Let us consider a historical documentary of a clan who “set his nest on high” – produced by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) network and broadcasted on October 1, 2007 which is entitled, Highland Clans – Episode 2: Macdonald. It was hosted by Paul Murton. Below is the video clip:
And here’s a part of the transcript excerpted from that episode:
Macdonald – Lords of the Isles
Paul Murton: For 400 years, the Macdonalds ruled the seas, building a vast empire here at the Highlands in Islands. They became so powerful they challenged the authority of the kings of Scotland. But ultimately, the struggle for supremacy sent father against son and a bloody fight for the very soul of Clan Donald…
Paul Murton: Across the world, a 120 million people claim clan ancestry and millions of these belong to probably the biggest and most famous clan of them all – Macdonald. And the story of this mighty highland clan starts with one extraordinary man. Somerled, was the greatest of the Celtic warrior kings. In the 12th century Righ nan Eillean, the king of the Isles defeated the Vikings and rule to such power that he and his descendants, the Macdonalds, challenged the kings of Scotland… Eight hundred years ago the Vikings raided and pillaged the communities of the Hebrides and all along the west coast of Scotland. And it was here in the islands that they built a network of fortresses that allowed them to totally dominate the local population… To gain a better picture of this remarkable figure and his importance to the story of Clan Donald, I landed on the isle of Mull. Author and local historian Kathleen MacPhee has taken me to where Somerled’s story began.
Paul Murton: Kathleen, what kind of man was Somerled?
Kathleen MacPhee: I think he was a person of tremendous character, determination, intelligence. He it was who had the charisma to rally the people and get them to fight back against the Viking thugs. …He gradually started to take over not just Morven, but Mull …and then Kintyre, Lorne, middle Dale …The idea came into his head that perhaps he could become a king of his own territory …He created a kingdom which actually challenged the king of Scotland… This challenge by Somerled resulted to the titanic clash between two mighty armies struggling to control the destiny of Scotland which is known in the history books as the Battle of Renfrew in 1164.
Narration: After the battle, Somerland’s kingdom was not swallowed up by Scotland. The death of the “King of the Isles” eventually led to the formation of Clan Donald. I’ve come to face the abbey to speak with historian Andrew Macdonald (Brock University, Ontario). I wanted to find out about the birth of what is perhaps the greatest dynasty in Highland history.
Paul Murton: Andrew, what happened after the Battle of Renfrew?
Andrew Macdonald: Well, the first thing that happened was that Somerled’s kingdom or empire was divided up amongst his sons. And within a couple of generations one of the dominant figures that emerges in the west was Somerled’s grandson named Donald and it is from Donald of course that we get the Clan Donald, the Macdonalds that eventually go on to become the most powerful families in the region.
Paul Murton: What was the key to Clan Donald’s success?
Andrew Macdonald: Sometimes it’s easier to work from within the system than it is to oppose it from without. One of the best examples of what I’m talking about is in this abbey all around us, because even though it was founded by the man who defeated Somerled, it was actually patronized by Somerled’s descendants including Donald. They gave money to the abbey; they pumped money into it; they were benefactors. In fact what we see in the 13th century is these men coming much closer into contact with the Scottish kingdom itself. The descendants of Somerled ceased to use the title of “king” that Somerled had used and they now tend to describe themselves as “lords” or in one document of 1284 as “barons of the realms of Scotland”
Paul Murton: But originally they were fighting against the crown and now they are fighting with the crown. That’s a complete turnaround. What was in it for them?
Andrew Macdonald: Well, I think what was in it for them was again opportunism, a means of enhancing their power and their prestige and that’s exactly what happens.
Narration: Instead of fighting the Scottish crown, the Macdonalds were now courting its favor… After his coronation in 1306, Scotland’s new king, Robert the Bruce was forced on the run, but was given sanctuary from his enemies on Iona by a young Macdonald chief, Angus Og. And when in 1314, Bruce faced the might of England at Bannockburn, Angus Og was at his side. …Bruce sent the Macdonalds into battle with the words: “My hope is constant in thee.”
