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  • [-?-] (Mary) Mackay (1753 - d.)
    From Mackay, Angus, The Book of Mackay, Edinburgh, Scotland: Norman Macleod, 1906, p. 255:>A daughter [of Angus MACKAY] married Angus Macleod, Carnachy, and had with others Donald Macleod, an officer o...
  • Alexander MacLeod (1806 - d.)
    Sources==* Bannerman, Alexander, Julie Helen Otto and Gary Boyd Roberts. "The ancestry of President Donald John Trump: an initial investigation." American Ancestors 18, no. 1 (Spring 2017): 50-1. (acce...
  • Alexander MacLeod (1830 - 1900)
    Alexander MacLeod , a crofter and fisherman, was born 10 May 1830 in Stornoway, Ross, Scotland to William MacLeod and Christian MacLeod. He died in Tong, Stornoway, of cancer on 12 January 1900 at the ...
  • Anne Macleod (aft.1694 - c.1727)
    An only daughter, Anne, who, as his first wife, married the famous Donald Macleod of Bernera, with issue, twenty children.From the HISTORY OF THE MCLEODS:Donald Macleod of Bernera is Donald "Old Trojan...

About the Macleod surname

The name Leod" is Norse, and derives from the word "sljoetr", meaning "ugly". I remember that my father took great pleasure in telling me that our name means "son of the ugly one"! The original Gaelic spelling of the name is "Mac Leoid", "mac" meaning son, and using the genitive form of the name, "Leoid, i.e. of Leod". The founding, if that is the word, of the Clan - clann Leoid, or children of Leod - probably took place in the 9th century, following the Norwegian seizure of the islands and some coastal areas of what is now Scotland. The Isle of Man was ruled by a Norwegian chief called Olaf the Black, and his 2 sons, Torcuill and Tormod, acquired lands in the Hebrides - Torcuill in Lewis, Raasay and Assynt. Tormod in Skye and Harris. The Siol Torcuill (or Torquil) died out in 1595, their lands passing to the MacKenzies, but the Chief of Siol Tormod, styling himself MacLeod of MacLeod, still resides in Dunvegan Castle in Skye, and owns about 35,000 acres on the island. The current chief's great-grandmother, Dame Flora MacLeod, was able very skilfully to ride the wave of interest in clan ancestry starting in the 1950s, and Dunvegan Castle now has a thriving visitor centre, and "Clan Parliaments" are held every 3 years, with MacLeod societies from all over the world sending delegates. In Skye, Harris and Lewis, the surname MacLeod is still very common.