Motto: An t'Arm breac dearg which means "the red-tartaned army".
Badge: The badge is a mailed arm rising out of a crown and holding a dagger.
Gaelic Name for MacQuarrie: MacGuadhre -or- Son of Guaire (proud or noble).
Sept Names: MacCorrie, MacCorry, MacGuire, Macquhirr, MacQuire, MacWhirr, Wharrie.
Tartan: There are four MacQuarrie tartans, all with red backgrounds. This is the most common one; it is related to the red MacDonald.
Pipe Music: The Red Tartaned Army.
Plant Badge: Pine
War Cry: An t'Arm breac dearg. (The red tartarned army)
The name MacQuarrie derives from the Gaelic personal name, Guaire, meaning "noble" or "proud". According to tradition, Guaire was the brother of Finagon from whom the Mackinnon chiefs descend. This small clan possessed the little island of Ulva lying opposite the west coast of Mull, a small portion of Mull itself and Staffa, famous for "Fingal's Cave", but despite their size they were an ancient clan recorded as members on the councils of the Lord of Isles. It is said that a former chief of the clan, Cormac Mor supported King Alexander II in his campaign in Argyll in 1249 and that Hector Macquarrie of Ulva fought with Robert the Bruce at Bannockburn. However the first authentic recording of a Macquarrie of Ulva is in 1463, witnessing a charter of the Lord of the Isles.
The records show that the clan had lands on the island of Ulva and Mull, and after the forfeiture of the Lordship of the Isles they gained their independence and lands. They later followed the MacLeans of Duart, although they did support Donald Dubh MacDonald, when he tried to restore the title of Lord of the Isles in 1503.
The MacQuarries submitted to the government in 1505, and later Dunslaff MacQuarrie was included in the petition of Lachlan MacLean of Duart, to be given a remission for all offenses, which was granted by the Privy Council.
In 1609 the MacQuarrie chief was one of the Highland chiefs kidnapped by James VI and compelled to sign the Statutes of Iona. After the forfeiture of the Lordship of the Isles the MacQuarries followed the Macleans of Duart, who then dominated Mull. Due to this alliance the MacQuarries suffered severely at Inverkeithing in 1651 when their chief, Allan and many of their clansmen died alongside the Macleans fighting for Charles II. This was a terrible blow for the clan and something from which they never recovered.
Lachlan MacQuarrie of Ulva the 16th and last chief, who entertained Dr. Johnson and Boswell in 1773 was forced to sell his lands in 1778. He died in Mull in 1818 at the age of 103, leaving the chiefship dormant. The most famous member of the clan was Lachlan MacQuarrie cousin to the last chief who became Governor of New South Wales after Captain Bligh was dismissed.
MacQuarrie Island and other places in Australia have been named after Major-General Lachlan MacQuarrie. During the period when convicts were being evicted to Australia as settlers in the new colony, Major-General MacQuarrie was Governor of New South Wales. The colony prospered under his prudent and wise government. After laying out the city of Sydney, Australia, he returned home in 1821, to the great regret of the colonists.
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