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were still in actual possession. Here Coll v/as
brought up, and became one of the most famous
swordsmen and warriors of the age. He was known
as Colla Ciotach Mac Ghilleashuig, the meaning of
Ciotach being that he was left-handed, or ambi-
dexter, that is capable of wielding his sword with
either hand, a peculiarity which, no doubt, rendered
him a dangerous foe hi battle. That part of his
history which is associated with the misfortunes of


Sir James Macdonald of Dunnyveg in the rising of
1615, has been detailed in the second volume of this
work. After these years of stress, Coll retired to
Colonsay, for the possession of which he had no
competitors, the principal MacDuffies of the island
having been executed at the close of Sir James Mac-
donald's insuriection against the Campbell powder.
There he seems to have lived quietly until the
troubles of Charles I. lit the torch of civil war in
Scotland. In 1632 the Bishop of the Isles gTanted
him a lease of all the Church lands in the Island of
Colonsay, and the teinds, parsonage, and vicarage
of the Parish of Kilchattan, in the same island.

In 1639 the Covenanting movement commenced
in Scotland, and Colla Ciotach having refused to
join in it, was driven out of Colonsay, and he and
his two sons, Archibald and Angus, were taken
prisoners, and kept in captivity apparently until
1644. In the latter year the prisoners taken at
Inverlochy and immured in Blair Castle were
exchanged for certain loyalists, among whom were
Colla Ciotach and his two sons, who thus received
their freedom. In 1647 we find him in command of
the fortress of Dunnyveg, which his son Sir Alex-
ander had left with a garrison of 200 men on the
failure of his campaign in Kintyre and before his
crossing over to Ireland. David Leslie, the
Covenanting General, laid siege to Dunnyveg, but
the defenders made a brave resistance. At last they
were, through failure of the water supply, forced to
capitulate, but on the assurance that Coll and his
officers might go where they pleased, and that the
common soldiery should be sent to France. The
accounts that have survived of subsequent events are
somewhat conflicting, and, in any case, it is not good


to linger over such a tale of treachery. It appears
that when the negotiations were about complete,
Colla Ciotach, under promise of safety, ventured
outside to speak to an old neighbour of his, Campbell
of Dunstaffnage, who was evidently the' means of
during the unsuspecting veteran to his doom.
Regardless of every consideration of honour, the
besiegers at once took him prisoner, not, as Sir
James Turner admits, "without some staiue to the
Lieutenant General's honor." Such an admission by
a Covenanter determines the unspeakable perfidy of
the act. The execution of Coll from the mast of his
own galley under the direction of the " Master fiend
Argyll," and after so horrible a travesty of the forms
of law as a trial by a Campbell jur/, is a worthy
sequel to conduct so lacking in the most elementary
principles of good faith. It is doubtful whether
there is a darker deed in the black catalogue of
Gilleasbuig Gruamach's misdemeanours. The two
sons of Coll who were with him at Dunnyveg were
also executed, Archibald at Skipness and Angus at
Dunnyveg. Colla Ciotach's age at the time 'of his
death was 11, and his remains were buried in the
old cemetery at Oban.

There is much variety in the traditional accounts
—and these are the only ones available— as to the
wife or wives of Colla Ciotach. One MS. authority
states that he was married to a lady of the
O'Cathans of Dunseverick, while the same authority
avers that, according to tradition, his wife's name
was MacNeill. The Ballypatrick MS. again says
that he was married to a daughter of Macdonald of
Sanda. The two accounts that seem best authenti-
cated are that he was married twice, though this
number of wives may have been exceeded— 1st, to a



daughter of MacNeill of Barra, and, 2nd, to a
daughter of Ronald Macdonald of Smerby. For
both these we have the authority of a Barra version
of a song lamenting the death of Alastair MacColla,
which it was said would cause grief to " Nial a'
Chaisteil," and also stated that Macdonald's daughter
had been robbed by death, that is, Sir Alexander's
mother, who must have been living at the time.
For the Macdonald marriagfe we have the further
authority of the Clanranald historian. Coll had, by
the daughter of Banald of Smerby, the following
children —

