Clan MacGillivray

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Surnames/tags: Scottish_Clans MacGillivray McGillvary
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Welcome to Clan MacGillivray

Clan MacGillivray Team
Team Leader Amanda Suggs
Team MembersAmanda Suggs

Clan Chief:Commander Iain Donald MacGillivray
Motto:"Touch not this cat"
Slogan/War Cry:"Dunmaghlas"
Region:"Highland Scottish Clan"
Historic Seat:"Dunmaghlas"
Plant badge:"Boxwood and Red Whortleberry"
Pipe music:"Loch Moidh" (Loch Moy)"
Gaelic name:"The Gaelic form of the name is Mac Gillebhrath"

Team Goals

The focus of this team's work is to identify, improve and maintain profiles associated with the Lairds and Chiefs of Clan MacGillivray together with members bearing the name MacGillivray, the related families and those recognised as septs of Clan MacGillivray.

Team To Do List

This list will be developed by the Team. If you are working on a specific task, please list it here:

  • promoting the entries of those bearing the name MacGillivray on Wikitree.
  • ensuring entries appearing on Wikitree are as accurate as possible, correcting mistakes once spotted.
  • encouraging interest in and study of Clan MacGillivray.


      • As Clan MacGillivray is of Clan Chattan: Old blood: [1] MacBean,[1] MacPhail Macpherson Group:

Macpherson,[1] Davidson,[1] Gillespie,[1] Keith,[1] Smith,[1] MacKintosh Group: Macintosh,[1] Farquharson,,[1] MacGillvray,[1] MacGlashan,[1] MacHardie,[1] MacQueen,[1] Noble,[1] MacTavish,[1] Shaw.[1]

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Clan History

The clan MacGillivray was an important clan even before the Norsemen were driven out of the Outer Hebrides by King Somerled, who was Lord of the Isles in the 12th century.[6] In 1222, Alexander II of Scotland subdued Argyll, and the clan Mhic Gillebrath became dispersed.[6] Some of the clan remained on the Isle of Mull, while others stayed in Morvern.[6] There is a tradition that asserts that the chief of the clan placed himself under the protection of the chiefs of clan Mackintosh, who were also chiefs of the Chattan Confederation.[6] Thereafter the clan MacGillivray belonged to the clan Chattan.[6] 16th to 17th centuries A romanticised Victorian-era illustration of a MacGillivray clansman by R. R. McIan from The Clans of the Scottish Highlands published in 1845. The MacGillivray clan was first accurately recorded in Dunmaglass in 1549.[6] In 1609, there was a great gathering of the Chattan Confederation, at which loyalties were given to the Mackintosh chief, and the haill kin and race of MacGillivray was represented by Malcolm MacGillivray of Dalcrombie and Duncan MacGillivray of Dunmaglass.[6] The MacGillivrays were persecuted by their Calvinist and Presbyterian neighbors owing to their support of Episcopal polity of the church.[6] 18th century & Jacobite risings Edit Along with most of the other clans of the Chattan Confederation, the MacGillivrays were staunch Jacobites in both the Jacobite rising of 1715 and the Jacobite rising of 1745.[6] During the 1745 rising, the chief of Mackintoshes and clan Chattan was however a serving officer in the Black Watch regiment of the British Army, but his wife, Lady Anne Mackintosh (née Farquharson), rallied the Chattan Confederation in support of the Jacobites and placed chief Alexander MacGillivray in command of the clan Chattan regiment.[6] Alexander MacGillivray was killed leading his clan at the Battle of Culloden in 1746 along with many of his followers.[6] A graveyard at Dunlichity commemorates the many MacGillivrays who fell in the battle.[6] After Culloden, many MacGillivrays emigrated across the Atlantic, where many of them were successful, particularly as traders.[6]

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Other Names Associated with the Clan

Many Spellings

Allied Clans

Chattan Confederation

Rival Clans

Clan Cameron

Clan Research and Free Space Pages

Source Material

Image Credits and Acknowledgements

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Hey Brad, sorry to bother you. Trying to learn more about how to update this page but I seem to really be off on the formatting with the images/background. What do you think? Thanks!!
posted by Amanda Carter
There was some wrong formating in the headers and sources. I restored it to the original, correct, heading structure.
posted by Brad Foley

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