Scottish Heritage


Robert Bain's - The Clans & Tartans of Scotland, lists Macildowie as a sept of Clan Cameron. Dowie is also a name accepted by Clan Gregor,  while Macalduie is associated with the Lamont Clan.

The Clan Cameron  

  • Arms: Gules, three bars Or
  • Badges: Cameronof Lochiel, Cameron of Erracht.
  • Branches: Lochiel, Erracht
  • Tartans: Cameron, Cameron Hunting,Cameron of Lochiel,Cameron of Lochiel Hunting, Cameron of Erracht.
  • Mottos: Aonaibh ri cheile (Gaelic: Unite), Mo righ's mo dhuchaich(Gaelic: For King and Country).
  • Slogan: Chlanna nan con thigibh a so's gheib sibh feail (Gaelic: Sonsof the hounds come here and get flesh)
  • Septs: Chalmers, Chambers, Clark, Clarke, Clarkson,Cleary, Clerk, Dowie, Gibbon, Gilbertson, Kennedy,Leary, Lonie, MacAldowie, MacAlonie, MacChlery,MacLair, MacCleary, MacGillery, MacGillonie, MacIldowie, MacKail,MacKell, MacLear, MacLeary, MacLerie, MacMartin, MacOnie, MacOstrich, MacPhail,MacSorley, MacUrlig, MacVail, MacWalrick, Martin, Paul, Sorley, Sorlie, Taylor.

There are several theories concerning the origin of the name Cameron. The most probable is that the first chief, Donald Dubh wasdescended from the Macgillonies or from the medieval Cameron family of Fife. Donald Dubh married the MacMartin heiress of Letterfinlay and through great skill united the confederation of tribes that came to be know as Clan Cameron

The Clan McGregor
  • Branches: MacGregor of Glengyle, MacGregor of Glenlyon, MacGregor of Glenorchy, MacGregorof Glenstrae.
  • Arms: Argent, a sword in bend dexter Azure and an oak tree eradicated in bend sinisterProper, the former supporting on its point in dexter canton an antique crownGules.
  • Badge: A lion's head, erased, crowned with an antique crown, Proper
  • Motto: 'S rioghal mo dhream (Royal is myrace)
  • Gaelic Name: MacGrioghair
  • War Cry: Ard-choille (The High Wood)
  • Plant Badge: Pine
  • Tartans: Macgregor, Rob Roy

The first certain chief of the Clan Gregor was Gregor of the Golden Bridles. His son, Iain Camm, One-Eye, succeeded as the second chief before 1390.

King Robert the Bruce gave the barony of Loch Aweto the Cambells for their aid in raising him to the throne. Locha Awe was MacGregor land and the Bruce left it up to the Campbells how they would take possession of this area. The Campbells built the castle of Kilchurn and the MacGregors were forced to retreat deeper into their lands until they were eventually restricted to Glenstrae.

Iain the Black died in 1519 without a male heir. The Campbells supported Eian MacGregor as chief since he was married to the daughter of Sir Colin Campbell of Glenorchy. Eian's son, Alistair, fought theEnglish at Pinkie Cleugh but died shortly after. In 1560 Gregor Roy MacGregor fought the Campbells as an outlaw after Sir Colin Campbell of Glenorchy refused to recognise his claim to his estates. In 1570 he was captured and killed by the Campbells. His son, Alistair, took over as chief but was unable to stop the Campbell persecution of the MacGregors.

A Royal forrester, John Drummond, was murdered after hanging a band of MacGregors for poaching. The King then issued an edict aboloshing the name MacGregor. What this essentially meant was that MacGregors had to renounce their name or suffer death. The chief and 11 of his chieftaines were hanged in Edinburgh. The rest of the Clan scattered many taking other Highland names to conceal their lineage and thus avoid being hunted like animals.

Despite this treatment 200 men the Clan fought against Cromwell during the civil war. In gratitude King Charles II repealed the proscription on the name MacGregor but it was re-imposed when William of Orange took the throne.

This is the time of the legendary Rob Roy MacGregor. Born in 1671 he had to assume his mother's name of Campbell. He fought on the Jacobite side at the Battle of Sheriffmuir but after the battle he began a life of plundering and was a thorn in the side of the government until his death in 1734. Facts surrounding Rob Roy are full of controversy - this paragraph prompted the following response from David Stirling."Rob Roy the Spulzie"

The proscription was again repealled, this time for good, in 1774. At this time there were 826 MacGregors who wanted to claim the chiefship but it was finally awared to General John Murray and descendant of Duncan MacGregor of Ardchoille who died in 1552

Other references to early forms of the name that may be relevant include:

NigelMackegilduf -character witness in Carric during the reign of Alexander II
GillicristMacgilliduff  - consented to a quit-claimof the lands of Auchterwaddale to Priory of beauly, b'n   1275 /1294
DoullMacGilleduf -a victim of the first hership of Petty, 1502
GilbertMcIiduf   -possessed a tenement in Dumfries, 1461
McKeldowie  -recorded Lochaber 1616, & Edinburgh 1697
John M' Ilduff  -tenent Bordland 1642
DuncanM'Ildoui  -tenent at Larichvain in parish of Inshaell, 1686
JohnMacgildhui -of  Casteltoune, Kindrochit wasappointed a church elder in 1701, in 1705 he became  "apostate to popery".

The list below shows the earliest births as registered in Scottish Parish Records. Strangely these were all female christenings, but do give fathers names in recognisable modern form. 





































The list below shows a selection of earliest marriages as registered in Scottish Parish Records.

First Name Surname Date Spouse Place
James DOWIE 11/05/1595 AgnesWELCHE EdinburghParish, Edinburgh,
William DOWIE 13/04/1597 MargaretSYMSON AnstrutherWester, Fife
Thomas DOWIE 25/09/1599 ChristanePIRNY Dunbarney,Perth
Johne DOWIE 20/07/1602 ChristianBULL SouthLeith, Midlothian
John DOWIE 23/05/1607 MargratGENOUR Inverness,Inverness
Helen DOWIE 27/08/1612 WilliamCALDWALLS Dysart,Fife
Dauid DOWIE 17/05/1614 JanetDRYBRUCHE Dysart,Fife
Dauid DOWIE 04/08/1618 HeleneCUNDITE Dysart,Fife
Henrie DOWIE 14/02/1619 ChristaneMATHESOUNE Leslie,Fife
Androw DOWIE 13/11/1619 CisallMAKIE Dysart,Fife
Andrew DOWIE 10/07/1623 EuphameCOWIE EdinburghParish, Edinburgh,
Umphray DOWIE 01/09/1625 RachelSYMSOUN EdinburghParish, Edinburgh,
Dauid DOWIE 17/09/1626 ElspitGIB Dysart,Fife
Jhone DOWIE 31/10/1626 CristianJHONSTONE Dysart,Fife
Androw DOWIE 20/02/1627 MargaretRAMSAY Dysart,Fife
Umphra DOWIE 24/04/1628 AlisoneADAIR EdinburghParish, Edinburgh,
Robert DOWEY 26/07/1629 JanetMERCER Fossowayand Tulliebole, Kinross,

Many more Dowie, Birth Death & Marriage records are available on Jimmy's excellent site. I am much indebted to him for his painstaking research - much of which I have copied here. OldRecords