To restate Chapter 9 in more detail of my book 'The Gunns: History, Myths and genealogy' as it is that important –
1) The 1896 Captain Gunn tree is by Captain Alexander Gunn. Thomas Sinclair in his book writes of the Captain (and his father) that
Captain Gunn Braehour … is admitted to be, if not the greatest, at least a genuine, living authority on Gunn questions … It were strange if the captain had not been well posted up in all historic points, seeing that his father, Donald Gunn, Braehour, was the acknowledged sennachy or historian of his time … an unusually learned sennachy.
In other words what Captain Gunn detailed on genealogy is well worth knowing.
2) Given the reputation of Captain Alexander it is legitimate to consider the descent from his great-grandmother as correct. I mean, we can all do that from our own great-grandmothers …
3) He has the descent starting with his great-grandmother as –
5) Obviously not all the bits and pieces of the 1896 Tree are accurate – there are many branches in it. That’s unimportant. What is important is the Tree clearly shows the senior MacHamish line is not extinct and is supported by primary sources documents of the time.
In other words, the ‘Chief of the Clan Gunn’ line (if you like) is not extinct, which fallacy was the basis of the invention of a 2015 ‘Clan Gunn Chief.’