Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Lorn de Ardebethy also known as Laurin of Ardveich, of the Ragman Rolls 1296

We now know from recent Scottish scholarship, that the two accounts of McLarens in Balquhidder prior to 1512 were not McLarens at all.

Abbot Labhran of Achtow (clan MacLaren’s eponymous ancestor according to Margaret MacLaren, pg. 15 in “The MacLarens”) found in MS:1467 never existed, according to research by Ronnie and Mairi Black on MS:1467, turns out he was a west coast of Scotland MacLaverty.

Lorn de Ardebechey alias Laurin de Ardveich, who first appears in the 1834 Edition of  “Instrumenta publica sive processus super fidelitatibus et homagiis Scotorum” edited by Thomas Thomson, Esq., Advocate, President of the Bannatyne Club (1768 - 1852), a translation of the Ragman Rolls from 1296.

Before going further, please keep in mind that Thomson’s “Lorn” (Latharna in Gaidhlig), is a completely different name from “Laurin” (Labhrainn in Gaidhlig). There is no record extant of anyone with the surname McLaurin or McLaren using McLorn. There are many McLaurin and McLaren especially in Argyll whose surname was also spelled McLeran or McLearen, even in 19th century North Carolina, but none using McLorn.

In the very first Clan MacLaurin history written by James Logan in 1845, which was a pay to play vanity history of the Clan MacLaurin commissioned by Daniel MacLaurin a wealthy London attorney, who later became “Daniel MacLaurin of Auchleskine” as a result of Logan’s version of McLaren history.

Logan wrote the following, transposing Lorn to Laurin, one of many errors in the McLaren history

“In the Roll of submission to Edward I. of England, which so many of the nobles of Scotland were compelled to sign, 1296, we find Maurice of Tiree, Conan of Balquhidder, and Laurin of Ardveche, in Strathearn, who are presumed by competent authority to have been cadets of the Earl of Strathearn.” James Logan, 1845

After King George IV’s visit to Scotland in 1822, it was very important in the following decades to establish ones noble ancestry. Logan’s presumed competent authority is unknown since he did not share his sources. Logan’s history, is where the Balquhidder McLaren narrative that they are the cadets of the Earl of Strathearn began.

After Logan’s Clan MacLaurin history was published in “McIan’s Costumes of the Clans of Scotland” in 1845, the Laurin of Ardveche narrative was repeated so often by later historians and people in high places that it eventually became a fact:

“The Clans of the Highlands of Scotland” by Thomas Smibert in 1850,
“The Scottish Nation” by William Anderson in 1867,
“The Stewarts of Appin” by J.H.J. and D. Stewart in 1880,
“The Tartans of the Clans and Septs of Scotland” by W. & A.K. Johnston LTD. in 1906,
“The Highland clans of Scotland; their history and traditions” Vol. II by G. Eyre Todd in 1923,
“The MacLarens” by Margaret MacLaren in 1960
 “The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland” by Sir Thomas Innes of Learney, Lord Lyon King of Arms in 1964,
“The Scottish Tartans Book” by William Semple in 1966,
“The Clans Septs & Regiments of the Scottish Highlands” by Frank Adams in 1970.

The following is an excerpt of a “McIan’s Costumes” book review from 1899 describing Logan’s clan histories. It is fascinating to me that the author predicted the future when Donald MacLaren a wealthy industrialist from London, England became chief of Clan MacLaren in Balquhidder and Strathearn.

“Since 1845 very much has been done to render a good deal of the text somewhat antiquated. Many clans are chief-less now, and the wealthy alien often, too often, reigns in their stead.” The Saturday Review of Politics, Literature, Science and Art. London, 21, October 1899 Pg.526

Thankfully Scottish universities have answered the call to correct Logan’s errors, one is in the form of “The sigillography of the Ragman Roll” by Bruce A. McAndrew. [ ]

The seals, originally attached to the deeds recording the fealties of the Scottish nobility to Edward I of England in1296, and described in Volume II, Appendix III of Bain's Calendar of Documents relating to Scotland, have been analysed using computer database techniques, and correlated with their owners on the notarially attested enrolments of the original deeds. The number identified has been more than doubled to approximately 600. The pattern of seal appendage closely follows the 'homage groups' of the enrolments: seals associated with some groups are almost entirely present, while those associated with others are completely lost, especially in the latter sections of the enrolment. Heraldic seals have been correlated with coats of arms found in early rolls of arms wherever possible. 

McAndrew’s entry number for Thomas Thomson’s Lorn de Ardebethy is #1256 describing the sigillograph (heraldic wax seal) as a possible Oak Tree?, definitely not the Earl of Strathearn Chevrons Gules.

McAndrew’s then writes S’… ANDEAS ROBERV… Lorn de Ardbethey per legend possibly reads …V…NDE…BER…” Homager is properly Orm de Abernethy?, so it is not a definitive Homager assignment.

“For a very long time, U and V were allographs. What’s an allograph? An allograph is a variation of a letter in another context. Uppercase and lowercase letters are allographs. Before the use of the letter U, the shape V stood for both the vowel U and the consonant V.”

“This item in the calender begins with Adam de Hepe (RR465) and covers Ragman Roll homagers between RR465 - RR564. It contains 90 seals, mostly in green wax, suspended by 19 strings. PRO reference E39/99/1.The string divisions are now included.” Bruce McAndrew


When I asked Ronnie Black his opinion on whether McAndrew’s interpretation had merit he wrote the following which describes the huge differences between Abernethy and Ardveich.
“Abernethy was certainly a significant power centre in the middle ages, in a way that neither of the Ardveichs was. I’m afraid that between this and the 1467 MS, the MacLarens have been victims of more than one doubtful reading.” Ronnie Black 26/3/2016

“Abernethy is an extremely potent name in Scottish history. In ancient times it was the religious centre for the Southern Picts and later their political capital and home of their king.” Destinations UK

Abernethy is the location of several important historical locations including Abernethy Tower, Scone Palace, The Royal Palace of Falkland and Huntington Castle. As opposed to Ardveich, a small farm on the northern shore of Loch Earn of no political importance.

“Instrumenta publica sive processus super fidelitatibus et homagiis Scotorum”
“McIan’s Costumes of the Clans of Scotland”
The Saturday Review of Politics, Literature, Science and Art. London, 21, October 1899 Pg.526
“The sigillography of the Ragman Roll” by Bruce A. McAndrew
Bain's Calendar of Documents relating to Scotland, Volume II, Appendix III of
Dr. D. C. McWhannell

Hilton McLaurin


Dr. D.C. McWhannell kindly weighs in on the subject, removing without doubt that Maurice of Tiree was in Perthshire, not the Isle of Tiree, Argyll.

