The MacAlisters of today and their numerous namesakes such as the Macalisters, MacAllisters, McAlisters, McAlesters and McAllisters can boast an illustrious heritage.
The name stems from the thirteenth century Alasdair Mòr, a great-grandson of Somerled, the ‘summer wanderer’ or ‘summer sailor’ who carved out a vast Scottish west coast fiefdom that included the south isles from Bute to Ardnamurchan Point in addition to Kintyre, Argyll and Lorne.
Ever eager to wield the sword in defence of their honour, in later centuries the MacAlisters have achieved fame through a diverse range of more peaceful endeavours and pursuits.
In world of the written word, Katie MacAlister, is the internationally best-selling American author of both fiction and non-fiction.
Also writing under the pseudonyms of Katie Maxwell and Kate Marsh, her many works include the 2003 A Girl’s Guide to Vampires and the 2008 Ghost of a Chance.
Read here the vibrant and dramatic tale of the MacAlisters.