THE CELTIC MONTHLY.
No. II. — The Macbeans.
Part Third. — The Macbeans of Faillie.
^M^ N influential branch of the Macbeans
(^jj^M settled at Faillie, in the jiarish of Daviot,
^^M, filling a respectable position for nearly
They probably occupied Faillie a considerable
time before they received a heritable right thereto.
The first Macbean of Faillie found on record was
J. — Donald Mac-Gillie-Phadrick, no doubt a
cadet of Kinchyle, who, with his wife, Marjorie
Macplierson, received an heritable tack of Faillie
from James, Earl of Moray, upon 10th FeV)ruary,
1 632. Donald is therein described as "in Faillie."
The Stuarts, Earls of Moray, for some time
after their acquiring the barony of Strathnairn,
and the lordships of Petty and Strathdearn, had
been anxious to consolidate their ])ower, and gave
lieritable rights to many of the occupants, par-
ticularly those of Clan Chattan.
The frightful jealousies betwixt the Stuarts
and the Gordons kept the Mackintoshes in
constant trouble, whereby their vassals never
liad any peace. Although extreme measures
were taken on more than one occasion, by the
Earls of Moray against Clan Chattan, the innate
vitality and pertinacity of the clan proved
successful and victorious.
The following is the description of the lands
of Faillie, extending to a half davoch of land.
" All and haill the town and lands of Faillye,
with houses, biggings, yeards, orchards, tofts,
crofts, parts, pendicles, and pertinents thereof,
used and wont, extending to two ploughs of
land, lying within Strathnairn and Sheriflyom of
Inverness, as the said lands lye in length and
breadth ; in houses infield, outfield, muirs,
mosses, multures, commonty, pasturage, sheall-
ings, grazings, fishings, freeish and entry, with
all and sundry other commoditys and righteous
pertinents of the same, used and wont, with the
ground right and property of the said lands
and others foresaid, and all rights of reversion
of the same, and other right title and interest
whatsoever thereanent, together with all and
sundry contracts, dispositions, charcers, infeft-
ments, procuratorys and instruments of resigna-
tion, services, retours, precepts and rnstrunients
of sasin, tacks and rights of teinds, and all other
rights, writs, evidents, titles, and securitys
whatsoever of, and concerning the said lands and
others foresaid, with all reversions of the same
as well legal as conventionell."
In 1647 mention is made of Donald Macbean,
younger of Faillie, and John Macbean, his
Donald Mac-Gillie-Phadrick was succeeded by
his eldest son.