My Maternal Fifteenth Great Grandfather, Lachlan Og Maclean, 8th. Chief of Maclean Clan


Born: 1432 in Isle of Mull, Argyll, Scotland

Died: 1498 in Scotland

Married: about 1450 in Scotland to Lady Catherine Campbell of Argyll (House of Campbell)

Children: Anne Christina, Hector Odhar, and Anne Maclean


Lachlan Óg Maclean, 8th Clan Chief
8th Chief of Maclean
4th Laird of Duart
In office: circa 1472-circa 1478 (6 years)
Preceded by Lachlan Bronneach Maclean, 7th Chief, father
Succeeded by Hector Odhar Maclean, 9th Chief, son
Personal details
Born Lachlan Óg Maclean
Duart Castle
Spouse(s) Catherine, daughter of Colin Campbell, 1st Earl of Argyll
Children Eachann Odhar Maclean
Parents Lachlan Bronneach Maclean
Residence Duart Castle


He was the son of Lachlan Bronneach Maclean. Lachlan Og was called Lachlan the Younger to distinguish him from his father. He was Lord of Duard and Chief of Clan MacLean when political changes were taking place in the Western Isles. The western chiefs had thought themselves independent of the king, and were obedient only to the Lord of the Isles, who ruled in princely style. In 1448, John of Islay, Earl of Ross became one of the strongest opponents of the king’s party. In 1462, he entered into a compact with the banished House of Douglasand the commissioners of England, in which it was stipulated that John, with his vassals and such auxiliaries as would be furnished by Edward IV of England, and the assistance that might be given by the Douglases, should enter upon the conquest of Scotland; that John, Donald Balloch, and John, the sons and heirs of MacDonald, upon the payment of a stipulated sum of money (John, £200 sterling annually in time of war, and one hundred marks in time of peace; to Donald Balloch, £40, and to John, his son, £20, in time of war, and in times of peace half these sums respectively), should become forever the sworn vassals of England, and assist in the wars in Ireland and elsewhere. In the event of the conquest of Scotland, then that kingdom should be equally divided between John, Donald Balloch, and the Earl of Douglas. While these negotiations were still pending, the Lord of the Islesassembled a large force, captured the castle of Inverness, and commenced to assert authority over InvernessNairnRoss, and Caithness. How this extraordinary rebellion was suppressed is uncertain. He was summoned before parliament for treason; and that on failing to appear, the process of forfeiture against him was suspended for a time, and he was allowed to retain undisturbed possession of his estates for about fifteen years. The treaty of 1462 did not come to light until 1475, when the Scottish government determined to proceed against John as an avowed traitor and rebel. Commission was given to Colin Campbell, 1st Earl of Argyll, to prosecute a decree of forfeiture against him; and on the appointed day, failing to appear, sentence was passed upon him. So great were the preparations now made against him, that MacDonald sued for pardon, and with much humility surrendered to the king’s mercy. He was pardoned and restored to his forfeited estates on July 1, 1476. Soon after, the earldom of Ross and the lands of Kintyre and Knapdale became inalienably annexed to the crown. This caused great dissatisfaction on the part of Angus, the bastard son of MacDonald, a man who was early accustomed to rebellion. The division of the lands also divided the vassals of the Lordship of the Isles, the MacLeans, MacLeods, and MacNeils adhering to John, while the various branches of the Clan MacDonald made common cause with the turbulent heir of the lordship.[1]

Marriage and children

He was married to Catherine, daughter of Colin Campbell, 1st Earl of Argyll. His father-in-law and his accomplices were successful in involving the Lord of the Isles in difficulties, and although he did not scruple to misrepresent his son-in-law and brand him as a recreant chief, yet Lachlan’s judgment and skill warded off every blow Argyle attempted to inflict.

source: Wikipedia


My Maternal Fourteenth Great Grandfather, Hector Odhar Maclean, 9th. Chief of Maclean Clan


Isle of Mull, Argyl and Bute, Scotland

Hector Odhar Maclean, 9th. Chief of Maclean Clan. Father of Lachlan Maclean, 10th. Chief of the Maclean Clan. 

Born: 1455 in Isle of Mull, Argyll, Scotland

Married: to Mackintosh in Scotland


The Battle of Flodden or Flodden Field, or occasionally Battle of Branxton (Brainston Moor), was part of a conflict between the Kingdom of England and the Kingdom of Scotland. The battle was fought in Branxton in the county of Northumberland in northern England on 9 September 1513, between an invading Scots army under King James IV and an English army commanded by the Earl of Surrey. It was a decisive English victory. In terms of troop numbers, it was the largest battle fought between the two Kingdoms. James IV was killed in the battle, becoming the last monarch from the island of Britain to suffer such a death.The Battle of Flodden. In September 1513, the largest battle (in number of troops) between England and Scotland took place. The battle took place in Northumberland, just outside the village of Branxton hence the alternative name for the battle, the Battle of Branxton.

