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Macdonald, Baron (I, 1776)


Creation: let. pat. 17 Jul 1776


Family name: Macdonald later Bosville-Macdonald later Macdonald of Macdonald




Quarterly:  1st, Argent a Lion rampant Gules armed and langued Azure;  2nd, Or a Hand in armour fesswise couped at the elbow proper holding a Cross Crosslet fitchy Gules;  3rd, Or a Lymphad sails furled and oars in action Sable flagged Gules;  4th, Vert a Salmon naiant in fess proper;  over all  (as Chief of the Name and Arms of Macdonald) on an Inescutcheon en surtout Or an Eagle displayed Gules surmounted of a Lymphad sails furled and oars in action Sable


A Hand in armour fesswise couped at the elbow proper holding a Cross Crosslet fitchy Gules


On either side a Leopard proper


Above the Crest:  Per Mare Per Terras (By sea and land);  Below the Shield:  Fraoch Eilean (The Heathery Isle)



Alexander [Macdonald], 1st Baron Macdonald

3rd son of Sir Alexander Macdonald of Macdonald, 7th Bt. of Sleat, in the Island of Skye, co. Inverness, by his second wife Lady Margaret Montgomery, 3rd dau. by his third wife of Alexander [Montgomery], 9th Earl of Eglinton




3 May 1768 Elizabeth Diana Bosville (bapt. 25 Jul 1748; d. 17 Oct 1789; bur. in St Margaret's, Westminster), 1st dau. and cohrss. in her issue of Godfrey Bosville, of Gunthwaite, co. York, by his wife Diana Wentworth, 1st dau. of Sir William Wentworth, 4th Bt., of Bretton, co. York


1. Hon Alexander Wentworth Macdonald, later 2nd Baron Macdonald

2. Hon Godfrey Macdonald later Bosville later Bosville-Macdonald, later 3rd Baron Macdonald

3. Hon Archibald Macdonald (b. 21 May 1777; d. 5 Feb 1861), mar. 29 Oct 1802 Jane Campbell (d. Oct 1860), dau. and cohrss. of Duncan Campbell of Ardneave, and had issue

4. Lt Col James Macdonald (b. 29 Jan 1783; k. in action at Bergen op Zoom 9 Mar 1814)

5. Hon Dudley Stewart Erskine Macdonald (b. 14 Feb 1786; d. 26 Aug 1840)

6. Hon John Sinclair Macdonald (b. 11 Mar 1788; d. bef. 1812)

7. Hon William Macdonald (b. 1789; d. bef. 1813)

1. Hon Diana Macdonald (b. 28 Sep 1769; d. 22 Apr 1845), mar. 5 Mar 1788 Rt Hon Sir John Sinclair of Ulbster, 1st Bt., and had issue

2. Hon Elizabeth Macdonald (d. unm. bef. 1813)

3. Hon Annabella Macdonald (d. unm. bef. 1813)


12 Sep 1795 (bur. in St Margaret's Westminster)


25 Jul 1776 Baron Macdonald, of Slate in the County of Antrim

suc. by



Ensign in the Coldstream Guards 1761-68; suc. his brother 26 Jul 1766 as 9th Baronet of Sleat


Alexander Wentworth [Macdonald], 2nd Baron Macdonald


9 Dec 1773


19 Jun 1824 (bur. in St Margaret's, Westminster)

suc. by



an officer in the 10th Light Dragoons; Member of Parliament for Saltash 1796-1802; raised a regiment 1798


Godfrey [Macdonald later Bosville later Bosville-Macdonald], 3rd Baron Macdonald


14 Oct 1775


29 May 1803 Louisa Maria La Coast (b. c. 1782; d. 10 Feb 1835), illeg. dau. of HRH Prince William Henry, 1st Duke of Gloucester and Edinburgh, by his mistress Lady Almeria Carpenter, 1st dau. of George [Carpenter], 1st Earl of Tyrconnell


