Saturday, August 12, 2006

Vacant possession

MacDonald rebellion against new clan chief
By Auslan Cramb
(Filed: 11/08/2006)

The new chief of one of Scotland's most famous clans is facing a rebellion from his own clansmen after seizing a title that has been vacant since 1848.
After a long legal battle, 75-year-old Ranald MacDonald will be installed next month as chief of the MacDonalds of Keppoch, the first Highland clan to support Bonnie Prince Charlie in 1745.
The retired hearing aid specialist has finally won his case in Edinburgh's Court of Session, but some clan historians say he will receive a lukewarm welcome at his inauguration at Fort William.
His opponents say he has a flawed bloodline because one of his ancestors, Alexander, was the illegitimate son of the last chief, Ranald, who died 158 years ago.
Rory MacDonald, a clan historian from Spean Bridge, Inverness-shire, said: "He may be considered chief by others, but he's not welcome here."
Speaking at his Edinburgh home, Mr MacDonald said the criticism was "codswallop". He added: "The Keppoch clan is back in its homeland."
Daily Telegraph


Blogger gazza27 said...

He died 158 years ago,they should have got over that by now?

8:40 PM  
Blogger ByronB said...

Yeah, guess there's a bit of jealousy there. If he's descended from the blood, then they can't change that, even if there was no proper marriage!
Perhaps they should sort it out with claymores!

12:44 PM  

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