Announced with sadness, the passing of Norman H. Macdonald, FRSA, FSA Scot
Members of the Clan Donald Lands Trust are saddened by the news of the recent passing of Norman H. Macdonald, Clan Donald Historian, President of the Clan Donald Society of Edinburgh, and author of several notable books on the Glengarry and Clanranald Clans,
Clan Donald of Lochaber, 1972
The Clan Ranald of Knoydart & Glengarry, 1979
The Clan of Ranald of Garmdran, 2008
Godfrey, Lord Macdonald, High Chief of Clan Donald paid a personal tribute –
Norman H. Macdonald was affectionately known as “Young Norman” in Clan Circles for all the years I knew him, this spanning more than 50 years. This title was to differentiate the younger man from another Norman, known as “Big Norman”.
Without any doubt whatsoever, Norman’s influence on Clan Donald in Scotland has been immeasurable, possibly only surpassed by the late Donald J. Macdonald of Castleton. Norman was Donald J’s natural successor, a role he filled with quiet charm, humour and dignity.
He was a historian of unparalled knowledge of all matters pertaining to the great Clan Donald History, and an author respected throughout the world. His published works are a source of accepted fact wherever Celtic history is discussed, and his depth of research is extraordinary.
For more than forty years, Norman was one of the Clan Donald’s greatest supporters, and even in later years, when travel was difficult, he always wanted to know the latest news.
As President of The Clan Donald Society of Edinburgh for many years until his death, Norman was ably assisted by his wife Morag and became the Scottish link for clansfolk worldwide. Indeed the membership of this Society includes many more overseas members than those resident in this country. His editorship of the three yearly Clan Donald Society Magazine is a further testament to his dedication, and many of these publications are now collectors’ items, such is the historical importance of the articles therein. His quarterly newsletter, again produced with the help of Morag, was always filled with fascinating facts pertaining to important Clan events, past and present.
Norman had a beautiful singing voice, and many was the event that was charmed by his interpretation of historical events sung in faultless Gaelic.
Norman was a modest man, in the truest sense of that word. He is and always will be remembered for his dedicated work, not only for Clan Donald but for all the other organisations he was associated with. He will be sadly missed by all those who really had the privilege of knowing him. He was and is one of Clan Donald’s modern day great sons.