'Macnab01'Index links to: Lead / Letter
Families covered: Macnab of Arthurstone, Macnab of Bovain, Macnab of Macnab

BPGS2001 contains an impressive pedigree for this family, taking it back many generations. We place the early generations reported there in the 'Ancient & Mythical section of the database and note that its connection to the undershown appears to rely on the presumption that the following Malcolm was the same person as Macbeth mac Angus. It should be noted that that early pedigree contradicts what Sir Robert Dugdale reported in his 'Baronage of Scotland' where, in the section on the Macgregor of Macgregor, he identifies Gregor or Gregory, Abbot of Dunkeld (d c1169 having "lived to be the oldest bishop of his time"), as undoubted ancestor of the Macnabs, specifically reporting that they were not descended from "the abbot of Glendochart, where there never was an abbacy". BP2003 starts with ...
Malcolm de Glendochart (a 1296)
1. Angus (d Bannockburn 1134)
  Angus is identified as "brother-in-law of the Red Comyn" which suggests that either he married the sister of Sir John Comyn or that Sir John married his sister.
  A. Ewen
  i. Gillamure of Gilbert "Macnab" of Bovain (in Glendochart, Perthshire), '1st Chief' (a 1336)
  Gilbert is generally accepted as 1st Chief of Clan Macnab. He is the first mentioned by Sir Robert Douglas in his article on 'Macnab of that Ilk'.
  a. Finlay Macnab of Bovain (a 1390, 1406)
(1) BPGS2001 reports that Finlay and his son Patrick are "only mentioned in Douglas" and are not accepted by at least one genealogist "for want of corroboration", BPGS2001 is referring to Sir Robert Dugdale's 'Baronage of Scotland' where, in the entry for 'Macnab of that Ilk', he does refer to a charter where Patrick was "particularly named". However, as Douglas appears to have confused several generations, that reference may be spurious. Aftter Patrick, Douglas reports the Chiefs as follows: Finlay (d after 09.02.1502) father of Finlay (d by 1542) father of Finlay (a 1553) father of Finlay (d after 12.07.1606) father of John (m. dau of Campbell of Glenlyon) who, apart from the fact that he apparently survived the battle of Worcester in 1651 whereas Douglas reported that he died there, is the John shown below as father of Alexander, 13th Chief.
(2) BP2003 mentions but skips over Finlay & Patrick. BPGS2001 includes them apparently because "there is no other infocmation to fill the gap". It is noted that neither Finlay nor Patrick are attributed chiefdom of the Clan inasmuch as it is Patrick's son who is generally identified as the 2nd Chief. However, that may just be because they were omitted from a list of the Chiefs (probably wrongly, given that there is a clear gap in the generations between the '1st' and the '2nd' Chief) at a time when their numbering became established.
