Appin McLaurins and John MacLaurin, Lord Dreghorn, clan chief in 1781

For centuries the Appin McLaurins were followers of the Lords of the Isles or the Lords of Lorn depending on the time period. Later they were a sept of the Stewarts of Appin at Culloden in 1746. When Dougal Stewart the last Appin chief lost his lands and clans folk, they were without a chief until the Court of the Lord Lyon recognized John MacLaurin, Lord Dreghorn as chief in 1781.

Drumurch, Glenaray, Lochawe

Both the Appin McLaurins' some of whom emigrated to North Carolina in 1790 and the Edinburgh MacLaurines' which includes Colin MacLaurin and his son clan chief John MacLaurin, Lord Dreghorn had ancestors that lived at Drumurch in north Glenaray, not far from Dalmally where Duncan McLaren MP's Memorial is located, whose family is from the Isle of Lismore. There are numerous McLaurin families living in nearby Stronmagachan and to the east in nearby Strath of Orchy, according to parish records.

John MacLaurin who became clan chief in 1781 cites in his Petition to the Lyon Court that his ancestor Daniel MacLaurin Esq. married Katherine MacArthur of Drumurch. They lived at the same time period as Hew McLaurin from Drumurch who is mentioned in Donald McLaurin living in Appin Testament from 1686 two years after Donald's death in 1684.

1781 John MacLaurin of Dreghorn

(Volume 1 Page No 1632)

C. M. R.

Rc Boswell Lyon Dep


John MacLaurin of Dreghorn Esquire Advocater son and heir of

Colin MacLaurin Esquire Professor of Mathematicks in the University of Edin

burgh by Anne daughter of Walter Stewart of Stewarhall(?) Esquire His Majestys 

Solliciter general for Scotland and third son of Sir Archibald Stewart of Blackhall Baranet which Colin was son and heir of the reverend Mr John MacLaurin Minister of the Gospell at Glenderule by Mary daughter of John Cameron of Dunlaskine Esquire which last John was son and heir of Donald MacLaurin Esquire by Katherine daughter and heiress of  .   .   .   MacArthur of Drumurk (Drumurch) Kepochan and Barinaryne Esquire in Lochaw which Donald was descended from a long line of Ancestors who appear from Monuments in Tyree and tradition there and elsewhere to have been Proprietors of the Island of Tyree in the County of Argyle and Chiefs of the ancient Sirname of MacLaurin BEARS Argent a Sheepherds Crook Sable CREST  a Lady

from the middle upwards ifouing(?) out of the Wreath in her arms a Child both proper and

habited Vert Motto Bi'se mac ant' Slaurie (Throw off the chains or something like that) SUPPORTERS two Britons proper

Matriculated 6th of October 1781.

Rc Boswell Lyon Dep

An interesting entry in Donald McLaurin's Testament 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), It runs south out of Glenure on the map.

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

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Testament Donald McLaurin

The Testament dative and Inventar of the gods and geir pertaining to the deceist Donald McLaurin in Carivlekag (Coire bliochdaig) within the parochen of Balliboydan (Ardchattan) & 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

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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


It is my opinion that a John McClaurin who also lived at Coire Bliochdaig and died in 1687 is a close relative of Donald. 

Inventar of the Goods of John McClaurin, 1694

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Wri[tte]n Inventar of the good[es] and gear whilk

pertained to the deceast John McClaurin

in Carvlickaig (Coire bliochdaig) in the paroch of Balleodan

the tyme of his decease, which was in the

moneth of November 1687 year[es], faithfully

given up be Neill McClaurine his sone, For

himself and in name of John Eun

Duncan and Lauchlane McClaurine

yr Children Exe[cuto]r[es].

