his descendants down to the present day. He
had two sons —
(a) Archibald, Gillea&hidg Mac ille Challuim. He lived
for a number of years at Vallay, of which lie had
a Steelbow tack from Ewen Macdonald, son of
William, Tutor of Sleat. He married Ann,
daughter of Rev. John Laing, Parochial School-
master of N. Uist, by his wife, Miss Macgregor,
who belonged to a family of that Ilk in the
Breadalbane district of Perthshire. It is said
that the young divine was tutor in this lady's
family, and added some romance to the short and
simple annals of a teacher's life by inducing her
to elope with him. By Ann, daughter of Mr
John Laing, he had three sons —
(a^) Malcolm. He had a son Donald, who was
ground officer or local factor on Lord Mac-
donald's estate of North Uist. Donald had a
son, Alexander, whose son is the Rev. Donald
Macdonald, now parish minister of North Uist.
He also had a son. Rev. Donald Macdonald, who
was successively minister of Trumisgarry and
Sleat. He went to America, and died there. He
married and had a family, all of whom died young.
Malcolm, the son of Archibald, had a daughter
Christina, who married James Macdonald, Tor-
lum, Benbecula, with issue ; and another
daughter Marion, who married Cajit. Ferguson
in South Uist, whose daughter Catherine married
as his second wife Roderick Macdonald, Cunam-
buintag, Benbecula, with issue.
(b^) Roderick, son of Gilleasbuig Mac ille Challuim.
He married Christina Mackintosh, with issue—
•■• :. (a) Archibald — (?i7/eas6m5' 5an— who was

successively tacksman of Penmore and Kirki-
bost, both in North Uist. He married Susan
Mackinnon, with issue, among others— Rev.



Koderick Macdonald, a distingushed Gaelic
preacher, and a man of varied culture and
attainments. He was born at Vallay, North
Hist, in 1823, entered the University of Glasgow
in 1838, where he took his Arts and Divinity
curriculum. He was oixlained to the Parish of
Harris in 1847, and translated to South Uist in
1854, where he died in March, 1900, in the 78th
year of his age, and the 53rd of his mnii&try. He
married Marion, daughter of the Rev. Roderick
Maclean, his predecessor in South Uist, by hia
wife Elizabeth Macleod, daughter of Captain
Norman Macleod, "Cyprus." His son is Rev.
Archibald Macdonald, Minister of Kdtarlity,
editor of the "Uist Bards," and joint author
with Rev. Angus Macdonald, Killearnan, of the
"History of the Clan Donald." He married
Margaret Hope, daughter of the late Rev. John
W. Tolmie, Minister of Contin, by his wile
Christina Mary, daughter of Alexander Mac-
donald of Vallay, with issue.

{h) Ewen, the son of Roderick, who married
Marion Macdonald, with issue, several sous and

(c) Alexander, the sou of Roderick. He
married, and had a son, Norman, who was
for many years well known throughout the
Western Isles as Glasgow agent for David
Hutchesou & Co.'s fleet of steamers. He married
Flora Macintyre, with issue.
(b) Angn^—Aonghas MacHUe Challuim. He married,
and had two sons —
(a) Roderick, who was successively tacksman of the
farms of Kirkibost and Kyies, Paible. He
married Flora, daughter of Maclean of Borreray,
by whom he had three sons —

(a^) Angus, who emigrated to America; {/^)
Dr .John Macdonald, who lived at Balelone, in
North Uist, and was for many years medical
officer for that parish. He had a fine presence,
polished manners, and intellectual tastes, and
was a man of distinguished professional attain-
ments. He died unmarried, (c^) Donald, who
died unmarried ; also several daughters.


(6) John, the son of Angus. He married Janet,
daughter of William Macdonald of Vallay, with-
out issue. He had a son, Archibald, who for
many years was tacksman of Allasdale, in
Barra. He married Catherine, daughter of
James Macdonald, Torlum, Benbecula, with issue.


This family, than which there was none more
powerful or distina^uished among the cadets of the
Isles, derives its descent from John Mor Tanlster,
second son of John, Lord of the Isles, by his second
wife, Princess Margaret Stewart, daughter of King
Robert II. John Mor married Margery Bisset,
daughter of Sir Hugh Bisset, and heiress in her
own right of the Seven Glens of Antrim. Besides
their possessions in Isla and Kintyre, the family of
Dunnyveg had thus extensive Irish territories, and
played an important part in the stirring drama of
Irish warfare.

