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acquired the estate of Bernisdale in Snizort, and was
tacksman of Scalpay island in tlie Parish of Strath,
Skye. Sir Alexander, the first Lord Macdonald,
refers to him in 1795 as "a man who had seen
much of the world, having been in France, Italy,
and America." He died 28th December, 1823. He
married Susannah, daughter of Pvanald INI'Alister of
Skirinish, and had —

(a) James, who died in China in Lord MacArtney's


(b) Lieut.-General Sir John Macdonald, G.C.B. He

entered the Army in 1795 as Ensign in the
89th Regiment, and had a distinguished career,
attaining the rank of Lieut.-General. He became
Adjutant-General of the British Army in 1830,
and Colonel of the 42nd Regiment in 1844. He
died in London on the 28th of March, 1850. He
married Dora Graham, an Indian heiress, and
had — (1) Norman, who was for many years Vice-
Chamberlain at the Court of St James', and died
unmarried. (2) Henrietta, who married General
Sir George Buller, C. P., who cummamled the
Rifle Brigade in the Crimean War, without issue.
(3) Julia, who married Sir Rowland Stanley
Errington, Bart, of Hooton, and had — (a)
Claudine, who died yoxuig ; {/>) Ethel, who
married Evelyn Baring, now Earl Cromer : (r)
Venetia, who married Lord Pollington, after-
wards Earl of Mexborough.

(c) Colonel Archibald Macdonald, K.H. He entered

the Army as Ensign in S9th Regiment, served
throughout the Peninsular War, and was Adju-
tant-General in the East Indies at the time of
his death, which took place at Bengal in 1827.
He married Maria, daughter of Rev. Mr King, of



Cork, and had — (1) Norman, Governor of Sierra
Leone ; (2) General John A. M. Macdonald, C.B.,
Indian Staff Corps ; (3) Maria, who married a
Mr Beamish, Cork ; (4) Louisa, who married a
brother of her sister's husband.

(d) Lieut. - General Alexander Macdonald, C.B. He
entered the Royal Artillery in 1803, and served
with great distinction throughout the Peninsular
War. He married Susanna Strangways, niece of
the Earl of Ilchester, and died without issue in

(b) Captain Ranald Macdonald, who died in India.

(f) Captain Donald Macdonald, who died in India.

(g) Matthew Norman Macdonald, W.S., of Ninewells.

He married, first, Catherine Finnic, a West
Indian heiress, and had — (1) Major-General
Norman Macdonald, who married, and died
without issue in 1892. (2) Susanna, who
married Dr John Burt, Edinburgh, and had
Dora, who married Lieut. -General Sir John C.
Macleod, G.C.B., with issue j and Annie, who
married a Mr Wells. (3) Dora, who died un-
married. Matthew Macdonald married, secondly,
Grace, daughter of Sir John Hay, Baronet of
Smithfield and Haystoune, and had — (a) The
Right Hon. Sir John Hay Atholl Macdonald,
a prominent Advocate and Judge. He has been
Solicitor-General and Lord Advocate in successive
Conservative Administrations, Sheriff first of
Ross and afterwards of Perth, a Judge of the
Court of Session, and now Lord Justice-Clerk,
with the title of Lord Kingsburgh. He has
shewn great aptitude for military affairs, and
was for years Colonel-Commandant of the Edin-
burgh Rifle Volunteers, a position from which he
retired some years ago. He is also the author of
an important publication on military tactics. He
married Adelaide Jeannette, daughter of Major
Doran of Ely House, Wexford, and had— (1)
Norman D., advocate ; (2) John ; (3) Lieutenant
Ranald Hume Macdonald, of the Royal Engin-
eers, (b) Mariella, who married a Mr Borthwick.


