William Cleireach MACLEOD (V Chief)

Father: John Iain Ciar MACLEOD
Mother: ? O'NEIL

Family 1: MACLEAN
  1. John Iain_Borb MACLEOD
  2. Norman MACLEOD
  3. George MACLEOD

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                                                          _Tormod [Norman] MACLEOD ______|_Heiress_of Armuin MACRAILD _
                           _Malcolm Gillecaluim MACLEOD _|
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                          |                              |_Fingula [or_Flora] MACCROTAN _|_____________________________
 _John Iain Ciar MACLEOD _|
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|--William Cleireach MACLEOD 
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|_? O'NEIL _______________|
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!BIOGRAPHY: Sir Robert Douglas of Glenbervie, Baronet, THE BARONAGE OF SCOTLAND, Edinburgh, 1798, p. 375. IX. William Macleod of that ilk, Herries, &c. being born a younger brother, was designed for the church, and was called Achlerach or clerk, but soon after his succession to the estate, he raised a spreath out of that part of Lovat's lands called Aird, in revenge of an injury he had received in that country in his youth. He brought the cattle to Sky, and slaughtered them in Hearloth, at at a place from that accident called Buniskavigh, or field of the offals, to this day. Sometime thereafter his estate was invaded by the followers of the Macdonalds, lords of the isles; he came up with them at Lochsligichan, and by a stratagem, and his superior military skill, gave them a total overthrow, and divided the spoil at a rock, which, from that accident, has ever since been called Creganniseanigh, or the rock of the spoil. He married a daughter of John Maclean of Lochbuy, by whom he had three sons. 1. John, his heir. 2. Tormod, of whom the Macleods called Macvic-William, &c. and of them Borline; also, the Macbie-Alister Roys, of whom Ballimore, St Kilda, &c. are descended. 3. George, who went abroad and settled in Lorraine, of whom several families of considerable property, still subsisting in that country, are descended. This William did not long survive his father, died in the end of the reign of king Robert III, and was succeeded by his eldest son, John Macleod.

!CONFLICT: Douglas lists Tormod/Norman, founder of the families of Borline, St. Kilda, etc. as the son of William Cleireach MacLeod, V of Hammer. However, MacKinnon and Morrison have this man as a son of John Iain Borb MacLeod. This is where he is located in this database.

!BIOGRAPHY: Rev. Dr. Donald MacKinnon, MACLEOD CHIEFS OF HARRIS AND DUNVEGAN, Edinburgh, The Clan MacLeod Society, 1969, p. 12. Alick Morrison, THE CHIEFS OF CLAN MACLEOD, East Kilbride, Scotland, 1986. William, as his father's second son, was educated for the church, and was known as UILLEAM CLEIREACH (William the Clerk), but when his elder brother, Malcolm was killed in Lewis, he returned home to prepare himself for the duties of the chiefship. He married, according to the BANNATYNE MANUSCRIPT, a daughter of MacLean of Duart, but, according to Alexander MacKenzie, [HISTORY OF THE MACLEODS, p. 13] his wife was a daughter of John MacLaine, 2nd of Lochbuie. [The Rev. A. MacLean Sinclair agrees with Alexander MacKenzie that William's wife was a daughter of MacLaine, 2nd of Lochbuie, but gives his Christian name as Murdoch and not John (CLAN GILLEAN, p. 255).] William had issue.... William did not live to be an old man. He died suddenly c. 1409, at Castle Camus in Sleat, and was buried in Iona. He was succeeded in the chiefship by his son.

Created by Sparrowhawk 1.0 (4/17/1996) on Mon Apr 2 10:49:08 2001