_William Cleireach MACLEOD _ _John Iain_Borb MACLEOD _|_ MACLEAN __________________ _William Dubh MACLEOD _| | | _ DOUGLAS __________________ | |_Margaret DOUGLAS _______|____________________________ _Alexander Alisdair_Crotach MACLEOD _| | | ____________________________ | | _John MACLAINE __________|____________________________ | |_[Daughter] MACLAINE __| | | ____________________________ | |_________________________|____________________________ | |--Donald MACLEOD | | ____________________________ | _________________________|____________________________ | _______________________| | | | ____________________________ | | |_________________________|____________________________ |_[youngest_dau] CAMERON _____________| | ____________________________ | _________________________|____________________________ |_______________________| | ____________________________ |_________________________|____________________________
!BIOGRAPHY: Rev. Dr. Donald MacKinnon, MACLEOD CHIEFS OF HARRIS AND DUNVEGAN, Edinburgh, The Clan MacLeod Society, 1969, pp. 18-19. Alick Morrison, THE CHIEFS OF CLAN MACLEOD, East Kilbride, Scotland, 1986. Donald, the immediate younger brother of William, 9th Chief, and Mary's uncle, returned home in 1556. It is very possible that his return was brought about by the Earl of Argyle (4th Earl), who was at that time working hard to obtain the wardship of Mary, by purchase, from the Earl of Huntly. Possibly the Earl of Argyll entered into some legal transaction with Donald, similar to the one which his successor, the 5th Earl of Argyll, subsequently made with Norman, Donald's younger brother, by which Mary resigned her rights to the chiefship and Dunvegan for bestowal afterwards on her uncle, the rightful heir-male. However that may have been, when Donald appeared in the MacLeod country, Iain a'Chuil Bhain, as indicated in the BANNATYNE MANUSCRIPT, denuded himself of the official position which he had held in the clan for the previous five years, and a meeting of the clan was convened at Lynedale to discuss the 'rights of the different candidates to the Chiefship of the MacLeods'. The BANNATYNE MANUSCRIPT does not state who they all were, but, undoubtedly, Donald was one of them. [The BANNATYNE MANUSCRIPT says that the claims of Mary and her 'young Campbell husband' were turned down. It may be pointed out that at the date of the Lynedale meeting Mary was not married to a Campbell, nor for many years thereafter.] Confused and contradictory traditions regarding the discussion at Lynedale on Donald's claims to the chiefship have come down to us, but it is not suggested by any of them that his claims as the rightful heir-male were not recognized by the clansmen. What actually seems to have taken place was that Donald, as the immediate younger brother of the last Chief, was accepted by the assembled clansmen as their Chief, and Iain Dubh, the second son of Iain a'Chuil Bhain, was deputed by the meeting to go to Kingsburgh, where Donald and his supporters were patiently waiting for news from Lynedale, to announce to him that he had been elected Chief, and therefore was invited to Lynedale for his inauguration on the following day. [One traditional account has it that it was decided at Lynedale to leave Iain a'Chuil Bhain in the position he held in the clan, but that, on his death, the MacLeod estates were to revert to Donald or his heir (Nicolson: HISTORY OF SKYE, pp. 63-64).] There are two Traditional accounts of what followed. One is that Iain Dubh, who had made up his mind to get the chiefship for himself, treacherously murdered Donald at Kingsburgh. The other is that he persuaded Donald to accompany him back to Lynedale for next day's inauguration, and that during the night he murdered him in his tent while sound asleep. For this foul deed, the clan outlawed Iain Dubh. Donald's murder took place in March 1557. It is said that he was married twice, but left no surviving issue.