1. *Alexander William Robert Macdonald later Bosville, de jure 12th Baronet of Sleat, inherited the Yorkshire estates of Thorpe and Gunthwaite on the death of his father in 1832 under the 1807 will of his great-uncle, William Bosville, and in the same year took the name of Bosville in lieu of that of Macdonald by Royal Licence (b. 12 Dec 1800; d. 22 Sep 1847), mar. 10 Jul 1823 Matilda Eliza Moffat Bayard (d. Jul 1859), dau. of Col John Bayard, and had issue:

1a. Godfrey Wentworth Bayard Bosville, de jure 13th Baronet of Sleat, of Thorpe and Gunthwaite, co. York (b. 6 Jan 1826; d. 11 Oct 1865), mar. 5 Jul 1864 his sister's sister-in-law Hon Harriet Cassandra Willoughby (d. 28 Sep 1903), sister of Henry [Willoughby], 8th Baron Middleton, and 3rd dau. of Henry Willoughby, of Birdsall and Settrington, co. York, by his wife Charlotte Eyre, 1st dau. of Ven John Eyre, of Babworth, and had issue:

1b. Sir Alexander Wentworth Macdonald Bosville later Bosville Macdonald of the Isles, 14th Bt. JP DL, of Thorpe and Gunthwaite, co. York, High Sheriff of East Yorkshire 1901, obtained a decree of the Court of Session in Scotland 4 Jun 1910 in and action of declarator in which his grandfather, Alexander William Robert Macdonald, afterwards Bosville, was found to be the eldest lawful son of Godfrey, 3rd Lord Macdonald, a baronet of Nova Scotia (b. 26 Sep 1865; d. 26 Mar 1933), mar. 20 Oct 1886 Alice Edith Middleton, dau. of John Middleton, of Kinfauns Castle, co. Perth, and had issue:

1c. Sir Godfrey Middleton Bosville Macdonald of the Isles, 15th Bt. MBE JP, of Thorpe, co. York (b. 25 Sep 1887; d. 3 Aug 1951), mar. 31 Jan 1917 Hon Rachel Audrey Campbell, 2nd dau. of Colin Frederick [Campbell], 1st Baron Colgrain, and had issue:

1d. Capt Sir (Alexander) Somerled Alexander Bosville Macdonald of Sleat, 16th Bt. MC JP, of Thorpe, co. York (b. 6 Nov 1917; d. 21 Oct 1958), mar. 6 Jun 1946 Mary Elizabeth Gibbs, 1st dau. of Lt Col Ralph Crawley-Boevey Gibbs, and had issue:

1e. Sir Ian Bosville Macdonald of Sleat, 17th Bt. DL, of Thorpe Hall, Rudston, co. York, High Sheriff of Humberside 1988-89 (b. 18 Jul 1947), mar. 1 Aug 1970 Juliet Fleury Ward-Harrison, only dau. of Maj Gen John Ward-Harrison OBE MC, of Hazel Bush House, Stockton-on-the-Forest, co. York, and has issue:

1f. Somerled Alexander Bosville Macdonald of Sleat, Yr. (b. 30 Jan 1976), mar. 2003 Charlotte Perkins, 2nd dau. of Richard Perkins, of Bretby Park, co. Derby

1f. Deborah Fleury Bosville Macdonald (b. 14 Jan 1973; dvp. 11 Sep 2014)

2f. Isabel Mary Bosville Macdonald (b. 7 Jan 1983)

2e. James Bosville Macdonald, of Rose Manor, Guilsborough, co. Northampton (b. 11 Apr 1949; d. 4 Mar 2020), mar. 21 Oct 1995 Mary Lucinda Connolly (b. 1952), dau. of Col Lionel Castletown Connolly, of Nortoft House, Guilsborough, co. Northampton, and had issue

1e. Janet Elizabeth Bosville Macdonald (b. 27 May 1950), mar. 1980 John Joseph Trapp, of Swann House, Swaffham Bulbeck, co. Cambridge, 1st son of R E Trapp, and has issue

