Donegan, most refers to a Gaelic Irish clan from Munster. The name is diminutive of Donn; the most prominent dynasty were an Érainn people of the Múscraige and provided a King of Munster in the 10th century in the form of Flaithbertach mac Inmainén. Much the family provided the Dungan Baronets and two Earls of Limerick, the most notable of which Thomas Dongan, 2nd Earl of Limerick was a Governor of New York. Numerous spelling variations of the surname Donegan exist in Anglicised form. Different spellings include Donegan, Doneghan, Donagan, Donnaghan, Dunnegan, O'Donegan, O'Dunnegan, O'Donnaghan, Donegin, Donnagen, Donnegen, Donnigan, Dunnican, Dunigan, Dunnigan, McDunnigan, McDonegan, Dongan, Dongen and many more, it was first found in the County Cork where they were anciently seated at Muskerry moving to Limerick and Dublin. It is the name of a townland in Ballyloughloe civil parish, barony of Clonlonan, County Westmeath. According to Patrick Woulfe's Irish Names and Surnames "The name of several distinct families in Ireland.
They were chiefs of the extensive district of Ara, now the barony of Ara in the north-west of Co. Tipperary, of Ui Cuanach, now the barony of Coonagh in Co. Limerick, they are mentioned in the Annals during the 11th and 12th century, but after the Anglo-Norman invasion they began to decline and soon disappeared from history. Their territory in times was occupied by a branch of the O'Briens, the chief of, styled Mac I Brien Ara; the O'Donegans of Cork were anciently chiefs of the Three Plains, now the barony of Orrery in the neighborhood of Rathluirc. Their patrimony was granted by King John of England to William de Barry, under the name of Muskerry-Donegan. There were in ancient times, three distinct families of O'Donegans in Ulster, the name is still extant in that province; the O'Donegans were numerous in North Connacht. Variations of the spelling, including Duigenan, Dignan and Degnan, may derive from another Irish family, the Clan Ó Duibhgeannáin of Co. Roscommon and Co. Leitrim. Dinnegan is an anglicized form of the Gaelic Irish surname Ó Duinnegáin which itself is a variant of Ó Donnagáin.
As Dinnegan it is found exclusively in County Longford where the family is a branch of Ó Donnagáin of Westmeath, where the name is anglicized as Donegan and Dongan. The "census" of 1659 and the Fiants of 1540 to 1601 show that in the seventeenth century the name was numerous in the barony of Rathconrath, Co. Westmeath and in the barony of Athlone. There were a good number in Co. Sligo whereas two or three generations earlier O'Donegans were found not only in west Leinster but to an equal extent in Co. Cork and adjacent parts of Munster; the Westmeath O'Donegans, who held the manor of Kildrought, Co. Kildare, from the Earls of Kildare, were established in Leix and Offaly, where their territory was known as Críoch Dungan. Of this family was Thomas Donegan or Dongan Earl of Limerick, framer of the celebrated New York Dongan Charter of 1686, his elder brother the first Earl was attainted as a Jacobite in 1691. Their father was Sir John Dongan, Bart. of Castletown, Co. Kildare. Another distinguished member of the Castletown family was Thomas Dongan, a lawyer who, after being reduced to dire poverty by the aftermath of the Rising of 1641, became a Baron of the Exchequer at the Restoration.
Dunegan Castle in Co. Westmeath is a few miles northeast of Athlone; the Annals of Loch Cé record the death in 1029 of Donnchadh Ó Donnagáin King of Fermanagh and in 1113 of Ó Donnagáin "royal heir" thereof. Notable among the clan after the loss of Fermanagh was a medieval Manx prelate. After holding the position of Archdeacon of Down, he held three successive bishoprics and the Isles where the Manx variation of the name "Dunnigan" is common to this day. Since the birth of his son, Jon Dunnigan the eldest son of the family to this day is named John. Barry Donegan, American singer and songwriter Batt Donegan, former Irish politician Cheryl Donegan, American artist Dan Donegan, American musician Dorothy Donegan, jazz pianist Edward Donegan, American bootlegger Horace William Baden Donegan, English prelate John Donegan, medieval Manx prelate Lawrence Donegan and journalist Lonnie Donegan, skiffle musician Paddy Donegan, former Irish politician John Dongan, Manx prelate Thomas Dongan, Irish judge, great-uncle of Thomas Dongan, 2nd Earl of Limerick Thomas Dongan, 2nd Earl of Limerick, member of Irish Parliament and Governor of New York State Warren S. Dungan, American politician and lawyer James I.
