Sources A – L

In addition to the sources listed below, I have referenced personal correspondence with Captain Ian MacDonald of Kintyre, Scotland (late 2000); Vance McAlister, historian for the Clan MacAlister Society USA (July 2001); Kathan McCallister of North Richland Hills, Texas (July 2001); and Janet McCallister of New Zealand (31 March 1997); more recently, Max Macalister in Australia, of the Strathaird family, has challenged and clarified much of the information I have on that branch of the clan.

Although I have not directly referenced our correspondence, William McAlester of Loup, the current chief of Clan Alasdair, has been enormously helpful and willing to answer all kinds of questions about the clan and its history.

  • ANDERSON, William, The Scottish Nation; or the surnames, families, literature, honours, and biographical history of the people of Scotland (Edinburgh), vol. I (1867), vol. II (1877), vol. III (1863).
  • “ANGUS MACALISTER of GLENBARR, Kintyre Laird”, obituary, the Scotsman, 17 April 2007.
  • ANNÁLA CONNACHT, translated (University College of Cork [Ireland]: Corpus of Electronic Texts edition). [AC]
  • ANNÁLA ULADH: Annals of Ulster, otherwise Annala Senait, Annals of Senat, translated (University College or Cork [Ireland]: Corpus of Electronic Texts edition). [AU]
  • ANNALS OF INISFALLEN, translated (University College of Cork [Ireland]: Corpus of Electronic Texts edition). [AI]
  • ANNALS OF LOCH CÉ, translated (University College of Cork [Ireland]: Corpus of Electronic Texts edition). [LC]
  • ANNALS of the FOUR MASTERS, translated (University College of Cork [Ireland]: Corpus of Electronic Texts edition). [AFM]
  • ANON., The grand indictment of High-Treason against the Marquess of Argyle, at the instance of His Majesties advocate: exhibited to the Parliament of Scotland, with an Account of what hath followed since thereupon. (1661) (Early Documents of World History 1994).
  • BAIN, Joseph, ed., Calendar of Documents Relating to Scotland Preserved in Her Majesty’s Public Record Office, London (Edinburgh: H M General Register House, 1881-8).
  • BARDON, Jonathan, A History of Ulster (Belfast: The Blackstaff Press, 1992). 
  • BARROW, G. W. S., Kingship and Unity: Scotland 1000-1306, 2nd ed. (Edinburgh University Press, 2003).
  • BEAM, Amanda, John Bradley, Dauvit Brown, John Reuben Davies, Matthew Hammond, Michele Pasin (with others), The People of Medieval Scotland, 1093-1314 (Glasgow and London, 2012), accessed 17 June 2012.
  • BEATON, Duncan: “How the Tarbert Lands Passed from the Macalisters to the Campbells”, Journal of the Clan Campbell Society, vol. 24, no. 1 (Winter 1997).
  • BLACK, George F., The Surnames of Scotland (Edinburgh: Birlinn Ltd., 1993).
  • BOWER, Walter, Scotichronicon: New Edition in Latin and English with notes and indexes, D.E.R. Watt, general ed. (University of Aberdeen Press, 1993).
  • BRIDGLAND, Nick: “The Medieval Church in Argyll”, in Omand, ed., The Argyll Book (Edinburgh: Birlinn, 2004).
  • BURKE’S Peerage and Gentry: ‘Macalister Hall of Torrisdale’; ‘McAlister of Loup and Kennox, Chief of McAlester’; McDonnell of Kilsharvan
  • CALDWELL, David, Islay: The Land of the Lordship (Edinburgh: Birlinn Ltd., 2008).
  • CAMERON, Nigel M. de S., David F. Wright, David C. Lachman, and Donald E. Meek, eds., Dictionary of Scottish Church History and Theology (Downers Grove, Ill.: InterVarsity Press, 1993).
  • CAMPBELL, Alistair, of Airds, A History of Clan Campbell, 3 vol. (Edinburgh: Polygon, 2000).
  • Campbell, Alistair, of Airds: “The Early Families of Argyll”, in Omand, The Argyll Book (Edinburgh, 2004).
  • CAMPBELL, Lord Archibald, Records of Argyll: Legends, Traditions, and Recollections of Argyllshire Highlanders, collected chiefly from the Gaelic with notes on the antiquity of the dress, clan colours, or tartans, of the Highlanders (Edinburgh: Blackwood & Sons, 1885).
  • “CANON CHARLES COPELAND”, obituary, Church Times, a publication of the Scottish Episcopal Church, issue 7661 (15 January, 2010).
  • “Charles Copland, Missionary Churchman and Sportsman”, obituary, the Scotsman, 22 December 2009.
