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having been born deaf and dumb, the succession
devolved on the son of Alexander, second son of
Alastair Mor,

VII. Alastair Ban. He had —

1. Angus.

2. Alastair Ruadh, who had two sons, Angus, fox-hunter in

Bohuntin, and Allan Casanloisgte, bard to Cluny.

Alastair Ban was succeeded by his son,

VIII. Angus. He had four sons —

1. Angus Ban.

2. Alexander, who emigrated to Nova Scotia in 1816, and

married Mary Campbell, by whom he had a son,
Allan, the father of Alexander Macdonald, Anti-
gonish, Canada.

3. Allan, who lived at Achnancoichean.

4. Archibald, who had several sons, one of whom was a


Angus was succeeded by his son,

IX. Angus Ban. He married Christina Mac-
kintosh, and lived latterly at Torgulbin. He had—

1. Angus, who has the farm of Inch, and is unmarried.

2. James, of the " Macdonald Arms," Fort-William, who

died recently.

3. Donald.

4. John, and several daughters.



This family is descended from Angus, second son
of John Dubh Macdonald of Bohuntin. His first
appearance in record is in 1592, when, with a number
of others of the Kej)poch following, he is accused of
"manifest oppression and slaughter." In 1602 he
is denounced rebel for not appearing personally
before the Privy Council to answer for his share
in the herschip of Moy. In 1611, Alexander Mac-
donald of Keppoch became surety for him " under
the pain of 500 merks." In 1615, he is declared
rebel for not appearing to answer to the charge of
assisting Sir James Macdonald of Dunnyveg, and
again in 1617 he is declared rebel and put to the
horn. He married a daughter of Macdonald of
Shian, and had by her —

1. Alexander, his successor.

2. Donald, from whom the Macdonalds of Aberarder.
He was succeeded by his son,

II. Alexander. He is mentioned in a Mackin-
tosh document in 1655 as Tacksman of Tulloch.
He is also mentioned in Coll of Keppoch's bond in
1678. He married a daughter of Macdonald of
Achnancoichean, and had by her —

1. Donald, his successor.

2. Allan of Inveray and Dalchosnie.

3. Johu.

4. A daughter.

Alexander was succeeded by his son —

III. Donald. He married a niece of Macdonald
of Glencoe, and had

IV. Angus. He is mentioned in Coll of
Keppoch's submission in 1691, and as his accomplice
in 1698. He signed the address to George I. in


1714. He married a daughter of Macdonald of
Killiechonate, and had by her —

1. Alexa'.ider, his successor.

2. Donald, who married a daughter of Donald Gorm Mac-

donald, brother of Glengarry, and had a son, Alex-
ander, who succeeded his uncle, Alexander.

3. Allan, who mai'ried Janet, daughter of Angus Macdonald

of Gallovie, without issuf^,

4. Angus, who died unmarried.

5. ArchibMld, who died unmarried.
And three daughters.

Angus was succeeded by his son,

V. Alexander. He and others are appointed
deputies by Alexander Macdonald of Keppoch in
1744 to restore peace, law, and order in the Braes
of Lochaber.

Alexander, who left no issue, was succeeded by
his nephew,

VL Alexander. He married, first, a daughter
of Stewart of Achnacone, without issue. He married,
secondly, a daughter of Macdonald of Greenfield,
without issue ; and thirdly, a daughter of Macdonald
of Cranachan, and had by her —

1. Ang s, his succ''>ssor.

2. Donald, who died without issue.

3. Margaret, who died unmarried.

4. Mary, who married Alexander Macdonald of Bohuntin.

Alexander was succeeded by his son,

VH. Angus. He married a daughter of Mac-
donald of Aberarder, and had —

1. Ranald.

2. Grace, who married a Mr Macintyre, with issue, and

went to Australia.

Angus was succeeded by his only son,

Yin. E-ANALD, who emigrated to America, of
whose male heirs, if there are any, there is no trace,

1. Lieut. Alex. Macdouald (Dal-


2. Captaiu James Macdouald (Dal-


3. Captain Johu Allan Macdouald

I Dalcho.snie).

