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of Alastair nan Cleas X. of Keppoch, who gave him
as a hostage to the Earl of Argyll in 1595. There
was another family at Aclmancoichean, descended,
according to MacVurich, from John Cam, a natural
son of Sir Alexander Macdonald of Lochalsh, known
as " Sliochd an larla," no doubt on account of their
descent from Alexander, Earl of Ross.

Angus is said to have married a daughter of Sir
James Macdonald of Dunnyveg, by whom he had —

1. Angus, who succeeded his father.

2. Alexander of Bohenie.

3. John, mentioned in record in 1662.


Angus, who was killed in the fight at Stron-a-
chlachain in 1640, was succeeded by his eldest son,

II. Angus. He is mentioned in record in 1660
He had—

1. Alexauder, his successor.

2. Archibald.

3. Angus, who in 1692 purchased the lands of Kenknock,

in Glenlyon, where he was succeeded by his son,
Angus, who sold the estatj in 1750. The second
Angus had a son, Captain John Macdonald of Garth,
who served in the 81th Regiment. He had two sons,
John and Archibald. Archibald entered the Anny in
1805, and went to Canada in 1819. He had a large
family, among whom Arcliibald, whose son is Colonel
Archibald H. Macdonald of Guelph, Canada. Captain
Macdonald of Garth's daughter Helen married Lieut.-
General Sir Archibald Campbell, Bart^. of Garth, and
had, among others, Major-General Sir John Campbell.
John Macdonald of Monachyle was of the same family.

4. A daughter, a well-known poetess as iV«' Mhic Aotighuis


Angus was succeeded by his son,

III. Alexander. He signed the address to
George I. in 1714. He was succeeded by his son —

IV. Archibald. He had several sons who
emigrated to America, one of whom Angus, and a
daughter, Christina, who married Angus Ban of
Inch. He was succeeded by his eldest son,

V. Angus. He married and had a family, but
we cannot trace them further.


This family is descended from Donald Gorm,
son of Alastair Buidhe XIV. of Keppoch. He is
among the followers of Coll of Keppoch in 1691.
He married a daughter of Allan Macdonald of
Gellovie, and liad —


1. Alexander.

2. Angus.

3. A daughter, who married Kennedy of Lianachan.

Donald was succeeded by his son,

II. Alexander. He signed the Address to
George I. in 1714. He had —


1. Ranald.

2. Archibald.

3. Donald Ban a Bhochdain. He married a Macgregor

from Rannoch, and had Donald Ban Og and Angus
Roy. Donald Ban had a natural son, Alexander, who
married Grace Mackintosh, and had Ranald, Flora,
Janet, Anne, Grace, Catherine, and Sarah. Ranald
married the daughter of a Donald Mackenzie, and had
Donald, Angus, Alexander, Duncan, Janet, Christina,
and Sarah. He and all his family emigrated to
America. Angus Roy, second son of Donald Ban a
Bhochdain, married a sister of Captain Alexander
Macdonald of Moy without issue. He had a natural
son, Donald, Tacksman of Coruanan, who married a
daughter of Donald Dubh MacGhilleasbuig of Tulloch,
one of Sliochd na Mointich, and had, besides several
daughters, a son, Angus, who was for a number of
years in the Lovat Estate OflSce, Beauly. He went to
America, studied medicine, and died in 1898.

Alexander Macdonald of Clianaig was succeeded by

his son,

III. Ranald, who died unmarried, and was suc-
ceeded by his brother,

IV. Archibald. His name is on the list of
persons concerned in the Rising of 1745. He was
succeeded by his son,

V. Donald. We cannot trace this family


The first of this family was Ranald, known as
Raonull Mor, second son of Archibald XV. of
Keppoch. The former Macdonalds of Tirnadrish


were of the Slfochd Gboirridh from Uist, the last
of whom was Archibald, known as Gilleasbuig Mor.
Ranald married Mary Macdonald of Glengarry, and
had by her —

1. Donald, his successor.

2. Johu, who is described as Captain John Macdonald of

Leek. He had taken a lease of Leek after the old
family left. He had at least two sons, Aeneas, a
Captain in the 6th Royal Veterans, Fort-Augustus,
and George, an officer in the 55th Regiment.

