_John Iain_Borb MACLEOD _ _William Dubh MACLEOD _|_Margaret DOUGLAS _______ _Alexander Alisdair_Crotach MACLEOD _| | | _John MACLAINE __________ | |_[Daughter] MACLAINE __|_________________________ _William MACLEOD _| | | _________________________ | | _______________________|_________________________ | |_[youngest_dau] CAMERON _____________| | | _________________________ | |_______________________|_________________________ | |--Mary MACLEOD | | _Hugh FRASER ____________ | _Thomas FRASER ________|_Janet DUNBAR ___________ | _Hugh FRASER ________________________| | | | _Sir Alexander GORDON ___ | | |_Janet GORDON _________|_________________________ |_Agnes FRASER ____| | _________________________ | _______________________|_________________________ |_Janet ROSS _________________________| | _________________________ |_______________________|_________________________
however, did not and does not depend on the clan's consent, being hereditary and not elective, Mary was Chief DE JURE from the day of her father's death until the return of her uncle Donald, who was the heir male. The clansmen's decision at Rodel in Harris that Iain a'Chuil Bhain should take upon himself the leadership of the clan meant that Mary and her mother had to leave the Castle of Dunvegan, which now became his home, and we have no knowledge where they went after leaving Skye. Agnes Fraser, Mary's mother, probably did not have much say in the upbringing of her daughter, who, being the legal owner of the MacLeod lands, was a ward of the Crown. Her wardship was a prize not beneath the notice of the greatest nobles in Scotland. In 1553 the Earl of Huntly got the coveted wardship, but in 1555 he fell into disgrace with the Queen Regen, who forced him to relinquish his claims to the heiress, whose wardship he was on the point of selling to the Earl of Argyll, and hand Mary over to herself. Argyll, however, did not give up all hope of getting the prize for himself. In 1558, the year after her uncle Donald's murder, the Earl sent a party of Campbells to Skye to ascertain what chance there was of any husband he might choose for her being accepted as Chief of the Clan. The Campbells were received at Dunvegan by Iain Dubh (son of Iain a'Chuil Bhain), who had them all treacherously murdered, [For an account of the massacre of the Campbells, see HISTORY OF THE MACLEODS, pp. 33-34.] and Argyll was convinced that Mary and a Campbell husband would never be acceptable to the MacLeods. Argyll died in this year, but his successor, the 5th Earl, in 1560, entered into negotiations with Mary's uncle, Norman, for the Campbells were determined to get the heiress into their hands to serve their own interests, as we shall see later on. In 1562, the same year as her mother's Contract of Marriage with Alexander Bayne of Tulloch, Mary's person was in the possession of Kenneth MacKenzie of Kintail, illegally it would appear, for Mary, Queen of Scots, ordered him to present her to herself. The MacKenzie Chief appeared on 21st May of that year, and maintained he could not give up the heiress because James MacDonald of Dunnyveg was bringing an action against him before the Lords of Session for her possession. Her Majesty assured MacKenzie that he would not be held guilty by MacDonald of Dunnyveg or anybody else, and insisted on his handing her over to her. Thus Mary MacLeod went to Court. Whether she was one of the Queen's MARIES or not, we do not know, but that she was at the Court of Mary, Queen of Scots, from 1562 to 1565, is proved by entries in the Accounts of the Lord High Treasurer. The Earl of Argyll finally obtained the wardship of Mary in 1566. In that year the Earl made an agreement with her uncle, Norman, in which he promised, among other things, to find Mary a husband. And he implemented his promise by giving her in marriage to his kinsman, Dugald Campbell of Castle Sween, a son of Sir Duncan Campbell of Auchinbreck. The marriage is said in Burke's PEERAGE [1938, p. 480] to have taken place in 1573, but this date must be incorrect as there is a discharge, dated 1571, from Mary in existence, in which she states she is the 'spouse of an honourable man Dugald Campbell'. [The discharge is among papers relating to Mary MacLeod in the Muniment Room in Dunvegan Castle. On these papers is based the above account of Mary's life-history, supplemented by an article, entitled: AN HEIRESS OF THE ISLES, by Mrs. Osbaldeston-Mitford (Brenda MacLeod) in THE CLAN MACLEOD MAGAZINE.] By Dugald Campbell of Auchinbreck, she had issue.... It is said that Mary of Dunvegan married Roderick MacNeil of Barra after the death of Duncan [sic? Dugald] Campbell. We do not know the exact date of Mary's death, but she was living in 1602. The Rev. A. MacLean Sinclair, in THE MACNEILS OF BARRA (CELTIC REVIEW, III, p. 217), gives the marriage of Mary to Roderick MacNeil as an established fact without supplying any documentary evidence. Vide MACLEOD MEMORIAL (ca. 1767), p. 15.