“Three names identified as belonging to the Clan MacLaren are found in the Ragman Rolls of 1296, giving allegiance to Edward I of England. These are Maurice of Tiree, Conan of Balquhidder and Laurin of Ardveche. Perhaps this is all fiction.

For Instance ref. Tiry, Morice de (del counte de Perth)  
Tyree of Drumkilbo, Perthshire
The present house incorporates the remains of a fortified tower dating from the 13th century. Indeed, the first recorded owner of Drumkilbo was King Robert the Bruce, who gave it to Morice de Tiry in about 1300. The Tyrees were the first confirmed inhabitants of Drumkilbo. On an old tombstone in Kirkinch (Nevay) Churchyard. they are described as ' 'honest men and brave fellows '. The chief of the clan joined Robert the Bruce in the Wars of Independence.

The Tyrees lived at Drumkilbo for 300 years. Sir Thomas Tyree was fond of horse racing. His horse, Kildaro, won the first silver cup raced for at Perth on Palm Sunday 1631. King Charles 1 wrote to him asking for a ' loan ' of his grey gelding. This was probably the famous Kildaro, and one wonders whether the horse was ever returned to Drumkilbo. 

Sir Thomas sold the estate to the Nairne family in 1650. They were descended from Michel de Narai, an Italian from Narni who came to Scotland as Italian ambassador during the reign of King Robert III. 

Alexander Nairne enlarged the House in 1811, but his descendant, David Nairne, who died in 1854, was the last of the Nairnes of Drumkilbo. The property was sold to Lord Wharncliffe in about 1851. 

In 1900, Drumkilbo was sold to Edward Cox of Cardean for his younger son, John Arthur Cox. The Cox family were the leading proprietors of the jute industry in Dundee. The property was then let for a time to Lord Glamis, the heir to the Earldom of Strathmore and Kinghorne, whose seat is nearby Glamis Castle. 

Bithweder, Conan de (del counte de Perth) Conan and the 13th. Century landowners in the area of Balquhidder , Gaelic Both Chuidir, were; Conan, Gilchrist and Henry (Eanruig) of Balquhidder mentioned in time of Robert I (see Barrow, “The Bruce”).

Ardebechey, Lorn de (del counte de Perth) As you have pointed out Lorn, Loarn or Latharn is not Labhrann or Labhruinn and who were the 13th. Century landowners in the area of Glen Beich ?”

Ard-Bheathaich or “height of the birch woods ”. 

Dal-Bheathaich- “The field of the birch woods ” the lands of this part of Glen Beich were occupied by the Stewarts from about the middle of the 17th century on leasehold tenure ( wadset ) . These Stewarts were a branch of the well known Stewarts of Ardvorlich on the south side of the Loch. The old parish records show countless generations of Stewarts lived in the area but by the mid 19th century all was to change. The Perthshire clearances began both here and in Glen Quaich near Amulree . The people moved away having been thrown off their lands and the roofs of their cottages stripped and burned.

“there is no way of knowing who Lorn of Ardebethey's (Loarn of Ardbheathaich) father was. He was probably not a MacLaurin.” “MacLaren and the Ragman Rolls” review of the facts by Dr. D.C. McWhannell 8/1/2018, Copyright

Thursday, October 28, 2021

Rev. Robert McLaurine, Church of England

Rev. Robert McLaurine, Church of England b. circa 1717 - 1727, Lived in Cumberland Co., Virginia

Since the surname McLaurin appears at different places and times in Scotland, with no “one” patronymic and considering the fluidity of surnames in Scotland in the early 1700s, Robert McLaurine could literally be, the first of his surname.

Three traditional accounts indicate Argyll as his families place of origin, Northern Argyll like most McLaurins to be more specific. The first tradition coming from the South Carolina McLaurins who came from Appin, Argyll is that Colin McLaurin’s mother Mary Cameron was a sister to ______ Cameron who married John McLaurin at Coire Bliochdaig, Appin. Which has nothing to do with Rev. Robert McLaurine.

A tradition resulting from the research of Confederate Col. Mosby of Virginia and Daniel McLaurin of South Carolina in the 1800s, is of a marriage between Margaret a sister of Rev. Robert McLaurine and Donald McLaurin in South Carolina.

"Col. Mosby remarked that his mother was a McLaurine, spelled with an "e". Uncle Daniel stated that his great grandmother, Margaret McLaurine, spelled her name with an "e". Col. Mosby continued, stating that the first of his McLaurine ancestors to come to Virginia was his great grandfather, Robert McLaurine, an Episcopal minister. That he had a son, James, who fought in the Revolution and he was the father of his (Mosby's) mother. Uncle Daniel outlined his family history back to the marriage of his great grandfather, Daniel McLaurin, to Margaret McLaurine.


Some time after this Uncle Daniel received a letter from Col. Mosby stating that he had learned that his great grandfather Robert McLaurine had a sister Margaret who had married a Daniel Mc-Laurin. That they had several children who came to America. That sometime after the Revolution Daniel and Margaret planned to come over, but she died, and he had never heard any thing more about the family. Uncle Daniel said that he immediately wrote Col. Mosby telling him that was exactly what happened to his great grandparents, Daniel and Margaret. They were making their plans to join their sons in America when Margaret died. Daniel came on a short time thereafter.” G.G. McLaurin And Some of His Kin Sketches and Genealogy

A third tradition originating in the 1800s is that Rev. Robert descended from Colin MacLaurin the Mathematician or his brother Rev. John. This tradition was later adopted by the South Carolina McLaurins also. This has been examined thoroughly and no link has been found, there are no known living descendants of Colin McLaurin or his brother John.

Coire Bliochdaig McLaurins and the Stronmagachan/Drumurch/Colin MacLaurine connection

However, it is possible that descendants of Colin’s McLaurin uncles and cousins Duncan, Alexander and Hew living at Stronmagachan and nearby Drumurch in Glenaray, could include Rev. Robert McLaurine.

First paragraph of Robert's Will

Robert or J. Robert as his will describes him appears to have been in Williamsburg, Virginia in 1743. From that year until 1750 when he became an ordained Deacon in the Church of England, Robert was a tutor in Williamsburg. Rev. William Douglas an emigrant Scot, Rev. William Dawson an emigrant Englishman and Gov. Thomas Lee a native Virginian referred to him as Robert McLaurine. In other records he is “Mr. McLaurine” or “Rev. McLaurine”.

