Pioneers and "The Island"
Belfast Families - Ancestors and
Descendants of Annabella MacLeod, Wife of Dr. James Munro, through The
MacDonalds, Lords of the Isles
1. Somerled, married
2. Reginald, married Fonia.
3. Donald, married daughter of Walter, Steward of Scotland.
4. Sir Angus Mor de Yle, married daughter of Sir Colin Campbell.
5. Angus de Yle, married Agnes O'Cahan.
6. John de Yle, married Margaret, daughter King Robert II.
7. Donald, married Mary Leslie.
8. Alexander de Yle
9. Hugh Alexander, II Baron of Sleat, married Elizabeth Gunn.
10. Donald Gallach, III Baron of Sleat, married, Agnes
11. Donald Gruamach, IV Baron of Sleat, married Catherine MacDonald.
12. Donald Gorm, V Baron of Sleat, married Margaret MacLeod.
13. Donald Gormson, VI Baron of Sleat, married Mary MacLean.
14. Archibald Macdonald,
15. Sir Donald Macdonald, first Baronet of Sleat, married Janet Mackenzie.
16. Sir James Macdonald, second Baronet of Sleat, married Margaret
17. Somerled Macdonald, married Mary MacLeod.
18. Hugh Macdonald, married Marion Macdonald.
19. Annabella Macdonald, married Alexander Macdonald.
20. Marion Macdonald, married Murdoch MacLeod.
21. Annabella MacLeod, married James Munro.
22. Marion Munro, married Peter Nicholson.
23. Isabella Nicholson, married John A. Macqueen.
24. James, Matilda, Malcolm and Peter Macqueen.
1. The Great Somerled, "Rex
Insularum," Thane of Argyle, took up arms against Malcolm IV, King of
Scotland. After a war of three years peace was established in 1157. In
1164 Somerled renewed hostilities and invaded the mainland with a large
army. He was assassinated at Renfrew by a bribed miscreant named Maurice
MacNeil, a relative of Somerled, who had no fear of his presence in camp.
Somerled was married to Raguhildis, daughter of Olave the Black, King of
2. Reginald, described in
his charter (about 1180) to Paisley Abbey as "Reginaldus Filius Somerled
Dominus de Inchegal." His seal to this charter is inscribed, "Reginaldus
Rex Insularum, Dominus de Ergile."
Reginald was married to
Fonia, granddaughter of Fergus, Prince of Galloway.
3. Donald, in his charter
to the monastery of Paisley, about 1210, was described as "Dovenaldus
filius Reginaldi filii Somerled dominus de Inchegal." He was married to a
daughter of Walter, Steward of Scotland, by his wife, Marjory, daughter of
King Robert the Bruce.
4. Sir Angus Mor de Yle,
Lord of the Isles, was son of Donald, Lord of Inchegal. He married a
daughter of Sir Colin Campbell of Lochawe.
5. Angus de Yle, Lord of
the Isles, was the second son of Sir Angus Mor. (The eldest son, Alexander
de Yle, was forfeited by Robert the Bruce for siding with the Balliol
party against him). Angus was the staunch friend of Bruce in his
misfortunes, and did yeoman service in the final struggle at Bannockburn.
He was married to Agnes, daughter of Guy O'Cahan of Ulster.
6. John de Yle, Lord of the
Isles, was son of said Angus and Agnes. His second wife was Margaret,
daughter of King Robert II. Being cousins Papal dispensation was granted
to permit them to marry. "To the Bishop of St. Andrews, mandate to
dispense John de Insulis, Lord of the Isles, and Margaret, daughter of
Robert, called Stewart, Knight, of the diocese of Glasgow, so as to
intermarry, they being related in the third and fourth degree of
affinity." (18 Kalands, July, 1350, Avignon).
7. Donald, Lord of the
Isles, was eldest son of said John and Margaret. He was a renowned
chieftain, and led the Highland hosts in the famous battle of Harlaw. His
wife was Mary, in her own right Countess of Ross, daughter of Sir Walter
Leslie, by Euphemia, Countess of Ross.
8. Alexander de Yle, Earl
of Ross, and Lord of the Isles, was the son of said Donald and Mary.
