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The earliest Shaw ancestor was Aethelred, the first Earl of Fife. Aethelred, or in Gaelic: Aedh was the eldest son of Malcolm (III) Mac Duncan (also known as "Malcolm Ceann-Mhor"), High King of Alba. Aedh's royal sire was of the line of Kenneth Mac Alpin (died 858), the Dal Riadic King of Albany, who through his grandmother was also a claimant
to the High Kingship of the ancient Cruithne, earlier called Picts by the invading Romans. Now Aedh Mac Malcolm was made hereditary Abbot of Dunkeld, and because of his important ecclesiastical position, was barred from the throne (His younger brothers were Kings Alexander I and David I). In the Celtic "Culdee" Church, (a gentle blend of Christian and Druidic tradition) priests were allowed to marry and pass on their religious duties down to through their family lines. A leading personage in the kingdom,
Aedh married the sister and heiress of Mael Snectai, the King of Moray. Mael Snectai was also the Chief of Clan Duff as grandson of Queen Gruoch (Gruoch was also the wife the good King Mac Beth, who was both the rightful king of Celtic Scotland, and one of the country's better monarchs), herself heiress of the line of King Duff, which was apanaged in the ancient 'Kingdom of Fife.' Aedh's father Malcolm III (who was raised in England since he was nine and later with English military assistance usurped Mac Beth's crown) was swayed by his own ambition and by the Norman and feudal influence of his new wife Margaret, herself a Saxon Princess in exile. "Ceann Mhor" altered the system of revolving kingship in Alba and (illegally) decreed that the High kingship would forever stay with his line, the House of Atholl. This is in opposition to the ancient Celtic laws Tanistry: whereby succession or election of the next king or chief is chosen from the best or most able person from within the derb-fine, or chiefly family. Queen Margaret also influenced her husband to encourage various 'reforms' at court: Norman French over Gaelic, the abandonment of the ancient and noble Celtic Brehonic Laws – the oldest codified legal system in Europe.
Margaret also forced the country's elite to begin to adopt the tenets of feudalism over tribalism. These personal, cultural and geopolitical moves did much to alienate the independent clans and tribes of Moray (formerly part of the Pictish Northern kingdom) against the central government. Aedh's son Duff Mac Aedh, predeceased his father, but not before having children of his own, Ghillemicheal and Constantine Mac Duff. After Aedh's death in 1128, the kingdom of Moray rose in several rebellions to rightly establish these two grandsons to the High Kingship of Scotland.
Ghillemichael's son Duncan, 5th Toiseach (Gealic for Thane, Saxonised as Earl) or Earl of Fife was Regent of Scotland in 1153. The Mackintoshes and Shaws trace descent from Duncan's second son, Shaw Mac Duff. A scion of the royal derb-fine line of the King of Scots, the loyal Shaw Mac Duff rode north in 1160 with his cousin and friend Malcolm IV to calm the rising emotions and military gatherings of his rebellion minded tribal cousins in Moray. The Moraymen, unhappy with the gradual loss of their little kingdom's independence were calling for yet another rising against the King of Scots.
Shaw Mac Duff ‘the Thane’ (an Toiseach) was made the Keeper of the Royal Castle at Inverness. Who better to settle down the local tribes of Moray than a grandson and great nephew of the men they once wanted as kings? His progeny, later called ‘Mhic an Toiseach’, grew in size and power, receiving possession of the lands of Petty and Breachley with the forest of Strathdearn in the valley of the Findhorn. Despite their remoteness, the Mackintoshes continued to loyally support the royal government down south.