Thomas Lee’s Letter of Recommendation for Robert McLaurine to the Church of England’s Lord Bishop of London, was written when Lee was the defacto Gov. of Virginia. Lee was extremely wealthy and well connected to London, “commonly” educated at William and Mary in Virginia and had his own Coat of Arms. Lee wrote ”The neighboring clergy recommended him for his learning and good life” Williamsburg April 23, 1750. It is my hunch that these recommendations came in the form of letters that might be in Thomas Lee’s Stratford Hall archives in Virginia.

The next day Rev. William Dawson President of William and Mary College, wrote a Letter of Recommendation stating he had known Robert for seven years as a tutor. There is no record of Robert’s education, perhaps privately tutored which was common in Virginia. Thomas Jefferson and the Monroe brothers were privately tutored in latin by the Scot Rev. William Douglas, a close older friend and neighbor of Robert McLaurine.

Robert was ordained and became the Reverend Robert McLaurine an Anglican minister in Southam Parish, which was in Cumberland County but is now in Cumberland & Powhatan County of Virginia. He served from 12/16/1751 until his death on 7/5/1773.

He was ordained as a Deacon, By Bishop Thomas Sherlock on August 12th 1750 (Ordination record 74465, Record #’s from CCED & actual scan’s of the Fulham papers obtained from Lambeth Palace library) Church of England Record Centre, London, England, including records of Anglican clergy.

He was ordained as a Priest, By Bishop Thomas Sherlock on August 24th 1750 (Ordination record 74468, Record #’s from CCED & actual scan’s of the Fulham papers obtained from Lambeth Palace library) Anglican

He was given holy orders and licensed for Virginia soon after and was paid K.B 20 pounds on September 5th 1750 to travel back to the Colonies. (Kings bounty, money book 43-419 from “The Colonial Clergy of Virginia”, page 34 as well as “A List of emigrant Ministers to America”, it references money book 43-419 on pg. 43)

Robert is also recorded as “Ord’r the Rev’d M’r Rob’t Mcklearing be rec’d as a probationer for this parish for a twelve month.” Vestry held at Court house 16 Dec 1751.

“A vestry-book of this parish, whose record began in 1745 and continued until 1791, famishes the following particulars. On June 30, 1746, the Rev. John Robertson enters upon his duties in this parish, being recommended by Governor Gooch and Commissary Dawson, having been ordained the previous year by the Bishop of London. He ceased to be minister in 1751. Mr. McClaurine is then received on probation for twelve months, and continues until his death in 1772. Mr. Jarratt, in his autobiography, speaks of him as a pious man.* The Rev. Jesse Carter, James Oglesby, and Hyde Saunders, at the death of Mr. McClaurine, became applicants for the parish, each preaching some time. “

“* Of Mr. McClaurine, other favourable accounts of his piety and great benevo- lence have come to me. He preached at Tar Wallett, Manakin, and Peterville Churches : beneath the chancel-floor of the latter he was buried. He was the first of his name in Virginia. He left three sons and three daughters, two of whom lived and died in Cumberland, and the third at Norfolk, during the last war. Of the daughters, one married a Hobson, another a Swann, and the third a Steger. Their mother was a Miss Blakely, from the Eastern Shore of Virginia.” FAMILIES OF VIRGINIA. 33 ARTICLE XLIX. Parishes in Cumberland, Buckingham, and Fluvanna. St. James Southam, Cumberland.

Married: Elizabeth Blaikley

Died: 5 July 1773 

His funeral was held on 7/23/1773, The Revered William Douglas held the service. (The Vestry Book of Southam Parish - Cumberland County, Virginia - 1745-1792)

There is no record of Robert’s immigration from Scotland.

Rev. Robert McLaurine was Church of England not Episcopalian, not Scottish Episcopalian and not English Episcopalian during his lifetime, the change in parish churches came about after his death in 1789.

Was Robert born in Virginia? 

Robert’s eldest son was named James. Is James what the initial “J” stands for in Robert’s will?

Is James MacClarren who came from Kilmodock, Perthshire and died in 1754 in Isle of Wight Co. Virginia, Robert’s father?

Was Robert related to the Virginian Daniel McClaren who died at the Battle of the Meadows in 1754, in Hogg’s Company?

YDNA = I-M223

Tuesday, August 3, 2021

Donald McLaurin Testament 1686

 The Testament of Donald McLaurin - 1686

This Testament links the 'Lorn to Carolinas McLaurins' to the 'Edinburgh MacLaurins' through Drumurch in the Strath of Orchy, not far from Dalmally where Duncan McLaren MP's Memorial is located, his family are from the Isle of Lismore. There are numerous McLaurin families living in the Strath of Orchy according to parish records.

The Cautioneer (Executor) is Hew McLaurin from Drumurch, John MacLaurin who became clan chief in 1781 cites in his Petition to the Lyon Court that his ancestor Donald MacLaurin Esq. married Katherine MacArthur of Drumurch. They lived at the same time period as Hew McLaurin in the Testament.

An interesting entry in Donald McLaurin's Testament from 1686 two years after his death in 1684, are his utensils and armour, indicating that he was an armed gentleman a 'daoine uasile'.

Donald lived in Coire Bliochdaig (where cows were want to be milked), what I would describe as a Draw on the High Plains. It runs south out of Glenure on the map. It is my opinion that John McClaurin D. 1687 a relative of Donald's who also lived in Coire Bliochdaig is the ancestor of most of the Richmond County, NC (Laurinburg and Red Bluff) McLaurins.

Testament Dative and Inventar of the Goods of Donald McLaurin, 1686

Reference CC2/3/3

Testament Donald McLaurin

The Testament dative and Inventar of the gods and geir pertaining to the deceist Donald McLaurin in Carivlekag within the parochen of Balliboydan & diocis of Argyll the tyme of her his deceise, who deceist in the moneth of No[vembe]r 1684,

Faithfuly made and given up be Neill McLaurin his broyr in name of Mary McLaurin, only child & exe[cut]rix dative decerned to the s[ai]d deceist Donald McLaurin her fayr,

As ane act made yranent of the dait of thir p[rese]nts in itself at more length bear[es]


Imprimis the said defunct had pertaining to him the tyme of his deceise the goods and geir underwri[tte]n of the availl[es] and pryces par[ticular]lie following, To witt,

Twelve great Cowes price piece £13 6s 8d inde £160,

Item four tuo yeir olds price £24,

Item four stirks price £12,

Item fourtie sheep and goat[es] price £53 6s 8d,

Item ane mare, ane horse and thre follower[es] price £26 13s 4d,

Item ane boll meall and thre boll[es] oat[es] price £11 6s 8d,

Item the utencil[es] and Armour est[imated] to £13 6s 8d.