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Clan MacAulay spelt Macaulay or Macauley is a Scottish clan. The clan was centred on the lands of Ardincaple, which are today consumed by the little village of Rhu and burgh of Helensburgh in Argyll and Bute; the MacAulays of Ardincaple were located in the traditional county of Dunbartonshire, which straddles the "Highland Line" between the Scottish Highlands and Lowlands. Clan MacAulay has been considered a "Highland clan" by writers and has been linked by various historians to the original Earls of Lennox and in times to Clan Gregor; the MacAulays of Ardincaple, like Clan Gregor and several other clans, have traditionally been considered one of the seven clans which make up Siol Alpin. This group of clans were said to have claimed descent from Cináed mac Ailpín, King of the Picts, from whom kings of Scotland traced their descent; the chiefs of Clan MacAulay were styled Laird of Ardincaple. Clan MacAulay dates, to the 16th century; the clan was engaged in several feuds with neighbouring clans.
However, the clan's fortunes declined in the 18th centuries. After the decline and fall of Clan MacAulay, which ended with the death of Aulay MacAulay in the mid-18th century, the clan became dormant. With the revival of interest in Scottish clans in the 20th century a movement was organised to revive Clan MacAulay; the modern organisation strove to unite the three unrelated groups of MacAulays, all who bore the surname MacAulay, under one clan and chief. In 2002, the clan appointed a potential chief of Clan MacAulay, but his petition for formal recognition was denied by the Lord Lyon King of Arms; the Lord Lyon ruled that the petitioner did not meet two criteria: anyone without a blood link to a past chief must be Clan Commander for ten years before being considered for recognition, that the chiefship in question was of the MacAulays of Ardincaple and not of all MacAulays. To date, Clan MacAulay does not have a chief recognised by the Lord Lyon King of Arms, therefore can be considered an Armigerous clan.
There are many different families of MacAulays from both Ireland and Scotland which are not related and are considered to have no historical connection with Clan MacAulay. These include the Scottish Macaulays from the Western Isles. Irish families of MacAulays with no connection with Clan MacAulay are the McAuleys of Co Offaly and Co Westmeath, the McAuleys in Ulster, the'MacAuleys of the Glens'. The'MacAuleys of the Glens', have been thought to have been Scottish. Clan MacAulay, or the family of the MacAulays of Ardincaple, is first recorded within the lands of Dunbartonshire, controlled in the Middle Ages by the mormaers of Lennox. Within the kindred of the mormaers, forms of the Gaelic given name Amhlaíbh were used by family members. One such Amhlaíbh was a younger son of Earl of Lennox; this Amhlaíbh was the subject of a lay attributed to the poet Muireadhach Albanach Ó Dálaigh in which Muireadhach's Lennox property was named Ard nan Each. The Gaelic àrd means "high". Amhlaíbh and his descendants were the lords of Faslane and an extensive tract of land along the Gare Loch.
The seat of Clan MacAulay was located at Ardincaple, situated on the shores of the Gare Loch in what is now the village of Rhu and town of Helensburgh. The place-name Ardincaple has been stated to be derived the Gaelic form of "cape of the horses" and "height of the horses". According to William Charles Maughan writing at the end of the 19th century, the Ardincaple estate had two main residences, one at Ardincaple, the other to the north at Faslane. Maughan stated that the site of the castle of Faslane could be distinguished, at the time of his writing, "by a small mound near the murmuring burn which flows into the bay". Geoffrey Stell's census of mottes in Scotland lists only four in Dunbartonshire. Maughan wrote that at Faslane there stood an oak tree at place called in Scottish Gaelic Cnoch-na-Cullah. According to legend, when a cock crowed beneath the branches of the old oak upon the knoll, a member of Clan MacAulay was about to die; the actual ancestry of Clan MacAulay is uncertain. The recorded chiefs of the clan were the lairds of Ardincaple and styled with the territorial designation: of Ardincaple.
