Towards the top of the Fifteenth-century and at the start of the Sixteenth-century, chief Iye Roy Mackay, tenth of Strathnaver supported the Scottish Crown towards the rise up of Donald Dubh with a lot success. However, it’s Clan Cameron custom that in 1505, the Cameron chief who supported Donald Dubh, defeated a joint pressure of Mackays and Munros at Battle of Achnashellach. In 1513, chief Iye Roy Mackay, tenth of Strathnaver alongside together with his brother, John Riavach Mackay, led the Mackays on the Battle of Flodden, the place John Riavach was killed together with a lot of his clansmen.
In the late Fifteenth century the Clan Mackay and Clan Ross had lengthy been at feud. This resulted within the Battle of Tarbat in 1486 the place the Mackays had been defeated by the Rosses and chief Angus Roy Mackay, ninth of Strathnaver was killed. This was adopted by the Battle of Aldy Charrish the place the Rosses had been defeated by the Mackays and the Ross chief was killed together with a lot of his clan. According to Seventeenth-century historian Sir Robert Gordon, who was a youthful son of Alexander Gordon, twelfth Earl of Sutherland, the Clan Sutherland joined the facet of the Clan Mackay at this battle. However, Nineteenth-century historian Angus Mackay disputes the Sutherland’s presence on the battle stating that it will be unlikely that the Earl of Sutherland on the time would have assisted towards the Rosses as he was married to a daughter of the Ross chief of Balnagowan, and likewise that the feudal superiority of the Sutherlands over the Mackays “nowhere existed save in his personal fertile creativeness”.
In 1426, the Battle of Harpsdale happened the place Chief Angus Du Mackay, seventh of Strathnaver, together with his son Neil, laid waste to Caithness. The inhabitants of Caithness assembled and fought Angus Du at Harpsdale, the place there was nice slaughter on either side. Soon afterwards James I of Scotland got here to Inverness, aspiring to pursue Angus Du Mackay who submitted himself to the King’s mercy, and gave his son Neil as a pledge of his future obedience. The King accepted, and despatched Neil Mackay to stay in captivity on the Bass Rock, within the Firth of Forth; he was afterwards known as Neil Bhasse or Whasse. In 1431, the Battle of Drumnacoub happened the place Angus Du Mackay, seventh of Strathnaver defeated the Clan Sutherland who had been led by Angus Moray. This battle can also be talked about by the historians George Buchanan (1506-1582) and the 18th century John Pinkerton who quoted the Fifteenth century chronicler, Walter Bower. In 1437, a battle referred to as the Sandside Chase happened the place males of Caithness had been overthrown by Neil Bhasse Mackay, eighth of Strathnaver after his launch from the Bass Rock. In 1464, the Battle of Tannach happened the place the Clan Mackay, underneath Angus Roy Mackay, ninth of Strathnaver, and the Clan Keith defeated the Clan Gunn of Caithness.
In 1411, Donald of Islay, Lord of the Isles challenged the Stewart royal household for the Earldom of Ross. Chief Angus Du Mackay, seventh of Strathnaver joined the Stewart Confederacy and the Battle of Dingwall happened during which Donald of the Isles defeated Mackay. However, Angus Du Mackay later married a sister of Donald of the Isles, and granddaughter of Robert II of Scotland, indicating how vital the Clan Mackay had turn out to be.
In 1403, the Battle of Tuiteam Tarbhach was fought between Clan Mackay and Clan MacLeod of Lewis: Chief Angus Mackay, sixth of Strathnaver had married the sister of the MacLeod of Lewis. MacLeod discovered that his sister had been mistreated and he determined to spoil Strathnaver and Brae-Chat in Sutherland however within the ensuing battle MacLeod was killed.
According to Major General Stewart the Mackays had been amongst the clans who supported Robert the Bruce on the Battle of Bannockburn in 1314. Later within the 14th century, in 1370, chief Iye Mackay, 4th of Strathnaver and his son had been murdered at Dingwall Castle by Nicholas Sutherland, 1st of Duffus, head of one of many junior branches of Clan Sutherland. Much bloodshed adopted, together with a retaliatory raid on Dornoch in 1372. The cathedral was as soon as once more set on hearth and lots of Sutherland males had been hanged within the city sq.. After this, the feud quietened down as either side had been known as away to struggle towards the English.
The Blackcastle MS claims that Iye Mackay, 1st chief of the Clan Mackay, who was born in about 1210, was a descendant of Malcolm MacHeth, 1st Earl of Ross who died in about 1168. Malcolm MacHeth, Earl of Ross could effectively have been associated to the early rulers or Mormaers of Moray. According to Angus Mackay, someday within the 1160s, the MacHeths and their supporters after battle with king Malcolm IV of Scotland fled northwards over the hills of Ross into Strathnaver, the place they had been welcomed by the Norse Harald Maddadsson, Mormaer of Caithness who was then an enemy of the king. In 1215 the MacHeths together with the MacWilliams retaliated towards the king however had been defeated by Fearchar, Earl of Ross and the grandson of Malcolm MacHeth, Kenneth MacHeth was killed. According to Angus Mackay it’s potential that from this Kenneth MacHeth the Stathnaver Mackays are descended, and that Iye Mackay, 1st chief of Clan Mackay could effectively have been his son or nephew. According to the Blackcastle MS Iye Mackay’s son was Iye Mor Mackay, 2nd chief of Clan Mackay who married a daughter of Walter, Bishop of Caithness in 1263.
Historian Angus Mackay in his “Book of Mackay” (1906) compares two completely different genealogies of the early chiefs of the Clan Mackay. The first is by Sir Robert Gordon, a Seventeenth-century historian and the second by Alexander Mackay of Blackcastle, an 18th- to Nineteenth-century historian who had entry to the charters and historic paperwork of the Mackay chief’s household. Both genealogies have similarities however there are additionally vital variations given for the ancestry of the Mackay chiefs. Gordon’s family tree additionally claims that the chiefs of the Clan Mackay shared a typical ancestor with each the chiefs of the Clan Forbes[note 1] and chiefs of Clan Farquharson. Historian Angus Mackay offers proof that explains that Gordon’s idea of the connection to the Forbeses was attributable to a particularly sturdy alliance between the 2 households that started in the course of the Sixteenth century in an extended feud with the Gordon household.[note 2] The Blackcastle MS exhibits that the Mackay chiefs had been associated to the Farquharsons however offers a unique connection to that given by Gordon. Angus Mackay analyses what proof is on the market to assist every of the 2 genealogies and concludes that the one given in Alexander Mackay’s Blackcastle Manuscript is by far essentially the most correct.
Clan Mackay (// mə-KY; Scottish Gaelic: Clann Mhic Aoidh [ˈkʰl̪ˠãũn̪ˠ vĩçˈkʲɤj]) is an historical and once-powerful Highland Scottish clan from the far North of the Scottish Highlands, however with roots within the outdated Kingdom of Moray. They supported Robert the Bruce in the course of the Wars of Scottish Independence within the 14th century. In the centuries that adopted they had been anti-Jacobite. The territory of the Clan Mackay consisted of the parishes of Farr, Tongue, Durness and Eddrachillis, and was referred to as Strathnaver, within the north-west of the county of Sutherland. However, it was not till 1829 that Strathnaver was thought of a part of Sutherland when the chief bought his lands to the Earls of Sutherland and the Highland Clearances then had dire penalties for the clan. In the Seventeenth century the Mackay chief’s territory had prolonged to the east to incorporate the parish of Reay within the west of the neighbouring county of Caithness. The chief of the clan is Lord Reay and the lands of Strathnaver later turned referred to as the Reay Country.