Summa Inventarii £300 – 13 – 4

No debt[es] to

Debt[es] be

Item yr was Resting be the s[ai]d defunct the tyme fors[ai]d,

To her M[aste]r of Rent £29 6s 8d,

Item of Teynd[es] and viccarage £3 6s 8d,

Item of servant[es] fies 46s 8d,

Item allowed of Funerall charges £6 13s 4d.

Testament Dative and Inventar of the Goods of Donald McLaurin, 1686

Reference CC2/3/3

Su[m]ma debt[es] be £41 – 13 – 4

which deduced Remaines £259 – 0 – 0

Dead[es] p[ar]t is £129 – 10 – 0


I, John McLean, Co[m]miss[a]r Deput of Argyll, doe Ratifie, approve and Confirme the Testament dative and Inventar of the goods and geir abovewri[tte]n and decerne and Confirme the said Mary McLaurin exe[cut]rix dative to the s[ai]d deceist Donald McLaurin her fayr,

And give and Committ to the s[ai]d Neill McLaurin her uncle, for her, in her name & behalf, and to her use & behove, full power to Intromet &c,

And if need bees to Call &c in Co[mmun]i fo[rm]a,

Becaus the said Neill hes maid faith & found Hew McLaurin in Drumurch Cau[tione]r for him that the goods and geir abovewri[tte]n shall be made forthcomeing to all parties havand Intrest as accords.

In witnes qrof thir p[rese]nts sub[scribe]d by me at Ardchattan, the Tuelth day of No[vembe]r 1686 yeirs

Corrieblicaik (where cows arer wont to be milked), Balleodan Parish lower Glen Creran.

Monday, May 11, 2020

The Clans of Balquhidder

The Clan Gregor is associated with Balquhidder in most people’s minds as Rob Roy lived there and is buried in the kirkyard. The Clan MacLaren or MacLaurin is also associated with Balquhidder but neither clan has their origins in the Glen. The Stewarts in Balquhidder descend from a son of the 15th century Duke of Albany. Fergusons and Macintyres also lived in the glen. "Peter Lawrie"

For an excellent article on the clans of Balquhidder follow the Link below.

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

McLerans are they McLaurins and McLarens, preliminary notes

The MacLerans

Are they the same as McLarens and McLaurins, the surnames interchangeable in Scotland and America is often the case, as shown below.

“The word learan is not in any dictionary. What could it mean? The answer is pretty simple: ‘shipwrecked mariner’, ‘human flotsam’. Lear is a common poetic word for the sea. Shakespeare picked it up as ‘King
Lear’, the sea-god Manannan being Manannan mac Lir ‘Manannan son of Lear’, that is, ‘the son of the Sea’.“

“The evidence from the north points to an eponymous Leadharan or Leadhran who may or may not have been a saint. Given Moss’s information, a derivation from some word or name connected with ‘leather, hide’ would be highly appealing. Gaelic leathar would not supply it, but its Welsh/?Pictish and Norse cognates lledr and leðr would.10 Moss said that MacLerans had migrated from an original homeland in upper Glengarry to Rannoch, the Aird (of Lovat) and Lewis; Matheson found them in Lewis, Glengarry,
Tiree, Knapdale and Kintyre, and was able to establish a connection between those of Lewis and Glengarry. It seems likely, then, that those of Tiree, Knapdale and Kintyre were MacLerans of a different kind from those of the north. “ Ronnie Black, “The MacLerans”, published in the West Highland Notes & Queries, Series 3, Number 18, Jan 2012 pages 3–17.

John MacLaurin Lord Dreghorn’s 1781 Matriculation of chiefly arms, gives his kindreds origin as Tiree, where in 1541 we find McCleruns living at Cornekmoir/Cornaigmore. Notice the index has them as M’Laren in this 1878 publication of “Rotuli scaccarii regum Scotorum“, The Exchequer Rolls of Scotland, Vol. 17.

I have not found a better description of the McLerrans/McLaurins or McLarens than the following by Rev. William Matheson in 1986..

“In N&Q ser. 1, no. 28, March 1986, 15–16, Alastair Campbell of Airds told a story about how some MacLeans at Southend in Kintyre added an ‘r’ to their name to conceal their identity. This produced a magisterial response on the MacLerans by the late Rev. William Matheson (ser. 1, no. 29, August 1986, 21–26). Mr Matheson modestly omitted reference to one his own books, in which he had spoken of Fionnlagh Mac Gille Eadharain, ‘chieftain of the clan of that name’, in North Galson, Ness, Lewis, c. 1600.1 In his article he judiciously turned his words ‘chieftain of the clan of that name’ into ‘the head of the tribe’ and ‘tacksman of Galson’, and went out of his way to portray the MacLerans as belonging to a large sub-aristocratic social class which does not figure on clan maps and which is ‘dispersed all over the land from north to south and east to west, bearing their own ancient surnames’. “ Ronnie Black, “The MacLerans”, published in the West Highland Notes & Queries, Series 3, Number 18, Jan 2012 pages 3–17.

In this passage we find McLerans in Cameron country. We know from marriages and the Testament of Dr. Lauchlin McLaurin that McLaurins, Locheil, Auchnaba and Fassfern Camerons were closely tied. Loch Arkaig is about 40 miles due north of Duror and Appin where many McLearens/McLaurins lived.

