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Parting The Mists Of Time ~ Our Earliest Roots
The Bloodline of the ancient and honorable Highland Family and Name of Shaw reaches back beyond the turn of the first millennia. Entwined via the Chiefs of Mackintosh and the Mac Duff Earls of Fife to the Kings of Moray and Fife, it descends from the crown of Scotland back to the Kings of Dal Riada to the ancient High Kings of Eire and to the blood royale of the Northern and Southern Kingdoms of the Cruitne-tuath, or the Picts.
At that time, Alba or Albany (later called Scotland) was divided into seven kingdoms: Moray, Ath-fhotla, or Atholl, Fife, Cirech, Ce, Fortrenn and Strath-Cluaidh. The Ard-Righ na Alba, or High Kingship of Alba alternately revolved between two of the strongest and
most prestigious royal houses of these kingdoms, of Atholl and Moray. Although closely related, these two houses were also rivals for the throne.
The Thanes Of Fife
Our earliest ancestor was Aethelred, the first Earl of Fife. Aethelred, or in Gaelic: Aedh was the eldest son of Malcolm (III) Mac Duncan (also known as "Malcolm Ceann-Mhor"), High King of Alba. Aedh's royal sire was of the line of Kenneth Mac Alpin (died 858), the Dal Riadic King of Albany, who through his grandmother was also a claimant
to the High Kingship of the ancient Cruithne, earlier called Picts by the invading Romans. Now Aedh Mac Malcolm was made hereditary Abbot of Dunkeld, and because of his important ecclesiastical position, was barred from the throne (His younger brothers were Kings Alexander I and David I). In the Celtic "Culdee" Church, (a gentle blend of Christian and Druidic tradition) priests were allowed to marry and pass on their religious duties down to through their family lines. A leading personage in the kingdom, Aedh married the sister and heiress of Mael Snectai, the King of Moray. Mael Snectai was also the Chief of Clan Duff as grandson of Queen Gruoch (Gruoch was also the wife the good King Mac Beth, who was both the rightful king of Celtic Scotland, and one of the country's better monarchs), herself heiress of the line of King Duff, which was apanaged in the ancient 'Kingdom of Fife.' Aedh's father Malcolm III (who was raised in England since he was nine and later with English military assistance usurped Mac Beth's crown) was swayed by his own ambition and by the Norman and feudal influence of his new wife Margaret, herself a Saxon Princess in exile. "Ceann Mhor" altered the system of revolving kingship in Alba and (illegally) decreed that the High kingship would forever stay with his line, the House of Atholl. This is in opposition to the ancient Celtic laws Tanistry: whereby succession or election of the next king or chief is chosen from the best or most able person from within the derb-fine, or chiefly family. Queen Margaret also influenced her husband to encourage various 'reforms' at court: Norman French over
Gaelic, the abandonment of the ancient and noble Celtic Brehonic Laws – the oldest codified legal system in Europe. Margaret also forced the country's elite to begin to adopt the tenets of feudalism over tribalism. These personal, cultural and geopolitical moves did much to alienate the independent clans and tribes of Moray (formerly part of the Pictish Northern kingdom) against the central government. Aedh's son Duff Mac Aedh, predeceased his father, but not before having children of his own, Ghillemicheal and Constantine Mac Duff. After Aedh's death in 1128, the kingdom of Moray rose in several rebellions to rightly establish these two grandsons to the High Kingship of Scotland. Ghillemichael's son Duncan, 5th Toiseach (Gealic for Thane, Saxonised as Earl) or Earl of Fife was Regent of Scotland in 1153. The Mackintoshes and Shaws trace descent from Duncan's second son, Shaw Mac Duff. A scion of the royal derb-fine line of the King of Scots, the loyal Shaw Mac Duff rode north in 1160 with his cousin and friend Malcolm IV to calm the rising emotions and military gatherings of his rebellion minded tribal cousins in Moray. The Moraymen, unhappy with the gradual loss of their little kingdom's independence were calling for yet another rising against the King of Scots. Shaw Mac Duff ‘the Thane’ (an Toiseach) was made the Keeper of the Royal Castle at Inverness. Who better to settle down the local tribes of Moray than a grandson and great nephew of the men they once wanted as kings? His progeny, later called ‘Mhic an Toiseach’, grew in size and power, receiving possession of the lands of Petty and Breachley with the forest of Strathdearn in the valley of the Findhorn. Despite their remoteness, the Mackintoshes continued to loyally support the royal government down south.
