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MacLaines of Lochbuie

The MacLaines of Lochbuie were descended from Eachan Reaganach, brother of Lachlan the progenitor of the MacLeans of Duart. Eachan, or Hector, received the lands of Lochbuie from John, 1st Lord of the Isles, his brother's father-in-law. Hector's son Charles was
the progenitor of the MacLeans of Dochgarroch, a sept of Clan Chattan.

John Og, of Lochbuie, received from James IV charters confirming the lands and baronies held by his progenitors. He was killed with two of his sons in a feud with the MacLeans of Duart, and the surviving son, Murdoch, being an infant, was conveyed to Ireland for safety. Returning when he reached manhood, he captured Lochbuie Castle with the aid of his nurse who recognised him. In Edinburgh, before the king and court, his son John Mor, an expert swordsman, fought and killed a famous Italian fencer who challenged all Scotland.

The MacLaines were strong supporters of the Stuarts, formed part of the army of Montrose, and afterwards fought at Killiecrankie under Viscount Dundee. In later years they found scope for their military activities in the Continental and American wars. Donald, 20th of Lochbuie, born in 1816, amassed a fortune as an East India merchant, and at that time saved Lochbuie for the family by clearing off all the debt.

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