1. Archibald. He would have succeeded his father in the

representation of the family were it not that his
execution took place at Skipness about the same thgae
as his father's. He married, and had a daughter,
Sara, who married Aeneas Macdonald. In 1661,
immediately after the Restoration, an Act was passed
through Parliament rescinding the pretended for-
leiture of Coll Mac Gilleasbuig and Archibald Mac-
donald of Colonsay, his son. In 1686 there is a
charter by James II. to Sarah, only child of Ai'chibald.
In consideration of " the singular bravery and con-
stant fiddity of Coll Mac Gillespick, her grandfather,
and Archibald, his son, in the cause of the King's
father, and that the said Archibald was killed in that
service and Coll violently murdered because of their

faithful eervice in joining Montrose

therefore the King grants to the said Sara and to the
heir male of her body by Aeneas Macdonald her
spouse the lands of Oiinsay extending to 5 merklaxids
of old extent, the 16s 8d lands of Garvart in Colonsay
with the pertinents to be held in feu farm, Orinsay
for £S yearly, and Garvart for 13s 4d yearly."
Sasine upon this charter followed on 3rd Sej)tember
of the following year.

2. Angus, who was put to death at Dunnyveg, and left no


3. Alexander.

4. Jean, w^ho married Mackay, Laird of Ardnacroish,


Coil's two older sons having been murdered by the
Covenanters at the time of his own death, he was
succeeded by his youngest son,

III. Alexander. He survived his father by
only a few months, but as the succession was carried
on through his descendants, we may regard him as
the third of this line. His exploits will be elsewhere

aT ..-^^ ""^^^ ^ daughter of Hector Mac

Aliister of Loup, by whom he had -

1. Coll.

2. Arcl^ibald. After their father's death, he and his older

brother Coll, who had been taken by him to the
Antrim Glens, were brought up in the house of a
tenant of the Marquis of Antrim, and as this noble-
man then- k.nsman, was not able, owing to the
troublous times, to live on his estates, the two boys
almost infants, were somewhat neglected, and had to
rough It during their earlier years. Archibald
entered the army in his youth, attained the rank of
Captain, and became a brave soldier. He settled in
Wasmullin, and held from the Antrim family the
lands of Glassmullin, Dooney, Ligdrenagh, Mullagh-
buy and the two Knockanes. He died Septen^ber
-bth, 1720, aged 73, and was buried in Layde. He
married Ann Stewart, daughter of Captain Stewart of
Redbay Castle and Ballydrain. She died April 16th,
1714. By her he had one son.
Coll of Glasmullin, who died June .6th, 1737
having married Ann Macdonald of Nappln, with
jssue — Alexander Macdonald of Cushendall.
He married Ann Black, with issue-(a) Alex-
ander, who died in 1791, aged 16; (b)
Rachel, who died young ; (c) Ann, ' who
married Archibald Mac Elheran of Cushendall.

Alexander Macdonald of Cushendall died
July 26th, 1782, aged 48, and his wife, Ann
Black, died 1835, aged 98.

Sir Alastalr Macdonald was killed at Cnocnanos
X3th November, 1647, and was burled at Clonmeen,'


Cork. He was succeeded in the representation of
the family by his older son,

IV. Coll, who was then a child of two or three
years of age. His early history has already been
indicated. Coll, who resided at Kilmore, held the
lands of Torr Point and Carrickfaddon, in the Parish
of Culfeig'htrin, Barony of Carey ; Cushendall and
Nappan, in the Parish of Ardclinis, Barony of Lower
Glenarm, and Glassinieran and Loughlinch, in the
Parish of Billy. Barony of Lower Dunluce. He
was known in his day as Colla Mhuilinn or " Coll of
the Mill," probably for his enterprise in having a
meal mill constructed of more advanced design and
efficiency than was usual in his day and country.
The quarterland of Cushendall went with the mill.
Coll died on 25th March, 1719, aged 74, and was
buried at Layde. He married Ann, daughter of
Magee of Ballyuchan, by whom he had only one son
of whom any record remains, viz., his successor,