Died: September 9, 1513 in the Battle of Flodden Field, Branxton, Northumberland, England.

Flodden_Memorial_Branxton, Northumberland, England


My Maternal Thirteenth Great Grandfather, Lachlan IV Cattanach Maclean, 11th. Chief of Maclean Clan

Isle of Mull, Argyll, Scotland

Son of Hector Odhar MacLean, 10th. Chief of the MacLean Clan.

Born: about 1465 in Duart Castle, Argyle and Bute, Scotland


Died: November 10, 1523 in Edinburgh City, Midlothian, Scotland

Edinburgh is Scotland’s compact, hilly capital. It has a medieval Old Town and elegant Georgian New Town with gardens and neoclassical buildings. Looming over the city is Edinburgh Castle, home to Scotland’s crown jewels and the Stone of Destiny, used in the coronation of Scottish rulers. Arthur’s Seat is an imposing peak in Holyrood Park with sweeping views, and Calton Hill is topped with monuments and memorials.

Edinburgh City, Scotland

Lachlan Cattanach Maclean (c. 1465 – 10 November 1523) was the 11th Clan Chief of Clan MacLean from 1515 until his murder in 1523.

Biography:   It is possible that Maclean was a legitimate son of Lachlan Maclean, 10th Clan Chief, or an illegitimate son of Hector Odhar Maclean (he cannot be his father at ten). On the assumption that he was the son of Hector, he may have received the appellation Catanach from his mother’s people, Clan Chattan, with whom he was fostered. However the word catanach not only means “one of the Clan Chattan,” but also hairy, rough, shaggy; hence he was called Lachlan the Shaggy. Maclean was clan chieftain of the Macleans of Duart and clan chief of the Macleans at a time when the Scottish Kings were asserting their kingship over the Scottish Isles.

In 1493 John of Islay, Earl of Ross forfeited his title and was to die in prison. So the Macleans who had risen to prominence as stewards of the Lords of the Isles and had been given lands in Mull, Morvern, Tiree, Islay, Jura, and Lochaber, now owed their position directly to James IV of Scotland. Maclean had royal support to become clan chief as is shown by the royal charter he received in 1496. However he resisted the efforts of James IV of Scotland to bring the Scottish Isles more firmly under his control.

By the end of 1503 Maclean was in open revolt and after attacking and devastating Badenoch, and supporting Donald Dubh MacDonald, an illegitimate grandson of John of Islay, claim to be Lord of the Isles. For these acts James IV of Scotland declared him a traitor and sent a fleet to the isles which captured Maclean’s castle of Cairn-na-Burgh on the islet of Cairn na Burgh Mòr in the Treshnish Isles west of Mull.

While the property of Clan MacLean, the castle was the location of several conflicts, but it was extremely well defended by the cliffs that surrounded it. It was besieged in 1504 by James IV when the MacLeans rebelled in favor of Domhnall Dubh, chief of Clan Donald.

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King James IV of Scotland gave the castle to Colin Campbell, 1st Earl of Argyll. After this defeat Maclean recognised the authority of the King and the charge of treason was dropped. The death of Lachlan Maclean at the Battle of Flodden on 9 September 1513 placed Lachlan Catanach as chief of the Maclean clan. In 1515 Maclean again rebelled, and the rebellion was also suppressed, after which he became a follower of the Earl of Argyll, a policy that his successors followed up until the start of the Wars of the Three Kingdoms. Maclean is said to have had at least six wives or mistresses. To cement his alliance, with the Argylls he married Katherine Campbell, daughter of Archibald Campbell, 2nd Earl of Argyll. Although politically convenient, the marriage was not a success, as she tried to poison him and he arranged to have her drowned by placing her on a rock in the sound of Mull. She was rescued just before the high tide drowned her.

His children include: Eachann Mor Maclean, his heir and successor. Ailean Maclean, second son of Lachlan Catanach, but better known as Ailean nan Sop, or Allan o’ the Wisp, because he set fire to buildings with straw, was a very noted character. Many legends have been told concerning him, some of which can not be true, although they may contain a grain of truth. Sir John Campbell of Cawdor arranged the murder of Lachlan Cattanach Maclean as revenge for the attempted drowning (his sister) of his wife. Lachlan was killed in Edinburgh on 10 November 1523. (Source: Wikipedia)

Edinburgh, Scotland MontageMaclean of Duart and Morven arms, image from Wikimedia Commons.