The Land Of The Wildcat
Shaw Mac Duff's grandson, Shaw Mac William acquired the strategically important lands of Rothiemurchus from the Bishopric of Moray in 1236. Rothiemurchus was part of the ancient Caledonian Forest. Part of it also consisted of the oft-flooded and very fertile Strathspey farmlands. Neighbored by the belligerent Clan Comyn, Shaw Mac William's son Ferquhard allied his little clan with the powerful Mac Donald Kings of the Isles. Strengthening this northwestern alliance, he married Mora, daughter of Angus Mhor, the Lord of Islay (the Lord or King of the Isles). During their son Angus's minority, the Mackintosh castles of Meickle Geddes and Rait were seized and held by Clan Comyn. In 1291, Angus Mac Ferquhard married Eva, daughter of Dougall Dall, 6th Chief of Clan Chattan, or "Clan of the Cats". The Chiefs of Clan Chattan descend from Ghillechattan Mhor (ca 1075), the Great Servant or Devotee of Saint Cattan, a descendant of the ancient Dal Riadic Kings of Lorne. Also loosely allied with the Mac Donald Kings of the Isles, 'old' Clan Chattan's original country was at Glenloy and Loch Arkaig, with its main tribal center at Torcastle. With this marriage, the Clan Chattan and Clan Mackintosh were intertwined into an even stronger and larger tribal Confederation, now Captained by the Chief of Mackintosh. Because of their feud with the Comyns over Rait and Meickle Geddes, Clan Chattan backed the Earl of Carrick, Robert the Bruce in his fierce dynastic struggles with the Red Comyn. Angus Mac Ferquhard was one of the Earl of Moray's chief officers at Bannockburn in 1314. He also raised a contingent of Clan Chattan confederation for the Scottish invasions of England in 1318 and 1319.
The Children Of The Pine Forest
Clan Shaw, or the Children of Shaw stem from Shaw Mac Ghillechrist Mhic Iain ( John), a great grandson of Angus , 6th of Mackintosh and Eva, daughter of Dugall Dall of Clan Chattan. Also known as Sheagh Bheagh, or Little Shaw’, and Coriacalich, or ‘Buck-tooth’, Shaw was raised with his chiefly cousins at the Mackintosh seat at Moigh. During Shaw's youth, the encroaching power of the Clan Cameron was felt when their Mac Millan, Mac Gillonie or Mac Martin septs took the old Mackintosh lands of Torcastle by the sword. This long feud resulted in the seesaw skirmish and eventual Mackintosh victory at Invernahavon in 1370 or 1386, which Shaw and his father Ghillechrist would have taken part. Shaw, (latterly called Shaw Mhor), was elected Captain of Clan Chattan in the legendary Raid of Angus in 1391. Led by the Wolf of Badenoch (a bastard son of Robert II) Shaw and Clan Chattan joined an army of rowdy Highlandmen who descended from the Cairngorm Mountains to raid, loot and plunder the fertile plains of Angus. Just for fun, to make a point on a long-simmering side-feud (over a woman) with the Bishop of Moray, they also took a swipe at the town of Elgin, putting the Cathedral to the torch on their way home! This wild raiding party routed the forces of the Sheriff of Angus and David Lindsay of Glenesk.
Despite the earlier Mackintosh victory at Invernahavon, the long-standing feud with the tribes of Clan Cameron continued. This feud so threatened the fragile stability of the Highlands that the Earl of Moray and Lindsay of Glenesk decreed that a trial by combat settle the matter. On behalf of the Chief of Mackintosh, Shaw again led Clan Chattan in the Battle of the Clans on 28, September 1396 at the North Inch near Perth. Shaw and his 29 warriors battled 30 Camerons in front of wooden bleachers packed with local citizenry, Scottish nobility, King Robert III and even the Dauphin of France. When the slaughter was over, Shaw and 10 of his men stood over 29 slain Camerons. As a reward for his courage, leadership and fighting abilities, his grateful cousin and Chief, Lachlan Mackintosh gave Shaw the lease of the lands of Rothiemurchus. Our main tribal seat was at the ancient and strategic timber hill fort at the Doune. Shaw died approx. ten years later and was succeeded by his son Seumas, or James.
