Descended from Leod, the traditional progenitor of the MacLeod Clan, the MacLeods of Raasay would eventually split from the larger line to form their own successful clan within the Isle of Raasay and the west coast of Scotland.
The clan would acquire the lands of Assynt in Sutherland in 1571 and would slowly make a name for themselves while larger MacLeods of Lewis struggled to survive.
Taking the side of Bonnie Prince Charlie during the 1745 Jacobite Uprising, the clan would thankfully be protected by their larger cousins, the MacLoeds of Dunvegan. This was a stroke of luck for the Raasay Clan as other families found to be on the losing side of the conflict would be mercilessly persecuted for their actions and would struggle to ever recover from the government’s retribution.
Following this lucky escape, the clan would then take on a low profile as they sought to avoid further controversy. They would eventually come into the public eye again in 1988 when, upon receiving instructions of the Lord Lyon, the chief of the clan was recognised as the Chief of MacLeod of Lewes (owing to their original line being connected to the chiefly line of Lewis). This chiefship would then be split between the chief’s two sons with the chiefship of Raasay now held by Roderick John MacLeod, the 18th Chief of the MacLeods of Raasay.