NameChief John MACKENZIE 9th Of Kintail , M
Birth Dateabt 1482
Birth PlaceKintail, Ross-Shire, Scotland
Death Date1561
Death PlaceInverness-Shire, Scotland
Burial Date1561
Burial PlaceBeauly, Inverness-Shire, Scotland
Burial MemoBeauly Priory
Spouses
Birth Dateabt 1486
Birth PlaceFreuchie, Morayshire, Scotland
Marr Dateabt 1515
Marr PlaceKintail, Ross-Shire, Scotland
ChildrenKenneth , M (~1516-1568)
2UNNAMED , F
ChildrenJanet , F
Notes for Chief John MACKENZIE 9th Of Kintail
(2) He [Kenneth] married, secondly, Agnes Fraser, whose parentage is not certainly known. She had a decree by the Lords of Council ordaining David Ross of Balnagowan to restore certain cattle spulzied by him from the lands of Kynlyn 17 July 1494.

By her, he had issue:

2. John, who succeeded his half-brother.

3. Alexander, ancestor of the Mackenzies of Davochmalung.
4. Roderick, ancestor of the Mackenzies of Achilty. …
5. Mr. Kenneth, priest of Avoch and vicar of Conveth, ancestor of the Mackenzies of Suddie.
6. Agnes, married to Roderick Macleod of Lewis.
7. Catherine, married toi Hector Munro of Fowlis.

The issues of the second marriage are stated to have been legitimised by Pope Alexander VI, but no records of this has been traced in the Vatican archives.

Source: THE SCOTS PEERAGE, ed. by Sir James Balfour Paul, Vol VII, Edinburgh, 1906, p. 496.
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John Mackenzie, known as ‘John of Killin,’ eldest son of Kenneth a’bhlair by his second marriage, obtained through the influence of Lord Lovat, in April 1500, from James Stewart, Duke of Ross, a precept of clare constat including the lands of Kintail.

In 1594, he claimed hereditary right to Meyne, Escadell and other lands in Ross, and about the same time was tenant of Kynellane, Scatell Mekill and Scatell Beg, and later of Kilquilladrum and Mylne of Coulle.

He had a charter of Keantalle, Eleandonnan and other lands, incorporated in the free barony of Eleandonnan, 25 February 1508-9; and in 1511 his uncle Hector, was ordained by the Lords of Council to give his nephew free ingress to the castle of Eleandonnan.

- In 1515, he seized the royal castle of Dingwall, for which act he had a charter of remission dated 1 December.
- In 1526, he was infeft, jointly with his wife in the lands of forhirte, Strathgarvy and Killyn.
- He had harters of Killequhildrum, etc., 25 September 1528;
- of Fotherty, etc., 25 May 1532;
- of Kinlochbanquhorie 30 August 1538;
- of Lagan, etc., 12 December 1540;
- of Meklebrwane, 15 september 1541;
- of Monare, etc., 22 October 1542;
- of Lochbryne, in excambion for Fotherty, to himself and Elizabeth Grant, his wife, 20 June, confirmed 13 September 1543.

In 1540, he was paid for ingathering the customs of Inverness, and for keeping the castle of Sclate.

He fought at Flodden, and on his return home was appointed by the Lords of Council Lieutenant or Guardian of Wester Ross.

He also fought at Pinkie, where he was taken prisoner.

He died in 1561, and was buried at Beauly.

He married Elizabeth, said to have been a daughter of John Grant, second of Freuchie, and

by her had issue:

Kenneth, who succeeded.

Source: THE SCOTS PEERAGE, ed. by Sir James Balfour Paul, Vol VII, Edinburgh, 1906, pp. 498-99.
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IX. JOHN MACKENZIE OF KILLIN, known by that designation from his having generally resided at that place.

He was, as we have seen, the first son of Kenneth, seventh Baron of Kintail, by his second wife Agnes, or Anne of Lovat, and his father being never regularly married, the great body of the clan did not consider John his legitimate heir.

Hector Roy Mackenzie, his uncle, progenitor of the House of Gairloch, a man of great prudence and courage, was by Kenneth a Bhlair appointed tutor to his eldest son, Kenneth Og, then under age,Hector took charge, and on the death of Kenneth Og, found himself in possession of valuable and extensive estates. … He objected to John’s succession on the ground that he was the illegitimate son of Lovat’s daughter, with whom his father, Kenneth, at first did “so erregularly and unlawfully cohabit,” and John’s youth encouraging him, it is said. … Hector declared John illegitimate, and held possession of the estates for himself; and the whole clan, with whom he was a great favourite, submitted to his rule. …

[For an account of Chief John’s recovering his estates and titles, see notes for Hector Roy Mackenzie.]

… [in or about 1545] Kenneth (son of John) was, conjointly with his father, appointed by the Earl of Sutherland—then the Queen’s Lieutenant north of the Spey, and chamberlain of the Earldom of Ross—his deputies in the management of the vast property, at the same time placing them in possession of Ardmeanoch, or Redcastle, which remained ever since, until within a recent period, in the possession of the family, becoming the property of Kenneth’s third son, Ruairidh Mor, first of the house of Redcastle, and progenitor of the family of Kincraig and other well-known branches.

After this, Kintail seems to have lived in peace during the remainder of his long life.

He died at his house at Inverchonan, in 1561, about eighty years of age. He was buried in the family aisle at Beauly.

John had a natural son named Dugall, who lived in Applecross, and married a niece of Macleod of Harris, by whom he had a son and one daughter. The son, also named dugall, was a schoolmaster in chanony, and died without issue. the daughter was married to Duncan Mackenzie, Reraig, and after his death to Mackintosh of Strone. Dugal, the elder, was killed by the Mathesons at Kishorn.

