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Macqueen Coat of Arms / Macqueen Family Crest

Macqueen Coat of Arms / Macqueen Family Crest

The surname of MacQUEEN was derived from the Gaelic Mac Shuibhne which appears to mean 'good going' or 'well-going'. Originally the name of a Scottish clan although now numerous in Ulster. The name is spelt as Quinn in Oriel. Early records of the name mention Mac Cuinn, 1027 Ireland. Hector Mac Souhyn was one of an inquest held at Dumbarton in 1271 which found that the daughters of the late Finlay of Campsie were the lawful heirs of the deceased Dufgall, brother of Maldouen, earl of Lennox. The Skye surname Macqueen is of Norse origin from the personal name Sveinn. Rory Macquein witnessed a contract of friendship between Macdonald of Slate and Lauchlan Macintosh, captain of Clanchattan in 1587. By 1609 these Macqueens had risen to the dignity of a minor clan. The use of fixed surnames or descriptive names appears to have commenced in France about the year 1000, and such names were introduced into Scotland through the Normans a little over one hundred years later, although the custom of using them was by no means common for many years afterwards. During the reign of Malcolm Ceannmor (1057-1093) the latter directed his chief subjects, after the custom of other nations, to adopt surnames from their territorial possessions, and there created 'The first erlis that euir was in Scotland'. Donald McQuene in Corribroche and Swein McQuene of Raik, (Roag) were denounced rebels in the year 1619, and Isobell Macquine appears in 1680. A noteworthy person of the name was Terence Steven McQueen (1930-80) the American film actor, born in Slater, Missouri. A rough and tumble background, including a spell in a reform school and a stint in the marines, brought him to New York where he studied at the Neighbourhood Playhouse and Uta Hagen School. Appearing in summer stock on Broadway and television, he made his film debut as an extra in 'Somebody Up There Likes Me' (1956). 'The Magnificent Seven' (1960) made him a star. The associated arms are recorded in Sir Bernard Burkes General Armory. Ulster King of Arms in 1884. Registered in Corrybrough, Co. Inverness, known in the Highlands as the Clan Revan.

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