The early 18th century Scottish heraldist Alexander Nisbet claimed the clan descended from Morice de Arncappel, listed in the Ragman Rolls as swearing homage to Edward I in 1296. According to Nisbet, "Maurice de Arncaple is the ancestor of the Lairds of Ardincaple in Dumbartonshire, who were designed Ardincaples of that Ilk, till King James V.'s time, that Alexander the head of the family, took a fancy and called himself Alexander Macaulay of Ardincaple, from a predecessor of his own of the name of Aulay, to humour a patronymical designation, as being more agreeable to the head of a clan than the designation of Ardincaple of that Ilk". The 18th century antiquary Walter MacFarlane stated that the MacAulays of Ardincaple derived their name from an Aulay MacAulay of that Ilk, who lived during the reign of James III. According to George Fraser Black, the territorial designation Ardincaple did not become an ordinary surname until the 15th century. Several men with the surname Ardincaple or styled of Ardincaple are recorded in the Mediaeval Scottish records.
The Iverni were a people of early Ireland first mentioned in Ptolemy's 2nd century Geography as living in the extreme south-west of the island. He locates a "city" called Ivernis in their territory, observes that this settlement has the same name as the island as a whole, Ivernia; the name Iverni has been derived from Proto-Indo-European *PiHwerjoHn, "the fertile land". It was once the name given to all the peoples of Ireland, but by Ptolemy's time had a more restricted usage applicable to the inhabitants of the south-west; these Iverni can be identified linguistically with the Érainn, a people attested in Munster and elsewhere in the early Middle Ages. The prehistoric Érainn royal dynasties are sometimes referred to as the Dáirine. In early Irish genealogical tracts the Érainn are regarded as an ethnic group, distinct from the Laigin and Cruthin. Population groups in Munster classed as Érainn include the Corcu Loígde in southwest County Cork, the Múscraige in Counties Cork and Tipperary, the Corcu Duibne in County Kerry, the Corcu Baiscinn in west County Clare.
The Dál Riata and Dál Fiatach in Ulster are considered Érainn. The Érainn appear to have been a powerful group in the proto-historic period, but in early historical times were reduced to politically marginal status, with the notable exception of the enigmatic Osraige; the most important of the Munster Érainn, the Corcu Loígde, retained some measure of prestige after they had become marginalised by the Eóganachta in the 7th or 8th century. It is that the sometimes powerful Uí Liatháin and their close kin the Uí Fidgenti belonged to the Érainn/Dáirine as well, but were counted among the Eóganachta for political reasons. Another prominent Érainn people of early Munster are believed to have been the Mairtine, who by the early historical period have vanished from the Irish landscape, although they may be in part ancestral to the Déisi Tuisceart and Dál gCais; the Déisi Muman may have had Érainn origins, but this has long been disputed. It seems the Iverni were related to the Darini of eastern Ulster.
The name "Darini" implies descent from an ancestor called Dáire, as claimed by several historical peoples identified as Érainn, including the Dál Riata and Dál Fiatach in eastern Ulster as well as the Érainn of Munster. An early name for Dundrum, County Down, is recorded as Dún Droma Dáirine, the name Dáirine was applied to the Corcu Loígde, further suggesting a relationship between the Darini and the Iverni; the genealogies trace the descent of the Érainn from two separate eponymous ancestors, Ailill Érann and Íar mac Dedad. Legendary relatives of the latter include the Cland Dedad, a Munster people who appear in the Ulster Cycle, led by Cú Roí, son of Dáire mac Dedad, the legendary High King Conaire Mór, grandson of Iar and ancestor of the Síl Conairi; the historical sept of the Uí Maicc Iair and the MAQI IARI of ogham inscriptions appear to be related. The personal name Iar is another variant of the root present in Iverni and Érainn; the name Íth, given in the genealogies as the ultimate ancestor of the Corcu Loígde and offering some confusion about their parentage and relation to the Iverni, in fact preserves the same Indo-European root *peiH-, thus in effect completing a basic picture of the Iverni/Érainn and their kindred in historical Ireland.