The Land Of The Wildcat
Shaw Mac Duff's grandson, Shaw Mac William acquired the strategically important lands of Rothiemurchus from the Bishopric of Moray in 1236. Rothiemurchus was part of the ancient Caledonian Forest. Part of it also consisted of the oft-flooded and very fertile Strathspey farmlands. Neighbored by the belligerent Clan Comyn, Shaw Mac William's son Ferquhard allied his little clan with the powerful Mac Donald Kings of the Isles. Strengthening this northwestern alliance, he married Mora, daughter of Angus Mhor, the Lord of Islay (the Lord or King of the Isles). During their son Angus's minority, the Mackintosh castles of Meickle Geddes and Rait were seized and held by Clan Comyn. In 1291, Angus Mac Ferquhard married Eva, daughter of Dougall Dall, 6th Chief of Clan Chattan, or "Clan of the Cats". The Chiefs of Clan Chattan descend from Ghillechattan Mhor (ca 1075), the Great Servant or Devotee of Saint Cattan, a descendant of the ancient Dal Riadic Kings of Lorne. Also loosely allied with the Mac Donald Kings of the Isles, 'old' Clan Chattan's original country was at Glenloy and Loch Arkaig, with its main tribal center at Torcastle. With this marriage, the Clan Chattan and Clan Mackintosh were intertwined into an even stronger and larger tribal Confederation, now Captained by the Chief of Mackintosh. Because of their feud with the Comyns over Rait and Meickle Geddes, Clan Chattan backed the Earl of Carrick, Robert the Bruce in his fierce dynastic struggles with the Red Comyn. Angus Mac Ferquhard was one of the Earl of Moray's chief officers at Bannockburn in 1314. He also raised a contingent of Clan Chattan confederation for the Scottish invasions of England in 1318 and 1319.
The Children Of The Pine Forest
Clan Shaw, or the Children of Shaw stem from Shaw Mac Ghillechrist Mhic Iain, a great grandson of Angus and Eva. Also known as Sheagh Bheagh, or Little Shaw’, and Coriacalich, or ‘Buck-tooth’, Shaw was raised with his chiefly cousins at the Mackintosh seat at Moigh. During Shaw's youth, the encroaching power of the Clan Cameron was felt when their Mac Millan, Mac Gillonie or Mac Martin septs took the old Mackintosh lands of Torcastle by the sword. This long feud resulted in the seesaw skirmish and eventual Mackintosh victory at Invernahavon in 1370 or 1386, which Shaw and his father Ghillechrist would have taken part. Shaw, (latterly called Shaw Mhor), was elected Captain of Clan Chattan in the legendary Raid of Angus in 1391. Led by the Wolf of Badenoch (a bastard son of Robert II) Shaw and Clan Chattan joined an army of rowdy Highlandmen who descended from the Cairngorm Mountains to raid, loot and plunder the fertile plains of Angus. Just for fun, to make a point on a long-simmering side-feud (over a woman) with the Bishop of Moray, they also took a swipe at the town of Elgin, putting the Cathedral to the torch on their way home! This wild raiding party routed the forces of the Sheriff of Angus and David Lindsay of Glenesk.
Despite the earlier Mackintosh victory at Invernahavon, the long-standing feud with the tribes of Clan Cameron continued. This feud so threatened the fragile stability of the Highlands that the Earl of Moray and Lindsay of Glenesk decreed that a trial by combat settle the matter. On behalf of the Chief of Mackintosh, Shaw again led Clan Chattan in the Battle of the Clans on 28, September 1396 at the North Inch near Perth. Shaw and his 29 warriors battled 30 Camerons in front of wooden bleachers packed with local citizenry, Scottish nobility, King Robert III and even the Dauphin of France. When the slaughter was over, Shaw and 10 of his men stood over 29 slain Camerons. As a reward for his courage, leadership and fighting abilities, his grateful cousin and Chief, Lachlan Mackintosh gave Shaw the lease of the lands of Rothiemurchus. Our main tribal seat was at the ancient and strategic timber hill fort at the Doune. Shaw died approx. ten years later and was succeeded by his son Seumas, or James.
In 1411, the Chief of Mackintosh raised Clan Chattan to back the Mac Donald Lord of the Isle's claim to the Earldom of Ross. His chief officer was Shaw's son James Mackintosh. As this large army, consisting primarily of Clan Donald and its supporters and allies, plundered its way into Aberdeen shire, they were met by the Earl of Mar and his well equipped forces at "Red" Harlaw on 24, July. In the ensuing battle, James was killed.
