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The Moidart Timewarp
by Tim Roberton

1576 - 1600
In which John of Moidart (Clanranald VIII) died in Castle Tirrim, the Spanish Armada suffered heavy losses through bad weather as they rounded the North West coast of Scotland, Shakespeare wrote Richard III and John Macdonald (Son of Clanranald IX) acquired the lands of Kinlochmoidart by Feu Charter.


1577 MacDonalds of Eigg suffocated in a cave by a band of Macleods. TC Smout, A History of the Scottish People 1560-1830, page 103
Note: This deed is said by Macdonald in Moidart Among the Clanranalds to have been perpetrated by Allan, son of John some time after 1584 (see below) - Moidart Among the Clanranalds, p48 Charles MacDonald, Ed John Watts.

1584 John of Moidart died at Castle Tirrim, having ruled the clan for 54 years. Moidart Among the Clanranalds, p46 Charles MacDonald, Ed John Watts.

1586 Treacherous attack on Macleans by the Macdonalds in Islay. TC Smout, A History of the Scottish People 1560-1830, pages 103.

1588 Spanish Armada engaged twice in the Channel and turned tail in very bad weather going the "long way" home to avoid further punishment. This took them by way of Orkney and whilst some went on by way of the West coast of Ireland, others evidently came inside the Hebrides, as a wreck off Tobermory in Mull will testify (dived in 1919). The action and the gales took their toll and out of 130 ships that left, only about 50 returned. A New History of Great Britain, RB Mowat, page 281.

1593 Allan Macdonald died, to be succeeded by Sir John Macdonald who acquired Kinlochmoidart by feu charter. Moidart Among the Clanranalds, p49 Charles MacDonald, Ed John Watts.

1593 Shakespeare wrote Richard III in this year and Two Gentlemen of Verona, Romeo and Juliet and The Comedy of Errors in the year following. A New History of Great Britain, page 293.


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