John had also a natural daughter, Janet, who married first Mackay of Reay, and secondly, Roderick Macleod, X of Lewis, with issue - Torquil Cononach; and afterwards “Ian Mor na Tuaighe,” brother of John MacGillechallum of Raasay, with whom she eloped.

He married Elizabeth, daughter of John, tenth Laird of Grant, and

by her had an only son and successor:

X. Kenneth Mackenzie.


For more, see: Source: HISTORY OF THE MACKENZIES, by Alexander Mackenzie, M.J.I., Inverness, 1844, pp. 112-145.
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John Mackenzie
(c.1480-c.1561), or "John of Killin", traditionally reckoned 9th of Kintail, was a Highland chief, being head of the Clan Mackenzie.

John was the son of Kenneth Mackenzie, 7th of Kintail (d.1492) by his second wife, or reputed wife, Agnes Fraser. The Mackenzies' origins lay in the Northwest Highlands, but the centre of their power had by the end of the 15th century shifted to Easter Ross.

John succeeded his half-brother, Kenneth (died 1498-99) in the chiefship while still a minor. It is likely that he achieved his majority in 1501, which suggests that he was born in about 1480.


John is said to have been sent to be educated at Court in Edinburgh (pursuant to an Act of 1496, a legal requirement for boys in his station of life). However, the terms of a bond subscribed by him in favour of the Earl of Huntly suggest that he remained illiterate. ...

Mackenzie's uncle,
Hector Roy Mackenzie of Gairloch, had been appointed tutor to Mackenzie's brother, Kenneth Mackenzie, 8th of Kintail, and on Kenneth's death was left in possession of the greater part of the clan lands. He challenged John's succession on the grounds of his illegitimacy, but was eventually compelled to come to terms with him. ...

Some traces of this dispute are to be found in public records of the time. An Act of the Lords of Council on 7 April 1511 described a summons issued by John against Hector Roy:

"...for the wrongous intromitting, uptaking, and withholding from him of the mails 'fermez', profits, and duties of all and whole the lands of Kintail, with the pertinents lying in the Sherrifdom of Inverness, for the space of seven years together, beginning in the year of God 1501, and also for the space of two years, last bye-past, and for the masterful withholding from the said John Mackenzie of his house and castle of Eilan Donan..."

The Act continues:
"The Lords of Council decree and deliver, that the said Hector has forfeited the keeping and constabulary of the said castle of Eilean Donan, together with the fees granted therefor... and the said John Mackenzie to have free ingress and entry to the said castle..."

Although John and Hector Roy appear ultimately to have made their peace, hostilities flared up again in the next generation. Hector Roy's son, John Glassich Mackenzie, is said to have renewed his father's claim to some or all of the clan's lands and died in mysterious circumstances in Eilean Donan.

In 1551, John Mackenzie (9th of Kintail) and his son received a remission for his imprisonment.


These territorial accretions reflected both the travails of Mackenzie's competitors and the full part played by him in the public life of his time. He fought at the Battle of Flodden Field on 9 September 1513 and is said in the traditional account to have been taken prisoner and to have subsequently escaped.

Be that as it may, Mackenzie was soon after appointed a lieutenant or guardian of Wester Ross in response to Sir Donald Macdonald of Lochalsh's arrogation of the Lordship of the Isles. In 1515, he seized the royal castle at Dingwall, but professed his willingness to surrender it to anyone appointed by the Regent, the Duke of Albany. In 1532, he was included in a commission by James V for suppressing disorder among the Clan Mackintosh.

On 13 December 1545, at Dingwall, the Earl of Sutherland entered into a bond of manrent with Mackenzie for mutual defence against all enemies, reserving only their allegiance to Queen Mary. Two years later, although by then an old man, he joined the muster called by the Earl of Arran at Musselburgh for the Queen's protection and took part in the Battle of Pinkie Cleugh, where he was again captured - and on this occasion released, after the payment of a considerable ransom.

Mackenzie died in 1561 and was buried at Beauly Priory.

Mackenzie married Elizabeth, said to have been a daughter of John Grant, 2nd of Freuchie.

By her, he had a son, his successor, Kenneth Mackenzie, 10th of Kintail.

Source: Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Mackenzie,_9th_of_Kintail
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Notes for Elizabeth (Spouse 1)
John Grant 2nd married (contract 16 September 1484), Margaret, fourth daughter of Sir James Ogilvy of Deskford.

He left issue two legimate sons and five daughters:

1. James, who succeeded him.
2. John, who had a royal charter of the lands and barony of Corriemony 8 December 1509. …
3. Margaret, married … to Thomas Cumming … of Erneside.
4. Anne, married … Hugh Fraser … of Lovat…
5. Agnes, married … Donald Cameron …

6. Elizabeth, married to John Mackenzie of Kintail, and had issue.

7. Christiana, mentioned as a creditor …
8. Another daughter is said to have been married to Hector Mackintosh … no evidence has been found.

John Grant, second of Freuchie, also left a natural son, John (called Ian Mor), …

Source: THE SCOTS PEERAGE, ed. by Sir James Balfour Paul, Vol II, Edinburgh, 1906, pp. 457-.
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Mackenzie married Elizabeth, said to have been a daughter of John Grant, 2nd of Freuchie.

By her, he had a son,

his successor, Kenneth Mackenzie, 10th of Kintail.

Source: Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Mackenzie,_9th_of_Kintail
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