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5. Richard McDonnell, Provost of Trinity College, Dublin.


issue, and the Grimlnish line, as descended from
Archibald, son of Iain Mac Uisdein, became extinct.
The senior family of the Clann Domhniiill
Herraich of Griminish having come to an end,
the representation of the tribe devolved upon the


These are descended from —

I. Donald Macdonald of Knocknantorran, son

of Iain Mac Uisdein of Griminish, v^ho appears

several times on record early in the 18th century

among the gentlemen of North Uist. He married,

and had —

L Alexander, who succeeded.

2, Maty, who married Hector Maclean of Hosta.

Donald of Knocknantorran died before 1720, and

was succeeded in the representation of this branch of

Clann Domhnuill Herraich by his son,

II. Alexander, a man of great influence and
standing in North Uist, where, judging by the
verdict of tradition, he was much respected and
esteemed. He was for many years factor for the
Long Island Macdonald Estates. As early as 1717
we find him witnessing a legal document, in which
he is designated as "of Hougharie," in North Uist.
As bailie of North Uist, on 4th July, 1754, having
succeeded in that office Captain John Macdonald
of Kirkibost and Balranald, he signs the sub-
mission between the Laird of Macleod and the
tutors of Sir James Macdonald of Sleat con-
taining the names of arbiters appointed to deal
with a controversy between the families of Sleat
and Dunvegan as to the proprietorship of certain
rocks in the Sound of Harris, whose value was


greatly enhanced by the prolific crop of sea-weed
they produced fur the manufacture of kelp. After
one of these rocks, called " Kangas," the legal con-
troversy which went to the Court of Session, and
had much notoriety, derived its name. Alexander
signs as "of Hougharie," where also the submission
was signed by Alexander ]\[acdonald of Kingsburgh
and Lady Margaret Macdonald of Sleat. After the
death of Captain John, son of William, tutor of
Sleat, Alexander of Houghary obtained a lease of
Balranalcl and Kirkibost. He was drowned on the
Kirkibost ford in the year 1760, and a most touching
and beautiful elegy was composed to his memory
by John MacCodrum, the North Uist bard. It was
published in the '" Uist Bards" in 1894.

He married, first, a daughter of Rev. Donald
Nicolson of Scorribreck, minister of Kilmuir, in
Skye, with issue —

1. Donald, who succeeded him at Balranald.
He married, secondly, Catherine, daughter of Mac-
lean of Boreray, and by her, who died in 1797, he
had —

2 (A) Alexander. He was tutored by Donald Roy Mac-
donald, son of Ranald Macdonald of Balishare, and
Avas afterwards educated in the University of Aber-
deen. About 1780 he was appointed factor by the
trustees on the Clanranald estates of South Uist, and
lived for some years at Stelligarry, in that island. In
1786 he received a commission as baron bailie from
young Clanranald, then of age, and in 1789
obtained a 30 years' lease of the farm of Peneniurin,
in South Uist. Having suffered from the ravages of
small-pox, he w^as known as the Bailidh Breac, It
is an interesting fact that Archibald Macdonald,
Gille na Ciotaig, the North Uist bard, who was a
distant kinsman, was for many years in his employ-
_. ... ment as factor's clerk. Alexander of Peneniurin died

in 1797. He married Margaret Mackinnon of Strath,
by whom he had —


(a) Alexander.

(b) Niel, who died in Jamaica.

(c) Charles, who died in the E. Indies.

(d) Donald, who died at Cape Breton.

(e) Margaret, who married a Maclean, an artist in London.
He was succeeded at Peneniurin by his oldest son,

(B) Alexander. He married Alexandrina, second daughter
of the Rev. Roderick Maclean, minister of South
Uist, with issue —
(a) Rev. Alexander Macdonald, B.A. After having gone
through part of his Arts course in Edinburgh
University, he went to Canada, where he com-
pleted an Arts and Divinity course in the Univer-
sity of Kingstown. In due time he became an
ordained minister of the Church of Scotland in
the important and extensive district of Nottowa-
saga, in the southern part of Ontario. After a
faithful and laborious ministry he retired a few
years ago from the more active duties of his
office, and now lives in the town of Napanee
enjoying his well-earned retirement. He married
Louise, daughter of Rev. Mr Campbell of Dun-
troon, Canada, and has a daughter, Alexandra.
She married Edward Webb, Toronto, with issue —
(a) Albert Edward ; (b) Norman.