9. Hugh Alexander, son of
Alexander de Yle, succeeded his half brother John, I Baron of Sleat. From
him he received a charter in 1469 of the lands of Sleat and Uist.
(Dispensation by Pope Eugenius IV in favour of Hugh Alexander and Donald,
sons of Alexander de Yle, Earl of Ross, legitimating them-the illegitimate
sons of the said Alexander de Yle, Earl of Ross, a married man and an
unmarried woman). He married Elizabeth Gunn, daughter of the Crowner of
Caithness, and had among other issue,
10. Donald Gallach, III
Baron of Sleat, son of Hugh Alexander and Elizabeth. He married Agnes,
daughter of Sir John of the Isles (called Cathanac), Lord of Dunnyveg and
the Glens. They were succeeded by their son,
11. Donald Gruamach, IV
Baron of Sleat. Next to Macdonald of Islay, he was the most prominent
chieftain of his race in his day. "Donald the Grim despised the peaceful
art of the clerk, and when along with other chiefs he signed a bond of
offence and defence (at Inverness) on the 30th April, 1527, it was with
his 'hand at the pen guided by Sir William Munro, notary public.' " He
died in 1534. He married Catherine, daughter of the Captain of Clanranald.
12. Donald Gorm, V Baron of
Sleat, was son of Donald Gruamach, by his wife Catherine. The chiefs of
Sleat now took up their abode in the castle of Duntulm. His claim to the
lordship of the Isles, and to the earldom of Ross, was disputed by
Mackenzie of Kintail. He ravaged Mackenzie's lands and besieged him in his
castle before which he received an arrow wound in the foot, from which he
died in 1539. His wife was Margaret, daughter of Siol Torquil MacLeod of
13. Donald Gormson (Sassunach),
VI Baron of Sleat, was son of Donald Gorm. He "was a minor of tender
years" when he succeeded his father. He died in 1585. His wife was Mary,
daughter of Hector Mor MacLean of Duart. Their eldest son, Donald Gorm Mor,
succeeded as VII Baron of Sleat. He died in December, 1616.
14. Archibald, second son
of Donald Gormson, married. His son was
15. Sir Donald Macdonald
(Donald Gorm Oig), first Baronet of Sleat, died in October, 1643. He
married Janet, daughter of Kenneth, first Lord Mackenzie of Kintail,
sister of Colin and George, first and second Earls of Seaforth.
16 Sir James Macdonald,
second Baronet, eldest son of Sir Donald, succeeded his father. He joined
Montrose in 1645. After the defeat of the King's forces at Worcester in
1651, he retired to Skye, "where he lived with great circumspection" until
his death on December 8, 1678. His first wife was Margaret, daughter of
Sir Roderick Mackenzie of Tarbat, ancestor of the Earls of Cromarty.
17. Somerled, "Soirlee"
Macdonald of Sartle was fourth son of Sir James, by his first wife,
Margaret. He married Mary, daughter of Murdo MacLeod, called "Tutor" of
18. Captain Hugh Macdonald
[Emigrated to North Carolina about 1771 or 1772 where he died 1780. In
addition to Annabella and others, he had a son James, a lieutenant in the
Dutch service 1747-8.] of Armadale, was third son of Somerled. In 1728 he
abducted and married Marion Macdonald, widow of Ranald Macdonald II, of
Milton, South Uist, the mother, by her first husband, of the celebrated
Flora Macdonald. Capt. Hugh was one of the most powerful men of his clan.
Being blind of an eye, he was known as Uisdean Cam. It was he who, while
in command of a body of militia in Uist, furnished his stepdaughter,
Flora, with a passport for herself, "Betty Burke" (the Prince) and crew,
to pass the Minch to Skye.
19. Annabella Macdonald,
daughter of Capt. Hugh and Marion, married Major Alexander Macdonald of
Cuidrach, Skye, a descendant of Hugh Macdonald, fourth son of Domhnull Mac
Ian'ic Sheumais, a "distinguished warrior of unsurpassed courage and
enormous strength," third of Kingsburgh. In or about 1772 they joined the
great Macdonald migration to the Carolinas.