In 1411, the Chief of Mackintosh raised Clan Chattan to back the Mac Donald Lord of the Isle's claim to the Earldom of Ross. His chief officer was Shaw's son James Mackintosh. As this large army, consisting primarily of Clan Donald and its supporters and allies, plundered its way into Aberdeen shire, they were met by the Earl of Mar and his well equipped forces at "Red" Harlaw on 24, July. In the ensuing battle, James was killed.
With the fourth Chief's untimely death, various scattered branches of Comyns, probably from their local lair at Altyre, invaded Rothiemurchus and took it by fire and sword. They burned the timber and earthwork fort at the Doune and refortified the old island keep at Loch an Eilean. During this time of strife, James's two young sons were taken away to safety: The eldest son Alasdair to his mother's family in the south central Highlands at Strathardle, and young Aedh up north to his cousin's castle at Moigh. After over ten years of dominance, at last the power of the Comyns began to wane. Many Comyns were drowned as their own floodgates were sabotaged as they attempted to flood the besieged Moigh Castle. While treacherously luring the Clan Chattan Chieftains to slaughter at a conciliatory feast at Rait, at the sign of the token black bull's head, the Comyns were themselves killed by the forewarned men of Clan Chattan.
When James's sons Alasdair and Aedh grew to manhood, they gathered their Mackintosh relations and Clan Chattan friends and avenged their father in a wild ambush and skirmish at Lag na Cuimenach at Loch Pityloulish, ten miles north of Loch an Eilean. In light of his success at clearing the area of treacherous Cuimenach, Duncan, the 11th Chief of Mackintosh gave to Alasdair ‘Ciar’ ( A Gaelic family nick-name for swarthy or brown) the temporary lease of Rothiemurchus. The Bishop of Moray however, granted Alasdair the permanent ownership of the land on 4, September 1464. This ownership of the important timber and Speyside farmlands was opposed by the Mackintosh, and caused a ten year rift in relations between the two Chiefs. This family dispute was finally settled by the direction of James III in 1475. Their territorial differences resolved, and holding Rothiemurchus direct from the crown, Alasdair Ciar, now Thane of Rothiemurchus, acted on several occasions to represent his cousin the Chief of Mackintosh on many important matters legal, feudal, and of security within and without Clan Chattan.
After helping his brother retake the tribal lands of Rothiemurchus from the usurping Comyns, Aedh Mackintosh settled near his boyhood home of Moigh leasing Tordarroch in Strathnairn from the Mackintosh in 1468. Occupying a pivotal, strategic site above the ford of the river Nairn, this northern branch of the Mackintosh Shaw family soon became a powerful little tribe in their own right, acting primarily as a cadet family of the Mackintosh, and later as representatives of the entire Shaw branch of the Mackintosh family. The Shaws of Tordarroch became known as the Clan Aedh, or Ay.
While Alasdair Ciar's eldest son Iain or John ‘Ciar’ Mackintosh continued the Chiefly line of Thanes of Rothiemurchus, Iain's younger brother Alasdair ‘Og’ was the progenitor of another branch of the family at nearby Dell. This active branch of the Rothiemurchus family soon became a powerful tribe in their own right, soon having their own septs at nearby Guislich and Kinrara na Choille. Alasdair Ciar's third son, James, established another branch of the family at Dalnavert, north of Glenfeshie. Led by the main Chiefly line at the Doune, these branches were quite influential in local and family affairs. Their younger brother Farquhar emigrated over the gloomy pass of Lairig Ghrue, settling with his "considerable possessions" in upper Deeside. The Earldom of Mar having been earlier annexed to the Crown in 1435, Farquhar was eventually made Chamberlain of Mar. His progeny were later called Clan Fhionnlaigh, after the 5th Chief, Finlay Mhor, who died at the Battle of Pinkie, carrying the Royal Standard in 1547. Clan Farquharson remained in close alliance with their Mackintosh Shaw cousins just over the mountains in Rothiemurchus, and remained a part of the great Clan Chattan Confederation. The Clan Farquharson was soon a power to be reckoned with in Aberdeen shire. Iver, Alasdair Ciar's youngest son, immigrated to the Isle of Skye. His progeny, called Clan Mhic Iomhair, later spread to Harris, Jura, Islay and Mull in the Western Isles.
