Clan McIntosh History

Clan McIntosh History begins with Shaw of the royal house of MacDuff the second son of Duncan MacDuff the Earl of Fife. In 1160 Shaw’s forces aided King Malcolm IV King of Scots in suppressing a bloody rebellion in Moray. For his efforts being made governor of  Clan McIntosh’s new seat in the lands of Petty in the river valley of Findhorn.  Having also been made keeper of Inverness Castle.  As the progenitor of Clan MackIntosh Shaw’s heirs being known as the Mac An Tiosich when translates to “son of the leader or chief'” forming the bases of modern day clan spelling McIntosh, MacIntosh and MackIntosh.

Shaw MacDuff’s father Ducan MacDuff as a mormaer or Earl of Fife held the highest nobility second only to the king himself and having  full provincial control. The Earl of Fife being established in 839 after the defeat of the pictish tribes ruling what is modern day Scotland. Macduff Castle was made the seat of the Earls of Fife. Acknowledgment of royal ancestry  can be seen in their coat of arms, lion rampant gules or red lion rampant on gold which also applied to the upper left shield corner in the MackIntosh coat of arms. Also being heir to the Sacred Family of Dunkeld.

Duncan MacDuff son of Gillemichel MacDuff Earl of Fife

Gillemichel MacDuff  son of  Constantine, Earl of Fife

Constantine Earl of Fife son of Lulach “King of Scotland”

Lulach King of Scotland’s of the Royal House of Moray was crowned the King of Scotland in 1057 at Scone, Scotland. His rule was short lived, but he appears to have left hist mark as the First King of Scots for whom there are coronation records.

Lulach’s mother Queen Gruoch ingen Boite was the daughter of  Boiac Cináeda a Scottish prince. In 1039 the Queen’s second husband King MacBeth also asserted himself by killing King Duncan ceasing the throne. Duff the thane of fife roiled by the actions would not aid the pretender in his matters and was sent to England under exile. Here finding King Duncans son Malcolm and readying themselves for their eventual return. With a combined army they set sail to reclaim the thrones of there fathers. Upon arrival it was found that MacBeth had murdered Lady MacDuff along with several of her children. Pursuing the king to a slope above Lumfannaain near  the Castle of Dunsinane Duff slew him later presenting the head to Prince Malcolm. Leaving the Queens son Lulach take the throne who after several months was assassinated and usurped by Malcolm. Shakespeare would later use these chronicles as the basis of his tragedy “MacBeth”.

After Lulach is murdered and Malcolm called parliament and rewarded Duff with 3 privileges

That the Earl of Fife, by Office, shall bear the heraldic red lion rampant of the Royal House, and shall set the Crown upon the King’s head on the stone of Scone at his Coronation.

That when the King should give Battle to his enemies, that the same Earl should lead the Vanguard of his host.

That the lineage of Duff should enjoy Regal authority and Power within all their lands, as to appoint officers and judges for the hearing and determination of all manner of Controversies – “Treason onlie excepted” and if any men or tenants were called to answer in any court other than their own circuit, they might appeal to their own judges.

In case of slaughter of a mean person, twelve marks fine – and if a Duff should kill by chance and not by pretensed malice, twenty four marks fine, and released from punishment by Duffs Privilege.

Boiac Cináeda son of Kenneth III

Cináed mac Duib or Kenneth III King of Alba nicknamed An Donn (the chief) was reigned from 997 to 1005. Kenneth III was of The House of Aplin which had ruled Pictland and Kingom of Alba for nearly 200 years. Killed in battle at Monzievaird in Strathearn by Malcolm II 1005. Kenneth III was the son of Dub mac Maíl Coluim, King Dub.

King Dub  anglicised as Duff MacMalcolm nicknamed Dén “the Vehement” reigned between the year 962 and ending in his death in 967. Son of Máel Coluim mac Domnaill Malcolm I.  Sueno’s Stone near Forresis thought to be monument to Dub, erected by his brother Kenneth II.

Malcolm I ruled Scotland from 943 – 954 obtaining the throne when his cousin abdicated joining a monastery. Likely forced out Malcolm in his lust for the throne.  His father being Domnall mac Causantín or  Donald II.

 Chronicles of The Kings of Alba

“[Malcolm I] plundered the English as far as the River Tees, and he seized a multitude of people and many herds of cattle: and the Scots called this the raid of Albidosorum, that is, Nainndisi.” 