After the Revolutionary War
broke out, agents of the British government recruited the Royal Highland
Emigrant Regiment, numbered the 84th, in the Highland settlements in
Carolina. Allan Macdonald, husband of Flora, was Brigade Major. Alexander
Macdonald, of Cuidrach, served as Major under him. Despite the lessons of
the "forty-five," when she found herself a prisoner in the Tower of
London, Flora threw her powerful and ill-fated influence among the
clansmen, on the side of reaction. She exerted herself to gain recruits.
Mounted on a white charger she rode before, and animated the assembled
troops by a stirring address in Gaelic.
In February, 1776, the
regiment started its march from Cross Creek to Brunswick, N.C., to embark
for Halifax, Nova Scotia. On February 27, 1776, at Widow Moore's Creek
Bridge, the Highland Army, eighteen hundred strong, was met by the
insurgents and scattered. With grim irony, almost all the officers soon
found themselves prisoners in Halifax, Virginia, instead of in the Halifax
for which they started. Major Allan, his son Lieut. Alexander, and Major
Alexander of Cuidrach, were exchanged in the autumn of 1777, and after
serving in New York until the end of 1778 Majors Allan and Alexander
rejoined their regiment in Nova Scotia, where they remained on duty until
the regiment was disbanded in 1783. They then returned to Skye, where
Flora and her daughters had gone in 1779. Annabella and her five children
returned from Carolina to London in 1781. In addition to her husband,
Flora had five sons in the war, all officers.
In the memorable Battle of
the Saints, or "Glorious 12th of April," 1782, Compte de Grasse
surrendered his flagship "Ville de Paris" to the immortal Rodney. She was
the finest and largest first-rate line-of-battle ship in the world, the
gift of the citizens of Paris to Louis XIV. She had thirteen hundred men
on board in the battle, hundreds of whom were soldiers. From three hundred
to four hundred were dead or wounded when the fight was over.
In the summer of 1782, the
"Ville de Paris" started for England in convoy_ There were upwards of five
hundred men on board. The prize crew was under command of Flora's son,
Ranald, Captain of Marines, who was wounded on the "Princessa" in the
battle. With him was his brother, Lieut. Alexander, who had joined the
ship shortly prior thereto. In mid ocean, on September 14, 1782, she was
struck by a terrific hurricane and foundered. All on board were lost.
Flora's son, Charles, a
Captain in the Queen's Rangers, under Col. Simcoe ; Captain James, "a
brave officer who served with distinction" in Tarleton's British Legion;
and Colonel John, commandant of the Royal Edinburgh Artillery, all retired
to Scotland when the wars were over. Anne, was wife of Maj.-Gen. Alexander
MacLeod, and Frances was wife of Donald Macdonald of Cuidrach, her cousin.
Major Alexander Macdonald
of Cuidrach, and his wife, Annabella Macdonald, had the following issue:
I. KENNETH, [A daughter,
Fanny, was wife of John Munro, Forres, Scotland.] d. Feb. 13, 1814.
Aide-de-Camp to Gen. Donald Macdonald at Moore's Creek Bridge. Married a
daughter of Nicolson of Scorribreck. The family monument at Forres is
In memory of Capt. Kenneth
Macdonald 84th Foot Regt. of Caroline Hill, Skye, and his wife Jane
Nicholson. Also their daughter Jessie, died at Forres, 15th June, 1857.
Mary, long resident in Forres, died in Edinburgh, 11th May, 1898, aged 95.
II. JAMES, married
Isabella, daughter of Rev. Donald Macqueen, [Brother of Rev. William.
Their mother, Florence, was daughter of William Macdonald, styled "the
Tutor," uncle of Sir Alexander, of "the 45."] Skye, Capt. at Moore's
Creek. Prisoner of war for two years in Maryland. Rejoined the King's Army
in N.Y. Died of fever 1780.
III. DONALD, [Arrived in
North Carolina Christmas 1774. Given 500 acres in Anson Co. by his
grandfather, Capt. Hugh Macdonald. Returned to London, 1783. ] Ensign
Tarlton's Br. Legion 1780. In 1790 married his cousin Frances, daughter of
celebrated Flora. Emigrated to Australia.
