After this period the rise of the Argyll family to power and influence was rapid, and the encroachments which had commenced with the branches of their own clan soon involved most of the clans in their neighbourhood; and their history is most remarkable from their extraordinary progress from a station of comparative inferiority to one of unusual eminence, as well as from the constant and steady adherence of all the barons of that house to the same deep system of designing policy by which they attained their greatness.
It would be inconsistent with the limits of this work to follow the history of this family farther, and the omission is of the less importance, as during the early part their history is identic with that of all the other Highland clans of no great notoriety; while in the later part, when they began to rise upon the ruins of the great families of the Isles, it becomes in some degree the same with that of the Highlanders generally, and consists principally of the details of a policy characterised by cunning and perfidy, although deep and far-sighted, and which obtained its usual success in the acquisition of great temporal grandeur and power.
William Forbes Skene, The Highlanders of Scotland, Vol. 2., London: Murray, 1837.
Donald Stewart and Charles Duncan as portrayed in watercolour by Kenneth MacLeay RSA and published in The Highlanders of Scotland.
Lachlan McPherson and Ewan McPherson as depicted in watercolour by Kenneth MacLeay RSA and published in the work, The Highlanders of Scotland.
Kenneth MacKenzie and Thomas MacKenzie as portrayed in watercolour by Kenneth MacLeay RSA and published in The Highlanders of Scotland.
Archibald McIntosh and Alexander McIntosh as depicted by Kenneth MacLeay RSA in the monumental work on the subject of Highland Dress, The Highlanders of Scotland.
Farquar MacDonald and Laclan MacDonald as portrayed by Kenneth MacLeay RSA in the masterpiece of XIX Century Highland Dress, The Highlanders of Scotland.
Portrait of Neil MacLeod and Murdoch MacNeill by Kenneth MacLeay RSA and collected in The Highlanders of Scotland.
John Chisholm, Colin Stewart Cameron, and John Cameron as depicted in Kenneth McLeay’s work, The Highlanders of Scotland.
Hey Mr. Brown! Your glengarry is running away. Quick catch it! Portrait by Kenneth MacLeay and published in The Highlanders of Scotland.
A certain Donald Gordon as portrayed by Kenneth MacLeay in his work The Highlanders of Scotland.
James Bowman and William Brown as depicted in Kenneth MacLeay’s mid-XIX Century masterpiece, The Highlanders of Scotland.