NameChief Reginald / Ranald MACDONALD 1st Of Garmoran , M
Birth Dateabt 1350
Birth PlaceCastle Terrim, Moidart, Scotland
Death Date1386
Death PlaceCastle Terrim, Moidart, Scotland
Burial Date1386
Burial PlaceIsle Of Iona, Scotland
Spouses
ChildrenAllan , M
 Donald , M
Notes for Chief Reginald / Ranald MACDONALD 1st Of Garmoran
(1) John married first, about 1337, Amy or Euphemia, daughter of Roderick MacRuari of Garmoran,

and by her had:

1. John, who married Ellen, daughter of Gillespic Campbell …

2. Reginald, ancestor of the Clanranald. …

3. Godfrey received as his portion the lands of North Ulst. …

(2) John, Lord of the Isles, married secondly, Margaret, daughter of King Robert II and had by her:

4. Donald, his successor in the lordship of the Isles
5. John Mor, known as Iain Mor Tainisteir. …
6. Angus, died s.p.
7. Alexander, known as Alastair Carrach, from whom the Macdonald of Keppoch…
8. Hugh. who obtained from Robert II, before his accession to the throne a charter …
9. Marcus, from whom are descended the Macdonalds of Cnocancluith in Tyrone.
10. Mary, married to Lachlan Maclean of Duart….
11. Elizabeth, married to Angus Dubh Mackay of Strathnaver.

Source: THE SCOTS PEERAGE, ed. by Sir James Balfour Paul, Vol V, Edinburgh, 1906, pp. 36-40.
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Reginald, ancestor of Clanranald. Reginald handed over his right of succession to his half-brother, Donald, eldest son of the second marriage.


He succeeded his mother in the lands of Garmoran. These included Moidart, Arisaig, Morar, Knoydart, Eigg, Rum, Uist, and Harris. His father confirmed him in these lands by charter dated 1372, and added the lands of Sunart and Letterlochette, Ardgour Hawlaste, and sixty-mark lands in Lochaber, all to be held of the Lord of the Isles and his heirs. This charter was afterwards confirmed by Robert II in the same year.

Reginald died at Castle Tirrim, his principal residence, in 1386, and was buried in Iona.

He is said to have married a daughter of Walter Stewart, Earl of Atholl, but dates render this impossible, and

his wife had not been ascertained.

He had five sons, whether all of them by one marriage is not certain:

1. Allan, who continued the line of Clanranald
2. Donald, from whom the Macdonalds of Glengarry
3. John Dall, who left one son, John
4. Angus Riabhach, of whose family there were three generations in possession of Morar and Benbecula.
5. Dougall of Sunart, from whom the Siol Dhughaill.

Source: THE SCOTS PEERAGE, ed. by Sir James Balfour Paul, Vol V, Edinburgh, 1906, p.39
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THE CLANRANALD OF GARMORAN, comprehending the families of Moydert, Morar, Knoydert, and Glengarry.

Ranald, younger son of John, Lord of the Isles, and of the heiress of Macruari,
His descendants came, in time, to form the most numerous tribe of the clandonald.

During the whole of the fifteenth century, they seem to have been engaged in feuds regarding the lands which they occupied—first with the Siol Gorrie, and, after the decay of that tribe, with Hugh of Sleat, from whose successor they succeeded in acquiring a legal title to the disputed lands.

Allan MacRuari, great-grandson of Ranald, and chief of the Clanranald, was one of the principal supporter of Angus, the young Lord of the Isles, at the battle of the Bloody Bay; and he likewise followed Alexander of Lochalsh, in his invasion of Ross and Cromarty, in 1491, receiving a large share of the booty taken upon that occasion.

The Clanranald, being very prolific, were connected, by marriage, with almost every family of note in the Isles and adjacent Highlands. Contemporary with Allan MacRuari, were John Macranald of Glengarry, Allan Macranald of Knoydert, and Angus Macranald of Morar; being, next to himself, the leading men of the tribe.

The possessions of the Clanranald seem, at this time, to have comprehended nearly the whole of Uist and Benbecula, the Lordship of Garmoran, and the northwest part of Lochaber; in addition to which, the district of Sunart was claimed by Allan MacRuari, as a tenant under John Cathanach of Isla.

The style usually borne by the chief of this clan was Macranald of Moydert, captain of the Clanranald; and, in Gaelic, “Mac Mhic Ailein,” i.e. Mac Vic Allan, or the son of Allan’s son.

Glengarry had the Gaelic style of “Mac Mhic Alasdair,” i.e. Mac Vic Alaster, or the son of Alexander’s son;

and Knoydert bore that of “Mac Ailein Mnic Ailein,’ i.e. Mac Allan Vic Allan, or, the son of Allan the son of Allan.

Source: HISTORY OF THE WESTERN HIGHLANDS & ISLES OF SCOTLAND, by Donald Gregory, Edinburgh, 1836, pp. 65-66.
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