3. Angus, whose son, Donald of Tally four, au officer in the

Macdonald Regiment, was killed iu the American
AVar, unmarried.

Ranald of Tiruadrish was succeeded by his son,

11. Donald. He joined in the Rising of the '45,
and was a Major in the Prince's Army. The pro-
minent part he acted is well known. After the
battle of Falkirk he fell accidentally into the hands
of a party of Hawley's force, whom in the twilight
he mistook for Lord John Drummond's French
picket. He was executed at Carlisle, 18th October,
1746. Tirnadrish was a brave and chivalrous
officer, and one of the most popular men in the
Prince's Army. His fate was greatly lamented.

He married, hrst, a daughter of Mackenzie of
Torridon, and had by her —

1. Ranald.

2. Isabella, who died unmarried.

3. Mary, who married Johu Chichester of Arlington, with


4. Catherine, who married Dr Thomas Macdonald, CJellovie,

Avith issue.

He married, secondly, a daughter of Alexander
Macdonald of Killiechonate, and had by her —

5. Sarah, who married Major Alexander Macdonald, brother

of Keppoch.

6. Juliet, who died unmarried.

Donald was succeeded by his only son.



HI. Ranald, who, after his father's execution,
was adopted and educated by Francis Warwick of
Warwick Hall, Cumberland, He was sent to
, Donay to study for the priesthood, but he died
before he was old enough to be ordained.


This family is descended from Angus Ban, eldest
son of Alexander Macdonald XVII. of Keppoch, the
issue, as already stated, of an irregular union formed
by Alexander before his marriage to Jessie Stewart
of Appin. He was twenty-one years of age when
his father fell at Culloden, after which he took his
place at the head of the family, a position which he
retained for some time after his brother, Ranald,
came of age. Angus fought by his father's side at
Culloden, and with difficulty escaped with his Ufe,
being hotly pursued by the Hanoverian troops.
He attended the meeting of the chiefs held at Ach-
nacarry on the 8th of May. He remained after-
wards for a long time in hiding, and with MacNab
of Innisewen assisted the Prince in his wanderings.

Angus married, in 1752, Christina, daughter of
Archibald Macdonald of Achnancoichean, and had
by her—

1. Alexander, who died young, unmarried.

2. Archibald, who succeeded his father.

3. Donald, who in 1797 married Anne, eldest daughter of

Patrick Macdonald, Minister of Kilmore, and had- -
(a) Angus of Keppoch. He man-ied, in 1835, Christina
Macnab, well known as a highly cultured High-
land lady, daughter of John Macnab of Sheug-
hiart, Kintyre, and of Sherrabeg, Badenoch, and
had by her —
(1) Donald, who lived for some years in Australia.
On his return home he received the welcome of


a chief from his clansmen of Lochaber. He
finally returned to Australia in 1888, and died
at Melbourne on the 28th Feb., 1889, un-

(2) Charlotte, who died unmarried.

(3) Anne, who married William Kennedy, Melbourne,

with issue.

(4) Jessie, who married Keith Maclellan, of Melfort,

with issue.

(5) Maria, who married Alexander R. Macdonald,

Ord, with issue.

(6) Teresa, who married George Keith Maitland, of

the Lauderdale family, with issue.

(7) Frances, a Nun, now^ in Paris, and has several

convents under her charge.

(8) John, who died in childhood.

(9) Joseph, who died in childhood.

(10) Josephine, amongst whose many accomplishments

is to be reckoned a thorough knowledge of the
language and literature of the Highland people.

