Clan MacIntyre / McIntyre
‘Mac an t-Saoir’, meaning ‘son of the carpenter’.
spellings in records — Vcinteir : VcYnteire : Vcinteire
The original home of the MacIntyre was on the east side of the top end of Loch Etive - particularly around Glenoe and Inverliever, the next glen up Loch Etive, with the Letterbaine cadet having the wadset of the other side of Ben Cruachan lands down to Lochawe.
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Traditionally the clan name was established by Somerled from Macarill.
Also tradition suggests they came from Skye around 800 and 1200 AD,.
Macarill’s descendants later established themselves on the mainland where, according to legend, they were warned by a spirit only to settle where a white cow in their herd came to rest. The land they settled was the rich and fertile Glen Noe by Ben Cruachan on Loch Etiveside. By the end of the thirteenth century the Macintyres were foresters to the Lord of Lorn, an office they held through the passing of the lordship from the Clan MacDougall to the Stewarts and finally the Clan Campbell.1
At Inverlochy in Febuary 1645 - the Royalist and the (Argyll) Covenanters both had MacIntyres in their ranks2
in the 1715 Rising the Breadalbane Campbells were on the Jacobite side, and so were other associated smaller clans, including the McIntyres as their tacksmen and wadsetters. Yet one more example of the complicated local politics between the Campbell lines from Argyll and Breadalbane, the two most powerful clans in Scotland (and beyond)
At Culloden in 1746 ten MacIntyres were recorded as having been killed or wounded as part of the Stewart of Appin regiment that supported Bonnie Prince Charlie. They may have been in association with the MacDonalds, whose Glencoe lands were just at the top of Glen Etive. No records of whether MacIntyres were on the Hanovarian side.
There were repercussions from the Jacobite support from Campbells after the rising.3
Duncan Ban MacIntyre, born in 1725 in Glen_Orchy on the other side of Ben Cruachan, is considered by scholars to be the “Burns of the Highlands”. He spoke only Gaelic and in the oral Gaelic tradition composed and passed on his songs in public and private presentations. It was left to others to write down and publish his “songs”. Although he fought against Bonnie Prince Charlie, he was imprisoned for a song he wrote against the Act or Proscription of the Highland Dress that was imposed after the ‘45 rebellion failed. His contemporary, James MacIntyre, third Chief of record, was also a poet and wrote with great force and sarcasm against the criticism of Scottish life by Samuel Johnson, the famous English writer and lexicographer. MacIntyres of Rannoch were hereditary pipers to the Menzies of Menzies.4
MacIntyres living in Cladich, not far from Glen Noe near Loch Awe, were highly acclaimed for their weaving and for some time their “Cladich Garters” (stockings) were an essential part of the Highland Dress.5
The MacIntyres managed to remain in Glennoe until the early 1800's .. in 1822 the Chiefs of Clan MacIntyre emigrated to the United States
Clan Trust website - http://clanmacintyretrust.org/ - sadly most of the content is for members only.
They are planning a Clan Gathering at Taynuilt Games July 2018 -
Sadly, like so many clans, the family records have been lost. recorded chiefs :
Duncan MacIntyre married a daughter of Campbell of Barcaldine.
- The chief led the clan in support of the Duke of Argyll at the Battle of Inverlochy (1645) when the Clan Campbell of Argyll were surprised by Montrose and routed.
- Duncan died in 1695 and is buried in Ardchattan Priory
James, the third chief, was born around 1727.
- He was sponsored by the Campbell, Earl of Breadalbane and studied law, being regarded as a good scholar and a poet.
- On his father’s death he returned to Glen Noe.
Duncan - 4th Chief emigrated to America
Donald - 5th Chief emigrated to America
Campbells of Breadalbane held the rental of the MacIntyre lands, and as the rents were raised beyond the ability of the chiefs to pay, they left. By 1806 the Glennoe lands were no longer Clan MacIntyre.
There is a tale of the rental of the past having been a symbolic payment of a snowball paid in June and a calf, but these were commuted to payment of money rent, which increased over the years.
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but for much more in depth information
Modern day Glennoe is a secluded B&B
History of the MacIntyre Clan
©copyright Martin MacIntyre
10th Jan 2001.
Dear Electric Scotland Netters (I made it up but I'm sure it isn't original).
The following are drafts of first parts of a planned 2nd Edition of my father's book CLAN MAC INTYRE, A Journey to the Past by L. D. MacIntyre, self-published 1977, Lib. Of Congress Catalog Card # 77-81280 (pre ISBN). It is out of print and he is no longer with us, so I have no choice but to carry on the family responsibility. The Table of Contents will give you some idea of what is missing, especially the visuals. Feel free to contact me and say whatever you like (no profanity please). I already have many people sending me the typos, grammatical errors, additions and subtractions etc. It is surprising and helpful that what one persons sees the other misses. I don't mind if you forward this material so long as no one sells it. Eventually it will be published and if you like you can e-mail me so you can be on the mailing list. MacIntyres have some great legends that make excellent bedtime stories. You can contact me, Martin MacIntyre, at moc.onuj|erytnicam.nitram#moc.onuj|erytnicam.nitram. I do not have a web site yet. Thanks for your interest and support. Marty (Martin Lewis MacIntyre, L. D. MacIntyre's youngest son.
Part I - Scottish History - 7000 B.C. to c. 1800 A.D.
Part II - Mac Intyre History – c. 800 TO 2000 A.D.
Part III - Houses of Clan MacIntyre
Part IV - MacIntyre Culture
Part V - Legends, Stories and Poems
Transcription of the 16 Feb. 1737 agreement signed by Donald McIntyre (II) of Gleno
Muster list for the rebels showing 24 MacIntyres involved.
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