“I can point to various sources which use the latter formation. One is George Moss, a native of Strathglass, writing about the MacLerans in 1965.
Is e fuaim “MacLèran” a bha againn an Siorrachd Inbhir-Nis, an coitchinne, aig dùthchasaich a labhair gu nàdurra . . . Faodar bith . . . gu robh am fuaim sin “MacLèran” againne, a’ riochdachadh an ainme “Mac Leadhrain” . . . Bha Clann Leadhair (Leadhra, Leadhrain) mu na gleannain bheaga uaigneach eadar Loch Airceig agus ceann siar Glinne Garadh. Meirlich chruidh a bu deach an Albainn; cliù àrd e sin agus Clann
Mhaoilein is Clann a Phì a bhith ann. B’i fo-fhine bha annta gun fearann aca féin a bu leò féin. Le bha iad ’nan còmhnaidh mu na crìochan a bha fo dheasbud eadar Mac Dhomhnaill Duibh, triath nan Camaronach, agus Mac Mhic Alasdair, triath nan Domhnallach á Gleann Garadh, theirte gu robh iad ’nan Camaronaich nuair a ruigeadh maor Mhic Mhic Alasdair orra, is e ag iarraidh na càna bu dìr do uachdaran; ach gu robh iad ’nan Domhnallaich dar a chaidh maor Mhic Dhomhnaill Duibh ’gan
ruigsinn. B’e “Domhnallach” a bha air gach gin aca a shìob gu cearnan eile – Raineach, Bràigh na h-Aird, Leódhus, e.c.7

(“Our usual pronunciation in Inverness-shire, that of natives speaking naturally, was ‘MacLèran’, that is, ‘MacLeran’ with long ‘e’ . . . It may be . . . that it reflected the name Mac Leadhrain . . . Clann Leadhair
(Leadhra, Leadhrain) were scattered around the remote little glens between Loch Arkaig and the western end of Glen Garry. The worst cattle thieves in Scotland; quite a reputation, given the presence of MacMillans and MacPhees. They were a sept with no land of their own. Living as they did in the disputed frontier lands between Lochiel’s and Glengarry’s, they claimed to be Camerons when Glengarry’s groundofficer reached them in pursuit of the tribute due to a landlord, but to be MacDonalds when Lochiel’s ground-officer arrived. ‘MacDonald’ was the name used by all of them who drifted off to other districts – Rannoch, the braes of the Aird, Lewis, etc.”)” Ronnie Black, “The MacLerans”, published in the West Highland Notes & Queries, Series 3, Number 18, Jan 2012 pages 3–17.

The name Laurence appears in the Clann Mhic Leadhrainn section of MS: 1467. ( Ronnie and Mairi Black provide the following transcription from the manuscript. I added the far right column with known contemporaneous MacLaurins.


MS: 1467 Leadhrainn/MacLeran/MacLerran AD Labhrainn/MacLaurin/MacLaren

Mhic ìle (Lords of the Sea) 950
Mhic mainne (common Gaelic name) 980
Mhic baltair (Walter, Norse and Norman) 1010
Mhic tormoid (Norse) 1040
Mhic lamrainn .g. (Laurence) 1070
Mhic eoghain  (John) 1100
Mhic tormoid (Norse) 1130
Mhic murchaidh (Murdoch) 1160
Mhic conbethad (Hound of Life, uncommon) 1190
Mhic tormoid (Norse) 1220
Mhic mainne/magnuis (common Gaelic name) 1250 Bishop Laurence de Ergadia (Argyll), Lismore
Mhic arailt (Harold) 1280
Mhic eogainn (John) 1310
Mhic gillapadraige barra (Patrick, Barr) 1340 Vicar Laurencius, Kilmartin, Glassary 1355
mac cormaig (common name) 1370
gillapadraic (Patrick) 1400
1420 Vicar Labhrainn, Kilbodan, Ardchattan 1420
1436 Vicar Dubhghall macGhille-Chrìost Mhic Labhruinn, Kilmichael, Kintyre, not his home
1446-1497 Dougall MacLaurin, Ardveich, Appin
1455 - Coule V’Lauran

"As you see, this places Laurence of the MacLeran pedigree at c. 1070. He probably knew King Macbeth personally." (Ronald Black, 2016) 

John and Patrick are common 16th century MacLaurin names. The name Walter is found in the 1559 ClanLawren Bond to Campbell of Glenurchy.

There are three possible locations for Barra, the most likely for Mhic gillapadraige circa 1340, is Barrs on the north shore of Loch Etive, two miles north of Cadderlie, where MacLaurins are known to have lived. This was also the home of Dugald Campbell of Bairres, who was Cautioneer for John McLaurin in Coire Bliochdaig’s Testament in 1694. There is a Barr, Morvern northwest of Lismore and a Barr, west Kintyre home of the MacAlister Clan, the territory of Lorn lies between the two.

After 40 years of MacLaurin family history research, I can confidentially say that each and every MacLaren or McLaurin has at one time or another had his or her historical name spelled MacLeran/McLerran or another variant. Or the reverse is also true, there were McLerrans who changed the spelling to McLaurin in the 1840's, Carolinas of the US. I am 50/50 that this is actually a MacLaurin of Lorn genealogy, and that Dubhghall Albanach mac Mhic Cathail the scribe, spelled the surname the way it sounded to his ear.

The MacSorleys are in MS:1467 Just like the they are in the 1509 Appin Decress

Acharr, Appin
Abroad John Mclarine and Donald Mclarine. List of Heretors Tennants Servants and Cottars that are at home and of those that are abroad in the Present Rebellion out of the Country of Appine and Glencoe Those at home in the Ten pound land of Airds only excepted. 3 May 1746

In 1755 a Letter of Complaint signed at Duror by Donald McLearin of Acharr a Culloden survivor. Extracts from “Journal of the MacColl Society” or “Cuairtear Chloinn Cholla” July & August 1969

In 1775 these men emigrated to North Carolina from Acharr Larran McLarran,Duncan McLarran and Daniel/Donald McLarran Jupiter of Lorne


In 1797 Neil McLeran at Acharr, Appin paid a horse tax.

Richmond Co. NC
Hugh McLearan X-046 Near the others in 1790 Census

War of 1812
Ninth Company, detached from Anson Co. Regiment 
Daniel McLeran - Daniel McLaurin (L-aad)
Neil McLeran - Neil McLaurin (L-aab) was granted 250 acres on the n. Side of Mill Creek beginning at a pine in 1810

Between 1747 and 1772 Colin McLeran served Robert Campbell of Glenure later of Barcaldine. In 1746 Euan Bane McLearan servant to Duncan Canpbell Barcaldine’s Brother, Duncan McLearan his other servant, John McLearan Brother to Duncan, an idle man

In 1703 Duncan Toshach of Monzievaird sends a letter to Breadalbane containg the Glenlednock Bonds and telling the recepient may dismiss Duncan McLeran if he pleases, but they had all better all come down to Taymouth (?).

McLerans, McLerrans that became McLaurins by 1830

McLerran 1739, Bladen Co NC, John McLerran (J)
Mclarine 3 May 1746 Dougal Stewarts Saltoun 'List of Heretors Tennants Servants and Cottars" Appin
McLearan 6 July 1746 Campbell of Stonefield 'List of persons within the parish of Lismore and Appin"

McLerran 1790 US Census, Richmond County North Carolina of Appin 1746 emigrants and descendants
Hugh McLerran, Jr (G) G kin-group Richmond Co.
Duncan McLerran Jr (B-bd) B kin-group Richmond Co.
John McLerran, Sr (J-bc) J kin-group Cumberland Co.
John McLerran, Jr (J-bca) J kin-group Cumberland Co.

