Roderick Macleod of Macleod

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Sir Roderick Macleod of Macleod (1573–1626), also known as Rory Mor, was the 15th chief of Clan MacLeod.[1][2][3] His seat as Clan Chief was Dunvegan Castle.


In 1595 he went to Ireland with 500 of his clan to assist Hugh Roe O'Donnell with his war against the English. Upon his return he became involved in a feud with his Brother-in-law Donald Gorm Og MacDonald, who was Chief of the powerful Clan MacDonald of Sleat. The two clans had fought together in Ireland and had now become enemies when for some reason MacDonald rejected his wife, Sir Roderick's sister, and became very hostile towards his old allies. After a year of feuding the two Clans finally met in the Battle of Coire Na Creiche and the MacLeods were defeated. This was the last Clan battle on the Isle of Skye.

In December 1597, an act of the Estates was passed that required that all the Chieftains and Landlords of the Highlands and the Western Isles to produce their title-deeds under pain of forfeiture. Roderick ignored the act and a gift of his estates were given to a number of Fife gentlemen for the purpose of colonisation. After these attempts were dealt with he was ultimately successful getting a remission from King James VI of Scotland dated 4 May 1610 for his lands of Harris, Dunvegan and Glenelg.

He married Isabella MacDonald, daughter of the 8th Chief of Clan MacDonald of Glengarry:


  1. ^ 1573 DOB (Macleod 1938, p. 23)
  2. ^ 1626 DOD (lundy 2012, p. page=14694 § 146936 cites Mosley 2003, p. 2529)
  3. ^ a b lundy 2012, p. page=14694 § 146936[better source needed]
  4. ^ Report of the annual meeting. Scottish History Society. 1900. To him succeeded Eachin Mor. He married Margaret eldest Daughter of Roderick Laird of Macleod, but had no issue.
  5. ^ MacLean, John Patterson (1889). A History of the Clan MacLean 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. R. Clarke & Company. Sir Lachlan MacLean was married to Mary, second daughter of Sir Roderick MacLeod of MacLeod, by whom he had issue two sons and three daughters. Hector, his heir and successor, and Allan. His daughter Isabella married Sir Ewen Cameron of Lochiel; Mary married Lachlan MacKinnon, and the youngest daughter, Marian, died young and unmarried.


  • Macleod, R.C. (1938), The Book of Dunvegan, 1, p. 23
  • Lundy, Darryl (17 June 2012), Sir Roderick Macleod of Macleod, 15th Chief, The Peerage, p. 14694 § 147059, retrieved 2009-04-22 External link in |publisher= (help). Endnotes:
    • Mosley, Charles (2003), Burke's Peerage and Baronetage, 2 (107th ed.), Wilmington, Delaware, U.S.A.: Burke's Peerage (Genealogical Books), p. 2529