With our fourth Chief's untimely death, various scattered branches of Comyns, probably from their local lair at Altyre, invaded Rothiemurchus and took it by fire and sword. They burned the timber and earthwork fort at the Doune and refortified the old island keep at Loch an Eilean. During this time of strife, James's two young sons were taken away to safety: The eldest son Alasdair to his mother's family in the south central Highlands at Strathardle, and young Aedh up north to his cousin's castle at Moigh. After over ten years of dominance, at last the power of the Comyns began to wane. Many Comyns were drowned as their own floodgates were sabotaged as they attempted to flood the besieged Moigh Castle. While treacherously luring the Clan Chattan Chieftains to slaughter at a conciliatory feast at Rait, at the sign of the token black bull's head, the Comyns were themselves killed by the forewarned men of Clan Chattan.
When James's sons Alasdair and Aedh grew to manhood, they gathered their Mackintosh relations and Clan Chattan friends and avenged their father in a wild ambush and skirmish at Lag na Cuimenach at Loch Pityloulish, ten miles north of Loch an Eilean. In light of his success at clearing the area of treacherous Cuimenach, Duncan, the 11th Chief of Mackintosh gave to Alasdair ‘Ciar’ ( A Gaelic family nick-name for swarthy or brown) the temporary lease of Rothiemurchus. The Bishop of Moray however, granted Alasdair the permanent ownership of the land on 4, September 1464. This ownership of the important timber and Speyside farmlands was opposed by the Mackintosh, and caused a ten year rift in relations between the two Chiefs. This family dispute was finally settled by the direction of James III in 1475. Their territorial differences resolved, and holding Rothiemurchus direct from the crown, Alasdair Ciar, now Thane of Rothiemurchus, acted on several occasions to represent his cousin the Chief of Mackintosh on many important matters legal, feudal, and of security within and without Clan Chattan.
After helping his brother retake the tribal lands of Rothiemurchus from the usurping Comyns, Aedh Mackintosh settled near his boyhood home of Moigh leasing Tordarroch in Strathnairn from the Mackintosh in 1468. Occupying a pivotal, strategic site above the ford of the river Nairn, this northern branch of the Mackintosh Shaw family soon became a powerful little tribe in their own right, acting primarily as a cadet family of the Mackintosh, and later as representatives of the entire Shaw branch of the Mackintosh family. The Shaws of Tordarroch became known as the Clan Aedh, or Ay.
While Alasdair Ciar's eldest son Iain or John ‘Ciar’ Mackintosh continued the Chiefly line of Thanes of Rothiemurchus, Iain's younger brother Alasdair ‘Og’ was the progenitor of another branch of the family at nearby Dell. This active branch of the Rothiemurchus family soon became a powerful tribe in their own right, soon having their own septs at nearby Guislich and Kinrara na Choille. Alasdair Ciar's third son, James, established another branch of the family at Dalnavert, north of Glenfeshie. Led by the main Chiefly line at the Doune, these branches were quite influential in local and family affairs. Their younger brother Farquhar emigrated over the gloomy pass of Lairig Ghrue, settling with his "considerable possessions" in upper Deeside. The Earldom of Mar having been earlier annexed to the Crown in 1435, Farquhar was eventually made Chamberlain of Mar. His progeny were later called Clan Fhionnlaigh, after the 5th Chief, Finlay Mhor, who died at the Battle of Pinkie, carrying the Royal Standard in 1547. Clan Farquharson remained in close alliance with their Mackintosh Shaw cousins just over the mountains in Rothiemurchus, and remained a part of the great Clan Chattan Confederation. The Clan Farquharson was soon a power to be reckoned with in Aberdeen shire. Iver, Alasdair Ciar's youngest son, immigrated to the Isle of Skye. His progeny, called Clan Mhic Iomhair, later spread to Harris, Jura, Islay and Mull in the Western Isles.