McLerran 1793 - 1800 Richmond County Deeds of above Appin 1746 emigrants and descendants

McLeran 1800 US Census, Richmond County North Carolina of McLaurin above Appin 1746 emigrants and descendants
Hugh McLaurin, Jr (G) G kin-group Richmond Co.
Duncan McLarrin (B-bd) B kin-group Richmond Co.
John McLeran (J-bca) J kin-group Cumberland Co.
John McLaurin (B-bc) B kin-group Marlboro Co.
Duncan McLeran (J-bcb) J kin-group Cumberland Co.

McLerran 1810 US Census, Richmond County North Carolina of McLaurin above Appin 1746 emigrants and descendants
McLeran Hugh McLaurin(G) G kin-group Richmond Co.
Duncan McLaurin, Major (B-bd) B kin-group Richmond Co.
John McLerran (J-bca) J kin-group Cumberland Co.
John McLeran (B-bc) B kin-group Marlboro Co.
Duncan McLerran (J-bcb) J kin-group Cumberland Co.
Daniel McLerran (J-bcc) J kin-group Cumberland Co.

McLerran 1820 US Census, Richmond County North Carolina of McLauren above Appin 1746 emigrants and descendants
McLaurin Angus McLauren (G-d) G kin-group Richmond Co.
Duncan McLauren (B-bd) B kin-group Richmond Co.
Duncan McLeran (J-bcb) J kin-group Cumberland Co.
John McLerran (J-bca) J kin-group Cumberland Co.
Lauchlin McLaurin (B-bb) B kin-group Marlboro Co.

McLaurin 1830 US Census, Richmond County North Carolina of  McLaren Appin 1746 emigrants and descendants
Angus McLaurin (G-d) G kin-group Richmond Co.
Duncan McLaurin (B-bd) B kin-group Richmond Co.
John McLaurin (J-bcad) J kin-group Cumberland Co.
Duncan McLaurin (J-bcb) J kin-group Cumberland Co.
Neil McLaurin (J-bc-) J kin-group Cumberland Co.
Hugh C. McLaurin (B-bbb) B kin-group Marlboro Co.
Duncan McLaren (L-aag) Anson Co. NC
Daniel McLaren (L-aad) Anson Co. NC

McClarin 1837 John McClarin (L-aac) Kemper Co. MS

McLaurin 1840 US Census, Richmond County North Carolina of
McLeran above Appin 1746 emigrants and descendants
Angus McLaurin (G-d) G kin-group Richmond Co.
John McLeran (J-bcad) J kin-group Cumberland Co.
Hugh C. McLaurin (B-bbb) B kin-group Marlboro Co.
John McLaurin (L-aac) Kemper Co. MS
Duncan McLaurin (L-aag) Anson Co. NC

Friday, December 27, 2019

Donald MacLaren vs. Peter Lawrie on Rob Roy's burial

Donald MacLaren the current chief of the MacLarens in Balquhidder continues his campaign of mis-information in his absurd claim that Rob Roy is not buried in the Balquhidder Kirkyard. I think perhaps Donald has gone of the edge! I don't know what he was thinking originally, buying property in the clan MacGregors domain of Balquhidder, especially 'Kirkton' which historically was owned by the MacGregors, since the early 1700s.

Even Daniel MacLaurin of Auchleskine who was raised in Balquhidder in the early 1800s, describes Rob Roy's grave in the Balquhidder Kirkyard in his book. "History in Memorium of the Clan Laurin" published in 1867.

It is Daniel MacLaurin's heraldry and genealogy that Donald MacLaren used in his 1957 Petition to the Court of the Lord Lyon to become Donald MacLaren of Auchleskine and the later 'of MacLaren'.

"On Sunday, 22nd September 2019, I was invited to contribute to the filming of ‘Clan Lands’ created and produced by Sam Heughan and Graham McTavish, (the stars of Outlander) and Sam's production company Great Glen Productions with Alex Norouzi. We discussed whether or not Rob Roy is actually buried at Balquhidder kirk since Donald MacLaren of MacLaren claims that he is not." Peter Lawrie

Monday, July 29, 2019

The McLaurin Railroad aka 'The Wilmington, Charlotte, and Rutherfordton Railroad Company' of North Carolina

"In 1855 before the counties along the NC/SC State line were successful in getting a charter for an east-west railroad. The Wilmington, Charlotte, and Rutherfordton Railroad would connect Wilmington and Charlotte via Lumberton, Laurinburg, Rockingham, Wadesboro and Monroe. ....The first train left Wilmington on July 5, 1860, and went fifty miles to Bladenboro in Bladen County. Lauchlin A. McLaurin of Scotland County was the first conductor on the eastern end of the road....."  G-cdb -Lauchlin A. McLaurin of Robeson Co., NC was later a captain in the CSA.

Commissioners for creating stock for the railroad company were appointed:
F-ad -Duncan McLaurin - 1787-1869, NC Legislator, Head of the School Board the Laurinburg School District which was named after him.

B-big -John Laurin Fairly 1805-1862 - married G-dg -Margaret McLaurin 1827-1911, see below:

Dr. John Malloy - In the early 1850's, Dr. Malloy, Dr. Robert D. Dickson and others purchased lands for the Laurinburg High School. Dr. Dickson was married to B-cad-c -Mary McLaurin 1825-1879,

John Fairley - married Nancy McNair 1813-1860 the widow of B-cbf -Lauchlin McLaurin 17__ - 1842/50,

John Gilchrist, Jr. - I think he later went to Mississippi,

Daniel C. McIntyre - Nephew of B-aaa -Hurricane Daniel McLaurin 1774-1838 and Catherine McIntyre daughter of Donald/Daniel McIntyre,

Daniel McKinnon - His father Daniel McKinnon who died in 1825, Donald/Daniel Sr. appears in the 1790 Richmond Co. census with a wife 1 son and 3 daughters. In the census Daniel is just above John McLerran and below F-a -John McLaurence on page 178. He also appears in 1779 and 1792/93 Richmond Co. tax records..