While the Clan Shaw families were consolidating in Rothiemurchus, Strathnairn and beyond, in 1524 the Chief of Mackintosh was murdered while hunting on the Findhorn, leaving his infant son William as Chief. To the outrage of the Clan Chattan Chieftains, the Earl of Moray forcefully acted as "custodial guardian" of little William. During the young Chief's captivity, his cousin Hector Mackintosh captained Clan Chattan. Our 7th Chief, Alan Ciar Mac Iain Mackintosh, was a very close friend and associate of Hectors. With his Mackintosh Shaws of Rothiemurchus, he and his kinsmen joined in Hectors retaliatory raids on the Earl of Moray's lands. In 1528, Hector and Alan Ciar supported the Earl of Angus, infamous captor of the boy-king James V. Because of these raids, and of the support of Angus, Alan Ciar was fined quite heavily for his "Treasonable Acts". Foiled in his attempts to capture the wily Hector, in 1531, the Earl of Moray raided Clan Chattan country, and summarily tried and hung 18 Mackintoshes from the rafters of the Tithe Barn at Tordarroch. Because of his fines, in 1539, Alan Ciar was forced to sell the feu of Rothiemurchus to George Gordon, son to the Earl of Huntly. Alan though, retained the life rent of the farm and lands of the Doune, which were passed to his young son James at Alan's death in 1542.
On 22, May 1543, a Clan Chattan Band was signed at Inverness by most of the tribes of Clan Chattan. As Chieftain of Clan Ay, the senior sept of the Mackintosh Shaws, Angus Mac Robert of Tordarroch signed on behalf of his southern cousin, then an infant Chieftain in Rothiemurchus. Meanwhile, from their castle at Freuchie, the powerful Chiefs of Clan Grant had long coveted and plotted to gain the rich Rothiemurchus timber and fertile Speyside farmlands to the south. On 14, July 1567, Iain Grant of Freuchie purchased the Deed of Rothiemurchus from the Earl of Huntly. In February two years later, Lachlan Mackintosh of Mackintosh wrote to the Chief of Grant that he wanted to repurchase his "own native country of Rothiemurchus for which sums of money as he gave for same". His entreaties to Grant ignored, the Mackintosh then threatened to raise the ten tribes of Clan Chattan against him, but to no avail. Indeed, the Mackintosh Shaws, greater Clan Mackintosh, and all of Clan Chattan did much to make life quite difficult for the Grants in Rothiemurchus and elsewhere for nearly twenty years. As the Grants harried and evicted the Shaws with sword and legal writ, the Shaws and Mackintoshes gleefully countered with retaliatory cattle lifting, the occasional assault and roof, grainery and crop burning.
Although the Mackintosh Shaws of Doune remained an important local family, and still acted in a prominent role in family affairs on occasion, after 1543, the Tordarroch and Dell branches of the clan had gained additional power and influence within and without Clan Mackintosh and Clan Chattan. On 4, April 1609, as the senior Chieftain within the family, Ay or Adam Mac Bean Mac Robert signed for Clan Ay and on behalf of the Rothiemurchus tribes in the Great Clan Chattan confederation Band of Union and Manrent at Termit.
