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The surname MacQueen is an Anglicization of Mac Shuibhne (Gaelic), meaning son of Shuibhne. Suibhne was a Gaelic byname meaning ‘pleasant’. Suibhne could also be used as a Gaelic equivalent of the Old Norse byname Sveinn, meaning ‘boy’ or ’servant’.




A group of MacQueens were thought to have provided an escort for a marriage between an heiress of Clan Ranald and a chief of Clan MacKintosh. After the marriage many of the MacQueens settled in the Findhorn Valley, and were known as Clan Revan. By the sixteenth century this group had possession of lands in Corrybrough. On the 4th April 1609, Donald Macqueen of Corrybrough signed the bond of manrent, with the chiefs of the other tribes composing the Clan Chattan, whereby they bound themselves to support Angus Mackintosh of that ilk as their captain and leader.

There were numerous MacQueens on Skye and Lewis, another branch of MacQueens held lands at Castle Sween in Argyll.

Starting in about the eighteenth century the clan’s fortune begain to fail and many MacQueens were forced emigrated to overseas, ultimately even the chief was thought to have emigrated to New Zealand. Their crest is that of a wolf rampant and their motto is “constant and faithful”.



Clan Profile

      Gaelic Name: MacShuibne

      Moto: Constant and Faithful.

      Badge: Boxwood.

      Lands: Skye, Lewis, Argyll and Lanarkshire

At this moment in time, the MacQueen clan is known as an ‘armigerous’ clan. There is no record of a clan chief in the Lord Lyon records, there is however, a possibilty of a future clan chief, this of course is subject to Her Majesty’s Lord Lyon. The likely clan cheif is Andrew William MacQueen of that Ilk, who resides in the City of Dundee.




The MacQueen tartan was first recorded, in 1842, in the book Vestiarium Scoticum authored by the dubious “Sobieski Stuarts“, under Clan Revan, named after Revan Macmulmor MacAngus MacQueen. The MacQueen tartan is a reverse of the MacKeane tartan, possibly because of the two similar sounding names, even though both names have a different history. The “Sobieski Stuarts”, who claimed to be descendants of Bonnie Prince Charlie, maintained Vestiarium Scoticum was a reproduction of a sixteenth century manuscript, though they never provided their sources. The claims of the ‘Sobieski Stuarts’ were attacked and have been proved to be a forgery.




Septs of Clan MacQueen include:





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