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Subject: Re: [QUEEN] McQueen, MacQueen, or Macqueen?
Date: Sat, 26 Feb 2011 15:41:48 -0000
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"Within the ancient land, there has never been such a clear-cut distinction between the highlands and the lowlands as has perhaps had to be made by many writers obliged to generalize. Tartan was worn in the lowlands as well as in the highlands, although the course highland dress was not worn in the lowlands as it is a hill dress. Everywhere the Scots are of mixed race; Picts mingled with Gaels from Ireland, Norsemen from Scandinavia, Britons from Strathclyde, Angles from Northumbria, Normans and Flemings and Franks from the Continent. The Hebridean clan of MacLeod is of Norse origin, the Sutherlands were Flemish, while in the conquered territory south of the Forth such families as Dundas and Dunbar (and probably Home) were Gaels. Intermarriage had already scrambled the Scottish genealogical egg by the dawn of our national history." The Highland Clans; by Sir Iain Moncreiff of that Ilk; Bramhall House; London & New York; MCMLXVII; page 10.
"The Clan Chattan is a confederation of clans in Lochaber, Strathnairn, and Badenoch, under Mackintosh hegemony. The original clan were the descendants of a thirteenth-century chief called Gillechattan Mor, and as other clans established or settling in the district intermarried with them, they too joined in the confederation."
"Besides Mackintosh and his own principal branches - Farquharson of Invercauld, Shaw of Tordarroch, MacThomas (McCombie) of Glenshee - there were the Macphersons and Cattanachs, also the MacGillivrays of Dunmaglas (whose chief commanded the whole of Clan Chattan for Lady Mackintosh at Culloden), Macleans of Dochgarroch ('Macleans of the North'), McBains of Kinchyle (whose present chief Hughston McBain of McBain lives in America but has established a memorial Park at Hinchyle), Macqueens of Corribrough,as well as other clansmen bearing such names as Davidson, Macphail,MacAndrew, Gow, Clarkm Macintyre, Crerar, Gillespie, Gillies, Noble,Ritchie, MacHardy, and Mackilligin."The Highland Clans; by Sir Iain Moncreiff of that Ilk; Bramhall House; London & New York; MCMLXVII; pages
The Clan Chattan
Badge: A cat salient Proper
Motto: Touch not the cat but a glove
Plant Badge: Red Whortleberry
Tartans: Clan Chattan
Gaelic Name: Clann Gillacatan
Member Clans: MacKintosh, MacPherson, MacGillivray,
MacGowan, MacQueen, MacBean, Farquharson, Davidson, Shaw,
MacThomas, MacPhail, Macleans of Dochgarroch and MacIntyre of Badenoch.
The clan name comes from its first chief, Gillichattan Mor, meaning the great servant of St. Catan, whose abbey was situated at Kilchattan on the island of Bute in the Firth of Clyde. The clan Chattan is a confederation of tribes. Through it, small clans gained stength by joining forces to avoid being overwhelmed by more powerful neighbours, such as the MacDonalds of the Isles.
In 1291, Eva, daughter of Gilpatric of Clan Chattan married Angus MacKintosh, 6th Chief of the Clan MacKintosh, thereby unifying the chiefly line of the Clan Chattan and Clan MacKintosh for many centuries.
In the late 13th century the Camerons occupied some Clan Chattan land around Arkaig thereby starting a bitter feud between Clan Chattan and the Camerons that would last until 1666. In 1370, a group of Camerons,returning from a raid into Badenoch, were met by a force of MacKintoshes,
MacPhersons and Davidsons. Although the Camerons were defeated the battle led to a long standing feud between the MacPhersons and the Davidsons over a disagreement on who should lead in the battle.
During the 1715 and 1745 uprisings the Clan Chattan largely fought on the Jacobite side and suffered because of this. During the '45, the chief of the MacKintoshs was an officer in the Black Watch. This, however, did not stop his wife (a Farquharson), from raising the Clan Chattan confederation
in his absence. She selected the MacGillivray of Dunmaglas as commander and he led the Clans of Clan Chattan to victory in the Battle of Falkirk in 1746. The Clan Chattan also led the Highland charge that was utterly destroed at the Battle of Culloden.
Until this century, the chief of the MacKintoshes was also head of clan Chattan. However, when the 28th MacKintosh chief, who was also the 29th Chattan chief, died in 1938 without a male heir, the two chiefships finally became separated. In 1947, the Lord Lyon ruled in favour of another branch of the MacKintoshes, those of Daviot, Inverness-shire, who were recognised as heads of Clan Chattan. The present chief, Malcolm Kenneth MacKintosh,
lives in Zimbabwe.
The Clan MacQueen
Badge:A wolf rampant ermine holding a pheon gules point downward argent.
Motto: Constant and faithfull
Gaelic Name: MacShuibhne
Origin of Name: Gaelic MacShuibhne (Son of the good going).
Plant Badge: Boxwood and Red Whortleberry.
The name Macqueen or Macsweyns is said to originate from several sources; from the Gaelic Suibhne meaning "going well", or MacCuinn, "son of Conn",or from the Norse, Sweyn.
The Macqueens were of Hebridean and West Highland origin, and appear to have been originally associated with Clan Donald.
During the 15th century when Malcolm Beg Mackintosh, 10th chief of Mackintosh married Mora MacDonald of Moidart, the bride was accompanied by several Macqueen clansmen who settled in Argyll forming a sept of Clan Chattan. Among these was Revan Macqueen who fought under Mackintosh at the Battle of Harlaw in 1411, he was ancestor to the Macqueens of Corrybrough who settled in Strathdearn. They were known as "Clan Revan".
These lands appear to have been lost at the end of the 18th century when the chief John Fraser died in 1881. The title passed to his brother who's son emigrated to New Zealand and was the last known chief of the clan. In the Hebrides the Macqueens held the lands of Garafad in Skye for many
generations. However it was from the islands that there was a massive exodus of Macqueens across the Atlantic.
Robert Macqueen, Lord Braxfield was a notable judge of the late 18th century who was renowned for his savagery and sentences and was given the appropriate title of "the hanging judge", although in fact to be fair he was from neither Clan Revan nor from the Hebridean clan but of Lanarkshire descent.
Septs of Clan MacQueen
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