Clan MacQuarrie

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Clan MacQuarrie

Clan MacQuarrie (also MacQuarie, McQuary, MacQuaire, MacGuarie, Macquarie) is an ancient Highland Scottish clan which owned the islands of Ulva, Staffa and Gometra as well as large tracts of land on the Isle of Mull, which are all located in the Scottish Inner Hebrides. Clan MacQuarrie (Scottish Gaelic for: son of Guaire) is one of the seven Siol Alpin clans descended from the Kings of the Picts and Dál Riata. Clan MacQuarrie is one of the oldest Highland clans and can trace its ancestry to 9th century Kenneth MacAlpine, the first King of Scots. According to the nineteenth century historian William F. Skene, the manuscript of 1450 documents the royal descent of Clan MacQuarrie through their progenitor Guaire (Scottish Gaelic for: noble), brother of Fingon (ancestor of Clan MacKinnon) and Anrias (ancestor of Clan Gregor). They were fierce fighters in the Wars of Scottish Independence and fought in support of Robert the Bruce at the Battle of Bannockburn in 1314.

Clan MacQuarrie is first found in possession of the island of Ulva in the Scottish Inner Hebrides, and followed the Lords of the Isles. The first record of Clan MacQuarrie is of the chief John Macquarrie of Ulva, who died in 1473.John's son, Dunslaff, was the chief of the clan during the forfeiture of the Lord of the Isles, after which the MacQuarries gained independence as a small, respected clan surrounded by a powerful ally in Clan MacLean. Following the fall of the Lordship of the Isles the clan followed Maclean of Dowart, and with the Macleans, the MacQuarries supported Domhnall Dubh's quest for the Lordship of the Isles at the beginning of the sixteenth century. In 1504 MacGorry of Ullowaa, along with other chiefs, was summoned to answer for aiding in Donald Dubh's failed rebellion. The following chief, Dunslaff's son John, was one of the chiefs denounced in 1504, for treasonous correspondence with the King of England.

The clan suffered grievously at the Battle of Inverkeithing on July 20, 1651, where they fought as royalists in aid of Charles II of England against an English Parliamentarian army led by John Lambert. During the battle many Scots deserted, and the remaining Scots were decisively defeated by the well disciplined New Model Army of the English. Amongst the slain was Allan Macquarrie of Ulva, chief of Clan MacQuarrie, and most of his followers.

Clan MacQuarrie currently does not have a chief. The last chief of Clan MacQuarrie was Lauchlan Macquarrie of Ulva. MacQuarrie was head of the clan when Samuel Johnson and James Boswell visited Ulva in 1773. Debts to creditors forced the last chief to sell off his lands and in 1778, at the age of 63, he joined the British Army. The chief then served in the American Revolutionary War, and died at the age of 103 in 1818, with the title Lord Lynedoch.

A large portion of the ancient patrimonial property was repurchased by Major General Lachlan Macquarie, long Governor of New South Wales, and from whom Port Macquarie and Macquarie Island in the South Pacific derive their names.

Today, the modern clan MacQuarrie is alive with an active society of global members.

The Coat of Arms belonging to the Chief of the MacQuarries of Ulva are on display at Macquarie University in honor of Lachlan Macquarie [1]

Crest: Issuant from a tower head embattled and crenellated Argent, a dexter arm in armour embowed, the hand grasping a dagger projected fessways all Proper
Motto: Turris fortis meus mihi Deus (To me God is my strong tower).
Slogan: An t'arm breac dearg (The red tartaned army)
Region: Inner Hebrides, Scottish Highlands
District: Ulva, Staffa and the Isle of Mull
Plant badge: Pine
Pipe music: An t-Arm breac dearg (The Red-tartaned Army)
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Septs: MacCorrie, MacCorry, MacGorry, MacGorrie, MacGuarie, MacGarry, MacGuire, MacQuaire, MacQuarie, McQueary, MacQuhire, MacQuire, Quarry, Wharrie, and various spellings.

"Mc" is simply an abbreviated version of "Mac" which is a Gaelic word meaning "son." Mc, M', Ma, and even M: were often used as printer's abbreviations in earlier times for "Mac." Sometimes the "Mac" was simply omitted. Thus MacQuarrie might appear in full the first time the name is mentioned in a particular work, but thereafter as McQuarrie, M'Quarrie, or simply Quarrie--the "Mac" was assumed. These spellings are preserved for us today in our own family names, and any spelling variant is acceptable.

Various spellings include: MacQuarrie, MacQuarie, MacQuary, MacQuarry, McQuarrie, McQuarie, McQuary, McQuarry, M'Quarrie, M'Quarie, M'Quary, M'Quarry, MacQuery, MacQuore, MacQuorie, MacQuorrie, MacQewry, McQuery, McQuore, McQuorie, McQuorrie, McQewry, M'Query, M'Quore, M'Quorie, M'Quorrie, M'Qewry, MacQuire, McQuire, MacQuaire, MacQuairie, MacQuhirrie, McQuharrie, McQuhurrie, McQuhore, McQuhorre, MacQuhirr, M'Quhoire, M'Quhury, M'Quhurrie, M'Quhurie, M'Quhyrry, M'Quhirrich, M'Qwhyrrcht, Makquhurrie, Makquhory, Makquharry, Makquhary, Makquharie, Makquyre, Makquoyrie,Quarry, MacWharrie, M'Worich, M'Warie, M'Vorich, Makwidy, Wharrie, M'Coirry, M'Corry, McCwerie, Makcory, Makcorry, Makcurre, M'Rore, MacGuaidhre, MacGuarie, MacGorrie, MacGorry, McGorre, M'Goyre, M'Gourie, M'Gowry, M'Geir, Gorey, MacGurrie, MacGurr, Gurr, MacGuaire, MacGuire, MacGuire, MacGwyer, MacGwier, McGuaire, McGuire, McGuire, McGwyer, McGwier, M'Guaire, M'Guire, M'Guire, M'Gwyer, M'Gwier, Maguier, MacGeir

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CLAN DONALD: As the histories indicate, The MacQuarrie clan was part of the great Lordship of the Isles, and the chief Lords of the Isles were of course the MacDonalds (Clan Donald). The MacQuarrie tartan used today is very similar to the red MacDonald of the Isles tartan, and the MacDonald of Sleat tartan. The MacQuarries were never a "sub-clan" of the MacDonalds, however. They were a small, but independent clan in the Lordship.

CLAN MACLEAN: The MacQuarries were also followers of the MacLeans of Duart in many instances, as is illustrated by our history. In fact, the modern clan MacLean does list MacQuarrie as one of it's associated names. However, this appears to be historically inaccurate, as the MacQuarries were never absorbed into the MacLeans. Septs of Clan MacLean: MacQuarrie

CLAN MACALPINE: Due to our common descent from Alpin, King of Scots, whose son Kenneth MacAlpin went down in history as the first to unite the Scottish and Pictish thrones, we are a part of the Siol Alpin (Apline Family), which consists of the Clan MacAlpine, The MacKinnons, Grants, MacNabs, MacFies, Macaulays, MacGregors and MacQuarries.

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