Clan MacIver

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Clan MacIver Team
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Team Goals

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

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


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A Little History

CLan Imhoir−The Mac Ivers (or MacIvor) trace their lineage back to the time of Malcolm IV King of Scotland, who reigned from A.D. 1153 to 1165. Ivor, the ancestor of the clan, was the son of Duncan, Lord of Lochow. The clan was a branch of the great Siol Diarmid or Clan Campbell and is now an Armigerous clan, no longer having a chief. The original lands of MacIver were Lergachonzie, Asnish and others in Cowal, spreading out into Argyleshire, Caithness and Inverness.

This Scottish clan is recognised by the Lord Lyon King of Arms. The clan name of MacIver is of Gaelic origin, derived from an Old Norse personal name. Various forms of the surname MacIver, like MacGiver, are considered sept names (followers or members) of several historically large Scottish clans, such as clans Campbell and Mackenzie. There exists a Clan Iver society in Fife, Scotland.

In 1564 Archibald, fifth Earl of Argyll, he who commanded Queen Mary’s forces at the battle of Langside, recognised the separate authority of the Maclver chiefs. By formal deed the Earl resigned all direct claim upon the Maclver dependants. The document declared that the Earl relinquished for ever, to his cousin Iver Maclver and his successors, of "his awin frie motife, uncompellit, and for special cause and favours," all "ryght, title, and kyndnes, quhatsomever, we, or our predecessoris had, has, or in any manner of way may claim, of the calpis aucht and wont to come to our house, of the surname of MacEver, with power to use, uplift, intromit, and uptak the said calpis to thair awin utilitie and profit; and to dispone thairupon as they sail think expedient, as anie uther freehalder, and as we was wont to do of before, providing that we haif the said Ever’s calpe."

The "calpe," it should perhaps be mentioned, was a death duty, in the shape of a horse, cow, ox, or other chattel, payable to a chief out of the possessions of a deceased clansman. The fact that the calpe of Maclver himself remained to be paid to Argyll, was an acknowledgment that the Maclvers were a branch or sept of the Campbell clan.

The MacIvers were great favorites of the house of Argyle, from whom they held several posts of trust and honor, as the Keeping of the castle of Inverary.

Clan Motto

Nunquam obliviscar (translation from Latin: I will never forget).

MacIver Tartan

There is little evidence to account for this tartan, and it is thought to be of relatively recent origin.

Clan Castle

Glendarroch is about two miles south-west of Lochgilphead in Argyll and is also known as the Robber's Den and Kilduskland. The site is defended on two sides by gorges and also by a rock cut ditch. There are also the remains of two buildings. It is reputedly the refuge of bandits and is said to have been used by the MacIvers in the seventeenth century.

Family Tree DNA McIver Project

"The McIver Clan has a very interesting history dating back to the 12th century. In the 1700’s when many early McIver’s emigrated from Scotland to America, the language they spoke was Gaelic. McIver in Gaelic is spelled MacIomhair. “Mac” means “son of” and “Iomhair” is the Gaelic name that resulted in the English version, “Iver.” Thus, the name means “son of Iver.” Today in Scotland, the “son of” prefix is still written as “Mac,” while Americans generally use the shorter form, “Mc.” In earlier years, it was frequently written simply as M+apostrophe, as in M’Iver. Until 1828 when the first Webster’s dictionary was published, it was acceptable to spell words and names as they sounded, leading to many variations of spellings, even among relatives. Among the MacIver derivations are MacIvor, McIver, Iverach, and Ure. Spelling variations we have seen are McKeever, McEevor, McEivor, and McIvor. The Danish and Norwegian version is Iverson, and the Swedish version is Ivarsson or Iwarsson. We welcome and encourage participation in this Project by all descendants of MacIver, regardless of name spelling or pronunciation." [1]

S.S. Clan MacIver

S.S. Clan MacIver was launched from the Greenock, Renfrewshire, Scotland Dockyard on 23 June 1958. She had just completed ballasting trials and for some unknown reason listed. In the early hours of the 25th of September 1958 the list had got so bad they had to cut a hole in her side to pump out the bilges. The ship was in danger of keeling over only her hawsers kept her in position. More story and photos here.

S.S. Clan MacIver Screw Steamer Specs

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