MACDONALDS of GARMORAN are descended from Ranald, younger son of John, first Lord of the
Isles, by his first wife, Amy, heiress of the MacRorys or Macruaries of Garmoran. In 1373
he received a grant of the North Isles, Garmoran, and other lands, to be held of John,
Lord of the Isles, and his heirs. His descendants comprehended the families of Moydart,
Morar, Knoydart, and Glengarry, and came in time to form the most numerous tribe of the
Clandonald, Alexander Macruari of Moydart, chief of the Clanranald, was one of the
principal chiefs seized by James I, at Inverness in 1427, and soon after beheaded. The
great-grandson of Ranald, named Allan Macruari, who became chief of the Clanranald in
1481, was one of the principal supporters of Angus, the young Lord of the Isles, at the
battle of Bloody Bay, and he likewise followed Alexander of Lochalsh, nephew of the Lord
of the Isles, in his invasion of Ross and Cromarty in 1491, when he received a large
portion of the booty taken on the occasion. In 1495, on the second expedition of James IV.
to the Isles, Allan Macruari was one of the chiefs who made their submission.
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