4. Captain Donald Macdouald (Dal-


5. Hon. Alex. Macdonell of Culachie.



This family is descended from John Dubh of
Bohuntin, through Alexander Macdonald of
Tulloch, who was the eldest son of Angus, the
second son of John Dubh. The second son of
Alexander of Tulloch from whom this family is
descended may be reckoned from John Dubh as

IV. Allan. He acquired the lands of Inveray,
in Glenlyon, and Dalchosnie and Tullochcroisk, in
Rannoch. He was "out" in 1689 under Dundee,
and was present at the battle of Killiecrankie with
the Athole men. He was one of those who signed
the Bond of Association by the Highland Chiefs at
Blair on the 24th of August, and undertook to raise
IGO men for the support of the royal cause.

He married a daughter of William Boy of Mul-
rogie, and had by her —

1. John, his successor.

2. Donald of Tullochcroisk, who was an officer in the Athole

Regiment, in which he served in the rising of 1715.
Joining in the march to England, he was taken
prisoner at Preston, and executed there in November
of the same year. He married a daughter of John
Robertson of Drumachine, by whom he had a son,
Archibald, who was an officer in the army, and died
abroad unmarried.

3. Archibald.

4. Janet.

Allan Macdonald of Dalchosnie died in Edinburgh,
and was buried in Glenlyon. He was succeeded by
his son,

V. John. He also took part in the rising of
1715, and was an officer in the Athole Regiment.
He had previously, in 1714, signed the Address to
George I.


He married Helen, daughter of John Stewart of
Cammach, and had by her —

1. Alexander, his successor.

2. Allan. He joined in the rising of 1715, was taken

prisoner, and died in prison at Manchester shortly

3. John, who was " out " in the '45, and was killed at

Culloden. He married Cecilia, daughter of Campbell
of Glenlyon, with issue.

4. Angus, who mni-ried Margaret Stewart, and died without


5. Donald, who was an officer in the Old Buffs, and served

under Spencer, Duke of Marlborough, in Germany,
where he fell in 1745, unmarried.

6. Barbara, who married Neil Stewart of Temper.

7. Catherine, who married Macdonald, Laggan, with issue.

8. Isabel, who married Alexander Stewart, with issue.

John Macdonald of Dalchosnie died in 1726, and
was buried at Lassentullich. He was succeeded by
his son,

YI. Alexander. He was " out " in the '45
with the Athole Highlanders, and took part in all
the engagements. At the final charge at Culloden,
where he showed conspicuous bravery, he fell with
thirty other officers of the same regiment. In the
" Chroniclesof the Atholl and Tullibardine Families,"
edited by the Duke of Atholl, there is a document
printed purporting to be " Information of John Mac-
donald, Younger of Dalchosnie, &c.," and as it
might be held to reflect on the loyalty of both
Alexander Macdonald of Dalchosnie and his son to
the cause of Prince Charles, it may be briefly
referred to here. The loyalty of father and son had
never hitherto been suspected, for the former, who
at the outset joined the Prince's standard, and
followed it throughout the campaign, sealed his
loyalty with his life at Culloden, while his son, as is


well known, remained a steady and consistent
Jacobite to the end of his life. It should be stated
at the outset that there is no evidence from the
document itself that the information it contains was
given to the Duke of AthoU, or signed, by John
Macdonald. John, however, who was an officer in
Lord Loudon's Regiment when the Prince landed,
and while still an officer in that regiment, gave the
Duke information such as he was bound in honour
to give regarding recruits which had been enlisted
for the regiment, but the portion of the " Lifor-
mation " which seems to throw suspicion on the
loyalty of the Macdonalds, both to the Prince and to
their Chief, Alexander of Keppoch, is the reference
in it to a letter addressed by Keppoch to Alexander
Macdonald of Dalchosnie and Alexander Macdonald
of Drumchastle, and delivered by Young Dalchosnie
to the Duke of Atholl. In this reference Kep-
poch is represented as threatening his clansmen
" with burning and houghing " if they did not
immediately join him ; but the letter itself, which
is dated August 12th, contained no such threat, nor
any threat whatever, and on the 19th, when it was
delivered to the Duke, the information which it con-
tained could do no manner of injury to Keppoch at
that stage, his relations with the Government being
well de&ied on the 16th. The " Information " was
probably a ruse on the part of Young Dalchosnie to
mislead the authorities. In any case, his narration
divulges no secret, for it contained nothing that
was not already well known over a large district of
the Highlands, and the narrator himself forthwith
joined the Prince's standard, followed by many other
well-known officers in Loudon's Pegiment.