The Scots drove the English from the battlefield… Without Clan Donald, Scotland would never have won its independence from England. Angus Og was richly rewarded with his loyalty to Robert the Bruce. With royal backing, the Macdonalds were soon riding high, about the end of the 14th century, had become the most important and powerful clan in the Highland in Islands… Throughout the 14th to 15th centuries, the Macdonalds ruled the Hebrides in Highlands. And from Lochalsh in the north to Kintyre in the south, they control vast areas of the Scottish mainland. To defend their territory they built a series of impressive castles right across the west of Scotland… Successive generations of Clan Donald chiefs would have stood here to survey a huge empire that at one point surpassed even that of their great ancestor Somerled… Here in Iona, far from the reach of the Scottish kings, the Macdonalds truly were the “Lords of the Isles.” The most convincing evidence of Macdonald’s supremacy can be found in the most unexpected of places. Loch Finlaggan lies right in the middle of Iona and is miles from the sea. Surprisingly, it was here that Clan Donald, rulers of the great maritime empire built their seat of power. Dr. David Caldwell of the National Museums of Scotland has spent 10 years excavating this historic sight. His findings have given him a unique insight of into Finlaggan’s importance… What’s even more surprising is the significance of the smaller of the two islands in the loch.
Paul Murton: What’s the name of the wee island?
Dr. David Caldwell: Eilean na Comhairle which is Gaelic for “council island” and that’s where they hold their council meetings and that’s where the administration of the isles took place. Every summer, vast numbers of people came here and they could see the bateau meeting on the island but yet they couldn’t actually get in the way, they had to see it all from a distance.
Paul Murton: This is really formally; it’s a government is it not?
Dr. David Caldwell: This lordship of the Macdonald’s was like a separate state which had the same set of government apparatus as other great states in Europe and it’s what really marks of an importance of the lordship
Paul Murton: Does the lordship in a sense represent an alternative Scotland?
Dr. David Caldwell: The Gaelic title “Lord of the Isles” can also be translated as “King of the Isles.” They saw themselves as a Celtic society and more importantly I think that’s the way they were challenging the Stewart kings as the potential kings for the whole of Scotland.
Narration: The “Lords of the Isles” had a deeply troubled relationship with the Stewart kings of Scotland who would intent on imposing their authority on the whole country. But the Macdonald’s formidable military strength allowed them to keep the “crown” at bay.
Paul Murton: Bigger thorn on the sides of the Scottish kings was almost second nature to the “Lords of the Isles.” They saw themselves as independent in their own right and did everything in their power to stay that way. This struggle for independence came to head in 1462, when John Macdonald, 4th lord of the Isles, chief of Clan Donald, entered into an alliance with Scotland’s number one enemy.
Narration: England was at war with Scotland; John Macdonald made a secret pact to support the English against the Scots. This wrecked alliance would trigger a bitter family feud. It was here at Bloody Bay, just off the coast of Mull, that John Macdonald clashed with his son and heir, Angus Og. Historian Domhnall Uilleam Stiubhart (University of Edinburgh) has researched how the struggle ultimately led to the demise of Clan Donald’s lordship of the Isles…
Paul Murton: Domhnall Uilleam, what on earth would the “Lords of the Isles” doing in supporting the ancient enemy England?
Dr. Domhnall Uilleam: Well, it’s one of these things in history where it seemed a very good idea at the time, but you know looking back a bit maybe it wasn’t such a good idea after all. Both sides had very good reasons for making a treaty at the time the king of England when he was planning an invasion, he needed help in the north of Scotland, and who’d better give him the help in the north of Scotland than the “Lord of the Isles.”
Paul Murton: But surely John “Lord of the Isles” was a traitor this time?
Dr. Domhnall Uilleam: Really you could say what the “Lord of the Isles” was doing was merely trying to protect his own state if you like or a state within a state against a very aggressive and perhaps rather brutal bunch of gangsters down in Edinburgh that were trying to take it away from him.
Paul Murton: Did John “Lord of the Isles” pay any penalty for this treachery?
Dr. Domhnall Uilleam: Yeah, well, the king of Scotland, James III and the king of England, Edward IV, they had a sort of love in the early 1470’s. Edward IV decided to daub in the “Lord of the Isles.”“Lord of the Isles” was found out; king of Scots had to do something about it. He was stripped of his titles and very much put under the thumb of the king of Scotland. And also, henceforth, the title, the “Lord of the Isles” was now in the power of the king of Scots to grant and not in the power of the Islanders themselves. So that’s a big change. He fell out with an awful lot of people in the lordship most notably his own son, Angus Og Macdonald. Angus drove him out of the house, and oral tradition tells us, made his father sleep under an old rotten boat on the seashore. Things had gone that bad.
Paul Murton: What has Angus got into this picture? Is he trying to take over the role of the “Lord of the Isles”?
Dr. Domhnall Uilleam: Yes, it was getting to the point where he is seeing his inheritance just being taken away from him piece by piece.
Paul Murton: So Clan Donald is deeply divided at this point with father and son at each other’s throat?
Dr. Domhnall Uilleam: Yeah, the tensions grow and this is where it all explodes, the Battle of Bloody Bay when the greatest sea battle Scotland has ever seen, perhaps one of the greatest sea battles of its time in the whole of Western Europe.
