Ranald George MacDonald1788 - 1873 (84 years)
Name Ranald George MacDonald Born 29 Aug 1788 Clanranald, Dumfries-Shire, Scotland Gender Male Died 11 Mar 1873 London, England Person ID I15669 My Relatives Last Modified 22 Jun 2020
Father John MacDonald, b. Abt 1759, 18th Chief of Clanranald Relationship natural Mother Katherine McQueen, b. 1762 Relationship natural Married 3 Mar 1784 Family ID F4593 Group Sheet | Family Chart
Family 1 Caroline Anne Edgecombe, b. Abt 1790, d. 10 Apr 1824 (Age ~ 34 years) Married 1 Apr 1812 Children 1. Reginald MacDonald, b. 19 Oct 1820, d. 15 Dec 1899 (Age 79 years) [natural] Last Modified 22 Jun 2020 Family ID F5785 Group Sheet | Family Chart
Family 2 Anne Selby, b. Abt 1790, d. 8 Jul 1835 (Age ~ 45 years) Married 30 Jun 1826 Last Modified 22 Jun 2020 Family ID F5786 Group Sheet | Family Chart
Family 3 Elizabeth Rebecca Newman, b. Abt 1790, d. 11 Mar 1873 (Age ~ 83 years) Married 1855 Last Modified 22 Jun 2020 Family ID F5787 Group Sheet | Family Chart
- Captain of 22nd Dragoons
He was educated at Eton College, Windsor, Berkshire, England.1 He was recognised by the Lord Lyon King of Arms, and matriculated his arms at the Lyons Office on 9 August 1810.
1812 - 28 Feb. 1824
Family and Education
b. 29 Aug. 1788, 2nd but 1st surv. s. of John Macdonald, 18th chief of Clanranald, and 1st w. Katherine, da. of Robert Macqueen, SCJ (Lord Braxfield), of Braxfield, Lanark. educ. Edinburgh; Eton 1799; European tour. m. (1) 13 Feb. 1812, Lady Caroline Anne Edgcumbe (d. 10 Apr. 1824), da. of Richard Edgcumbe, 2nd earl of Mount Edgcumbe, 1s. 5da.; (2) 30 June 1826, Anne Selby (d. 8 July 1835), da. of William Cunninghame of Lainshaw, Ayr, wid. of Richard Barre Dunning, 2nd Bar. Ashburton, s.p.; (3) Nov. 1855, Elizabeth Rebecca Newman, s.p. suc. fa. 1794. d. 11 Mar. 1873.
Lt.-col. commdt. 4 Inverness militia 1809.
Macdonald, the 19th chief of Clanranald, was again returned for Plympton Erle on his father-in-laws interest in 1820. He was an occasional attender whose few recorded votes were all with Lord Liverpools ministry. He did not vote in this Parliament on the question of Catholic relief, which he had supported before 1820. He voted in defence of ministers conduct towards Queen Caroline, 6 Feb., and against repeal of the additional malt duty, 3 Apr., and Humes economy and retrenchment motion, 27 June 1821. He divided against more extensive tax reductions, 21 Feb., and for the Canada bill, 18 July 1822. He expressed his disapprobation of the bill to lower the barilla duties, which was seen as a threat to the makers of kelp, 29 July 1822, and welcomed the governments proposal, made in deference to these fears, to increase the duties for a limited period, 13 June 1823.1 He vacated his seat early in 1824. In April 1831 he sent a letter to the Inverness county meeting expressing his zealous and unconditional good wishes for the Grey ministrys reform bill.2
His second marriage, to a wealthy widow, did not arrest the steady decline of his fortunes, which forced him to sell almost all his inherited property in Inverness-shire by 1838. While Macdonald blamed his difficulties on the mismanagement and depredations of the trustees responsible for his inheritance during his minority, it seems clear that they were caused largely by his own folly and extravagance. In 1844, forced into retirement by circumstances I could not control, he used the pretext of urging the need to introduce coroners inquests and legislation against cruelty to animals into Scotland to beg the prime minister, Sir Robert Peel, for financial assistance to rescue him from his unmerited privation. He was now in the most painful straits imaginable and trusted that such a wreck of the interests of a family, such alienation of property handed down to me from remote years, must excite regret. Peel, however, was unmoved, observing that he might with more propriety address his application to the many parties in affluent circumstances connected with you by the ties of relationship or intimate friendship, and cognisant of the circumstances which you mention as having led to your embarrassments.3 Macdonald died in March 1873 and was succeeded as chief of Clanranald by his only son, Admiral Sir Reginald Macdonald (1820-99).
- Captain of 22nd Dragoons