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Alexandrina Mackenzie of Ballone is what we genealogists call a “gateway ancestor.” She opens a path to all of the major families of the early British Isles, as well as to the royal houses of Europe, the Emperor Charlemagne, and on back to the beginnings of recorded history.
Alexandrina descends from Feradach (progenitor of Clan Mackenzie) as well as dynastic marriages which bring in the following: Conn of 100 Battles (Ireland), Cerdic the King of the West Saxons (Wessex, England), Olaf the Tree Hewer (Norway), Rhodri Mawr, Prince of Gwynedd (Wales), John, Lord of the Isles (Scotland, Clan Donald), Robert the Bruce (Scotland, through whom, the Stewart kings and the current royal family), Edward I (England), William I, the Conqueror (England), Charlemagne (Emperor, Continental Europe), Saint Louis IX (France), Anne of Kiev (Russia) and more.
I have included the ancestry of Kenneth, 1st of Kintail as well as of his wife, Morna MacDougall of Lorn. I have depicted the major branches of Clan Mackenzie; namely, those who descend from this marriage, in what is believed to be the order of seniority. The lines associated with the titles Earl of Seaforth and Earl of Cromartie are each given their own chapter.
Alexandrina Mackenzie of Ballone lived at a time of great change in Scotland. When I first learned about her, I felt a strong connection, and have wanted to record her place in history, and her lineage. I hope that sharing this information will help other members of our large, extended family, the Clan Mackenzie, and its offshoots. It is good to know one’s heritage, but it is even more important to honor it.
· MACKENZIES OF BALLONE
· LINE OF DESCENT FROM FERADACH
· LINES OF DESCENT FROM CONN OF THE 100 BATTLES
· LINES OF DESCENT FROM CERDIC, KING OF THE WEST SAXONS
· LINES OF DESCENT FROM OLAF, TREE HEWER
· LINES OF DESCENT FROM RHODRI MAWR, PRINCE OF GWYNEDD
· LINES OF DESCENT FROM CHARLEMAGNE
· LINES OF DESCENT FROM KENNETH, THE FIRST OF KINTAIL TO ALEXANDRINA OF BALLONE
· THE EARL OF SEAFORTH
· THE EARL OF CROMARTIE
· ASSOCIATED MACRAE LINES
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