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PERIOD: 1840s
CONTRIBUTOR: Highland Libraries
COLLECTION NAME: The Clans of the Scottish Highlands
CREATOR: Robert R McIan
DATE OF ORIGINAL: 1845


James Logan's "The Clans of the Scottish Highlands" was published to celebrate the centenary of the 1745 Jacobite Rising. It was illustrated by Robert R McIan.

In 1371 John of Isla, 1st Lord of the Isles, gave most of the lands inherited by his first wife, Amy Macruari, to his eldest surviving son, Ranald. These included Arisaig, Moidart, Morar and Knoydart on the mainland, and the Uists, Benbecula, Harris and part of the Small Isles. The chiefship of Clan Donald did not, however, pass to Ranald but to his younger half-brother, Donald. Ranald died at Castle Tioram, the family seat, in 1386 and was succeeded by his eldest son, Allan, who went on to join the other branches of the Clan Donald in their attempts to regain the Earldom of Ross.

Allan, 4th Chief, led a raid into Lochaber and Badenoch in 1491, which culminated in the capture of Inverness Castle. Dougal, 6th Chief, was murdered by his own clansmen as a consequence of his oppressive rule. His sons were barred from the chiefship which instead passed to Dougal's uncle, Alexander, who styled himself 'Captain of Clanranald'. Despite raising several sons in three marriages, Alexander chose as his successor his illegitimate son, John Moidartach (of Moidart) who he believed was most suited to lead the clan into war. He was expressly legitimated by an Act of the Privy Council on 15 January 1531 and, in 1544, led the clan to victory at the Battle of Kinlochlochy (Battle of the Shirts) against the Frasers.

Allan, 14th Chief of Clanranald, led the clan at Killiecrankie in 1689, when aged just 16, and was killed at Sheriffmuir in 1715. Ranald, Younger of Clanranald, led the clan for Prince Charles Edward Stewart in 1745. After Culloden he escaped to France but was allowed to return to Scotland in 1754. The material extravagance of Ranald George, 20th Chief, led to the sale of all the clan estates by the early 19th century. The direct line became extinct after the death of Angus Roderick, 23rd of Clanranald, in 1944 and the chiefship passed to Ranald Alexander MacDonald of Boisdale



IDENTIFIER: QZP40_82_VOLI_P005

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