My Maternal Thirteenth Great Grandfather, Hector Mor MacLean, 12Th. Chief of Clan MacLean, Scotland


Born: 1497 in Duart Castle, Argyll and Bute, Scotland, United Kingdom

Hector Mor MacLean, 12th Chief (1497-1568)

Biography: Lachlan Cattanach Maclean, 11th Chief was succeeded as chieftain and Lord of Duart by his son Eachann, better known as Hector Mor Maclean, or Hector the Great, in 1527. He is described by the seanachaidhs as being good, kind, affectionate, and brave, an accomplished politician and an approved warrior; and that in him the clan realized all it desired in a noble chieftain. To most of his vassals he granted extended leases, by way of encouragement in the improvement of lands and the building of more comfortable dwellings. He lived altogether, while permitted to do so by his troublesome neighbors with which he was surrounded, more like a noble of modern times than a feudal baron. He made many improvements on the demesne of Duard; and was the founder of that noble addition to Duart Castle called the Great Tower. His alliance was courted by many of the powerful lords; and the king thought it of importance to secure his loyalty by calling him into his council. Hence, we find him taking his seat in parliament as one of the lords of the kingdom. In private life his character was above reproach, and in his warlike pursuits he acted upon that system which had legal sanction. (Source: Wikipedia)

Marriage and children:

Eachuinn Mor Maclean married Margaret (of The Isles) MacDonald in about 1529 in Scotland, of Islay and the Glens, daughter of Alexander MacDonald, 5th of Dunnyveg. She was born: about 1480 in Scotland, United Kingdom.

They had two sons and seven daughters:

Hector Og Maclean, 13th Chief, his heir and successor

John Dubh Maclean of Morvern, predecessor of the family of Kinlochaline Castle

Marian Maclean, married to Norman MacLeod of Harris

Mary Maclean, married to Donald MacDonald of Sleat

Catherine Maclean I, died unmarried

Catherine Maclean II, first to Archibald Campbell, 4th Earl of Argyll, and secondly to John Stewart of Appin. Catherine was a high-spirited woman, and was distinguished for her beauty and culture

Julian Maclean, married first to Calvagh O’Donnell of Tirconnell, and secondly to Shane O’Neill, Prince of Ulster. She died in 1585.

Una Maclean, to Cameron of Lochiel

Janet Maclean, to MacDonald of Keppoch.


Isle of Mull, Argyll, Scotland

Isle of Mull, Argyll, Scotland


Death: 15 Sept. 1568 in Duart Castle, Argyll, Scotland.


My Maternal Twelfth Great Grandfather, Hector Og Maclean, 13Th Chief of Clan Maclean, Scotland


Birth: 1535 in Duart Castle, Duart, Argyll, Scotland

Married: 1557 in Isle of Mull, Argyll, Scotland to Janet Campbell


Died: 2 April 1575 in Perth, Perthshire, Scotland

Hector Og MacLean, or Eachann Óg Maclean in Scottish Gaelic, or Hector Maclean the Younger (circa 1540-1573) was the 13th Chief of Clan MacLean.

At the death of his father, Hector Mor Maclean, 12th Chief, Hector Og became clan chief but lived only five years longer than his father. During which short period he not only spent, by his improvident conduct and profligacy, all the money left by the late noble chief, but burdened the estates with debt. He appears to have inherited nothing of the qualities which distinguished his father, but lived at peace in the free enjoyment of his pleasures. He was the only worthless chief of MacLean. He appears to have built for himself a residence at Iona, situated near the head of Port-a-Churraich, where traces of the house are extant.

Marriage and children:

Hector Og Maclean married Janet Campbell, daughter of the Archibald Campbell, 4th Earl of Argyll, in the year 1557 and had the following children:

Sir Lachlan Mor Maclean, his heir and successor

Mary Maclean, married to Angus MacDonald, 8th of Dunnyveg

Janet Maclean, married to Roderick MacLeod of Lewis

Marian Maclean, married to Hector Roy Maclean, 5th Laird of Coll

Death: during the latter part of 1573, or the beginning of 1574.

(Source: Wikipedia)

Loch Voil, Perthshire-Scotland

My Maternal Tenth Great Grandfather, Sir Hector Og MacLean, 15th. Clan Chief of Clan MacLean, Scotland

Argyll & Bute, Scotland

Born: 1580 in Argyll, Scotland

Argyll (/ɑːrˈɡl/), archaically Argyle (Earra-Ghàidheal in modern Gaelicpronounced [ˈaːr̴əɣɛː.əɫ̪]), is an ancient shire of western Scotland. Its area corresponds with most of the modern council area of Argyll and Bute, excluding the island of Bute and the Helensburgh area, but including the Morvern and Ardnamurchan areas of the Highland council area. At present, Argyll (sometimes anglicised as Argyllshire) is one of the registration counties of Scotland.

Argyll is of ancient origin, and corresponds to most of the ancient kingdom of Dál Riata. Argyll was also a medieval bishopric with its cathedral at Lismore, as well as an early modern earldom and dukedom, the Dukedom of Argyll.

