Much has been written on this well known Scottish clan, and we by no means attempt to write a definitive account here. Only that Tolmie as a sept has a long association with this ancient Scottish Clan via the MacLeods of Gairloch and Lewis (Lewes). The MacLeods of Lewis being the last senior cadet family of Clan MacLeod, from which the Tolmie sept come from.
Today Clan MacLeod is represented by Hugh Magnus MacLeod of MacLeod, 30th Chief of Clan MacLeod. The Chiefly seat has been Dunvegan Castle on the Isle of Skye - held by this clan for over 800 years.
The Chiefs of Clan MacLeod
The direct lineage of the Chiefs of Clan MacLeod spread 800 years from there Nordic ancestor Leod till today.
Scottish Clans: The Story behind Clan MacLeod, an introduction to Clan MacLeod. (Carl MacDougall, Scottish Clan Author & Broadcaster) (2min)
BBC Presenter/ Broadcaster Paul Murton uncovers the history of a 16th century MacLeod clan that flourished in Scottish history. (30min)
Isle of Skye
Dear to me, my Isle of Skye
Land of rugged mountains high
Peat smoke curling up anew
And the drift of flowers blue
Scents the morning air of Skye.
Virgin streams in crystal burst
From the corries steep and wild
Sea birds wheeling o'er the bay
Blackcock crooning his deep lay
Would I were in lovely Skye.
Lichen decked in silken sheen
Fairy knows in quite serene
Moonlight meets Atlantic mist
Seas and glens are silver-kissed
Oh, to see my isle of Skye.
'signed KJA for Chief Dame Flora MacLeod'
(Source: Poem was found written inside fronts piece of a first edition copy of I.F. Grants book, The Clan MacLeod, signed K.J.A for Chief Flora)
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