While the Clan Shaw families were consolidating in Rothiemurchus, Strathnairn and beyond, in 1524 the Chief of Mackintosh was murdered while hunting on the Findhorn, leaving his infant son William as Chief. To the outrage of the Clan Chattan Chieftains, the Earl of Moray forcefully acted as "custodial guardian" of little William. During the young Chief's captivity, his cousin Hector Mackintosh captained Clan Chattan. Our 7th Chief, Alan Ciar Mac Iain Mackintosh, was a very close friend and associate of Hectors. With his Mackintosh Shaws of Rothiemurchus, he and his kinsmen joined in Hectors retaliatory raids on the Earl of Moray's lands. In 1528, Hector and Alan Ciar supported the Earl of Angus, infamous captor of the boy-king James V. Because of these raids, and of the support of Angus, Alan Ciar was fined quite heavily for his "Treasonable Acts". Foiled in his attempts to capture the wily Hector, in 1531, the Earl of Moray raided Clan Chattan country, and summarily tried and hung 18 Mackintoshes from the rafters of the Tithe Barn at Tordarroch. Because of his fines, in 1539, Alan Ciar was forced to sell the feu of Rothiemurchus to George Gordon, son to the Earl of Huntly. Alan though, retained the life rent of the farm and lands of the Doune, which were passed to his young son James at Alan's death in 1542.
On 22, May 1543, a Clan Chattan Band was signed at Inverness by most of the tribes of Clan Chattan. As Chieftain of Clan Ay, the senior sept of the Mackintosh Shaws, Angus Mac Robert of Tordarroch signed on behalf of his southern cousin, then an infant Chieftain in Rothiemurchus. Meanwhile, from their castle at Freuchie, the powerful Chiefs of Clan Grant had long coveted and plotted to gain the rich Rothiemurchus timber and fertile Speyside farmlands to the south. On 14, July 1567, Iain Grant of Freuchie purchased the Deed of Rothiemurchus from the Earl of Huntly. In February two years later, Lachlan Mackintosh of Mackintosh wrote to the Chief of Grant that he wanted to repurchase his "own native country of Rothiemurchus for which sums of money as he gave for same". His entreaties to Grant ignored, the Mackintosh then threatened to raise the ten tribes of Clan Chattan against him, but to no avail. Indeed, the Mackintosh Shaws, greater Clan Mackintosh, and all of Clan Chattan did much to make life quite difficult for the Grants in Rothiemurchus and elsewhere for nearly twenty years. As the Grants harried and evicted the Shaws with sword and legal writ, the Shaws and Mackintoshes gleefully countered with retaliatory cattle lifting, the occasional assault and roof, grainery and crop burning.
Although the Mackintosh Shaws of Doune remained an important local family, and still acted in a prominent role in family affairs on occasion, after 1543, the Tordarroch and Dell branches of the clan had gained additional power and influence within and without Clan Mackintosh and Clan Chattan. On 4, April 1609, as the senior Chieftain within the family, Ay or Adam Mac Bean Mac Robert signed for Clan Ay and on behalf of the Rothiemurchus tribes in the Great Clan Chattan confederation Band of Union and Manrent at Termit.
Off our west coast, John Shaw of Trumpan in Skye, 4th Chieftain of Clan Mhic Iomhair and 40 armed friends and kinsmen captured a merchant vessel off the Isle of Lewis. In 1616 he was briefly imprisoned for said piracy, murder and robbery. Later, John of Trumpan and his brother Donald Shaw of Harlosh signed a Band of Maintenance with John Farquharson of Cloak (a.k.a. the powerful Farquharson of Invercauld) acknowledging common Mackintosh Shaw tribal kinship, allegiance and mutual protection. In 1628, James Mackintosh, 8th of Doune died, leaving a young son Alan. That same year, James Mackintosh ‘alias Shaw’, a descendant of the chiefly line of Shaws of Dell lived firstly at Kinveachie in Rothiemurchus, and then at Tullochgrue, just north of Loch an Eilean. An important man in Rothiemurchus, James of Tullochgrue married a daughter of his kinsman Robert Farquharson of Invercauld. Because of pressures from the Grants increasing their hold on the area, their son, James ‘Og’ Shaw left Rothiemurchus and emigrated over the Lairig Ghrue to upper Deeside, settling in with his mothers family and Farquharson cousins. By 1633, James ‘Og’ lived at Crathienaird near Balmoral, his progeny later called Clan Seumas. Allied with their cousins the Farquharson Chiefs, this pithy little branch of Clan Shaw eventually generated a power base of its own and soon spread north to Glengairn and Glen Avon and later south to Glenshee and Glenisla.