Ivernic is a hypothetical language proposed by T. F. O'Rahilly, he suggested. He suggested this language was spoken by the Iverni, that they invaded Ireland from Britain, bringing with them the language. O'Rahilly identifies two words recorded in the Sanas Cormaic as coming from Ivernic: ond = "stone" and fern = "anything good", his theory has been refuted and is not accepted by experts. Furthermore, by the proto-historic period, the Iverni were evidently Goidelic-speaking, as ogham inscriptions in Primitive Irish are most abundant in Counties Cork and Kerry. History of Ireland List of Irish kingdoms List of Celtic tribes Mac Con
Dundalk is the county town of County Louth, Ireland. It is on the Castletown River, which flows into Dundalk Bay, is near the border with Northern Ireland, halfway between Dublin and Belfast, it has associations with the mythical warrior hero Cú Chulainn. The Dundalk area has been inhabited since at least 3500 BC during the Neolithic period. A tangible reminder of this early presence can still be seen in the form of the Proleek Dolmen, the eroded remains of a megalithic tomb located in the Ballymascanlon area to the north of Dundalk. Celtic culture arrived in Ireland around 500 BC. According to the legendary historical accounts, the group settled in North Louth were known as the Conaille Muirtheimne and took their name from Conaill Carnagh, legendary chief of the Red Branch Knights of Ulster, their land now forms lower Dundalk. Dundalk had been developed as an unwalled Sráid Bhaile; the streets passed along a gravel ridge which runs from the present day Bridge Street in the North, through Church Street to Clanbrassil Street to Earl Street, to Dublin Street.
In 1169 the Normans set about conquering large areas. By 1185 a Norman nobleman named Bertram de Verdun erected a manor house at Castletown Mount and subsequently obtained the town's charter in 1189. Another Norman family, the De Courcys, led by John de Courcy, settled in the Seatown area of Dundalk, the "Nova Villa de Dundalke". Both families assisted in the fortification of the town, building walls and other fortification in the style of a Norman fortress; the town of Dundalk was developed as it lay close to an easy bridging point over the Castletown River and as a frontier town, the northern limit of The Pale. In 1236 Bertram's granddaughter, Rohesia commissioned Castle Roche to fortify the region, to offer protection from the Irish territory of Ulster; the town was sacked during the Bruce campaign. After taking possession of the town Edward Bruce proclaimed himself King of Ireland and remained here for nearly a whole year before his army was defeated and himself slain after being attacked by John de Birmingham.
Dundalk had been under Royalist control for centuries, until 1647 when it became occupied by The Northern Parliamentary Army of Colonel George Monck. The modern town of Dundalk owes its form to Lord Limerick in the 17th century, he commissioned the construction of streets leading to the town centre. In addition to the demolition of the old walls and castles, he had new roads laid out eastwards of the principal streets; the most important of these new roads connected a newly laid down Market Square, which still survives, with a linen and cambric factory at its eastern end, adjacent to what was once an army cavalry and artillery barracks. In the 19th century, the town grew in importance and many industries were set up in the local area, including a large distillery; this development was helped by the opening of railways, the expansion of the docks area or'Quay' and the setting up of a board of commissioners to run the town. The partition of Ireland in May 1921 turned Dundalk into a border town and the Dublin–Belfast main line into an international railway.
