Born in 1432,1 Lachlan Og was the youngest son of Lachlan Bronnach.2 He succeeded his father as the eighth chief of the Clan Maclean shortly after 1472.2 Lachlan’s mother, being the second wife of Lachlan Bronnach, insisted their marriage contract stipulate that her offspring would become the successor of Duart. He was called “Young Lachlan” to distinguish him from his father.1 Lachlan married Catherine, the daughter of Colin Campbell, first Earl of Argyll.1
Thought little is written of him, it is clear that Lachlan Og was a man “possesed of rare judgement.”1 Lachlan lived on the eve of the greatest political shift in the history of the Hebrides since the Dálriadic invasion—the subjugation of the Western Isles. No other event would effect a greater change in the culture, moral, or economy of the Inner Hebrides; and during his lifetime, Lachlan was able to keep his clansmen out of the coming turmoil.
Household Chamberlain to the Lords of the Isles.2 The position was powerful, along with his heredity position as Lieutenant-General of the Isles in War, Lachlan would have had great sway with Lordship. Lachlan’s lifetime saw the height of the Lordship’s power—practically operating as an indipendent kingdom, and definately seeing itself as one.1 John MacDonnald II, Lord of the Isles entered a treaty with Archibald Douglas and Edward IV of England to conquer Scotland;1 James IV of Scotland would annex the Lordship to the Scottish Crown.1 when he discovered MacDonnald’s treason.1
The seneachies said little of Lachlan, save that “he was a good and pious man.”3 Their silence is the possibly clearest evidence of his wisdom and judgement. Lachlan died shortly after 14781 and was succeeded by his son, Eachuinn Odhar1
- 1. MacLean, J. P. A History of the Clan MacLean from Its First Settlement at Duard Castle, in the Isle of Mull, to the Present Period. Cincinnati: R. Clarke, 1889. p48-50. Print.
- 2. Sinclair, Alexander Maclean. The Clan Gillean. Charlottetown: Haszard and Moore, 1899. p58.
- 3. Seneachie. An Historical and Genealogical Account of the Clan Maclean. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1838. p23
Article by Kane McLean, 16 June, 2014; released under the Creative Commons (CC BY-NC-SA 3.0) Unported License.