V. Alexander Macdonald of Kilmore. In
1738 the lease by which he held his lands from the
Earl of Antrim was on the eve of expiring, and he
presents a memorial to that nobleman, requesting a
renewal of the holdings, a request which no doubt
was satisfactorily granted. Alexander married,
first. Miss Macdonald of Nappan, by whom he is
said to have had several children, only one of whom
has survived on record, the senior representative of
the family, viz.: —

1. Michael, surnamed Roe or Red,

Alexander married, secondly, Ann, daughter of John
Mc'V eagh of Drimadoone, by whom he had a son —

2. (i.) John of Balenlig. He succeeded his father at Kil-

more. He married Rose, daughter of George
Savage, Esq., by whom he had —


(a) Coll, who died lost at sea, 24th June, 1820, aged

63, without issue.

(b) John Alexander of Rathlin, who died IStli

January, 1820; without issue,
(o) Charles, who married Sarah Black, and had James,

Randal, and John.
(d) Archibald, an officer in the Royal Navy, who died

Feb. 21, 1840.
(b) Randal, who succeeded.
(f) John, died February, 1841, aged 69.

John Macdonald of Kilmore died 25th December,
1803, aged 75 years, and was succeeded by his oldest
surviving son,
(ii.) Randal Macdonald of Kilmore, Glenariff. He died

11th August, 1854, aged 82. He married

Mary, daughter of Archibald MacElheran, Esq.

of Glasmullin, by whom he had—

(a) Alexander, his successor.

(b) John.

(c) A daughter, name unknown.

(d) Rose Ann, died 18th May, 1850, aged 31.
(b) Rachel, died Dec. 30th, 1854, aged 33.

Ranald was succeeded in the representation of this
branch of the family by his older son,
(ill.) Alexander. He married, in 1851, Margaret, daughter
of Alexander McMulIin, Esq. of Cabra House,
Co. Down, with issue, Rachel Mary Josephine,
who married Henry Thomas Silvertop, with issue!
Alexander died in 1862 without male issue, and
was succeeded by his younger brother,
(iv.) Colonel John Macdonald of Kilmore, J.P. and D.L.,
Co. Antrim. He joined the 7th Dragoon Guards
at an early age, and soon afterwards proceeded
to the Cape of Good Hope, where, during the
Kaffir War, he distinguished himself, and was
specially mentioned in despatches. He next
served in the Orange River Territory, and was
present at the battle of Boem Plaats in August,
1848. On this occasion he received the personal
thanks of the Commander-in-Chief He served
for eight years in the New Colonj^ of Natal. In
1863 he was appointed to the command of the


Depot of his regiment at Canterbury, where he
remained for two years. Colonei Macdonald
had a splendid record during his twenty-three
years' service, and is in every way a worthy
representative of a long line of distinguished
ancestors. He married in 1870 the Hon.
Madeline O'Hagan, daughter of Thomas, Lord
O'Hagan, Lord Chancellor of Ireland. She died
14th October, 1877.

Alexander Macdonald, 5th of Kilmore, was suc-
ceeded in the representation of the Macdonalds of
Colonsay by his oldest surviving son,

VI. Michael Roe, who married Elizabeth,
daughter of A. Stewart of Balintoy, and had by
her —

1. Ranald, who died unmarried.

2. James.

3. Alexander, who died unmarried.

Michael Koe was succeeded by his eldest surviving

VII. James, M.D., of Belfast and Murlough.
He studied for the medical profession, and became
a physician of great repute in his native Antrim
and in the city of Belfast, with which his public
life was most associated, and where he was vener-
ated, not only for his professional attainments but
for his great benevolence.

