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Castor and Pollux Castor and Pollux by Nicholas Maclean-Bristol

The last years of the seventeenth century and the beginning of the eighteenth witnessed a dramatic change in the status quo in the United Kingdom as the Royal Stuarts lost their throne to the House of Hanover and the old cavalier families gave way to Whig magnates. Nowhere was this change more pronounced than in the central Inner Hebrides where the Macleans of Duart lost their ancient estate astride the Sound of Mull to the Earl of Argyll and his followers.

These years also mark the end of the hereditary learned families who for at least the previous five hundred years had preserved the culture of the Gàidhealtachd. These dramatic changes are epitomised in the careers of 'Castor': Sir Alexander Maclean, son of the Bishop of Argyll and 'Pollux': Sir John Maclean of Duart. Both men followed their King into exile. Sir John to become a courtier at the Jacobite court of Saint German-en-Laye near Paris, whilst Sir Alexander served in the army of King Louis XIV and arguably became an original military theorist.

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Published 3/2012

From Clan to Regiment From Clan to Regiment by Nicholas Maclean-Bristol

This beautifully produced, handsome book of 734 pages tells the story of one Hebridean family the Macleans of Coll and their contribution to the army, from the fifteenth century to the present day. It is, however, not just a tale of 'derring-do' but sets the scene against the culture, and changing economy of the Isles.

An island family, does not just consist of those descended in the male line from a chief but includes the whole community of the island, who after 400 years were probably all descended from the first Maclean of Coll in one way or another. Many are of course Macleans but they include Mackinnons, Macdonalds, Macfadyens, Macinneses, Mackenzies, Macnivens, Mathesons, Rankins, Morisons, Beatons, Campbells and Johnstons who came to the island for different reasons and settled there.

It also tells how, despite all the efforts of successive chiefs, the economy collapsed in the early nineteenth century. The people were scattered and in 1855 the estate, which originally consisted not only of most of Coll but also Quinish in Mull, Drimnin in Morvern and the Isles of Rum and Muck was sold. Many emigrated and became successful settlers in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and in South America as well as the United States. Others who remained in the United Kingdom and continued to produce families of soldiers. Some even settled in Germany and in Hong Kong.

Today after its long decline the population of Coll is beginning to grow once again and the island is a dynamic community. There are a healthy number of children at the Primary School, at Oban High School and at boarding schools on the mainland. Many descendants of those who left Coll are now returning to the Island. Some even have returned to live there permanently. This too is their story

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Published 5/2007

Warriors and Priests Warriors and Priests by Nicholas Maclean-Bristol

This is the first account of the Clan Maclean from the fourteenth to the sixteenth century, to be published for almost a century, incorporating the enormous strides that have takenplace in Scottish historical studies since the publication of the Rev. A. Maclean Sinclair's Clan Gillean in 1899.

The author considers the origin of the Clan and traces its history from its first arrival on the western seaboard to subsequent landing on Mull. He follows the course of the Clan's rapid expension under the patronage of the Lords of the Isles to Coll and Tiree, Ardgour, Lochaber, the Outer and Small Isles, Islay, Jura and up the Great Glen. He also traces the Clan's subsequent history after the forfeiture of its patron.

Warriors and Priests sets the Clan against the background of Anglo-Scottish politics, the use of seapower and its involvement in the late medieval church.


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Published 1/1995

Inhabitants of the Inner Isles, Morvern and Ardnamurchan 1716 Inhabitants of the Inner Isles, Morvern and Ardnamurchan 1716 by Nicholas Maclean-Bristol (ed)

This list of the men from the Central Inner Hebrides and adjacent mainland who did or did not take part in  the Jacobite rising of 1715 is to be found among the Sheriff Court Records of Argyll (NRS. SC54.22.54) now published for the first time. It consists of 173 pages of text with two maps. One shows where the rebels and loyalists lived. It also has a picture of some of the weapons they carried. It was printed by the Scottish Record Society in 1998.

It is most unusual for a list of those who took part in a rebellion to survive. Those on the losing side are never keen that evidence that could hang them exists. Muster rolls for the regiments raised by Sir John Maclean and Cameron of Locheil therefore are no longer to be found. However, the victorious Government and its supporters were probably keen to keep a record of those of their tenants who had rebelled -so that they would never again be given a tenancy . It was also a useful list of to reward those who had sided with the authorities.

The list now published therefore records the male population who took part in the rising and those who did not. It also gives a list of the weapons they possessed. This is valuable as it shows who owned a sword and helps identify their position in society.

As many are recorded by their patronymic and not by their surname it will help those today who are trying to trace their ancestors.

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Published 1/1998

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