THE CELTIC MONTHLY.
No. II. — The Macbeanh.
Part Four. — The Macbeans of Tomatin, &c-
I^^WE pretty estate of Tomatin in the parish
y^ of Moy and Lordship of Strathdearn is,
'■^ and for more than 250 years has been,
in possession of this family. More fortunate
than the Macbeans of Kinchyle, Drummond,
and Faillie, they have not only preserved their
original estate, but added within the last half
century the estate of Free, lying adjacent.
Strathdeain, since the opening of the Highland
railway by Forres, has been much isolated. It
is, however, destined to renewed life and
activity, for the new and direct line to Perth
via Aviemore intersects the district, the viaduct
across the river Findhorn, the greatest in the
North, of which a sketch specially prepared for
this paper is given. The viaduct, still in progress,
on its north side rests upon Tomatin estate.
The first M acbean to acquire the property was
I. — Bean M acbean, styled Bean-Mac-Coil-vic-
Gillie-Phadrick, "in Morilmore."
The original charter, by James, Earl of
Moray, is dated 16th December, 1639, and
runs in favour of the said Beau, his heirs male
and assignees. The similarity of the names
would indicate a close connection with the
family of Faillie ; and I am inclined to think
that Bean, 1st of Tomatin, was younger son of
Donald Mac-Gillie-Phadrick, 1st of Faillie,
referred to in the previous chapter.
Bean, 1st Tomatin, was succeeded by his son
II. — Eugenius, otherwise Evan, who was infeft
in 1677 as heir to his father. Bean, in the lands
on precept from Alexander, Earl of ^loray,
dated 18th February, 1677. This Evan
apparently fell into difficulties, and the estate was
adjudicated by William Macbean, apparently