The MacKinnons are a West Highland clan and claim descent from Fingon, the great grandson of Kenneth MacAlpin, King of Scots, who was killed in 837. Their earliest possessions were in Mull, but in 1594 they obtained the lands of Strathardel, in Skye. John MacKinnon, who died in 1550, was the last Abbot of Iona. They fought at the Battle of Inverlochy, and were, later at the Battle of Worcester, in support of King Charles II. They supported the Jacobites in the Risings of 1715 and 1745. The chief was taken prisoner during the last Rising and was imprisoned in the Tower of London. He died in 1756.