Donald II “the mad man” King of Alba as issued by by the Prophecy of Berchán. A great battle was fought between Danes and Scots at Innisibsolian, with the Scots being victorious. He was said to be killed in Dunnottar by Gentiles. Son to Constantín mac Cináeda Constantine I King of the Picts.

Constantine I King of the Picts ruled as King from 862-877 and died defending his kingdom during a battle from invading Vikings (northman) based in Ireland and Northumbria. Some believe he was beheaded on a Fife beach, following a battle at Fife Ness. Son of Cináed mac Ailpín Kenneth McAlpine First King of the Scots.

Kenneth McAlpine King of Dál Riata – First King of the Scots “The Conqueror” heirs produced a dynasty of rulers who claimed descent from him and was the father of the dynasty which ruled Scotland for much of the medieval period.

“Quhen Alpyne this kyng was dede, He left a sowne wes cal’d Kyned,
Dowchty man he wes and stout, All the Peychtis he put out.
Gret bataylis than dyd he, To pwt in freedom his cuntre!

The legend The Treason of MacAlpin claims in 841 Kenneth Mac Alpin attacked the last Pictish army defeated them. Mac Alpin then invited the their king, Drest, and other nobles to Scone to settle the issue of MacAlpin’s claim to the Dál Riatan crown. Drest, as well as all claimants to the Pictish throne from the seven royal houses attended. A great banquet was held and the Pictish king and his nobles were given drinks and became drunk. MacAplin allegedly  using trapdoors under the picts which set with sharp blades, impaling the guest. Securing the throne for the Gaels.

Following this event, Kenneth MacAlpin became king of both realms, using his maternal ancestry of pictish blood to establish his claim to the throne of Pictavia and inheriting Dál Riada from his Gael father. He merged the two into one body named Alba.

In 849 Kenneth obtained the Relics of Columba.

Kenneth died on 13 February 858 at the palace of Cinnbelachoir

“Because Cináed with many troops lives no longer
there is weeping in every house;
there is no king of his worth under heaven
as far as the borders of Rome”

Alpin of Dál Riata his father has royal blood line tracing back thru Gabrán “the Traitor” King of Dál Riata. Gabrán was heir to Domangart Réti ruling king through out the early 6th century following the death of his father Fergus Mór. The Tripartite Life of St. Patrick states that he was present at the death of the saint, circa 493. Domangart died around 507 and was succeeded by Comgall.

Fergus Móro ” Fergus the Great” a legendary king. He was the son of Erc.

Erc was King of Irish Dál Riata until 474. The Song of the Scots tells that the three sons of Erc conquering Scotland. With them bringing the direct royal bloodline from the High Kings of Ireland and there Gael ancestors.

Eochaid Muinremuir Erc’s father , son of Áengus Fert

Áengus Fert, son of Fedlimid

Legandary and Irish Traditional Myth

Fedlimid High King of Ireland  , son of Senchormaich, son of Cruitlinde, son of Findfece, son of Archircir, son of Eochaid Antoit, son of Fiacha Cathmail, son of Cairbre Riata, son of Conaire Cóem and Saraid ingen Chuinn.

Conaire Cóem “the beautiful” 111th High King of Ireland ruled for seven or eight years, at the end of which he was killed by Nemed, son of Sroibcenn, in the battle of Gruitine. Son of Mug Láma

Mug Láma, son of Coirpre Crou-Chend, son of Coirpre Firmaora, son of Conaire Mór.

Conaire Mór High King of Ireland during the middle of the first century BC. Taking power after killing his predecessor and his father’s killer Nuadu Necht. His father being Eterscél Mór.

Eterscél Mór ‘The Great” High King of Ireland ruled for five or six years when he was killed at the battle of Aillenn. Son of Íar mac Dedad.

The Destruction of Dá Derga’s Hostel a Middle Irish saga where he is represented

In the saga he has no children and a prophecy says that a woman of unknown race will bear him a son. He finds and forcibly marries Mess Búachalla, daughter of Étaín and the former High King Eochu Feidlech, because of her incestuous conception, being exposed for death, but is found and brought up by a herdsman and wife. In Eterscél’s house, she is visited by an unknown man who flies in her skylight in the form of a bird conceiving his child, the future High King Conaire Mór, who is brought up as Eterscél’s son.

Íar mac Dedad King of Munster and son of Deda mac Sin

Deda mac Sin King of Munster prehistoric King of Érainn of Ireland, possibly of the 1st century BC. Son of Sen.

The generations preceding Deda mac Sin in the extant pedigrees appear artificial.