Saturday, February 13, 2021

Aeneas Ranald Euan MacDonell of Glengarry, 23rd Chief of Glengarry 1941-2021

 _.Aeneas Ranald Euan MacDonell of Glengarry, 23rd Chief of Glengarry, died 30 January, 2021. He was 79.

He was born 11 November, 1941, the elder son of of Air Commodore Aeneas Ranald Donald MacDonell of Glengarry, CB, DFC, 22nd Chief of Glengarry [1913-1999], and his first wife the former Diana Dorothy Keane [1915-80], scion of the Keane baronets.

He married in 1969 [div 1996], [Dorothy] Anne Hind, daughter of Stanley James Hind, of Guildford, Surrey, by whom he had two daughters, Fiona Jane [born 1971], and Victoria Ann [born 1972].

Clan MacDonell of Glengarry is a branch of Clan Donald taking its name from Glen Garry where the river Garry runs eastwards through Loch Garry to join the Great Glen about 16 miles (25 km) north of Fort William. The principal families descended from the house of Glengarry were the McDonells of Barrisdale, in Knoydart, Greenfield, and Lundie.

The MacDonells of Glengarry claim descent from Donald, one of the five sons of Ranald (d.1386), chief of Clanranald. The parents of Ranald (d.1386) were John of Islay, Lord of the Isles, 6th chief of Clan Donald and Ami MacRuairi the heiress to the chiefship of Clanranald.

The two distant relatives, John of Islay and Amie MacRuairi both descend from Ranald (d.1207), son of King Somerled. They married and their son Ranald (d.1386) became chief of Clanranald. Ranald was also expected to succeed his father, John of Islay as chief of Clan Donald. However John of Islay later married Margaret Stewart, the daughter of Robert II of Scotland. They had a son called Donald who became the next chief of Clan Donald.

Ranald (d.1386) had five sons. One of these five, Alan (d.1430) succeeded him as chief. Another of the five sons, Donald (d.1420) became chief of the MacDonells of Glengarry.


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