(b) Charles Neil. Unmarried. He and his brother,

(c) Roderick, also unmarried, carry on business in Glasgow

as C. & R. Macdonald, a firm well and favourably
known in the Western Isles. The latter is the
energetic president of the Glasgow Uist and Barra

(d) Norman, who died in childhood.

(e) Margaret, who died unmarried.

(f) Eliza, married in Chicago to Alexander Arbuckle.

(g) Jessie, who married William Macqueen, with issue, a

daughter, Alexandrina.
(h) Christina.

Alexander Macdonald of Peneniurin died in Glasgow in

3. John.

4. Angus.

5. Allan.


6. Mary. She married Rev. John Macaulay, minister of

South Uist, who demitted his charge, and went to
America. They had a daughter, Margaret. Mrs
Macaulay died in 1830.

7. Margaret.

There were several other sous, who emigrated to
America, but whose names have not been preserved.

Alexander Macdonald of Balranald — Alastair Mac
Dhomhnuill — was succeeded at Balranald by his
oldest son,

TIL Donald. He also succeeded his father as
factor to Sir James Macdonald on his Uist estates.
He was a man of business talent and sagacity, and
displayed much legal acumen during the latter
stages of the Rangas controversy, though the
settlement was not entirely favourable to the
House of Sleat. He married Catherine, daughter
of Captain James Macdonald of Aird, by his wife,
Margaret, daughter of Ranald Macdonald of Kin-
lochmoidart, with issue —

1. Alexander, who succeeded.

2. James, a Major in the Army, who lived at Chatham.

He married Elizabeth, daughter of George Owen of
Tiverton, and had — («) George, who held a civil
appointment in Australia ; (6) Owen, who served for
some time in E.LC. Navy, and afterwards lived in
Australia ; (c) Donald, an officer in the Indian Army,
died at the Cape ; (d) John, a Major in the 89th
Regiment, died in the Crimea ; (e) James, an officer
in the 89th Regiment, died in the West Indies ; (/)
Alexander ; {g) William ; (h) Godfrey ; (^) Alexander
— the last four died young ; [j) a daughter. Major
James Macdonald had also a natural sou, John, who
was a Lieutenant in the Army, and, on his retiral,
lived first at Trumisgary and afterwards at Kalliu.
He married Catherine Macrae, Brae, Eynort, Skye,
and had — (a) Donald ; {b) John ; (c) James ; (d)
Ewen ; (e) Lexy ; (/) Lizzie ; {g) Jessie, Avho married
Finlay Macdonald, Druideag, with issue.


3. Jessie, died unmarried.

4. Catherine, died unmarried.

5. Lexy, died unmarried.

Donald Macdonald of Balranald died at an advanced
age, in 1819, and was succeeded by his older son,

lY. Alexander Macdonald of Lynedale. This
estate of Lyndale was bought by his father, and
Alexander Macdonald resided there the greater part
of his Hfe, but his affairs in the course of time having
become embarrassed, it was sold. He was for some
time Captain in the Bengal Artillery, from which
he retired on account of his health. He raised
and became Lieut. -Colonel of the 2nd Isle of Skye
Regiment of Volunteers, numbering 570 men, most
of whom, when the Militia were disbanded, joined
the Glengarry Fencibles or Caledonian Rangers.
He married Jane Craigdallie, a lady of an ancient
Perthshire family of the Clan MacGregor, with
issue —

1. Donald, wlio held a civil appointment at the Cape of

Good Hope, and died there, unmarried.

2. James Thomas, who succeeded.

3. Alexander, a Captain in the 16th Bengal Native Infantry,

who died in India unmarried.