As late as 1645, the last of the Chiefly line of Rothiemurchus, Alan Shaw, 9th of Doune signed a Bond between Grant of Freuchie and many powerful Badenoch Chiefs. As evidence of his local familial stature, Alan signed below Mac Pherson of Cluny and two important Mackintosh Chieftains and above the Shaw Chieftains of Dell and Dalnavert. Sometime later, in a fit of hot-blooded anger, Alan beheaded his cruel stepfather Dallas of Cantray, who legend has it killed Alan's dog. Alan then hurled Dallas's head at his mother's feet. As Dallas was quite unpopular, although now outlawed, local feeling was in Alan's favor. He quickly gathered many kinsmen and friends who enjoyed robbing, raiding and plundering his enemies, primarily of Clan Grant. Eventually, Alan was captured and taken to Castle Grant for ‘trial’ where he mysteriously died as he was being "civilly entertained". To this day, the Grants (still in Rothiemurchus) protest their innocence . . . (We know better! -WSEL.) Up north in Clan Ay country, Robert Shaw of Tordarroch had built a sturdy tower or fortalice on a strategic knoll just west of Tordarroch House. He also surrounded it by a stone wall. A Jacobite supporter of the Marquis of Montrose, Robert and his kinsmen and Strathnairn friends defiantly resisted with bow, pistol and firelock the Cameronians who regularly attempted to capture the fort. By 1691, over the Lairig - in Deeside, Captain Duncan "Riem Aon" Shaw, 2nd of Crathienaird was Chamberlain to the Earl of Mar and Factor to his cousin the Farquharson of Invercauld. Ever a busy man, Duncan also raised, armed and commanded a local "Watch" of 20 men, charged to protect the neighborhood from cattle raiding caterans who descended from their lairs in Glenavon. Duncan later leased Crandard Castle in Glenisla, while his eldest son James lived at Crathienaird. James later lived at Daldownie in Glengairn. Duncan's other sons and grandsons soon settled comfortably throughout upper Glenshee and Glenisla. On 19, May 1711, Alexander Shaw of Tordarroch, Duncan Shaw of Crathienaird and John Shaw of Guislich at Culloden witness a Band and Tack between Lachlan Mackintosh of Mackintosh and James Shaw of Dell.
The Fifteen Rising
Under the command of William Mackintosh of Borlum, the tribes of Clan Chattan rose for the exiled King James VIII on 15, September 1715 near Tordarroch at Farr. Led by Robert Shaw, Younger of Tordarroch, with his brother Angus as Lieutenant, the Shaw contingent of Clan Chattan was often noted for being the most resolute, the best armed, equipped and composed in the Earl of Mar's army. After the collapse of the rising at Preston, both Robert and Angus were cruelly abused at the infamous Newgate Prison. Because of the severe tortures inflicted on him, Robert Shaw died soon after his release in 1718. Angus Shaw was transported to Virginia Colony where he lived and worked as an "indentured servant" or slave until he was ransomed by several Clan Chattan gentlemen and pardoned in 1722. On his return to the Highlands, he was forced to sign an oath of loyalty never to raise arms against the Hanoverian government again. Angus Shaw spent much of his adult life enlarging and improving Tordarroch.
The Forty-Five ~ The Last Rising Of The Clans
At the commencement of the Rising of 1745, Angus Shaw of Tordarroch never forgot the harsh suffering he and his brother had undergone in prison after 'the Fifteen. Long did he remember the agonies of transportation and servitude in the Americas. Although sorely tempted, he forbid Clan Ay from
taking up arms against the Government. Following Tordarroch's example, the elderly James Shaw of Dell remained at peace as well. As late as 1750, it was reported that …the Shaws have two Chieftains of equal degree, Shaw of Tordarroch in Strathnairn and Shaw of Dell in Rothiemurchus, neither of whom were in arms, but some of their men were sent out under command of some gentlemen who had nothing to lose*". Over in Deeside however, the Farquharson of Invercauld's nephew, Francis Farquharson of Monaltrie ignored his uncle and Chief's wishes and raised over 300 Farquharsons as a semi-independent battalion of Ogilvie of Airlie's Deeside Regiment. Monaltrie's neighbors, cousins and friend, *James Shaw of Crathienaird and his sons John and Duncan Shaw acted as Captains in the Farquharson battalion. James's younger brothers from Glenshee and Glenisla, John and Donald served as Ensigns in the Farquharson unit while the youngest brother William acted as Captain in Ogilvy of Airlie's 2nd battalion. A tiny branch of the Crathienaird sept, the proud and war-like Shaws of Inchrory, also took up arms for Prince Charles.
