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Macgillivray Coat of Arms / Macgillivray Family Crest

Macgillivray Coat of Arms / Macgillivray Family Crest

This Scottish surname was derived from the Gaelic Mac Gille-bhrath, the son of the servant of judgement. The name may have originally been Maolbhrath. They were an old Argyllshire clan or sept, but they do not appear in early records. They are, however found early in association with the MacLeans in Mull, which was probably their original home. Archibald Makillewray was presented to the rectory of the parish church of St. Columba in Beanmoyll in 1535, and appears to be the first of the name on record. As Archibold McIluray he resigned the rectory of Ewist in 1542, and in 1542, he was presented to the chaplaincy of Ellen, Finlagan and St.Columba in Isla. Ronald Mcallen McIlvery was the tenant on lands in Ardnamurchan in 1541, and Duncan McGillewra was a witness at Glenurguhay in 1649. Farquhar M'Gillevray was one of the signers of a letter to George I. in 1715. Donald Moir McGilwrey granted to James Grant of Freuchie in 1646 that he had been engaged in spoilzering (plundering). Hereditary surnames were originally imported from France into England during the Norman Conquest of 1066. In the two centuries or so after the Conquest surnames were acquired by most families of major landholders, and many landed families of lesser importance. There appears to have been a constant trickle of migration into Britain between about the years 1200 and 150O, mostly from France and the Low Countries, with a small number of migrants from Scandinavia, Germany, Italy and the Iberian peninsular, and occasional individuals from further afield. During this period groups of aliens settled in this country as for example, the Germans who from the late 15th century onwards settled in Cumbria to work the metal mines. Immigration during this time had only a small effect on the body of surnames used in Britain. In many cases, the surnames of immigrants were thoroughly Anglicised. The late sixteenth century saw the arrival, mostly in London and the south-coast ports of large numbers of people fleeing from the war regions of France. The Macgillivrays took a prominent part in the rebellion of 1745, and their chief is said to have been killed in the battle of Culloden beside the Well of the Dead. The associated coat of arms is recorded in Sir Bernard Burkes General Armory. Ulster King of Arms in 1884. Descended of Drumnaglass, County Argylle 1801.

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