There are 2 clans that have possible McKissick Connections – Campbell and McDonald. As I am not sure which one our McKissick line descends from , I have listed both here
Coat of Arms
: Quarterly, 1st and 4th, Gyronny of eight Or and
The surname Campbell, most probably derived from
the Gaelic cam-beul (twisted mouth), is one of
the oldest in the Highland, and a crown charter of 1368 acknowledges Duncan MacDuihbne as founder of the Campbells,
who were established as Lords of Loch Awe. The founder of the Argyll line was Cailean Mór (d. 1294), whose
descendant, Colin Campbell (d. 1493), 1st Earl of Argyll, married Isabel
Stewart of Lorne. To this day the eldes son of the
family has borne the title of Marquis of Lorne, and the marriage in 1871 of the
Marquis, later 9th Duke of Argyll, to HRH Princess Louise, fourth daughter of
the fifteenth century the Campbells gave steady
support to the Crown in an area where royal influence was under severe
pressure, first from the rival Crown of Norway and then from the descendants of
Somerled, former Lord of the Isles, with the eventual
emergence of the Crown's most powerful rival in the MacDonald Lordship
of the Isles. The Lordship of the Isls was broken by
the Crown by the end of the fifteenth century, leaving the
Sir John Campbell (1635-1716), 11th Laird of Glenorchy, was created Earl of Breadalbane
in 1681. Described as being "cunning as a fox, wise as a serpent, and
supple as an eel... [who] knew neither honour nor religion but where they are mixed with
interest", he was involved in the scheming which resulted in the Massacre
of Glencoe, but no evidence of his guilt could be produced. His line was
founded by the colourful crusader "Black"
Colin Campbell (d. 1498), who received Glenorchy in
1432 from his father, Sir Duncan Campbell, who had ejected the MacGregors from the lands. The commander who actually
carried out the infamous Massacre of the MacIan
MacDonald's of Glencoe was a
the most famous Campbell of them all, Sir Colin Campbell (1792-1863), commander
of the Highland Brigade at Balaclava, Commander-in-Chief during the Indian
Mutiny, the hero of Lucknow and Cawnpore,
was not strictly a Campbell at all, being born Colin MacLiver,
son of a Glasgow carpenter. His mother was a
Clan Campbell is now organized world-wide in
several associations and societies connected to the Clan Campbell
Federation. The current Chief is the twelfth Duke of Argyll and twenty-sixth
MacDonald of Clan Ranald
John MacDonald, the Lord of the Isles, married Amy MacRuari and she bore him three sons. The youngest was Ranald and from him descended the Houses of Clanranald and Glengarry.
Arms: The captain of Clan Ranald
MacDonald of Clan Ranald
The MacDonald's of Clan Ranald take their name from Ranald, the son of John of Islay, 1st Lord of the Isles and Amy Macruari. Ranald was the obvious heir to chiefship of Clan Donald but However, when the succession occured it was Donald, Ranald's younger half-brother who became chief. Ranald however did receive the territories of Moydart, Lochaber and Arisaig.
The next chief was Alan, eldest of Ranald's five sons. Alan is the founder of the Glengarry MacDonald's. During the 1400's there were long running feuds between the various branches of Clan Donald. These culminated in 1544 with the battle of Blar-na-leine. The battle was between the supporters of Ranald, son of the fifth chief and his cousin John of Moidart who opposed him. On Ranald's side were the Frasers of Lovat and siding with John were the MacDonnells of Keppoch and the Clan Cameron. In the end the Frasers were defeated and John of Moidart became the chief of Clan Ranald.
Another remarkable chief succeeded to Clan Ranald in 1687. This was Alan who, after only three years as chief, led his Clan at Killicrankie in support of King James VII. He was forced into exile in France where he served in the French army for a short time. In September of 1715 he was one of the first to join the Jacobite cause. He was created Lord
Clanranald by the grateful James VII.
The Clan Ranald was also well represented in the '45 rebellion for which the chief was forced into exile once more in France. He was allowed to return in 1754. The chiefly line died out in 1944 at which time the chiefship passed to the descendants of Alexander MacDonald of Boisdale, a younger brother of the seventeenth chief.