Clan Macruari


Clan Macruari
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Clan Macruari has no chief, and is an armigerous clan



Clan Macruari was a Scottish clan. The founder of Clan Macruari is Ruaidhri mac Raghnaill, a son of Raghnall mac Somhairle who was a son of Somhairle mac Gillebride. The lands of Clan Macruari were in Bute, Uist, Barra, Eigg, Rùm, and Garmoran.

Ruaidhri mac Raghnaill, the progenitor of the clan, had two sons, Dubhghall and Ailean. In 1263 the clan sided with the forces of King Haakon IV of Norway and King Magnus III of Man against King Alexander III of Scotland, with the clan participating in the Battle of Largs.[1] Dubhghall died without male issue and was succeeded by his brother Ailean. His estate was inherited by his daughter Christina of Garmoran who then resigned her lands to her brother Ruaidhri mac Ailean. Ruaidhri had two sons Raghnall mac Ruari, Ailean mac Ruari and a daughter Amie nic Ruari, who became the first wife of John of Islay, Lord of the Isles.

Ruaidhri was forfeited of his lands for treason in 1325 by King Robert I of Scotland after supporting Edward Baliol but in 1344 his son Raghnall was pardoned and confirmed in his fathers previous possessions. Raghnall was assassinated near Perth in October 1346 at Elcho Nunnery as the result of a quarrel with Uilleam III, Earl of Ross and the Macruari lands passed to Amie. Not much is known about Ailean mac Ruari.

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  1. ^ Paterson 2008, p15

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