Matthew Macdonald married as his third wife

Miss Hume of Ninewells, Avhose name he assumed.
(h) Anne, who married the Rev. Donald Martin, Minister

of Kilmuir, afterwards of Abernethy, with issue,
(i) Louisa, who married Dr Burt, Edinburgh, with issue,
(j) Flora, who married Mr Bridges, Edinburgh, with

(k) Diana, who married a Macdonald in London, without

(l) Frances, who married Major Macrimmon, with issue,

Ca^Dtain Norman Macrimmon.
(m) Catherine, who died at Scalpay.
(n) a daughter, who died young,
(o) Margaret, who married Donald Nicolson of Scorry-

breck, with issue.


The Macdonalds of Sartle are descended from
L — SoMERLED, 4th son of Sir James Mor Mac-
donald, 2nd Baronet of Sleat. He married Mary,
daughter of Murdo Macleod, Tutor of Raasay, and

had —

1. Donald, who succeeded.

2. Ranald, who in 1717 claimed as heir general to his

father. He is designed in 1728 as in Messin, and
afterwards, in 1734, as of Daleville. He married
Margaret, widow of John Macdonald of Totamurich.
with issue — (a) James of Daleville, and (b) Angus of

3. Hugh, who was in the Government Service in the '45,

and played a prominent part in the doings of that
time. He was captain of one of the Independent
Companies, and was in Uist at the time of the
Prince's escape. The fact that he was Flora Mac-
donald's stepfather greatly facilitated the arrange-
ments by which Charles was got safely to Skye.
Had he been a determined enemy, the plot would
never have succeeded. He had the lands of Camus-
ci'oss in 1753, but was better known as Hugh Mac-


donald of Armadale, where lie lived and acted for
some 3^ears as factor for the Barony of Sleat. He
married Marion, daughter of Rev. Angus Maedonald,
of South Uist — the Ministear laidear — and widow of
Ranald Maedonald of Milton, father of Flora Mae-
donald, the heroine of the Prince's escape. They
had— (a) James, who was an officer in the Scots
Hollanders ; [h) Annabella, who married Alexander
Micdonald of Cuidrach, with issue.
4. Margaret, who married Alexander Maedonald of the
Ardnamurchan family of Maclan. It is interesting
to trace the genealogy of this Alexander, who stands
clearly on record — as well as his father — as occupying
the lands of Borniskittaig. He was patronymically
called Alastair Og, the son of Alexander, son of
Angus, son of John, son of Donald, and thus quite
clearly connected with the main Ardnamurchan line.
This branch probably migrated to the friendly terri-
tory of the kindred clan Uisdein, when adverse
fortune, coupled with Campbell machinations, ren-
dered their native country unsafe. Alastair Og, the
husband of Margaret, lived first at Borniskittaig and
afterwards at Sartle. Their son was Captain Somer-
led Maedonald of Sartle, who was a captain in the
British Legion, and greatly distinguished himself in
the first American War. In 1811 he was living, and
aged 78, his only child in life being then out of the
kingdom. He married a second wife, whose name is
not recorded, at the age of 94, and left three children
under 10 when he died, in 1839, at the patriarchal
age of 106.

Somerled 1st of Sartle died about 1700, and was
succeeded by his oldest son,

IT. Donald. He was served heir to his father
in 1723. He married Janet, daughter of John
Maedonald of Borniskittaig, and had —

1. Donald, his successor.

2. Alexander, who succeeded Donald.

3. James. He was a joiner in Leith, and one of the few

Macdonalds from Skye that took an active pai't in
the '45 rising.


Donald died about 1728, and was succeeded by his
oldest son,

III. Donald. In addition to the lands of
Sartle, lie also, presumably through his mother,
obtained the wadset of Borniskittaig in 1732, which
had belonged to his grandfather John, son of Archi-
bald, the Ciaran Mabach. The wadset was renounced
in 1734. Donald died in 1740 without issue, and
was succeeded by his brother,

IV. Alexander. He married Margaret Mac-
donald, daughter of John of Totamurich, and had —

1. Angus, his successor.

2. Somciied.

3. Isabella, who married Donald Martin of Bealach.

Alexander died about 1744, and was succeeded by
his son,

V. Angus. He left no issue, and on his death,
before 1750, the tenure of Sartle passed into the
hands of his brother,

YI. SoMERLED, who appears ill 1750 as brother
and heir of the deceased Angus Macdonald of Sart-
hill. Somerled died without issue about 1790, and
with him the male line of Somerled of Sartle, 4th
son of Sir James Macdonald of Sleat, terminated.
Upon this, possession of the tenancy was taken by
Captain Somerled Macdonald of the British Legion,
who was the husband of Margaret, grand-aunt of
the last occupier.


