Lachlan Bronneach Maclean

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Lachlan Bronnach MacLean
7th Chief of Clan MacLean
3rd Laird of Duart
In office
1411-1472 circa (61 years)
Preceded by Eachuinn Ruadh nan cath Maclean, father
Succeeded by Lachlan Og Maclean, son
Personal details
Spouse(s) Lady Margaret Stewart, daughter of Alexander Stewart, Earl of Mar
Children Lachlan Og Maclean
Parents Eachuinn Ruadh nan cath Maclean

Lachlan Bronnach MacLean, was the 7th Chief of Clan MacLean.


Lachlan, seventh chief of MacLean, received the sobriquet of "Bronnach", or swag-bellied, on account of his corpulence. He was with his father on the fatal field of Harlaw, where he was made prisoner by Alexander Stewart, Earl of Mar[note 1]. During his captivity, he became acquainted with the earl's daughter, the Lady Margaret, whom he afterward married. It is not probable that he remained in confinement for any considerable length of time. He did not possess the same war-like character that distinguished his father. He appears neither to have sought, nor avoided war, but was ready for action when the time arrived.

His name, however, does not come prominently forward until the year 1427, when a useless war was brought on through the actions of King James I. This monarch summoned a parliament to meet him at Inverness, in 1427, at which the Highland chiefs were invited to attend. As the chiefs entered the hall in which parliament was assembled, each was immediately arrested and placed in irons in different parts of the building, not one being permitted to communicate with any of the others[note 2]. Two of the chiefs were immediately beheaded[note 3], and the rest sent to various prisons, where after a time some were liberated, and the rest put to death.

In 1429, Lachlan was summoned by the young Lord of the Isles, to assist him in avenging this unparalleled outrage. Joined by the Lord's other vassals, they advanced against the town of Inverness, which they burnt to the ground; they also laid waste to certain crown lands. King James I immediately placed himself at the head of a large army, and launched a surprise attack; Alexander, Lachlan, and Alexander's other vassals, were forced to surrender unconditionally, and were imprisoned in Tantallon Castle[1].

Marriage and children[edit]

Before marriage he had a child with the daughter of MacLean of Kingerloch:

By his first wife, Margaret, daughter of the Earl of Mar, possibly Alexander Stewart, Earl of Mar, he had:

By his second wife, Fionnaghal, daughter of William MacLeod of Harris, he had two sons:


  1. ^ According to some accounts his estates were managed by his uncle John Maclean during his imprisonment, while others state it was his brother, John Dubh Maclean; the confusion results from both having the name John Maclean
  2. ^ Among the number was Alexander MacDonald, 3rd Lord of the Isles, and his mother, the Countess of Ross
  3. ^ Alexander MacGorrie of the Siol Gorrie, and MacGorrie's ally


 This article incorporates text from A history of the clan Mac Lean from its first settlement at Duard Castle, in the Isle of Mull, to the present period: including a genealogical account of some of the principal families together with their heraldry, legends, superstitions, etc, by John Patterson MacLean, a publication from 1889 now in the public domain in the United States.