My Maternal 13th.Great Grandfather, Lachlan IV Cattanach Maclean, 11th. Chief of Clan Maclean

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

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

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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.

KNOWN AS LACHLAN THE SHAGGY. WAS THE 11TH CLAN CHIEF FROM 1515 TO 1523 WHEN HE WAS MURDERED. MCALLEN CLAN CHIEFS RULED ALL SCOTTISH ISLES. THERE WAS AN OPEN REVOLT IN 1503 BY LACHLAN MACLEAN 11TH CHIEF. THIS WAS THE BATTLE OF FLODDEN 9-9-1513 AND IT CATAPULTED LACHLAN MACLEAN TO 11TH CHIEF. HE HAD 6 WIVES OR MISTRESSES. SIR JOHN CAMPBELL OF CAWDOR ARRANGED LACHLAN MACLEAN’S MURDER AS REVENGE FOR ATTEMPTING TO DROWN (HIS SISTER) LACHLAN’S WIFE. SHE HAD TRIED POISONING LACHLAN.

MAYBE HE CHEATED ON HER. HISTORY RECORDS STATE THAT HE HAD AT LEAST SIX WIVES AND SEVERAL MISTRESSES. HE SOUNDS LIKE A WOMANIZER TO ME.

 

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