4. John Robertson, who served as Lieutenant in the 38th,

39th, and 16th Regiments successively. He after-
wards lived at Rodil in Harris, and was for 35 years
factor for the Earl of Dunmore, who owned in his
time the whole of that parish. He married Mary,
daughter of Captain Duncan Macrae of Inverinate,
with issue, a daughter, Jane Caroline, who died

5. Elizabeth Anne, who died unmarried.

6. Caroline, who died young.

7. Alexandrina Catherine, who married Andrew Cornfute, a

manufacturer in Perth, with issue, all of whom died
without descendants.

8. Isabella Maria, who married Rev. Finlay Macrae, Min-

ister of North Uist, with issue —


(a) Donald, who married Annabella, daughter of Captain

Miller of Pow, Perthshire, with issue.

(b) Alexander, who was a doctor in the army.

(c) Duncan, who married in Australia, with issue.

(d) Rev. John Alexander, who was Minister of North


(e) James Andrew, Major in luveruess-shire Militia.

(f) Godfrey Alexander, a medical practitioner in North

Uist. The foregoing are all deceased.

(g) Jane Anne Elizabeth, who married Edward AVilliam

Hawes, R.N. ; issue, three daughters.

Alexander Macdouald of Lyndale was succeeded by
his second son —

y. James Thomas, who was for many years
factor on Lord Macdonald's North Uist property.
He married, in 1820, Jane, daughter of Captain
Donald Mackenzie of Hartfield, fourth son of
Thomas Mackenzie, 6th of A^Dplecross and 4th of
Highfield, by his wife Elizabeth, only daughter of
Donald Mackenzie, 5th of Kilcoy, with issue —

1. Alexander, who succeeded.

2. Jane Caroline.

3. Anne Margaret, who married Charles Shaw, W.S., at one

time Sheriff-Substitute at Lochmaddy, with issue —

(a) Duncan, W.S., of the firm of Anderson & Shaw,
Inverness, who married Elizabeth Gordon, with issue ;

(b) James Thomas, late Major in the Inverness-shire
Militia, who married Emma Payne Cross, with issue ;

(c) Charles, who mari-ied Mary Hastie, New Zealand,
with issue ; (d) Alexander ; (e) Anne, married Captain

- Donald Cameron, Glenbrittle, Skye, with issue ;
(/) Jane ; (g) Margaret Susan Christina ; (h) Eliza-
beth Anne Macdonald ; (^) Alexandra ; (j) Margaret
3. Elizabeth Flora Ann, who married Rev. Neil MackinnoUj
once minister of Creich, Sutherlandshire, wuth issue —
(a) Farquhar ; (b) James Thomas ; (c) Catherine, Avho
married James Ross, Balblair, now of Polio, Ross-
shire, with issue ; (d) Jane ; (e) Jemima, who married
James Ross, distiller, Easter Ross, with issue ; (/)


4. Jessie Catherine, who married Donald Maedonald, Mug-

stot, afterwards in Australia, with issue,

5. Jane, who married Captain Donald C. Cameron, Talisker,

with issue — (a) Ewen, Captain, R. A. ; (b) James
Thomas ; (c) Donald ; (d) Mary, who married Mr
Thorn of Canna ; (e) Jeanie, who married Mr Fergu-
son, Tullich, now of Tallisker.

6. Jemima Isabella, vvho married Dr Kenneth Macleod,

Calcutta, with issue — (a) Julia ; (b) Jeanie ; (c) Alice

James Thomas of Balranald died in 1855, and was
succeeded by his only son,

VI. Alexander. He bought the estates of
Edenwood and Overkelly, in the county of Fife,
and afterwards acquired possession by purchase
of the extensive and valuable farm of Balranald,
for 150 years in the occupancy of his family. He
married first, Margaret Anne Christina, daughter of
Norman Macleod, Scalpa, and his wife, Jessie,
daughter of Kenneth Macleod, Ebost, Skye, without
issue. He married, secondly, Margaret Campbell,
daughter of Major Colin Lyon Mackenzie of St
Martins and Braelangwell, with issue —

1. James Alexander Ranald, his heir.

2. Annie.

3. Jane Alexander, who, in September, 1899, married George

Stevenson Pitcairn, son of Colonel Pitcairn of Pitcullis.

