Crest badge: Out of an
antique crown, An arm in armour embowed, grasping a dagger, all proper.
Motto: Turris fortis mihi Deus, (translation
from Latin: God is to me a tower of strength).
Slogan: An t'arm breac dearg, (translation
from Scottish Gaelic: The red tartaned army).
Clan badge: pine.
Origin of Name: MacQuarrie is an Anglicisation
of the Gaelic Mac Guaire, a patronymic version of the Gaelic name meaning
"proud" or "noble". According to tradition, Guaire was the brother of Fingon,
the progenitor of the MacKinnon
clan. Both clans, linked in a common descent, went on to become dependent on
the Lords of the Isles.
The MacQuarrie chiefs had their seat
Ulva, which lies close to the island
of Mull. The first
historical record of the MacQuarrie clan is Iain of Ulva who witnessed a
charter of the Lord of the Isles in 1463.
MacQuarrie is associated with the islands of Ulva, Staffa and the Isle of Mull,
which are all located in the Scottish Inner
Hebrides. MacQuarrie is first found in possession of the island of Ulva in the Scottish Inner
Hebrides, and as a result was dependent on the Lords of the Isles. The
first record of Clan MacQuarrie is of the chief John Macquarrie of Ulva, who
died in 1473. In
1504 MacGorry of Ullowaa, along with other chiefs, was summoned to answer for
aiding in Donald Dubh's failed rebellion. The following chief, Dunslaff's son
John, was one of the chiefs denounced in 1504, for treasonous correspondence
with the King of England.
supporter of the Lord, the chief of the clan MacQuarrie was one of the chiefs
summoned to Iona by James VI
in 1609 and forced to sign the infamous Statutes of Iona. This effectively
ended the reign of the Lords of the Isles. Following
the fall of the Lordship of the Isles the clan followed
Maclean of Duart, and with the Macleans,
the MacQuarries had supported Domhnall
Dubh's quest for the Lordship of the Isles at the beginning of the
sixteenth century. John's son, Dunslaff, was the chief of the clan during the
forfeiture of the Lord of the Isles, after which the MacQuarries
gained some independence, though a minor clan surrounded by more powerful ones.
The family papers
of the clan were lost to a fire in 1688, and consequently much of early clan
tradition that exists is considered suspect. According to the nineteenth
century historian William F. Skene, Clan MacQuarrie is one of the
seven clans of Siol Alpin, as the manuscript of 1450 gives the clan's descent from Guaire or Godrey, brother of Fingon
(supposed ancestor of Clan MacKinnon) and Anrias (supposed ancestor of Clan Gregor).
The clans of Siol Alpin claim a descent from Alpín, the father of Cináed mac Ailpín of whom popular tradition
describes as the first King of Scots.
The clan suffered greviously at the Battle of
Inverkeithing on July 20, 1651, as they supported the Scots forces
in aid of Charles II of
England against an English
Parliamentarian army led by John Lambert. In the battle the Scots were
decisively defeated by the well disciplined New Model Army of the English, and amongst
the slain was Allan Macquarrie of Ulva,
chief of Clan MacQuarrie, and most of his followers.
The last chief of
Clan MacQuarrie, was Lachlan
Macquarrie of Ulva. MacQuarrie was head of the clan when Samuel
Johnson and James Boswell visited Ulva in 1773. Debts to
creditors forced the last chief to sell off his lands and in 1778, at the age
of 63, he joined the British Army. The chief then served in the American Revolutionary War, and died at
the age of 103 in 1818,
with the title Lord Lynedoch. Since the clan does not have a current Chief
recognized by Lord Lyon
it can be viewed as an Armigerous clan.
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