  • CASTLETON: see MacDonald, Donald J., of Castleton
  • CHRONICLE OF MAN AND THE SUDREYS from the manuscript codex in the British Museum, P. A. Munch, transl. by the Right Reverend Dr. Goss (Douglas: the Manx Society, 1874). [ChM]
  • “Clan McALESTER” (Preliminary Report on research carried out to establish the descent of Charles Godfrey Somerville McAlester from Charles McAlester of Loup), courtesy of William McAlester of Loup.
  • CLAN MACALISTER NEWS (newsletter of the Clan MacAlister Society, Australia): no. 35 (Aug. 1998).
  • CMS: see Macalister, section 1
  • CMS2: see Macalister, section 2
  • COLLECTANEA de REBUS ALBANICIS, consisting of Original Papers and Documents relating to the history of the Highlands and Islands of Scotland, edited by the Iona Club (Edinburgh:  Thomas G. Stevenson, 1847).
  • COMMISSARIOT RECORD of ARGYLL: Register of Inventories (now available on-line)
  • Commissariot Record of Argyll: Register of Testaments, 1674-1700 (now available on-line)
  • COWAN, E. J., and R. Andrew MacDONALD, eds., Alba: Celtic Scotland in the Medieval Era (E. Lothian: Tuckwell Press, 2000).
  • DEVINE, T. M., The Scottish Nation: A History, 1700–2000 (New York: Viking Penguin, 1999).
  • Devine, T. M., Scotland’s Empire, 1600-1815 (London: Penguin Books Ltd., 2003).
  • DICKSON, J. W., W. H. Dunbar, Esqs., Advocates, & John Rymer, Esq., W. S., The Scottish Jurist: Containing reports of cases decided in the House of Lords, Courts of Session, Teinds, & Justiciary, with outer-house cases, and acts of sederunt from 12th November 1830 to 9th July 1831, inclusive, vol. III (Edinburgh: Michael Anderson, 1831).
  • DMM: see Macdonald, D. Macdonell
  • DOBSON, David, Original Scots Colonists: Supplement 1607–1707, in “Scottish Immigrants to North America, 1600s-1800s”. 
  • Dobson, D., Scots Banished to America, 1650–1775, in “Scottish Immigrants to North America, 1600–1800s”.
  • Dobson, D., Scots in the Carolinas, 1680–1830, in “Scottish Immigrants to North America, 1600–1800s”.
  • Dobson, D., Scottish Emigration to Colonial America, 1607-1785 (Athens, Ga.: University of Georgia Press, 1994).
  • Dobson, D., Scottish Highlanders on the Eve of the Great Migration, 1725-1775: the People of Argyll (Maryland: Clearfield, 2005).
  • Dobson, D., Scottish Settlers in North America, 1625–1825, vols. I-VII, in “Scottish Immigrants to North America, 1600–1800s”.
  • DODGSHON, Robert A., From Chiefs to Landlords: Social and Economic Change in the Western Highlands and Islands, c. 1493–1820 (Edinburgh University Press, 1998).
  • DONALDSON, Gordon, Scotland: James V – James VII (The Edinburgh History of Scotland, volume 3; Edinburgh: Mercat Press, 1994).
  • DONALDSON, Gordon, and Robert S. MORPETH, A Dictionary of Scottish History (Edinburgh: John Donald Publishers, Ltd., 1977).
  • DOUGLAS, Hugh, and Michael J. STEAD, The Flight of Bonnie Prince Charlie (Gloucestershire: Sutton Publishing Ltd., 2000).
  • DUFFY, Seán, ed., Robert the Bruce’s Irish Wars: The Invasions of Ireland, 1306-1329 (Gloucestershire: Tempus Publishing Ltd., 2002).
  • Duffy, Seán: “The ‘Continuation’ of Nicholas Trevet: A New Source for the Bruce Invasion”, Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy, vol. 91C (1991), pp. 303-315.
  • DUNCAN, A. A. M., and A. L. Brown: “Argyll and the Isles in the Earlier Middle Ages”, Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries, vol. 90 (1956-57), pp. 192-220.
  • DUNCAN, A. G. M., Green’s Glossary of Scottish Legal Terms, 3rd ed. (Edinburgh: W. Green, 1992).
  • DWELLY, Edward, Illustrated Gaelic-English Dictionary, 11th ed. (Edinburgh: Birlinn Ltd., 1993).
  • FORBES, Robert, Jacobite Memoirs of the Rebellion of 1745, Robert Chambers, ed. (Edinburgh: William and Robert Chambers; London: Longman & Co., 1834).
  • “FORTITER” (newsletter of the Clan MacAlister Society [USA]): December 1981; January 1982; February 1982; April 1982; June 1982; August 1982; October 1982.
  • FOTHERINGHAM, J. G., ed., The Diplomatic Correspondence of Jean de Montereul and the Brothers de Bellièvre, French Ambassadors in England and Scotland, 1645-48, vol. 2, trans. J. G. Fotheringham (Edinburgh: Scottish History Society, 1899).
