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Antiquarian Notes, Historical, Genealogical and Social
(Second Series) Inverness-Shire, Parish by Parish
By Charles Fraser-Mackintosh, FSA Scot. (1897)


The title of this work, which has been appearing for a couple of years in the columns of the Scottish Highlander under the heading of "Old Yet New," has been selected on the suggestion of some friends and well-wishers as more appropriate.

The idea of dealing with ancient history and story by Parishes is a sound one, and has been admirably carried out by Mr William Mackay in his elaborate and carefully worked out History of Urquhart and Glenmoriston. It might be held as overloading to deal with each Parish in the same comprehensive manner, while on the other hand one volume might be quite inadequate for a whole County. It certainly would for such a County as Inverness.

I have to thank several gentlemen for information and hints; Mr Alexander Mackenzie for the handsome way in which he has printed and issued the volume; as also his son, Mr Thomas Mackenzie, for preparing such a full and accurate index.

1st February, 1897.


List of Subscribers


  • Chapter I. Kilmorack
  • Chapter II. Kiltarlity
    Janet Ross, Lady Dowager of Lovat, 1544-65
  • Chapter III. Kirkhill
    The Mackintoshes in the Fraser country
  • Chapter IV. Bona
    Interesting Historical Incidents
    Dochcairn and Dochfour
    The Macleans of Dochgarroch
  • Chapter V. Dores
    Its old Possessions and Divisions
    The Macbeans of Kinchyle
    Present and Past Valuation
    A Stirring Runaway Romance
  • Chapter VI. Boleskine and Abertarff
    The Origin of Fort-Augustus
    The Village
    Incidents in John Mackay's, Inchnacardoch, career
    The Gwynne Family and Mrs Grant of Laggan, 1827
    Abduction by William Fraser, merchant, Fort-Augustus, 1744
    Dalcattaig and Portclairs
    The Earl of Selkirk and the Stratherrick Emigrants in 1803
    The People of Abertarff, and the Canal, in 1808
  • Chapter VII. Urquhart and Glenmoriston
    The Grants of Glenmoriston
  • Chapter VIII. Kilmonivaig
    Blar-nan-Leine, in 1544
    Glengarry—State of Affairs in 1762
    Glengarry—State of Affairs 1762-1788
    Condition of its People
    State of Affairs in 1788-1808
    Condition of the People, and other Grievances, in 1793, etc.
    The Glengarry Trials of 1798 and 1807
    Glengarry and his Tenants
    Glengarry and the Old Stone Bridge of Inverness
    Glengarry's Piper, and the Canal Commissioners in 1807, etc.
    Coil Macdonald of Barisdale
    Ronald Scammadale
    Brae Lochaber—Old and New Rentals—Old Places and People
  • Chapter IX. Kilmallie
    Fort-William and the Gordon Lands
    Camerons v. Macdonalds, et c contra
    Regarding An Old Map of Mamore
    Old Rights of Fishing and Floating on the Lochy
    Lochaber Literary Men--Past and Present
    Dismemberment of Inverness-shire in Lochaber
    Tenants and Rentals of Glenluie and Loch Arkaig in 1642
    Eilean-'ic-an-Toisich, and the Clunes Lands
    Loss of Glenluie and Loch Arkaig by Mackintosh
    Lochiel—Enormous Increase of Rent
    Consolidation of Sheep Farms
    Church Site Refusal in 1843
    Present Rental and other Details
    The True History of Miss Jeanie Cameron
  • Chapter X. Glenelg
    The Glenelg men Ferociously attack a Lochaish Funeral Party
    A Macdonell-Macleod Marriage Contract
    Leases, Roads, Railways, and Recruiting
    The Frasers of Lovat and the Macleods
    North Morar
  • Chapter XI. Ardnamurchan
    Arisaig and South Morar—Modern Evictions and Last Century Rentals
    Eilean Tioram Castle and Lands
    Glenaladale and Prince Charles
  • Chapter XII. Small Isles
    Canna and Elgg---Old Tenants and Rentals
  • Chapter XIII. Sleat
    The Macdonalds
    Property left by Sir Alexander—inventory
    Roderick Macdonald of Camuscross and his son James
    Marshal Macdonald's visit to Skye—a curious salutation
  • Chapter XIV. Sirath
    The Mackinnons of that Ilk
    The Elgol and Camusunary Tenants in 1785
    The Mackinnons of Corry and others
    The Farmer-Minister and the Publican
    The MacAllisters in Strath
  • Chapter XV. Portree