The Irish Free State opened customs and immigration facilities at Dundalk to check goods and passengers crossing the border by train. The Irish Civil War of 1922–23 saw a number of confrontations in Dundalk; the local Fourth Northern Division of the Irish Republican Army under Frank Aiken, who took over Dundalk barracks after the British left, tried to stay neutral but 300 of them were detained by the National Army in August 1922. However, a raid on Dundalk Gaol freed over 100 other anti-treaty prisoners. Aiken did not try to hold the town and before withdrawing he called for a truce in a meeting in the centre of Dundalk; the 49 Infantry Battalion and 58 Infantry Battalion of the National Army were based in Dundalk along with No.8 armoured locomotive and two armoured cars of their Railway Protection Corps. For several decades after the end of the Civil War, Dundalk continued to function as a market town, a regional centre, a centre of administration and manufacturing, its position close to the border gave it considerable significance during the "Troubles" of Northern Ireland.
Many people were sympathetic to the cause of the Provisional Irish Republican Sinn Féin. It was in this period that Dundalk earned the nickname'El Paso', after the Texan border town of the same name on the border with Mexico. In December 2000, Taoiseach Brian Cowen welcomed US president Bill Clinton to Dundalk to mark the conclusion of the Troubles and the success of the Northern Ireland peace process. Cowen said: Dundalk is a meeting point between Dublin and Belfast, has played a central role in the origin and evolution of the peace process. More than most towns in our country, Dundalk, as a border town, has appreciated the need for a lasting and just peace. On 1 September 1973, the 27 Infantry Battalion of the Irish Army was established with its Headquarters in Dundalk barracks, renamed Aiken Barracks in 1986 in honour of Frank Aiken. Dundalk suffered economically when Irish membership of the European Economic Community in the 1970s exposed local manufacturers to foreign competition that they were ill-equipped to cope with.
The result was the closure of many local factories, resulting in the highest unemployment rate in Leinster, Ireland's richest province. High unemployment produced serious s
Mac Diarmada spelled Mac Diarmata, is an Irish surname, the surname of the ruling dynasty of Moylurg, a kingdom that existed in Connacht from the 10th to 16th centuries. The last ruling king was Tadhg mac Diarmata, who ruled until 1585; the progenitor of the family was Dermot mac Tadhg Mor, 7th King of Moylurg, who reigned from 1124 to 1159. He was a kinsman of the Ó Conchubhair, Kings of Connacht, they were based at Lough Key. Offshoot septs of the dynasty included the families of MacDermot Roe. Moylurg ceased to exist as a kingdom in the late 16th century, though the senior line of the MacDermot's continued to live a sometime poverty-stricken and precarious existence despite land confiscations and the oppression of the Penal Laws. During this era they were popularly accorded the title Prince of Coolavin. Variations of the name include: McDermott, MacDermott MacDiarmada, MacDiarmata MacDermot Roe, MacDermott Roe McDermitt McDiarmid, MacDiarmid, Scottish language variants MacDormand Kermode, Manx language variant Kermit, variant of Kermodeand others.
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McNulty —also spelled MacNulty, McAnulty, McEnulty and Nulty amongst other variations—is an Irish surname, meaning "son of the Ulsterman". Considered a branch of the Ulaid ruling dynasty of Mac Duinnshléibhe who fled Ulaid to Ailech after the formers conquest in 1177 by the Normans, DNA analysis points to descent from other Ulaid families as well. After the Battle of Kinsale in 1602, some McDonlevys and McNultys migrated to the province of Connacht where their name is now common; the name is said to have arisen from a branch of the ruling Ulaid dynasty of Mac Duinnshléibhe who had migrated to what is now County Donegal in the Republic of Ireland after John de Courcy's conquest of Ulaid in 1177. Here some of the MacDonlevys were nicknamed Ultagh/Ultach. However, historical records such as the 1659 "Census" as well as Griffith's Valuation show that concentrations of McNultys were found in parts of Ireland where the MacDonlevys had little presence, coupled with DNA analysis showing that the McNultys may derive from other Gaelic families that migrated from Ulaid and not just the MacDonlevy's.
