James MacDonnell of Dunnyveg and the Glens

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About James MacDonnell of Dunnyveg and the Glens


James Mac Domhnaill or MacDonald in Scotland, 6th of Dunnyveg (died 1565), a Scoto-Irish chieftain, who was the son of Alexander MacDonald, lord of Islay and Kintyre (Cantire), and Catherine MacDonald, daughter of the Lord of Ardnamurchan.

He organised the release of his brother Sorley Boy MacDonnell in 1551, in exchange for George Bustsyde, a prisoner he held after a battle on the island of Reachrainn (now Rathlin Island).

During the Battle of Glentasie on 2 May 1565, he and Sorley Boy were captured by Shane O'Neill and imprisoned. James succumbed to his wounds shortly after being captured, while being imprisioned at Castle Crocke, near Strathbane.


By his wife, Agnes, daughter of Colin Campbell, 3rd Earl of Argyll and Lady Jean Gordon, their children were:

Archibald MacDonald, 7th of Dunnyveg, died without issue in 1569.
Angus MacDonald, 8th of Dunnyveg, died circa 1613.
Ranald MacDonald of Smerby, married a daughter of Bannatyne of Kames, died 1616.
Coll MacDonald, died at Eilean Mor Cormac.
Donald Gorm MacDonald of Carey, killed during the battle of Ardnaree, Ireland in 1586.
Alexander Carragh MacDonald of Glenarm, killed during the battle of Ardnaree, Ireland in 1586.
Fionnghuala MacDonald, married Aodh mac Magnusa Ó Domhnaill, Lord of Tyrconnell. died circa 1608.