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Estate of Sleat after the forfeiture which followed
Sheriffmuir, and in 1723 is served heir to his father
as his only son. He died without issue.

7. Alexander.

8. Archibald.

9. Angus.

10. Catherine, who, in 1666, married Sir Norman Macleod of

Bernera, with issue.

11. Florence, who married, first, John Macleod of Dunvegan;

secondly, John MacNaughton of that Ilk.



Sir James married, as his second wife, in 1661,
Mary, daughter of John Macleod of Dun vegan,
with issue —

12. John, for whom his father acquired the estate of Bal-
conie, an ancient residence of the Earls of Ross — its
name of old being Baile Comhnuidh Mhic Dhovihmdll,
or Macdonald's town of residence.

John of Balconie married Alice, daughter of Alex-
ander Mackenzie of Lentran, with issue —
(a.) Donald, his successor.

(b) Jarnes.

(c) Mary, who married Archibald Macdonald of Sasaig in


(d) Margaret, who married Alexander Mackenzie of


(e) Elizabeth, who married Rev. Hugh Macdonald,

minister of Portree, with issue.

(f) Isabel, who married Archibald Maclean of Borera3\

John of Balconie died in 1707. He was succeeded
by his sou Donald, who died without issue.

Sir James Macdonald had a natural son —

13. Ranald, of whom the Macdonalds of Balishare.
His widow, Mary Macleod, married, as her second
husband, John Moor, brother to Sir William Moor
of Rowallan. Sir James died on 8th December,
1678, and was succeeded by his oldest son,

X. Sir Donald Macdonald, 3rd baronet of
Sleat. He married on 24th July, 1662, Margaret
Douglas, second daughter of Robert, 3rd Earl of
Morton, and had issue —

1. Donald, his successor.

2. James of Orinsay, who carried on the succession.

3. William, of whom the Vallay family.

4. Isabel, who married Sir Alexander Bannerman, Bart, of


5. Margaret, who married Allan Macdonald of Morar.

6. Barbara, who married Coll Macdonald of Keppoch.
He had also a natural son, Angus.


Sir Donald died in 1695, and was succeeded by his
oldest son,

XI. Sir Donald, 4th Bart, of Sleat. He was
known in the Isles as Domhnull a Chogaidh —
Donald of the War — he having taken part in
the campaign of 1689, under Dundee, and that of
1715, under the Earl of Mar. He married Mary,
daughter of Donald Macdonald of Castleton, by
whom he had —

1. Donald, his successor.

2. Margaret, who married Captain John Macqueen, Royal

Regiment of Foot.

3. Mary, who married John Martin of Flodigarry, with issue

a daughter, Kate, who married Rev. D. Nicolson.

4. Isabella, who married Dr Alex. Munro, Professor of

Anatomy in Edinburgh. She died 10th Dec, 1774.

Sir Donald died in 1718, and was succeeded in the
representation of the family by his only son,

XII. Sir Donald, 5th Bart. He died young, in
1720, and leaving no issue, was for a very short
time succeeded in the representation of the family
by his uncle,

XIII. Sir James, the 6th Bart. He married,
first, Janet, daughter of Alexander Macleod of
Greshornish, with issue —

1. Alexander, his successor.

2. Margaret, who married Robert Douglas of Scotscraig.

3. Isabel, who died young.

4. Janet, who married Sir Alexander Mackenzie, Bart, of


Sir James married, secondly, Margaret, daughter of
John Macdonald of Castleton, with issue —

5. John. On 19th September, 1723, he was served heir

male and provision general to his father, but as there
is no further record of him, we conclude that he died
. young.


Sir James Macdonald of Orlnsay died in December,
1720, a few months after his succession. He was
succeeded by his older son,

XIV. Sir Alexander, the 7th Bart. He married,
first, on 5th April, 1733, Anne, daughter of David
Erskine of Dun, one of the Senators of the College
of Justice, and widow of James, Lord Ogilvie. By
her he had —

1. Donald, who died young.

Lady Macdonald did not long survive, and Sir Alex-
ander married, secondly, on 24th April, 1739, Lady
Margaret Montgomery, daughter of Alexander, 9th
Earl of Eglintoun, and by her had issue — -

2. James, who succeeded.

3. Alexander, who succeeded James.

4. Archibald, who became Lord Chief Ikron of the

Exchequer, of whoni the family of East Sheen.