Alexander Macdonald of Dalchosnie married
Janet, daughter of James Stewart of Lassentullich,
and had by her —

1. Allan, who was "out" in the 'io, and was wounded in

one of the engagements. He died of his wounds
shortly aftei' at Dalchosnie.

2. John, who succeeded his father.

3. Alexander, who died young.

4. Alastair, who died young.

5. Donald, W.S., who died unmarried in Edinburgh in 1775.

6. Margaret, who died unmarried.

7. Helen, who died unmarried.

8. Barbara, who, after the disaster at Culloden, showed

great courage and devotion in ministering to the
^ necessities of many officers of the Highland army,

including her brother, John, who found hiding places
in the Rannoch district. She died unmarried in 1819,
in the 92nd year of her age.

9. Jean, who married John Macdonald, with issue.

Alexander was succeeded by his son,

VII. John. He, as already stated, joined the
standard of Prince Charles, and was a Captain in
Keppoch's regiment. Escaping from the battlefield
of Culloden, he continued in hiding near his home in
Rannoch until the Indemnity Act set him free.

He married Mary, daughter of Robert Menzies
of Glassie, who fought at Culloden, and by her
had —

1. Alexander.

2. Allan, who died young.

3. John, who married a daughter of Gordon of Wardhouse,

without issue.

4. WilJicim, who was a Major iu the 37th Regiment, and

served with that regiment iu the Low Countries in
1793, when he Avas severely wounded in one of the
engagements. He afterwards served in the West
Indies, and died at Trinidad from the effects of wounds
received in action. He left his estate in Jamaica,
which he called Dalchosnie, to his brother.


5, Donald. He entered the Army at an early age, and
after a period of service in various corps he joined the
92nd Regiment in Ireland in 1798. In 1799, the
92nd Regiment formed part of the expedition to
Holland, and in the battle of Egmont-Op-Zee, Lieut.
Macdonald, who fought with great bravery, received
two bayonet wounds in the breast, w^hile defending
himself against the united attacks of three French
soldiers. In Egypt, in 1801, he was again severely
Avounded by a grape-shot. His services in Holland
and Egypt were in 1803 rewarded with a company.
In 1807, he accompanied the 92nd to Copenhagen,
where he distinguished himself during the siege of
that city. He also served in Sweden, Portugal, and
Spain, under Sir John Moore, in 1808. In 1809, his
regiment formed part of the expedition to Walcheren,
and in 1810 it embarked for the Peninsula, where it
joined the army under AVellington in the lines of
Torres Vedras. In the memorable battle of Fuentes
de Honore, which was fought in May, 1811, the 92nd
conducted themselves in their itsual gallant manner.
In all these operations Captain Macdonald accom-
panied his regiment, and by his distinguished courage
and example on all occasions contributed to raise the
discipline of the corps to a high point of excellence.
In the action at Arroyo de Molinos on 28th October,
Captain Macdonald was shot through both legs.
Being soon after promoted to a majority, he returned
home, ard joined the 2nd battalion of the regiment.
On the reduction of the 2nd battalion, he joined the
first in Ireland in 1814, and in May, 1815, he
embarked with it to the Netherlands. On the death
of Colonel Cameron at Quatre Bras on the 16th of
June, and Lt.-Colonel Mitchell having been wounded.
Major Macdonald took command of the battalion on
the evening of that day. At Waterloo, on the 18th,
at 3 o'clock in the afternoon, the 92nd made its
famous charge against the French columns, so
■ graphically described by an eye witness. Sir Denis
Park galloped up to the regiment, and said —
" Ninety -second, you must charge; all tlie troops in
your front have given way," At this interesting and