  (1) Patrick Macnab 'of that ilk' of Bovain
  (A) Sir Alexander Macnab of Macnab, '2nd Chief'
  (i) John Macnab of Macnab of Bovain, '3rd Chief' (a 1407)
  (a) Finlay Macnab of Macnab, '4th Chief' (a 1450)
  ((1)) Patrick Macnab of Macnab, '5th Chief' (a 1483)
  m. Marion Campbell (dau of Duncan Campbell son of Charles)
  ((A)) Finlay Macnab of Macnab of Bovain, '6th Chief' (a 1487) - continued below
  (ii)+ other issue - Maurice, Alexander



Finlay Macnab of Macnab of Bovain, '6th Chief' (a 1487) - continued above
1. John Macnab of Macnab of Bovain, '7th Chief' (a 1499)
  A. Finlay Macnab of Macnab, '8th Chief' (d 13.04.1525)
  m. Mariot Campbell (d 09.07.1526)
  i. John Macnab of Macnab, '9th Chief' (d before 10.07.1558, 2nd son)
  m. Eleyn Stuart
a. Finlay Macnab of Macnab, '10th Chief' (bur 1573/4)
  m(2). (mcrt 13.03.1547/8) Katryne Campbell (bur 1573/4, natural dau of John Campbell of Glenorchy)
  (1) John Macnab (dvp)
  b. Alexander Macnab of Macnab, '11th Chief' (a 1587, d before 20.11.1601)
(1) Finlay Macnab of Macnab, '12th Chief' (d after 28.07.1656)
  m1. Katherine Campbell (natural dau of Sir Duncan Campbell of Glenorchy)
  (A) John 'Dow' (Black) 'Smooth John' Macnab (dvp 1653)
  m. Mary Campbell (dau of Duncan Campbell, 4th of Glenlyon, m2. Malcolm MacGregor)
(i) Alexander Macnab of Macnab, '13th Chief' (d before 16.08.1683)
  m. (mcrt 14.11.1662) Elizabeth Menzies (dau of Duncan Menzies of Weem, m2. Duncan Campbell)
  (a) Robert Macnab of Macnab, '14th Chief'
  m1. (Jean) Campbell (dau of Robert Campbell of Glenlyon)
  ((1)) son (d young)
m2. (c10.1697) Anna Campbell (d 06.09.1765, dau of Sir John Campbell, 4th Bart of Glenorchy)
  ((2)) John Macnab of Macnab, '15th Chief' (b 1698, d 19.02.1778, Major)
  m. Jean Buchanan (d 20.04.1789, dau (sb sister)? of Francis Buchanan of Arnprior)
  ((A)) Francis Macnab of Macnab, '16th Chief' (b 1734, d unm 25.05.1816)
  ((B)) Robert Macnab (d 18.06.1814)
  m. Anne Maule ## see here ##
  ((i)) Archibald Macnab of Macnab, '17th Chief' (b 1778, d 12.08.1860) had issue
  m. Margaret Robertson (d 20.08.1868, dau of _ Robertson (WS) by _ Murdoch of Gartincaber)
  ((ii)) Anne Macnab (d 04.10.1814)
  m. (28.07.1814) Robert Jameson
  ((2)) Alexander Macnab (d before 1769, 3rd son of this marriage)
  ((A))+ issue - Mary, Anne Roy
  ((3)) Robert Macnab (b by 1724, d before 1769)
  ((A)) Robert Macnab (d before 1790)
  m1. ??
((i)) Allan Macnab (b 1760, d 1830, Captain)
  m. Anne Napier (dau of Captain William Napier)
  ((a)) Sir Allan Macnab, Bart, Prime Minister of Canada (b 19.02.1798, dspms 08.08.1862) had issue
  m1. (06.05.1821) Elizabeth Brooks (d 1826)
  m2. Mary Stuart (d 08.05.1846)
  ((b)) David Macnab (dsp)
  m2. Jean Stewart of Ardvorlich
  ((ii)) Robert Macnab (youngest son)
  m. Janet Stewart (sister of John Stewart of Tarr)
  ((iii))+ other issue - Archibald (a 1790), 3 daughters
  ((4)) Mary Macnab
  m. (08.06.1720) John Campbell, younger of Baleveolan
  ((5)) Anne Macnab
  m. John Stewart, 7th of Fasnacleich (Fasnacloich)
  ((6)) Christian Macnab
  m. Alan Stewart of Innerhadden
((7))+ other issue - Archibald (d unm 02.01.1790, Major General), son, Allan (b 1715-6, d 09.03.1735), son
  (b)+ other issue - John (dsp before 23.01.1689), Jean (d unm), Agnes (d unm)
  (ii) James Macnab in Auchessan (4th son)
  m. Katherine Macfarlane (dau of George Macfarlane of Rosneath)
  (a)+ 4 sons
  (iii) Margaret Macnab
  m. Gregor MacGregor in Ruskich, Glenlyon
  (iv) daughter
  m. John MacGregor
(v) Agnes Macnab
  m. 'Black Sandie' Campbell of Achallader
  (vi)+ other issue (d unm) - Patrick, Archibald, 3 daughters
  (B) Duncan Macnab in Tullochan
  (i) Duncan Macnab
  (C) daughter
  m. Finlay MacAlister Macnab in Inishewan
  m2. ??
