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Leod (1st Chief Macleod) Olafson[1]

Male Abt 1200 - Abt 1280  (~ 80 years)

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  • Name Leod (1st Chief Macleod) Olafson 
    Born Abt 1200 
    Gender Male 
    Died Abt 1280 
    Person ID I58562  My Genealogy
    Last Modified 19 Aug 2013 

    Father Olaf II The Black King of The Isles & Man,   b. Abt 1177,   d. 21 May 1237, Isle Of St Patrick Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 60 years) 
    Mother Christina Ross 
    Family ID F24647  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Daughter of Macrailt 
     1. Tormond\ Norman (of Harris) Macleod,   b. Aft 1220,   d. Bef 1280, Castle, Isle Of Pabbay, Sound Of Harris, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 58 years)
     2. Torquil (2nd Chief of The Lewis) Macleod
     3. Ian (Sir) Macleod
     4. Olaus Macleod
    Last Modified 24 Jan 2013 
    Family ID F16236  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Link Between Leod & Sources For Clan Macleod,   d. 1200 
    • 1 _MSTAT Other
    Last Modified 24 Jan 2013 
    Family ID F26285  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Clan Macleod

      "The progenitor of the MacLeod's was Leod, younger son of Olaf the Blackone of the last Norse Kings of Man and the Isles. Leod imherited Lewisand Harris along with parts of Skye on his father's death in 1237.Through marriage to the Norse seneschal of Skye the family acquiredDunvegan Castle, which remains in the family to this day. The Clanconsists of two main branches: the MacLeods of Lewis descend from Leod'sson Torquil while the MacLeods of Harris and Skye descend from anotherson, Tormod.
      The MacLeods followed the MacDonald Lord of the Isles in the Battle ofHarlaw of 1411 but were able to steer a hazardous political path whenJames IV sought to break the power of the Lords of the Isles. The successof the Clan can also be traced to the political talent of the 8th ChiefAlistair Crotach. He not only managed to avoid the wrath of James V at atime when most Highland chiefs were imprisoned or driven from theirlands, but also succeeded in securing the title to Trotternish in 1542.Trotternish had long been in dispute with the MacDonalds of Sleat."

      Note "!CAVEAT: There is significant disagreement over the true ancestryof Leod...." and has much more information.
      Part of Associated Clan MacLeod Societies Genealogical Resources Center.By James A Ayars. (The Associated Clan MacLeod Societies, Edinburgh,Scotland, 2000)
      Index of Persons

      Which shows him as:
      Leod OLAFSON (I Chief)
      BIRTH: ABT 1200
      DEATH: ABT 1280
      REFERENCE: 1st Chief
      Father: Ollaghair Olaf_or_Olaus Odhar GODREDSON
      Mother: Christina ROSS

      Family 1: Heiress_of Armuin MACRAILD
      Tormod [Norman] MACLEOD
      Sir_John MACLEOD
      Olaus MACLEOD
      [Daughter] MACLEOD
      [Daughter] MACLEOD (married John LORD_OF_MULL )

  • Sources 
    1. [S883] Hamish Maclaren.