truly critical period of the great drama Major Mac-
donald rose even abovD himself. His ejes sparkling
■with fire, he turned round to the battalion, and gave
the order to charge, when all instantly rushed
forward. He encouraged his battalion with the most
inspiriting language. For a few seconds the French
seemed to dispute the progress of the assailants, but
just as the dreadful collision was about to take place,
the front ranks of the enemy began to exhibit
uneasiness, which, in a second or two more, showed
itself in the flight of the whole 3000. In this battle
Major Macdonald escaped without a scratch, although
he had two horses killed under him. For his
gallantry and heroic conduct he was promoted Lieut.-
Colonel and made a Companion of the Bath. He
received the Waterloo Medal and the Order of
Vladimir from the Russian Emperor. In addition to
these, he received in 1801 a gold medal from the
Turkish Emperor for his services in Egypt. He
remained in the service till 1819, when he retired on
account of his wounds, from which he suffered much
for many years. He died on the 19th of June, 1829.
Colonel Macdonald was exceedingly popular with both
officers and men, and able to converse with them in
their native Gaelic tongue.

Colonel Macdonald married Elizabeth Miller, and
left a family of three sons and two daughters — (a)
William, who was an officer in the 91st Regiment,
and died unmarried. (b) Allan, an officer in the
92nd Regiment, and afterwards Captain and Pay-
master in the 6th Regiment. He died unmarried.

(c) Alexander, who has been Ageut for the Antrim
Estates for over 40 years, and is a Magistrate for
County Antrim. He maiTied Elizabeth Fawkner,
and had — (a) Allan, M.A., LL.D. of the University
of Dublin ; Barrister-at-law. He is Agent for several
estates in Antrim. (6) Donald Wellesly, solicitor,
who mai-ried, in 1891, Mary Rosenthal. (c) John
Alexander, solicitor, died unmarried Oct. 25, 1891.

(d) Mark William, M.D. (T.C.D.), who married Mary
Ethel M'Grane, and has— (a^) John Alexander; (b^)
Mark William ; (c^) Elizabeth Mary. (o?i) Marguerita



Seymour, who married in 1886 Harry Percy Sheil
an officer in the Royal Irish Constabulary, (e^ Jane
Alice. (/I) Edith Mary, (g^) Beatrice Kathleen, who
married Henry Cairns Lawlor, and has— (a^) John
William Cairns ; {(/-) Alexander M'Donald ; (c-) Alice
Elizabeth ; (d-) Beatrice Kathleen.

6. Allan, who settled on the estate left him by his brother

in Jamaica, and died there in 1825.

7. Angus, who died young.

8. Angus, Avho died young.

9. Archibald, who died young.

10. James, who died young.

11. Robert, minister of Fortingall. He was presented to the

parish in 1806 by John, Duke of Atholl, and in 1809
married Agnes Maclaren, by whom he had—

(a) Allan, a licentiate of the Church of Scotland. He

was assistant to his father for some time, and
died young of consumption.

(b) Alexander, M.D., in practice at Blairgowrie, where he

died unmarried.

(o) John, who died unmarried.

(d) Mary, who died unmarried.

The Rev. Robert Macdonald, who was a noted anti-
quarian and genealogist, died Feb. 13, 1842.

12. Julia, who married Captain Alexander Macdouald of

Moy, and had, among others. Captain Ranald Mac-
donald, of the 92nd Regiment.

13. Janet, who married Alexander Cameron of Cullevin.
John Macdonald died at Dalcbosnie in 1809, in the
88th year of his age. Although his eldest son died
shortly before his father, he may be reckoned as
next in succession.

