MacGillivary and the Isle of Mull

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MacGillivary and the Isle of Mull

Post by Malcolm » Sat Sep 19, 2015 1:52 pm

Following a recent trek on the Ardmeanach peninsula to Macculloch’s Tree on the Isle of Mull, I later bought a book to learn more about the area’s history.
The book title is Tea with Chrissie who, with the exception of the fairies, was the last of the MacGillivary’s to inhabit what is now known as “the wilderness”.
MacGillivary seems an uncommon name which doesn’t appear to feature on Talking Scot.
If however, there is one or more of you out there, I can recommend this book. Not only is it a history of the family name, but also of the Burg and Ardmeanach as well.

ISBN No 978-0-9531890-1-4
Morris (formerly Morrice) of Fife and Geekie of Scone

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Re: MacGillivary and the Isle of Mull

Post by SarahND » Sun Sep 20, 2015 1:54 am

Sounds like one of Russell's 26 versions of McGilvray (see his signature on one of his posts)! I'm sure he'd be interested if he doesn't know about the book.

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Re: MacGillivary and the Isle of Mull

Post by clairemcgillivray » Fri Oct 30, 2015 10:04 pm

Stumbled upon this post by accident, I will have to check it out! Thank you :)
Looking for: Williamson (Moray, Ross-shire), Reid (Moray, Lanarkshire), Main (Edinburgh, Aberdeen), Menzies (Falkirk)

Especially looking for Isabella Williamson (Moray, Ross-shire) and Peter Reid (everywhere and nowhere - particularly Elgin and Govan)

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Re: MacGillivary and the Isle of Mull

Post by Russell » Sat Oct 31, 2015 10:07 am

Hi Claire
When I saw your spelling I thought it might be the Aberdeenshire version of the name. My variant (now that I've researched it :)) is from Colonsay and started out as McGilvra until the English speaking Registrar in Oban added the 'y'.
My search pattern on scotlandspeople eventually became M*G*l*v*r*. Thank goodness multiple wildcards are allowed.
Malcolm's book suggestion would have taken me down a completely different side branch although from a social history viewpoint it probably gives some fascinating insights into the hard lives they lived in what appears quite barren, albeit beautiful, parts of the country.

Working on: Oman, Brock, Miller/Millar, in Caithness.
Roan/Rowan, Hastings, Sharp, Lapraik in Ayr & Kirkcudbrightshire.
Johnston, Reside, Lyle all over the place !
McGilvray(spelt 26 different ways)
Watson, Morton, Anderson, Tawse, in Kilrenny

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