4. Margaret Jemima.

5. Florence Hellen Marion.

6. Violet Anne Elizabeth.

7. Eva Flora Caroline.

Alexander Maedonald of Balranald died in 1901,
much regretted by a large circle of friends and
acquaintances. He was a good Highlander and
clansman, and his amiable disposition and kindly
manners rendered him a great favourite among all
classes in his native parish. He w^as succeeded by
his only son,


VII. James Alexander Ranald Macdonald,

the present representative of Clanii Domhnuill


This branch of the Clann Domhnuill Herraich is
descended from —

I. Alexander, fourth son of John Macdonald
of Griminish, known in his day as Alastair Ban Mac
Iain He Uisdein. After the massacre of Glencoe he
nobly went to the relief of the persecuted and poverty-
stricken Clan Iain with a cargo of meal. In 1694
he advanced to Sir Donald Macdonald a sum of 3000
merks, for which the latter wadsetted to him the
10 penny lands of Heisker, the penny lands of Pein-
more and Peinnie Trynoid, and the 10 penny lands
of Balranald. In 1696 there is a contract of marriage
in which James Macdonald of Eriskay marries Anne,
daughter of Alexander. Alexander of Heisker was
married twice. The name of his first wife eludes
research. He married, secondly, in 1707, Isobel
Maclennan, who died in 1760. His family, so far as
known, were —

1. Johu, who succeeded hira.

2. Ann, who married James Macdonald of Eriskay. Their

sou, Donald, was the father of Angus (Aonghas Mac-
Dhomhnuill 'ic Sheumais), in whose house Prince
Charles slept for the first time on British soil.

3. Catherine, who married Niel Macdonald of Grenitote,

North Uist, with issue.
There were other sons, whose names have not come down,
but they probably died yovmg, leaving no descendants.

Alexander Macdonald died in 1723, and was suc-
ceeded by his son,

II. John Macdonald of Heisker, who was served
heir to him on 29th September. In 1727 he appears


among the creditors on the Macdonald estates, and
discharges Kenneth Mackenzie as representing these
in the sum of 2000 merks. It is possible, though
we cannot be certain, that this transaction termi-
nated the wadset of 1694, at anyrate so far as
Balranald was concerned, as we always find him
designated of Heisker alone. He appears in these
transactions as John Macdonald, eldest son of the
deceased Alexander Macdonald of Heisker. John
appears to have died in 1748, and the family con-
nection with Heisker to have terminated, for there
is a discharge that year of a sum of money paid to
Heisker, probably the balance of the old wadset.
Archibald Maclean is designated of Heisker in 1735 ;
but, whatever may have been the nature of his
tenure — probably it was a species of sub-let — the
Macdonald connection did not terminate earlier than
1748. John married, and had —

1. James, who succeeded.

2. Archibald, who is on record as having been apprenticed

to Ranald Macdonald, brazier, Edinburgh, and who
died without issue.

in. James succeeded his father in the repre-
sentation of the family, but it is certain that he
was never tacksman of Heisker. He appears to
have been an enterprising youth, for, at the early
age of 20, he earned the distinction of being the
only gentleman of Sii Alexander Macdonald's fol-
lowing — with the single exception of Donald Koy
Macdonald of Bahshare — who joined the party of
Prince Charles in 1745-6. After the troubles of the
'45 had subsided, James of Heiskir exhibited the same
enterprise in the arts of peace which he had shown
on the theatre of war. He settled down as a mer-
chant, first at Dunvegan and afterwards at Portree,


and devoted himself so assiduously to his commercial
pursuits that he amassed a substantial fortune. He
became proprietor of Skeabost, in the parish of
Snizort, Isle of Skye, and also of Tanera.. one of
the Summer Isles at the mouth of Lochbroom, on
the West Coast of Ross-shire. He was married
twice — first, about 1760, to a lady whose name has
not come down to us, and by whom he had issue ;
secondly, in 1789, to Isabella Macqueen, daughter
of Rev. Donald Macqueen of Kihiiuir, without issue.
His children by his first wife were —

1. Donald, who succeeded.

2. Alexander.

3. Emily, who married Captain James Macdonald of Flodi-

garry, with issue.

