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Clan Iain Mhoir and  MacDonald of Dunyvaig


The founder of Clan Donald of Dunyveg was John Mor Tanister MacDonald who was the second son of John MacDonald also known as Good John of Islay, Lord of the Isles, 6th chief of Clan Donald and 1st Lord of the Isles through his marriage to Margaret Stewart.

John Mor Tanister MacDonald married Margaret Bisset, heiress of the Seven Glens of Antrim. By his marriage he added these territories in Ireland to those he already possessed in Islay and Kintyre in Scotland. In Ireland he became the chief of the Clan MacDonnell of Antrim.

He and his descendants became known as Lords of Dunnyvaig and the Glens. Their seat in Dunyvaig was on the Island of Islay and in the Glens they were seated in Antrim.

John Mor was assassinated by James Campbell in 1427. His son Donald Balloch MacDonald the 2nd chief led the clan when they fought and won at the first Battle of Inverlochy (1431). This was in support of their cousin Alexander MacDonald who was chief of Clan Donald, 3rd Lord of the Isles and the current Earl of Ross. They fought against the Royal forces of the Earl of Mar who was supported by Clan Cameron and Clan MacKintosh.

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