Name: Alastair Crotach Macleod
Suffix: 8th of Dunvegan 1
Burial: Rodel Cathedral, Harris, Scotland
MEM: Rodel, Harris, Scotland: St. Clement's Church - Tomb with effigy
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Change Date: 13 APR 2011
Alasdair Crottach ('the Humpbacked') MacLeod, 8th Chief.
On one occasion, during his father's absence in Harris, Alexander was called upon suddenly to lead the clan against a body of Clanranald MacDonalds who had landed in Skye to lay waste the MacLeod country. In the course of the fighting, a son of Clanranald by a stroke of his battleaxe wounded young Alexander in the back. The latter, however, gripped his assailant, drew him to the ground, and killed him with his dirk. He cut off young Clanranald's head, which he carried away as a 'trophy of his prowess'. The author of the BANNATYNE MANUSCRIPT says that Alexander never recovered from his wound. The muscles of his back were severed, and he 'stooped ever after, from which he got the appellation of Crotach or humpbacked'. In spite of this physical disability, Alasdair Crotach was a man of great strength, force and activity in peace and war. He built one of the towers of Dunvegan Castle, and repaired the old Cathedral of St. Clement at Rodel in Harris, in which he erected a magnificent tomb for himself. When he was no longer young, he married the youngest daughter of Allan Cameron, 12th of Lochiel, with issue.... Alasdair Crotach died in 1547, and was buried in the tomb, which he had prepared for himself in the Cathedral of Rodel, being the first MacLeod Chief interred outside Iona. He was succeeded in the chiefship by his eldest son.
(Rev. Dr. Donald MacKinnon, MACLEOD CHIEFS OF HARRIS AND DUNVEGAN, Edinburgh, The Clan MacLeod Society, 1969, pp. 14-15.
Alick Morrison, THE CHIEFS OF CLAN MACLEOD, East Kilbride, Scotland, 1986.)
His tomb is one of the finest examples of medieval sculpture to survive in the Western Isles. The carvings show various religious scenes and figures, with the arch representing the arc of the firmament.
St Clement's Church, Rodel, Isle of Harris, was uilt by Alasdair Crotach (hump-back). The 8th and 9th Chiefs of Dunvegan are buried here.
Father: William Dubh Macleod b: 1415
- Tormod Norman MacLeod b: 1509 in Dunvegan Castle, Inverness, Scotland
- Margaret Macleod
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