_Sir_Roderick Ruairidh_Mor MACLEOD _ _Sir Norman MACLEOD ______|_Isabel MACDONALD __________________ _John MACLEOD _________________| | | _John MACKENZIE ____________________ | |_Margaret MACKENZIE ______|_Isabel MACKENZIE __________________ _Donald 'Old_Trojan' MACLEOD _| | | _Sir_Roderick MACKENZIE ____________ | | _Kenneth MACKENZIE _______|____________________________________ | |_Isabel MACKENZIE _____________| | | _Walter ROSS _______________________ | |_Janet ROSS ______________|____________________________________ | |--Norman MACLEOD | | _John Iain Mor MACLEOD _____________ | _John Iain_Breac MACLEOD _|_Hon. Sibylla MACKENZIE ____________ | _Roderick Ruairidh_Og MACLEOD _| | | | _Sir_James Mor MACDONALD ___________ | | |_Florence MACDONALD ______|_Mary MACLEOD ______________________ |_Anne MACLEOD ________________| | _George MACKENZIE __________________ | _Kenneth MACKENZIE _______|_Barbara FORBES ____________________ |_Lady Isabella MACKENZIE ______| | ____________________________________ |_Isabel MACKENZIE ________|____________________________________
!BIOGRAPHY: Rev. Dr. Donald MacKinnon and Alick Morrison, THE MACLEODS--THE GENEALOGY OF A CLAN, Section II, Edinburgh, The Clan MacLeod Society, 1968, pp. 36, 64, 94-95. Tacksman of Unish, Waternish, Skye, and who succeeded his cousin, Alexander MacLeod of Muiravonside, as 6th of the MacLeods of Berneray, Harris, with issue. Norman was the eldest son of Donald MacLeod of Berneray, the 'Old Trojan', and was born in 1715 in Unish, Waternish, of which he himself later on became tacksman. In 1739, when he was a young man, twenty-four years of age, he was the leader of a party of kidnappers, chosen by himself, for the purpose of capturing men and women in Skye and Harris and transporting them to the American Colonies to be sold as slaves. Strange as it may seem, he was supported in this outrageous affair by Sir Alexander MacDonald of Sleat, Norman MacLeod of Dunvegan, Donald MacLeod (his own father) and other influential people in the Isles. Norman brought a ship to the Islands and succeeded in forcing on board people of both sexes and from all grades of society. The ship, known as SOITHEACH NAN DAOINE, in the course of its voyage, was driven by a storm on the north coast of Ireland and wrecked, but all the passengers were rescued. Most of them settled on the lands of the Earl of Antrim, and only a few, after great difficulties and trials, managed to return to the islands. Norman remained for several years in concealment on the other side of the Irish Sea, but, in 1745, he returned to Skye, joined the forces of the Government, and, through the influence of Norman MacLeod of MacLeod, received the captaincy of the MacLeod Independent Companies raised during the Jacobite Rising. His father, Donald of Berneray, it will be remembered, was 'out' on the Prince's side, and, after Culloden, no one was more active in searching for his father than his 'unnatural and heartless son', Norman. On his father's death, in 1781, Norman, as his eldest son, succeeded him as tacksman of Berneray, where he introduced many improvements in the system of farming then prevalent in the Isles, began the manufacture of kelp on a large scale, and imported stock of a superior kind. He was considered one of the most enlightened tacksmen of his day in the Western Isles. It is said that he was so thoroughly ashamed in later years, of his conduct as leader of the kidnapping episode of 1739 that he strongly and angrily resented any reference to it. In the traditions of Berneray, his memory is still green as having been kind and considerate to his tenants. He married his second cousin, Margaret (who died on 22nd November 1803, aged eighty years), daughter of Roderick MacNeil, 14th of Barra, and his wife, Alice, daughter of William MacLeod, 1st of the MacLeods of Luskintyre, with issue. Norman MacLeod of Berneray and his wife, Margaret MacNeil, had five other children, who died in infancy. Norman MacLeod, 6th of the MacLeods of Berneray, died, at his house in Berneray, in May 1803, in the eighty-eighth year of his age, and, having left no surviving male issue, was succeeded in the representation of the family of Berneray by his nephew.