5. Susan, who died unmarried in 1755.

Sir Alexander died in December, 1746, and was
succeeded by his oldest son,

XV. Sir James, 8th Bart., a most accomplished
scholar, known in his day as the " Scottish Mar-
cellus." He died in 1766 in Home, where he was
buried. Leaving no issue, he was succeeded by his

XVI. Sir Alexander, 9th Bart., who was raised
to the dignity of Lord Macdonald in the Peerage of
Ireland in 1776. On 3rd May, 1768, he married
Elizabeth Diana, eldest daughter of Godfrey Bosville
of Gunthwaite, County of York, with issue —

1. Alexander Wentworth, his successor.

2. Godfrey, who succeeded his brother.

3. Archibald. He was Captain in the Prince of Wales'

Own Eegiment of Light Dragoons. He married, in

1802, Jane, eldest daughter and co-heir of Duncan

., Campbell of Ardueave, Argyllshire, with issue —


(a) Archibald ; (b) Campbell ; (c) James ; (d) Nixon
Alexander ; (e) Arthur ; (/) Mary ; (g) Elizabeth

4. James, who was a Lieut.-Colonel in the first regiment of

Foot Guards. He was killed at Bergen-op-Zoom, 9th
March, 1814, leaving no issue —

5. Dudley Stewart Erskine, a Fellow of Trinity College,

Cambridge. He died, without issue, on 26th August,

6. John Sinclair.

7. William.

8. Diana, who married as his second wife, in 1788, the

Right Hon. Sir John Sinclair of Ulbster, Bart., with
issue. Her son was the Eev. William Sinclair,
Rector of Pulborough, Sussex, whose son is the
Venerable William Macdonald Sinclair, Archdeacon
of London.

9. Elizabeth.
10. Annabella.

Lord Macdonald died 12th September, 1795, and

was succeeded by his eldest son,

XVII. Sir Alexander Wentworth, 10th Bart,
and 2nd Lord Macdonald. He died, unmarried, 9th
June, 1824, and was succeeded by his next brother,

XVIII. Sir Godfrey Macdonald Bosville, as
11th Baronet and 3rd Lord Macdonald. He had
assumed his mother's name of Bosville after that of
Macdonald, but dropped it on succeeding to his
brother. He married Louisa Maria, daughter of
Farley Edsir, and by her (who died 10th February,
1835) left issue —

1. Alexander William Robert Bosville, Avho succeeded, in

terms of a special Act of Parliament, to the English
estates of Thorpe.

2. Godfrey William Wentworth, who succeeded to his


3. James William. He was a Lieut.-General, C.B., Knight

of the Legion of Honour, A.D.C., Equerry and Private
Secretary to H.R.H. the Duke of Cambridge. He


had a distinguished mihtary career, having served
in the Crimea, on the staff of the Duke of Cambridge,
and at the battles of Ahna and Inkez'man respectively
had a horse shot under him. He married, on 26th
September, 1859, Elizabeth Nina, 2nd daughter of
Joseph Henry, 3rd Loi'd Wallscourt, with issue, a son,
George Godfrey, who was Page of Honour to Her late
Majesty Queen Victoria, and two daughters.

4. William, an officer in the army, died, unmarried, 11th

May, 1847.

5. Louisa, who, on 4th June, 1826, married John Hope, 5th

Earl of Hopetoun, with issue, an only son, John Alex-
ander, 6th Earl, the father of John Adrian Louis, the
present Marquis of Linlithgow.

6. Elizabeth Diana Bosville, who married Duncan Davidson

of Tulloch, with issue —

(a) Duncan H. C, R. Davidson, who married Georgina

Elizabeth, daughter of John Mackenzie, M.D., of
Eileanach, with issue,

(b) Godfrey Wentworth, died unmarried.

