Thursday, November 27, 2014

Day 14 - A Private Tour Of Dunvegan Castle - Ancestral Home of Clan MacLeod

The MacLeod Estate Office arranged a private tour of Dunvegan Castle (see Day 12 -  for 10:00 am.

The tour is directed by Janet Clarke, Executive Director of the Castle.

The current Laird of the Castle is Hugh MacLeod of MacLeod (born 1973). He is Chief of Clan MacLeod and is currently representing the Associated Clan MacLeod Societies in the Standing Council of Scottish Chiefs. He is also recognized Chief of the Name and Arms of MacLeod, in Scotland and the United Kingdom, by the Court of the Lord Lyon.

On the death of his father, John MacLeod of MacLeod, Hugh inherited Dunvegan Castle, the ancient seat of the chiefs of Macleod, and the associated ancestral clan territories, which still extend to over 42,000 acres (17,000 ha) on the Isle of Skye.

Hugh MacLeod graduated with a BA (Hons) in Film and Modern History from the University of London and the Sorbonne in 1995.

After a brief period at Sotheby's and Freud Communications, Hugh began working in television as a researcher and was commissioned to direct/produce Champagne and Canvas, a documentary that was nominated for best video at the 1998 BBC British Short Film Festival. Since then, Hugh has worked as a freelance director, producer and writer in film and TV and now combines his media career with the management of the MacLeod Estate which he took on in 2008.

He divides his time between Dunvegan and London, where he lives with his wife Frederique and their son Vincent.

After the tour we drove to Drynoch to try and find the home where James F. MacLeod was born.

Lieutenant Colonel James Farquharson Macleod (1836 – 1894), was born in Drynoch, Isle of Skye, Scotland, was a militia officer, lawyer and a NWMP officer. He served as the second Commissioner of the North-West Mounted Police, from 1876, to 1880. Fort Macleod and Macleod Trail, a major Calgary, Alberta, thoroughfare, are named after him.

In 1887, Macleod was appointed to the Supreme Court of the Northwest Territories, which then included what is now known as Alberta and Saskatchewan. He held this position until his death in 1894. He is buried in Union Cemetery in Calgary.

Drynoch (Scottish Gaelic: An Droighneach) is a settlement on the south east tip of Loch Harport on the west coast of Skye in the Highlands of Scotland.
It is in the Scottish council area of Highland. The River Drynoch runs through the village, flowing down from Glen Drynochinto the loch.

We are not able to find the home so head back for supper and an invite to watch Scotland vs. Ireland at the Cellar Bar in Dunvegan.

Scotland wins 1 - 0 on a goal by Mahoney (74).

Wild cheering erupted, but not all viewers responded.

A very long night.

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