|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).|
|District||Ulva, Staffa and the Isle of Mull|
|Clan MacQuarrie has no chief, and is an armigerous clan|
|Last Chief||Lachlan Macquarrie of Ulva|
Clan MacQuarrie (also MacQuarie, McQuary, MacQuaire, MacGuarie, Macquarie) is an ancient Highland Scottish clan which owned the islands of Ulva, Staffa and Gometra as well as large tracts of land on the Isle of Mull, which are all located in the Scottish Inner Hebrides. Clan MacQuarrie (Scottish Gaelic for: son of Guaire) is one of the seven Siol Alpin clans descended from the Kings of the Picts and Dál Riata. Clan MacQuarrie is one of the oldest Highland clans and can trace its ancestry to 9th century Kenneth MacAlpine, the first King of Scots. According to the nineteenth-century historian William F. Skene, the manuscript of 1450 documents the royal descent of Clan MacQuarrie through their progenitor Guaire (Scottish Gaelic for: noble), brother of Fingon (ancestor of Clan MacKinnon) and Anrias (ancestor of Clan Gregor). They were fierce fighters in the Wars of Scottish Independence and fought in support of Robert the Bruce at the Battle of Bannockburn in 1314.
Clan MacQuarrie is first found in possession of the island of Ulva in the Scottish Inner Hebrides, and followed the Lords of the Isles. The first record of Clan MacQuarrie is of the chief John Macquarrie of Ulva, who died in 1473. John's son, Dunslaff, was the chief of the clan during the forfeiture of the Lord of the Isles, after which the MacQuarries gained independence as a small, respected clan surrounded by a powerful ally in Clan MacLean. Following the fall of the Lordship of the Isles the clan followed Maclean of Dowart, and with the Macleans, the MacQuarries supported Domhnall Dubh's quest for the Lordship of the Isles at the beginning of the sixteenth century. 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.
The clan suffered grievously at the Battle of Inverkeithing on July 20, 1651, where they fought as royalists in aid of Charles II of England against an English Parliamentarian army led by John Lambert. During the battle many Scots deserted, and the remaining Scots were decisively defeated by the well disciplined New Model Army of the English. Amongst the slain was Allan Macquarrie of Ulva, chief of Clan MacQuarrie, and most of his followers.
Clan MacQuarrie currently does not have a chief. The last chief of Clan MacQuarrie was Lauchlan 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.
A large portion of the ancient patrimonial property was repurchased by Major General Lachlan Macquarie, long Governor of New South Wales, and from whom Port Macquarie and Macquarie Island in the South Pacific derive their names.
Today, the modern clan MacQuarrie is alive with an active society of global members.
The Coat of Arms belonging to the Chief of the MacQuarries of Ulva are on display at Macquarie University in honor of Lachlan Macquarie.
- Major-General Lachlan Macquarie CB (1762-1824), 5th Governor of New South Wales and considered "The Father of Australia."
- Ralph McQuarrie (June 13, 1929 – March 3, 2012) Academy Award-winning American conceptual designer and illustrator who designed the original Star Wars trilogy.
- Sir Albert McQuarrie (January 1, 1918 - ) Conservative Member of Parliament for East Aberdeenshire 1979 - 1983. Banff and Buchan 1983 - 1987. Freeman City of Gibraltar 1982; Knight Batchelor 1987
English spelling variants
As the MacQuarrie surname is very ancient and of Scottish Gaelic origin, a precisely accurate translation to the English language is impossible. Due to anglicisation and migration over eleven centuries many variants of the name MacQuarrie have been promulgated. Individuals and families with the following established spelling variants are members of clan MacQuarrie:
MacQuarrie, MacQuarie, MacQuary, MacQuarry, McQuarrie, McQuarie, McQuary, McQuarry, McQueary, M'Quarrie, M'Quarie, M'Quary, M'Quarry, MacQuery, MacQuore, MacQuorie, MacQuorrie, MacQewry, McQuery, McQuore, McQuorie, McQuorrie, McQewry, M'Query, M'Quore, M'Quorie, M'Quorrie, M'Qewry, MacQuire, McQuire, MacQuaire, MacQuairie, MacQuhirrie, McQuharrie, McQuhurrie, McQuhore, McQuhorre, MacQuhirr, M'Quhoire, M'Quhury, M'Quhurrie, M'Quhurie, M'Quhyrry, M'Quhirrich, M'Qwhyrrcht, Makquhurrie, Makquhory, Makquharry, Makquhary, Makquharie, Makquyre, Makquoyrie,Quarry, MacWharrie, M'Worich, M'Warie, M'Vorich, Makwidy, Wharrie, M'Coirry, M'Corry, McCwerie, McCrary, McCreary, Makcory, Makcorry, Makcurre, M'Rore, MacGuaidhre, MacGuarie, MacGorrie, MacGorry, McGorre, M'Goyre, M'Gourie, M'Gowry, M'Geir, Gorey, MacGurrie, MacGurr, Gurr, MacGuaire, MacGuire, MacGuire, MacGwyer, MacGwier, McGuaire, McGuire, McGuire, McGwyer, McGwier, M'Guaire, M'Guire, M'Guire, M'Gwyer, M'Gwier, Maguier, MacGeir and many others.
- MacQuarrie Heraldry Retrieved on September 14, 2007
- Smibert, pp.113-117.
- Skene, pp. 263-264.
- Maclauchlan & Wilson & Keltie, pp. 262-265
- Smibert gives Lachlan Macquarrie's age of joining the Army at 62, and his date of death 1817 aged 102. Maclauchlan & Wilson & Keltie give his age of joining the Army at 63, and his date of death at 1818, aged of 103.
- Maclauchlan, Thomas & Wilson, John & Keltie, John Scott. A History of the Scottish Highlands, Highland Clans and Highland Regiments. Edinburgh and London: A. Fullarton & Co., 1875.
- Skene, William Forbes. The Highlanders of Scotland, Their Origin, History, And Antiquities. London: John Murray, 1837.
- Smibert, Thomas. The Clans of the Highlands of Scotland. Edinburgh: James Hogg. 1850.
Macquarie University Lachlan and Elizabeth Macquarie Room website: