Publications and Research
The ACMS Genealogical Resources Centre is pleased to provide links to the following list of publications, arranged alphabetically. Some are free to download, some are available to purchase, others are on archive websites, and some are available through libraries in different countries. Some titles are now out of print but remain listed in the hope that they will be digitized and available on archive websites in the future. If you discover any new links to publications, or broken ones on this site, please get in touch: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Clan MacLeod Research Publications
A Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Commoners of Great Britain and Ireland Vol. II, (1835) by John Burke, of which pages 476-484 bear an account of ‘MACLEOD, OF MACLEOD
A Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Commoners of Great Britain and Ireland Vol. III, (1836) by John Burke, of which pages 175-178 bear an account of ‘MACLEOD, OF CADBOLL’. Also here.
A Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Commoners of Great Britain and Ireland Vol. IV. (1838) by John Burke, of which pages 584-592 bear an account of ‘MACLEOD, OF RASAY’
A Journey to the Western Islands of Scotland in 1773 (a new edition published 1791) by Samuel Johnson (1709-1784) 384 pp. Contains his account of his visits to MacLeods on the Isle of Skye.
Bloody Bay and the MacLeods (2018) by Andrew P. MacLeod
History of the MacLeods, with Genealogies of the Principal Families of the Name (Inverness, 1889) by Alexander Mackenzie. Digitized by the Internet Archive in 2012 with funding from the National Library of Scotland. Also available here.
John MacLeod of 11 Melbost (2018) by William Cumming
MacLeods of that Ilk (1798) from Sir Robert Douglas of Glenbervie’s Baronage of Scotland, published in Edinburgh 1798, pages 374-75. Further information about this publication here. Access to additional MacLeod Family Sketches here.
Memoir of Alexander McLeod (1774-1883) (published 1855 by the Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America) by Samuel Brown Wylie, 556 pp.
Neal McLeod, emigrant from the Isle of Skye, Scotland, 1774-1961, his Genealogy (1962) by Grover Stephen McLeod, 135 pp,
Raasay: a study in island history (1977) by Richard Sharpe (a few copies available online) (sample link)
Raasay: A Study in Island History: Documents and Sources – People and Places (1978) by Richard Sharpe. (a few copies available online) (sample link)
Raasay: The Island and its People (2002) by Norma MacLeod. (a few copies available online). Details.
Septs of Clan MacLeod (2010) by Peter Macleod
Sìol Torcail and their Lordship in the Sixteenth Century (2008) by Aonghas MacCoinnich. Also here
Donald Friell McLeod, 1810-1872, was an Anglo-Indian civil servant who served as Lieutenant Governor of the Punjab between 1865 and 1870. He was one of the founders of Lahore Oriental College, now part of the Punjab University, and is generally remembered as a philanthropic administrator and promoter of education, of both Oriental studies by Europeans, and European literature studies in India.
The Ancestry of Leod (2000) by Andrew P. MacLeod. Also published in the Clan MacLeod Magazine Issue 91 (October 2000)
The Bannatyne Manuscript – reference to a copy held in the Old Dominion Library, Norfolk Virginia. Contained in Box 79, Folder 2, it is part of a collection of MacLeod materials held by the library, divided into three sub-series pertaining to publications regarding the history of Clan MacLeod, as well as MacLeod families and individual members.
The Bannatyne Manuscript is a traditional account of Clan MacLeod. It consists of 142 sheets of foolscap paper. The author’s name does not appear in it. Although the work is undated, a watermark dates the paper upon which it is written to 1829. The textual material from which the manuscript is based is generally regarded to have been the work of William Macleod Bannatyne, Lord Bannatyne (died 1833).
The Feu of Berneray (1767) and the Sale of Harris (1779) (1979) by Alick Morrison. Published by the Gaelic Society of Inverness as part of its Transactions series (TGSI).
The Genetics of Clan MacLeod (2004) by Julia Abernethy. Also published in the Clan MacLeod Magazine Issue 98 (October 2004)
The Island Clans During Six Centuries (1929) by Rev. Canon R. C. MacLeod of MacLeod. Published in Inverness by Robert Carruthers & Sons.