By his wife, Margery Bisset, John Mor had —

1. Donald Balloch, his successor.

2. Ranald Bane, from whom the family of Largie.

John Mor was assassinated in 1427, and was
succeeded by his son,

II. Donald Balloch. He married, first,
Johanna, daughter of Conn O'Neill, by whom he
had —

1. John, his successor.

He married, secondly, Joan, daughter of O'Donnell,
Lord of Tyrconnel, and sister of Hugh Boe O'Don-
nell, by whom he had —

2. Agnes, who married Thomas Bannatyne of Knraes.
Donald Balloch died on an islet on Lochgruinart, in
Islay, in 1476, and was succeeded by his son,


III. Sir John Moe. He married Sarah, daughter
of Felim O'Neill of Claiieboy, by whom he had —

1. John Cathanach.

2. Alastair Carrach, who settled in Ireland, and had a son,

Ranald Buy, who had a son, Alexander. This Alex-
ander was knighted for his services against the Irish
and Scots by the Earl of Sussex, in 1556, who, at the
ceremony, presented him with a gold sword and a
pair of silver spurs. He, at the same time, received
from the Lord-Deputy a grant of the greater part of
the Barony of Dunluce, with the Monastery of Glenarm
and the lands belonging thereto.

Through the treachery of Maclain of Ardnamurchaii,
Sir John Mor and his son, John Cathanach, with
three sons of the latter, were ajDprehended, taken to
Edinburgh, and hanged on the Borough Muir, an
event which, according to the Annals of Loch Ce,
took place in 1499. Though Sir John Mor and his
son died on the same day, as the latter had assumed
the leadership of the Clann Iain Mhoir in his
father's lifetime he may be reckoned as the next
in succession.

IV. John Cathanach. He married Cecilia
Savage, daughter of the Lord of the Ardes, in
Antrim, and by her had —

1. Alexander, his successor.

2. John Mor. \ ^ i , . , , .

o T , /w ^"t to death, with then- father and

3. John Og. y ' , . -, ,^„
^ T^ 1 1 11 11 1 grandfather, m 1499.

4. Donald Balloch. J ^

5. Angus, known as Aonghas Ileach, from whom the family

of Sanda.

John Cathanach was succeeded by his son,

V. Alexander, a man of note in his day, and
known in Scotland and Ireland as Alastair Mac-
Iai7i Chathanaich. He often appears in the Irish
State Papers as " Alastair Carrach," but he was
never so named among the Celtic population, and
the surname is probably a mistake for "Cathanach."'


Alexander married Catherine, daughter of John
Maclain of Ardnamurchan, and by her had—

L Donald, who, according to an Irish genealogical MS., had
', . ' the surname malak or vialaicht, that is, cursed. The

reason for this sinister epithet was that he was cursed
by his mother before birth, because her husband had
killed her five brothers, in vengeance for the treachery
wrought upon his family by her father, Maclain of
Ardnamiu'chan. She prayed that her unborn offspring
should never see the light of day, and the alleged
result was that the first born came blind into the
world. Another authority says that he was deficient
in courage, which was the reason for his not suc-
ceeding to the lordship. Donald, Avho was also called
Balloch, had two sons- -

(a) Alastair, who is spoken of in the Irish State papers

as Constable of the Scots in Ireland. He was
killed in battle with O'Connor in 1581.

(b) Donald Gorm, who was killed in Ireland in 1581.

2. James, who succeeded.

3. Angus, known as Aonghas Uaimhreach, or "Angus the

haughty." He was slain in the conflict with Shane
O'Neill in 1565. He left two sons,

(a) Ranald, who died at the Rout, and was buried at

Bunamargie in 1595.

(b) Alexander, who had a son, Ranald Og, who fought

with Alastair MacCholla in the campaign of

4. Coll, vai'iously known as Colia Maol Dubh and Colla nan

Capull, from whom the Macdonalds formerly of
Colonsay are descended. He was buried at Buna-

5. Somerled, better known as Somhairle Buidhe, from whom

the Antrim family is descended.

6. Alexander, known as Alastair Og, killed in battle with

Turlough Luinneach O'Neill in 1566.

7. Donald Gorm, who left a son, Donald, who had a son,

Donald Gorm.

