Name: Torquil Dubh Macleod
Suffix: of Lewis
Birth: 1531 in Coigeach, Assynt, Sutherland
Death: JUL 1597 in Ullapool, Scotland
Change Date: 5 MAR 2010
The MacLeods of Lewis, who had never fully accepted the commands of the MacLeods of Dunvegan were forced to on the death of Torquil MacLeod of Lewis in 1597. The barony fell to Sir Roger MacKenzie of Cogeach, Torquil's son-in-law. The representation of the MacLeods of Lewis passed to the MacLeods of Raasay.
Alick Morrison, THE MACLEODS: THE GENEALOGY OF A CLAN, Section IV, Revised Edition, "The MacLeods of Lewis", Edinburgh, Associated Clan MacLeod Societies, 1990:
Torquil MacLeod of Lewis, or Torquil Dubh MacLeod (12 Baron of Lewes), executed in July of 1597 was the son of Roderick MacLeod, 11 Baron of Lewes [Lewis] and his third wife Janet MacLean, daughter of Hector MacLean of Duart.
It appears that the title of being the 12th Baron of Lewis was contested by Torquil Connanach who possessed the mainland estates, whilst Torquil Dubh maintained the Island estates.
He married Christina, daughter of Norman MacLeod of Dunvegan.
Kenneth Mackenzie, soon after succeeding his father [in 1561], was engaged in supporting Torquil Macleod of Lewis, surnamed the ?Conanach,? the disinherited son of the Macleod of Lewis, and who was closely related to himself. Torquil conveyed the barony of Lewis to the Chief of the Mackenzies by formal deed, the latter causing the usurper to the estate, and his followers, to be beheaded in 1597.
(The Prophecies of The Brahan Seer. Sketch of the Family of Seaforth)
Torquil Dubh Macleod was decapitated in the morning of July. Torquil Dubh was so well liked, that upon his death the sun darkened, an earthquake shook the island and dairy maids could get nothing but squirts of blood from their cows.
In 1596/7, Kenneth Mackenzie, 1st Lord Mackenzie of Kintail, complained to the king of attacks made by Torquil Dubh on Coigach and Loch Broom. When Torquil Dubh failed to appear before the Privy Council on 11 February 1596/7, he was denounced as a rebel and Mackenzie obtained a commission of fire and sword against him. Torquil Dubh?s rights to Lewis were forfeited and he himself was captured and beheaded in July 1597.
Father: Roderick Macleod b: 1500 in Isle of Lewis, Scotland
Mother: Janet Maclean
- Margaret Macleod b: 1577 in Coigeach, Assynt, Sutherland