_Murdoch Murchadh MACLEOD _ _Torquil Og MACLEOD _|_[Daughter] NICOLSON ______ _Roderick Ruaidhri Mor MACLEOD _| | | ___________________________ | |_Margaret NICOLSON __|___________________________ _Torquil MACLEOD ____| | | ___________________________ | | _Alastair MACDONALD _|___________________________ | |_Margaret MACDONALD ____________| | | ___________________________ | |_____________________|___________________________ | |--Norman Tormod_Mor MACLEOD | | ___________________________ | _____________________|___________________________ | ________________________________| | | | ___________________________ | | |_____________________|___________________________ |_Catharine CAMPBELL _| | ___________________________ | _____________________|___________________________ |________________________________| | ___________________________ |_____________________|___________________________
!SOURCE: Alick Morrison, THE MACLEODS: THE GENEALOGY OF A CLAN, Section IV, Revised Edition, "The MacLeods of Lewis", Edinburgh, Associated Clan MacLeod Societies, 1990, p. 4. He figures in the Morrison MSS [Morrison MSS vol. 1.] He held lands in Hacklete, Earshader, Pabbay and Baille na Cille. His wife came from Skye and they had issue. Later generations are confused, but many Macleod families in Lewis claim descent from the Clann Thormoid. John Macleod of Colbecks who sought to matriculate arms as chief of the Macleods of Lewis in 1762 belonged to this family; he was a son of Donald, son of John, son of Torquil, tacksman of Hacklete. [Matheson, TGSI (LI) p. 329, nn. 65-70.] Another branch descends from Malcolm, son of Murdo, tacksman of Scaliscro. [Ibid.] For some unclear reason Norman's family was always at odds with the chiefly line. Like the Morrisons, they supported the Earl of Huntley's invading army in 1506. They sided with MacKenzie a century later, which perhaps explains their survival in such numbers.
!SOURCE: Ibid., p. 15. Clann Thormoid was the former description of many still extant families in Lewis who claimed descent from Old Norman MacLeod (also known as Tormod Mor) [Matheson, TGSI (XLVIII) p. 417 & p. 432 n. 76.] of the island of Pabbay in Loch Roag. It is claimed that Old Norman rceived a tack of this island from his brother, the chief of Lewis, who has sometimes been identified with Old Rory/Roderick MacLeod, X of Lewis. However, the traditions concerning Old Norman's family have led the Rev. William Matheson to identify the chief, with great probability, as Roderick Macleod, VII of Lewis. Although much information exists relevant to the genealogy of the Clann Thormoid, an authentic pedigree linking Old Norman to his present-day descendants does not seem to have been preserved. This is unfortunate since it leaves uncertain the relative seniority of the various families within this group, and there is a strong tradition that, given the extinction of the legitimate descendants of Old Rory of Lewis, the Clann Thormoid represents the chiefly line of the MacLeods of Lewis. This claim has to face the opposition fo the MacLeod Chiefs of Raasay, the present representative of which, Torquil Roderick Macleod, was recently recognised by Lord Lyon as Chief and Baronial Head of the House of Macleod of the Lewes. Before dealing with some of the families descended from the Clann Thormoid it seems appropriate to give an account of the immediate family of Old Norman himself. I. Old Norman Old Norman, also known as Tormod Mor, was the brother of the Chief of Lewis, probably Roderick, VII of Lewis, [Matheson, TGSI (LI) pp. 328-329.] who died c. 1497. According to tradition the Chief "allowed the whole rental of the parish ofUig for the support of his brother Norman and his family". [Thomas, PSAS (XIV) p. 388.] Norman resided on the island of Pabbay in Loch Roag, and other members of his family are associated with Baile na Cille (on the shore of Camas Uig), the lands of Hacklete in teh island of Great Bernera (in Loch Roag) and Barshader on the opposite mainland. [Matheson, TGSI (LI) p. 329; Thomas, PSAS (XIV) p. 388.] Old Norman's wife is said to have been a MacDonald from Skye [MGC (IV), 1st Edition, p. 19; Thomas, PSAS (XIV) p. 396.] and is traditionally blamed for inciting her sons to massacre the sons of Dugald MacAulay, who owned the farms of Berry (or Reef), Valtos and Kneep, in revenge for an unjury done to their father. Old Norman had at least six sons [Thomas, PSAS (IXV) pp. 395-396 & p. 396 n. 1.], but tradtion has preserved the names of only five of them. Tradition would have us believe that Old Norman was spared by John Roy MacAulay and thus outlived his sons. If so, the succession would have passed to the family of his eldest son, Norman Og.