Off our west coast, John Shaw of Trumpan in Skye, 4th Chieftain of Clan Mhic Iomhair and 40 armed friends and kinsmen captured a merchant vessel off the Isle of Lewis. In 1616 he was briefly imprisoned for said piracy, murder and robbery. Later, John of Trumpan and his brother Donald Shaw of Harlosh signed a Band of Maintenance with John Farquharson of Cloak (a.k.a. the powerful Farquharson of Invercauld) acknowledging common Mackintosh Shaw tribal kinship, allegiance and mutual protection. In 1628, James Mackintosh, 8th of Doune died, leaving a young son Alan. That same year, James Mackintosh ‘alias Shaw’, a descendant of the chiefly line of Shaws of Dell lived firstly at Kinveachie in Rothiemurchus, and then at Tullochgrue, just north of Loch an Eilean. An important man in Rothiemurchus, James of Tullochgrue married a daughter of his kinsman Robert Farquharson of Invercauld. Because of pressures from the Grants increasing their hold on the area, their son, James ‘Og’ Shaw left Rothiemurchus and emigrated over the Lairig Ghrue to upper Deeside, settling in with his mothers family and Farquharson cousins. By 1633, James ‘Og’ lived at Crathienaird near Balmoral, his progeny later called Clan Seumas. Allied with their cousins the Farquharson Chiefs, this pithy little branch of Clan Shaw eventually generated a power base of its own and soon spread north to Glengairn and Glen Avon and later south to Glenshee and Glenisla.
As late as 1645, the last of the Chiefly line of Rothiemurchus, Alan Shaw, 9th of Doune signed a Bond between Grant of Freuchie and many powerful Badenoch Chiefs. As evidence of his local familial stature, Alan signed below Mac Pherson of Cluny and two important Mackintosh Chieftains and above the Shaw Chieftains of Dell and Dalnavert. Sometime later, in a fit of hot-blooded anger, Alan beheaded his cruel stepfather Dallas of Cantray, who legend has it killed Alan's dog. Alan then hurled Dallas's head at his mother's feet. As Dallas was quite unpopular, although now outlawed, local feeling was in Alan's favor. He quickly gathered many kinsmen and friends who enjoyed robbing, raiding and plundering his enemies, primarily of Clan Grant. Eventually, Alan was captured and taken to Castle Grant for ‘trial’ where he mysteriously died as he was being "civilly entertained". To this day, the Grants (still in Rothiemurchus) protest their innocence .
Up north in Clan Ay country, Robert Shaw of Tordarroch had built a sturdy tower or fortalice on a strategic knoll just west of Tordarroch House. He also surrounded it by a stone wall. A Jacobite supporter of the Marquis of Montrose, Robert and his kinsmen and Strathnairn friends defiantly resisted with bow, pistol and firelock the Cameronians who regularly attempted to capture the fort. By 1691, over the Lairig - in Deeside, Captain Duncan "Riem Aon" Shaw, 2nd of Crathienaird was Chamberlain to the Earl of Mar and Factor to his cousin the Farquharson of Invercauld. Ever a busy man, Duncan also raised, armed and commanded a local "Watch" of 20 men, charged to protect the neighborhood from cattle raiding caterans who descended from their lairs in Glenavon. Duncan later leased Crandard Castle in Glenisla, while his eldest son James lived at Crathienaird. James later lived at Daldownie in Glengairn. Duncan's other sons and grandsons soon settled comfortably throughout upper Glenshee and Glenisla. On 19, May 1711, Alexander Shaw of Tordarroch, Duncan Shaw of Crathienaird and John Shaw of Guislich at Culloden witness a Band and Tack between Lachlan Mackintosh of Mackintosh and James Shaw of Dell.
The Fifteen Rising
Under the command of William Mackintosh of Borlum, the tribes of Clan Chattan rose for the exiled King James VIII on 15, September 1715 near Tordarroch at Farr. Led by Robert Shaw, Younger of Tordarroch, with his brother Angus as Lieutenant, the Shaw contingent of Clan Chattan was often noted for being the most resolute, the best armed, equipped and composed in the Earl of Mar's army. After the collapse of the rising at Preston, both Robert and Angus were cruelly abused at the infamous Newgate Prison. Because of the severe tortures inflicted on him, Robert Shaw died soon after his release in 1718. Angus Shaw was transported to Virginia Colony where he lived and worked as an "indentured servant" or slave until he was ransomed by several Clan Chattan gentlemen and pardoned in 1722. On his return to the Highlands, he was forced to sign an oath of loyalty never to raise arms against the Hanoverian government again. Angus Shaw spent much of his adult life enlarging and improving Tordarroch.