2e. Annabel Celia Dorothy Bosville Macdonald (b. 14 Sep 1953), mar. 1987 Clive Duncan Evans, of West Croft Farm, Rudston, co. York, son of M R Evans, of Swansea, and has issue

2d. Maj Nigel Donald Peter Bosville Macdonald later Chamberlayne-Macdonald CVO OBE DL, of Cranbury Park, Winchester, co. Hampshire, Equerry to HRH the 1st Duke of Gloucester 1954-55 and 1958-60, Assistant Private Secretary 1958-60 and Extra Equerry 1964-74, High Sheriff of Hampshire 1974, Gentleman Usher to HM The Queen 1979-97 and Extra Gentleman Usher 1997-2013 (b. 10 Jun 1927; d. 15 Aug 2013), mar. 15 Apr 1958 Penelope Mary Alexander Chamberlayne, only child of Tankerville Chamberlayne, of Cranbury Park, co. Hampshire, and had issue

1d. Jean Alice Bosville Macdonald (b. 30 Jul 1919), mar. 22 Nov 1952 Lt Col Basil John Ringrose DSO, of Royal Oak, Morby, co. Lincoln, son of Dr Ernest Ringrose JP, of Balderton, Newark, co. Nottingham

2d. Angela Daphne Rachel Bosville Macdonald (b. 4 Feb 1923), mar. 4 Jul 1957 (James) Michael Gardner Fell, of Waverley Heights, 1400 Waverley Road, Gladwyne, Pennsylvania, USA, only son of Col James Pemberton Fell OBE, of Lismore, co. Argyll, and Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, and has issue

1c. Celia Violet Bosville Macdonald CBE (d. 28 Jan 1889; d. 19...)

1a. Julia Louisa Bosville (b. 5 Apr 1824; d. 11 Oct 1901; bur. at Birdsall, co. York), mar. 3 Aug 1843 Henry [Willoughby], 8th Baron Middleton, and had issue

2. *William Macdonald (b. 29 Aug 1801; dvp. young)

3. Hon Godfrey William Wentworth Bosville-Macdonald, later 4th Baron Macdonald

4. Gen Hon James William Bosville-Macdonald CB (b. 31 Oct 1810; d. 4 Jan 1882), mar. 26 Sep 1859 Hon Elizabeth Nina Blake (d. 21 Jul 1890), 2nd dau. of Joseph Henry [Blake], 3rd Baron Wallscourt, by his wife Elizabeth Locke, only dau. of William Locke, of Norbury Park, co. Surrey, and had issue

5. Col Hon William Bosville-Macdonald (b. 27 Sep 1817; d. 11 May 1847)

1. *Louisa Macdonald (b. 16 Sep 1802; d. 1 Sep 1854), mar. 4 Jun 1826 John [Hope], 5th Earl of Hopetoun, and had issue

2. Hon Elizabeth Diana Bosville-Macdonald (b. 27 Feb 1804; d. 9 Jun 1839), mar. 20 Jun 1825 as his first wife Duncan Davidson of Tulloch, Lord Lieutenant of Ross-shire (b. 1800; d. 20 Sep 1881), 1st son and heir of Henry Davidson of Tulloch JP DL, by his wife Caroline Elizabeth Diffel, 1st dau. of John Diffel, and had issue

3. Hon Julia Bosville-Macdonald (b. 30 Oct 1805; d. 11 Jul 1884), mar. 11 Oct 1838 Rev Charles Walter Hudson, Rector of Trowell, co. Nottingham (d. 4 Oct 1900), 3rd son of Harrington Hudson, by his wife Lady Anne Townshend, 1st dau. of George [Townshend], 1st Marquess Townshend, by his second wife Anne Montgomery, dau. and cohrss. by his second wife of Sir William Montgomery, 1st Bt., of Magbie Hill, co. Peebles

