_John Iain_Borb MACLEOD _ _William Dubh MACLEOD _|_Margaret DOUGLAS _______ _Alexander Alisdair_Crotach MACLEOD _| | | _John MACLAINE __________ | |_[Daughter] MACLAINE __|_________________________ _Tormod [Norman] MACLEOD _| | | _________________________ | | _______________________|_________________________ | |_[youngest_dau] CAMERON _____________| | | _________________________ | |_______________________|_________________________ | |--Alexander MACLEOD | | _________________________ | _______________________|_________________________ | _Hector Mor MACLEAN _________________| | | | _________________________ | | |_______________________|_________________________ |_Giles Julia MACLEAN _____| | _________________________ | _______________________|_________________________ |_____________________________________| | _________________________ |_______________________|_________________________
!BIOGRAPHY: Rev. Dr. Donald MacKinnon and Alick Morrison, THE MACLEODS -- THE GENEALOGY OF A CLAN, Section III, "MacLeod Cadet Families", Edinburgh, The Clan MacLeod Society, 1970, pp. 7-9. This is one of the important MacLeod families omitted by Aleander MacKenzie in his HISTORY OF THE MACLEODS. Alexander MacLeod, the progenitor of the family, was the youngest son of Norman 12th Chief and therefore the brother of Sir Ruairidh Mor 15th Chief of Harris and Dunvegan. He first came into prominence in 1600. "In 1600 Donald Gorm (of Sleat) invaded Rory's lands in Skye, Sir Rory then in Argyle seeking help of Argyle. Alexander, his brother, gathered his tryb of Sioll Tormod and with some of the Sioll Torquill fought the MacDonalds at Binquhillin. All day they fought with great stubborness, fury and ferocity. The MacLeods were defeated, Alexander was wounded and taken prisoner, together with Neill Mack Allister Roy and 30 others of the choysest men among the Seill Tormot. John Mack Tormod and Tormod Mack Tormod (two of Sir Rory's McLeod, his near kinsmen) were slain with divers others." Shortly afterwards, peace was restored between the two Clans and Alexander MacLeod was liberated. In 1608, he is found in the hands of the Duke of Argyll at a time when the Scottish Privy Council was panting to get their claws on Sir Ruairidh of Harris and Dunvegan, who had only too clearly demonstrated to them that he was the wariest eagle in the Hebrides. Hence it was decided that the 'entrie' of his brother, Alexander, would make Rory answerable and obedient. Accordingly Argyll was commanded to convey Alexander to the Castle of Stirling. Argyll replied to the Privy Council in October "quhen I came to Striviling with Allaster McLeod, according to your Lordshipis directions, and thair finding my Lord of Mar, not willing to resave him, becaus the King's pallace is not fitt for wardouris, I deiring to leave in ane uncertainetie hes taken with me him, quhair he salbe assuiredlie unto such tyme that your Lordships sall call him which he hopes will be soon". The Privy Council warned Argyle to be sure and not allow Alexander to escape. In November 1608 Alexander was taken to Edinburgh and imprisoned in Tolbooth. He petitioned to be released from this thieves' hole "in respect of the disease and sickness ctonracted by him there" and he craved to be imprisoned either in the Castle of Edinburgh or in the Blackness. The Lords ordeained him to be conveyed to the latter in December, but in June in the following year, he is a prisoner in Edinburgh Castle. The Privy Council, desperate to reduce Sir Ruairidh Mor to obedience, agreed that "allaster McCleud", brother of the said Rory, should be relieved at the suit of the Earl of Argyle from his ward in the Castle of Edinburgh in order that he may concur with the Earl in bringing the said Rory to obedience. Two days later, Rory McCleud of Dunveggane being "minded" to render his obedience and to come in and offer surety to that effect, and the Lords Commissioners being willing to receive him and give him good conditions, so that others of the Islesmen may be encouraged to imitate his example, "the said Lords grant to the said Rory full liberty to come and go at his pleasure between the Isles and Edinburgh till November next, without risk of apprehension or detention for any cause whatsoever". The Earl of Argyle, who had been fined for the non-appearance of Alexander MacLeod before the Council in November, was no doubt glad that Roderick Mor MacLeod had now to relieve him of his bond of caution of £4000. In 1613 Alexander was active in the island of Lewis, where he apprehended "malcome and William McRorie, McLeudis brether sones to umquhill Neill McCleud, Murdo McEan vc Antaggart, Malcolm McEan vc Antaggart and Donald McAngus". Rorie MacKenzie, Tutor of Kintail, advised the Privy Council to have these Lewismen delivered to Edinburgh and to take specila care to deal "hardlie" with Sir Rory Mor, lest he might be minded "to put the limmeris to libertie". In 1616, "Rory McCleud of Dunveggane" callit "McCleud of Hereis", submitted to the Privy Council and was ready to surrender and exhibit periodically before the Privy Council in Edinburgh eight of the principal men of his clan as a guarantee of his readiness to obey the laws of the realm. Among these we find Allaster McCleud, his (i.e., Sir Roderick Mor's) "bruther", who was exhibited in 1617 and 1621. In 1626 Alexander MacLeod of Talisker or Minginish was dead. He married his first wife, Marjory MacKenzie, but it is not state who she was. He married, secondly, Margaret, daughter of Sir Lauchlan MacKinnon, 14th Chief of the Clan MacKinnon.