The names Ultagh/Ultach and Mac an Ultaigh applied to only those that fled Ulaid and was not used for those that remained. Regardless of their actual origin, the first McNulty to be recorded is found in the Annals of the Four Masters under the year 1281, where an "Murtough Macan-Ulty" is listed as a distinguished fatality at the battle of Desertcreagh in present-day County Tyrone, Northern Ireland; the probable transition of the name Mac an Ultaigh from the Ultagh MacDonlevy's can be seen around 1601 where one "Morris Ultagh" is recorded as "Morris m'Nich Ultagh". The surname prefix "m'Nich" appears to be an English confusion of the female prefix Nic with the male prefix Mac. Other variant spellings of McNulty include McNaulty, McNalty, as O'Nalty, Nolty, McNult, McEnulty and McKnulty. and others. In County Clare and its adjacent County Tipperary in the southwest of the Republic of Ireland, the toponymics Connoulty and Kinoulty are encountered, are believed to be Anglicisations of Mac an Ultaigh.
By 1980, there were 19,469 persons surnamed McNulty in the United States Social Security Administration data base. The surname McNulty was the 2332 most occurring surname in that database; some of the first McNulty immigrants to North America arrived in Philadelphia and New York City in the early 19th century and more numerously, in both Philadelphia and New York City between 1840 and 1860, during which period the great Irish Potato Famine occurred. There are an estimated 421 persons surnamed McNulty in Australia. Denis McInulty, one of the first McNulty to arrive in Australia, arrived there from Scotland on 16 May 1846 on the prisoner transport the China under a 10-year sentence of the Glasgow Justiciary Court. In the United Kingdom the surname McNulty is shared by an estimated 7,888 people and is the 1329th most popular surname in the country. Amybeth McNulty, an Irish Canadian television actress Ann McNulty, a stage and recording artist, who appeared with her children Eileen McNulty and Peter McNulty as "The McNulty Family's Irish Showboat Revue" Anthony F. McNulty, a turn-of-the-19th-century member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives from Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania Arthur MacNalty, the 8th Chief Medical Officer Arthur George McNalty, a British Army Brigadier general field commander during the First World War Arthur McNulty, an English football player Barney McNulty the former Army Air Force pilot, brother of Penny Singleton and brother-in-law of Ray Flin, who in 1949 introduced the use of the cue card in TV broadcasts and was credited with saving Bob Hope’s life on one of Hope’s tours for soldiers in Vietnam Bernard McNulty, an Irish-American literary figure and US-based Irish nationalist, who first organized the Fenians in the United States Bill Conoulty, a legendary automotive engineer, automobile manufacturer and automobile racer of Australia Bill McNulty, a U.
S. major league baseball player, in Japan's Pacific League Billy McNulty, a Scottish Football player Brandon McNulty, a world champion American cyclist Caleb J. McNulty, a Democratic Party politician and a scandalous early 19th-century Clerk of the U. S. House of Representatives Carl McNulty, an NBA basketball player Charles McNulty, a journalist, the chief theater critic for The Los Angeles Times newspaper Chris McNulty, an internationally recognized Australian jazz vocalist, resident in New York, New York, U. S. A. Christina McNulty, a Canadian silent film actress Ciaran McKnulty, a footballer Clifford McNulty, a son of Chester McNulty and a one term Republican Party member of the Florida House of Representatives. Cormac Ultaigh, an influential medieval physician and medical scholar Daniel Naulty, a U. S. major league relief pitcher, who played on the NY Yankees' 1999 World Series winning team Daniel McNulty, a musician and composer of sacred music Danny McNulty, an actor, played Harvey “Harley” Keiner on the TV series Boy Meets World Dave McNulty, a British Olympics Team coach David Macenulty was an inner city public school teacher, who inspired his students to achievement and towards better self concepts by chess play.
