Alexander MACLEOD (IV of Balmeanach)

Father: Donald MACLEOD

                                                          _Alexander MACLEOD _
                                     _Alexander MACLEOD _|_Marsaline MACNEIL _
                   _Donald MACLEOD _|
                  |                 |                     _Kenneth MACKENZIE _
                  |                 |_Flora MACKENZIE ___|____________________
 _Donald MACLEOD _|
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|--Alexander MACLEOD 
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!SOURCE: Rev. Dr. Donald MacKinnon, THE MACLEODS: THE GENEALOGY OF A CLAN, Section III, "Cadet Families", Edinburgh, The Clan MacLeod Society, 1970, p. 96. Alexander was born about 1724, and was known in Skye and the Isles as 'Sandy Balmeanach'. During the exciting times of the 1745 Jacobite Rising he acted as a messenger between MacLeod of MacLeod and the notorious Simon, Lord Lovat. The latter, in a letter to Donald Cameron of Lochiel (written about 1st November 1745), calls Sandy a 'little sneaking gentleman' [MacKenzie: HISTORY OF THE FRASERS, p. 407.]. When the Independent Companies were raised, Sandy received a lieutenant's commission, under Capt John MacLeod of Talisker, in the MacLeod Company. On 15th January 1746, he, along with MacLeod of MacLeod and other Skye officers, was admitted a burgess of Forres [Warrand: MORE CULLODEN PAPERS, IV, p. 177.] Perhaps Sandy MacLeod is best remembered as the officer whom Flora MacDonald so cleverly hoodwinked in Monkstadt House, Trotternish, on Sunday, 29th June 1746, on the occasion of her arrival in Skye from Benbecula in charge of the Prince [see THE TRUTH ABOUT FLORA MACDONALD, p. 34.] When the Fraser Highlanders (the 78th Regiment) were raised for service abroad, in 1757, Sandy MacLeod obtained a commission as Lieutenant in the regiment, and went overseas. He was present at Quebec, Canada, in 1760, and was wounded. he retired from the army with the rank of Captain, and returned to Balmeanach, where he died on 7th April 1772. Before he died he received a new tack of Balmeanach, which was to endure for thirty-eight years from whitsunday 1773. His widow, whose name is not known, was in Balmeanach in 1773, but she was dead by 1778. In that year her brother-in-law, Major Roderick MacLeod, succeeded to the tack.

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