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Subject: Re: [R-M222] Cowan
Date: Fri, 1 Apr 2011 18:30:29 EDT

In a message dated 4/1/2011 3:58:50 P.M. Central Daylight Time,

Can anyone think of any claimed genealogy, documented or traditional,
whereby McCowan/Cowan has ancestral links with McGillevray or variants?

The only reference I can find to McGillevray is from the Hugh McDonald of
Sleat history of the McDonalds.

The History of the MacDonalds
Hugh MacDonald (17th Cent.)
The Highland Papers, Vol. 1
Scottish History Society
J.R.N. MacPhail, K.C., editor

"Sommerled, the son of Gilbert, began to muse on the low condition and
misfortune to which he and his father were reduced, and kept at first very
retired. In the meantime, Allin MacVich Allin, coming with some forces to the
land of Morverin for pillage and herships, intending to retire forthwith to
Lochaber, from whence he came. From this Allan descended the family of
Lochiel. Sommerled thought now it was high time to make himself known for
the defense of his country, if he could, or at least see the same, having no
company for the time. There was a young sprout out of a tree near the cave
which grew in his age of infancy. He plucked it up by the root, and
putting it on his shoulder, came near the people of Morverin, desired them to
be of good courage and do as he did, and so by his persuasion, all of them
having pulled a branch, and putting the same on their shoulder, went on
encouraging each other. Godfrey Du had possession of the Isles of the north
side of Ardnamurchan from the King of Denmark. Olay compelled the
inhabitants of some of these Isles to infest Morverin by landing some forces
there. The principal surnames in the country were MacInnes's and MacGilvrays,
who are the same as the MacInnes's. "

Hugh McDonald (the presumed author of this history) is not a dependable
source on Scottish surnames.

That is the only reference though quoted on the only Clan MacGillevray
site I can find:

" That MacGillivrays were an old clan within this society is affirmed in
Clan Donald's own traditions, and that they had some prominence in it is
attested by the Seannachaidh Hugh MacDonald of Sleat, who counts 'MacGillevray
in Mull' among the freeholders entitled to sit on the Council of the
Isles, assembled at Loch Finlaggan in Islay and elsewhere."

MacInnis clan (Electric Scotland)

"Skene, in his Highlanders of Scotland, says, "The oldest inhabitants of
Morven, Ardgour, and Lochaber consisted of two clans, the MacGillivrays and
the Maclnneses, who were of the same race. The statement is confirmed by an
old MS. History of the MacDonalds written in the reign of Charles II. in
the Gregory collection. Before the defeat of the Lord of the Isles and the
dispersion of the clans by Alexander II. a single confederacy, the Siol
Gillivray, appears to have included the MacGillivrays, Maclnneses, MacEacherns,
and MacMasters."

McGillevray (also from Electric Scotland)

Another account of the clan...

The clan MacGillivray is said originally to have come from Morven, Mull
and Lochaber and is one of the oldest branches of the Clan Chattan
confederation. The founder of the clan is said to be Gillivray who c.1268 put himself
under the protection of Farquhar Mackintosh, the 5th chief of the
Mackintoshes. Later the MacGillivrays settled further north in Dunmaglass east of
Inverness-shire where they took heritable right from the Campbells of Cawdor
in 1326. Here the clan appears to have been more successful and increased
their possessions ans influence in that area. In the Jacobite risings of
1715 and 1745 the MacGillivrays took a prominent role. In 1715 the
MacGillivray chief and his brother were Captain and Lieutenant of Clan Chattan
regiment and at Culloden, Alexander who was in command of Clan Chattan fell
fighting against the Hanovarians, near the Well of Dead that bears his name. The
last chief John Lachlan MacGillivray succeeded in 1783 and possessed the
estate for nearly 70 years. When he died in 1852 his estates were left to his
tenants, afterwards the line died out and the chiefship has been dormant
ever since. "

I don't have a clue how Cowans (or Lamonts) might fit into this.


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