He married, first, Eliza, daughter of John Clarke,
of Belfast, and had by her, who died in 1798 —

1. Alexander.

2. John.

3. Catherine.

He married, secondly, Penelope, daughter of James
Montgomery of Larne, without issue. She died in
1851. Dr James died in 1845, in his 82nd year,
and was succeeded by his son,


VIII. The Right Honourable Sir Alexander
Macdonald, Baronet. He was educated at West-
minster School, which he entered in 1809 and at
Christ Church, Oxford, which he entered in 1813
and where he greatly distinguished himself, winning
lour University prizes, those for Latin and English
verse, and for the Latin and English essays-an
accumulation of honours only once before achieved
He graduated B.A. in 1816 and M.A, in 1820. He
was called to the bar at Lincoln's Inn in 1824 He
accepted the position of Chief Clerk in the Chief
Secretary's Office in Ireland, and in 1839 he was
appointed Commissioner of National Education. In
1846, he was made a Privy Councillor, and was
created a Baronet in 1872, He married, in 1826,
Barbara, daughter of Hugh Montgomery of Ben-
varden, Antrim, without issue. He died in Dublin
January 21, 1875, and was buried at Kilsharven.'
He was succeeded in the representation of the family
by his brother,

IX. John Macdonald, M.D., of Dublin, a dis-
tinguished physician. He was advanced to the
prominent position of Medical Commissioner for
Ireland, and also held the position of Commissioner
of the Local Government Board. He was the
author, among other publications, of " The Ulster
Civil War of 1641 and its consequences ; with the
History of the Irish Brigade under Montrose in

He married Charity, daughter of the Rev.
Eobert Dobbs, and had by her—

1. James, barri»ter-at-law, of Kilsharvan, Drogheda, who

married Eosanna, daughter of William Cairns, of Bel-
fast, and had two daughters.

2. Robert, B.A., M.D, F.R.S. He entered Trinity College,

Dublin, and graduated B.A. and M.B. in 1850.


During the Crimean War Tie was attached to the

British Hospital at Smyrna, and volunteered as civil
surgeon to serve in the general hospital in the camp
- - before Sebastopol, where he remained until the end of

the siege. For his services he received the British
and Turkish medals. In 1857, he received M.D.
from Dublin University, and in 1864 from Queen's
College. In 1866, he was appointed Professor of
Anatomy in connection with Steven's Hospital, and
afterwards President of the Royal College of Surgeons,
Ireland. In 1885, he was elected President of the
Academy of Medicine. He declined twice an offer of

He mari-ied, first, Mary, daughter of Daniel
Molloy of Clonbeala, without issue. He married,
secondly, Susan, daughter of Sir Richard M'Causland,
and had a son, John. Dr Robert died at Dublin,
May 6, 1889.

3. Alexander, C.E., Rydens, London, Avho married Isabella,

daughter of Colonel Grenfell, and has John Alastair,
James Riversdale, and Marie Louise.

4. Ranald William, Q.C., who married Sara, daughter of

John Carlisle, and had Alastair Coll, John Carlisle,
Ranald, and Robert.

5. William, who married a daughter of R. Reeves, without


6. Williamina Charity, who married Henry Pilkington,

Q.C., of Tore, West Meath.

7. Elizabeth Penelope.

8. Catherine Anne, who married Andrew Armstrong of Kil-

sharven, Meath.

9. Barbara Montgomery.
10. Rose Emily.

Dr John Macdonald died January 20thj 1892.


I. SoELEY Buy, fourth son of Alexander of
Dunny veg, son of John Cathanach, was the founder
of the family of Antrim. He married (1st) Mary,



daughter of Con O'Neill, Earl of Tyrone, and sister

of Shane O'Neill, 2nd Earl of Tyrone, with issue —

L Donald, slain while skirmishing on the Bann about 1580,
without issue.

2. Alexander — a brave warrior, slain in battle with the

English in 1585.