The Isle of Raasay (1975) by Robert B. Malloy (a few copies available online)
The MacLeods: a Short Sketch of their Clan History, Folk-Lore, Tales, and Biographical Notices of some Eminent Clansmen (Edinburgh 1906) by the Rev. R. C. MacLeod of MacLeod, 120 pp., illustrated, (published by the Clan MacLeod Society). Also available for purchase as a ‘classic reprint’ from Forgotten Books.
The MacLeods of Dunvegan from the Time of Leod to the end of the Seventeenth Century (1927) by the Rev. Canon R C MacLeod, (1852-1934), illustrated, 292 pp (published by the Clan MacLeod Society, Edinburgh).
The MacLeods of Garrabost revisited (2020) by William Cumming
The MacLeods: The Genealogy of a Clan – Section I: MacLeod Chiefs of Harris and Dunvegan (1968) by Rev. Dr Donald MacKinnon and Alick Morrison. Published by ACMS in 1968 and out of print. Rewritten by Alick Morrison and republished as The Chiefs of Clan MacLeod in 1986. Currently out of print but scheduled to be republished by ACMS as a print on demand publication in 2023-24.
The MacLeods: The Genealogy of a Clan – Section II: The MacLeods of Talisker, Berneray, Orbost, Luskintyre, Hamer, Greshornish, Uilinish and Dalvey (1968) by Rev. Dr Donald MacKinnon and Alick Morrison. First published by ACMS in 1968 and reprinted by ACMS in 1999.
The MacLeods: The Genealogy of a Clan – Section III: MacLeod Cadet Families descended from William XIII Chief, Norman XII Chief, Iain Borb VI Chief, William Cleireach V Chief, and Malcolm III Chief (1970) by Rev. Dr Donald MacKinnon and Alick Morrison. First published by ACMS in 1970 and reprinted by ACMS in 1999.
The MacLeods: The Genealogy of a Clan – Section IV: The MacLeods of Lewis, including the MacLeods of Raasay (1974) by Alick Morrison. First published by ACMS in 1974. Revised by Major Loudoun Hector Davenport MacLeod and reprinted by ACMS in 2nd edition in 1999.
The MacLeods: The Genealogy of a Clan – Section V The MacLeods of Gairlock, Assynt, Geanies, Flanders, Cambuscurry, Cadboll, Sallachy, Handa, Coigeach and Eddrachillis (1976) by Alick Morrison. First published by ACMS in 1976 and reprinted by ACMS in 1999.
For further information on the five sections of The MacLeods: The Genealogy of a Clan and the Clan MacLeod Trilogy, of which it is part, please refer to this page on the Clan MacLeod website. Sections II to V of the Genealogy of a Clan are available from ACMS Merchandising.
The Origin of Leod (1986) by Alick Morrison, an extract from The Chiefs of Clan MacLeod Associated Clan MacLeod Societies, Edinburgh, 1986, pp. 1-20 (see above The MacLeods: The Genealogy of a Clan – Section I)
The MacLeods: Their History and Traditions (1928) by Rev. Canon R C MacLeod (published in Edinburgh by the Clan MacLeod Society c. 1935)
The Peerage of Scotland: containing an historical and genealogical account of the nobility of that kingdom (1716) by George Crawfurd.
The Surnames of Scotland: Their Origin, Meaning and History (1946) by George F. Black Ph.D, reprinted from the Bulletin of the New York Public Library, August 1943-September 1946.
The Torquils of Point, Lewis (2020) by William Cumming
Y-DNA Evidence for Norse Descent of Leod (2012) by James Blount MacLeod & Dr Alexander C MacLeod. Published in the Clan MacLeod Magazine Issues 116 (April 2013) and 117 (November 2013)
18, 19 or 21? Speculations on the MacLeod Chiefs buried at Aoidh (2018) by Andrew P. MacLeod. The 2018 Colm Cille Lecture presented by Andrew P. MacLeod at Urras Eaglais na h-Aoidhe (The Ui Church Trust) near Stornaway on the Isle of Lewis on 7th September 2018. The printed version of this lecture is available (for £3.00) from the Urras Eaglais na h-Aoidhe ‘shop’ website: https://uichurch.co.uk/shop/. There is a report on the lecture here.
Other MacLeod publications are available for purchase from ACMS Merchandising:
Publications listed by Clan MacLeod Societies around the world
NSW & Victoria:
Books available to borrow from the National Library of Australia
From Bernisdale to Bairnsdale, the story of Archibald and Colina MacLeod and their descendants in Australia 1821-1994 (1994) by Phyllis MacLeod ISBN: 0646200305. (‘This item is currently unavailable due to major building activity’ at the National Library of Australia but may become available again in due course. Jan 2023).