This family is descended from
I. Roderick, 5th son of Sir James Macdonald of
Sleat. He qualified as a lawyer, and carried on a


writer's business in Edinburgh. He married, in
1669, Janet Ritchie, and had by her —

1. John.

2. James, died without issue.

Roderick died before 1693, and was succeeded in
the representation of this branch by his son,

II. John. He did not adhere to the law busi-
ness in Edinburgh, but became Chamberlain of
Sieat, for which he no doubt had acquired a good
business training, and in this capacity we find him
on record in 1693. He also obtained a tack of the
lands of Totamurich and Knock, with which his
descendants were for generations afterwards con-
nected. He married, as her first husband, Margaret
Macdonald; and had —

1. Donald, his successor.

2. Koderick. He qualified as a notary in 1733, and both

in that and the following years he is on record us
Eory Macdonald of Totamuricli. Here he lived till
1753, during which period his name frequently
appears. In 1753 he changed his residence to
Sandaig, and here we find him as late as 1765.
He married and had a son, Alexander, of whose
posterity, if any, we have no information.

3. Archibald. In 1748 he is factor for Sleat, and is atyled

Captain Macdonald of Tarsgivaig. In 1753 he is
found at Knock, having evidently entered into pos-
session of the tack after his older brother's death.
He died before 1775. He married Annabella Mac-
kinnon, and had issue a daughter, Margaret.

4. Margaret.

John of Totamurich died in 1733, and was succeeded
by his son,

III. Donald. In 1728 a wadset of Barivaig
and Castleton is given in favour of Donald Mac-
donald in Knock. His name is frequently in
evidence as son of John Macdonald of Totamurich


and also as tacksman of Knosk. He married Mary
Mackinnon, widow of Rev. Martin Macpherson,
minister of Sleat, and had —

1. Allan, who succeeded.

2. John, who died without issue.

3. Penelope.

Donald of Knock died before 1748, and was suc-
ceeded in the representation of the family by his

IV. Allan. He was a noted supporter of the
Government during the troubles of 1745-6, at which
time he was major in one of the Independent Com-
panies. It is recorded that he was particularly
inveterate in his severity towards the Jacobites of
Skye, and for this reason the name of Ailein a'
Chnuic won an unenviable notoriety in the tradi-
tions of the island. After his father's death, he
does not appear to have lived at Knock, his military
duties imposing residence in other parts of the
kingdom. Besides this, his uncle, Archibald of
Tarskivaig, undoubtedly succeeded Allan's father at
Knock ; and John, Allan's brother, resided with his
ether uncle, Roderick, at Sandaig. In 1762 Allan
was situated at Bantry with his regiment, the 59th
Foot, in which he held a captain's commission. He
ultimately attained to the rank of major. He lived
during his latter years in the town of Ayr, where
he died towards the end of the 18th century. He
married, and had at least one son,

V. General Donald Macdonald. He fought
in the American Revolutionary War, and com-
manded the troops in which Allan Macdonald of
Kingsburgh, husband of Flora Macdonald, com-
manded a brigade.



This family is descended from

I. Ranald, a natural son of Sir James Mor, 2nd
Bart, of Sleat. He was born in Skye about 1660,
and was brought up in his native island. Early in
the 18th century he became tacksman of Balishare
in North Uist, and lived there during the remainder
of his life. He seems to have become factor for Sir
Donald Macdonald's estate of North Uist about the
same time that he went to Balishare, and continued
to discharge the duties of that position until 1733,
when he was succeeded by Ewen Macdonald of
Vallay. His name is associated with the abolition
of the ancient custom of herezeld, which had been
illegal for 100 years, but continued to exist in
the Outer Isles. He married Marion, daughter
of Donald Macdonald, 18th of Clanranald, and relict
of Allan Macdonald, 5th of Morar, with issue —

1. Hugh, who succeeded.

2. Ranald, who was a brazier in Edinburgh, and who died

without issue.

