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CIRCA 1439

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Donald Dubh, XI Captain and Chief of Clan Cameron was soon recalled from his exile in Ireland "by the groans of his people," (resulting from the relentless attack upon Cameron lands by Alexander, Lord of the Isles) and led his forces in defending the Cameron lands from the Macleans.  These Macleans are said to have been "a party of ruffians, led by a "robber from the north" called Hector Bui M'Lean, "who took the opportunity of his (Donald Dubh's) absence to infest the country."  Being joined by a sufficient party of his clan, Donald Dubh pursued the Maclean "robbers," who fled upon the news of his arrival, and caught them at the head of Loch Ness.  Hector M'Lean, with his prisoners (for he had taken many, among which was Samuel Cameron of Glen Nevis) escaped the Camerons by taking sanctuary in a strong house called Castle Spiriten, where he barbarously murdered them.  In revenge of their death, Donald Dubh caused two of Hector's sons, with others from their gang who had fallen into his hands, to be hanged in view of their father, "a wretch so excessively savage that he refused to deliver them by way of exchange, though earnestly pressed to it."

The actual battle or conflict between the Camerons and Macleans is said to have occurred soon afterwards at Corpach, where the latter were defeated and their leader(s) killed.  Prior to this the Cameron lands had been bestowed upon John Garve Maclean of Coll by Alexander, Lord of the Isles.  It is recorded that a young Maclean Chieftain, Ewen/John Abrach (the son of John Garve Maclean, so called from his residence in Lochaber) was killed in this battle.  It is not likely that this is one in the same with "Hector Bui M'Lean."  Rather, they were possibly the leaders of their respective tribes of the Macleans.  With the defeat of the Macleans at Corpach, the Camerons continued to retain their lands, despite Maclean attempts to "dislodge" them throughout the coming years.