4. Hon Susan Hussey Bosville-Macdonald (b. 25 Aug 1807; d. 5 Nov 1879), mar. 9 Feb 1832 her second cousin once removed Capt Richard Beaumont RN (b. 25 Jan 1799; d. 2 Nov 1877), 3rd son of Col Thomas Richard Beaumont, of Bretton Hall, Wakefield, co. York, and Hexham Abbey, co. Northumberland, by his wife Diana Wentworth, 1st illegit. dau. and testamentary cohrss. of Sir Thomas Wentworth, 5th Bt., of Bretton, co. York, and had issue

5. Hon Diana Bosville-Macdonald (b. 12 Apr 1812; d. 8 Dec 1880), mar. 25 Apr 1837 Col John George Smyth JP DL MP, of Heath Hall, co. York (b. 5 Feb 1815; d. 10 Jun 1869), son of John Henry Smyth, of Heath Hall, Wakefield, co. York, by his wife and cousin Lady Elizabeth Anne FitzRoy, 3rd dau. of George Henry [FitzRoy], 4th Duke of Grafton

6. Hon Jane Bosville-Macdonald (b. 25 May 1815; d. 13 Jan 1888)

7. Hon Marianne Bosville-Macdonald (b. 27 Jul 1816; d. 12 Jul 1876), mar. 28 Jul 1840 Capt Henry Martin Turnor DL (d. 8 Jan 1902), 4th son of Edmund Turnor MP, of Stoke Rochford, co. Lincoln, by his second wife Dorothea Tucker, dau. of Lt Col ..... Tucker, and had issue

8. Hon Octavia Sophia Bosville-Macdonald (d. 22 Jan 1897), mar. 7 Dec 1841 William James Hope-Johnstone, Yr. of Annandale (b. 1819; dvp. 17 Mar 1850), 1st son and heir ap. of John James Hope-Johnstone of Annandale MP, Keeper of Lochmaben Palace (by his wife Alicia Anne Gordon, dau. of George Gordon of Hallhead), 1st son and heir of Vice Admiral Sir William Johnstone-Hope GCB, by his first wife Lady Anne Hope-Johnstone, 1st dau. of James [Hope later Hope-Johnstone], 3rd Earl of Hopetoun, and had issue


13 Oct 1832

suc. by



Ensign, Loyal Kelso Regiment 1794 and 60th Regiment 1795; Lieut, 70th Regiment; Capt, 86th Regiment 1796, serving in the expedition to Ostend 1798; Major, 55th Regiment and Lt Col 24th Regiment, serving in the West Indies 1801-02; took part in Sir David Baird's expedition to recapture the Cape of Good Hope 1805-06; Lt Col, 1st Foot (Grenadier) Guards 1808; Brevet Col 1811, taking part in the Peninsular Campaign 1812; Maj Gen 1814; on the death of his maternal grandfather he inherited the Gunthwaite estate and took the name of Bosville only by Royal licence 1814; on succeeding to the peerage on the death of his brother in 1824 he resumed the name of Macdonald after that of Bosville, again by Royal Licence; Lieut Gen 1830


Lord Macdonald and his future wife had three children, two sons and one daughter, before their marriage (marked with asterisks above) and ten children born after the marriage;  Lord Macdonald being of Scottish domicile all of these children were legitimate according to the Law of Scotland, and the male issue in succession to the Scottish estates and honours.  This, however, was not the view taken at the time and probably in order to retain the Scottish estates in conjunction with the Irish Barony of Macdonald (to which being governed by considerations of Irish Law, only the sons born after the marriage of their parents were in remainder) steps were taken for settling the Bosville estates in Yorkshire upon the elder son born before the marriage, Alexander William Robert Macdonald later Bosville.  He took no steps to prove his legitimacy under Scots Law but by decree of the Court of Session on 4 Jun 1910, in an action of declarator, on the petition of his grandson, he was found to be the eldest lawful son of the 3rd Baron Macdonald and 11th Baronet of Sleat, and accordingly was de jure Sir Alexander William Robert Bosville, 12th Baronet of Sleat