James Macdonald of Skeabost was alive in 1790,
and was not then of very advanced age. He joro-
bably survived to see the early years of the 19th
century, as an elegy to his memory appeared in
Macleod's Gaelic Collection in 1811. He was suc-
ceeded by his son,

IV. Donald Macdonald of Skeabost and
Tanera, who was born at Dunvegan on 29th
August, 1765. He became tacksman or proprietor
of Tanera during his father's life-time, and is
spoken of in 1793 as " Donald Macdonald of
Tanera, son of Skeabost." In 1817 his name
appears on the list of those who instituted the
Inverness Sheep Fair that year. On 22nd
August he married Margaret, daughter of Donald
Macdonald, factor on Lord Macdonald's Estate of
Trotternish, with issue —

1. Donald, his successor.

2. James, who lived for some time at Scalpay, Skye. He

was a sea- faring man, and was well known throughout
the Western Isles as Captain Macdonald of the


" Rover's Bride," or, as he was more familiarly known,
the "Rover.-' He lived at Stornoway during the
latter part of his life, and died there a number of
years ago at an advanced age. He was unmarried.

3. John. He served in the Indian army, and was a Captain

of his regiment during the Mutiny. He became
Major of the 61st Native Regiment of Infantry, and
afterwards rose to the rank of General commanding a
Brigade. He retired from active service about 1874.
He married Catherine, daughter of Matheson of Atta-
dale, and sister of Sir Alexander Matheson of Lochalsh,
with issue —

(a) Donald, a retired Colonel in the Indian Army, married

without issue.

(b) John, a partner in the house of Jardine, Matheson, &

Co. He married, and has issue — (a) Norman;
(b) Ian ; (c) Eric ; (d) Nora ; (e) Catherine ; (/)
Bertha ; (g) Mabel.

(c) Mary.

4. Kenneth. He emigrated to Victoria, Australia, and

married Miss Lockhart, by whom he had a family.
There are sons of the marriage living in Australia.

5. Margaret, married George Gunn, for many years factor

at Lochinvar and Dunrobin for the late Duke of
Sutherland, with issue — (a) Donald ; (b) Hector ; (c)
Jessie ; (d) Christian ; (e) Margaret ; (/) Elizabeth.

6. Janet, married Hugh Peter Macdonald, Tacksman of

Monkstadt, in Kilmuir, Skye, with issue.

7. Ann Robertson, married Rev. Roderick Macleod, Free

Church Minister of Snizort, Si<ye. They had a large
family, many of whom died young. Those who
survived are —

(a) Dr Roderick Macleod, who married Mrs Macdonald

of Dunach, near Oban.

(b) James Macleod, an indigo planter in Tiroot. He is a

distinguished historian on India, and has received
the distinction of CLE.

(c) Jessie.

(d) Bella.

8. Amelia, died unmarried.

9. Frances, died unmarried. . _.



10. Catherine, died unmarried.

11 Susannah, died unmarried.

12. Mary, married Evander Maciver, late of Scour'e, factor
for the Duke of Sutherland, who died 1902, with
issue — (a) James ; (h) Donald ; (c) Duncan ; (d)
Lewis ; (e) Evander ; (/) Murdo ; (g) John ; (h)
Elizabeth ; (i) Catherine. Mrs Maciver died 1895.
14. Margaret Anne, married her cousin Donald Macdonald»
captain of a large China trader. She died at Hong
Kong, and left a family of daughters.

Donald Macdonald of Skeabost was succeeded in
the representation of the family by

V. Donald, his eldest son, who resided at Loch-
inver, in the north of Sutherlandshire. He married
Jessie, daughter of Alexander Mackenzie, of Letter-
ewe, Ross-shire, with issue —

1. Donald, his successor.

2. James Alexander. He was in business for some time in

Port Elizabeth, Cape Colony, and latterly in London.
He married Caroline, daughter of John Heugh of Port
Elizabeth, with issue (two daughters) —

(a) Loue.

(b) Thyra.

