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Family Crest Motto: NUMQUAM OBLIVISCAR (I will never forget)

Allow me to unveil the captivating saga of your family, the McIvers. With an ancient heritage, your family’s name harks back to the Gaelic ‘Maciomhar’, signifying ‘son of Ivar’. This intriguing moniker finds its roots in Norse tradition, making it a challenge to pinpoint the exact forebear after whom your family is christened. Black, the esteemed Scottish surname authority, proposes that Imhair, a Norse chieftain, allied with Olaf the White, King of Dublin, during the siege and conquest of Dumbarton circa 870.

The historical tapestry unfolds further as you delve into the records. In 1219, Donaldus, the offspring of Makbeth Macyvar, etches his name as one of the boundary delineators between Arbroath Abbey lands and the Kynblathmund barony. Fast forward to 1292, when the lands of Malcolm Mcluyr and others in Lorne gained prominence, constituting the sheriffdom of Lorne through an Act of Parliament. According to Mclan, Iver stemmed from Duncan, Lord of Lochow, making the MacIvers a thread in the lineage that would ultimately burgeon into the formidable Clan Campbell. Intriguingly, it’s even suggested that Iver might have been the elder son, potentially making the MacIvers the senior line.

Yet, the intricacies of lineage seem to have held little sway in practical reality. The ascendancy of the Campbell Lords of Lochow, who would later rise to become earls and dukes of Argyll, eclipsed that of the MacIvers. However, disputes didn’t escape the scene. In 1564, the fifth Earl of Argyll surrendered claims over MacIver tribute, contingent on MacIver acceptance of his chieftainship. The MacIvers were custodians of Asknish estates, bound by the deeds to uphold that name. This bond of trust with the Campbells endured, as demonstrated when Duncan MacIver, chief of Asknish, was entrusted with the guardianship of Inveraray Castle in 1572.

Your cousin, Charles, Laird of Ballochyle, found comfort in alternating between the names Campbell and MacIver, though his role as chamberlain of Argyll in May 1589 lends historical weight to his name. Inextricably linked to the grand legacy of the house of Argyll, the MacIvers remained stalwart supporters of Campbell interests throughout the 17th and 18th centuries. Anchored in your family narrative are the compound surnames of MacIver-Campbell of Asknish and MacIver-Campbell of Ballochyle, which continued to shine through the passing ages.

In your contemporary world, the MacIver Society stands as a beacon, headquartered at Strathendry Castle in Fife. This society ardently champions the distinct character of your family name, kindling awareness and perpetuating the exceptional heritage that courses through the veins of the MacIver family. The story of your family resounds with resilience, unity, and an unyielding connection to its historical roots, truly a tapestry to be celebrated with pride.

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