Argyll, archaically Argyle, is an ancient shire of western Scotland. Its area corresponds with most of the modern council area of Argyll and Bute, excluding the island of Bute and the Helensburgh area, … Wikipedia

Area: 3,110 mi²
County town: Inveraray

Married: Jeanette MacKenzie about 1597 in Scotland

Tobermory, Isle of Mull, Argyll and Bute, Scotland

Died: 1618 Tobermory, Argyll, Scotland

Sir Hector Og Maclean (1583–1623), or Eachann Óg Maclean in Scottish Gaelic, was the 15th Clan Chief of Clan Maclean in Scotland. Óg means younger in Scottish Gaelic.
Birth: He was born in 1583, the son of Sir Lachlan Mor Maclean the 14th Clan Chief. His father, Sir Lachlan, was killed in the Battle of Traigh Ghruinneart. Hector, then twenty years old, was then made Chief of Clan Maclean. His first act was to retaliate against Clan MacDonald for the death of his father.
Battle of Benbigrie:
He obtained a commission of fire and sword against the MacDonalds of Islay, and summoned the Chief of the Clan Mackinnon, MacLeod of Dunvegan, and MacNeil of Barra to his assistance. The Chief of the Camerons of Lochiel joined this force with his clan. The united clans, fully equipped, proceeded to Islay. Sir James MacDonald, 9th of Dunnyveg, in anticipation of this movement on the part of the young Lord of Duard, mustered together the whole gathering of Islay and Kintyre, and prepared himself for a conflict which he had reason to believe would be of a sanguinary nature. The hostile parties met at a place called Benbigrie, and as neither felt disposed to offer nor to accept terms, the result was an immediate battle. The followers of the Chief of Clan MacLean, upon this occasion, considerably outnumbered the MacDonalds; but Sir James MacDonald, 9th of Dunnyveg, well aware that he need hope for no reconciliation with his enraged kinsman, told his followers that in a resolute resistance alone existed any hope of safety to themselves or of protection to their homes. The MacDonalds, goaded to desperation by a knowledge of these facts, fought with uncontrollable fury, and it was not until the heights of Benbigrie were covered with their slain, and their chief carried off the field dangerously wounded, that their assailants succeeded in routing them. Overwhelmed by numbers the unfortunate MacDonalds were at length obliged to give way and fly in the utmost confusion, not knowing whither, neither mountain nor valley afforded them shelter from their victorious pursuers. A few, however, carrying with them their wounded chief, made their way to Kintyre, leaving Islay a prey to the ruthless invaders.
For three days the allied clans pursued the work of destruction with remorseless barbarity throughout the island. Every human habitation was burned to the ground; and the poor inhabitants were left to seek their only shelter in caves and clefts of rocks among the mountains, without fuel and without food. The career of the merciless victors only ceased when the work of destruction was complete. The Chief of the Camerons of Lochiel had the satisfaction of taking Hector MacLean of Lochbuie, 9th Chief, who aided the MacDonalds against his own chief, with several of his followers, prisoners of war, and detained them in chains for six months. Hector MacLean of Lochbuy, however, soon after had ample opportunity of being even with the Chief of the Camerons of Lochiel. Of all the conflicts between these two clans, this, the last, was the most sanguinary and destructive. The MacLeans and their confederates no doubt felt themselves justified in executing signal vengeance upon their enemies, for the treachery displayed during the Battle of Traigh Ghruinneart, and the loss there of so distinguished a chief. They were also forced to make the destruction as complete as possible, for the conduct of Sir James MacDonald, 9th of Dunnyveg had made him popular with his clan, and his actions had met their approval. However deplorable may have been the loss of life, and the sufferings endured by the innocent and helpless, the result was to put a final and effectual end to the struggle between the contending clans. Ever after the Battle of Benbigrie the MacLeans and MacDonalds laid aside their animosities, and lived on the happiest terms of friendship and reciprocal good will. In the year 1599, James VI of Scotland, finding the Royal Exchequer still in a depleted condition, again turned his eyes toward the Western Isles, and decided that the chiefs should be mulcted in a sufficient amount to meet his demands, so he appointed a new commission of lieutenandry over the whole Isles and Highlands of Inverness-shire, which was granted to the Ludovic Stewart, 2nd Duke of Lennox and George Gordon, 1st Marquess of Huntly, the latter having been recently restored to favor. Although the official document, which sets forth the reasons for the action of the king, gives a shocking picture of the Islesmen, yet this clause establishes the true import of the commission: “And besides all their other crimes, they rebelliously withhold from his Majesty a great part of the patrimony and proper rent of the crown, deprive the country of the benefit which might redound thereto, by the trade of fishing, and of other commodities which these bounds render.” And now, at last, a great part of them have banded, conspired, and daily practice, by force and policy, in their barbarous and rebellious form, to disappoint his Majesty’s service in the Lewis. As to the extent which this lieutenandry was acted upon is now uncertain. It is positive, however, that as a matter of justice, but little was due the crown from rents, and the amount demanded was beyond the ability of the chiefs to meet. In 1601, another commission of lieutenandry was granted to the same parties; the South of Argyleshire Isles included under the immediate charge of Lennox. These lieutenants were charged to assist certain colonists who would be better able greatly to augment the king’s rents. Power was given them to use force and pursue the Islesmen with fire and sword. Rewards were offered these commissioners for the faithful performance of the duty assigned to them.
Forfeiture of his estates:
Acting upon his authority, the George Gordon, 1st Marquess of Huntly, who had charge of the northern districts, summoned a convention of estates, to meet at Stirling, Scotland within a given period, under a penalty of forfeiture against an absentee, but many of the northern chiefs, from the distance they had to travel, and the limited period allowed for their appearance, were unable to be in attendance on the day appointed. As Hector Og Maclean owned the lands of Garbhghambluch, in Lochaber, he started at once for Stirling. On arriving there, he met George Gordon, 1st Marquess of Huntly on the street early on the morning that his name was to be called. After George Gordon, 1st Marquess of Huntly had saluted him, MacLean asked him if he thought he would have time to change his clothes before the roll would be called. Huntly answered he had plenty of time. On repairing to his lodging, Hector learned the convention was in session, and immediately hurried to the assembly, and on arriving there found his name had been called. On parting with Hector in the street, Huntly went direct to the convention, and determined at once to put in execution the threat he had uttered against Sir Lachlan Mor Maclean, on account of the latter’s proposal to bring George Gordon, 1st Marquess of Huntly dead or alive, the night after the Battle of Glenlivat; so he ordered MacLean’s name called at once, and as the latter was not present, Huntly immediately applied for the forfeit, procured it, and is still in the possession of it. All the friends and interest that Hector could make, or bring to bear on the king, were never able to reverse the sentence, as Huntly always made great opposition. Thus he felt himself amply revenged on the son of Sir Lachlan Mor Maclean.
Marriage and children:
Maclean’s first marriage was to Janet Mackenzie of Kintail, the second daughter of Colin Cam Mackenzie of Kintail. They had two sons:
Hector Mor Maclean, 16th Clan Chief (circa 1600–1626), his eldest son, who succeeded his father as clan chief.
Sir Lachlan Maclean, 1st Baronet (circa 1600–1649), succeeded his elder brother as the 17th Clan Chief after his brother’s death in 1626 until his own death in 1649.
Maclean’s second marriage was to Isabella Acheson of Gosford. She was the daughter of Sir Archibald Acheson, 1st Baronet. They also had two sons:
Donald MacLean, 1st Laird of Brolas (circa 1600–after 1655) His great-grandson, Sir Allan Maclean, 6th Baronet became the 22nd Clan Chief when the 21st Chief died without an heir.
Sir John Maclean, 1st Baronet (1604-1666). He moved to Sweden and took the name John Hans Makeléer and married Anna Gubbertz (circa 1605-1653).
Death: Hector Og Maclean died in 1623. Research: Wikipedia, 2015


