Birth Dateabt 1361
Birth PlaceLochaber, Inverness-Shire, Scotland
Death Date1407
Death PlaceLochaber, Inverness-Shire, Scotland
ChildrenJohn , M (~1350-)
Notes for Lachlan (Spouse 1)
William was twice married;

by his first wife, Florence, daughter of the thane of Calder,
he had one son

[Lachlan], who succeeded him, and

a daughter said to have married Ruari mac Alan mhic Ranald of Moydart; [Footnote: This seems unlikely, if the date of William’s death is correctly given as 1368, as a daughter by his first marriage could scarcely have been born later than 1360, and Ruari mac Alan is believed to have flourished down to about 1480.]

By his second wife, Margaret, daughter of Ruary Mor Macleod of the Lewis, whom he married late in life,
he had, with four daughters, a son,

Malcolm, who eventually aquired the chiefship.

He had also a natural son, Adam, from whom srang the mackintoshes of Glenshee and Glenisla, …

William died at Connage in 1368, and in accordance with his wish, was buried in the island in Loch Arkaig.

Lachlan his eldest son, was at the head of the clan …

Source: THE MACKINTOSHES AND CLAN CHATTAN, by A.M. Mackintosh, Edinburgh, 1903, pp. 38-41

8. Lachlan, the eldest son, was at the head of the clan for nearly forty years, and his chiefship is remarkable for the vigorous prosecution of the feud with the Clan Cameron, and for the occurrence of the notable fight at Perth in 1396 which had so greatly exercised modern antiquaries.

Tradition abounds in notices of the hostilities which raged between Clan Chattan and Clan Cameron in regard to the lands of Glenlui and Loch Arkaig, and especially of the fight at Invernahavon, which some writers think was the immediate cause of the combat at Perth. Each side occasionally carried the war into the other’s country, harrying lands and lifting property after the usual fashion.

In 1370, according to the Kinrara and Macp. MSS. — or, as the historian of Moray has it, in 1386 the Camerons, to the number of about four hundred, made a raid into Badenoch, and were returning home with their booty when they were overtaken at Invernahavon by a body of the Clan Chattan led by Mackintosh in person. Although outnumbering their opponents, the Clan Chattan wellnigh experienced a signal defeat in the engagement which took place, owing to a dispute as to precedence.

Mackintosh is said to have been accompanied by Macpherson,
head of the clan Mhuirich, and Davidson of Invernahavon, with their respective septs; and both of these chieftains claimed the command of the right wing, the post of honour. It is said that Macpherson claimed it as being the male representative of the old chiefs of the clan, wile Davidson contended that by the custom of the clans, the honour should be his, as being the oldest cadet, the representative of the oldest surviving branch. The dispute being referred to Mackintosh, he decided in favour of Davidson, thus offending the Clan Mhuirich, who withdrew, leaving Mackintosh’s force inferior in numbers to that of the Camerons. The battle resulted in the total defeat of the Mackintoshes and Davidsons, the latter being almost entirely cut. But the honour of Clan Chattan was redeemed by the Macphersons, who, generously forgetting for the time the slight that had been put upon them, and remembering only that those who had offended them were their brother clansmen and in distress, attacked the Camerons with such vigour that they soon changed their victory into defeat and put them to flight.

This is the account given on the authority of tradition by the Rev. L. Shaw, and the brief notice in the Kinr. MS. is to the same effect. …

The fact that in the year 1396 a combat was fought at Perth, in the presence of the Scottish Court, between champions from two Highland clans, is so amply and clearly vouched for by History as to leave no room for doubt that such an event actually took place. Not only is the event recorded with apparent attention to exactness of detail, by two contemporary writers, but actual proof of its occurrence if found in the Chamberlain Rolls preserved in the Edinburgh Register House, where, in the computum Custumariorum burgi de Perth, 26th April 1396 to 1st June 1397, credit is taken … for timber, iron, and the erection of the lists for the sixty persons fighting on the Inch (or island). …

The well-authenticated fact of two powerful clans having deputed each thirty champions to fight out a quarrel of old standing in presence of King Robert III and the whole court of Scotland at Perth in the year of grace 1396, seemed to mark with equal distinctness the rancour of these mountain feuds, and the degraded condition of the general government of the country; …

It is natural to suppose that the encounter at Invernahavon, in which both sides suffered severely, would be succeeded by increased activity and ferocity in the prosecution of the quarrel between the two clans, whose mutual holtilities would keep the great part of Badenoch and Lochaber, with a portion of Moray, in a constant state of disquiet and alarm. Thus we see a reason for the interference of the Government; and it may be observed that this interference would scarcely have been thought necessary had the feud been limited to any other of the clans mentioned than the Clans Chattan and Cameron, both being considerable tribes, and both, especially the former, occupying large tracts of country.

The victory falling to the champions of Clan Chattan, the clan over whom they triumphed ought, according to the terms previously arranged, to have forborne any further acts of hostility, and the feud ought to have come to an end. But it is scarcely probable that the rage and hatred of the defeated clan could be so readily controlled. …

After a chiefship of nearly forty years, Lachlan mac William died in 1407,

leaving by his wife, Agnes, daughter of Hugh Fraser of Lovat,

one son Ferquhard who succeeded him,
and a daughter.

From a natural son, John a family of Mackintoshes long settled in Crathiemore in the parish of Laggan, and known as Sliochd In Lea vic Lachland

Source: THE MACKINTOSHES AND CLAN CHATTAN, by A.M. Mackintosh, Edinburgh, 1903, pp. 41-46, 51, 53-4, 67.

Lachlan, chief of Mackintosh, … died in 1407, at a good old age.

In consequence of his age and infirmity, his kinsman, Shaw Mackintosh, had headed the thirthy clan Chattan champions at Perth [1396], and for his success, was rewarded with the possessions of the lands of Rothiemurchus in Badenoch.

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