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One of the great figures in Scottish history was a man named
Somerled who became the first 'Lord Of The Isles'. He
was an ancestor to many Scottish clans: MacDougall, MacDonald,
MacDonell, MacRanald, Alexander, MacAlister,and MacIain. His
grandson Donald, founded Clan Donald, and Donald's grandson
Iain Sprangach was the progenitor of the MacIains.
This early ancestry was as follows:


0 Somerled ca.1100-1164
+ Ragenhildis
.. 1 Dugall
.... 2 Duncan d.1244
...... 3 King Ewin?, or John d.1282
.... 2 Dugall
.... 2 James
.... 2 (2 unknown)
.. 1 Angus
.... 2 Angus
.. 1 Reginald d.1207
.. + Fonia
.... 2 Roderick
...... 3 Dugall
...... 3 Allen MacRaury
........ 4 Christine of the Isles
........ 4 Roderick d.1320
........ 4 Ronald
.... 2 Dugall
.... 2 Donald d.before 1249
.... + (Daughter of Walter, High Steward of Scotland)
...... 3 Angus Mor MacDonald
...... + (Daughter of Dougal McRaury)
........ 4 Alexander
........ 4 Angus Og
........ 4 Iain Sprangach "The Bold"



Historians relate that Ardnamurchan, a rocky penninsula on the west coast
of Scotland, was at one time under the influence of a Norse Lord who so
angered the inhabitants that they rose up and put him to death. After
this act they appealed to the then Lord of the Isles, Angus Mor MacDonald,
for protection against Norse retribution. He sent his third son Iain Sprangach,
who took possession of Ardnamurchan and fulfilled his duty by preventing
Norse incursions, and in so doing founded Clan MacIain.
The succession of the MacIain clan chiefs in Ardnamurchan was as follows:


1 Iain Sprangach (1st Chief 1260-1306, Succeeded by son Angus)
..2 Angus (2nd Chief 1306-1363, Succeeded by son Alexander)
...3 Alexander (3rd Chief 1363-1411, Died at the battle of Harlaw, Succeeded by son John)
....4 John (4th Chief 1411-1470, Succeeded by son Alexander)
.....5 Alexander (5th Chief 1470-1493, Succeeded by nephew John Brayach)
......6 Fynvola (m. Hugh, 1st baron of Sleat, 3rd son of Alexander,Earl of Ross and Lord of the Isles.)
......6 Florence (m.Allan MacRory of Clanrandal)
.....5 John
......6 John Brayach (6th Chief 1493-1518, John and his three elder sons were killed in battle. He was nominally
succeeded by son Alexander who was a minor and did not reach maturity, and finally
succeeded by his grandson, Alexander.)
.......7 Donald
........8 Alexander (7th Chief 1520-1561, Succeeded by son John)
.........9 John (8th Chief 1561-1591, Succeeded by son John Og)
..........10 John Og (9th Chief 1591-1596, On the eve of his marriage to a daughter of Cameron of Lockiel
he was slain, and succeeded by his Uncle.)
..........10 Una
.........9 Donald (10th Chief 1596, Was slain in battle with the Camerons and succeeded by his nephew.)
.........9 Alexander
..........10 John MacAllister (11th Chief 1596-1610, Succeeded by son Alexander)
...........11 Alexander (12th Chief 1610-1625, Was a minor at the time of his father's death. His Uncle, Donald,
acted as Tutor. He was forced to give up his right to Ardnamurchan and in 1625 migrated
to Inverness-shire with his brother John)
...........11 John
..........10 Donald
.......7 Somerled
.......7 John of Sunart
.......7 Alexander (Nominal Chief 1518-1520)
.......7 Catherine
.......7 Mariota (m.MalColm MacDuffie of Colonsay, buried at Iona)