My Maternal Eighth Great Grandfather, Sir Allan MacLean, 3rd Baronet, Scotland

Isle of Mull, Argyll, Scotland
Birth: 1645 in Isle of Mull, Argyllshire, Scotland
Married: 1660 in Duart, Isle of Mull, Scotland to Juliana “Julia” Giles MacLeod
Died: 1674 in Isle of Mull, Argyllshire, Scotland


“Sir Lachlan Maclean was married to Mary MacLeod, the second daughter of Sir Roderick Macleod of Macleod, 15th Chief, by whom he had two sons and three daughters: 1. Isabella Maclean (c1630-?), who married Sir Ewen Cameron of Lochiel (1629–1719) 2. Mary Maclean, who married Lachlan MacKinnon 3. Marian Maclean, who died young and unmarried 4. Sir Hector Maclean, 2nd Baronet (c1640-1651), his heir and successor 5. Sir Allan Maclean, 3rd Baronet (1645-1674)”,_1st_Baronet Modified: 17 September 2016, by Catherine

Sir Allan Maclean, 3rd Baronet of Morvern (1645-1674) was the 19th Clan Chief of Clan Maclean from 1651 to 1674. He married then had as his son: Sir John Maclean, 4th Baronet.


He was born in 1645 and became chief at age six by the death of his brother Sir Hector Maclean, 2nd Baronet in 1651. During his minority, the estates were managed by his legal guardians, both uncles: Donald Maclean, 1st Laird of Brolas and Hector MacLean of Lochbuy. The guardians paid off a portion of Duke of Argyle’s claims; but the latter, learning that the late chief had contracted some debts in fitting out his clan for service during the late campaign, prevailed upon the creditors to dispose of their claims. Possessing himself of these debts, Argyle was enabled to augment his claims considerably; but finding, after the battle of Worcester, there was a likelihood of a pecuniary reward for those who adhered to Cromwell’s government, left his persecution of the house of MacLean, to be pursued at some future time, and turned his attention to the prospective grant. Cromwell entered into negotiations with Argyle to bring about the submission of Scotland, and for a consideration of £12,000 the latter agreed to do all within his power for the subjection of his native country. This was one of the charges against him on his trial. He died in 1674. source: Wikipedia)