3. Donald Roy.

4. A daughter, who married Donald Campbell of Seal pay.

(/I) Donald Roy Macdonald, 3rd son of Ranald Mac-
donald, 1st of Balishare, was one of the few ')f Sir
Alexander Macdonald's following who espoused the
fortunes of Prince Charles in 1745. He fought at
CuUoden, where he held a Captain's Commission, and
was wounded in the foot. He, however, found his way
in safety to Skye, and was there at the time of the
Prince's arrival from Uist linder the escort of Flora
jNIacdonald. Donald Roy was in the secret of the
Prince's movements, and was much consulted by his
Skye friends as to plans for his further safety. He was
despatched from Monkstadt to Portree and thence to
Raasay, and carried out the arrangements with young


Macleod of that Island for securing a suitable boat to
convey him thither. After the troubles of the '45 were
past, Donald settled down in his native parish of North
Uist, where he conducted a school for many years, in
which a good education was imparted to the children of
the gentry in that region. For this work he was
admirably fitted by his classical attainments, as is shown
by the ode composed in Latin to his foot injured at the
battle of Culloden. Shortly before 1764 Donald Roy
became tacksman of the lands of Kyles-Bernera, at the
North end of North Uist, apparently combining the
busuiess of a farmer with that of an instructor of youth.
His name apijears prominently on record in connection
with the lawsuit of Macdonald of Sleat versus Macleod
of Dun vegan re the seaweed rights in the Sound of
Bernera. The last reference we have to Donald Roy is
in a letter written on the subject of the lawsuit by
Donald Macdonald of Balranald on 2nd June, 1770. It
is probable that his death took place a few years later.
We do not find any record of his marriage, nor of any
immediate descendants save a son,

{B) Hugh, through whom Donald Roy's race was
perpetuated. He lived at Port Clair, in the Parish of
Boleskine, and married Janet Fraser. By her he had —
(a) Alexander, who lived at Balcharuach, in Dores
Parish. He entered the army, and having
served for some time he retired, and went to live
at Inverness, where he died. He married, in 1804,
Marjory Fraser, and had a son, (a^) Charles. He
enlisted in the Gordon Highlanders in 1820, and
served in that regiment for 27 years. After retiring
and receiving his pension, he obtained a com-
mission as Quartermaster in the Edinburgh
County or Queen's Regiment of Light Infantry
Militia, now 3rd Battalion Royal Scots. With
these he served for 23 years, retiring with the
rank of Captain in 1879. He died in 1883. He
married with issue [a^) Alexander, who held a
Government appointment in Australia, where he
died. He married Mary MacGilchrist, with issue
(a^) Annie, who married Alexander Mack, Head-
master, Bonnington School, Leith, with issue, a


son, Rev. Charles Mack, Minister of Hutton and
Corrie. Captain Charles married (2nd) Jane,
daughter of John Smith, ironfounder, Inverness,
and had (6^) John James, Agent, Commercial Bank
of Scotland, Comrie, who married (1st) Elizabeth
Barclay, daughter of David Haig, Librarian,
Advocates' Library, and has a daughter Marjorie.
He married (2nd) Bessie, daughter of James
Scott, Edinburgh ; (c^) Walter Scott, H.M. Cus-
toms, Kimberley, South Africa, who married
Therese Delarey, Capetown, and had (a^) Violet,
(h^) Ranald, (c^) May, (#) Ian ; (e^) Archibald,
who died young.