8. Brian Carrach, who was killed in battle in Ireland in



9. Ranald Og, of whom nothing is known beyond the name.

10. Meve, who married Hector Maclean of Coll.

11. Mary, who married Hector Mor Maclean of Duart.

Alexander of Dunnyveg died at Stirling while on
a visit to the King in 1538, and was buried in the
High Church of the town (Teampull Mor a hliaile),
and was succeeded by his son,

VI. James. He married Agnes, daughter of
Colin, Earl of Argyll, by whom he had—

1. Archibald, his successor.

2. Angus, who succeeded his brother.

-3. Ranald of Smerby. He acted a prominent part in the
troubles between the family of Dunnyveg and Maclean
of Duart, with whom he was for some time a hostage.
In 1614 he held the fort of Lochgorm, and entered
into a bond with Sir John Campbell of Cawdor, under-
taking to surrender the fort, which he did on the 28th
of January, 1615. He also acted an important part
during the rebellion of Sir James Macdonald, his
nephew, in 1615. He married a daughter of Banna-
tyne of Kames, and had —

(a) Coll, who succeeded him at Smerby.

(b) Archibald, who left two sous, Coll and Archibald.

(c) Donald Gorm, who was iu 1615 a party to the bond

by which his father agreed to surrender the
fortalice of Lochgorm.

(d) Mary, who married Ranald Macdonald of Benbecula,

with issue.
Ranald of Smerbie died 1616, and was buried in

4. Coll. It was he who carried out the fearful vengeance

upon the Macleans at Mullintrae under the mistaken
idea that his brother, Ranald, had been put to death
while a hostage at Duart. Under Coil's instructions
two Macleans were executed every day until at last
out of several score Sir Lachlan alone was left. Coll
left two sons, Donald Gorm and Alastair Carrach, and
died at Eilein Mhic Carmaic, in Knapdale.

5. Donald Gorm, who possessed the barony of Carey, in

Antrim, granted to him by patent dated at Dunluce,


September 18, 1584. He was killed at Ardnary, in
Ireland, in battle against the English in 1586. He
left a son, Donald Gorni Og, who left a daughter.

6. Alexander, known as Alasiair Carrach, and sometimes

A lastair Gcdlte, hi Irish State Papers. He possessed
for some time the barony of Glenarm. He was killed
along with his brother, Donald Gorm, in 1586. He
left a son, Ranald, who succeeded him in Glenarm.
Ranald left a son, Archibald, who was killed at
Broughbuy, in Glenarm, with whom the male line of
Alastair Carrach terminated.

7. A daughter, known as " Ineen Dubh," or black-haired

girl, who married Hugh O'Donnell of Donegal.

James Macdonald of Dnniiyveg, who was taken
prisoner in 1565 in a battle with a coalition of the
English and Shane O'Neill's followers, died shortly
thereafter from the effects of his wounds, or, as was
darkly whispered, by poison administered by O'Neill.
According to MacViirich, he died at Dungannon, and
was buried at Armagh. He was succeeded by his

VII. Archibald. He died without issue in
1568, and was succeeded by his brother,

VIII. Angus. He married Mary, daughter of
Hector Og Maclean of Duart, and had by her —

1. James, who succeeded him.

2. Angus Og. He married Katherine, daughter of Duncan

Campbell of Danna, and had two sons, of whom
nothing is known. He was in a most treacherous
manner, with several of his followers, executed in the
Grassmarket of Edinburgh, 8th July, 1615.

3. Alexander Og, who was drowned on Caol He, Oct. 3,

1613. He left a natural daughter, Margaret, who
married Hector M'Alister of Ardincross in 1626.

4. Mary, who married Sir Donald Macdonald of Clanranald.

5. Margaret, who married Ranald Macdonald of Benbecula.

6. Annabella, who married Archibald Macdonald of Largie.

Angus Macdonald of Dunivaig had three natural
sons — Archibald, Alexander, and Kanald Og.


To Archibald, known as Oilleashuig Dtihh, his father granted
a charter in 1576 of the lands of Gigha for life. In
1582 he granted him a new charter of these lands and
others, which in 1598 was confirmed by a charter
from the Crown. These lands, besides the i>20 lands
of Gigha, comprised 16 merklands in Kintyre, 5
merklauds in Islay, and 8 merklands in Knapdale,
with the office of Toshachdorach of all the lands of
Kintyre. Archibald was confined as a hostage for his
father and brother in the Castle of Dumbarton, from
which he contrived to make his escape in 1607.
Archibald Macdonald of Gigha died in 1618. Accord-
ing to MacVurich, lahilleadh e an Eilein Mhic Carmaic
agus cliulreadh a chorp arm an Cille Mhuire 'sa Chnap.
He left three sons —

(a) John, who succeeded him.

(b) Hugh, who had two sons — Angus and James.

(c) Archibald.

