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Barbara (2nd wife) (d. date unknown)Barbara (2nd wife) (daughter of 16th Chief - Alexander killed at Culloden and Jessie Stewart of Appin) died date unknown.She married Rev. P.M. Macdonald.
Notes for Barbara (2nd wife):
Daughter Anne married Donald in l797, married third son of Angus Ban with issue, Angus, who married Christine l835 granddaughter of Charlotte, 6th daughter of Keppoch.Barbara was third daughter of 16th Chieftain.She remained a staunch Catholic despite her husband being a Presbyterian minister.
Barbara was great-grandmotherto Alice, who was the 8th and youngest daughter of Angus XXII of Keppoch.Unable to trace lineage at the present time.and the following is an extract from The Oban Times - date obliterated:-
THE LATE ALICE C. MACDONNELL.BARDESS TO THE CLAN MACDONALD
She was a true daughter of the Highlands.She graced her land with her poetry.She held fast to that pride of ancestry which is a distinguishing inherent of the Celtic race.Such may be said of Miss Alice Claire MacDonnell who died at the age of 83 years in her home in Hove, Surrey, on Wednesday of last week.No more will appear verses and communications with "Alice C. MacDonnell of Keppoch" Bardess to the Clan MacDonald, missives in her light, nervous handwriting, the style prevalent in the Victorian age.
Ails Sorcha Ni 'Mhic 'ic Ranonuill na Ceapaich - Alice Claire MacDonnell claimed to be chieftan of the MacDonnells of Keppoch.In referring to the death of Mr. John de Lotbiniere MacDonnell of MacDonald in l935 she wrote to the Oban Times that his brother Major de Lery MacDonnell, in Canada, her cousin "would be Chief of Keppoch after me".A controversy regarding the Chieftanship had taken place in the Oban Times some months previously, in which she took a leading part.
She was the 8th youngest daughter of Angus XXII of Keppoch-the founder of the Clan being Alistair Carrach (curly headed and fair), 3rd and youngest son of John, first Lord of the Isles, by his second wife Lady Margaret, daughter of Robert, High Steward of Scotland.Her great-great grandfather was the Keppoch who led the MacDonalds at Culloden and who fell in the Battle.Her great-grandmother was Barbara, who was the third daughter of this Keppoch the XVI, and wife of the Rev. Patrick MacDonald Minister of Kilmore.She, Barbara, remained a Catholic which was the religion of the family.Rev. Patrick MacDonald, as is well-known, was a noted composer of vocal and instrumental music.
Miss MacDonnell was educated by private tuition, and at the Convent of French Nuns in Northampton, and at St. Margaret's Convent, Edinburgh.She gave early signs of the poetic gift, stringing couplets together on incidents she heard while running about the Braes of Lochaber.Martial ardour permeated her verse, and tales of battle and chivalry in the main, formed her favourite theme.She was steeped in Jacobite sentiment, lending her poetic pen to the heroics of the Rising, but she did not pass unnoticed modern examples."The Highland Brigade at the Battle of Alma","The Rush onCoomassie", and the "Dargai Heights", proved her Highland pride, in that the old courage had not waned.As the Bardess of the Clan, Miss Alice had the genius to bring the fervent Highland spirit into her verse:-
To give the Highland arms their strength,
Their hearts a kindly glow,
So weave well the bright threads,
Woof well and strong threads,
That hind their hearts to thine".
There is a pleasing poetic combination of perceptions in these lines.
Miss MacDonnell published a volume of her last work in l912, entitled "Songs of the Mountain and the Burn", and from it we may quote a verse which unrolls the wistful longing of her mind for freedom from the anxieties of modern life:
" Cridhe-Acain "
I want to be at peace now, with the robe of care laid by,
In its soiled and tear-stained creases, in its squalor let it lie,
'Tis an old and earthworn garment, I shall cast it evermore,
And the wonder to my gazing is, that I set by it such store,
Oh!I want to be at peace there, where I need not count the hours,
And the wild bee wanders freely in and out the honied flowers.
In parting from this gifted Highland lady we may adopt the sentiment which she expressed in concluding an appreciation in the Oban Times of the late Dr. Keigh N. MacDonald:-
Soraidh leat a bhancharaid, cha n'fhaic sinn do leithid a chaoibh tuilleadh
"Farewell my friend, we'll never see the like of you again"
Children of Barbara (2nd wife) and Rev. P.M. Macdonald are:
- Anne, d. date unknown.