The Forty-Five ~ The Last Rising Of The Clans
At the commencement of the Rising of 1745, Angus Shaw of Tordarroch never forgot the harsh suffering he and his brother had undergone in prison after 'the Fifteen. Long did he remember the agonies of transportation and servitude in the Americas. Although sorely tempted, he forbid Clan Ay from
taking up arms against the Government. Following Tordarroch's example, the elderly James Shaw of Dell remained at peace as well. As late as 1750, it was reported that …the Shaws have two Chieftains of equal degree, Shaw of Tordarroch in Strathnairn and Shaw of Dell in Rothiemurchus, neither of whom were in arms, but some of their men were sent out under command of some gentlemen who had nothing to lose*". Over in Deeside however, the Farquharson of Invercauld's nephew, Francis Farquharson of Monaltrie ignored his uncle and Chief's wishes and raised over 300 Farquharsons as a semi-independent battalion of Ogilvie of Airlie's Deeside Regiment. Monaltrie's neighbors, cousins and friend, *James Shaw of Crathienaird and his sons John and Duncan Shaw acted as Captains in the Farquharson battalion. James's younger brothers from Glenshee and Glenisla, John and Donald served as Ensigns in the Farquharson unit while the youngest brother William acted as Captain in Ogilvy of Airlie's 2nd battalion. A tiny branch of the Crathienaird sept, the proud and war-like Shaws of Inchrory, also took up arms for Prince Charles.
As the Rising progressed, Lady Anne Mackintosh, ( see the Col Anne MacKintosh page of this site ) Invercauld's daughter (therefore of the blood line of the Clan Shaw Chiefs herself), raised the Clan Chattan confederation for Prince Charles in defiance of her husband the Chief of Mackintosh's loyalties and bidding (In fairness, The Mackintosh of Mackintosh was an officer in Lord Louden’ Regiment and held his to his oath and word as an officer and as a Highland Gentleman). Two of Lady Anne’s trusted Lieutenants were James and John Shaw of Kinrara. In early April 1746, as the two opposing forces marched into Clan Chattan country, Angus Shaw of Tordarroch's sworn oath of loyalty to the Hanoverian government was near the breaking point. On the bitter morning of the 16th, with the two armies nearby at Culloden, Angus was prevented from fighting under the yellow banner of Clan Chattan only by the courage and common sense of his wife Isabel, who hid his weaponry, accoutrements and clothing and locked and bolted him in a sturdily secured closet.
Together forming the centre and right of Prince Charles' force at Culloden, both Clan Chattan and Clan Farquharson charged as one through murderous English grapeshot to briefly inflict a wild desperate melee of claymore, dirk and pistol upon the English regiments before dying on bayonets of the second line. Seriously wounded, both James and John Shaw of Kinrara retreated with what was left of the shattered Clan Chattan. James died that day. Found wounded in a nearby hut, John was summarily executed three days later. Charging with Clan Farquharson, the six Shaw of Crathienaird officers from Glenshee were able to escape in the smoke filled confusion after the battle. After several dangerous adventures they spent several harrowing months "lurking" in the country near their homes in Glengairn, Glenshee and Glenisla.