(11) Alice Claire, Bardess of the Clan Donald, and

authoress of " Lays of the Heather," published
in 1896, a volume of poetiy of a very high

4. Ranald, who was first an officer in the 79th, and after-

wards Captain in the 92nd Regiment. He died

5. John, who was educated in Rome, where he visited

Prince Charles, and was a man of great intelligence.
On account of his accurate knowledge of the history
of the Highlands, he was of great assistance to Donald
Gregory when preparing his history. He died un-

6. Coll, who died unmarried.

7. Alexandrina, who married Macdonald of Lochans, in

Moidart, and had —

(a) Christina, who married Lieutenant Theodore M'Ra,

and had, among others, Allan, Priest of Strath-

(b) Anne, who married Alexander Macdonald, Moy, with

issue, in Australia.
(c) Allana, who married Archibald Macdonald, Moy, with

issue, in Australia,


Angus Ban died in 1815, and was succeeded by his

11. Archibald. He joined the 79th, and was
afterwards in the 92nd Gordon Highlanders. He
died Lieut. -Colonel of Veterans.

He married Margaret, daughter of M'Lachlan of
Kilichoan, and had —

1. George, who died unmarried,

2. Alexander, who married Mary, daughter of Stewart of

Achnancone, and had two daughters.

3. Angus of Inch, who married Max'v, daughter of Colonel

Coll MacdoD.ald, son of John Macdonald of Morar, and
had Col], Archibald, Francis, Fanny, and Georgina,
who married Captain Carey, without issue. Angus
and his family emigrated to Australia.

4. Dr Fwen, who lived in India for many years, and after-

wards in London, where he died, May 18, 1891. He
married Anne Hill, and had—

(a) Archibald, now Priest of Knoydart.

(b) Alastair, who died unmarried in 1892.

(c) Cuthbert, who married, and died without issue.

(d) Henrietta, who married Sir Anthony Patrick Mac-

donald, G. C.S.I, with issue, h'ir Anthony, who
has had a distinguished and brilliant career, was
educated at Queen's College, Gal way, and entered
the Bengal Civil Service in 1864. He has been
Secretar}' to the Government of Bengal, to the
Legislative Council, and for the Home Depart,
ment of the Government of India. He was
officiating Chief Commissioner in Burmah in
1890, Chief Commissioner of the Central Pro-
vinces from 1891 to 1895, and Lieutenant-
Governcr of North-West Provinces and Oiidh
from 1895 to 1901. He is at present Under
Secretary for Ireland.


This family, which branched out early from the
main line of Keppoch, is probably descended fiom


Donald Glass, the sixth chief. The first of whom
there is any record was —

I. Angus, who lived at Killiechonate. He was
succeeded by his son,

II, John. He was succeeded by his son,

in. Alexander, who is mentioned in record in
1592 as Alastair Maclaiii Vic Innes of Killiechonate.
He was succeeded by his son,

IV. Angus. He was succeeded by his son,

V. Alexander. He had —

1. Angus, his successor.

2. Alexander.

3. Donald.

4. John.

He was succeeded by his son,

VI. Angus, who is mentioned in 1691 as one of
Coll of Keppoch's followers. He was succeeded by
his son,

VII. Alexander. He had —

1. James, who succeeded him.

2. A danghter, who married Angus Macdonald of Tulloch.

3. A daughter, who married Donald Macdonald of Tirna-


Alexander was succeeded by his son,

VIII. James. Of him and his family, if he had
anv, we have no trace.


This family, whose history has already been
treated of incidentally in the other volumes of this
work, was descended from Alexander, Earl of Ross
and Lord of the Isles. Celestine, the first of the
family, was a son of Alexander by a daughter of
MacPhee, the head of a tribe of that name in
Lochaber. His father bestowed upon him a large


estate, including Lochalsh, Lochcarron, and Loch-
broom. In 1463, his brother, John, Earl of Ross,
granted him a charter of these lands for the yearly
payment of 6 pennies blench ferme, with remainder
to his heirs, and also the lands of Achness, Spinning-
dale, Davochcarry, Plodd, and Pulrossie, in the
Parish of Creich and Earldom of Sutherland. This
grant was afterwards confirmed by King James III.
The lands in Sutherlandshire were granted with
remainder to Celestine's heirs by Finvola, daughter
of Lachlan Maclean of Duart. In 1467, Celestine
received a charter of the lands of Strathalmadale, in
Sutherland, from his brother, the Earl of Ross.
His first appearance in record is in 1447, when he
witnessed a charter of the Bailiary of Lochaber to
Malcolm Mackhitosh by Alexander, Earl of Ross.
In 1456 he was appointed Keeper of Redcastle, then
an important stronghold, with which he held the
lands and whole revenues of Eddridule, including
the farms of Ardmanach. He was so high in favour
this year at Court that the King presented him
with a silver collar and chain worth £20. He con-
tinued Keeper of Redcastle to the end of his life.
In 1464 he appears as SheriflP of Inverness. He
appears frequently in record after this date, and was
evidently the person next in importance to his
brother in the Earldom of Ross.