(c) Caroline Louisa, who married Captain George Wade,

Commissioner of the Sceychelles, with issue.

(d) Julia Bosville, who married the Hon. Henry Chet-

wynd, R.N., with issue,

(e) Adelaide Lucy, who married Colonel George William

Holmes Ross of Cromarty, with issue, A daughter
of this house is Louisa Jane Hamilton, the present
Lady Macdonald of the Isles.

(f) Ida Eleanora Constance, who married Captain the

Hon. Godfrey Ernest Percival Willoughby.

(g) Matilda Justina, who married Lieut.-Colonel Craigie-

Halkett of Cramond, with issue.
(h) Diana Bosville, died unmarried,
(i) Louisa Maria, died unmarried,
(j) Elizabeth Diana, w^ho married Patrick A. Watson

Carnegy of Lour,
The Hon. Elizabeth Diana Bosville Davidson died in 1839.

7. Julia, who married Rev, Charles Walter Hudson, rector

of Trowell, Notts.

8. Susan Hussey, who married Richard Beaumont, Captain,

R.N., with issue — (a) Godfrey, Captain in the Guards;
(6) Richard; (c) Dudley; (c/) Cecil W,, R.N.; (e) Diana,


who married Count Gourowski Wichde ; (/) Averil, who
married Hussey Vivian, M.P., with issue ; (g) Gwin-
daline. The Hon. Susan Hussey Beaumont died 5th
November, 1879.
9. Diana, married Colonel John George Smyth of Heath
Hall, Yorkshire, late M.P., with issue — (a) George
John Fitzroy ; (h) Henry Edward ; (c) Diana Eliza-
beth, who married the Earl of Harewood ; (d) Louisa;
(e) Mary ; (/) Eva.

10. Jane Bosville.

11. Marianne, who married Henry Martin Turnor, Captain

1st King's Dragoon Guards, with issue — (a) Archibald
Henry, late Lieut. R.N., who died unmarried ; (b)
Charles, Captain Life Guards ; (c) Henrietta Minna,
who married John Scott, 3rd Earl of Eldon, with
issue ; (d) Florence ; {e) Mabel.

12. Octavia-Sophia, married William James Hope-Johnstone

of Annandale, with issue — (a) John James, late
M.P. for Dumfries-shire ; (b) Percy Alexander ; (e)
Wentworth William ; (d) Alice Minna.

Lord Macdonald died 18th October, 1832, and was
succeeded by his son and heir,

XIX. Sir Godfrey William Wentworth, 12th
Bart, and 4th Lord Macdonald. He married, on
21st August, 1845, Maria Anne, daughter of Thomas
Wyndham of Cromer Hall, Norfolk, with issue —

1. Somerled James Brudenell, who succeeded.

2. Ronald Archibald Bosville.

3. Godfrey Alan, who died in infancy.

4. Eva Maria Louisa, who married Captain Algernon Lang-

ham, Grenadier Guards.

5. Flora Matilda, who died unmarried.

6. Lillian Janet, who married (1st) Francis Viscount Tar-

bat, second son of the Duke of Sutherland, who

afterwa-rds succeeded his mother, the Countess of

Cromartie, in the title and estates, with issue —

(a) Lady Sybil Mackenzie, who succeeded on her father's

death to the title and estates as Countess of

Cromartie. She married Major E. W. Blunt,




(b) Lady Coijstauce Mackenzie, who married Sir Edward
Stewart-Richardson, Bart, of Pitfour, Perthshire.
Countess Lillian married, secondly, Mr Cazenove.
7. Alexandrina Victoria. She married Anthony Charles
Sykes Abdy, Captain, 2nd Life Guards, second son of
the late Sir Thomas Neville Abdy, Bart.
Two other children died in infancy.

