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THE CELTIC MONTHLY.
II — Donald, which became the leading christian
name of the family.
The Macbeans were close allies of their chief,
and are to be found at all the clan and family
gatherings, and on 8th October, 1661, Donald
Macbean of Faillie is one of the jury at the
serving of Laohlan Mackintosh of Torcastle, as
heir to his father, William. The inquest was
held at Inverness, before Alexander, Earl of
Moray, Sheriff Principal, personally presiding.
Donald Macbean, the II., was succeeded by
his son,
III. — Donald. Donald's wife was Anna, eldest
daughter of William Macbean of Kincliyle.
Mrs. Anna Macbean is infeft in a jointure furth
of Achlaschoile and Mid-town of Faillie : Mr.
John Macbean, schoolmaster at Daviot, acting
as her attorney.
Donald procures a charter of confirmation
from Charles, Earl of Moray, as heir to his
grandfather, Donald I., on 1.5th July, 1707.
Donald Macbean having died without male
issue, was succeeded by his brother,
IV. — William, who is found in the years 1741
to 1758, and in 1749, on 15th January, receives a
confirmation of his tack from the Earl of Moray.
This William Macbean's father, Donald III.,
unfortunately became security for people of his
own name, particularly John Macbean, writer
in Inverness, whereby his successors were im-
FAILLIE HOU.SK, DAVIOT, INVEBNESS-SHIRE.
poverished, and the estate, long in the hands of
creditors, brought to a compulsory sale. The
nature of the fatal involvement was this :
John, Earl of Cromarty, was very impecunious,
and his estates sequestrated, and placed locally by
the court under charge of John Macbean, writer
in Inverness, formerly named in these pa[iers.
Mr. Maibean, according to rule, had to find
caution for his intromissions, and in 1724,
Lachlan Mackintosh of Mackintosh, George
Cuthbert of Castlehill, and Donald Macbean of
Faillie, became cautioners.
This Factory was not a success — Mr. Macbean's
representative and cautioners being called to
account for enormous sums. It was alleged
for the deceased and his cautioners that his
messengers and officers of the law, employed
by him, were deforced and otherwise hindered
by " Bangstrie," and oppression from uplifting
the rents of the Cromartie estate, and that they
were only responsible for Mr. Macbean's actual
intromissions. The arbiters so far gave eflect to
the defences, and in 1744 limited the decree to
a sum of £3,211 4s 6d Scots, — a considerable
sum in these days — to whicli had to I)e added
great costs.
Castlehill estate fell under control of the
court as insolvent, and Mr. Macbean's own

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