Birth Dateabt 1343
Birth PlaceRothiemurcus, Inverness-Shire, Scotland
Death Date1368
Death PlaceConnage, Lochaber, Inverness-Shire, Scotland
Burial Date1368
Burial PlaceIsland, Loch Arkaig, Scotland
Burial MemoBuried on an island in the lake.
MotherLady Eva Of Chattan , F (~1293-)
ChildrenAdam , M
Notes for William (Spouse 1)
After a long chiefship, marked by important events in the history both of the clan and of the country at large, Angus [6th Chief] died in 1345.

Besides his successor, William, he had, with two daughters, six other sons:

1. William, his successor

2. John, ancestor of the Mackintoshes, later Shaws of Rothimurcus;
3. Angus “Og,” ancestor of the Mackintoshes of Dalmunzie;
4. Malcolm, killed at Durham in 1346, whose grandson William, having fled into Mar on account of a murder, became the progenitor of some families of Mackintoshes in that district;
5. Ferquhard, also killed at Durham;
6. Duncan, whose son Iver was killed at Drumlui;
7. Shaw.

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

7. William’s chiefship was signalised by the commencement of a long and bloody feud with the Camerons.

The removal of his parents from their lands in Lochaber … [followed by the possession of the lands being] assumed by the Camerons, who for some years occupied them without disturbance; that William, on attaining manhood, demanded the restoration of his inheritance, but that his claim was denied and his demand refused by the Camerons, on the ground that the lands had been deserted, and now of right belonged to themselves, who had been the first to seize and occupy them. William is said to have then endeavoured to substantiate his claim by force of arms; the Kinrara MS. mentions a battle at Drumlui in Which William was victorious over Donald Alin vic Ewin vic Ian; and thus commenced the feud between the two clans which was not finally extinguished till near the close of the 17th century.

Whatever the amount of truth contained in this record of tradition, there seems little reason to doubt that in 1336, during his father’s lifetime, William Mackintosh obtained from John of Isla, afterwards Lord of the Isles, a right to the old clan Chattan lands of Glenlui and Loch ArkaigJohn having received the lordship of Lochaber, with other territories, from Edward Baliol in 1335.

On the fall of Baliol from his brief elevation, and on his resigning the kingdom and crown to the King of England in 1356-7, Mackintosh, judging probably that a title so acquired would be insufficient under the new order of things, obtained from David II a confirmation, dated at Scone the last day of February 1359, of the grant made by the Lord of Isla. William had thus a legal right to the lands, but in his time, legal right was often of only secondary importance, so that not being able to dislodge the Camerons, and the law being powerless in these remote districts, he was compelled, however unwillingly, to behold this portion of his inheritance in the hands of strangers.

The MS. also states that William obtained a new lease of Rothimurcus from the Bishop of Moray, John Pilmore, dated 19 March 1347-8.

Although apparently somewhat of a man of business, as is shown by the additions he made to his family property and his carefulness to secure what he had by confirmation or renewal, this chief was not behind his predessors in war-like exploits. While yet a young man, and during his father’s lifetime, he had engaged on the side of David II in the second war of independence, and some years later he took part in that King’s expedition into England, which terminated in the disastrous battle of Durham, or Nevill’s Cross, fought 17 Oct. 1346, when the Scots suffered a signal defeat and their king was taken prisoner. Mackintosh’s feudal superior, John Earl of Moray, whom he may be assumed to have followed in the expedition, was among those killed on the field.

William was twice married;

(1) by his first wife, Florence, daughter of the Thane of Calder,

he had one son

1. [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.]

(2) 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,

2. Malcolm, who eventually aquired the chiefship.

He had also a natural son, Adam, from whom sprang 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, p. 38-41
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