£   s   d

Imp[rimis] Fourteen great Cowes         186 13 04

Item four tuo year olds           26 13 04

Item Fyve stirk[es]           16   3 04

Item one little fillie             6   0 00

Item tuentie sheep and goatt           26 13 04

Item sown of Corne six boll[es] three boll[es]

att the 3d Is nyne           18 00 00

Item of laying money           25 00 00

It[em] the houshold plenishing             6 00 00

        311 03 04

Debts due be to the dead

Imp[rimis] due to the defunct be John Cameron

in Auchnaba           10 00 00

        321 13   4

Debts due be the dead

Imp[rimis] for the rent           25 00 00

It[em] for the Servant[es] Fies             8 00 00

Item for the defunct[es] funerall Charges           10 00 00

          43 00 00

To be divyded         278 13 04

Inventar of the Goods of John McClaurin, 1694

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I, Dugald Campbell in Bairres, obleidges me as Cau[tion]er that the forsaid[es] good[es] and gear shall be made forthcomand to all parties haveing Interest,

And for payment of the quota when requyred.

Sub[scribi]t day and place fors[ai]d.

Alexr Campbell Cl[er]k


 John's son another John McLaurin lived at Coire bliochdaig, Appin and is the ancestor of most of the Richmond County, NC (Laurinburg and Red Bluff) McLaurins.

Testament Dative and Inventar of John McLaurin, 1725

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Testam[en]t dative of umq[uhy]ll John McLaurin

In Corriblickag (Coirebliochdaig) in Glencrenn

The Testament dative and Inventar of the Goods, Gear, debts & soums of money which pertained and were adebted, resting and owing to the deceist John McLaurine In Corriblickag in Glencrennie In the parish of Appine and Commissariot of Argyll the tyme of his decease, which was upon the [blank] day of [blank],

Faithfully made and Given up by Lauchlane McLeran in Blairnaloagh, eldest law[fu]ll son and exe[cut]or dative qua nearest In kinn Decernd and Confirmd to the s[ai]d defunct by the Commissar deput of the s[ai]d Commissariot upon the Fourteenth day of January Jm vijc and Twenty five years, as ane decreet dative Given thereanent beares.


Imprimis ther was justly adebted, resting and owing to the s[ai]d defunct the tyme of his decease by the deceist Robert Campbell of Orchyard the soume of one hundered Merks Scots money of prin[cipa]ll and Ten pound money fores[ai]d of expens[es] of plea, spec[ifie]t and Containd In ane dec[rei]t obtaind at the Instance of the s[ai]d defunct ag[ain]st the s[ai]d Robert Campbell before the sheriff deput of Argyleshyre upon the Twenty First day of January jm vjc & eighty five yeares.

Summa Inventarii Lxxvj li xiij s iiij d


I, James Fisher, provost of Inveraray, Commissar deput of the Commissariot of Argyll, after law[fu]ll Cita[tio]ne made by publick edict openly as effeires,

By these p[rese]nts Ratifie, approve and Confirme the Testament dative and Inventar abovewryten Insofaras the Samen is Truely made and Given up and no otherwayes,

And Decerne and Confirme the s[ai]d Lauchlan McLeran in Blairnaloagh in exe[cut]or dative qua nearest In kinn to the s[ai]d defunct, and In and to the debt & soume of Money a[bove]wr[itt]en Containd In the a[bove]wr[itt]en Inventar, with yem to him to Medle & Intromett therewith, Call and pursue therefore before whatsomever judges Competent as accords,

And Generally all and Sundrie other things requisite and necessar anent the premisses to do, use and other that to the office of exe[cuti]one In such Cases by the law is known to appertaine,

Provyding alwayes the s[ai]d exe[cut]or render such Count & reckoning of his Intromissions when and where the same shall be legally required whereanent & that the same shall be made forthcoming to all persons having Interest, as Law will.

Alexander Stewart younger of Invernaheyle is become Cautioner, as ane act of Cau[tion]ry made thereanent beares.

In witnes whereof thir presents are subs[cribe]d be me and the Clerk of Court at Inverarey the Twenty first day of July one thowsand seven hundered and Twenty five yeares.

YDNA evidence places Appin McLaurins and a MacArthur with a Genetic Distance value of 4, the same distance as many Maclarens.

There is also a tradition that the Rev. John MacLaurine I, Kilmodan, born in 1658, married Mary Cameron from Dunlaskine who was the sister of the spouse of John McClaurin at Coire Bliochdaig, mentioned above.

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