Mackenzie of Leoch & Family tree
The origins of this particular sept are somewhat obscure. Jacob MacKenzie, who is thought to have been related to the MacKenzies of Torridon, seized Castle Leoch by force in 1690, while the previous Lord of that Castle, Donald MacKenzie of Leoch, was absent from home. Donald died under mysterious circumstances before he could return to defend his property, and Jacob married Donald’s widow, Anne Grant, the daughter of Malcolm Grant of Glenmoriston, by whom he had issue:
· Dougal, who married Maura Grant, daughter of William Grant, younger brother of Malcolm Grant of Glenmoriston and had issue by her, four daughters: Eleanor, Margaret, Molly, and Tabitha
· Ellen, who eloped with Brian Fraser, bastard of Simon, 11th Lord Lovat. She bore him three children: William, Janet, and James.
· Janet, who married Alexander Hay of Crimond, and died without issue, age 24
· Flora, who died in infancy
· Jocasta, who married first John Cameron of Torcastle, married secondly Hugh Cameron (“Black Hugh”) of Aberfeldy, and thirdly Hector Cameron of Arkaig, with whom she emigrated to America. Jocasta bore one daughter to each of her three husbands: to John Cameron, Seonag, to Hugh Cameron, Clementina, and to Hector Cameron, Morna
Colum MacKenzie married Letitia Chisholm, daughter of Andrew Chisholm of Erchless and had issue:
· Hamish, who emigrated to Nova Scotia following the Rising of 1745 and the subsequent razing of Castle Leoch x)
The petition of Colum MacKenzie for a matriculation of arms was disputed by the heirs of Donald MacKenzie of Leoch, and was the subject of a prolonged legal process. The petition was not granted before the Rising of 1745, and after the Rising (in which the heir of Donald MacKenzie, his son and grandson, were all killed), the emigration of the only heir and the loss of his lands left the matter of the title undecided; the property of the estate reverted to a distant heir of Donald MacKenzie: Jeremiah MacKenzie.
x) It is thought that various family documents in the possession of Hamish MacKenzie and his heirs may have been preserved, which cast further light upon the antecedents of Jacob MacKenzie. As these documents are presently unavailable, however, nothing further can be adduced at this time.
Diana Gabaldon, The Outlandish Companion