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Stories about Ranald MacDonald of Milton, 12 April 1870

Identifier: Coll-97/CW150/78

Scope and Contents

Stories collected from Mrs MacLellan, Ormacleit/Ormaclete, Uibhist a Deas/South Uist, about Captain Ranald MacDonald, father of Flora MacDonald, telling how he built the first house at Nunton [Baile nan Cailleach, Beinn na Faoghla/Benbecula] 'after the Tota mhòr was burnt in 1715 - the night of Sheriffmuir. Allan was the Clanranald who was killed there', noting that he was killed by a man he had sent out of the country who shot him with a sixpence. Allan MacDonald of Clanranald is also quoted as saying, 'Buil[l]e an diugh is gul a ma[i]r[each] Bu duine an de e.' Flora's father is described as handsome and a companion of this Allan MacDonald. The story continues that the dowager Lady Clanranald [Marion MacDonald] fell in love with him and not knowing how to deal with it, Ranald sought advice from his friend Allan, her son. Allan said he would lock Ranald up and pretend he was being sent overseas but when his mother heard this, she said that she would find a new father for him, if he did not free him. So Ranald was released and obliged to marry Allan's mother, with whom he had a daughter 'who died after having been several years in school in Glasgow.'


  • Creation: 12 April 1870

Language of Materials

Gaelic English

Conditions Governing Access

This material is unrestricted.


From the Series: 64 folios ; 17 x 20.3 cm