The Clan MacIntyre
book is now available after some 30 years of work. (July 2018)
I have had a chance to
scan this book a few days before publication and am very impressed with
the research that has obviously been done by Martin who has taken up the
work started by his father many years ago.
This is actually a book
for anyone interested in the history of Scotland and also Scottish
Clans. It starts by covering the history of Scotland and then goes on to
trace the history of the clan.
There are many
interactions between the MacIntyre clan and others such as MacNeil,
MacDougall, MacDonald, Campbell, Stewarts of Appin, Menzies, MacGregors,
What is impressive is the
number of MacIntyre's mentioned in the book and from all over the world.
The author also traces how the Diaspora spread across the world into
America, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, France, South Arica, Chile,
Spain, Portugal, etc.
You can also follow the
oral traditions of the clan and discussions on which are more likely to
MacIntyres lived in all
of the glens around Loch Etive: Glen Liever, Glenkinglass, and Glen
Etive, across from Glen Noe in Benderloch and northwest to Appin. They
were in Glen Strae, Rannoch Moor, Glenorchy, Glenawe, Glen Nant, Glen
Lonan and south to Craignish. They were also in the villages of Brouch
(later called Brochroy and then Taynuilt), Dalmally/Dysart and Cladich.
Many MacIntyres served
with distinction in the military of the British Empire in India,
Afghanistan, Crimea, China, Sudan, South Africa, and America. Despite
the relatively small numbers with the name MacIntyre, three received the
Victoria Cross, the highest award for bravery of the British Empire.
You of course get an
excellent account of the clan and in the book you'll read...
John MacIntyre renewed
the lease in 1826 for an unknown duration. Apparently, he could live off
the land despite the high rent – an indication that Glen Noe wasn’t a
losing proposition. It refutes the view found in the tartan books and
elsewhere that the MacIntyres of Glenoe left for America because they
couldn’t pay the high rent. We can say with certainty that James (V) was
the last MacIntyre chief to live at Glen Noe or, for that matter, reside
The first MacIntyres to
arrive in the Americas were prisoners of war rather than colonists or
soldiers. The earliest records were Micum, Philip, and Robert McIntire,
who were among the 150 Scottish prisoners off-loaded in the spring of
1651 from the ship named Unity at Charlestown, Massachusetts. The ship
may have previously unloaded human cargo in the Caribbean and Virginia.
These McIntires had fought against Cromwell at Dunbar in the fight to
have Charles II retained as King of Scotland. After surrendering, their
punishment was to be sold for 20-30 pounds on the dock at Boston for
seven years of servitude as virtual slaves. The justification for the
seven years was to repay the cost of being transported from England to
Boston and the cost of food and lodgings. These three men are the
progenitors of the largest group of MacIntyres in America.
There is also a
fascinating account of how the Clan was formerly recognised by the Lord
Lyon and here the clan's moto, Per Ardua (through difficulties), is the
most appropriate way to describe this long search for material on which
to base the claim. So it was that in 1991, at age 94 and only one month
before departing this world, L.D. MacIntyre finally achieved the three
goals he set out to accomplish 60 years before – locating the MacIntyre
chief, completing a clan history and achieving recognition of the chief
The chapters in Part II
describe Clan MacIntyre heraldry and genealogy. Special attention is
given to the clan emblems and the chiefly House of Glenoe. Included is
the House of Camus-na-h-Erie, the sole recognized cadet and the
well-documented, but unrecognized, Houses of Letterbaine, Stranmore and
The history of the
Letterbaine Macintyres, the oldest branch of Glenoe to appear in the
written record, was put together by Alistair K. Macintyre of Australia
to augment Martin L. MacIntyre´s otherwise comprehensive clan saga,
though with its emphasis on Glenoe.
distinguished themselves in many cultural spheres. Poets (bards),
storytellers, historians (seanachies) and pipers were members of honored
Gaelic professions who passed on a clan’s history and culture. Chapter
IX covers the arts, artists, authors, invention, exploration and
organizations; Chapter X is stories; Chapter XI is poems; and Chapter
XII is music.
publication there are many images, some in full colour, showing tartans,
maps and old documents which help to illustrate this most interesting
history including a picture of the first world gathering of Clan
MacIntyre which was held 16-20 July 2008. On the last day of the
gathering, 300 MacIntyres assembled at Glen Noe to commemorate their
ties to the past and hopes for the future by placing stones on the cairn
and the founders of the Clan MacIntyre Trust signed their incorporation
documents, witnessed by Ian MacIntyre, 17th of Camus-na-h-Erie.
The second world
gathering will be held in Glen Noe, Scotland, 17-22 July 2018.
Should you wish to
purchase a copy of this book in hardback or in e-book format just email
for details. The hardback will sell for $50.00 and the e-book $10.00.
You can also snail mail on order to Martin MacIntyre, 41 Temescal
Terrace, San Francisco, CA 94118, USA
I thoroughly recommend
this book even if I also get a mention in it!
Alastair McIntyre FSA Scot
In the beginning it will
only be sold as a hardcover $50.00 plus tax and shipping or as an e-book
for approx. $10. From now until the end of the Gathering on Sunday, July
22nd, it will be sold for $40 plus tax and shipping. It's 295 pages.
A video of the Clan
MacIntyre can be viewed at:
I have been able to make
a pdf file of the contents and Introduction pages. You can download this
10th Jan 2001.
Dear Electric Scotland Netters (I made it up but I'm sure it isn't
The following are drafts of first parts
of a planned 2nd Edition of my father's book CLAN MAC INTYRE,
A Journey to the Past by L. D. MacIntyre, self-published 1977, Lib. Of
Congress Catalog Card # 77-81280 (pre ISBN). It is out of print and he
is no longer with us, so I have no choice but to carry on the family
responsibility. The Table of Contents will give you some idea of what is
missing, especially the visuals. Feel free to contact me and say
whatever you like (no profanity please). I already have many people
sending me the typos, grammatical errors, additions and subtractions
etc. It is surprising and helpful that what one persons sees the other
misses. I don't mind if you forward this material so long as no one
sells it. Eventually it will be published and if you like you can e-mail
me so you can be on the mailing list. MacIntyres have some great legends
that make excellent bedtime stories. You can contact me, Martin
MacIntyre, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I do not have a web site yet. Thanks for your interest and support.
Marty (Martin Lewis MacIntyre, L. D. MacIntyre's youngest son.