Monthly Archives: April 2013

MacGillvary connections

I had a question come to me perhaps someone can help?


I came across your page, based on the page for the Bonnie Prince Charlie long march. My mother is a MacGillvary, and her ancestors came from the Arisaig / Glen Mama area. There might be a connection to John Mor McGilvray who fell at Culloden, based on an obituary in 1860 from Prince Edward Island. I was wondering if there is much historical research done by the Association, as records are quite sparse and I am interested in finding out more. In addition to MacGillvray ancestry, I have McEachern, McRae and McKinnon ancestry, most likely from Moidart – all staunch Jacobites and all forced out during the Clearances, and settled in Prince Edward Island.



My reply

As you probably know John Mor McGilivray was a major in Lady Anne MacIntosh’s regiment. He was killed at Culloden.

There is a ref to him In “Lyon in Mourning” vol ii p 280
“The late Glenaladale told the Revd. D.Macintosh, that he saw the Major of the Mackintoshes a gun-shot past the enemy’s cannon at Culloden Muir. The Major’s name was John MacGilvrae”
That is the only ref. I know for him I am sorry to say. I will post your letter and my reply on our website and maybe someone with clan connections can help

Margaret Thatcher —Jacobite connections!!


This came to me via another Jacobite forum courtesy of 1745 Association member Stelios Rigopoulos.


IMPROBABLE as it may sound – to Scots in particular – former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, who died on Monday, was almost certainly a lineal descendent of the Irish Quartermaster General of Bonnie Prince Charlie’s Jacobite Army!

Colonel John William O’Sullivan, from County Kerry, was one of the Prince’s principal companions in the ill-fated Jacobite Rising of 1745.

Read the rest of the article in the link below

Steve Lord

I apologise that the article to which this link connects no longer has the news about Lady Thatcher. Perhaps it was a spoof althuogh I di not think o. I left a messaeg with the Lochan=ber news but they have not responded.