Paul Murton: And who won?
Dr. Domhnall Uilleam: In a sense Angus Og Macdonald won when he beats his father. But the long term losers were the Clan Donald as a whole…
Paul Murton: It’s estimated the Macdonalds lost up to half of its fleet in the Battle of Bloody Bay. And with the lost of this naval might, the lordship of the Isles would never be the same again. Without the backing of his clan, John remained “Lord of the Isles” only in name…
Paul Murton: Up here is the burial ground of relic Oran. There’s an Oran’s chapel; it’s a very beautiful, very simple building overlooking the Sound of Iona. And traditionally, it’s here that the great Macdonald chiefs, “Lords of the Isles”, have their final resting place. But John Macdonald never made this journey. In 1493, he was finally stripped of his title by the king of Scotland. Poverty-stricken, the 4th and last “Lord of the Isles” died a few years later in Dundee, far from Clan Donald’s ancestral heartland… But of course, John Macdonald, the very last “Lord of the Isles” never made it here to lie amongst the bones of his ancestors. And somehow this “exile in death” if you like, symbolizes for me not just the end of a great dynasty, but the end of the possibility or dream of a Gaelic centered, Gaelic speaking Scotland.
But what does the family name Macdonald mean?
This is probably the most famous of Scottish clan surnames. Recorded in the modern spellings of MacDonald and McDonald, the derivation is from the pre 10th century Gaelic name Mac Dhomhnuill. This is a compound which translates literally as “The son of the world ruler.” Whilst this may not have been the actual meaning fifteen hundred years ago, it is perhaps not entirely coincidental that one branch of the clan are known as “The Lords of the Isles.” (Source: http://www.surnamedb.com/Surname/mcdonald#ixzz32deuUpv3)
It is noteworthy to consider a namesake, another John Macdonald, this time inside the Philadelphia Church of God who happens to be a Regional Director for the Asia and the Pacific region and Africa. What makes this even more interesting is that, the PCG has also shown its desire for the crown of England or most probably acquire the stone of Scone. Whichever the case may be, the topic here is all about the crown AGAIN and another John Macdonald. History it seems is repeating itself. Another thing to take into consideration is the name of his own son – PCG UK / Europe Regional Director Brad Macdonald.
Brad in Celtic male names of Wales means TREASON.
In the dictionary, here is the meaning of TREASON:
- the offense of acting to overthrow one’s government or to harm or kill its sovereign.
- a violation of allegiance to one’s sovereign or state.
- the betrayal of a trust or confidence; treachery.
Does it look like we are seeing yet another history repeating incidence involving this highland clan? This last end John Macdonald has another son whose name is Kirk, which from the Old Norse meaning CHURCH, dwells at the church, dwells near the church.
Does it ring a bell? Surely, even God remembers the Church, John Macdonald, the crown at bay and the treachery from the history of the most famous of the highland clans which was even documented by BBC! View it yourself and see it with your own eyes and hear it with your own ears. There is another SON OF THE WORLD”S RULER who is now at the HOUSETOP: Another John Macdonald is currently holding the office of Regional Director for Africa, Asia and Oceania while his son covers the UK/Europe region – a vast area of the world you might say.
This present John Macdonald has already built his own church WITHIN God’s own Church; he has already established his own government WITHIN God’s government as what his forefather has done historically.
Now even his own son, Brad (meaning TREASON) has even accompanied God’s prophet in buying a parcel of land in Britain – the LAST HOUR BETRAYAL is already coming to pass:
“And in the latter time of their kingdom, when the transgressors are come to the full, a king of fierce countenance, and understanding dark sentences, shall stand up.” (Daniel 8:23)
And as we have always been told that HISTORY REPEATS ITSELF, here is what Mr. Gerald Flurry wrote about it:
How often have we heard that “history repeats itself”? It does—time and time again.
The Bible contains many prophetic books, including what are classified as the “major” and “minor” prophets. There also are “former prophets” in the Bible—comprised of Joshua, Judges, I and II Kings and I and II Samuel. These books are mostly about the history of Israel, but they are called former prophets for a reason. They were written by prophets and are filled with end-time prophecy. If we live the same lifestyles our forefathers did, we will attain virtually the same results—good or bad. History becomes prophecy. Not all prophecy is history. But a lot of history becomes prophecy. History prophesies the fate of nations, whether they will thrive or collapse!
This is “a law of history.” It’s not about luck or happenstance. It is a law of history. If we break that law, the law breaks us! (The Former Prophets – God’s Royal Family, p. 3)
Now, have we actually learned the law of history in God’s Church? Your answer will have a great impact on your immediate future just ahead.