b. = born

bap. = baptised

c. = christened

c/m = marriage contract

d. = died

d. vita patris = died in the father's lifetime

dsp(decessit sine prole) died without issue

m. = married




Archibald Mhor MacDonald of Sanda, was a younger son of Sir Donald MacDonald of Sleat and acquired the lands and island of Sanda, and others, from Archibald, Earl of Argyll, in which he was infeft on 15 May 1633.[1] He was an officer in the Clan Donald regiment during the Civil War and with his son Archibald, he had the command of the garrison at Dunavety Castle during the siege there in 1647. Following the surrender of the garrison both were brutally killed in June of 1647 with around 300 of their kinsmen by Argyll’s followers. He m. Christine Stewart and by her he was father of :

Archibald MacDonald, fiar of Sanda, m. Fingewall, daughter of Archibald Campbell of Glencarradle, (c/m 29 February 1640[2]), and was k. with his father at Dunavety castle, in 1647. He was father of :

Ranald MacDonald of Sanda, was an infant at the time of his father and grandfather’s deaths and is said to have been in Dunaverty castle at the time but was carried to safety by his wet-nurse. He is styled son and heir to the deceased Archibald MacDonald of Sanda and grandson and heir to Archibald MacDonald of Sanda in a Decree raised against him by George Campbell of Kinnochtree dated 16 January 1666.[3] He entered into a new contract of Archibald, Earl of Argyll, for his lands of Sanda and others, on 9 April 1669, despite there being arrears due on account of the previous arrangement,[4] and m. firstly, to Margaret, sister of Archibald MacDonald of Largie, (c/m 6 February 1665[5]). He m. secondly, to Anna, daughter of Sir James Stewart, Sheriff of Bute, (c/m 3 October 1671.[6] She survived him and m. secondly, to Walter Campbell of Skipness, by c/m 17 January 1681[7]), d. by 22 September 1679, when his goods were inventoried by his widow, and was father of :

  1. Archibald MacDonald of Sanda, (see below).
  2. James MacDonald, was included with his brother Alexander and sisters Grisel and Isabel an Apprising executed by their Tutor Robert Stewart, against Archibald MacDonald of Largie dated 13 October 1681.[8]
  3. Alexander MacDonald, to whom his brother Archibald gave an obligation on 25 March 1696 that he would pay him 100 merks on the death of Anna Stewart, their mother.[9] He conveyed his right to 1,000 to his sister Grisel on 23 May 1711 and was resident at Brechar on 9 August 1729, when he granted a Bond of £100 to Elizabeth MacDonald, his second daughter. He had issue :

3a} James MacDonald, was served heir general to his father on 28 March 1752.

3a} Elizabeth MacDonald, to whom her father granted a Bond for £100 on 9 August 1729, which she discharged on 27 August 1759. She m. John Fullarton of Killmichael.[10]

  1. Grisel MacDonald, m. firstly, by 26 March 1696, to John MacDonald of Largie, and secondly, by 10 April 1717, to Alexander MacDougal, Surveyor and Salt-duty officer in Kintyre, when she conveyed a Bond for 1000 she had received from her brother Alexander to her eldest brother Archibald MacDonald of Sanda.[11]
  2. Isabel MacDonald, m. Patrick Hamilton of Coats, (c/m 30 July 1692[12]).

Archibald MacDonald of Sanda, succeeded his father and to whom his uncle and Tutor, Robert Stewart, granted Dispositions for the lands of Auchriach, Knockmoran, Pennysorach, Drumore and St. Ninian’s Isle, including Sanda, on 26 March 1696, having acquired these some years previous from Archibald’s father’s creditors who had sought to have them apprised.[13] He m. Helen, second daughter of John Cunningham of Caddell, (c/m 20 August 1697[14]), d. by February of 1744 and was father of :

  1. John MacDonald of Sanda, (see below).
  2. Anna MacDonald, m. by 14 September 1732, to John Campbell of Killdalog.[15]

John MacDonald of Sanda, succeeded his father and m. Penelope, daughter of Sir John MacKinnon of MacKinnon, (c/m 6 August 1748[16]). He was father of :

  1. Archibald MacDonald, of Sanda, was bred to the law and was an Advocate. He d. unmarried, at Greenock, while on his way to Argyleshire, on 18 April 1795.[17]
  2. John MacDonald, (see below).
  3. Robert MacDonald,

John MacDonald, was appointed Comptroller of Customs at Bo’ness, and m. at Edinburgh, on 10 March, 1776, to Cecilia Maria Kinnear of that Ilk, (she d. at Worcester, on 25 January 1840, in her 87th year[18]), following which he assumed the surname of MacDonald Kinneir. He was father of :

  1. Sir John MacDonald Kinnear of Sanda, b. on 3 February 1782, served as Lieutenant-Colonel in the H.E.I.C.S. and was appointed British Envoy to the Court of Persia. After extensive travels, he d. at Tabriz, Iran, in the residence of the Prince Royal of Persia, on 11 June 1830.[19]
  2. Douglas MacDonald, bap. on 28 October 1780.
  3. Archibald MacDonald, bap. on 5 December 1784 and entered the Royal Navy, retiring with the rank of Captain. He d. in Cheshire, on 11 June 1852.[20]
  4. David MacDonald, bap. on 2 February 1786 and served as a Captain in the Indian Navy.
  5. Alexander MacDonald, bap. on 8 November 1789 and served in the army, becoming Political Agent at Mhow, India, where he d. in 1826.
  6. Cecilia MacDonald, bap. on 23 December 1776 and d. at Worcester, on 4 May 1852.[21]
  7. Penelope MacDonald, bap. on 17 February 1778 and d. at Edinburgh, in 1798.[22]
  8. Flora MacDonald, bap. on 19 September 1779 and d. unmarried, at College Green, Worcester, on 27 October 1860.[23]
  9. Helen MacDonald, bap. on 10 November 1787.




[1] GD92/1.

[2] GD92/5. See also RD1/534.

[3] GD92/7.

[4] GD92/11.

[5] GD92/48.

[6] GD92/12A.

[7] GD92/66.

[8] GD92/74.

[9] GD92/133.

[10] GD92/144.

[11] GD96/143.

[12] GD92/174.

[13] GD92/134 & 135.

[14] GD92/136A.

[15] GD92/148.

[16] NRAS3273/129.

[17] Caledonian Mercury. 23rd April 1795, edition.

[18] Bath Chronicle. 6th February 1840, edition.

[19] Westmorland Gazette. 28th August 1830, edition.

[20] Worcester Journal. 17th June 1852, edition.

[21] Worcester Journal. 13th May 1852, edition.

[22] Edinburgh Magazine. 1798

[23] Caledonian Mercury. 5th November 1860, edition.