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Clan MacLaren is a Highland Scottish clan. Traditional clan lands include the island of Tiree and the old parish of Balquhidder which includes the villages of Lochearnhead and Strathyre, is about 18 miles long and 7 miles broad spanning 54,675 acres, long known as "Maclaren Country". There are two quite separate possible origins for the surname MacLaren. One of these comes from the county of Perthshire while the other comes from the island of Tiree in Argyll. In Argyll the MacLaren family is said to be descended from Fergus MacErc, founder of the kingdom of Dál Riata. In Scottish Gaelic the clan name is Clann Labhruinn; however the ancestor of the MacLarens is given as Laurence, Abbot of Achtow in Balquhidder, who lived during the thirteenth century. Balquhidder was part of the ancient princedom of Strathern whose heraldry is shown in the heraldry of the MacLarens; the heraldry borne by the clan suggests that they descend from a cadet branch of the dynasty of the Earls of Strathearn. There is a tradition that the MacLarens fought at the Battle of the Standard under Malise I, Earl of Strathearn, for David I of Scotland.
Three names identified as belonging to the Clan MacLaren are found in the Ragman Rolls of 1296, giving allegiance to Edward I of England. These are Maurice of Conan of Balquhidder and Leurin of Ardveche. During the Wars of Scottish Independence it is probable that the Clan MacLaren fought for Robert the Bruce at the Battle of Bannockburn, under the standard of Malise, Earl of Strathearn in 1314, where the English were defeated; the last Gaelic Earl of Strathearn was deprived of his title in 1344 when the MacLarens came under pressure from their more powerful neighbours. In 1468 the Clan MacLaren fought in support of the Clan Stewart of Appin at the Battle of Stalc; the MacLarens fought alongside the Stewarts of Appin at the Battle of Black Mount in 1497 or 1498. Balquhidder passed into the hands of the Crown and in 1490 a Stewart was appointed the royal ballie.. In 1500 James IV of Scotland granted the lordship to Janet Kennedy, his mistress, the chief of the Clan MacLaren found that his lands had become part of another barony.
Balquhidder would pass to the Clan Murray of Atholl. The persecution of the Clan Gregor by the Clan Campbell drove the MacGregors from their own lands into Balquidder where the Clan MacLaren lacked the power to stop them; as a result, the MacGregors plundered the lands of the MacLarens. The MacLarens appealed to the Campbells but they demanded that the MacLarens acknowledged them as their feudal superiors as the price of protection; however it appears that the Crown continued to regard the MacLarens as an independent clan as they are listed in the Acts of Parliament in 1587 and 1594, for the suppression of unruly clans. During the Scottish Civil War the Clan MacLaren fought for James Graham, 1st Marquis of Montrose, in support of Charles I of England at the Battle of Inveraray, Battle of Inverlochy, Battle of Auldearn, Battle of Alford and the Battle of Kilsyth. In 1689 the Clan MacLaren again fought for the Stuart cause, this time under John Graham, 1st Viscount Dundee, at the Battle of Killiecrankie.
During the Jacobite rising of 1715 the Clan MacLaren fought at the Battle of Sheriffmuir in support of the Jacobite cause. During the Jacobite rising of 1745 the Clan MacLaren fought in support of the Jacobite cause at the Battle of Prestonpans and the Battle of Falkirk Muir where they were victorious on both occasions; however they were present at the Battle of Culloden in 1746 where they were defeated. At Culloden the Appin McLarens were on the right in the Clan Stewart of Appin regiment, under the command of Col. Charles Stewart of Ardsheal. Donald MacLaren of Invernentie in the Atholl Brigade under the Command of Lord George Murray was captured at Culloden but escaped while British-Hanoverian troops were taking him to face trial in Carlisle, Cumbria, he was a fugitive in Balquhidder until the amnesty of 1757. McLarens in the Atholl Brigade during the Jacobite rising of 1745Lieutenants Alexander McLaren, younger of East Haugh, Strath Tay. Invernentie, Balquhidder,. All McLarens in the Appin Regiment were from Appin, Twenty-seven total, thirteen killed, fourteen survivors with four wounded.
From the Appin Estate: Appin.