|The ruins of Iníon Dubh's castle near Porthall; photo copyright Jim McKane 2012|
In the sixteenth century Clann Chaimbeul spread from their homelands in mid Argyll extending their bases and influence in both the Highlands and Lowlands of Scotland. Clann Chaimbeul was the most successful kinship group in early modern Scotland. Their great advantage was they were Gaels, but could operate not only in their traditional Gaelic society, but also in the emerging British world, including the Scottish Lowlands. The earls' (of Argyll, head of Clann Chaimbeul) main base was Inveraray on Loch Fyne, and there they had access to the Firth of Clyde and the western seas including the North Channel passage to Ireland. The Mac Pharláinns of Arrochar were drawn into Lord Argyll's elaborate network of allies and they were one of the many Redshank families that settled in east Donegal.
For more information of Mac Pharláinn families in Ulster follow the link below.
Link: Mac Pharláinn in Ulster