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Alexander Konnell MacDonald, of Islay, 5th of Dunnyveg

Male Bef 1494 - 1538  (~ 44 years)


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  • Name Alexander Konnell MacDonald  [1, 2
    Suffix of Islay, 5th of Dunnyveg 
    Born Bef 1494  [2
    Gender Male 
    Died 1538  Stirling, Stirlingshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3
    Buried High Church, Stirling, Stirlingshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Person ID I23315  DonaldRoyMacDonaldofKylesBernera.
    Last Modified 26 Sep 2020 

    Father John Cathanach MacDonald, of Islay & the Glens, 4th of Dunnyveg,   d. 1499, Broughmuir Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother Cecilia Savage, of Coleraine,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married Yes, date unknown  [2, 4, 5
    Family ID F15012  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Catherine MacIain MacDonald,   b. Bef 1518,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married Yes, date unknown  [2, 3, 4
    Children 
    +1. Mary MacDonald,   b. Abt 1497,   d. Yes, date unknown
     2. Sorley Buie 'Sorley Boy' Macdonell,   b. 1510,   d. 1589  (Age 79 years)
     3. Coll Maol Dubh MacDonald,   b. Bef 1538,   d. 1558, Bunnanmairge, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 20 years)
     4. Donald Malllaichte MacDonald,   d. Yes, date unknown
     5. Angus 'the Haughty' MacDonald,   d. 1565, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location
     6. Alasdair Og (Alexander) MacDonald,   d. 1566
     7. Maeve (Meve) MacDonald,   b. Bef 1538, Isle of Islay, Argyllshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     8. Donald Gorm MacDonald,   d. Bef 1554
     9. Brian Carrach MacDonald,   d. 1568, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location
     10. Ranald Og MacDonald,   d. Yes, date unknown
     11. Alice Macdonell,   d. Yes, date unknown
     12. dau. Macdonell,   d. Yes, date unknown
    +13. Sir James "Colkitto" MacDonald, 6th of Dunnyveg,   b. Bef 1538,   d. 5 Jul 1565, Castle Crocke, Strathblane, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 27 years)
    Last Modified 24 Aug 2015 
    Family ID F13995  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • John Cathanach's three sons, John Mor, John Og and Donald Balloch were executed at the same time as their father and grandfather. His remaining son, Alexander, fled to Ireland.
      Alexander Konnel, Fourth Chief of Clan Iain Mhoir
      Alexander Konnell [later called McConnell/MacDonnell] was born in 1480. At the end of the 15th century, the MacDonnells became the enemies of King James IV of Scotland and Alexander fled to Ireland to stay. He received a pardon from King James V in 1531 and grants of land in Kintyre, but Antrim Ireland was to remain the family's main base in the future. Note: the source for this paragraph is from a booklet on Dunluce Castle written by the Environment and Heritage Service in Northern Ireland. The paragraph about Colla McConnell below is from this same source.
      At Glenan in the Tarolf on May 6, 1520, "Alexander Konnel of Dunoveg, with his hand on the pen, promised that he would be to Sir John Campbell of Calder a cuming man and servand hym self and all his branch of the Clan Donyl that he is cuming of."
      This is the first record in history we have of the name Konnel, from which the present name McConnell is derived.
      For his services Alexander Konnel received a lease for five years of 45 merklands in Isla, 15 merklands of Jura and the Island of Colonsay.
      From 1528 to 1531 Alexander was in revolt and fought against the Campbells, but he was pardoned June 7, 1531. To guarantee he would keep the peace, his son James was left with the King as hostage. The young heir of Dunnyveg remained at court several years and by the King's express wishes received a liberal education under Dean Henderson at Holyrood, the effects of which were apparent in after years.
      During this interval, the Earl of Argyle accused Alexander Konnell of many disturbances of the peace, which Alexander was able to refute to the satisfaction of the King. the Earl of Argyle was summoned and deprived of his offices which were conferred upon Alexander. From time to time, until his death, Alexander kept up a constant correspondence with the King. He received from his Majesty on more than one occasion presents of bows and arrows, doubtless in order to encourage archery among the Highlanders.
      In 1532 Alexander Konnel raised 7,000 men with whom he crossed to Ireland and drove the English from Ulster.
      Alexander Konnel married Catherine, daughter of John MacIain of Arnamurchan by whom he had eleven children.
      Justiciary Records of Scotland, where under date of July 23, 1529 we find noted: "The King called upon the Justice-Clerk to receive James MacConnell, the son of Alexander of Dunnyveg, to relax them from our horne."
      Alexander Konnel of Dunnyveg died at Sterling while on a visit to the King in 1538 and was buried in the High Church of the town. He was succeeded by his son. [2]

  • Sources 
    1. [S6] Stirnet Genealogy, Peter Barns-Graham, genealogy/d0005/g0000081.html#I0577.

    2. [S7] E-mail, From Don Thompson rec: 12 Dec 2012 MacFarlane information f rom Bruce MacFarlane: http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ances try.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?db=mygrtgrt & the Andersons from Ma bel Manz : http://madcitydon.com/candacraig/mabel_manz.ht ml.

    3. [S83] genus ducere, Jo?l Fontaine, (http://users.skynet.be/genusducere//wc_toc.htm).

    4. [S6] Stirnet Genealogy, Peter Barns-Graham, MacDonald05.

    5. [S67] Macdonald genealogy, Roddy Macdonald of the Clan Donald Society of Edinburgh, (http://www.clandonald.org.uk/genealogy.htm), genealogy/d0004/g0000056.html#I0443.