    Malcolm Nicolson, Scorrybreck
    How a French Invasion was repelled
  • Chapter XVI. Kilmuir
    Duntulm Castle and the Duntulm Centenarian
  • Chapter XVII. Snizort
    Its Past and Present– A contrast
  • Chapter XVIII. Duirinish
    Lieutenant-Colonel Macleod's appointment to the 42nd Highlanders
    Macleod of Bay
    Glengarry hounded out of Skye
    Macleod of Bay assaulted by an Irishman
  • Chapter XIX. Bracadale
    The Parish Minister and his wife
  • Chapter XX. Harris
    St. Kilda—Its Owners and Tenants since 1805
  • Chapter XXI. North Uist
    Removal of Maclean of Hosta in 1780
  • Chapter XXII. South Uist
    The Macdonalds of Belflnlay, now of Waternish
    The Clanranalds in South Uist and Benbecula
    Their Tenants and Rentals in Benbecula in 1798
    Their Tenants and Rentals in South Uist in 1798
    The Estates sold
    The Macdonalds of Bornish
    The Macdonalds of Boisdale
    Present and Past distribution of the Land
    A South Uist Centenarian
  • Chapter XXIII. Barra
    The MacNeills of Barra and the People
  • Chapter XXIV. Laggan
    Its Gordon, Grant, Macdonald, Mackintosh and Macpherson Proprietors
    The Gordon Rentals in 1677
    The Gordon Rentals in 1829
    Heads of Families in 1679
    The Macphersons appear as Land Owners, and their after succession
    John Gordon of Glenbucket as Gordon Factor
    Evan Macpherson of Cluny of the 'Forty-five, and the Management of his estate
    Cluny Castle and the War Cry of the Clan
    The Macphersons of Breackachie
    The Macphersons of Ovie and MacCoul
    The "Gentlemen" of Badenoch, their Feuds and Fracas
  • Chapter XXV. Kingussie
    Ruthven Castle— Its ancient and Modern Possessors
    Names of Householders in the Parish in 1679
    The Gordon Rentals and Feus in 1667
    The Gordon Rentals and Feus in 1828
    The Macphersons of Phoness
    The Ossian Macpherson Purchases and Evictions
    One of the "Three Curses" of Badenoch—Violent Proceedings
    Invertromie, Etterish, Invernahaven, etc.
  • Chapter XXVI. Alvie
    The Invereshie Macphersons
    The Gordon Rentals and Removals
    Jane Maxwell, Duchess of Gordon and her Doings before and after the Evictions
    The Inscription on her Tomb
    The Ossian Macphersons
    Their Alvie Evictions—List of Names
    The Dr Johnson Correspondence
    Traces of the Ossianic "Originals"
    James Macpherson's Morals, Successors, and Fortune
    The Mackintoshes, and the Duchess of Bedford's Glenfeshie Huts
  • Chapter XXVII. Rothiemurchus
    The Mackintoshes, Shaws, and Grants
  • Chapter XXVIII. Kincardine and Abernethy
    The Stuart Barons, John Roy, and the Count of Maida
    The Abernethy Removals
  • Chapter XXIX. Duthil
    John Beg MacAndrew and his Exploits
  • Chapter XXX. Moy and Dalarossie
    The MacQueens of Pollochaig
    An Ancient Deer Forest
    Mackintosh Anecdotes
  • Chapter XXXI. Daviot and Dunlichity
    The Mackintoshes of Aberarder
    Tenants and Rental, Aberarder Estate in 1797
  • Chapter XXXII. Croy
    The Dallasses of Cantray and Budgate
    Dalcross Castle and Lands
  • Chapter XXXIII. Cawdor
    The Campbells of Cawdor, and Condition of the Estate in 1796
  • Chapter XXXIV. Ardersier
    The Erection of Fort-George, etc.
  • Chapter XXXV. Petty
    Its Original Owners
    Modern Changes
  • Addenda et Corrigenda
  • Personal Names and Surnames of the Town of Inverness
    By Alexander MacBain (1895)

Antiquarian Notes regarding Families and Places in the Highlands
By the same author

You can download this book in pdf format here

Records of Inverness
Edited by William
Mackay and Herbert Cameron Boyd
Printed by the New Spalding Club
These books are in pdf format

Volume 1
Burgh Court Books 1556 - 1586
Volume 2
Burgh Court Books 1602 - 1637
Minutes of Town Council 1637 - 1688

Contributions toward a History of the Town & Parish of Inverness from 1160 TO 1599 by Charles Fraser-Mackintosh (1875) (pdf)

Inverness Guide
The Official Publication of the Corporation

Life in Inverness in The Sixteenth Century
By William Mackay (1911)

Inverness in the Fifteenth Century
By Evan M. Barron (1906)

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