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McVie is one of the names derived from the families of the ancient Dalriadan clans of Scotland. It is derived from the names of Macbeth and Bethune, or Beaton. The Macbeth and Bethune families, who were hereditary physicians to the Chiefs of Macdonald, practiced medicine on the Isles during the Middle Ages and their names merged in English into the one surname of Beaton. The Macbeths were concentrated in Islay and Mull, whereas the Beatons were concentrated in Skye. However, the Beaton family was not restricted to the Isles and it later branched to other counties such as Fraser. Nonetheless, by the 17th century, the Beaton family "ceased to practice the healing art" and the last of the hereditary physicians was Niel Beaton who practiced medicine in about 1763.

McVie Early Origins



The surname McVie was first found in the Isle of Islay, where they held a family seat from ancient times, long before the Norman Conquest in 1066.

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McVie Spelling Variations


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McVie Spelling Variations



Spelling in the medieval era was a highly imprecise process. Translation, particularly from Gaelic to English, was little better. For these reasons, early Scottish names are rife with spelling variations. In various documents McVie has been spelled Beaton, Beeton, MacBeth, MacBeaton, McBee, MacBee and others.

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McVie Early History


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McVie Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McVie research. Another 205 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1600, 1543, 1598, 1519, 1569, 1494, 1546, 1543, 1598, 1473 and 1539 are included under the topic Early McVie History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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McVie Early Notables (pre 1700)


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McVie Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notable amongst the Clan from early times was Janet Beaton, Lady of Branxholme and Buccleugh (1519-1569) an aristocratic Scottish woman, mistress of James Hepburn, Earl of Bothwell, had five husbands and was accused of being a witch, immortalized as Sir Walter Scott's Wizard Lady of Branxholm in his "Lay...

Another 48 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early McVie Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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McVie In Ireland


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McVie In Ireland



Some of the McVie family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 129 words (9 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included 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 hardy Scots who made the crossing settled all along the east coast of North America and in the great west that was just then opening up. At the time of the American War of Independence, many United Empire Loyalists moved north from the American colonies to Canada. Scottish national heritage became better known in North America in the 20th century through highland games and other patriotic events. An examination of immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name McVie arrived in North America very early:

McVie Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Murdock McVie, who arrived in Virginia in 1776

McVie Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • David McVie, aged 27, landed in New York in 1812

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Contemporary Notables of the name McVie (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name McVie (post 1700)



  • Willie McVie (b. 1948), former Scottish footballer who played from 1968 through 1981
  • Professor Gordon McVie (b. 1945), British authority on the treatment and research of cancer, Director General of Cancer Research UK (1996-2002)
  • Tom McVie (b. 1935), Canadian NHL coach
  • John Graham McVie (b. 1945), British bass guitarist best known as a member of rock groups John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers and Fleetwood Mac, inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998
  • Christine McVie (b. 1943), born Anne Christine Perfect, an English rock singer, keyboardist, and songwriter, best known as a member of the rock band Fleetwood Mac, inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998

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McVie Historic Events


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McVie Historic Events




HMS Repulse

  • Mr. James McVie, British Able Bodied Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking

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Motto


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Motto



The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Debonnaire
Motto Translation: Graceful


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McVie Family Crest Products


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Innes, Thomas and Learney. Socts Heraldry A Practical Handbook on the Historical Principles and Modern Application of the Art of Science. London: Oliver and Boyd, 1934. Print.
    2. Urquhart, Blair Edition. Tartans The New Compact Study Guide and Identifier. Secauccus, NJ: Chartwell Books, 1994. Print. (ISBN 0-7858-0050-6).
    3. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    4. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    5. 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).
    6. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1970. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    7. Warner, Philip Warner. Famous Scottish Battles. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1996. Print. (ISBN 0-76070-004-4).
    8. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
    9. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    10. Martine, Roddy, Roderick Martine and Don Pottinger. Scottish Clan and Family Names Their Arms, Origins and Tartans. Edinburgh: Mainstream, 1992. Print.
    11. ...

    The McVie Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McVie Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 31 October 2015 at 08:21.

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