Godfrey William Wentworth [Bosville-Macdonald], 4th Baron Macdonald


16 Mar 1809


21 Aug 1845 Maria Anne Wyndham, a Lady of the Bedchamber 1855-63 (b. 1819; d. 21 Apr 1892; bur. at Folkestone, co. Kent), 1st dau. and cohrss. of George Thomas Wyndham, of Cromer Hall, co. Norfolk, by his wife Marie Augusta Lukyn, 2nd dau. of Vice Adm William Lukyn later Windham, of Felbrigge Hall, co. Norfolk


1. Hon Somerled James Brudenell Bosville-Macdonald, later 5th Baron Macdonald

2. Hon Ronald Archibald Bosville-Macdonald, later 6th Baron Macdonald

3. Hon Godfrey Alan Bosville-Macdonald (dvp. an infant 7 Jul 1858)

1. Hon Eva Maria Louisa Bosville-Macdonald (d. 7 Feb 1930), mar. (1) 7 Jun 1873 Capt Henry Algernon Langham (b. 11 Jan 1850; dsp. 20 Dec 1874), brother of Sir Herbert Hay Langham, 12th Bt. JP DL, and 3rd son of Herbert Langham, of Cottesbrooke Park, co. Northampton, by his wife Laura Charlotte Micklethwait, 3rd dau. of Nathaniel Micklethwait, of Taverham Hall, co. Norfolk, by his wife Lady Charlotte Marianne Harriet Rous, 1st dau. by his second wife of John [Rous], 1st Earl of Stradbroke, and (2) 27 Jan 1885 Robert William [Napier], 2nd Baron Napier of Magdala, and had issue

2. Hon Flora Matilda Bosville-Macdonald (dvp. an infant 12 Mar 1851)

3. Hon Lilian Janet Bosville-Macdonald (d. 20 Nov 1926), mar. (1) 2 Aug 1876 Francis [Sutherland-Leveson-Gower later Mackenzie], 2nd Earl of Cromartie, and (2) 7 Nov 1895 Reginald Frederick Cazenove (dsp. 5 Sep 1905), 1st son of Frederick Cazenove, of Warfield Grove, Bracknell, co. Hertford, and had issue by her first husband

4. Hon Alexandrina Victoria Bosville-Macdonald (d. 4 Mar 1953), mar. 11 Nov 1886 Capt Sir Anthony Charles Sykes Abdy, 3rd Bt., and had issue


25 Jul 1863

suc. by



so as to prevent future litigation he obtained a private Act of Parliament 1847 vesting the Yorkshire estates of the family on his brother Alexander William Robert Bosville and his heirs, and the Scottish estates on himself and his heirs


Somerled James Brudenell [Bosville-Macdonald], 5th Baron Macdonald


2 Oct 1849


25 Dec 1874

suc. by



Ronald Archibald [Bosville-Macdonald], 6th Baron Macdonald


9 Jun 1853


1 Oct 1875 his cousin Louisa Jane Hamilton Ross (d. 20 Aug 1922; bur. at Kilmore), 2nd dau. of Col George William Holmes Ross, of Cromarty House, co. Cromarty, by his wife Adelaide Lucy Davidson, dau. of Duncan Davidson of Tulloch, by his first wife Hon Elizabeth Diana Bosville-Macdonald, 1st dau. of Godfrey [Bosville-Macdonald], 3rd Baron Macdonald


1. Sub Lt Hon Somerled Godfrey James Bosville-Macdonald RNVR (b. 21 Jul 1878; dvp. 11 Apr 1913)

2. Lieut Hon Godfrey Evan Hugh Bosville-Macdonald JP (b. 5 Mar 1879; d. of wounds received in action 2 Nov 1914), mar. 28 Apr 1908 Helen Bankes (d. 7 Nov 1928), dau. of Maj Meyrick Bankes, and had issue:

