Descendants of Angus "Og" Donald
Generation No. 1
1.(LORD) ANGUS "OG"5 DONALD(ANGUS "MOR"4, DOVELAND3, REGINALD (RANALD)2 SOMERLED, THANE1)1,2 died in 1330 on the Isle of Islay.He married AGNES O'KANE3,4, daughter of GUY O'KANE.She was born in Clounty Derry, Ireland.
Notes for (LORD) ANGUS "OG" DONALD:
Angus also played politics.At first he supported the King of England, but in August 1306 he seems to have transferred his loyalties to the King of Scotland.After Robert Bruce (contender for the throne of Scotland) was defeated by the English, Angus 'OG' hospitably received Bruce into his castle of Dunavearty on the Isle of Kintyre, hiding the King from the British.Angus 'OG' later fought under the standard of the second Robert Bruce in the Battle of Bannoekburn. This battle, beyond a shadow of doubt, placed the throne of Scotland into the hands of Robert Bruce who came to be known as Robert the Bruce, King of Scots..
Angus 'OG' married Agnes, daughter of Guy O'Kane, Baron of Ulster, County Derry, Ireland.He died in 1330 at his home in Finlaggan on the Isle of Islay and is buried in the ancestral tomb on the Isle of Iona.
More About (LORD) ANGUS "OG" DONALD:
Burial: Isle of Iona
Children of ANGUS DONALD and AGNES O'KANE are:
2. i. (LORD & HIGH CHIEF) EION (JOHN) "THE GOOD"6 DONALD, d. 1386, Ardtornish.
ii. FYNOGLE DONALD5,6.
Generation No. 2
2.(LORD & HIGH CHIEF) EION (JOHN) "THE GOOD"6 DONALD (ANGUS "OG"5, ANGUS "MOR"4, DOVELAND3, REGINALD (RANALD)2 SOMERLED, THANE1)7,8 died 1386 in Ardtornish.He married (1) (PRINCESS) MARGARET BRUCE9,10, daughter of KING OF SCOTS ROBERTTHE BRUCE, II.He married (2) AMIE MACRUARI11,12 1337.
Notes for (LORD & HIGH CHIEF) EION (JOHN) "THE GOOD" DONALD:
This is the first record of the Donald family being designated as Clan Donald and their chief identified.Heretofore they had been kings and lords of the scattered isles off the western coast of Scotland.In a familiar turn of events John "The Good," Lord of the isles wavered over whether or not to pledge allegience to the King of Scots whom has father had supported at Bannockburn or to go over to the side of Scotland's worst enemy, King Edward III of England.He had received large grants of property from both kings.This indicates that he held a position of considerable power in the Highland which each king coveted.
In 1359 he was granted in Scotland "all the lands and castles belonging to the Lord of Lorn, namely, the Castles of Keenebeuchand Hystyhbeuch, and the Island of Mull, also possession of Islay, Kintyre, Knapdale, Gigha, Jura, Lewis, Marvens Tiree, Glendo and Lochabar."
On 4 July 1362, John, Lord of the Isles received from Edward III, King of England, "a confirmation of all donations and concessions made to him of whatsoever lands, tenaments and possessions."In return, John became bound to make satisfaction for all injuries and damages done by him and his men to the King's subjects, and to give obedience to the laws himself, and to oblige his sons and his vassals, and the inhabitants of his estates to do the same."
In 1337 he married his cousin Amie, daughter of Roderick Mac Ruari, but the marriage ended in divorce.He then married Princess Margaret, fourth daughter of Robert II, King of Scots, and granddaughter of Robert the Bruce, King of Scots.Robert II was the first of a long line of Stewart kings of Scotland and England.His mother was the Princess Marjorie, only daughter of Robert the Bruce.She married Walter the Stewart of Scotland and this is the origin of the Stewart line of Kings.
John died in 1386 at Ardtornish.His ashes were placed in the ancestral tomb on the Isle of Iona.He and Margaret had eight children:Donald, Elizabeth, Margaret, John (died young), Reginald, Alexander, Godfreid, and John.
More About (LORD & HIGH CHIEF) EION (JOHN) "THE GOOD" DONALD:
Burial: Isle of Iona
Notes for (PRINCESS) MARGARET BRUCE:
She was the granddaughter of Robert the Bruce andand the daughter of Robert II, Kings of Scotland.
Children of EION DONALD and MARGARET BRUCE are:
3. i. (LORD & EARL) DONALD7, d. 1423, Artornish.
ii. ELIZABETH DONALD13,14.
iii. MARGARET DONALD15,16.
iv. JOHN DONALD17,18.
v. REGINALD DONALD19,20.
vi. ALEXANDER DONALD21,22.
vii. GODFREID DONALD23,24.
viii. (JR) JOHN DONALD25,26.
Generation No. 3
3.(LORD & EARL) DONALD7 (EION (JOHN) "THE GOOD"6, ANGUS "OG"5, ANGUS "MOR"4, DOVELAND3, REGINALD (RANALD)2 SOMERLED, THANE1)27,28 died 1423 in Artornish.He married (LADY) MARGARET LESLIE29,30, daughter of WALTER LESLIE and EUPHEMIA.
Notes for (LORD & EARL) DONALD:
He was the oldest son of John "the Good," Lord of the Isles.He succeeded his father and immediately entered into a treaty with King Richard III of England, on an independent footing as a Sovereign Prince.
All branches of Clan Donald have never been as strongly knit, and at no period in the history of the Lordship of the Isles, do we find the followers of Clan Donald any stronger in their attachment to their clan chief than at this time.Politics, however,again entered the picture and we find Donald, Lord of the Isles, visiting the English Court frequently during the years 1378-1408.