Genealogy of Clan Shaw
Ian ( John Shaw, 1st of Tordorroch, 2nd son of Angus the 6th chief of Mackintosh was survived by his son:
Gilchrist Shaw, 2nd of Shaw was survived by his son:
Shaw McGilchrist Vic Ean, Vic Innish 3rd of Shaw aka Bucktooth, gained Rothiemurchus from Lachlan the 8th of Mackintosh for his part in the raid on Angus in 1391. He was surivived by his son:
James Mackintosh of Rothiemurchus, 4th of Clan Shaw, married a daughter of Gregor Grant of Stratherrick and was killed at the Battle of Harlaw in 1411. He was survived by his son:
Alexander Ciar ( Brown) Mackintosh of Rothiemurchus who became the 5th chief and married a daughter of Stewart of Kincardine and died in 1495 leaving issue:
John McAlex Kier Mackintosh, 6th of Shaw who married Euffin, daughter of Malcolm Beg Mackintosh
10th chief of that line and had issue:
Alan Ciar Mackintosh, 7th of Shaw
Alasdair Og Shaw, ancestor of the Shaws of Dell
James , ancestor of the Shaws of Dalnavert
Farquhar, ancestor of Clan Farquharson of Invercauld
Iver, ancestor of the Shaws of Harris and the Isles
Alan Ciar Mackintosh, 7th of Shaw sold the lands of Rothiemurchus to the Gordons of Inverness and for
this act the the title to the lands and chiefship of Clan Shaw passed to the Shaws of Tordorroch.
Alan Ciar had two brothers James of Stratherrick and Adam ( Ay ), the youngest son of Alexander Ciar,
who suceeded as the the 1st of Clan Ay or Shaw of Tordarroch. Adam sought protection from Malcolm,
the 10th chief of Mackintosh and was married at Moy. He was suceeded by:
His son Robert, 2nd chief of Clan Ay who married a sister of Cuthbert of Castlehill and had issue:
Angus MacRobert who suceeded his father as the 8th chief of Shaw
Ay or Aedh, ( there is little know of this persons decendants if any )
Bean who suvived his brother as the 10th chief
Donald, ( there is little know of this persons decendants if any )
John, ( there is little know of this persons decendants if any )
and one daughter Mathilda who married Duncan McConechy Dow , alias McPhail
Angus MacRobert the 8th chief of Shaw and 3rd of Clan Ay, assisted the 15th chief of Mackintosh in
securing his rights to the sasine of Lochaber. He died without a male heir and was suceeded by his younger
brother Bean as the 10th of Shaw.
Adam MacBean MacRobert MaCay this became the 10th chief of Shaw and the 5th
chief of Clan Ay and Tordarroch. He signed the Clan Chattan Bond of Union in 1609 at Termit as Ay MacBean
vic Robert of Tordarroch, being the only one of Clan Shaw to sign the document. He married Agnes daughter of Alexander Fraser, 3rd of Farraline, and died in 1620 leaving issue an only daughter:
Margaret, who renounced her claims to Tordarroch in favor of her Uncle Angus MacBean, the 2nd son of Bean. She married Donald Mackintosh, the son of William Mackintosh of Raig.
Angus MacBean, alias Shaw thus became the 11th chief of Clan Shaw and 6th of Ay. With him also came the lands of Knocknagael and Wester Leys. He married Catherines MacBean, daughter of MacBean of Kinchyle and passed in 1675 leaving issue:
Robert who suceeded his father
John who married Elizabeth Cumming and had 2 daughters
William, of whom litle is documented
Catherine who married John Baillie of Muckovi
Ephie who married Alexander MacBeanof Drummond
Robert Shaw the 12th chief of Clan Shaw and 7th of Ay, signed the renewal of the Chattan Bond of Union in 1609. He accompanied MacKintosh of Keppoch in his attempted to subdue Archibald MacDonald , 14th of Keppoch, by fire and sword in1681. He married Agnes or Anna Fraser and had issue:
Alexander who suceeded his father
John of Craigfield, who married Marjory, daughter of John Mackintosh, 1st of Dalmigavie
Donald, who married 1stly Jean the widow of Robert Mackintosh of Benchar and