Matthew W. McNair - The son of "Major" Daniel McNair and B-bic -Margaret Fairly daughter of Alexander Fairly and B-bi -Effie McLaurin 1765-1831,

and Rev. Thomas Gibson - 

More About John Laurin Fairly:
Burial: Jim Walter McLaurin Farm between Hasty and Johns, NC
Children of B-big -John Laurin Fairly 1805-1862 and G-dg -Margaret McLaurin 1820-1869 are:
i. B-big-a -Eliza Jane Fairly, b. Abt. 1838.
ii. B-big-bi -Ann Fairly, b. Abt. 1840.
iii. B-big-c -Alexander Archibald Fairly, b. Abt. 1842.
iv. B-big-d -Catherine 'Kate' Fairly, b. Abt. 1844; d. February 20, 1881, probably Lampasas County,Texas.
v. B-big-e -Mary James Fairly, b. Abt. 1849; d. Bef. January 1890; m. Milton McIntyre
vi. B-big-f -Angus McLaurin Fairly, b. Abt. 1853.
vii. B-big-g -Frances Letitia Fairly, b. September 23, 1855; d. Bef. December 1878.
viii. B-big-h -Margaret Fairly, b. Abt. 1856; d. Bef. December 1878.
ix. B-big-i -Eugenie Fairly, b. Abt. 1857; d. July 30, 1878.

In 1869 following the Civil War a re-organization of the Rail Road Company was necessary, stockholder meetings where held in Charlotte and Wilmington, NC. By this date there were no McLaurin Directors, they were still stockholders though. From the report the Post Office and War Department appear to be significant customers.

In the balance sheet report from 1869:
B-cb?-? -L. A. McLaurin owed $4,007.26, likely son or nephew of B-cbe -James Cameron McLaurin
B-cb?-? -D. M. McLaurin owed $8,639.98, likely son or nephew of B-cbe -James Cameron McLaurin
Michael S. Cronly credit $1,800.00, the husband of B-cad-d -Margaret McLaurin sister of B-cad-c -Mary McLaurin above

B-cbe -James Cameron McLaurin owed $198.68, b. 1803 d.1888

NOTES by Rex McLaurin
Dr. Robert Dickson was a son of James Dickson, a native of Ireland and Anna McCall of Scotland. The celebrated Dr. James Dickson of Wilmington was a brother; and Joseph Medill, who founded the Chicago Interocean and became such a power in Republican politics was his first cousin.

Michael Cronly was the only child of James and Sallie Taylor Cronly of New York city. His parents dying, he was brought up by his uncle, Mr. John A. Taylor of Wilmington. The children are Jane Murphy, Sallie, Taylor, Joseph Murphy, William, (the last four now living) Michael, Douglas, Robert, Dickson, Margaret and Mary Dickson.

Margaret McLaurin  was born on 27 Sep 1827 in Wilmington, New Hanover Co., NC. She died on 02 Jan 1911 in Wilmington, New Hanover Co., NC. She married Michael S. Cronly, son of James Cronly and Sallie Taylor, on 13 Jun 1848 in Michael S. Cronly, son of James Cronly and Sallie Taylor, on 13 Jun 1848 in Wilmington, New Hanover Co., NC. He was born on 24 Apr 1826 in NY. He died on 06 Feb 1898 in Wilmington, New Hanover Co., NC. "Descendants of Duncan McLaurin Born in 1740 in Scotland, Died in 1828 in Lauren Hill, Richmond Co., NC" by Rex McLaurin

'Scotland County Emerging' - Joyce M. Gibson
Family identifiers and information Banks McLaurin Jr.
Rex McLaurin of the B-ca family group

Hilton McLaurin, July 29, 2019

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Who are the Argyll McLaurins?

The McLaurins and McLarens from the Isle of Tiree, Appin and Ardchattan parishes in Argyll are not Balquhidder or Strathearn MacLarens according to the Lyon Court, YDNA and the historical record. 

The Argyll McLaurins did not come from Balquhidder as supporters of Dougal McLaurin of Ardveich, Strathearn in the mid 1400s, who later became Dougal Stewart of Appin I. A story that is found in many Scottish history books, it is the other way around.

Dougal McLaurin was actually raised on the shores of Loch Etive, Argyll just a few miles east of Dunstaffange Castle the residence of his father Sir John Stewart of Lorn, where his ancestors had lived for hundreds of years, since the time of the Dalriadic Cénel Loairn. Loch Etive is also from where in the 1790s several McLaurins left for North Carolina on the ship Mary Ann.

Court of the Lord Lyon in Scotland

John MacLaurin, Lord Dreghorn, undifferenced chiefly arms 1781

BEARS Argent a Sheepherds Crook Sable.
St. Columba's staff, now in the possessesion of Livingstone of Bachuill.
CREST  a Lady from the middle upwards issuing out of the Wreath in her arms a Child both proper and habited Vert
MOTTO Bi'se mac ant' Slaurie (son of the hearth hook)
SUPPORTERS two Britons proper
Matriculated 6th of October 1781."

"In granting him [Major Donald MacLaren] the appropriate arms, with supporters, the Lord Lyon makes a distinction between the MacLarens of Balquhidder and Strathearn, and the MacLarens [MacLaurins] of Tiree, whose arms and descent are, his Lordship holds, those of a different race" Sir Thomas Innes of Learney 1957

Sir Thomas Innes of Learney is the Lord Lyon who awarded Major Donald Maclaren the Chiefship of the Balquhidder and Strathearn MacLarens in 1958. This means the current Chief Donald MacLaren of MacLaren and Auchleskine has over reached his authority by claiming that Argyll McLaurins and McLarens are members his clan, which we are not. According to legal documents that would withstand judicial review the Carolina McLaurins are the same as the Tiree MacLarens described above by Sir Thomas Innes of Learney.

And more recently

"As you descend from the Tiree Maclaurins I can see no reason why you should not use a  crest badge taken from the crest and motto of that Maclaurin recording but, of course, no-one has made up title to these arms last recorded in 1781 and thus this branch has had no recognised chief for nearly 250 years.

Yours sincerely
Elizabeth Roads"

Mrs. Christopher Roads, LVO, FSA.,
Snawdoun Herald,
Lyon Clerk and Keeper of the Records,
Court of the Lord Lyon,
HM New Register House,
Edinburgh, EH1 3YT

By definition of the Court of the Lord Lyon Clan McLaurin is an armigerous clan. An armigerous clan is a Scottish clan, family or name which is registered with the Court of the Lord Lyon and once had a chief who bore undifferenced arms, but does not have a chief currently recognized as such by Lyon Court.

The chart below is taken from the Scottish DNA Project
webpage, which shows that there are many, many men with a wide variety of surnames that are closely related according to their STR Markers. Since the percentage of illegitimate children in Scotland of centuries past was so high, some scholars estimate as high as 40% were ‘natural’ and not ‘germain’ children. The result is that there are a lot of closely related men with different surnames.

