Clan MacQueen

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

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Clan MacQueen (Macqueen)

The name MacQueen or Macsweyns is said to originate from several sources. The Celtic version is also given as "Macsween" or "son of Sweyn". Other possible sources include from the Gaelic Suibhne meaning "going well", from the Norse Sweyn, or from MacCuinn, "son of Conn". The MacQueens appear to be of Hebridean and West Highland origin, and were associated with Clan Donald early on. The McQueens of Moy are said to be related to Alan McDonald, chief of the clan McDonalds, who died about 1419. In 1410 his daughter Mora McDonald of Moidart married Malcom Beg Mackintosh, 10th chief of Mckintos. As was the custom, she took with her for guards certain kinsmen identified as McQueen. These Macqueen clansmen later settled in Argyll, forming a sept of Clan Chattan (Clan Catten, Clans of the Cat). Clan Chattan, a confederation of about 16 clans, were joined together in the 1500s for mutual protection. Leader of Clan Chattan was always of MacKintosh family. The clans were located in Lochaber, Strathairn, and Bodenoch, Scotland. Our branch of the clan McQueen settled in Strathdearn and acquired the lands of Corryborough. They were originally known as Clan Revan, named after Revan Macqueen, who fought under Mackintosh at the Battle of Harlaw in 1411. Revan Macqueen was an ancestor to the Macqueens of Corrybrough (Lairds of Corriborough) who settled in Strathdearn. About 1600 the Clan was granted land in their own right around Moy in Inverness, which is still a McQueen stronghold, . In 1609 John McQueen in Corrybrough signed the Clan Chattan Band as chief of the McQueens. The Clan lands appear to have been lost in the late 18th century, when the chief, John Fraser died in 1881. The fortunes of the family may have failed at that point, perhaps forcing forfeiture of the lands in exchange for debts owed. The title passed to Fraser's brother's son, who was the last known chief of the clan. When he emigrated to New Zealand, it appears that the Macqueens were scattered throughout Scotland, across the Atlantic, and elsewhere into the English-speaking world. Macqueens also held the lands of Garafad, on the Isle of Skye in the Hebrides for many generations. However, if you examine the records of the 1616 & 1645, whilst some McQueens from Skye & Raasay did fight with Clan Donald, most were from Inverness district fighting with the McIntosh and McPherson Clans. Most of those who were transported after the Battle of Preston would have been under James McQueen of Corrybrough who was attached to McIntosh of Borlum's Regiment. Inverness, Morayshire and Nairn are the logical place to look for the Scottish roots of most McQueens. The records were poorly kept in those counties and some of the records have been destroyed. This history helps explain why it is unclear to which clan MacQueen actually belongs, and why MacQueen is not truly a clan unto itself. [ "Scottish Clan and Family Encyclopedia" by George Way of Plean and Romilly Squire, Glasgow: HarperCollins Publishers, 1994; Donna Hechler, Metes and Bounds, p 7, citing Frank Adam, The Clans, Septs, and Regiments of the Scottish Highlands (Scotland, Johnston & Bacon 1970) p. 271-272; Sir Robert Iaian Moncrieffe, The Highland Clans (London: Branall House) p. 134-136; "Clan MacQueen" from] Dugal MacQueen was born and raised in the Highlands of Scotland. He was thought to have lived in Strathdearn at Corryborough on the Findhorn River near Inverness. He participated in the Jacobite Rebellion of 1715. The rebels were the supporters of the exiled James II of England and his heirs. There were many such adherents among the Roman Catholics of Scotland, some in Ireland, and a dissident group within the Church of England. During the rebellion of 1715 the rebel forces entered Preston on November 9 and after proclaiming as their king the chevalier of St. George, remained there for several days during which the government forces advanced upon them. The Town was assaulted and on November 14 the rebel general Thomas Forster surrendered his army to the King's forces On November 14, 1715 Dugal was captured at the Battle of Preston by the English, tried at Carlisle and sentenced to transportation. On August 20, 1716 Dugal arrived at Baltimore, Maryland on the Friendship of Belfast commanded by Michael Mankin and was one of three sold into seven years indentured servitude to William Holland, Esq. His seven years of servitude should have been completed in 1723. They must have gotten along pretty good during Dugal's servitude. Dugal named some of his sons the same as William Holland's sons: Francis, William and Thomas.

Crest: An heraldic tyger rampant Ermine holding an arrow, point downwards A
Motto: Constant and faithful
Region: Highland
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Plant badge: Red Whortleberry lat. vaccinium vitis-idaea - which is found in abundance in forests, moors and in the slopes of the hills of Clan Chattan Country. In Gaelic it is known as Lus nam braoileg; in Latin, Vaccinium vitis-idaea and elsewhere the Cowberry. It flowers from May to August and from then until October produces a berry which gradually turns from green to a deep red.
Red Whortleberry


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Allied clans:

  • Chattan Confederation
  • Clan Macdonald of Clanranald

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The following Scottish and Irish names are spelling variants of the Clan name MacQueen:

  • Mhic Suibne
  • MacCunn
  • MacSwan
  • MacSwen
  • MacSween
  • McSweeney
  • MacSwyde
  • Sween
  • Sweeney
  • Swann
  • Swan
  • Swyne

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