Associated People: MacLean, Mr Donald "the Pilot", Ruaig (1727 - )


Photograph of a memorial plaque erected on the wall of Kirkapol Cemetery  by the family of Elizabeth Devlin, Australia, in 2015, whose family had Ruaig MacLean ancestory. The people named on the plaque are believed to be related to Donald (The Pilot) MacLean, Ruaig (b. 1727) from the branch of Charles MacLean and Ann MacLeod. Elizabeth Devlin (Leezie Barr) was a foster child of Alexander MacLean and Ann MacLeod who had four children of their own: Mary Ann, Hector and Donald.



Letter from Charles MacLean, Edinburgh, to Duncan Gillespie, Gott, dated 2006, regarding enclosed texts and information about Charles’ 4x great grandfather Donald ‘The Pilot’ MacLean, Ruaig (born 1727), who piloted the French ship sent to rescue Bonnie Prince Charlie after the Battle of Culloden in 1746.


Two photocopies of a newspaper article ‘Some Historic MacLeans of Tiree – link with Prince Charlie’ from the Daily Express, 1930. The article begins with Malcolm MacLean of Hynish House and his cousin, Allan of Ruaig, whose ancestor was Donald ‘The Pilot’ MacLean of Ruaig (born 1727) who piloted the ship that rescued Bonnie Prince Charlie after Culloden in 1746.

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Photocopy of a typed account of the Donald ‘The Pilot’ MacLean story published by his descendent (4x great grandson), Charles MacLean, Edinburgh, in the Clan MacLean magazine around 1986. The account is based on Charles’ great-great-grandfather’s hand-written account of the event written around 1900 (see 2016.6.1), and includes notes and analyses of the handwritten account.

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Photocopy of a hand-written account of the story of Donald ‘The Pilot’ MacLean, Ruaig (born 1727), who piloted Bonnie Prince Charlie’s rescue ship after the Battle of Culloden in 1746. The seven-page letter was written on small pieces of paper around 1900 by Donald’s grandson, also Donald MacLean (1817-1907), who lived at Hynish House. It begins “the following is what report I heard from my father over 70 years ago”.

Tiree in 100 Objects – 8 – Donald the Pilot

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Scanned letter from Mary F MacArthur, Balinoe, to Lorraine Fletcher, Oregon, 1976

Printed scan of handwritten letter from Mary F MacArthur, Balinoe, to Lorraine Fletcher, Oregon, dated 1976, and emailed information regarding the family trees of both correspondents from Glenda Franklin, Canada, dated 27/3/2012 and Louise MacDougall 28/3/12. Includes a family tree for Hugh MacArthur & Mary MacLean of Sandaig and the death certificate for Alexander MacArthur (1855-1927). Mary MacArthur is descended from Donald `the Pilot` MacLean, and has links to Flo and Andy Straker`s MacArthur line.


Email about completion of “Donald the Pilot” project

Printed email to An Iodhlann about the completion and online publication of the “Donald the Pilot” project. Donald MacLean of Ruaig piloted the ship taking the escaping Bonnie Prince Charlie to France after the ill-fated Uprising of 1745. Contains links to the genealogy of Donald the Pilot (ancestors and descendants), the database, and story.


Photocopied newspaper article `The Island of Tiree` by A MacLean Sinclair

Newspaper article by A MacLean Sinclair containing three stories of Tiree: (1) How Neil MacFadyen and Donald MacLean were seized by the crew of a French brig and forced to pilot the ship to Lochnanuagh where Prince Charlie and 130 of his followers embarked for France, (2) An attempt to trace the ancestry of Dr James MacLean of Balephuill from Hector Roy, ninth laird of Coll, (3) Biographical information about the Rev. John Sinclair from the Gott area.

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