Lord Macdonald died on 25th July, 1863, and was
succeeded by his eldest son,

XX. Sir SoMERLED James Brudenell, 13th
Baronet and 5th Lord Macdonald. He died,
unmarried, on 25th December, 1874, aged 25, and
was succeeded by his next, and only, surviving

XXI. Sir Ronald Archibald Bosville, 14th
Baronet and 6th Lord Macdonald. He married,
on 1st October, 1875, Louisa Jane Hamilton,
second daughter of Colonel George William Boss
of Cromarty, with issue —

1. Somerled Godfrey James.

2. Godfrey Evan Hugh, Lieutenant, Scots Guards.

3. Archibald Ronald Armadale, Lieutenant, Scots Guards.

In December, 1900, he joined his regiment in South
Africa, and gallantly met his death at the head of his
troop while storming a kopje near Eelenburg, Orange
River Colony, on April 17th, 1901.

4. Ronald Ian.

5. lona-Marie-Adel aide-Hope.


L This tribe was descended from Donald, a
younger son of Hugh of Sleat, by a daughter of
Macleod of Harris, whence he was known as Donald
Herrach or of Harris, where he was brought up.
He had the lands of Griminish and Scolpig in North
Uist, and with these the senior branch of the family,


that of Griminish, was associated for nearly 300
years. In the account of the family of Sleat in this
volume it has been shown that Donald Herrach met
with a violent death mainly through the wicked
contrivance of his half brother, Archibald Dubh,
who murdered Donald Gallach, chief of the Clan
Uisdein, and the older brother of Donald Herrach,
The traditions of the Western Isles have been very
circumstantial as to the accounts that have been
handed down of these atrocities. Archibald Dubh
and Angus Collach, the sons of Hugh, and a man
named Paul, were in the plot to do away with
Donald Herrach. It was arranged that the asso-
ciates should perform gymnastic feats on the Dun of
Loch Scolpig, in the course of which the conspiracy
would take effect. The sports were apparently
under cover, and it was arranged that when Donald
Herrach, who was remarkably strong and active,
tried the high jump, Paul, who was to be concealed
for the purpose, should place a noosed thong about
his neck, draw it tight, and strangle or hold him
until the rest could with greater impunity dispatch

These barbarous measures were carried out to the
letter, and the individual who manipulated the
thong has come down in tradition as Pal na h-eille,
or Paul of the thong. Nemesis overtook him in the
after time. He received lands from his employer,
Gilleasbuig Duhh, at Balmore, in North Uist, but
after Archibald's death about 15 LO the fear of
vengeance at the hands of Donald Herrach's sons
led him for greater security to pass much of his
time at Dun Steinigarry, on Loch Paible. The day
of retribution came. It was the time of harvest, and
as Paul of the thong was building a stack one day
in his corn-yard, he perceived from his elevated


position a man of large stature approaching — still
at a considerable distance. He asked those around
from what direction did the wind blow yesterday.
He was told it was from the East, whereupon,
divining correctly that it was Angus Fionn Mac
Dhomhnuill Herrach, who had crossed the Minch to
avenge his father's death, he made at the top of his
speed for the sanctuary of Kilrauir Churchlands, a
distance of about three miles. Meanwhile Angus
Fionn, with one companion, was rapidly approaching
Balmore and taking stock of what went on at Paul's
homestead. First they saw two men on the top of
the corn stack, one wearing a white and another a
red waistcoat. By and bye one only wa.s seen on
the stack, whereupon Angus asked his companion,
whose eyesight may have been better than his own,
which of the two had disappeared, and was answered
that it was the one with the scarlet vest. Angus,
realising that his quarry had taken the alarm, and
guessing that he must have made for the termon
lands, went swiftly in pursuit. Soon he caught
sight, and rapidly gained upon the wretched fugitive,
when, just as the latter was crossing a rivulet
bounding the sanctuary on the south side, Angus
bent his bow, and the arrow, speeding with unerring
aim, hit him in the heel. Thus crippled, he was
soon overtaken by the avenger of blood, who very
quickly put him out of pain. Thus was the murder
of Donald Herrach avenged. His death took place
probably about 1505. Donald, who lived at Grim-
inish, which, along with Scolpig, was for ages in
possession of his descendants, married, and had —

1. Ranald his successor.

2. Angus, who appears on record as Angus Glass, but who

lives in local tradition as Angus Fionn or Fair. His



son, John M 'Angus Glass, appears on record in
1562. From him are descended the Macdonalds of

He had also a son before his marriage,

3. Donald Badenoch, whose descendants were known under
this sobriquet for many generations in North Uist, his
mother having been a native of the district from which
it was derived.

