History of the Clan Macrae


Ian Mor nan Cas (gen 4)

(Previously: (gen 3). Finlay)

John, called Ian Mor nan Cas (Big John of the feet), a name which he is said to have received under the following circumstances: Roderick,1 brother of John of Killin, being charged with manslaughter, King James V. ordered him to be given up to justice.   John of Killin accordingly set out with a party of men to apprehend him in Kintail, but Roderick, being a very powerful man, "and unwilling to be brought as a prisoner, while the party were struggling with him, and could not, this John took him by the feet, and so got him down, when each man having a leg, an arm, or some other hold of him, they carried him along until he consented to walk on his feet with them to the presence of his injured brother."  John Mor nan Cas left sons, and his descendants appear to have settled in Lochcarron and Kishorn, where several of them are said to have been living in 1786.

Next: Miles, son of Finlay, killed at Kinlochewe


1. This Roderick was progenitor of the Mackenzies, Achilty, Fairburn &c.