Ranald Macdonald of Balishare died In 1742, and
was buried in Kilmuir Churchyard, North Uist.
He was succeeded by his oldest son,

II. Hugh, 2nd of Balishare. Though he did
not join the Prince openly, like his younger brother
Donald, Hugh was a secret sympathiser, being fully
cognizant of his movements in the Long Island, as
well as of the scheme for his rescue. He visited
Charles Edward in the hut at Corrodale, and with
Macdonald of Boisdale took part in at least one
symposium in that lone retreat. Hugh was a
prosperous man, and acquired by purchase an
important estate in the Southend district of Kin-
tyre. This consisted of part of the lands of
St Ninians, namely, Machreoch, Knockmorrell, Kil-
moshenechan, Blaisdall and Eden, Penlochan, Penny-
sirach, Auchroig, and Cubrachan. Hugh died in
1769, aged 63, and the fact has been embalmed in
one of the verses of an elegy composed by John
MacCodrum, the North Uist bard : —

An aon mhile 's a seachd ceud-
Tri fichead bliadhna 's a naoidh,
Ghabh Uisdean cridhe chead duinn,
Tri fichead 's a tri b' e aois.


He was buried in Kilmuir Churchyard, North Uist,
and a stone was erected over his tomb bearing an
inscription, which is now illegible. Hugh was never
married, but he left two children by Etfrick Mac-
aulay, Uleray —

1. Donald, his successor.

2. Isabella, who married a Mr Burnett.

He was succeeded in his estates both in Uist and
Kintyre by his son,

III. Donald. Although not a strictly lawful
son, his father apparently bequeathed to him all the
privileges of a more regular relationship. It was
for his behoof that the Kintyre property was
purchased, whence he was known in his day as
" Tighearn nam peighinnean," the lord of the Penny-
lands, such being a designation of his Kintyre
property. Donald was factor of North Uist, suc-
ceeding Neil Maclean of Kerseva, and lived a
good deal in the island of Kirkibost, of which he
had a tack along with Balishare. He was a man
of somew^hat eccentric character, and in his latter
days became mentally deranged. In the year 1800
he was living at Kirkibost, and having mysteriously
disappeared, his body was found a few weeks after-
wards above high-water mark at the back of the
Island. The previous year he executed a Trust
Disposition and Settlement, in which his Kintyre
estate was vested in his sons. Annuities were also
left to his sister, Mrs Burnett, and to Effrick
Macaulay, spouse to John Macllury, Knockline,
North Uist. Donald, like his father, abjured legal
matrimony, but left two children —

1. William, his successor.

2. James, who died without issue.

Donald was succeeded by his older son,


IV. William, in whose time the Kintyre property
was sold. He was Professor of Natural History in
the University of St Andrews, and died upwards of
twenty years ago. He married and had a family,
all of whom died young.


This family is descended from

I. William, third son of Sir Donald Macdonald,
3rd Baronet of Sleat, by his wife the Lady Margaret
Douglas. William possessed the lands of Borniskit-
taig, in the Aird of Trotternish, and was referred to
sometimes under the former, but more frequently
under the latter territorial designation. He was a
man of fine physique and proved courage in the field
of battle, having fought along with his two brothers.
Sir Donald and James of Orinsay, at both the battles
of Killiecrankie and Sheriifmuir, at the latter engage-
ment holding the rank of Major. Owing to the
closeness of his relationship to the head of the
house of Sleat, he was, after the death of his brother.
Sir James of Orinsay, and in terms of the latter's
will, appointed Tutor or principal guardian to Sir
Alexander, his nephew, who was onl}'' a child of ten
at the time. His personal influence in securing the
forfeited estates in Skye and Uist to his brother's
family is said to have been a large factor in the
successful accomplishment of that design. Besides
being the prop of the principal family during their
time of adversity, he was held in the highest
esteem by the people of his native island. He lived
and died at Aird House, about two miles north of
Duntulm Castle, and the house he occupied is still
called " An Taoigh tear," or the " Tutor." He was

1. Dr K. N. Macdonald.

2. Alex. Macdonald of Vallay.

3. vSir Richard G. McDonnell.