  • FRASER, Alexander, B.D., North Knapdale in the XVII and XVIIIth Centuries (Oban, Scotland: The Oban Times, 1964).
  • FRASER-MACKINTOSH, Charles, The Last Macdonalds of Isla: Chiefly selected from Original Bonds and Documents sometime belonging to Sir James Macdonald, the last of his race, now in the possession of Charles Fraser-Mackintosh, F.S.A. Scot (Glasgow: 1895).
  • GRANT, Neil, Scottish Clans & Tartans (New York: Crescent Books, 1987).
  • GRANT, I. F., and Hugh CHEAPE, Periods in Highland History (Barnes & Noble, Inc., by arrangement with Shepheard-Walwyn Ltd., 1987, 1997).
  • GREGORY, Donald, The History of the Western Highlands and Islands of Scotland, from AD 1493 to AD 1625, 2nd ed. (Glasgow, Thomas D. Morison, 1881).
  • HAMILTON, Hans Claude, Esq., ed., Calendar of the State Papers Relating to Ireland, of the Reigns of Henry VIII, Edward VI, Mary, and Elizabeth, 1509 – 1573, Preserved in the State Paper Department of Her Majesty’s Public Record Office (London: Longman, Green, Longman & Roberts, 1860).
  • HAMILTON, Henry, ed., Third Statistical Account, 31 volumes (Glasgow, 1960): County of Argyll, parish of Killean & Kilchenzie (pp. 273–278); parish of North Knapdale (pp. 242–250); parish of Saddell & Skipness (pp. 263-272). [TSA]
  • HAYES-McCOY, Gerald A., Scots Mercenary Forces in Ireland (1565-1603): An account of their service during that period, or the reaction of their activities on Scottish affairs, and of the effect of their presence in Ireland, together with an examination of the gallóglaigh or galloglas (Dublin: Edmund Burke Publishers, 1937).
  • HILL, Rev. George, An Historical Account of the MacDonnells of Antrim, including Notices of some other septs, Irish and Scottish (Belfast: Archer & Sons, 1873).
  • HILL, J. Michael, Fire and Sword: Sorley Boy MacDonnell and the Rise of Clan Ian Mor, 1538-90 (Fort Worth, Tex.: The Aegis Press, 1993).
  • Hill, J. Michael, “The Rift within Clan Ian Mor: The Antrim and Dunyveg MacDonnells, 1590-1603”, in Sixteenth Century Journal, XXIV/4 (1993): 865-879.
  • Historical Manuscripts Commission:  The Manuscripts of the Duke of Hamilton, K.T., Presented to Both Houses of Parliament by Command of Her Majesty, Eleventh Report, appendix, part VI (London, 1887).
  • HISTORY of the ROYAL GALLOGLASS“, Baron James Shortt of Castleshort, copyright 1998-2000.
  • HOPE, Sir Thomas, A Diary of the Public Correspondence of Sir Thomas Hope of Craighall, 1633-1645 (published 1843).
  • HOPKINS, Dr. Paul A.: “Loup Hill, 16th May 1689: The First ‘Battle’ of Dundee’s Jacobite War”, Kintyre Magazine, Issue 29 (Spring 1991).
  • Hopkins, Paul, Glencoe and the end of the Highland War (Edinburgh: John Donald, 1998).
  • KEAY, John, and Julia KEAY, eds., Collins Encyclopaedia of Scotland (London: Harper Collins, 1994).
  • KENNEDY, Allan Douglas, The Civic Government of the Scottish Highlands during the Restoration, 1660-1688 (doctoral thesis, University of Stirling, October 2011).
  • KINGSBURGH MANUSCRIPT, in Macalister (Historical Section), compiled by the Clan MacAlister Society (USA). The original manuscript, written by Anne Macdonald Macalister, is held at Glenbarr Abbey, Kintyre.
  • KINTYRE RENTALS, 1505-1710, transcribed by Judge A. I. B. Stewart & Andrew McKerral, 1987 (document downloaded from, July 2010).
  • “LACHLAN MACALISTER, from the Isle of Skye to the New Colony of Australia: Pioneer of Gippsland” (article?) April 1992. Courtesy of Max Milton Macalister, Melbourne (in my possession).
  • LAMONT, Sir Norman of Knockdow, An Inventory of Lamont Papers, 1231-1897 (Edinburgh: Scottish Record Society, 1914).
  • LC: see Annals of Loch Ce
  • LIVINGSTONE of Bachuil, Alastair, Christian W. H. Aikman, and Betty Stuart Hart, eds., Muster Roll of Prince Charles Edward Stuart’s Army, 1745-6 (Aberdeen University Press, 1984).
  • LYNCH, Michael, ed., Oxford Companion to Scottish History: The Definitive Guide to 2,000 years of Scottish History (Oxford University Press, 2007).

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