Ranald MacDonald of Edinburgh will be inaugurated next month as the first new Chief of the MacDonalds of Keppoch in 158 years. But some of his fellow clansmen believe that his claim to the title is, quite literally, illegitimate.
They maintain one of his ancestors, Alexander, was born in 1832 out of wedlock. And they are warning the new chief that there will be no welcome for him in their historic heartland.
At his home in Edinburgh's Lauriston Place, Mr MacDonald dismissed the illegitimacy claims as "codswallop". [Link]