Clan Comyn Feud

clan comyn feud mcintosh mackintoshThe Clan Comyn Feud with Clan McIntosh-MackIntosh is said to have started when Alexander Comyn captured and hung several MackIntosh men in an area near Rait Caslte seizing land and infuriating Malcolm MackIntosh 10 Chief of the Clan. Malcolm ceasing the initiative gathered his men and having arrived at the castle of Nairn put the sword to many Clan Comyn men. In response Clan Comyn laid seige to Loch Moy the seat of McIntosh power. Gaining control of the loch they set on building a dam raising the water level of the loch in an attempt to drown the Mackintosh on the island. Late in the night a certain McIntosh was able to sneak past the seige and put a break in the dam. The resulting rush of water having washed away part of the Comyns seige camp foiling the campaign.

In a more trechourous attempt to gain advantage the Comyns under the false pretense of peace invited the Chief and men of Clan Mackintosh to feast at Rait Castle. The Chief of the Comyn had devised a plan where by all the Mackintosh would be murdered at the feast. Legend has it that the daughter of the Comyn Cheif having fallen in love with a McIntosh devulged the plan having passed it along to her lover over the castle wall. Malcolm having heard set in motion his own plan to finally bring end to the feud. WHen at the feast it was nearing time for the Comyns plan to unfold MackIntosh giving the signal and every clans men drawing there dirk and stabbing the Comyn to the right in the heart. Their Chief having escaped the initial attack and realizing the trechoury of his daughter made haist to her room sword in hand. Seeking an escape his daughter climbed out of the window and hanging from the sill her father emerged quickly cutting off her fingers leaving her to fall, into the arms of her waiting MackIntosh lover below.

In 1442 the argument was finally settled when MackIntosh secured charter to the lands from Alexander de Seton the Lord of Gordon passing Rait Castle and its lands into the hands of its rightful owners.