From the Hebrides to the Colonies (the MacLeods of Jura) (2006) by Harold B. MacLeod ISBN: 0977580814
Genealogy of the family MacLeod of Talisker in Australia, November 1820 – March 1990 (c. 1990) by Bruce Donald MacLeod ISBN 0731690028.
The Clan MacLeod: with their Rock-built Fortress they have Endured (1966) by Isabel Frances Grant published by Johnston & Bacon of Edinburgh
The ‘Dunosdale’ Story (1995) by Jean McLeod (produced by her son, John Davies).
Other family histories
Everyone has a Granny called MacLeod (1998) by Bruce D MacLeod ISBN 0 646 15012. Also available to purchase from: Peter Macleod, Clan MacLeod Society of Australia (N.S.W.), 19 Viewpoint Drive, Toukley NSW 2263. Email Peter to enquire about pricing and shipping costs: Email
The Family of Peter Macleod & Wendy (n. Gibson) (2011) NSW Aust. Email
Clan MacLeod family histories held for reference by the Clan MacLeod Society in South Australia. For further information email:
McLeods of Barra, Descendants of John McLeod and Margaret Cameron. The history of John and Margaret, residents of Barra around 1811, through to John McLeod, baptised 1854 in Barra, arrived at Port Adelaide around 1880.
McLeods of Pabbay, Descendants of John and Ann McLeod who arrived in South Australia in 1855. Pioneer farmers of Jamestown- Belalie and connected to MS McLeod Pty. Ltd. By Rod McLeod.
James McLeod of Gaskmore Park and Overlander of the Darling River and Innaminka. Australia. b. 1820 Inverness. James McLeod Obituary.
McLeods of Poonindie, South Australia, Descendants of Roderick McLeod and Anne J. Cole. (m. March 1849 in Beach, Victoria.) (2012) By Steve Hagley.
Descendants of Daniel L McLeod and Georgina Cowan, arrived in South Australia in Sept 1876
MacLeods of Rosskeen, Invergordon, Scotland, Descendants of Laucland MacLeod who married Christian Ross in Inverness in July 1790
History of Skye: A Record of the Families, the Social Conditions, and the Literature of the Island (1930) by Alexander Nicholson and Clan MacLeod Society of Canada. Published by Alex. Maclaren, Glasgow.
The MacLeod Families of Canada: A Clan MacLeod Societies of Canada National Council Project. (1988, 2nd edition: 1998-2002). Published by the Clan MacLeod Society of Canada.
The MacLeods of Glengarry: The Genealogy of a Clan (1970) Clan MacLeod Society of Glengarry. A revised (updated second) edition was published in 1993.
Four Sons of Skye, a Tolmie family, Scotland to Otago New Zealand. (2011, revised 2014). By James McKay. Descendants of William Tolme 1690-1755. ISBN 978 0473 16892 6. (available from some libraries through WorldCat online search)
Finding Duncan and his Family (2022) by Bruce McLeod. Article about New Zealand McLeod descendants published in the Clan MacLeod Magazine Issue 134 (April 2022). Email
A History of the Descendants of Alexander McLeod & Mary McCaskill with Allied Families by Carlis J. McLeod (1992) – (available from some US libraries through WorldCat online search)
MacLeod Materials can be accessed through: https://texasmacleods.wordpress.com/reference/ Thanks to Tex McCloud for providing this valuable global reference.
US Census collections
Early MacLeod Settlers: Miscellaneous Old Records for MacLeod and Septs of MacLeod (1986) [Morgantown, West Virginia] – published by Clan MacLeod Society USA. WorldCat record.
1790 Federal Census Index (Soundex) for MacLeod and Septs of MacLeod (1987) by Marilyn Mullinix Blanck [Morgantown, West Virginia] – published by Clan MacLeod Society USA. WorldCat record.
1800 Federal Census Index of MacLeods and Septs of MacLeods (1988) [Morgantown, West Virginia] – published by Clan MacLeod Society USA. WorldCat record.
1810 Federal Census Index of MacLeod and Septs of MacLeod (1989) [Morgantown, West Virginia] – published by Clan MacLeod Society USA. WorldCat record.