  (D) John 'Roy' or 'Baine' Macnab (d 1645?)
  m. Janet Campbell (dau of Sir James Campbell of Lawers, sister of 1st Earl of Loudoun)
  (i) Archibald Macnab of Carie & Carwhin (d 1697)
  The following comes from BPGS2001 & BP2003 but is supported by BLG1952 (Macnabb of Kinnell House) except that BLG1952 suggests that Archibald may have been son (rather than grandson) of Finlay, 12th Chief.
  m1. Isobel Anderson (dau of William Anderson in Ceres)
  (a) John Macnab (d 1697)
  m. (1680) Anne Robertson (dau of Alexander Robertson of Balnaguard)
  ((1)) Archibald Macnab (b c1693)
  m1. John Stewart of Benmore
  m2. (1771) Archibald Macnab of Newton
  ((2)) Donald Macnab in Donavourd, later of Balindrome (b 1690, d 03.06.1750)
  m. Margaret Ferguson (d 13.11.1747)
  ((A)) James Macnab in Ardgie, Moulin, Perthshire (d 1798)
  m. (05.02.1751) Anne Cowan
  ((i)) Robert Macnab (bpt 01.07.1754, 2nd son)
  m. (28.10.1785) Christian Young
  ((ii)) James Macnab of Arthurstone (Perthshire), East Haugh & West Haugh (b 22.03.1759, d 02.08.1822)
  m. (20.10.1789) Mary McLaren (d 27.08.1847, dau of Alexander McLaren (Chief of McLaren?) of East Haugh)
  ((a)) James Munro Macnab of Arthurstone, later of Highfield Park (Hampshire) (b 21.09.1790, d 04.02.1860) had issue
  m. (11.04.1820) Jean Mary Campbell (d 09.08.1886, dau of Rev. Donald Campbell by Mary, dau of John Macleod of Raasa, sister of Flora, Countess of Loudoun)
  ((b)) Elizabeth Anne Macnab (b 19.06.1796, d 11.07.1830)
  m. (28.03.1818) Maj. Gen. Sir Robert Henry Dick of Tullymey (d 10.02.1846, cousin)
  ((c))+ other issue - William Dick (b 19.06.1796, d 06.08.1796), Charlotte Katherine (b 27.12.1792, d unm 01.09.1859)
  ((iii)) Grizel Macnab (bpt 06.05.1761, d 28.02.1847)
  m. (08.01.1785) Thomas Butler of Craigbea
((iv))+ other issue - John (bpt 02.07.1753), Donald (bpt 18.08.1763, d unm 28.03.1817, WS), Henry (bpt 14.02.1766), Margaret (bpt 05.12.1751), Anne (bpt 28.01.1757), Anne (23.03.1768)
  ((3)) Patrick Macnab (bpt 03.01.1697)
  ((4)) Isobel Macnab
  m. (30.06.1701) Duncan Campbell of Edramucky
  m2. Marie Carmichael
  (ii) Robert Macnab (d before 1687)
  m. (before1662) ?? Campbell (dau of Hew Campbell of Lix)
  (a) John Macnab (dsp)
  (E) Archibald Macnab
  BLG1952 (Macnabb of Kinnell House) suggests that this may have been the Archibald who was ancestor of the MacNabbs of Arthurstone. See note above.
  (F) daughter
  m. John Dow Macfarlane (son of the Laird of Macfarlane)
  (G)+ other issue - Patrick, Finlay, Donald, Alexander, daughter
  (2) Patrick Macnab (a 1613) ancestor of Macnabs of Newton, French & (probably) Epping
  m. _ Buchanan

Main source(s): BPGS2001 (Macnab of Macnab), BP2003 (Macnab of Macnab)
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