My Maternal Seventh Great Grandmother, Mary Campbell Maclean, Scotland

Mary Campbell daughter of Donald Campbell and Mary Scott of Killenalin, Ballinaby, Argyllshire, Scotland

Siblings: Malcolm and John Campbell


Born: 1665 in Isle of Mull, Argyll, Scotland

Married: 1684 to Alexander MacLean in Isle of Mull, Argyll, Scotland


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Thomas MacLean1708–Deceased  •  M2VQ-DQG

Died: after 1708 when her last child, Thomas MacLean, was born in Isle of Mull, Argyll, Scotland


Duart Castle, Isle of Mull, Scotland

My Maternal Seventh Great Grandfather, Alexander MacLean, Scotland


Alexander MacLean aka McLean

Birth: 1663 Isle of Mull, Argyll, Scotland

Married: 1685 to Mary Campbell in Isle of Mull, Argyll, Scotland.
Children: Robert, Joseph, Daniel, Charles, Hugh, William, Alan Alexander, John, Alan, Thomas, and Kristine MacLean.
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My Maternal Sixth Great Grandmother, Anne Thomson MacLean

My maternal sixth great grandmother. Name: Anna Thomson (aka NC Thomas)

Birth Date: 05 Dec 1703
Christening Date: 10 Dec 1703
Christening Place: EDINBURGH PARISH, 

Residence in Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland

Father’s Name: David Thomson
Mother’s Name: Janet Lowrie
Indexing Project (Batch) Number: C11978-9 , System Origin: Scotland-VR , GS Film number: 1066665 , Reference ID: 2:17N6JFT
Scotland, Births and Baptisms, 1564-1950
Citing this Record
“Scotland, Births and Baptisms, 1564-1950,” index, FamilySearch ( : accessed 04 Nov 2014), Anna Thomson, 05 Dec 1703; citing , reference 2:17N6JFT; FHL microfilm 1066665. 

Census 1800
Name: Anna Mclean
Event Place: New York Ward 6, New York, New York
Page Number: 803
Affiliate Publication Number: M32 , Affiliate Film Number: 23 , GS Film number: 193711 , Digital Folder Number: 004440840 , Image Number: 00184

Anne’s parents were David Thomson and Janet Lowrie (aka Laurie).

Her grandparents were Patrick Thomson and Agnes Stewart of Scotland.

Her great grandparents were Daniel Thomson and Catharine Hoode.

Hugh and Anne MacLean had seven children in Scotland: Lachlane, Duncan, Catharine, Anne, Jane, John, and Elspeth MacLean.

They emigrated from Scotland in 1749 to New York. Hugh and Anne MacLean, aka McLean, both died in New York. Burial site unknown.

Married: Hugh (Hew) MacLean about 1721 in Scotland.

Died: after 1800 in New York (Resided in 1800 Census for New York)

Buried: New York (exact location unknown)

My Maternal Sixth Great Grandfather, Hugh MacLean, Scotland

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Hugh MacLean (aka Hew and Heugh McLean)

Born: April 1699 in Tyree, Argyll, Scotland.

Christened: 16 April 1699 in Tyree, Argyll, Scotland.

Married: Anne Thomson

She was born on 5 December 1703 in Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Scotland.

Christened: 10 December 1703 in Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland. 

Hugh and Anne (Thomson) MacLean had seven children in Scotland: Lachlane, Duncan, Catharine, Anne, Jane, John, and Elspeth McLean.

They emigrated from Scotland in 1749 to New York. Hugh and Anne (Thomson) MacLean both died in New York, but I don’t know the date or their exact burial location. Hugh died after 1790 Census in New York. Anne died after 1800 Census for New York.


Lanarkshire, inland co. in SW. of Scotland; is bounded N. by Dumbartonshire and Stirlingshire, E. by Linlithgowshire, 

Edinburghshire, and Peeblesshire, S. by Dumfriesshire, and W. by Ayrshire and Renfrewshire; greatest length, NW. and SE., 52 miles; greatest breadth, NE. and SW., 34 miles; area, 564,284 ac., pop. 904,412.

Lanarkshire is often called Clydesdale, occupying, as it does, the valley of the Clyde, which traverses the county from SE. to NW., and receives numerous tributary streams, including the Douglas, Avon, and Calder.

The surface rises towards the S., where the Lowther or Lead Hills reach an alt. of 2403 ft.

The Upper Ward is chiefly hill or moorland, affording excellent pasture for sheep; the Middle Ward contains the orchards for which Clydesdale has long been famous; and in the Lower Ward are some rich alluvial lands along the Clyde; but all over the county a considerable proportion of the soil is moist, marshy, and barren. Dairy-farming is prosecuted with success. (For agricultural statistics, see Appendix.)