John Macdonald II. of Gigha was served heir to his
father in March, 1619, in all his lands, as well as in
the office of Toshachdorach. In 1629 he sold his
lands of Knockrinsale in Isla to John Campbell, Fiar
of Calder, and in 1631 he disposed of almost all his
property to Archibald, Lord Lorn. He married
Elizabeth, daughter of Sir William Stewart, Constable
of Dumbarton Castle, and had by her —

(a) Alexander, who held lands in Kintyre.

(b) Archibald, who also held lands in Kintyre.

(c) Margaret, who married Colonel James Montgomery of

Coifefield, son of the 6th Earl of Eglinton.

Angus Macdonald of Dunnyveg died at Rothesay,
Oct. 21st, 1614, and was buried at Saddel. He was
succeeded by his son,

IX. Sir James Macdonald. He married Mar-
garet, daughter of Sir John Campbell of Cawdor,
without issue. He had a natural son, Donald Gorm,
who played a conspicuous part in the last struggle
of the Clann Iain Mhoir in Isla.

Sir James died in London a week before Easter,
in 1626, and was buried in St Marthi's Church.



The family of Largie derived its origin from

I. Ranald Bane, younger son of John Mor
Tanister, progenitor of the Clann Iain Mhoir, and of
Marjory Bisset, his wife. Hugh Macdonald, the
Sleat historian, bastardizes Banald, but in this he is
alone among the genealogists, and there is not a
shred of evidence for the statement. From him the
Macdonalds of Largie are called the Clanranaldbane.
It is said that he obtained the estate of Largie from
the Earl of Ross on account of services rendered at
the battle of Inverlochy in 1431, under the leader-
ship of his older brother, Donald Balloch. Ranald
was one of the Commissioners of the Earl of Ross in
1461 appointed to confer with the deputies of the
King of England, when he appears in the Treaty as
Reynold of the Isles, the other Commissioner being
" Duncan Archediaken of the Isles." He witnesses
a charter in 1463 by the Earl of Ross, in which he
appears as " Ranaldo Albo de Insulis." We have
no definite evidence as to the date of his death, but
it is not likely that he would have long survived his
brother, Donald Balloch, who died at an advanced
age in 1476. His wife's name does not appear on
record, but he left —

1. Donald, his successor.

2. Alexander, who succeeded Donald.

3. John. He had two sons, Alister and Donald, who appear

on record.

4. Marion, who in 1510 received in liferent the 4 merklands

of Cortynvale.

Ranald Bane was succeeded by his oldest son —

II. Donald, who was the representative of the
family in 1493. He appears in 1503 in connection




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with the attempt to make Donald Dubh Lord of the
Isles, and was for this oifence summoned before
Parliament in 1505, He does not appear, however,
to have endured any definite punishment. In 1515
he was concerned in the insurrection of Sir Donald
Gallda of Lochalsh, but having made his submission
to the Government, he, with others, received a
special protection under the Great Seal as being ser-
vants and "familiars" of Argyll. The Clanranald-
bane again supported Sir Donald when he rose in
1517. Donald of Largie died shortly after this, and
having left no legitimate male issue, he was suc-
ceeded by his brother,

III. Alexander. He had been associated with
his older brother in various events, already referred to,
and there is little of a distinctive nature to chronicle
regarding him. It is probable that he did not sur-
vive Donald by very many years. His death would
have taken place circa 1525. Alexander was
succeeded by his son,

IV. Donald. In 1531 Donald was, with the
chief of the Clann Iain Mhoir, summoned before
Parliament for treason, but Alexander of Dunny veg
having risen into favour, the proceedings against
Donald of Largie were abandoned. In 1542 he and
his son and heir and others of the Clanranaldbane
received a remission from the Council for treasonably
abiding from the Raid of Solway. In 1549 the
Clanranaldbane, with the rest of the Clann Iain
Mhoir, were at feud with the MacNeills of Kintyre,
and slaughters Avere committed on both sides.
Donald of Largie died about 1550. He married,
and had two sons —

1. John, his successor.

'J,, Alexander, He had two sons —


(a) Hector, who afterwards succeeded.

(b) John, who had a son, Archibald, through whom the

succession, afterwards went on.

