The head of the Macqueens was Macqueen of
Corrybrough, Inverness-shire. The founder of this tribe is said to have been Rodericj Dhu
Recan MacSweyn or Macqueen, who, about the beginning of the 15h century, received a grant
of territory in the country of Inverness. He belonged to the family of the Lord of the
Isles, and his descendants from him were called the clan Revan.
The Macqueens fought, under the standard of Mackintosh, captain of clan Chattan, at the
battle of Harlaw in 1411. On 4th April 1609, Donald Macqueen of Corrybrough signed the
bond of manrent, with the chiefs of the other tribes composing the clan Chattan, whereny
they bound themselves to support Angus Mackintosh of that ilk as their captain and leader.
At this period, we are told, the tribe of Macqueen comprehended twelve distinct families,
all landowners in the counties of Inverness and Nairn.
In 1778, Lord Macdonald of Sleat, who had been created an Irish peer by that title two
years before, having raised a Highland regiment, conferred a lieutenancy in it on a son of
Donald Macqueen, then of Corrybrough, and in the letter, dated 26th January of that year,
in which he intimated the appointment, he says, "It does me great honour to have the
sons of chieftains in the regiment, and as the Macqueens have been invariably attached to
our family, to whom we believe we owe our existence, I am proud of the nomination".
Thus were the Macqueens acknowledged to have been of Macdonald origin, although they
ranged themselves among the tribes of the clan Chattan. The present head of the Macqueens
is John Fraser Macqueen, Q.C.