As the Rising progressed, Lady Anne Mackintosh, Invercauld's daughter (therefore of the blood line of the Clan Shaw Chiefs herself), raised the Clan Chattan confederation for Prince Charles in defiance of her husband the Chief of Mackintosh's loyalties and bidding (In fairness, The Mackintosh of Mackintosh was an officer in Lord Louden’ Regiment and held his to his oath and word as an officer and as a Highland Gentleman). Two of Lady Anne’s trusted Lieutenants were James and John Shaw of Kinrara. In early April 1746, as the two opposing forces marched into Clan Chattan country, Angus Shaw of Tordarroch's sworn oath of loyalty to the Hanoverian government was near the breaking point. On the bitter morning of the 16th, with the two armies nearby at Culloden, Angus was prevented from fighting under the
yellow banner of Clan Chattan only by the courage and common sense of his wife Isabel, who hid his weaponry, accoutrements and clothing and locked and bolted him in a sturdily secured closet.
Together forming the centre and right of Prince Charles' force at Culloden, both Clan Chattan and Clan Farquharson charged as one through murderous English grapeshot to briefly inflict a wild desperate melee of claymore, dirk and pistol upon the English regiments before dying on bayonets of the second line. Seriously wounded, both James and John Shaw of Kinrara retreated with what was left of the shattered Clan Chattan. James died that day. Found wounded in a nearby hut, John was summarily executed three days later. Charging with Clan Farquharson, the six Shaw of Crathienaird officers from Glenshee were able to escape in the smoke filled confusion after the battle. After several dangerous adventures they spent several harrowing months "lurking" in the country near their homes in Glengairn, Glenshee and Glenisla.
When the smoke cleared after the battle of Culloden, the Hanoverian Government undertook efforts to wipe out the Celtic/Gaelic tribal culture and language from the Highlands forever. After burning many Highlanders' homes and farms and driving most of the cattle and sheep south to the Lowlands and England, whatever tribal or military spirit the people had left was broken by a combination of hunger, pistol shot, rifle butt, and the threat and carrying out of rape, prison, transportation, hanging or worse. The power of the now scattered Chiefs and Chieftains was put to an end by military piquet and with harsh legislation from London. Another aspect of this cultural destruction was the eradication of the traditional Highland dress. It was punishable by death or imprisonment to wear arms, or even the tartan, kilt, plaid or hose. School children were forced to learn English. The clan system was eradicated with a finality that only the Romans or Normans could admire. This repression was carried out on an economic scale into the Industrial Age with the hated Clearances. To survive, many were soon forced to immigrate to the Lowlands, to Canada, America, India, and Australia and beyond.
Ancestral Memory Awakened
Although scattered thousands of miles from our sacred tribal tuaths, we of Clan Shaw always knew from whence we came. Much of this memory the modern day clan owes to the Bards, historians and storytellers of old - the Seannachaidhean. Throughout the late 1700's and 1800's they gathered and cherished our genealogies, histories and fostered our Gaelic language and culture. While doing so they told and remembered us to our beloved lands of old . . . Rothiemurchus, Strathnairn, the Western Isles, Deeside and Glenshee. Drawing the Shaws together from around the world, their oral and published works also acted as bright fires of tribal warmth, comfort and family togetherness. In a swiftly changing world. Long will their names be honored: the Rev William G. Shaw, Alasdair Mackintosh Shaw Mackintosh, Norman Rhymer Shaw, our late Chiefs, Major "Iain" C.J. Shaw of Tordarroch and his ever-talented Seannachaidh Edward John Redshaw, and more recently the late St.Clair Shaw and now Julia Shaw of Tordarroch.
We Gather Again
In 1970, the Court of the Lord Lyon, King of Arms for Scotland recognized the late Major "Iain" Charles John Shaw of Tordarroch, the 16th Chieftain of Clan Ay as the 21st Chief of the Highland Clan, Family and Name of Shaw. On his death in 1978, Iain was succeeded by his son, our late 22nd Chief, John Shaw of Tordarroch. For many years, Tordarroch lived at Tordarroch House with the with lovely and gracious Lady Silvia and his family Rebecca, Iain, Julie and Fiona. In later years, Tordarroch lived with lady Silvia in Majorca. Sadly, John passed away on October 22, 2017. He is succeeded by his only son and Tanist, our 23rd Chief, Iain Shaw of Tordarroch. The headquarters of the clan is at Newhall House on the Black Isle in Ross, near Inverness.
The late William Iain Gordon Shaw of Easter Lair (1915-1997), the senior armigerous Representer/Chieftain of the Shaws of Crathienaird and Glenshee was succeeded on his death by his Tanist, this writer (William George Andrew Shaw of Easter Lair) who achieved a Grant of Name, Arms and Territorial Designations as such in the Court of Lord Lyon King of Arms for Scotland on Beltaine, 2002.