Motto: Constant and faithful
Lands: Skye, Lewis, Argyll and Lanarkshire
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:
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
origin, and was associated with the Macdonalds.
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
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.
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.
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