02 April 2021Latest arrangements for commemorations of the Battle of Culloden

The Gaelic Society of Inverness and the NTS are holding a free virtual event at 11am on Saturday 17 April, instead of the usual March and service. To book your place on nts.cloudvenue.co.uk click here.  

01 March 2021New articles added to the MacDonell page under Clan Donald History>>.

Two new articles have been added to the MacDonell page.

16 February 2021Funeral arrangements for Ranald MacDonell of Glengarry, 23rd Chief.

 “It occurs to me that a few people might appreciate this information. Even though, because of the lockdown, the funeral will be private (myself, his daughters, their partners and the grandchildren), we would, of course appreciate the thoughts and prayers of friends and clansfolk, wherever they may be.”

The small and private cremation service for Ranald MacDonell of Glengarry, 23rd Chief, will take place on Monday, 1 March at 1.15 p.m. The family would be so grateful if you could take a few moments during that day to remember Ranald. It is hoped that there will be a much larger memorial service of some kind once the Covid restrictions are lifted, whenever that might be. 

Donations in lieu of flowers may be given to St Catherine’s Hospice, where Ranald received such excellent care during the last week of his life and where even a small donation would be put to good use. 

Cheques to: St Catherine’s Hospice, Malthouse Road, Crawley, West Sussex RH10 6BH

To donate online: www.stch.org.uk/donate

To donate by phone: tel 01293 447361

Whichever route you choose, please ensure that any donations are clearly designated In memory of Ranald MacDonell. If donating online, select ‘Single payment’, enter the amount, and click on ‘Donate now’. You can then respond to the instruction ‘Please tell us why you’re donating’ by selecting ‘In memory’, and entering Ranald’s name.

Thank you so much.

Carolyn MacDonell.

02 February 2021Announcement of the death of our Clan Chief, Ranald MacDonell.

Dear All

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.

Yours ever


On behalf of the Clan Donald Society of the Highlands and Islands.

President  CDSH&I

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