Celestine married Finvola, daughter of Lachlan
Maclean of Duart, and had by her —

1. Alexander, his successor.

2. Finvola, who, in 1467, married the Earl of Sutherland.

3. Margaret, who married Ewin Allanson of Lochiel, who,

in 1472, was appointed by Celestine heritable keeper
of his Castle of Strome. He at the same time
bestowed upon him the 1 2 merk lands of Kishorn.



Celestiiie of Lochalsh died in 1476, and was buried
at Rosemarkie. According to Hugh Macdonald's
MS., " he was one day hunting in the Braes of Ross,
having a leash of hounds in his hands. Upon scent-
ing the deer they rushed forward and threw him
against the stock of an old tree, some of the
branches of which, piercing his side, occasioned his
death." He was succeeded by his son,

n. Sir Alexander Macdonald. Sir Alex-
ander's career in the history of the clan has been
already noticed in the other volumes of this work.
After the death of Angus Og, his son, Donald Dubh,
being a child, and kept in close confinement by the
Earl of Argyll, the leadership of the clan devolved
upon Sir Alexander. The Lord of the Isles himself
had ceased to take an active part in the affairs of
his extensive territories, and Sir Alexander looked
upon himself as heir-presumptive to the lordship.
It was presumably in this character that he, with
the Lord of the Isles, granted in 1492 a charter of
the Bailiary of the south part of Tiree to John
Maclean of Lochbuie. In this same year he, as Lord
of Lochiel, bestowed upon Ewin Allanson, his
brother-in-law, the lands of Banavie, Oorpach, and
others in Kilmallie, and certain lands in Lochalsh.

Sir Alexander Macdonald married a daughter of
the Earl of Moray, and had by her —

1. Donald, his successor.

2. Ranald, who, brought up at the Scottish Court, was one

of the King's henchmen.

3. John, who also was brought up at the Scottish Court.

4 AnguSj to whom his father gave lands on the West

Coast of Ross-shire.
5. John Cam, according to MacVuricb, a natural son, whose

descendents settled at Achnacoichean, in Lochaber.

Their representative in MacVnrich's time was Donald

Gorm MacRanald MacAlastair Duibh'ic Iain Chaim.



6. Margaret, who also was brought up at Court. She

married Alexander Macdonald of Gleugany, with

7. Janet, who married Dingwall of Kildun, with issue —

Thomas Dingwall of Kildun. She and her sister,
Margaret, inherited after the death of their brother
the lands of the family of Lochalsh.

Sir Alexander Macdonald of Lochalsh was assassin-
ated by John Maclain of Ardnamurchan at Orinsay,
in Argyllshire, in 1495, when he was succeeded by
his son,

III. Sir Donald, known as Donald Gallda from
his residence in the Lowlands. He was a minor at
the time of his father's death. King James IV. on
one of his visits to the Highlands took with him
Donald and the other children of Sir Alexander
of Lochalsh to Edinburgh, where they lived for
many years, and were educated at the Scottish
Court. Donald, who was a great favourite with the
King, was restored to his father's heritage, and was
afterwards knighted by the King on the field of
Flodden. A sketch of Sir Donald's career has already
been given in another part of this work.

He died, unmarried, at Cairnburgh, in Mull, in
1519, when the family of Lochalsh in the male line
became extinct.


The Macdonalds of Sleat are descended from
I. Hugh, son of Alexander, Earl of Ross, and
Lord of the Isles, by the daughter of O'Beolan, lay
Abbot of Applecross, and are known patronymically
as Claim Uisdein.

