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Early Origins of the McIlwaine family

The surname McIlwaine was first found in Dumfries where Thomas Makgilvane was a tenant under Douglas in the barony of Buittle in 1376. The name was derived from the Gaelic Mac Gille Bheathain, meaning 'son of the servant of S. Beathin' (Bean). There are many spelling variations of the name due to the English translation from Gaelic. John Mcilmeyne was a witness in Dumfries in 1477 and Gilbert Makilmeyn de Grummat was listed here in 1503. [1]

Allan McYlveine de Grumet who appears as bailie of the Abbey of Crossraguel in 1523 is Alan Makilwene, juror on assize in the bailliary of Carrick in 1532. [1]

Early History of the McIlwaine family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McIlwaine research. Another 236 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1500, 1526, 1546, 1547, 1574, 1566, 1569, 1570, 1627, 1674, 1628, 1790, 1797, 1882, 1797, 1764, 1831, 1814, 1818, 1843, 1871, 1853 and 1882 are included under the topic Early McIlwaine History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

McIlwaine Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: MacIlvean, MacIlvane, MacIlvenna, MacIlwain, MacIlwaine and many more.

Early Notables of the McIlwaine family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the McIlwaine family to Ireland

Some of the McIlwaine family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Canada McIlwaine migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

McIlwaine Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Mr. James McIlwaine, aged 1 year & 6 months who immigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Lord Seaton" departing from the port of Belfast, Ireland but died on Grosse Isle on 6th June 1847 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name McIlwaine (post 1700) +

  • Ellen McIlwaine (1945-2021), American-born singer-songwriter and musician best known for her career as a solo singer, songwriter and slide guitarist
  • William B. McIlwaine, American politician, Member of Virginia State Senate 29th District, 1904-05 [3]
  • J. S. McIlwaine, American Democratic Party politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Texas, 1912 [3]
  • John "Johnny" McIlwaine (1904-1980), Scottish footballer
  • Richard Johnston McIlwaine (b. 1950), former English cricketer
  • Garry David McIlwaine (b. 1944), former Australian politician

  1. Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  2. Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 45)
  3. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 10) . Retrieved from on Facebook