the name of a minor sept, a branch of the great Siol Diarmid,
or race of Campbell, having the same badge, the myrtle. The founder
of this branch was Ivor, son of Duncan, lord of Lochow, in the time
of Malcolm IV. (1153-1165), and his descendants, to distinguish
themselves from the other branches of the family of Argyle, assumed
the name of their ancestor for their surname, and are called
MacIvors, and sometimes Clan-Ivor. They are also called Clan
Glassary, and Clan Ivor Glassary, from a district in Argyleshire of
that name, which was principally possessed by them. But the
chieftain or head of the tribe is in Celtic called MacIvor, without
regard to the Christian name. Their original lands were Lergachonzie,
Asknish, and others in Cowal, but there were also many families of
the name in Caithness, Inverness-shire, and the Lewis. Those who
settled in Lochaber took the name of MacGlasrich, from the district
of Glassary, and became followers of Macdonald of Keppoch.
In 1564, Archibald, fifth earl of Argyle, by and with the
concurrence of the tribe of MacIvor and Clan Glassary, made a
formal resignation, in presence of a notary public and several
gentlemen, of the chieftainship there, in favour of his cousin Ivor
MacIvor, of Lergachonzie and Asknish, and his heirs whomsoever, who,
by the title-deeds of their estate, became bound to use the surname
and arms of MacIvor, the mottoes of the house of Argyle and that
of MacIvor of Asknish being typical of their relative positions; the
former, ne obliviscaris; and the latter, nunquam obliviscar.
When Archibald, ninth earl of Argyle, was employed in quelling same
civil commotions, in 1679, MacIvor, true to his motto, attended him
with one hundred men of his own tribe; and when the earl returned
from Holland in 1685, he again joined him, and was forfeited with
After the Revolution, when the earls forfeiture was
rescinded, Archibald, tenth earl and afterwards first duke of
Argyle, gave back MacIvors estate to his son Duncan, and his heirs,
on condition that they should bear the surname and arms of Campbell
and of the family of MacIvor, (arma et cognomen de Campbell et
Familiae de MacIver, genentibus, &c.).
From the earls of Argyle, the MacIvors held several posts of
trust and honour, such as the keeping of the castle of Inverary, &c.
They were also hereditary coroners within a certain district.
In the rebellion of 1745-6, the MacIvors went out with the
Macdonalds of Keppoch, and at the battle of Culloden, they were
drawn up as a separate body, with officers of their own, as they
were anxious to be placed in a position where there was no chance of
their being opposed to the Argyle militia, having the same badge and
wearing their tartan.
In 1853, the lord lyon king of arms, by interlocutor of his
lordships depute, on the application of Duncan MacIvor Campbell,
Esq. of Asknish, (formerly Duncan Campbell Peterson, eldest son of
the deceased James Paterson, of Clobber Hall, county Clare, Ireland,
grandson of Agnes, eldest daughter of Angus Campbell of Asknish, ans
nephew of Lieutenant-colonel Paterson,
assistant-quartermaster-general of her majestys forces,)
recognised him as heir of line of the family of MacIvor of Asknish,
and under a deed of entail, as heir of tailzie, now in possession of
said estate, and, as such, to use, bear, and constantly retain the
arms and surname of Campbell and of the family of MacIvor and
designation of Asknish.
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