3. James, who succeeded.

4. Ranald, who succeeded James.

5. Angus, known as Aonghus Ultach or Angus from Ulster,

probably to distinguish him from others of the same
name in Scotland. He appears in the Irish State
Papers as " Neece," a phonetic corruption of the
Gaelic form of Angus. His opposition to the suc-
cession of his brother, llanald Arranach, to Sir James
of Dunluce has been narrated in Vol. II. Ho
never seemed to have become thoroughly reconciled.
He was a brave soldier, and was one of the few Mac-
donalds who escaped from the battle of Kinsale,
fought in 1601. He was living in 1610, and possessed
at that time the barony of Glenarm.

Sorley's first wife having died in 1582, he married,
second, a daughter of O'Hara, by whom he had —

6. Ludar, or Lother, who is said to have been a party to

che conspiracy of 16U for the overthrow of the
English power in Ulster. The sequel to a successful
combination for this end was to be the restoration of
the family estates to the son of Sir James of Dunluce.
Sorley Buy had a daughter, who married John Mac-
Naghten of Ballymagarry, with issue. There were
other daughters whose names have not been preserved.

Sorley Buy died at Dunaonigh Castle in 1589, and
was buried in the family burying-ground at Bun-
margy. He was succeeded by his oldest surviving

II. James. On a visit to Edinburgh in 1597 he
was created a Knight by James VI., and is there-
fore known in history as Sir James Macdonald of
Dunluce. He married Mary, daughter of Phelim
O'Neill of Claneboy, by whom he had —


1. Alexander, who was known in his day and in the
traditions of the family as Alastair Carrach. Though
Sir James Macdonald's oldest sou, he did not succeed
to the honours of the house of Antrim for reasons
that have been variously adduced. Traditional
accounts of the succession aver that Alexander was
not capable of succeeding to a position requiruig the
possessioii at the time of warlike prowess and address.
The inference has been that he was lacking in these
qualities. It is highly probable, however, that at the
time of his father's death Alexander was a mere boy,
unable to cope with a situation endangered by
English aggressiveness and Irish jealousy. He was
living in 1661, and the supposition is feasible that in
1601, when his father died, his extreme youth barred
him from the succession. He, however, obtained the
barony of Kilconway in Antrim, and he is referred to
in records as Sir Alexander Macdoiiald of Kilconway.
He was marked out for heading the projected in-
surrectionary movement of 1614, which was to
eventuate, if successful, in deposing his uncle, Sir
Kandal, from the headship of Sorley Buy's family,
and substituting himself. He was, in fact, im-
prisoned and tried for treason in 1615, but afterwards
acquitted. In 1629, Sir Alexander, who is described
as " knight and baronet," was appointed bj' the Earl
of A.ntrim one of the overseers and supervisors of his
will. In 1661, when the Marquis of Antrim laid his
claim before Charles II., he sought to be found
entitled to the reversion of the estate of Sir Alexander
Macdonald, knight and baronet, in the event of the
latter dying without heirs male. He married, and
had a son. Sir James, who resided at the Cross, near
Ballymony, and, like his father, is also styled of
Kilconway. He took an active part on the side of the
Confederated Catholics in 1641, for which he suffered
forfeiture of his estate. He afterwards obtained a
grant of land under the Act of Settlement, but much
less than he had lost. He got credit on both sides of
politics for being a man of humane and moderate
views. He married Mary, daughter of Donough
O'Brien, Lord of Clare, with issue —


A. Alexander, or Alastair Carragh, a Colonel in the
Royalist Army, who is said to have been killed
in a duel with an Englishman at Lisburn. Alex-
ander married Elizabeth Howard, daughter of
Henry, Earl of Surrey, Arundel, and Norfolk,
and had a son, Randal. He married Hannah,
daughter of David Roche, Esq., by whom he had
(tt) James, who died 1728 without issue, and
was interred in St James's Churchyard, Dublin,
where his sister erected a monument to his and
his mother's memory ; (6) Randal, who succeeded
to his brother's property, and died without issue .
(c) John ; (d) Mary, who married Christopher
O'Brien of Ennystemon ; (e) Henrietta.