Donald Herrach was succeeded by his oldest son,

II. Ranald, After his father's death he was

brought up along with his cousin, Donald Gruamach

of Sleat, by his uncle, Archibald the Black. His

connection with Archibald's assassination has been

told in the history of the family of Sleat. Ranald

went to Ireland and fought in the Ulster wars on

the side of the Macdonalds of Antrim. He was

severely wounded, and returned to his native country

accompanied by a medical attendant of the Brolas

family in Mull. The latter settled at Cuidreach in

Skye, and his descendants, for ages, were hereditary

physicians to the family of Sleat. Ranald, like his

father, lived at Griminish, and, like him also, is said

to have met with a violent death. He was once on

a visit to Dunskaich in Sleat, the seat of his cousin,

Donald Gruamach, the chief, who was married to a

daughter of the Clanranald of the day. Ranald

perceiving a large number of the lady's kinsmen

imposing on the hospitality of the chief of Clann

Uisdein, and revelling unrestrainedly, hanged a

round dozen of them on a certain morning ere

Donald Gruamach or his lady had awakened from

their slumbers. Such is the voice of tradition and

it is consistent with what is said to have occurred

afterwards. The lady of Sleat bribed the Black

Finn on Mackinnon to murder Ranald, who, when

on his way to pass the New Year with Donald


Gruamach at Kirkibost In North Uist, was set
upon by Mackinnon and his accomplices and slain.
Ranald married and had

III. Angus, his successor. He appears on the
records of the Privy Council in 1562 as Angus
MacRanald MacDonald Herraich. He, alonp; with
Hugh, the son of Archibald, the Clerk, was the
means of creating a sanguinary feud between his
own Chief, Donald Gorme Mor, and the Macleans
of Duart. He was at Mullintrae in 1586, along
with the Macleans, to whose cause he had apparently
attached himself, owing to his disgrace with the
Chief of Sleat. When the Macdonalds of Dunny veg
surrounded the house in which the Macleans were
quartered, and took them prisoners, Angus, the
son of Ranald — whom the Clanranald historian
confounds with another Angus, who was Chief of
Clanranald — and one of the Maclean warriors
fought so desperately that they could not be
captured. Tljcreupon the house was set on fire,
and Angus of Grimlnish perished in the flames.
He married, and had a son, who succeeded him,

IV. Hugh Macdonald of Griminish. There is
almost nothing known of his history, but he appears
in the traditional tree as the father of his successor.
He married, and had two sons —

1. John, who succeeded him.

2. Angus, who was at Kirkibost.

3. Donald, from whom was descended Archibald Macdonald,

or, as he was better known, " Gille na Ciotaig," the
North Uist bard, and one of the cleverest and wittiest
of Gaelic poets.

Hugh was succeeded at Griminish by his son,

y . John, known in his day as Iain Mac Uisdein.
He married Flora, daughter of Ranald Macdonald,
1st of Benbecula, with issue —


1 . Archibald, who succeeded him at Griminish.

2. Donald of Knocknantorrau, of whom the Balranald


3. Rev. Angus Macdonald, who, on account of his great

bodily strength, was called the Ministear Laidear,
that is, the " Strong Minister." He completed his
curriculum in Arts and Divinity in the University of
Glasgow, and was appointed to the Parish of Gigha,
in the Presbytery of Kintyre, about the year 1688. He
also served, in combination with Gigha, the cure of the
parishes of Killean and Kilkenzie, and lived in the
manse of the former parish for some years. He left the
Kintyre district at the time of the Revolution without
being formally translated. Beiug an Episcopal minister,
no doubt he found the ecclesiastical atmosphere of Argyll
uncongenial, and, on receiving an appointment to the
parish of South Uist, which then included the islands
of Barra and Benbecula, he found himself in a region
where his tenets as to Church polity were regarded
with greater toleration. Though placed in the midst
of a Roman Catholic population, where, if the voice of
tradition can be relied on, he had more than once to
exercise his muscular Christianity, he was universally
respected by his parishioners, and left behind him a
fragrant memory. He died at Campbelltown, in
Kintyre, in 1721, when on his way to Uist after
visiting his friends at Largie. He married a daughter
of Angus Macdonald of Largie, by whom he had —

(a) Archibald. He lived at Dunskellar, in North Uist,

and was, for a number of years, factor on the
Macdonald Estate there. He died, without issue,
about 1767.

