Sir Lachlan Maclean, 1st Baronet

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Sir Lachlan Maclean, 1st Baronet and 17th Clan Chief
Maclean of Duart and Morven arms (2).svg
17th Clan Chief
13th Laird of Duart
1st Baronet
In office
Preceded byHector Mor Maclean, 16th Chief, brother
Succeeded bySir Hector Maclean, 2nd Baronet, son
Personal details
Lachlan Maclean

circa 1600
Died18 April 1649
Spouse(s)Mary MacLeod, the second daughter of Sir Roderick Macleod of Macleod, 15th Chief
ChildrenSir Hector Maclean, 2nd Baronet
Sir Allan Maclean, 3rd Baronet
ParentsHector Og Maclean, 15th Clan Chief
Janet Mackenzie of Kintail
RelativesHector Mor Maclean, 16th Chief, brother
Donald Maclean, 1st Laird of Brolas, brother
John Hans Makeléer, brother

Sir Lachlan Maclean, 1st Baronet of Morvern, (c. 1600 – 18 April 1649) the 17th Clan Chief of Clan Maclean. Lachlan was granted his Baronet title by Charles I and he became the Clan Chief on the death of his brother in 1626.[1] He fought as a Royalist under James Graham, 1st Marquess of Montrose during the Wars of the Three Kingdoms at the Battle of Inverlochy, Battle of Auldearn and Battle of Kilsyth.[2] From 1628 to 1633 he sat in the Parliament of Scotland as shire commissioner for Tarbert.[3] From his rule onward, all Maclean clan chiefs are successive Baronets of Movern.


He was the second son of Hector Og Maclean, 15th Clan Chief. His mother was the daughter of Colin Mackenzie of Kintail. He became Clan Chief at the death of his brother in 1626. He was originally contacted by Archibald Campbell, 1st Marquess of Argyll at the beginning of the Wars of the Three Kingdoms (1644–1651), but he sided with the Royalists.[2]

The evening before the Battle of Inverlochy he met with Montrose in Lochaber. [He was] present at the battle accompanied with 30 men only. After which coming home he raised his whole Clan, and joined Montrose immediately after the Battle of Alford, and continued with him till after the Battle of Kilsyth. When coming home he and the brave Alasdair MacColla defeated a party of Argyle's consisting of seven hundred men at Laggan mor in Lorn, they having but about two hundred, the rest of their men being severed from them by the darkness of the preceding night. He made ready a second time for joining Montrose, and, after he began his march, he was acquainted that the King had ordered Montrose to disband his Army. Upon [which] Maclean kept himself quietly at home. Sometime after Sir David Leslie coming to the Island of Mull with a strong party of horse and foot obliged him to deliver eight Irish gentlemen, who sheltered themselves with him. Seven of whom were executed at Aros, the eighth making his escape by the swiftness of his horse.[2]

Sir Lachlan Maclean was married to Mary MacLeod, the second daughter of Sir Roderick Macleod of Macleod, 15th Chief, by whom he had two sons and three daughters:[4]

He had ruled for twenty three years before his own death in 1649. He was succeeded by his eldest son, Sir Hector Maclean, 2nd Baronet.[2][6]


Sir Lachlan Maclean, 1st Baronet's ancestors in three generations
Sir Lachlan Maclean, 1st Baronet Father:
Hector Og Maclean
Paternal Grandfather:
Sir Lachlan Mor Maclean
Paternal Great-Grandfather:
Eachuinn Og Maclean
Paternal Great-grandmother:
Janet, daughter of Archibald Campbell, 4th Earl of Argyll
Paternal Grandmother:
Margaret Cunningham of Glencairn
Paternal Great-Grandfather:
William Cunningham, 6th Earl of Glencairn
Paternal Great-Grandmother:
Janet, daughter of Sir John Gordon of Lochinvar
Janet MacKenzie of Kintail
Maternal Grandfather:
Colin Mackenzie of Kintail
Maternal Great-Grandfather:
Kenneth Mackenzie of Kintail
Maternal Great-Grandmother:
Elizabeth, daughter of John Stewart, 2nd Earl of Atholl
Maternal Grandmother:
Barbara Grant
Maternal Great-grandfather:
John Grant of Grant
Maternal Great-Grandmother:
Lady Marjory Stewart


 This article incorporates text from Publications of the Scottish History Society, a publication from 1900 now in the public domain in the United States.

  1. ^ "Sir Lachlan Maclean, Bt. of Movern". Retrieved 1 March 2009. 1st Barronett. Created Baronet in 1631 by Charles I in 1631 which began a century of loyalty to the House of Stewart which was to result in the Macleans losing all their lands. Fought as a royalist under Montrose at the Battles of Inverlochy, Auldearn and Kilsyth. Sir Lachlan joined Montrose and his Highland Army but when General Leslie invaded Mull in 1647, he was unable to hold Duart Castle against him. Died 1649, 18 April at Duart Castle
  2. ^ a b c d Report of the annual meeting. Scottish History Society. 1900.
  3. ^ Joseph Foster (1882). Members of Parliament, Scotland, page 235.
  4. ^ John Patterson MacLean (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. p. 160. Hector Mor was succeeded by his brother Lachlan, seventeenth chieftain, and first baronet, who came into possession under the most favorable circumstances. The clan had long been at peace, all its forces well recruited and just as loyal to its chief as at any time in its previous history. ...
  5. ^ Melville Amadeus Henry Douglas Heddle de la Caillemotte de Massue de Ruvigny (1904). The Jacobite Peerage, Baronetage, Knightage and Grants of Honour. T.C. & E.C. Jack. John Cameron of Lochiel, eldest son and heir 1717 of the celebrated Sir Ewen Cameron of Lochiel, by his second wife, Isabel, daughter of Sir Lauchlan Maclean of Duart, first Baronet.
  6. ^ Scotland's Historic Heraldry. Boydell Press. ISBN 1-84383-261-5. A particularly interesting Scoto-Swedish family (Chart 20.4), whose members remained in touch with their Highland cousins, is that of MacLean or Macklier. ... [He] married twice: by his first wife, Janet MacKenzie, he had two sons who continued the Duart line, the younger, Sir Lachlan MacLean (d 1649) being created ..