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From: John Giacoletti <>
Subject: MacDonnells/Colquhouns etc
Date: Tue, 16 Mar 1999 07:21:40 -0500
Charles Clark, quoting me wrote and then inquired:
This lot looks interesting. How does it fit in with the pedigree of the
Earls of Antrim which I posted yesterday? Can I assume that the Mac
Donnell or Mac Donnells who ran this (it was in their territory, even if
the leaders in the Isles would presumably have been MacDonalds, ie
Scotsmen) would be Sorley Buie MacDonnell and his elder brothers?
Charlie, my man, you've got a good noggin on your shoulders, even if you do
spend the better part of the day upside down in New Zealand. Do you have
marsupial training for the young so that they can function? However ....
Yes. 'Twas the elder brother Angus who was the immediate leader.
Reading 19th century genealogical articles in learned journals affords one
a special pleasure only too few of us enjoy!
The "MacDonnell... Who ran this..." was Angus, the 4th son of Alexander of
Isla. "He was surnamed "Uaibhreach, 'the Proud,' being a brave soldier,
and possessed of great influence as a political leader in the Isles. He
took a leading part in the rebellion of 1545, having for its object, as
already staed, the restoration of his kinsman, Donnell Dhu MacDonnell, to
his hereditary kingdom."
Your candidate comes next. The articles concludes, "We have thus briefly
sketched the lives of four sons of Alexander of Isla, who were
distinguished leaders of the Clan Ian Vor in Antrim. The seventh son,
Sorley Boy, was the best known, and by much the most successful. His
career, both as a military and political leader, is fraught with interest,
and may, properly, form the subject of a distinct paper in a subsequent
number of this JOURNAL."
Thus concludes the article by George Hill.
Cowan, County Down
Cowan, Cowansville, PA
McClay, County Tyrone
> Vol 9 of THE ULSTER JOURNAL Of ARCHAEOLOGY, Belfast: Archer & Sons,
> 1861-1862 contains an article "Notices of the Clan Ian Vor, or
> Clan-Donnell, Scots, Especially of the Branch Settled in Ireland." Clan
> Donnell possessed "hereditary claims on the Antrim coast," through the
> marriage of John Mor Macdonnell to Margery Bissett, "the sole heiress of
> the Glynns of Antrim."
> "These negotiations resulted in a celebrated rendezvous at Carrickfergus,
> on the 5th of August, 1545, where the lords and barons of the Isles,
> assembled with a force of 4000 men and 180 galleys. In the presence of
> commissioners sent by Lennox from England, and of the constable, mayor,
> magistrates of Carrickfergus, the leaders in the Isles took the oath of
> allegiance to Henry VIII. The ceremony was performed in the "chaptour of
> ye Gray Freris of Knokfarguse, in presence of Patrick Colquhoun and
> MacFarlan, Commissionaris send be my Lord the Erll of Lennox, secund
> of ye realme of Scotland ...."