(b) Randal, who died in St Germains.

(c) Sorley, who was killed at Aghrim in the Jacobite


(d) Donald, who also fought in the Jacobite cause.

(b) Aeneas, who was killed at sea in the service of King-
James VTI.

2. Sorley. He was a strong supporter of Sir James

Macdonald of Dunnyveg in his insurrection of 1615,
and it was to him Chichester, the English Deputy,
referred in a letter to the Council that year, in which
he describes him as being " a notable viJlaine with
Sir James McConnell of Kintyre." It was he that
brought Sir James to Rathlin on the failure of his
attempt in 1(515, and that later on found for him a
more secure retreat in the island of Inchadoll off the
coast of Donegal. Sorley had a son, Colonel James
Macdonald, who acted a distinguished part in the
campaigns of Montrose under Alastair MacColla.

3. Donald Gorm. He had a son Angus, whose son Donald

Gorm was in Scotland with Alastair MacColla. He
possessed the lands of Killoquin, in the Parish of
Magherasharkin, and was engaged in the Confederated
Catholic movement in 1641. His evidence regarding
that rising is printed in the Antrim volume of depos-
i. Coll. He had a son James, who was engaged in the
Irish war in 1641. James was executed at Carrick-
fergus in 1642.


Sir James Macdonald of Dunluce died in 1601, and
there were strong suspicions at the time that his
death was the result of poison administered hy a
secret agent of the Government. His children
having been cut off from the succession, as already
seen, he was succeeded in the family honours and
possessions by his younger brother,

HI. Ranald Arranach, 1st Earl of Antrim.
He received the sobriquet Arranach from having
been fostered in the Island of Arran, and perhaps
having a residence there. He married Ellis,
daughter of Hugh O'Neill, Earl of Tyrone, by whom
he had —

1. Ranald, his successor, and 1st Marquis.

2. Alexander, who succeeded Randal.

3. Sarah. She married (a) Sir Neill Og O'Neill of Kille-

lagh ; (b) Sir Charles O'Connor, Sligo ; (c) Mao-
Carthenie Mor, Provincial Prince of Munstei*.

4. Ann, married Christopher, Lord Delvin, and 2nd Earl of

Westmeath, of whom the present family of Westmeath.

5. Rose, married George Gordon, third son of John,

16th Earl of Sutherland, who came to Ulster in 1642
as an officer in Major-General Munro's army, and
assisted Antrim to escape from Carrickfergus in 1643,
with issue.

6. Mary. She married (a) Lucas, 2nd Viscount Dillon ; (6)

Oliver Plunket, 6th Lord Louth, with issue, Matthew,
7th Lord Louth, of whom the present Louth family
are descended.

7. Catherine. She married the Hon. Edward Plunket, son

of Patrick, 9th Lord Dunsariy, and their son, Chris-
topher, succeeded as 10th baron.

8. Ellis or Alice, died unmarried.

The Earl of Antrim had three other sons, whose

names appear on record —

1. Captain Maurice Maodonald, for whom his father made
provision in his will in 1621. He was executed in
1643 for his prominence in the outbreak of 1641.



Maurice had a son, James, who also appears to have
been a Captain in the Confederated Catholics' army.
During these troublous times, he left tlie North of
Ireland and settled in Skye. He married Flora
Mackinnon of Strath, by whom he had Brian. He
married Miss MacCaskill of Rhundunain, and had
Ewen. He married Miss Macleod, and had John.
He married Miss MacCaskill of Rhundunain, and had
Murdoch. He married Flora Macleod, and had —

(a) Donald. He married Margaret Macrae, and had

Norman, who married Mary Macleod, with issue
— Murdoch. He married Mary Mackenzie, with
issue. Murdoch and his family emigrated to
Australia (N.S.W.)

(b) John. He married Marion Campbell, with issue,

among others —

(a) Alexandei', who possessed the Estate of Lyndale,

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