VIII. Alexander. He joined the 2nd Battalion
of the 42nd Kegiment, and served with it in India
in 1782-4, particularly distinguishing himself at the
storming of Mangalore. By 1799 he had attained
the rank of Major, and took part in the siege and
capture of Seringapatam in that year.

He married Elizabeth, daughter of Alexander
Menzies of Bolfracks, Perthshire, and had by her—

438 tut: chA^ doMalI).

1. John, who succeeded.

2. Alexander, Lieutenant, 92nd Regiment, with which he

served in the Peninsula and Pyrenees, and was present
at the Pass of Maya, in July, 1813, where he was
wounded. He died, immarried, of his wounds,
October 5th, 1813. He is the original of " Alasttiir
Macdonald " in Grant's " Romance of War."

3. William of Sunayside, Lieutenant, first in the 34th and

afterwards in the 81st Regiment. He succeeded his
brother Donald in Sunnyside, and died there
unmarried in 1839.
■4. Donald of Sunnyside, Captain in the 68th Regiment.
He died unmarried in 1835.

5. James, Captain, 92nd Regiment. He died unmarried in


6. Isabel, who married Charles Monro, with issue.

7. Mary Anne, who died at the age of 10, in 1807.

Major Alexander Macdonald died in 1808, and was
succeeded by his son,

IX. John, afterwards Sir John Macdonald. He
joined the 88th Regiment as Ensign in 1803. He
was with his regiment in the expedition to Buenos
Ayres in 1806, and was twice wounded at the
storming of Monte Video. From 1808 to 1814, he
served in the Peninsula, Pyreiiees, and South of
France, first as Captain in the 88th, and afterwards
as Lieut. -Colonel of the 4th Portuguese Regiment.
He was at Busaco with the 88th Regiment, took
part in the retreat to Lisbon, and in the defence of
the lines of Torres Vedras. With the Portuguese
division he v/as in command of his reghnent at the
relief of Badajoz, and took part in the battle of
Albuera. He also took part in the battle of Vittoria,
and in the battle of the Pyrenees, in Jnly, 1813, he
was severely wounded. On recovering from his
wounds he took command of his reghnent, and with
it took the fortified Rock of Arolla, after despen\te
fighting. Li reci)gnition of his services on tiiis


occasion, he was permitted to wear on his crest a
flag with the word Arolla inscribed on it. In the
assault he was severely wounded. In April, 1814,
he was so far recovered as to take part in the battle
of Toulouse. In 1817, he, on account of ill health,
retired with the rank of Lieut. -Colonel on half pay.
He was again placed on full pay in 1819 in the 91st
Regiment, of which he became Lieut. -Colonel in
1824. In 1828 he was appointed to the command
of the 92nd Regiment, with which he served in the
Mediterranean, West Indies, and at home, until he
was promoted Major-General in 1846. In 1848 he
was appointed Commander of the Forces and
Lieutenant-Governor of Jamaica, but on the break-
ing out of the rebellion in Ireland he was selected
by the Uuke of Wellington to take command of the
force sent to suppress the disturbance. He remained
. in Ireland, with his headquarters at Kilkenny, till
1854. While preserving a high miUtary discipline.
General Macdonald was exceedingly popular with
all classes.

Major-General Macdonald was promoted to the
rank of Lieut. -General in 1854, appointed Colonel of
the 92nd Regiment in 1855, made K.C.B. in 1856,
and promoted to the rank of General in 1862.

In consideration of his own military services and
those of his family. Sir John was granted a royal
warrant giving him the right to bear the Macdonald
red hand in his crest, with flames issuing from it.

He married, September 12, 1826, Adriana,
daughter of James M'Inroy of Lude, Perthshire,
and by her he had —

1. Alastair M'lan, his successor.

2. John Allan, Captain in the 92nd, and afterwards in the

8th Regiment. He died without issue, November
29th, 1886.


