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CodeNA10316
Person NameMacdonald family of Glenaladale and Borrodale; family
Epithetfamily
ActivityThe Macdonalds of Glenaladale (Inverness-shire) are a cadet of the Macdonalds of Clanranald. They first appear in the mid-16th century, in the person of John Macdonald, second son of John Moidartach Macdonald of Clanranald, who died in 1584. His descendant, Alexander Macdonald, was among the first to support Bonnie Prince Charlie in the Jacobite rebellion of 1745-46, and it was on his lands of Glenfinnan that the Stuart standard was raised. His eldest son, John Macdonald, promoted a scheme for assisting emigration to North America, and in 1770 mortgaged his estate to raise funds to buy land on St John's Island where many emigrants settled, himself included once he sold Glenaladale to his cousin, Alexander Macdonald of Borodale, in 1773. He was eldest surviving son of Angus Macdonald of Borodale, second son of John Macdonald, 5th of Glenaladale. That family occupied Borodale (or Borrodale; also in Inverness-shire) from 1626. The last head of the family was Col John Andrew Macdonald (1837-1916), who was twice married but seems to have died without issue.
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