Christina McNab descendant of Alexander of Culloden

In my earlier Macdonald/Macdonell of Keppoch Chiefs – Historical Revisionism? post today about I created a table that shows how my great great great grandfather Angus McDonnell of Keppoch is descended from the Alexander (Macdonell) of Culloden by both his father Donald Macdonell of Keppoch and his mother Anne MacDonald (see table below). I’d also seen a reference from a lecture in 1884 by the Rev. Dr. McDonald that suggests that Angus’ wife Christina McNab was also a great grandchild of McDonald of Keppoch, who was killed at Culloden (see here). Thanks to a combination of Stirnet and The Jacobite Peerage: Baronetage, Knightage & Grants of Honour (1904) I think I have now worked this out.

According to Stirnet, Charlotte ‘Macdonald’ was the youngest daughter of Alastair Macdonald (Macdonell), 16th of Keppoch aka Alexander of Culloden. She married Alastair Macdonald of Garvabeg in around 1775. He was the son of Patrick Macdonald, minister of Kilmore & Kilbride, by his 1st wife (a Mackintosh). The Jacobite Peerage mentions that Jessie was the eldest daughter of and eventual heiress of ‘Alexander’ Macdonald of Garvabeg and Charlotte (youngest daughter of Alexander of Culloden), co-heir of Sir Alexander Macdonnell of Keppoch 1st Bt. Jessie married John McNab of Shenaghart in Kintyre and of Sherrobeg in Badenoch. Their daughter Christina marries Angus MacDonell of Keppoch (20th or 22nd Keppoch?).

Alastair/Alexander
(died at Culloden?)
16th/17th of Keppoch?
m. Jessie Stewart
(dau of Robert Stewart, 8th of Appin)
|
Charlotte ‘Macdonald’
[youngest daughter of above]
m. Alastair/Alexander Macdonald of Garvabeg
|
Jessie ‘Macdonald’
[eldest daughter of above]
m. John McNab of Shenaghart in Kintyre
|
Christina McNab
[daughter of above]
m. Angus Macdonell of Keppoch
[also great grandchild of
Alexander of Culloden above]
20th or 22nd Keppoch?

The Jacobite Peerage: Baronetage, Knightage & Grants of Honour also states that Barbara MacDonell of Keppoch was co-heir of Sir Alexander Macdonnell of Keppoch 1st Bt. This would explain why my great great great grandfather Angus McDonnell inherited the Chief-ship from his cousin Sir Chichester Macdonell although not why the Clan Donald do not acknowledge this.

Table showing how Angus Mcdonell of Keppoch was descended from Alexander of Culloden by both his father and mother:

Alastair/Alexander
(died at Culloden?)
16th/17th of Keppoch?
m. Jessie Stewart
(dau of Robert Stewart, 8th of Appin)
Alastair/Alexander
(died at Culloden?)
16th/17th of Keppoch?
m. Jessie Stewart
(dau of Robert Stewart, 8th of Appin)
|
Angus ‘ban’ Macdonell of Inch
[natural son of the above]
17th of Keppoch?
m. Christina Macdonald
of Achnacoichine
|
Barbara MacDonell of Keppoch
[daughter of the above]
m. Patrick (Rev of Kilmore) MacDonald
|
Donald Macdonell of Keppoch
[son of the above]
m. Anne MacDonald
|
Anne MacDonald
[daughter of the above]
m. Donald Macdonell of Keppoch
|
Angus MacDonald/MacDonell
20th/22nd of Keppoch?
[son of the above]
m. Christina McNab
of Shenaghairt
|
Angus MacDonald/MacDonell
20th/22nd of Keppoch?
[son of the above]
m. Christina McNab
of Shenaghairt
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One thought on “Christina McNab descendant of Alexander of Culloden

  1. Sorry I don’t know your name,

    The line from Angus Ban of Inch is generally accepted as illegitimate, he was the tutor of Keppoch after 1746 until Alexander’s son gained his majority. Your other line comes down the female line twice and so would not be considered to inherit the Chiefship. It would devolve on the next in succession on the male line.

    I would like to exchange information with you as I am interested in the Keppoch line and Lochaber in general

    Regards

    Ian MacLaren

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