Hugh married, first, Fynvola, daughter of Alex-
ander Maclain of Ardnamurchan, and had by her — -
X. John, his successor,


He married, secondly, Elizabeth Gunn, daughter of
the Crowner of Caithness, and had by her —

2. Donald Gallach.

He married, thirdly, a daughter of Macleod of
Harris, by whom he had —

3. Donald Herrach, from whom Clann Domhnuill Herraich.
Hugh had also several sons, whose claims to legiti-
macy do not seem to have been admitted even by
the social canons of the time, viz. : —

4. Archibald Dubh, by a daughter of Torquil Macleod of


5. Angus Collach, by a daughter of the Laird of Coll.

6. Angus Dubh, by a daughter of Maurice Vicar of S.


Hugh Macdonald of Sleat died in 1498, and was
succeeded by his oldest son,

II. John. It has been seen how he surrendered
his whole patrimony to the King, by whom it was
afterwards bestowed upon Ranald MacAllan of Clan-
ranald and Angus Heochson MacRanald of Morar.
This grant, however, never took effect. John died
in 1502, and was succeeded by his brother,

III. Donald Gallach. He did not long occupy
the position of Chief of Sleat, as he was murdered
by his brother, Archibald Dubh, in 1506. He
married Agnes, daughter of Sir John Cathanach
Macdonald of Dunnyveg and the Glens, by w^hom
he had —

1. Donald Gruamach, his successor.

2. Alexander, whose sons fought in Ireland on the side of

their kinsman, Sorley Buy.

3. Angus, who had a son, John.

4. Ranald Collach, who had a son, Alexander.

Donald Gallach of Sleat was succeeded by his oldest


IV. Donald Geuamach. He married, first,
Catherine, daughter of Alexander Macdonald of
Clanranald, and had —

1. Donald Gorm, his successor.

He married, secondly, a daughter of Macleod of
Lewis, and had —

2. John Og, who married a daughter of Alastair Crotach

Macleod of Dunvegan, without issue.

3. Archibald, the Clerk. He had two sons —

(a) Hugh, whose career and fate have already been

described. He had a son, Alexander, who appears
on record.

(b) Donald.

4. James of Castle Camus, known as Seumas a' Chaisteil,

progenitor of Kingsburgh and other families.

He had other sons said to have been natural, viz. : —

6. Alexander.

6. John Dubh.

7. Angus.

8. Alexander. None of these appear to have left traceable


Donald Gruamach died in 1534, and was succeeded
by his oldest son,

V. Donald Gorm. He married Margaret,
daughter of Torquil Macleod of Lewis, and had
two sons —

L Donald Gormeson, his successor.

2. Alexander Og, who died without issue.

Donald Gorm was killed at EUandonan in 1539,
and was succeeded by his elder son,

VI. Donald Gormeson, who was a child at
the time of his father's death. He was known
as Domhnull Gorm Sasunnach on account of his
having spent part of his minority in England. He
married Mary, daughter of Hector Mor Maclean of
Duart, with issue —

470 TSE clan DONALD.

1. Donald Gonn Mor, his successor.

2. Archibald, the Clerk. He had—

(a) Donald Gorni Og Mac'illesbuig Chleireich, who suc-

ceeded his uncle.

(b) Alexander, who did not leave issue.

(c) Mary, who married, as her 1st husband, Ranald Mac-

donald of Benbecula, and 2nd, James Macdonald,
grandson of James of Castle Camus.

3. Alexander, who died without issue.

Donald Gormeson of* Sleat died in 1585, and was
succeeded by his oldest son,

VII. Donald Gorm Mor. He married, first,
Mary, daughter of Norman Macleod of Dunvegan,
whom he repudiated. He married, secondly, Mary,
daughter of Colin Mackenzie, 11th Baron of Kintail.
He married, thirdly, Marjory, a daughter of Mac-
kintosh of that ilk. In 1614 he makes provision for
her by granting a charter in her favour of the lands
of Terung Chaisteil and Terung Uachter, in Sleat.
Donald Gorm Mor died, without issue, in 1617, and
was succeeded by his nephew,

