On behalf of the Clan Donald Society of the Highlands and Islands I am writing to all of you with this very sad news:
It is with great regret that we bring you the news that our Clan Chief, Ranald MacDonell very sadly died in his sleep over the weekend following his long battle with cancer. His stepmother Lois MacDonell has asked that the news be shared. His wife Carolyn informed the Clan Donald Chiefs who responded with a letter on their behalf by Major Bruce Macdonald of the High Council of Clan Donald, Armadale Castle, Isle of Skye.
They write: “It is with regret that the High Council announces the death of Aeneas Ranald Euan MacDonell of Glengarry, 23rd Chief of Glengarry on 30th January 2021" at Saint Catherine’s Hospice in Crawley, Surrey, England. He is survived by his wife, wife, Carolyn; his daughters Fiona Jane and Victoria Ann; his grandchildren Sam and Phoebe; his brother Patrick; sister Lindsay; half-brother James; half-sister Penny.
They add that "more information will be shared as it is released by the family.”
Many of us will remember Ranald with great fondness for his friendship, his gentle unassuming manner and wry sense of humour. He took seriously the leadership and responsibilities as Clan Chief, studied Clan Donald history and was present at many Clan activities. He will be greatly missed. Please remember the family in your thoughts and prayers.
On behalf of the Clan Donald Society of the Highlands and Islands.