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Featured Clan

Scottish American Society

This is the clan we have chosen to spotlight.  If it is your own, feel free to offer constructive criticism.*  If it isn't, enjoy learning about one of the many Scottish families. 

Clan MacQueen


Gaelic Name: MacShuibhne

Motto: Constant and faithful 

Badge: Boxwood 

Lands: Skye, Lewis, Argyll and Lanarkshire 

Origin of Name: Gaelic, MacShuibhne (Son of the good going)

Chief:  The Clan MacQueen does not have a chief recognised by the Lord Lyon King of Arms. Because of this, the clan is considered an armigerous clan.*



Origin of the name: 

There have been numerous different origins given for the surname Macqueen. For example, it has been suggested that the surname is derived from the Gaelic personal names Suibhne and Conn ('Mac Shuibhe' or 'son of Sweyn', the MacSween). They thus claim kinship with the Irish high kings, of the same descent as the great clan Donald.The similarly spelt surname Macquien, is considered to be often confused with, and wrongly represented by Macqueen.  The clan may be originally of Hebridean origin, and was associated with the Macdonalds.


Clan Revan

During the 15th century the Macqueens were followers of the Macdonalds of Clanranald. During this era the tenth chief of Clan Mackintosh, Malcolm Beg Mackintosh, married Mora Macdonald of Moidart. When the Macdonald bride travelled from Macdonald lands to Mackintosh lands, she was accompanied by her kinsmen including Revan Mac Mulmor Mac Angus MacQueen. His descendants settled in the Strathearn area, acquiring the lands of Corrybrough. These Macqueens were subsequently known as Clan Revan. The leading family of these Macqueens were the Macqueens of Corrybrough. On April 4, 1609 Donald Macqueen of Corrybrough signed a bond of manrent with several other chiefs of clans which composed Clan Chattan.  In this document they bound themselves to support Angus Mackintosh of that ilk as their captain and leader.

Sometime in the 18th century this prosperous family suffered financial difficulties and lost its lands of Corrybrough. The chiefs are believed to have emigrated to New Zealand.
Although the Chiefly lineage did not die out-there has been no application for the Chieftainship The family are now widely scattered throughout Scotland and much of the English-speaking world.


The MacQueen clansmen are also numerous on the islands of Skye and Lewis and yet another branch of the family held lands at Castle Sween in Argyllshire.

The Hebridean branch of the MacQueens have long enjoyed a reputation as outstanding fishermen and also boast of having the Rev. Donald MacQueen as a kinsman. He was a minister on the isle of Skye in the eighteenth century and was described as "the most intelligent man in Skye". He was looked up to by his kinsmen and also won the admiration of Dr. Samuel Johnson, who was introduced to him on his famous tour of the Western Isles.


*An armigerous clan is a Scottish clan, family or name which is registered with the Court of the Lord Lyon and once had a chief who bore undifferenced arms, but does not have a chief currently recognized as such by Lyon Court.

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*With correct documentation, we will be happy to amend any clan presentation.  Without correct documentation we will simply remove any reference to that clan.

The word "clan" comes from "clanna" which means family group or group functioning as a family.  Information on the specific clan above comes from various sources. For more information on the clans and the Highland Clan System, see Wikipedia:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scottish_clan