VIII. Sir Donald Macdonald, 1st Baronet of
Sleat. He married Janet, daughter of Kenneth,
Lord Mackenzie of Kintail, with issue —

1. James, his successor.

2. Donald, founder of the Castleton family.

3. Archibald, a faitious warrior and poet, known in his

day as An Ciarcm inahach. His expedition for
the punishment of the Keppoch murderers has been
already described. In 1654 he received a wadset
of the lands of Borniskittaig, in Trotternish. The
following year he married Janet, daughter of Colin
Mackenzie. He died in 1688. By his wife he had a
son, John, who succeeded him as wadsetter of Borni-
skittaig. John held King James' commission as
Captain in the regiment commanded by Donald of
Castleton at the Bevolution. In 1684 Captain
John Macdonald of Borniskittaig married Catherine
daughter of MacNeill of Barra. By her he had a


daughter, Janet, who married Donald Macdonald of
Sarthill in 1709, which year he died, leaving no male

4. Angus, who had the lands of Sarthill, and died without


5. Alexander of Paiblisgearry, in North Uist. In 1653 he

married Anne Mackay, sister of John, Lord Reay, and
by her had issue —

(a) Captain Hugh Macdonald, who succeeded.

(b) Barbara, who married Lachlau Maclean of Torloisk.

Alexander died in or before 1657, as his wife
appears on record as a widow in the course of
that year. Hence in Sir James Macdonald's
Deed of Entail, in 1658, his name dues not
appear along with the Baronet's other brothers.
Captain Hugh Macdonald of Paiblisgearry suc-
ceeded his father. He also appears on record
as of Duistill, in Sleat. He was brought up
evidently under the Reay influence, which was
anti-Jacobite, and favourable to the Orange
movement. He held the rank of Captain in the
regiment of General Mackay, his relative, and had
the freedom of Montrose conferred on him in 1692.
Much of his military life was passed in Flanders,
where he fought in the army of the States
General in the war with France. He died before
1721, w^hen he was succeeded by his son, John
Macdonald of Paiblisgearry, who appears that
year in an enumeration of the gentlemen of
North Uist. We have no information as to the
date of his death, but with him the descendants
of Alexander of Paiblisgearry terminated in the
male line.

6. Margaret, who married Angus, Lord Macdonald and

Aros, Chief of Glengarry, without issue.

7. Katherine, who married Kenneth Mackenzie, 6th of

Gairloch, without issue.

8. Mary, who married Sir Ewen Cameron of Lochiel, with


9. Janet, who, in 1655, married Donald Macdonald of Clan-



Sir Donald Macdonald of Sleat died in 1643, and
was succeeded by his oldest son,

IX. Sir James Mor, 2nd baronet of Sleat. He
married, first, in 1633, Margaret, only daughter of
Sir John Mackenzie of Tarbat, by whom he had —

1. Donald, his successor.

2. Hugh of Glenmore, progenitor of Glenmore and Mugstot


3. John, from whom the Macdonalds of Bernisdale and

Scalpay are descended.
i. Somerled, of whom the Sartle family.

5. Roderick, who became a writer in Edinburgh. He

married Janet Ritchie, with issue — (a) John, of whom
* ' the Macdonalds of Totamurrich and Knock; (b) James;

(e) Donald.

6. James. He got sasine of the lands of Aird, Sleat, in

1682. He fought under Dundee at Killiecrankie, and
fell in the charge so fatal to the gentlemen of Sleat.
John Lom Macdonald, the Lochaber bard, composed
an elegy to his memory, and in a similar effusion to
Sir Donald, 3rd baronet of Sleat, he again refers to
the death of James at " Raon Ruairidh," as that
celebrated field is styled by the bards. From these
poems we gather that James of Aird, whom John
Lom calls " Seumas Og," was a man of high courage
and chivalrous bearing, the kind of man that the
bards loved to celebrate in song. In 1661 he noarried
Marion, daughter of John Macleod of Dunvegan, by
whom he had an only son, Donald, who succeeded him
at Aird. Donald has, in 1717, a claim against the

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