McGilvray History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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In ancient Scotland, the ancestors of the McGilvray family were part of a tribe called the Picts. The name McGilvray is derived from a personal name meaning servant of judgement. The Gaelic form of the name is Mac Gillebhrath.
Early Origins of the McGilvray family
The surname McGilvray 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.
Early History of the McGilvray family
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McGilvray Spelling Variations
The arts of spelling and translation were yet in their infancies when surnames began, so there are an enormous number of spelling variations of the names in early Scottish records. This is a particular problem with Scottish names because of the numerous times a name might have been loosely translated to English from Gaelic and back. McGilvray has been spelled MacGillivray, MacGillivery, MacGillivary, MacGillivry, MacIlvray, MacIlvrae, MacIlwrach, MacIlwray, MacGivery, MacGivray, McGillivrae and many more.
Early Notables of the McGilvray family (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...
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McGilvray migration to the United States +
This oppression forced many Scots to leave their homelands. Most of these chose North America as their destination. Although the journey left many sick and poor, these immigrants were welcomed the hardy with great opportunity. Many of these settlers stood up for their newfound freedom in the American War of Independence. More recently, Scots abroad have recovered much of their collective heritage through highland games and other patriotic functions and groups. An examination of passenger and immigration lists has located various settlers bearing the name McGilvray:
McGilvray Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- J N McGilvray, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 
McGilvray migration to Australia +
Emigration to Australia
followed the First Fleets
of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:
McGilvray Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Catherine McGilvray, Scottish convict from Glasgow, who was transported aboard the "Anna Maria" on October 4, 1851, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia 
McGilvray migration to New Zealand +
Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:
McGilvray Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Mr. John McGilvray, Scottish settler travelling from Glasgow aboard the ship "Sevilla" arriving in Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 2nd December 1859 
- Mrs. Ann McGilvray, Scottish settler travelling from Glasgow aboard the ship "Sevilla" arriving in Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 2nd December 1859 
Contemporary Notables of the name McGilvray (post 1700) +
- Dennis B. McGilvray (b. 1943), American professor in the Department of Anthropology in University of Colorado
- William Alexander "Bill" McGilvray (1883-1952), American Major League Baseball outfielder with the Cincinnati Reds in 1908
- Scott McGilvray (1966-2017), American educator and politician who served in the New Hampshire Senate in 2017
- John D. McGilvray, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Colorado, 1884 
- Mrs. Donald McGilvray, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Minnesota, 1928 
- John Paul McGilvray, Scottish actor, best known for his roles as Gerry McGrade in the BBC Scotland Soap Opera River City
- Bill McGilvray (1895-1984), Australian rules footballer who played for Fitzroy (1920-1921)
- Dean McGilvray (b. 1988), English rugby league footballer
- Alan David McGilvray AM MBE (1909-1996), Australian cricketer and later a cricket commentator, known as the voice of Australian cricket through his ABC radio broadcasts, eponym of the McGilvray Medal
Related Stories +
- ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
- ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Anna Maria voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1851 with 200 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/anna-maria/1851
- ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
- ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 14) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html