3. Charles William. He joined the 93rd Highlanders in

1852 as Ensign, and served with his regiment in the
Crimea in 1854. He took part in the battle of the
Alma on September 20th, and was in the " Thin Red
Line " at Balaklava on October 2oth. Early in 1 855
he was ordered home invalided. He was soon after-
wards promoted Captain, and in June, 1857, embarked
with the 93rd for China, but on the breaking out of
the Mutiny, the regiment proceeded to India. In the
relief of Luckuow Captain Macdonald was conspicuous
for great feats of bravery and endurance, and thougli
wounded, he refused to retire. He was engaged con-
tinuously from the 28th November, 1857, till the
following March, when on the lltli he received his
death v\^ound while gallantly leading on his men to
the attack on the Begum's Palace. " He died," said
Lord Clyde, " as he had lived, in the performance of
his duty, and while displaying the conspicuous
courage belonging to his race." The Crimean and
Indian Medals were bestowed on him. He died

4. Donald. He joined the 79th Regiment as Ensign in

June, 1854, and was promoted Lieutenant in the fol-
lowing December. He served with his regiment in
the Crimea from July, 1855, till the fall of Sebastopol.
On his return home in 1857, he was promoted
Captain. On the breaking out of the Mutiny, he
accompanied his regiment to India, and joined Sir
Colin Campbell's attacking force at Lucknow, taking-
part in the second siege and storming of the city.
He was afterwards engaged with his regiment at
Boodaon, A.llahgunge, and Bareilly, where the 79th
w^as specially thanked by Sir Colin Campbell for their
share in the victory. He was with the Camerons in
their forced march to Shahjeanpoor, and in the attack
on that place. He was also present at the attack on
Mohoomdee and at the capture of Rampoor Kosilab,
where' his regiment was specially complimented by
the Commander-in-Chief. He was present at the
passage of the Ghoyra and at Bundwa Kotee in
January, 1859. He received the Crimean and

1. Geu. Sir John Macdonald of Dal- 3. William Macdonald (Dalchosnie).

chosnie. 4. Captain Charles Macdonald (Dal-

2. General Alastair Macdonald of chosnie).


5. Captain Donald Macdonald (Dalchosnie).


Indian Medals, and died unmarried, August 28th,

5. Elizabeth More Menzies, of Barnfield, Southampton.

6. Adriana, also of Barnfield.

7. Jemima, a most accomplished and highly cultured lady,

who died unmai-ried, August 4th, 1894. She was an
active and energetic member of the Primrose League,
Kuling Councillor since July, 1888, of the Millbrook
Habitation in Hampshire, and authoress of several
historical pamphlets — " The French Revolution,"
" The Wrongs of England, Scotland, and Wales,',
&c. In 1859 she compiled a most beautiful and
valuable Macdonald genealogical tree.

Sir John Macdonald of Dalchosnie died June 24th,
1866, and was succeeded by his son,

X. Alastair M'Ian Macdonald. He joined
the 92nd Regiment as Ensign in 1846, and became
Lieutenant the following year. In 1848 he was
appointed Aide-de-Camp to his father, and con-
tinued in that position till 1854. He was appointed
Aide-de-Camp to Sh' John Pennefather in 1854, and
served with him in the Crimea. He was present at
the battles of Alma and Inkermann, and was
wounded in botli battles, in the latter so severely
as to necessitate his beino^ invalided home. He was
appointed Major of the Rifle Depot Battalion at
Winchester, of which he afterwards became Lieut. -
Colonel. H(i was Assistant- Adjutant-General at
Dover, and afterwards Aide-de-Camp to the Duke
of Cambridge. He was promoted Major-General in
1877. In 1881 he was Commander of the Forces
in Scotland when the great Scottish Volunteer
Review took place in Edinburgh. He has since
been promoted to the full rank of General. He
sold his magnificent estates of Dalchosnie, Kinloch
Ramioch, Dunalastair, and Crossmount eighteen
years ago, and is now living in London, unmarried.



This family is descended from Donald, second
son of Angus Macdonald of Tullocb, second son of
John Dubh of Bohuntin. Donald first appears on

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