(b) Marion, who married, as his 2nd wife, Ranald Mac-

donald of Milton, father of the celebrated Flora
Macdonald. She married, secondly, Captain Hugh
Macdonald of Camuscross, afterwards of Armadale.

(c) Mary, who was unmarried, and is on record as in

receipt of an annuity, and died in 1765.

4. Alexander, of whom the Macdonalds of Heisker and


5. John, who lived at Baleshare, and died withoiit issue.

6. Angus Beag, or little, to distinguish him from the

stalwart minister of South Uist.


John Mac Uisdein had also daughters, but their
names have not survived. John Macdonald of
Griminlsh was a man of considerable note and
position in his day, notwithstanding the fact that
his signature had to be appended to " The Oath
of the Friends" in 1678 by the hand of a notary.
He died about 1700, and was succeeded at Griminish
by his oldest son,

VI. Archibald. We find him in 1715 receiving
a tack of Griminish and Scolpig from Sir Donald
Macdonald of Sleat, for which Archibald is to pay
100 merks besides victual rent. He married and
had two sons,

1. John, who succeeded.

2. Roderick, who died without issue.

Archibald died in 1740, and was succeeded by his
older son,

VII. John. He married Ann, daughter of
Donald Macdonald of Balvicquean in Trotternish,
and during his father's life-time — in 1723 — he
appears as John Macdonald in Scolpig, and as con-
senting to his wife signing the bond of friendship on
behalf of the family of Sleat, entered into that year.
By his wife he had —

1. Douald, who predeceased him, and died without legiti-

mate issue.

2. Angus, who succeeded.

3. Archibald, who died without issue,

John Macdonald of Griminish died in 1765, for the
following year we find on record —

VIIL Angus Macdonald of Griminish.
Strangely enough, Archibald also appears the same
year as of Griminish and Scolpig. Thereby, how-
ever, hangs a tale. Tradition tells that Angus of
Griminish — evidently on his succeeding his father —


was inveigled into a scheme of emigration by several
of the North Uist gentlemen, who pretended that
they also were to cross the seas. Angus is said to
have been masterful and domineering, and his neigh-
bours devised this somewhat doubtful expedient to
get him out of the country. Be this as it may,
Angus alone made genuine preparations for the
voyage, the rest keeping up the deception to the
last by sending packing cases laden with peats and
other similar contents to the port of embarkation.
Angus, taken in by the ruse at first, but afterwards,
when it was too late, taking in the situation, sailed
for the new world, and took up his abode for a few
years at Crane's Creek, Cumberland Co., North
Carolina. A poem by John MacCodrum, the
North Uist bard, bemoans the expected emigra-
tion, which, however, did not come off, in some
very fine verses, j^rinted in the " Uist Bards."
Angus, having given up the tenure of Griminish, his
brother, Archibald, appears to have entered into
possession thereof as tacksman. Angus of Grimi-
nish did not find a congenial home in the new world,
for we find him in 1771 once more in his native
Uist. He did not, however, find his way back to
the home of his ancestors in Griminish. His place
of residence after his return was Balranald, then
occupied by his kinsman, Donald Macdonald. Angus
was living in 1785, which is the last record w^e have
of him, but he may have lived a number of years
thereafter. He married, and had —

1. Donald, who is on record in 1795.

2. Angus, who died in 1777.

3. Alexander.

There were also daughters, whose names have not
come down. None of the sons appear to have left

1. Eweu Macdouald of Griininish 3. Alexander Macdonald of Balranald.

(Vallay). 4. J. A. R. .Macdonald of Balranald.

2. Douglas Macdonald of vSanda.

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