Donald 'Gruamach' Mac James, 1st of Ostaig & Capstill

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Donald 'Gruamach' Mac James, 1st of Ostaig & Capstill

Birthplace: Capstill, Isle of Skye, Inverness, Scotland
Death: 1626 (30-39)
Immediate Family:

Son of James 'Seumas a' Chaisteil' Macdonald, 1st of Castle Camus and Kingsburgh and NN daughter of Macleod of Harris
Father of James Ii Macdonald, II; John Og Macdonald, 1st of Rigg & Balvicquean and Colla
Brother of John Macdonald, 2nd of Castle Camus

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About Donald 'Gruamach' Mac James, 1st of Ostaig & Capstill

This family derives its descent from
I. DONALD, second son of James Macdonald of Castle Camus. He had the same soubriquet as his grandfather, Donald, 4th Baron of Sleat, and was known as Donald Gruamach Mac James, From the frequency of his appearances on record, he must have been regarded as a man of con- sequence in the internal economy of the Clan Uisdein. On 16th May, 1578, John Cunningham of Drumquhassal becomes his surety for appearing before the Council as one of the Chieftains of Donald Gorm Mor, a position that he occupied until his death nearly fifty years later. In 1617, Donald Gruamach Mac James is procurator for Donald Gorm Mor in a precept of Seasing of that year, and is referred to as " Donaldus Mac Conal alias Gruamach Mac James de Ostaig Actornatus."
He married, and had-

1. James, who succeeded him.
2. Colla, who left no descendants.
3. John Og, of whom the Macdonalds of Balvicquean, and others. JOHN OG, second son of Donald Gruamach Mac James (who migrated to Troternish, where he and his descendants are to be found in the lands of Rigg and Balvicquea)

1. James, who succeeded him.

1. III. DONALD, who succeeded him, of Balvicquean and Rigg

1. IV James, who succeeded. x d/o John Martin of Kingsburgh


1. VI. JOHN MACDONALD, an officer in the Custom House in Stornoway, who had Balvicquean and Rigg.

1. John, who went to Jamaica, and died without issue.
2. Donald, Capt x Margaret, daughter of Donald Macdonald, of Skeabost, and had three daughters —

b Margaret, and

3. Margaret, died unmarried.
4. Betsy, died unmarried.
5. James, died unmarried in Jamaica.
6. Barbara, died unmarried.
7. David, went abroad.

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Donald 'Gruamach' Mac James, 1st of Ostaig & Capstill's Timeline

Capstill, Isle of Skye, Inverness, Scotland
Sleat, Scotland (United Kingdom)
Trotternish, Balvicquean, Scotland
Age 35