3. Murdo, who was in business at Port Elizabeth, and

afterwards in London. He married Laura Foley,
with issue — (a) Alexander, who died in South Africa ;
(b) Ronald, who married, and has issue ; (c) Somerled ;
(d) Charles Kingsburgh ; (e) Flora. Murdo Macdonald
died some years ago.

4. Catherine, married William Kirkwood, with issue —

(a) Donald ; (b) Alexander — both of whom died in
South Africa ; (c) Charles ; (d) Annie, who married
Archibald Merrielees of Moscow ; {e) Jessie, who
married Walter Somerville Lockhart, with issue.

Donald Macdonald of Lochinver emigrated with his
family to South Africa, and lived at Port Elizabeth.
He was killed in a carriage accident in that country,
and was succeeded in the representation of the
family by his son,


VI. Donald. He was bred a civil engineer, and
resides in London. He married, first, in 1866, Helen,
daughter of Thomas Read of Grouse, Norwich, with
issue —

1. Donald. He died in India in 1894.

He married, secondly, in 1892, Cornelia, daughter of
R. Restall of Uitenhage, Cape of Good Hope, with
issue —

2. Hector.

3. Helen.


This branch of the family of Sleat is descended
from James Macdonald of Castle Camus, son of
Donald Gruamach Macdonald, 4th Baron of Sleat.
Owing to the long minority of Donald Gormeson,
his nephew, James, after the death of Archibald the
Clerk, was, for many years, the leader of the Clan
Uisdein, and acted a prominent part in the affairs of
the family of Sleat. As these have been referred to
at length in a former part of this volume, it is
unnecessary to repeat the details of the narrative.
James of Castle Camus, known in his time as
Seumas a Chaisteil, or " James of the Castle,"
married a daughter of Macleod of Harris, by whom
he had two sons. The last time he appears on
the Records of the Privy Council is in 1589, and it
is probable that his death would have taken place
early in the last decade of the 16th century.
During his life he was a strong pillar of the House
of Sleat, and served its interests with fidelity and
devotion. The tribe of the Clann Uisdein, of which
he was the progenitor, were distinctively known
as the Clann Domhnuill Ghruamaich. His sons
were —


1. John, who is described on record as the son and heir of

James Mac Donald Gruamacii of Castle Camus.

2. Donald Gruaujach Mac James, Ostaig, of whom the

Macdonalds of Capstill, Balvicquean, &c.

II. John of Castle Camus. He seems to have
predeceased his father, but it is convenient to
reckon him in the genealogy as the second of his
branch. He seems to have incurred the enmity, and
suffered unjust treatment at the hands of the Earl of
Argyll, who, in 1578, imprisoned him in the Castle
of Inchconnell, Lochawe, but was afterwards com-
pelled to liberate him. He was killed in Mull in
1585 in the course of the feud between the families
of Sleat and Duart. He married a lady of the
Clanranald family, by whom he had an only son, his

III. Donald, who was one of the most remark-
able men in the history of the Clan. Domhnull
Mac Iain 'ic Sheumais, as he was known in the
Western Isles, was born at Moidart, his mother's
native district ; but he was brought up mainly at
Castle Camus, a fact of which there are echoes in his
bardic effusions ; for Donald was not only a warrior
but a poet of no mean order, and snatches of his
songs long lingered among the people of Skye and
Uist. Like his contemporaries, he did not receive
the education which may be described as literary,
but he was from his boyhood a great expert in the
use of sword and bow, a species of culture highly
useful at a time when the pen was not yet mightier
than the sword. Tradition describes him as large-
boned, of a heavy if not lubberly gait, and of a
moody cast of countenance, predisposed to habits of
thoughtful ness and retirement, yet, under provoca-
tion, quick in his movements ; terrible when roused,
and prompt in the hour of action. His sword, which


he named " Culg Mharg," because five merks was the
price he paid for it, was a terror wherever his name
was known, always ready to be drawn in the cause of
right, and to be the avenger of the blood of injured
innocence. It never suffei'ed defeat. From an early
age he was the undisguised enemy of the Macleods,
never as the aggressor, but as the defender of the

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