The McEwen Surname
The records show that there were McEwens and McLarens living at Tullich, Ardtaklnaig and Craig in the Ardtalnaig district, side by side in the 16th and 17th centuries perhaps later.
"BOND OF DEFENCE granted by Coline Campbell of Glenorquhaie, proceeding on the narrative that the whole surname and Clan of the Clanlawren for them and their heirs had elected him and his heirs to be their chiefs, and had granted him their bonds of manrent against all persons, the authority only excepted, and also their Calps ; therefore taking them under his protection as their chief ; providing that if any person of the said Clan shall fail in the premises, the matter shall be tried before the most able persons of the surname” 1573, Black Book of Taymuth
Out of one-hundred-thirteen men of Clanlawren (Ganglawren) found in the bond, some related some not. McLaren, McEwin, McNeil or Neilson, Paterson or M'Patrick, M'Robert or Robertson etc. Here are the McEwens "son of" and V'Ewens "son of son of Ewen”.
Duncan M'Gillepatrik (Son of the Servant of Patrick) V'Ewin, Jhone his brother, Ewin M'Ewin Roy (Red), Jhone M'Ewin V'Gillepatrik, Patrik M'Conochie (M'Duncan) V'Gillepatrik (first cousins), Neill M'Ewin V’Lauren, Jhone M'Ane V'Ewin VTatrik ( John son of John son of Ewin son of Patrick)
“Some of those who bore this surname [McEwen)were McDougalls, while a few were McLarens.” Rev, William A. Gillies
I agree with Rev. Gillies that these Loch Tay McLarens and McEwens were actually McDougalls from Lorn with a different surname.
The McCallum Surname
YDNA data also indicates that there are McCallums [son of Malcolm] who are closely related genetically to R1b-Y16252 McLarens, both surnames are found in Balquhidder with several intermarriages. There were also McCallums living in Appin and Benderloch. One example of a V’Laurane using the surname McCallum is as follows. The easily assumable chieftain of the Balquhidder V’Lauranes in 1558 is Johne M’olchallum V’Laurane [John, son of Malcolm, grandson of Laurence], who is later referred to in 1586 as “slain Johne Makolchalluin Comrie” without the last name V’Laurane, so in the 1586 document he is described as John McCallum living in Comrie. The same thing likely occurred with John’s siblings. Note: “slain Johne Makolchalluin Comrie” was killed by Glenbuckie Stewarts, led by their chief Alester Stewart, his sons and several other local Stewart relatives.
The McVicar Surname
The first appearance of the very close relationship of McLaurins to McVicars became evident in the YDNA STR data available from the Scottish DNA Group Project the MacVicar Group Project the MacCallum Group Project and the MacLaren Group Project at Familytree DNA. Which led to me looking for vicars in locales where McLarens traditionally lived. Those parishes included Appin, Ardchattan, Balquhidder, Kenmore, Kilmartin and others. I found a handful primarily on the west coast of Scotland, beginning with ‘Laurence de Ergadia’ the bishop of Argyll on the Isle of Lismore in 1260. A vicar or monk from an indigenous ecclesiastic family under the leadership at that time of the MacDougall Lords of Lorn. The 1781 heraldry of John MacLaurin obviously alludes to the Mother Church and the vicar with his shepherds staff. A probable continuous line of McLaurin clergy from the 13th century to the 19th century fluent in Gaidhlig sermons.
“Some churchmen from kindreds recognised as professional ecclesiastical lineages are also recorded receiving property, including Seumas MacGriogair, dean of Argyll (1514– 1551), and Lachlann MacThàmais (anglicised as MacCauis ), vicar of Inishail (1533– 1545), while an unnamed rector of Kilkivan and a “rector McMartyn” both stood surety for the payment of rent by individual landholders in the lordship of Kintyre in 1505.131 Others were fathers of men of property class: Robert Barry, archdeacon of Argyll (1509– 1529) and vicar of Kilfinan (× 1529), was the father of a Dumbarton burgess, while “Archibald MakVicar”, rector of Craignish (1522) and prior of Kilmun (1523– 1548), was the “McVicker prior of Kilmun” identified as the father of “Archibaldus MakVicar de Auchinbrek” in 1579.
A similar relationship may have existed further south between the MacVicar lineage and the church of Kilmalieu (Inverary). The surname MacVicar (Gaelic Mac a’Bhiocair, ‘son of the vicar’), of course, presupposes an ecclesiastical lineage and is corroborated by an eighteenth-century genealogical history, which claimed that the “Mac Viccars” were “the old Parsons of Kilmalew and Barons of Brenchille”. There is, however, stronger contemporary evidence. Gill-easbuig Mac a’Bhiocair, prior of Kilmun, appears acting as bailie on the same day and place (Ardkinglass, 30 June 1544) as “Nivin McVicar of Branquhile [Brenchoillie]” and again as bailie of a sasine on 8 August for two grants from the Earl of Argyll.144 This “Nivin” is doubtless identifiable with “Nevin MakVikar” [Naomhán Mac a’Bhiocair], rector of Kilmalieu (1560– 1573) who also possessed the lands of Sallochry and Kilmun in Glenaray, which were later inherited by his son and grandson.145 “Niall McYlotmish [MacGille-Thòmais], vicar of “Stronmagachan” in June 1538, was perhaps another member of the lineage. The benefice was doubtless the vicarage of Kilmalieu, but the reference to Stronmagachan is interesting because it presumably referred to the role of this Mac a’Bhiocair family as proprietors of Stronmagachan in Glenaray, and might well imply that landholding was connected to ecclesiastical service among this lineage.” MacDonald, Iain. The Northern World : Clerics and Clansmen : The Diocese of Argyll between the Twelfth and Sixteenth Centuries (1). Leiden, NL: Brill, 2013. ProQuest ebrary. Web. 28 June 2016. Pg 136 - 139
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