The majority of Argyll McLaurins have a DYS-576 Marker value of 17, the last column on the far right. The majority of Balquhidder and Loch Tay McLarens have a DYS-576 marker value of 18, and a few 19's.

The Historical Record

Three branches using a form of 'son of Laurance' by the mid 1500's

In 1470 the Lordship of Lorne, where the soon to be called 'McLaurin or son of Laurence' ecclesiastical families had lived for centuries was divided by Colin M’Gilleasbaig M’Conochy Campbell, first Earl of Argyll between Dougal M’Iain M’ Robert Stewart of Appin I and Colin M’Conochy Campbell of Glenorchy I, this declaration, divided the family Labhruinn's territory and eliminated many of the MacDougal holdings in Appin and parts of Ardchattan.

In the early and mid 1500's many Argyll McLaurin families were induced to move into Perthshire, with most living on the Tay River from Strathfillan then northeast to Atholl. A few families were placed as tenants in Balquhidder by their Campbell chief the Earl of Argyll.

It was Grey Colin Campbell of Glenurchy who first assigned the Makolcallums’ as part of the kin-group he described as V’Lauranes in a 1559 Bond of Manrent. Because of Glenorchy, we have a fairly complete four generation genealogy of McLaurin men contained in three Clanlawren Bonds of Manrent. The 1559 bond contains the descendants of the first McLaurins to arrive in Balquhidder in 1512 and others that followed all probably closely related.

The first McLaren arrives in Balquhidder in 1512. Malcolm M’Olcallum V’Laurane settled at Invernenty, Balquhidder in 1512 along with four MacIntires who are also from Lorn. It appears that Malcolm Maklawryn and Gilbert Makyntyr are paying a reduced rate for the woodlands which other tenants have the right to use without destruction. A forest conservation program in place by the Campbells. The Clann Dubhghaill Cheire MacGregour’s also lived at Invernenty and nearby Drumlich, the two families would intermarry frequently, but there were problems, the MacGregors attempted to displace Invernenty MacLaurins with violence and perhaps were successful in the 1550s. Resulting in the Coule Keir MacGregors required to sign a Bond of Calpes to Campbell of Glenurchy in 1559 as punishment.

At Stirling, on the first of June in the 512th year [ie 1512]. Innernenty; £6 13s 4d, with the consent of William Stewart who had the same in fee-farm, is now assessed to the underwritten tenants just as is particularized above, that is to say,
To Donald Makyntyr, £5 for two marklands and a half, to be paid in respect thereof annually, with part of the marts,
To John Makyntyr, £5 for two marklands and a half, to be paid in respect thereof annually, with part of the marts,
To Gilbert Makyntyr, £5 for two marklands and a half, to be paid in respect thereof annually, with part of the marts,
To Duncan Makyntyr, 1s for one markland and a 40 shillings land, to be paid in respect thereof annually, with part of the marts,
And to Malcolm Maklawryn, 1s for one markland and a 40 shillings land, With this condition, that the rest of the tenants of the Lord of Buchquhiddir shall have licence to take timber for their necessities, without destruction [of the woodland], And for entry of a new infeudation £40, out of which sum £13 6s 8d is to be paid by the said tenants, and £26 13s 4d by the said William Stewart. (transcribed from Rotuli scaccarii Regum Scotorum Vol. VIII, Pg. 638)

It appears that Malcolm Maklawryn and Gilbert Makyntyr are paying a reduced rate for the woodlands which other tenants have the right to use without destruction. A forest conservation program in place by the Campbells. 

Malcolm’s son Malcolm M’Olcallum elder and grandsons (with the same names of course) are in the 1559 bond, with their great grandsons in a 1606 bond to Campbell of Glenurchy, which gives us where they lived. In the 1559 Bond, there are six other family groups of V’Laurane the MacPatricks, the MacAllens, the MacDougalls, the MacEwens, the MacDuncans and the MacJohns, with John the servant of Cristine the last of name are all the clan MacLaurin. You can track the names, in the three bonds, most names contain three generations such as Nicoll M'Ane VTatrick Moir (Nicol son of John son of big Patrick) in the 1573 ClanLawren Bond to Glenurchy. The Balquhidder MacLaurin history is for another time.

8 November 1559 Clanlaurane homage transferred. This very important legal document pertaining to Clanlaurane and the only one written in the royal burgh of Sterling, on 8 Nov 1559 confirms that several McLaurane families from Kilmartin Parish south of Loch Etive in Argyll, had moved into Perthshire. Two weeks later on 21 November 1559 at Balloch on Loch Tay in Perthshire, Alexander McLaurane and his followers from Kilmartin parish gave their Bond to Colyne Campbell of Glenurchy. This document is one of two, that directly contradicts the legend that McLarens had been in Perthshire since the time of Kenneth McAlpine, it also eliminates any notion of a Strathearn origin for Clanlaurane before the early 1500’s. 

“WE Archibald Erie of Ergyle . . . grantis ws to haif gevin ... To our traist cousyng Colyne Campbell of Glenurquhay and his allis male the manrent homage and sendee quhilk our predecessouris andwe had and hes of the haill kyn and surname of the Clanlaurane and their posterite togidder with the uptaking of thair calpis . . . Prowyding the said Colyne obtene . . . thair consent . . . thairunto . . .

In witnes of the quhilk thyng to thir presentis subscriuit with our hand our propir seill is affixt at the burgh of Sterueling the aucht day of Nouember the yeir of God M v and fifty nyn yeiris befoir thir witnes Johne Campbell off Inuerlevir Johne Corswell persone of Kilmartyne and Andro Quhit. And this we gif for the gud and faythfull sendee that the said Colyne hes done to ws. ARD. ERGYLL.” Black Book of Taymouth 

In the 18th century many of the indigenous Appin McLaurins that had remained in the original homeland, along with related Livingstones, MacKenzies, MacDougalls, MacColls and Stewarts, including a handful of "Culloden Veterans" emigrated to Richmond County, North Carolina in 1790 where they flourished. North and South Carolina where there are more Scots living today than in Scotland itself.

McLaurin, MacLaurin, McLaren, McLerran, McLarran, McLarine, McClaren and more are all found in historical and genealogical records for the same persons surname, especially in the United States. This makes research more difficult, compared to researching names Campbell, McDonald, Stewart, McColl or McCall for example. And like Sherry says, "they are all named Hugh".