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The Family Tree - June/July 2006
Steven MacTavish of Dunardry

Steven MacTavish of Dunardry
27th Chief of Clan MacTavish

Steven Edward Stewart MacTavish of Dunardry and Mrs. MacTavish (Leslie).
Steven Edward Stewart MacTavish of Dunardry and Mrs. MacTavish (Leslie)

by Patricia Adams
Clan MacTavish Genealogist

From an unbroken line dating back to the early 12th century, Steven Edward Dugald MacTavish of Dunardry succeeded his father as the 27th Chief of Clan MacTavish in 2005.

Clan MacTavish (Clan Tavish) begin with the birth of Taus Coir to the daughter of Suibhne Ruadh (Sween the Red of Castle Sween) and Colin Mael Maith (Clan MacDuine) circa 1105.  The line that Taus was born into was an illustrious one.  The Suibhne’s descended from the Kings of Ireland and Scotland; and Colin Mael Maith was of Clan MacDuine, which would later become Clan Campbell.  From Taus Coir, descend the three families of MacTavish of Dun-ArdRigh (meaning fort or castle of the High King) in Knapdale, of Scannish in Cowall, and of Rudal or Rua-huilh in Glasserie.  A Pont 1634 map marks the castellated building of Dunardry.  Anyone traveling by the Crinan Canal when passing through Dunardry lock is within a short distance of the site on which this castle stood.

Clan MacTavish experienced a dormancy of 200 years when Lachlan MacTavish was the last Chief to register at that time.  That dormancy ended in 1997 when Edward Stewart Dugald MacTavish of Dunardry matriculated.  His son is our Chief today.

The Clan has an official web site (authorized by the Chief) which now brings you a Member Forum, Online Genealogy, MacTavish’s Kitchen, History, Children’s Activities, Games Calendar, Photo Gallery, Clan Opportunities and much more.  The Chief invites all to take a look at the new web site and join us there –

Steven Edward Dugald MacTavish was born in Montreal Quebec, Canada on February 19, 1951.  His parents were Edward Stewart Dugald MacTavish of Dunardry and Shirley Eileen Ferris.  He moved to Ontario in 1976, where the family resides today.  The Chief and his wife, Leslie, share their lives with his daughters, Tracy and Deborah, and Leslie’s son, Craig.  They have four beautiful grandchildren, MacKenzie, Jessica, Gavin and Nathan.  The Chief says his wife and he are soul mates. 

His background is varied and he has worked numerous jobs (warehousing, phone equipment, driving instruction – being in transportation for 23 years at one company, driving 18 wheelers for 11 years and in management as dock foreman and dispatch for 12 years).  Today, he is a successful businessman with his own company in the pet food industry. 

In high school in Ontario, Chief MacTavish loved sports and theatre arts.  He was on two championship football teams, as well as on the track team and 1/10 of a second off the Canadian Junior relay record at the time. In his adult years, he coached minor hockey (7 years) and soccer (6 years).

His family says he has a well developed sense of humor that ranges from play on words to slap stick.  He likes to relax at home, watching the wee creatures that roam around in their yard.  The Chief says, “We have a 4000 gallon fish pond that brings us great pleasure (except when it needs to be cleaned).”

Being a Chief who is active with his Clan, his hobbies now include typing e-mails, answering phone calls and planning for the future – all with a Scottish flavour.  He tells us, “I enjoy animals, music, soccer games and Mother Nature.”

As for the members of Clan MacTavish, we are proud and honoured to have a “working Chief.”  He is a man of commitment and integrity, with that good sense of humor.  Clan members look forward to many years of growth and celebration of our heritage.

The Clan will be present with Chief MacTavish at the Arglington, Texas games the weekend of June 2-3 and at the Western Mass Games the weekend of June 24th.  We sincerely hope to meet many people interested in our Scottish heritage.

Official Clan MacTavish Web Site authorized by the Chief

E-Mail the Chief at:

Names connected to Clan MacTavish (from “Surnames of Scotland” and personal invitation from the Chief):  Cash, MacCash, MacCavish, MacComb, MacLehose, MacTavish, MacThom, MacThomas, Stephen(son), Steven(son), Tais, Taws, Tawseon, Thom, Thomas, Thomason, Thompson, Thomson, Tod(d) and all variant spellings.

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