The MacLead family comes from the ancient Scottish Dalriadan clans of the mountainous west coast of Scotland
. The name MacLead is derived from the personal name Leod.
The Gaelic form of the surname is Mac Leoid,
which means son of Leod,
son of Olaf the Black, King of Man and the Northern Isles. Olaf was from a dynasty of Norse Kings, who, for centuries held the Isles. They were in turn descended from King Halfdan the Stingy, a King who was reputed to be descended from the god Frey. Leod held the island of Lewis
, the mainland Glenelg and part of Skye
in about 1195 AD. It was his two sons who founded the two great branches of the Siol Tormod and the Siol Torquil.
Early Origins of the MacLead family
The surname MacLead was first found in on the Isle of Lewis
(Scottish Gaelic: Leòdhas), where the Siol Tormod branch held the territories of Harris
, Glenelg and Dunvegan
Castle in Skye; while the Siol Torquil branch held Assynt and Cadboll, and the Island of Ramasay. There were no title deeds for these territories as they had been considered possessions of Norway. Yet when King Haakon asserted his authority over the lands in 1263 King Alexander resisted. Although the Scottish King Alexander signed the Treaty of Perth allowing payment of rent to Norway for all these lands, it was never paid and the whole of the western Isles became Scottish possessions.
Early History of the MacLead family
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MacLead Spelling Variations
were extremely common in medieval names, since scribes from that era recorded names according to sound rather than a standard set of rules. MacLead has appeared in various documents spelled MacLeod, MacCleod, MacCloud, MacLoud and many more.
Early Notables of the MacLead family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the Clan
from early times was Sir Roderick MacLeod of Dunvegan
Castle who led 600 of his Clansmen to Ireland
to assist in O'Donnell's rebellion and Lord MacLeod's Highlanders (73rd Regiment - later the 71st Regiment)... Another 38 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early MacLead Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the MacLead family to the New World and Oceana
Dalriadan families proliferated in North America. Their descendants still populate many communities in the eastern parts of both the United States and Canada. Some settled in Canada as United Empire Loyalists, in the wake of the American War of Independence
. Families on both sides of the border have recovered much of their heritage in the 20th century through Clan
societies and highland games. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name MacLead or a variant listed above: Alan, Angus
, Anne, Catherine, Donald, George, Jean, John, Malcolm, Margaret, Mary, Murdoch and his wife Christian; Neal and his wife Margaret and three children.