2ndly a daughter of Donald MacPherson of Nuid ( alias Cluny MacPherson Line )
William of Aldourie, Quartermaster of the Mackintosh Regiment in 1715 who married Elspit,
daughter of John MacKintosh of Elrig
Euffin who married Donald MacPherson, son of Thomas of Killihuntly, and 2ndly David MacQueen of Dalmagarry
Alexander 13th chief of Clan Shaw and 8th of Ay and Tordarroch, married Anne 2nd daughter of of
Donald MacKintosh of Kyllachy. ( decendant of Lachlan, son of Ferquhard the 9th chief of Mackintosh of Mackintosh and in the direct line of the Kyllachy MacKintosh's ) married Jean Dunbar, daughter of Alexander Dunbar of Grange and Jean Cockburn.They had three sons and three daughters. Angus McIntosh, William McIntosh , Thomas McIntosh, Anna McIntosh, Marjory McIntosh, and Jean McIntosh )
Together Alexander and Anne had :
Capt. Robert, Shaw Co. 1715 and who died unmarried without an heir
Aeneas or Angus who suceeded his father
John of Craigfield, who married Margaret, daughter of Robert Rose of Wester Drakies
Anne, who married Lachlan MacKintosh of Borlum as his 2nd wife
Mary who died unmarried in 1781
Angus Shaw, 14th of Shaw and 9th of Clan Ay and Tordarroch was a Lt. in the MacKintosh regimentin 1715 and was taken prisoner at Preston and later sent to the Americas but was pardoned in 1720. After returning to Scotland he married Isabel daughter of William Dallas of Cantry and had issue:
Alexander who suceeded his father
Aeneas, help lay the foundation for the city of Toronto and built its first house.
He married Anne Goslin of New York and had 5 sons and 5 daughters.
Anne , who died unmarried
Margaret who married Farquhard MacGillivray of Dalcrombie
Alexander, Shaw, 15th of Shaw and 10th of Clan Ay and Tordarroch married 1stly Charlotte Stewart of Inverness and had issue:
Capt. Aeneas Shaw who died unmarried of Yellow Fever
John of whom sucedded his father.
He married 2ndly : Anne Elizabeth Staniforth Blanckley and by her had further issue:
Henry who died unmarried
Charles who drowned in Glenluce Bay in 1804
Claudius who married Archange, daughter of Angus MacKintosh, 25th of that Ilk.
leaving issue 5 sons and 3 daughters
Duncan William who married a Robertson
and 4 daughter of whom only one, Augusta, had issue
John Shaw, 16th of Shaw and 11th of Clan Ay and Tordarroch married Anna, daughter of Andrew Nesbitt and had issue:
John Andrew who suceeded his father
Alexander Nesbit who married Georgianna Hodson and left 6 sons of whom
Charles Ford Hodson suceeded as the 18th chief of Clan Shaw
Charlotte Stuart who married David Sturnock M.D.
Marianne, who married Lt-Gen John MacIntyre
Anna Francis who married her 1st cousinGen. Sie Arnold Borrowes Kenball
Julia Reid who married the Hon. James Gibbs, judge of the High Court of Bombay
John Andrew Shaw, MacKenzie 17th of Shaw and 12th of Clan Ay and Tordarroch married Elizabeth Gover and
died with out an heir where the cheifship passed to his nephew, Charles Ford Hodson Shaw-MacKenzie
Charles Ford Hodson Shaw-MacKenzie, 18th of Shaw and 13th of Clan Ay and Tordarroch,
married Ellen Ramsay and had issue:
7 sons and 2 daughters.
The eldest son Vero Campbell Shaw-MacKenzie , became the 19th of Shaw and 14th of
Clan Ay and Tordarroch and 5th of Newhall. He was survived by his brotherJohn Alexander.
The second son of John Andrew, John Alexander Shaw-MacKenzie , became the 20th of Shaw and 15th of
Clan Ay and Tordarroch and 6th of Newhall. He married Francis Yule and left one son and one daughter.
The only son, Major John Charles Shaw of Todarroch this became the 21th of Shaw and 16th of
Clan Ay and Tordarroch and 7th of Newhall. He had issue one son, John, the current
chief of Shaw and two daughters. John now lives in Norway.