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Vass, History of

Clan Munro Septs

  1. Dingwall and

  2. Foulis are Ross-shire place names, the latter being that of the seat of the Chief of the Clan Munro. The Dingwalls were especially prominent as followers of the Munros, in numerous clan conflicts.

  3. Vass, Wass — These names were originally de Vallibus or Vaux, and derived from a Norman settler, John Vaux or de Vallibus, who witnesses a charter by Alexander III at Kincardine in 1252. The de Vallibus family appear to have obtained lands in the providence of Ross, where they attached themselves to the Munros, who were closely associated with the old Earls of Ross.

    In 1500 occurred the Battle of Druim-a'-chait, between the MacKenzies and Munros, when the former were the victors, and a number of the dependents of the Munros were slain. Among the slain was Sir William Munro's sheriff, Alexander Vass of Lockslinn. In 1515 Elizabeth, Countess of Sutherland, was served heir-special to her brother-german, John, last Earl of Sutherland, before the principal barons of the neighbourhood, among them John Vass of Lochline.

  4. MacCulloch, MacLulich belong more properly to the Rosses, and are referred to under Clan Ross Septs. After the fall of the Lords of the Isles, Earls of Ross, the MacCullochs followed the Munros. At Druim-a'-chait, aforesaid (when Hector Roy MacKenzie with 140 men defeated Sir William Munro, who had some 700 under his command), nearly every able-bodied man of the Dingwalls and the MacCullochs fell, and the Munros were seriously crippled for many years.

From The Septs of the Highland Clans

Vaas, Wass — These sept names have already been referred to under Clan Munro Septs. As the Munros were intimately associated with the Rosses it was only natural that their dependents should also have been found serving the chiefs of the Rosses. The Vasses or Wasses, indeed, appear to have taken a considerable share of the fighting done by the Rosses. At the Conflict of Aldicharrish in 1487 when the forces under Alexander Ross of Balnagowan, Chief of the Rosses, were defeated by the combined forces of the Sutherlands and Mackays, many gentlemen of the name of Waus were slain.

In 1512 King James IV, granted anew to John Vaus of Lochslyn lands which he had resigned for yearly payment of one pound of cucumeris, or of three pence at Whitsunday.

From Clans, Septs and Regiments of the Scottish Highlands


Non Revertar Inultus — “I Will Not Return Unavenged”

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