History of the Clan Macrae


Duncan, called Donnacha Mac Gillechriosd, Chapter 3, Generation 7

(Previously: Origin of Feud between Kintail and Glengarry)

One of the Biggest Men in the Highlands

Duncan, called Donnacha Mac Gillechriosd, first son of Christopher (gen 6), is said to have been one of the biggest and strongest men in the Highlands.  "He was equal in height and bulk of body" to John Grant, the contemporary Laird of Glenmoriston, commonly called Ian Mor a Chasteil (Big John of the Castle). (2)  We are told that Duncan could pass through the doorway of the Church at Kintail only by turning sideways, and it appears, from what the clan historian relates of him, that he was no less remarkable for his prowess and force of character than fro his bodily size.  "He was a stout, forward, and bloody man, and delighted much in arms."

The following incident, which is related of Duncan, not only shows the pleasure which he himself found in fighting, but the light-heartedness and delight with which the Highlanders of those days joined in any affray, whether they were concerned in the quarrel or not.

Next: Duncan and a Companion take part in the Flight of Leac na Falla, in Skye


2. For an interesting account of Ian Mor a Chasteil, who was Laird of Glenmoriston from 1581 to 1637, see Mackay's Urquhart and Glenmoriston -- page 125