My Maternal 14th.Great Grandfather, Hector Mor MacLean, 12Th. Chief of Clan MacLean


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.



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