Abbot Labhran of Achtow

 Abbot Labhran of Achtow 

"Irish sources give the genealogy of the Chiefs of the Clan Labhran from Lorn, son of Erc, through Donald Og (contemporary and kinsman of Kenneth MacAlpin) and on for another eighteen generations ending with three brothers, John, Donald, and Anichol the Young, who were living about 1380". Margaret MacLaren, The MacLarens pg. 10.


"There is no doubt that among other things they would have told us something of Abbot Labhran of Achtus, eponymous ancestor of the Clan”. Margaret MacLaren, The MacLarens pg. 15.


"It is no doubt Abbot Labhran who built Eaglais Beg, "the little church," the earliest of the three churches within the present Kirkyard of Balquhidder." Margaret MacLaren, The MacLarens pg. 18.


On page 138a of The MacLarens, Margaret shows a table of the descent of the chiefly house of Clan Labhran. Her source was W.F. Skene’s, "Celtic Scotland, 1876”. For some reason Margaret changed the spelling of a few names, Ex. Baltair to Walter.


W.F. Skene’s source was MS-1467 a medieval Gaelic manuscript (found on the Isle of Tiree by Colin MacLaurin the Mathematician) that he had translated. Scottish scholarship has shown that Skene made an error when identifying the clan that he and Margaret MacLaren based their Clan Labhran genealogy on. The genealogy is that of Clan MacLaverty not Clan Labhran.

 

Clan MacLaverty from MS-1467


"I’m afraid the MacLarens are the big losers of modern scholarship on the 1467 MS. Skene thought kindred no. 10, which I describe as “MacLaverty?”, was the MacLarens." Ronnie Black


"The father of Labhrann is given as Tormod (in the current Chief's genealogy from "The MacLarens") – a Norse name, nothing to do with the MacLarens or with Strathearn. Another problem with identifying this kindred as the MacLarens is their geographical location in Perthshire, far from the territories in Argyll and further north which appear to be the focus of the 1467 MS (the lands claimed by the Lords of the Isles and Earls of Ross). In 1467 the MacGregors were still exclusively associated with Argyll – their eastward advance came later. Just as the MacLarens’ appearance in Appin (Argyll) came later." Ronnie Black, 1467manuscript.co.uk


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