Donald, Lord of the Isles, was married to Lady Margaret Leslie, the only daughter of Euphemie, Countess of Ross and her husband Sir Walter Leslie.Euphemia, Countess of Ross, now a widow, resigned her claim to the Earldon of Ross and "took the veil" (entered a convent).Her son-in-law, Donald, Lord of the Isles, decided to claim the title in right of his wife, Lady Margaret.The year was 1411.Donald gathered a large force of his Highlanders and sailed up the coast of Ross-shire and disembarked at Strome.They were strongly opposed, but Donald raised his standard (flag) and was joined by many more Highland fighting men.Although he inflicted a crushing defeat on the forces of the Earl of Mar, he chose to return to his island stronghold; however, he held on to the title of Earl of Ross.His wife evidently preceeded him in death, as in his final years he joined a religious order.He died at his castle at Artornish, and was buried with befitting dignity in the tomb of his ancestors on Iona about 1423.
More About (LORD & EARL) DONALD:
Burial: Isle of Iona
Children of DONALD and MARGARET LESLIE are:
4. i. (LORD) ALASDAIR (ALEXANDER)8 DONALD.
ii. MARIOT DONALD31,32.
Generation No. 4
4.(LORD) ALASDAIR (ALEXANDER)8 DONALD (DONALD7, EION (JOHN) "THE GOOD"6, ANGUS "OG"5, ANGUS "MOR"4, DOVELAND3, REGINALD (RANALD)2 SOMERLED, THANE1)33,34,35.He married (LADY) ELIZABETH SETON36,37, daughter of (LORD) ALEXANDER SETON.She died 1429.
Notes for (LORD) ALASDAIR (ALEXANDER) DONALD:
He succeeded his father and was with his mother, Lady Margaret, who assumed the title of Countess of Ross, when arrested by King James I of Scotland when he held a Parliament in Inverness in the spring of 1427.That monarch wished to humble him as his predecessors had asserted an independence dangerous to Scotland, and as Sovereign Princes had made treaties with England.
The Lord of the Isles was released, but his mother, the Countess of Ross was detained in prison, probably as a hostage for the future behavior of her son.This son, Alexander, Lord of the Isles did not remain peaceful very long.In 1429 he raised a body of men and burned the town of Inverness.King James overtook him at Lochaber, and totally defeated him on 3 June 1429.Reduced to despair, the Lord of the Isles sent an embassey to entreat peace, and being refused, he resolved to throw himself on the King's mercy.For this purpose he came privately to Edinburgh, and on 27 August 1429, "attired only in his shirt and drawers" he, before the high altar of Holyrood Church, upon his knees, presented his drawn sword to the King, in the presence of the Queen and Nobles.His life was spared,in consideration of his humble submission; but he was committed to Tamtallen Castle under the charge of the Earl of Angus, and his mother, the Countess of Ross was sent to the island of Incholm, in the Frith of Forth.She appears to have died there the same year (1429), and her son Alexander was granted the title of Earl of Ross.A free pardon was granted to him at a Parliament held in Perth in 1431.After the death of James I, King of Scots, in 1437, Alexander, Earl of Ross held the office of Justicier of Scotland.
Alexander had married Lady Elizabeth, only daughter of Alexander Seton, Lord of Gordon and Huntly.
Children of ALASDAIR DONALD and ELIZABETH SETON are:
i. (LORD & EARL) IAIN (JOHN)9 DONALD38,39, d. 1498; m. (1) (LADY) ELIZABETH LIVINGSTON40,41; m. (2) UNKNOWN MYSTRESS42,43.
Notes for (LORD & EARL) IAIN (JOHN) DONALD:
He succeeded his father and was one of the gurantees of a truce with England, 1449, 1451, 1457, and 1459, and was made one of the Wardens of the Marches (borders) in 1457.At this time he also entered into a plot with the Earls of Douglas and Crawford, the power of which was superior to royal authority of King James II.After the death of the King in 1460, John, Lord of the Isles entered into a treasonable agreement with England's King Edward IV.When this became known to Scotland authorities, a summons for treason was executed against John, Earl of Ross and Lord of the Isles, for communing with the King's enemies in England.He was forced to forfeit all of his castles and estates by decree of Parliament on 1 December 1475.A force was collected to execute the sentence of confiscation of his possessions, but the Earl made his submission and was rehabilitated in Parliament on 10 July 1476.That day he surrendered to the King of Scotland the Earlden of Ross, the lands of Knapdale and Kintyre, and the office of sheriffship of Inverness and Nairm - to remain with the crown forever. The King of Scotland ratified to Elizabeth, Countess of Ross, the grants of land within the Earldon of Ross made by his majesty to her.
John, Earl of Ross and Lord of the Isles, married Lady Elizabeth, eldest daughter of James, Lord Livingston, Great Chamberlain of Scotland.They had no children, but he had several "children" born on the wrong side of the blanket.
Now comes a dark chapter in the history of Clan Donald.John, Lord of the Isles, renewed his treasonable practices with England, Scotland's enemy.On 22 July 1481, King Edward IV of England isued a commission for treating with our dearest cousin, the Lord of the Isles and Earl of Ross, and with his cousins and counselors and Donald Gorme for their assistance.These treasonable practices being discovered, the Lord of the Isles was again outlawed and forfeited in 1498.He died in the same year leaving as his heir his "natural" son (bastard), Angus, Master of the Isles.
ii. HUGH DONALD44,45.
iii. CELESTINE DONALD46,47.