John Cathanach MacDonald, 4th of Dunnyveg

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John Cathanach MacDonald
Title 4th Clan Chief (styled)
Predecessor John Mor MacDonald, 3rd of Dunnyveg
Successor Alexander MacDonald, 5th of Dunnyveg

John Cathanach MacDonald, 4th of Dunnyveg was a son of John Mor MacDonald and Sabina, daughter of Felim O'Neill of Clanaboy. His father was charged with treason and refused to surrender to King James IV of Scotland. With his father and three sons they were captured through the treachery of their kinsman John MacIan of Ardnamurchan. John Cathanach and his sons John Mor, John Og and Donald Balloch were tried, convicted of treason and hung on the Boroughmuir (now Burgh Muir) in 1499. John Cathanach's son, Alexander, fled to Ireland and became the next chief of the clan.


By his wife, Cecelia, daughter of Robert Savage, Lord of the Ardes, they had;

  • Alexander, fled to Ireland, married Catherine, daughter of John Macdonald of Ardnamurchan, died in 1538 at Stirling, Scotland
  • John Mor, executed in 1499 with his father.
  • John Og, executed in 1499 with his father.
  • Donald Balloch, executed in 1499 with his father.
  • Angus Ileach, fled to Ireland.
  • Agnes, who firstly married Donald Gallach MacDonald, 3rd of Sleat, had issue; and secondly married Torquil MacLeod of Lewes, had issue.


  • pp375, Rev. A. MacDonald & Rev. A. MacDonald; The Clan Donald