The minerals are very valuable; coal and iron are wrought to such an extent that Lanarkshire is one of the principal seats of the iron trade; lead is mined in the Upper Ward. The co. comprises 40 pars. and 4 parts, the parl. and mun. burgh of Glasgow (7 members, and Glasgow University, with that of Aberdeen, 1 member), the parl. and police burghs of Airdrie, Hamilton, and Lanark (part of the Falkirk Burghs), the parl. and police burgh of Rutherglen (part of the Kilmarnock Burghs), and the police burghs of Biggar, Govan, Govanhill, Hillhead, Maryhill, Motherwell, Partick, and Wishaw. For parl. purposes it is divided into 6 divisions – viz., Govan, Partick, North-Western, North-Eastern, Mid, and Southern, 1 member for each division. The representation of Lanarkshire was increased from 2 to 6 members in 1885.”

John Bartholomew’s Gazetteer of the British Isles, 1887


The names of some Cemeteries in Glasgowsome in North Lanarkshire and some in South Lanarkshire.


There has been a census every ten years since 1801, excluding 1941. The latest that is currently available is for 1911. The censuses for 1841 to 1911 are available (for a small fee) on the web from Scotlands People. Scottish census returns are held at New Register House and copies on microfilm may be consulted in LDS Family History Centers around the world. In the Lanarkshire area microfilm copies can be consulted at a number of locations in Glasgow and at a number of local libraries.

Church History

The church has, over the centuries, exercised a great influence in the development of Scotland and its people. But this “influence” has been a two-way process, where the people have also had their say in a manner which reflects something basic about the Scottish people – always compassionate yet often at odds with each other. The church (and others areas such as education and the law) is an area where the cultural difference between Scotland and England can easily be seen, with the national “established” church – the Church of Scotland – being Presbyterian in form of government. This does not, however, mean that all Presbyterians belong to the national church.

The rights of the people are important in Scotland where, in theory at least, the people and not parliament are sovereign. The people have also stood their ground, in the days of the Covenanters, to ensure that government of their national church was controlled by the people and their clergy and not by the aristocracy of the country. The Covenanters were strong in the Lanarkshire area and often suffered for their beliefs and rights, including in the Battle of Bothwell Bridge.

Church Records

The Kirk Session is the governing body of a Presbyterian church and consists of the minister of the parish and the ordained elders of the congregation. It looks after the general spiritual well being of the congregation and, particularly in centuries past, parochial discipline. Kirk Sessions meet on a regular basis with additional meetings at other times, including Communion, and each of these meetings is carefully minuted. Most Church of Scotland Kirk Session records are held in the Scottish Record Office in Edinburgh and can be fascinating reading. Records for churches within the Presbytery of Glasgow are kept in the Glasgow Archives.

Civil Registration

Registration of Births, Marriages and Deaths began in Scotland on 1st January 1855. For details of these and other records held and available for search at the General Register Office in Edinburgh.

For the old “Strathclyde Region” area (which included Lanarkshire) facilities exist in Glasgow to search and view some of these records on computer index and microfiche.

An Analytical Index to the Lanarkshire Statutory Registers of Death for the years 1855 and 1856 are commercially available on microfiche from

Court Records

Records of testaments, inventories etc. are held at the National Archives of Scotland.


The modern Gazetteer for Scotland provides comprehensive information on both old and modern-day Scotland. Take some time to fully explore its features in depth.


Useful sources for genealogical research can be found throughout Lanarkshire.  Some local libraries have family history research resources specific to their area

A wide range of resources can be found in the City of Glasgow.

If you’re looking for somewhere to discuss things genealogical and historical about the county, check the Lanarkshire Mailing List

The main phone books for the Lanarkshire area are the Glasgow North, Glasgow South and Clyde Valley. You can also find the UK Phone Book online.

The Statistical Accounts for Scotland 1791-1799 and 1845 are available online.


1781- first ironstone works in Lanarkshire started at Wilsontown in Carnwath. 

1879 – 314 iron-works with 5149 puddling furnaces and 846 rolling mills in operation in Lanarkshire.

1881- 392 coal pits and 9 fireclay pits in operation in Lanarkshire.

The iron industry in Lanarkshire was second in size only to that of Ayrshire.

If you’re looking for somewhere to discuss things genealogical and historical about the county, check the Lanarkshire Mailing List


The Mining Industry

Lists of coal mines operating in Lanarkshire in 1896 for – eastern Lanarkshire and western Lanarkshire.

Lists of metalliferous mines operating in Lanarkshire in 1896 for – eastern Lanarkshire and western Lanarkshire.


There are two family history societies based in the Lanarkshire area:- 

 In modern times, it was bounded to the north by Stirlingshire and a detached portion of Dunbartonshire, to the northeast by Stirlingshire, West Lothian, to the east by Peeblesshire, to the southeast and south by Dumfriesshire, to the southwest by Dumfriesshire and Ayrshire and to the west by Ayrshire, Renfrewshire and Dunbartonshire.

