Person NameMacDonell family of Glengarry; family
ActivityThe MacDonells of Glengarry stem from Donald (died c 1420), second son of Reginald or Ranald, the founder of the Clanranald family. His lineal successor, Alexander (died by March 1566), had in 1539 a charter from King James V (1513-1542) of the lands of Glengarry and others (Inverness-shire). His successor, Angus MacDonell, was created Lord MacDonell and Aros by King Charles II (1660-1685) in 1660, but had no issue and the title became extinct. He was succeeded by a cousin, Ranald. On the death of Alastair Ranaldson MacDonell in 1828, the Glengarry estates were heavily encumbered in debts, and it was necessary to sell part of the estate then and the remainder in 1837, leaving only Invergarry Castle and some other land important for the family. His son, Aeneas, emigrated to Australia in 1840 only to return two years later. His eldest son, Alastair, also left Scotland after he succeeded his father, residing in New Zealand at the time of his death in 1862 at the age of 28. The line continued through his brother, Charles MacDonell (1838-1868), on whose death without issue the direct male line from Alastair Dubh of Glengarry became extinct. The representation of the family continued with Aeneas Ranald Macdonald of Scotus (died 1868) as nearest male heir. His eldest son having predeceased him, he was succeeded by his grandson, also Aeneas Ranald Macdonald or MacDonell of Glengarry (died 1901). The line continues to the present day.
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