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The Picts of ancient Scotland were the tribe of the ancestors of the McGillivray family. The name McGillivray is derived from a personal name meaning servant of judgement. The Gaelic form of the name is Mac Gillebhrath.

McGillivray Early Origins



The surname McGillivray was first found in Argyllshire (Gaelic erra Ghaidheal), the region of western Scotland corresponding roughly with the ancient Kingdom of Dál Riata, in the Strathclyde region of Scotland, now part of the Council Area of Argyll and Bute, but this family seat was later moved to Iona with the advent of St. Columba. From this original descendancy came Giolla Brighid, known also as Gillibride, or Gillivray. Gillivray's son, Somerled, the 8th and greatest Thane of Argyll, Lord of Kintyre, and founder of the 'Kingdom of the Isles' was instrumental in driving out the invading Norse (Vikings) from his Kingdom, commencing in 1140 AD. However, Somerled, still gave allegiance to the King of Vikings which continued until 1222, long after Somerled's death in 1164 AD. At this time, Alexander II of Scotland routed many of the Clans 'of the Isles', leaving them eastern Scotland in an area from Glasgow north to Inverness to the East Coast. The MacGillivrays were moved northwards to Lochabe. They became closely associated with their neighbors, the McInnises, the McMasters, and the MacEacherns. They also joined the great Pictish confederacy of Clans known as the Clan Chattan, an association of some twenty six Clans, during the time of Ferquhard, 5th Chief of the MacKintosh, and Chief of the Clan Chattan.

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McGillivray Spelling Variations


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McGillivray Spelling Variations



Scribes in the Middle Ages did not have access to a set of spelling rules. They spelled according to sound, the result was a great number of spelling variations. In various documents, McGillivray has been spelled MacGillivray, MacGillivery, MacGillivary, MacGillivry, MacIlvray, MacIlvrae, MacIlwrach, MacIlwray, MacGivery, MacGivray, McGillivrae and many more.

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McGillivray Early History


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McGillivray Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McGillivray research. Another 653 words (47 lines of text) covering the years 1467, 1535, 1542, 1550, 1688, 15 a, 1745 and 1822 are included under the topic Early McGillivray History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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McGillivray Early Notables (pre 1700)


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McGillivray Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notable amongst the Clan at this time was MacGillivray of Dunmaglass. The Hon. William McGillivray, son of Donald McGillivray of Dalscoilte, near Dunmaglass, was the head of the NorthWest Company fur trading...

Another 31 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early McGillivray Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



The cruelties suffered under the new government forced many to leave their ancient homeland for the freedom of the North American colonies. Those who arrived safely found land, freedom, and opportunity for the taking. These hardy settlers gave their strength and perseverance to the young nations that would become the United States and Canada. Immigration and passenger lists have shown many early immigrants bearing the name McGillivray:

McGillivray Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Fargus McGillivray, who arrived in South Carolina in 1716
  • Farquhar McGillivray, who landed in Maryland in 1716
  • James McGillivray, who arrived in South Carolina in 1716
  • Loughlin McGillivray, who arrived in South Carolina in 1716
  • Owen McGillivray, who arrived in South Carolina in 1716
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

McGillivray Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Simon McGillivray, who landed in New York in 1802
  • William McGillivray, who arrived in America in 1802
  • John McGillivray, who landed in Ohio in 1812
  • Daniel McGillivray, who arrived in Ohio in 1820
  • Andrew McGillivray, who landed in Ohio in 1830
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

McGillivray Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. Archibald McGillivray U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Private. Archibald McGillivray U.E., (King, McGilvra, McGilvrie) born in Isle of Mull, Argyleshire, Scotland who settled in Canada c. 1791, settled in Inverness, Scotland in 1792, returned to Prince Edward Island in 1793 before settling in South Glengarry, [Lancaster], Ontario in 1794 he served in the 71st Regiment of Foot under Frasers Highlanders, married twice having 7 children, he died in 1836 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Donald McGillivray, who settled in Ontario in 1794

McGillivray Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Angus McGillivray, who arrived in Pictou, Nova Scotia in 1805
  • William McGillivray/McGilvery, aged 38, a labourer, arrived in Quebec aboard the ship "Dorothy" in 1815
  • Isobel McGillivray/McGilvery, aged 32, arrived in Quebec aboard the ship "Dorothy" in 1815
  • Janet McGillivray/McGilvery, aged 11, arrived in Quebec aboard the ship "Dorothy" in 1815
  • Alexander McGillivray/McGilvery, aged 10, arrived in Quebec aboard the ship "Dorothy" in 1815
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

McGillivray Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Martin McGillivray, aged 48, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Epaminondas"
  • Neil McGillivray, aged 14, a farmer, arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Epaminondas"
  • Donald McGillivray, aged 17, a herdsman, arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Epaminondas"
  • Elizabeth McGillivray, aged 22, a domestic servant, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "James Fernie"

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Contemporary Notables of the name McGillivray (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name McGillivray (post 1700)



  • Lachlan McGillivray (1718-1799), Scottish fur trader and planter in colonial Georgia, father of Alexander McGillivray
  • Alexander McGillivray (1750-1793), also known as Hoboi-Hili-Miko, the principal chief of the Creek Indians during and after the American Revolution
  • Will McGillivray (b. 1877), American Republican politician, Member of Michigan State House of Representatives from Iosco District, 1917-20
  • George McGillivray (1871-1959), American Republican politician, Mayor of Linden, New Jersey, 1925-30
  • Arthur C. McGillivray, American Republican politician, Postmaster at Ambridge, Pennsylvania, 1910-13
  • Charles "Charlie" McGillivray (1912-1986), Scottish footballer and manager
  • Florence Helena McGillivray (1864-1938), Canadian painter, known especially for her landscape paintings
  • Edward McGillivray (1815-1885), Canadian politician in Upper Canada, 2nd Mayor of Ottawa, Canada from 1858 to 1859
  • Donald John "D.J." McGillivray (1935-2012), Australian botanical taxonomist, Australian Botanical Liaison Officer (1969-1970)
  • John McGillivray (1770-1855), Scottish-born, Canadian fur trader and politician in Upper Canada, appointed to the Legislative Council of the province in 1839
  • ... (Another 1 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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  1. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Other References

  1. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  2. Scots Kith and Kin And Illustrated Map Revised 2nd Edition. Edinburgh: Clan House/Albyn. Print.
  3. Skene, William Forbes Edition. Chronicles of the Picts, Chronicles of the Scots and Other Early Memorials of Scottish History. Edinburgh: H.M. General Register House, 1867. Print.
  4. Bell, Robert. The Book of Ulster Surnames. Belfast: Blackstaff, 1988. Print. (ISBN 10-0856404160).
  5. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  6. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  7. Moncrieffe, Sir Ian of That Ilk and Don Pottinger. Clan Map Scotland of Old. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1983. Print.
  8. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  9. Barrow, G.W.S Ed. Acts of Malcom IV 1153-65 Volume I Regesta Regum Scottorum 1153-1424. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1960. Print.
  10. Moncrieffe, Sir Ian of That Ilk and David Hicks. The Highland Clans The Dynastic Origins, Cheifs and Background of the Clans. New York: C.N. Potter, 1968. Print.
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