4. Colonel Alex. Macdonald of Lyne-

dnle and Balrauald.
5. Captain Alex. Macdonald, Knockow.


married twice — (1st) to Catherine, daughter of Sir
Ewen Cameron of Lochiel ; and (2nd) to Janet,
daughter of Lauchlan Maclean of Vallay. His
family consisted of —

1. James, his successor at Aird.

2. Donald. He appears in 1723 as giving in a claim as

creditor upon the forfeited Estate of Sleat, where he
is described as the son of William Macdonald of
Borniskittaig. In 1728 he had a tack of Kin«isburgh,
but in 1738 is still living at Borniskittaig. He died
before 1749. He married Margaret Maclean, and had
issue, a son, Donald, who was also at Kingsburgh,
but who died without issue.

3. Ewen, of whom afterwards.

4. Archibald, He was tacksman of Sasaig, and married

Mary, daughter of John Macdonald of Balconie. He
left no issue that survived him.

5. John. In 1735 he was tacksman of Kendrom in

Troternish, as well as bailie for that barony. In
1740 he received from Sir Alexander Macdonald of
Sleat a tack of the lands of Kirkibost, Kyles, and
Balranald in North Uist, and about that time, or
shortly thereafter, he wa? appointed factor on Sir
Alexander's estate of North Uist. He had command
of one of the Independent Companies during the
Rising of 1745. He died before 1750. He married,
and had issue, a daughter, Margaret, who, after her
father's death, received a tack of the farm of Paiblis-
garr}' in North Uist, and died unmarried.

6. Allan, who in 1734 received a tack of Grealine, and died

without issue.

7. Christian, died unmarried.

8. Marion, died unmarried.

9. Janet, died unmarried.

10. Barbara, died unmarried.

11. Florence, who, in 1719, married Rev. Aeneas Macqueen,

minister of Snizort, Skye, with issue.

William, Tutor of Macdonald, died in 1730, and was
succeeded by hivS oldest son,


II, James Macdonald of Aird, who commanded
one of the Independent Companies In the '45. He
married Catherine, daus^hter of Ranald Macdonald
of Kinlochmoydart, with issue —

1. A son, who is said to have gone to Australia, where he

died without issue.

2. Catherine, who married Donald Macdonald of Balranald,

with issue.

3. Isabella, who married Captain Charles, eldest son of

Allan Macdonald of Kingsburgh by his wife. Flora
Macdonald of Milton, without issue.

4. Mary, who died unmarried.

James died about 1772. The descendants of James
and Donald, the Tutor's two oldest sons, having died
without male issue, the succession of this branch
was carried on by

EwEN, brother of James of Aird, and the Tutor's
third son. Ewen went to Vallay — which before his
time had been in the occupancy of Lauchlan
Maclean, father of the Tutor's second wife — in
1727. In 1733 he received a commission of factory
for North Uist, succeeding in that office Ranald
Macdonald of Balishare. This post he filled for
ahout seven years, when he was succeeded by his
younger brother, John Macdonald of Kirkibost, in
1740. In 1742 Ewen married Mary, daughter of
Rev. Lauchlan Maclean, minister of Coll, and had
issue, one son, William, who succeeded. Ewen
Macdonald was a fine specimen of the typical
Highland gentleman, and an excellent performer on
the bagpipe. He was also a skilful composer of
piobrochs, and his " Cumha na Coise," composed on
the occasion of Sir James Macdonald being
accidentally shot in the foot while on a shooting
expedition in North Uist, is one of the best of that


class of Highland music. The music was wedded to
words, of which one verse at least survives —

Mo ghaol mo ghaol, do chas threubhach
Dha 'ii tig an t-osan 's am feileadh ;
Bu leat toiseach nan ceudan
'N am feidh bhi 'g an ruith.

Ewen died in 1769, as is demonstrated by a
reference in Mac Codrum's elegy to Hugh of Bali-
share, and was succeeded by his only son,

HI. William. He married Mary, daughter of
Alexander Macdonald of Boisdale, with issue —

1. Alexander, his successor.

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