Donald was succeeded by his older son,

V. John. He appears on record during his
father's time. He is in evidence in 1539, and in
1566 we find him witnessing a Deed b}^ MacNeiil of
Gigha to Jamets Macdonald of Dunnyveg and the
Glens. He died about 1570, without leaving heirs
of his body, when the succession devolved upon his

VI. Hector MacAllster of Largie, who in 1587
appears under that designation. He succeeded in
right of his father, Alexander, son of Donald 4th
of Largie, now deceased. He died about 1590.
Leaving no legal heirs, he was succeeded as head of
the house of Largie by

YIL Archibald, son of John, nephew of Hector.
He received the heritage in right of his father,
now deceased. He appears on record in 1592 as
Archibald Macdonald of Largie, and in 1597 as
Gilleasbuig Mac Vic Alastair of the Largie. He
was one of the Clann Iain Mhoir consulted
by Angus of Dunnyveg when he made over his
estates to Sir James, his son, in 1596, when his
name is recorded as Gilleasbuig McEwin VcAllister
of Largie. He received in 1600 a charter of certain
lands in Kintyre, long previously possessed by him-
self and his family, and then in the hands of the
Crown through forfeiture of Angus of Dunnyveg.
These lands were at the same time erected into the
tenandry of Largie. He was one of those ordered
to exhibit their title deeds to Lord Scone, Comp-
troller in 1605, and he is mentioned first in the Roll
of Tenants of Kintyre, made up at Kinloch, Kil-


kerran, that year. He married Annabella, daughter
of Angus of Dunnyveg, and had three sons —

1. Alexander, who succeeded.

2. Allan.

3. John.

He died shortly after 1605, and was succeeded by
his oldest son —

VIII. Alexander. In 1609 he was ordered to
find caution in £2000 that he would not harbour
any of the rebellious Islesmen. In 1611 he was one
of the Commissioners appointed for trying the
resetters of the Clan Macgregor. He did not join
in Sir James's Rising of 1615, which year the Earl
of Argyll became bound for his appearance before
the Council whenever charged upon fifteen days'
warning. In 1619 he is bound in £2000 for the
behaviour of himself and tenants. He and his
brother Allan were securities for the good behaviour
of Coll MacGillespick in 1620. Alexander got him-
self served heir to his father Archibald in 1627.
He had two sons —

1. Angus, his successor.

2. Donald, afterwards Tutor of Largie. He had a daughter,

Margaret, who appears on record in 1700.

He died in 1639, and was succeeded by his older

IX. Angus. He joined Montrose in the Civil
War, and was at the burning of Inverary in 1647.
That year he was with Alastair Mac Colla when he
made his last stand at Tarbet, Kin tyre, and had to
retire before Sir David Leslie and the forces of the
Government. He was first Captain of the Regiment
that went to Ireland in 1648 under Alastair Mac
Colla, and of which Donald, younger of Clanranald,
was Lieutenant-Colonel. He was forfeited by the


Committee of Estates in 1649, and his property
^iven to the Marquis of* Argyll. In 1661, after the
Restoration, he was one of the Commissioners in
Argyll for regulating the uplifting and ordering of
the monies levied for the service of the Crown.
That same year an Act was passed rescinding his
pretended forfeiture. He was a Commissioner of
Supply in 1667, and was served heir to his father in
1669. This latter year he got sasine from Argyll of
the island of Cara, as possessed by his deceased
father, Alexander Macdonald of Largie. He married,
and had two sons —

1. A.rchibald, who succeeded.

2. John, who succeeded Archibald.

3. A daughter, who married Rev. Angus Macdonald, minister

of South Uist, known as the Ministear Laidear.

We have no precise data for fixing the date of the
death of Angus Macdonald of Largie, but it must
have been before 1687, for in that year there appears
on record his older son and successor,

X. Archibald Macdonald of Largie. He was
a minor at the time of his father's death, when the
aflPairs of the family were administered by Donald,
his uncle, and younger son of Alexander 8th of
Larofie. Under the direction of his tutor, he took
part in Dundee's Eising in 1689, followed by 200
men from Kin tyre. The Tutor of Largie fell at the
battle of Killiecrankie, and, according to some
authorities, the young chief of Largie himself was
slain. This latter statement may very well be true,
and it is certain in any case that he died young, nor
does his name afterwards appear on record. He was
succeeded as head of Largie by his brother,

Xr. John. We find him in August, 1689, along
with 50 other Highland gentlemen, signing a Bond


of Association at Blair- Athole pledging themselves
to the service of King James. He was served heir
to his father in 1698, and was a Commissioner of
Supply in 1704. He died in 1710. John, 11th of
Largie, married, and was succeeded by his son,

XEI. John. In 1712 a summons was issued
against him by his uncle by marriage, Rev. Angus
Macdonald, minister of South Uist, to have himself
served heir to his father and his uncle Archibald.
We are not informed as to the issue, or whether the

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