This surname comes from the Gaelic Aonghais. The MacInneses are said to have come from the same stock as the MacGillivrays and to be descended from one of the 5th century tribes of the Dalriadic kingdom. Their earliest known home was Morven and they were Constables of Kinlochaline Castle on the Sound of Mull. In 1390 the chief was murdered and the clan appears to have dispersed, some attaching themselves to Clan Campbell, while others became bowmen to the MacKinnons of Skye. In the 1745 Jacobite Rising some MacInnes followed Stewart of Ardsheal.