IV. first wife of James
Macdonald, tacksman of Skeabost and merchant in Portree, son of John
Macdonald Heisker, North Uist, with issue, among others: Emily, wife of
Capt. James Macdonald of Flodigarry. Their daughter Jessie was wife of
Ninian Jeffrey, with issue, among others, Agnes Johanna, wife of Ranald
Livingstone, with issue: Col. Ranald J. (Livingstone-Macdonald, d. 1926) ;
Alex. Wm. John; Emily Nina; Mary Frances; Flora Charlotte.
V. JANET, wife of her
cousin, Major Alexander Macdonald, of Courthill House, Kishorn, Loch
Carron, d. Nov. 19, 1815. He was son of Rev. Hugh of Portree, son of Hugh
of Glenmore, son of Sir James Macdonald, 2nd Baronet of Sleat. Janet died
at Stornoway 1847, buried in Skye. They had issue:
a. ALEXANDER, unmarried;
b. HUGH PETER, of Monkstadt, d. July, 1868, married Jessie, daughter of
Donald Macdonald, Second of Skeabost, with issue:
1. ALEXANDER, married, with issue;
2. DONALD, married Jessie Macdonald of Balranald, with issue, among
3. HUGH, married Eleanor Crisp with issue;
4. JESSIE, wife of Mr. Crisp with issue;
5. JULIA, wife of Mr. Crisp with issue;
6. JOHN, married with issue;
7. JAMES, d. 1928, aged 85, unmarried; (All above went to Australia.)
8. MARGARET, wife of Mr. Todd, with issue, Hugh M. Todd, London, married
Margaret, daughter of Inspector-Gen. Wm. MacLeod, M.D., C.B., R.N., also
Andrew, Dunedin, N.Z., with issue, among others, Bruce.
9. BOSVILLE, wife of Mr. Ross, with issue, among others, Sybella, wife of
Frank Grey Smith, solicitor, Melbourne, d. 1926, with issue, Ross,
solicitor; Nancy, wife of judge Macindoe, and Sybella.
10. JOHANNA and Eliza, unmarried.
c. ELIZABETH, pursuant to marriage contract dated at Mugstot, Skye, Oct.
6, 1813, married Alexander MacLeod, of Borlin, Skye (eldest son of William
MacLeod, b. 1750, d. at Borlin, Skye, 10th Aug., 1811, of Luskintyre,
Harris), without issue. Elizabeth died at Stornoway in 1872, where she is
d. ALICE, b. about 1805, d. May 27, 1870, wife of Roderick Millar, M.D.,
d. 1889 (son of John Millar, M.D.), of Stornoway, with issue: Johanna
Eliza, b. Nov. 10, 1844, and Janetta Macdonald, b. Sept. 6, 1846, both now
residing in Edinburgh and dispensing cheerful Highland hospitality and
VI. JACOBINA, b. in
Carolina. In 1805 or 1806 she married Adjutant John (Eon) Macdonald, Skye,
of Lord Macdonald's Regiment. He is said to have died about a year after
20. Marion Macdonald,
daughter of Major Alexander and Annabella, was wife of Captain Murdoch
MacLeod, of Cuidrach, Skye (a branch of the Lewis and Raasa MacLeods),
with issue among others:
ALEXANDER, married, with
MARION, wife of Mr.
Macintyre, with issue, among others: Mary, Margaret, wife of Rev. George
Rainey Kennedy, minister at Dornoch, in 1868, with issue, among others:
George Rainey, and Harry A. A., prof., Edin.
MARGARET, wife of Rev.
Alexander MacLeod, minister of Rogart Free Church, Sutherlandshire, in
1868, without issue.
MALCOLM, emigrated to Cape
21. Annabella MacLeod,
daughter of Capt. Murdo MacLeod, by his wife Marion Macdonald, was wife of
Dr. James Munro of Kilmuir, Skye. She was born in 1792, and emigrated to
P.E.I. in 1841. She died at Alberry Plains, in August, 1852.
22. Marion Munro, daughter
of Dr. James Munro, by his wife Annabella, was wife of Peter Nicholson,
miller of Orwell.
23. Isabella Nicholson,
daughter of Peter Nicholson by his wife Marion Munro, was wife of John A.
Macqueen, farmer, of Orwell.
24. James, Matilda Brown,
Malcolm A., and Peter I. Macqueen, are the surviving issue of John A. and
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