Lanarkshire was historically divided between two administrative areas then in the mid-18th century, was divided again into three wards: the upper, middle and lower wards with their administrative Centres at LanarkHamilton and Glasgow respectively and remained this way until the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1889.

Other significant settlements include East GilbrideMotherwellAirdrieCoatbridgeCumbernauld,

BlantyreCambuslangRutherglen and Wishaw.  

source: Wikipedia


My Maternal Eleventh Great Grandfather, Sir Lachlan Mor MacLean, 14th. Chief of Clan MacLean, Duart, Isle of Mull, Scotland


Sir Lachlan Mór Maclean (1558–1598) or Lachlan Maclean the Great, was the 14th Clan Chief of Clan MacLean from late 1573 or early 1574 until 1598.  Mór or Mor translates as great in English, or magnus in Latin, when added to a name in Scottish Gaelic.

Birth: 1558 to Eachuinn Og Maclean. Sir Lachlan became the 14th Maclean Clan Chief at the death of his father in 1573 or 1574.

“He was called ‘Big Lachlan,’ both on account of his stature and the greatness of his mind. He was the most accomplished and warlike chief that ever held sway in Duard. His military talents were of a very high order; his chivalrous character commanded the respect of his most inveterate foes, and his personal interest for and kindness toward his followers endeared him to his clansmen. So great were his qualities that historians have been forced to pay tribute to his memory.”

Marriage and children:

He married Lady Margaret Cunningham of Glencairn, daughter of William Cunningham, 6th Earl of Glencairn. They had the following children:

Hector Og Maclean, 15th Clan Chief

Lachlan Og Maclean, 1st Laird of Torloisk

Gillean Maclean, married to Mary the elder, daughter of John Dubh Maclean of Morvern

Allan Maclean, married to Mary the younger, daughter of John Dubh Maclean of Morvern

Charles Maclean

Bethag Maclean, married to Hector MacLean of Lochbuie, 9th Chief

Isle of Islay, Scotland

Battle of Traigh Ghruinneart

The Battle of Traigh Ghruinneart or in Scottish Gaelic Blàr Tràigh Ghruineart or sometimes called the Battle of Gruinart Strand was a Scottish clan battle fought on 5 August 1598, on the Isle of Islay, in the Scottish Highlands. Wikipedia
Date: August 5, 1598
Result: Clan Donald victory

Death: August 5, 1598 in the Battle of Traigh Ghruinneart on the Island of Islay. He was killed by the forces of Sir James MacDonald, 9th of Dunnyveg. His remains were left on the battlefield. A day or two after the battle, it is said that two women, of whom different accounts are given — some calling them strangers, some clanswomen, some relations of the dead — grieving to think that the body of so notable a chief as Sir Lachlan Mor should be unburied and uncared for on the moorland, came from a distance in search of it. They hired a vehicle, the only one to be had in the neighborhood, and having found the corpse, proceeded to carry it to the nearest burying-grounds, about six miles distant. The way was rough, and the driver looking behind him saw the head of the great chief, which extended beyond the car, nodding to him at every jolt, as if it had life, and were giving him directions. At the next heavy rut he looked again to please his savage soul with ferocious enjoyment. But this time the elder female, who had watched him, acted as described in the ballad, and killed the brutal driver with the chieftain’s dagger. Then, along with her companion, she brought the mortal remains of Sir Lachlan to the place where they still lie buried.

Kilnave Chapel and Cross, Isle of Islay, Scotland

Kilnave Chapel, Islay, Scotland

Sir Lachlan Mor MacLean was buried in the churchyard of Kilchoman on Islay, near the south wall of the church, and over his grave is laid a great stone. There is a churchyard, Kilnave, near the battle-field; but the body was taken to Kilchoman that it might be more honored, for he was buried inside the church, and when a new church was built there, around 1829, the wall was so constructed that the grave was left outside the church.


The plaque that marks the spot where he died says: “Lachlan Mor Maclean of Duart Fell Here. This cairn marks the spot where Maclean fell in the Battle of Traigh Ghruinneart. The battle is the best known incident of the long and bitter feud between the Macleans and the Macdonalds for control of the Rinns. Sir Lachlan was killed by his nephew, Sir James Macdonald of Knockrinsay.”

source: Wikipedia 

Birth: 1558 in Dowart, Skye, Inverness, Scotland

Argyll & Bute, Scotland

Married: about 1567 in Duart, Argyll, Scotland to Lady Margaretha Cunningham

Death: 5 August 1598 in Gruineart,  Argyll, Scotland

Lachlan Mor Maclean of Duart fell here

Lachlan Mor Maclean of Duart Fell Here. This cairn marks the spot where Maclean fell in the Battle of Traigh Ghruinneart. The battle is the best known incident of the long and bitter feud between the Macleans and the Macdonalds for control of the Rinns.

Maclean of Duart and Morven arms, image from Wikimedia Commons.

MacLeans of Duart and Morven arms, image from Wikimedia Commons.