I ran across a few snippets of information that may be useful to somebody researching this history of the MacLeas. In a discussion of "The Red Book" of Clan Donnachaidh (the Robertsons of Strowan), there is mention that their ancestor, Duncan, "...banished from the north side of Loch Rannoch a tribe called ‘Clan Ian Lea’, and is said to have planted that district with MacGregors. The story of the Mac Leas is confirmed by some Rhymes handed down by tradition." |
This Duncan apparently lived from about 1280 to 1360 and he is considered the founder of Clan Donnachaidh, later known by the surname Robertson. I haven't the time to research this further, but maybe somebody else might like to pick up on it if it strikes a chord?