1a. Alexander Godfrey Bosville-Macdonald, later 7th Baron Macdonald

2a. Capt James Archibald Bosville-Macdonald (b. 11 Dec 1911; k. in action in the Middle East 22 Oct 1942)

3. 2nd Lieut Hon Archibald Ronald Armadale Bosville-Macdonald (b. 20 May 1880; k. in action vp. in the Boer War 17 Apr 1901)

4. Capt Hon Ronald Ian Bosville-Macdonald (b. 1 Oct 1884; dvp. sp. on active service 17 Oct 1918), mar. 5 May 1915 Helen Elizabeth Dyer (mar. (2) 20 Jan 1932 Maj Gen Charles John Wallace CB DSO OBE MC; d. 30 Apr 1966), 2nd dau. of Sir Thomas Swinnerton Dyer, 11th Bt., by his wife Dona Edith McGrigor, 3rd dau. of Sir Charles Rhoderic M'Grigor, 2nd Bt.

1. Hon Iona Mary Adelaide Hope Bosville-Macdonald (b. 1 Dec 1888; dsp. 1 Feb 1972), mar. 3 Apr 1929 Rt Rev Norman Maclean DD, chaplain to King George VI (d. 15 Jan 1952), son of Kenneth Maclean, of Portree


20 Jan 1947

suc. by



as well as being Chief of the Name of Macdonald, the Barons Macdonald were also Chiefs of Sleat;  following the decision of the Court of Session on 4 Jun 1910 as to the legitimacy under Scots Law of Alexander William Robert Bosville, his grandson Sir Alexander Wentworth Macdonald Bosville-Macdonald of the Isles, 14th Bt. of Sleat, resumed the name of Macdonald and was officially recognised in that name, and received matriculation of Arms as representative of the family of Macdonald of Sleat, by decree of the Lord Lyon of 30 Jun 1910


Alexander Godfrey [Bosville-Macdonald later Macdonald of Macdonald], 7th Baron Macdonald, MBE


27 Jun 1909


14 Jun 1945 Anne (d. 1968), only dau. of Alfred Whitaker, of Pembroke, Itchenor, co. Sussex


1. Hon Godfrey James Macdonald, later 8th Baron Macdonald

2. Hon (Alexander Donald) Archibald Macdonald (b. 3 Sep 1953)

1. Hon Janet Anne Macdonald (b. 2 Nov 1946)


29 Nov 1970

suc. by



the ancient arms of Macdonald were restored to him by Letters Patent from the Lord Lyon, 1 May 1947, as inheritor of the feudal barony of Macdonald and Chief of the Name and Arms of Macdonald


Godfrey James [Macdonald of Macdonald], 8th Baron Macdonald, DL


28 Nov 1947


14 Jun 1969 Claire Catlow, 1st dau. of Capt Thomas Noel Catlow CBE RN, of Gabriel Cottage, Tunstall, co. Lancaster


1. Hon (Godfrey Evan) Hugo Thomas Macdonald, Yr of Macdonald (b. 24 Feb 1982)

1. Hon Alexandra Louisa Macdonald (b. 19 Aug 1973), mar. Reichsfreiherr Philipp-Franz von und zu Guttenberg, son of Reichsfreiherr Georg-Enoch von und zu Guttenberg, of Schloss Gutenberg, Germany, by his wife Grafin Christiane Henkell-von Ribbentrop von und zu Eltz, and has issue

2. Hon Isabella Clare Macdonald (b. 2 Oct 1975), mar. Tom Eveling, and has issue

3. Hon Meriel Iona Macdonald (b. 1978)


Last updated 28 Oct 2014




8th Baron Macdonald, of Slate in the County of Antrim

(Ireland, let. pat. 17 Jul 1776)

Chief of the Name and Arms of Macdonald of Macdonald

High Chief of Clan Donald



Kinloch Lodge, Isle of Skye, IV43 8QY




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