My Maternal 17th. Great Grandfather, Eachann Ruadh Na “Hector” Maclean, 6th. Chief of Clan Maclean

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Birth: about 1367 in Duart Castle, Duart, Argyll, Scotland

 

Married: 1385 in Doward, Mull, Scotland to daughter of the Earl of Douglas (no evidence of children from this marriage)

Married: 30 May 1393 in Lochawe, Argyll, Scotland to Marion Mor Campbell of Lochawe

Children: Lachlan Bronnach and Mary Duart Maclean

Red Hector of the Battles Maclean (?-1411), or Eachann Ruadh nan Cath in Scottish Gaelic, was the 6th Chief of Clan Maclean.
He was the son of Lachlan Lubanach Maclean, and he early distinguished himself by daring exploits, and was noted as being one of the best swordsmen of his time. He became so celebrated as a swordsman, that many knights who had gained for themselves renown came from distant parts to measure weapons with him. One of these was a renowned knight of Norway, who challenged Hector Roy to mortal combat. The challenge was accepted. They met at Saleu, in Mull, where they fought, and where the Norwegian fell. A green mound and cairn on the sea-shore mark the spot where Hector had his antagonist buried.

There was an old Gaelic poem, which affirmed that Hector commanded a great fleet to the coast of Ireland, and there defeated some of the ships of the King of England. He landed his troops; placed the city of Dublin under contribution; carried fire and sword into the country; destroyed many of his enemies, and burnt their houses.

This must be the expedition hinted at in Raphael Holinshed’s Chronicle of Ireland where it is recorded that “in the year 1400 at Whitesuntide, the first year of King Henry IV, the constable of Dublin, and divers others at Stanford in Ulster, fought by sea with the Scots, where many Englishmen were slain and drowned.”

KNOWN AS HECTOR THE RED OR RED HECTOR OF THE BATTLES OR HECTOR RUFUS BELLICCOSUS ALSO HECTOR ROY. HE IS THE 6TH CHIEF OF THE CLAN HE WAS KNOWN FOR DARING EXPLOITS AND AS THE BEST SWORDSMAN OF HIS TIME.
KNIGHTS FROM ALL OVER CAME TO MEASURE SWORDS. CHALLENGE FROM KNIGHT OF NORWAY TO HECTOR ROY. THEY MET IN SALEM IN MULL, FOUGHT AND NORWEGIAN FELL. A GREEN MOUND AND CAIRN ON SEA SHORE MARK SPOT WHERE HECTOR BURIED HIS “ANTAGONIST”.

OLD GAELIC POEM SAYS HECTOR AND GREAT FLEET SAILED TO COAST OF IRELAND AND DEFEATED ENGLISH SHIPS, ATTACKED AND KILLED AND BURNED DUBLIN.

BATTLE OF 1400, NOTED IN HOLLINGSHEDS CHRONICLE OF IRELAND AT WHITESUNTIDE, 1ST YEAR OF KING HENRY THE 4TH.
HECTOR BECAME LORD OF DUARD AND CONSTABLE OF CASTLE CAIRNBURG IN 1409 BY DONALD, LORD OF THE ISLES. THE ISLE ON CAIRNBURG WAS AN ANCIENT GARRISON. ALL ROCK, STEPS CARVED INTO ROCKS FORMED WINDING STAIRCASE. ORIGINALLY BUILT BY KINGS OF NORWAY FOR ROYAL RESIDENCE.

MOST NORTHERN ISLAND OF TRESHNISH ISLES, 2 MILES FROM NORTHEAST COAST OF MULL. 3 MILES FROM ULVA.

HECTOR MARRIES DAUGHTER OF EARL OF DOUGLAS. HECTOR’S UNCLE IS DONALD MACDONALD, LORD OF THE ISLES. 10,000 MEN LIVE IN ISLES. FATHER IN LAW, UNCLE’S AND MANY EARLS ARE ALL AT WAR WITH ONE ANOTHER. THESE ARE THE BATTLES BETWEEN THE KELTICS AND THE SAXONS.
HECTOR AND SIR ALEXANDER IRVING OF DRUM ENTER INTO A SWORD FIGHT, KILLING EACH OTHER. HECTOR IS A LOWLANDER AND SIR IRVING IS THE HIGHLANDER. THIS WAS CALLED THE BATTLE OF HARLAW. ANNIVERSARY OF 7-24-1411. CELEBRATED FOR MANY GENERATIONS BY HOUSES OF DUARD AND DRUM. MARRIED IN 1385 IN DOWARD, MULL SCOTLAND

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Died: 14 July 1411 in the Battle of Harlaw in Aberdeenshire, Scotland

Death
While serving as lieutenant-general under his uncle Donald of Islay at the Battle of Harlaw in 1411, Hector was killed by Sir Alexander Irvine of Drum in a ferocious hand-to-hand combat, which was described as ‘a noble and notable single combat’ and at which the end of, both men lay dead.

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