McQueen Y-DNA Study

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Some believe that the MacQueens was of Viking ancestry, and came to Scotland with the Norsemen who occupied the Hebrides and the west coast of Scotland in the ninth and tenth centuries. They affiliated themselves with the Celtic tribes, and were numerous on the islands of Lewis and Skye. 

One other version is that they came to Scotland from Ireland, as part of the dowery of Margaret/Agnes O'Cathan when she married Angus og MacDonald, of the Isles around 1314-1320, the MacQueens settled at Moidart and became a sept of clan MacDonald. 

Roderick Dhub Revan MacMilmor of the clan MacSweyn was mentioned as kinsman to the MacDonalds and accompanied Mora MacDonald,  when she married Malcolm beg MacKinstosh around 1409-1411. Rodericks descendants was known as the Revan clan after him and from now became part of clan Chattan under MacKintosh. Roderick fought under MacKintosh in the battle of Harlaw in 1411 and received also a grant of territory in the shire of Iverness, including Corrybrough that became the seat of the clans chieftains. One branch stayed at Isle of Skye and another branch held castle Sween. 

According to John Dye in his history of the MacIsaacs: "in Sir Walter MacFarlane's "Genealogical Collections" there is an old history of the Clan MacIntosh, and in Vol. 1, page 164, there appears a note about a very early MacIsaac from Moidart.... When Ferquhard 5th, Chief of the MacIntoshes, married Mora Macdonald, daughter of Angus Og Macdonald of the Isles, there came to Moy from Moidart with Mora, "Roderick, otherwise Reven MacMilmor Vic Isak", which seems to indicate that the MacIsaacs and MacQueens have a common ancestor.


Of the studies participants there are 75 with McQueen surname or variants (Queen and McGuinn not included). There are a majority of R1b`s, but there are at least four different R1b lineages (Z49, S3058, M222, L238) that does not share the same paternal branch.

            I1: 38,67%, I2: 6,67%, R1b: 53,33%, G: 1,33%

The second largest group are the I1`s, which shows a much clearer result. 82,76% of I1s share the same paternal branch, which is I1-Y17610. Theyr closest matches are the MacIsaacs, Edgar (Irish) and a Norwegian branch,

calculated to share a common ancestor right before the viking age. Which seems to confirm that at least the Corrybrough (chieftain)

branch has origin from Scandinavia. It does also confirm that they share a paternal ancestor with the irish clan Edgar sometime after 1000 A.D. 

Calculations does also suggest that the MacQueens and MacIsaac should share a ancestor sometime before the 16th century, but only

confirmation of SNPs through Big-Y will be able to confirm this with more confidence.

Timeline of MacQueens:

  • 1409-1411: Roderick Dhub Revan MacMilmor of the clan MacSween, accompanied Mora MacDonald when she married the chief of the MacIntoshes.

  • 1446: Angus MacQuean is mentioned as belonging to clan Chattan.

  • 1526: William MacQueen are summoned by Munro MacKintosh of Ross..

  • 1541: Finlay (tacksman in Orinsay) and Gilleroch MacQueen are mentioned as followers of Donald Gorme MacDonald.

  • 1543: Allister and William MacQueen are mentioned as belonging to clan Chattan.

  • 1559-1560: John MacQueen is mentioned also Donald MacIan Dhu MacQueen, William MacQueen (indweller at Inverness).

  • 1561-1562: William vic Ian Dhu MacQueen is mentioned as leading prosecutor in the Sheriff court of Inverness. 

  • 1562: Alexander MacQueen finds Findlay MacQueen MacKintosh as his cautioner.

  • 1562: John MacIan MacQueen finds Donald and Iver MacQueen as his cautioners.

  • 1577-1594: William MacQueen, parson at Assynt, later Sub-Dean of Ross.

  • 1593: William MacQueen is mentioned of Corrybrough.

  • 1594: Donald MacQueen is mentioned as heritor of Corrybrough.

  • 1609: Donald McQueen of Corrybrough (parson at Petty and son of Angus), John MacQueen of little Corrybrough and Sweyn MacQueen of Raigbeg are mentioned as parties to the bond of union among the clan Chattan.

  • 1778: Lord MacDonald of Sleath writes "It does me great honor to have the sons of Chieftains in the regiment, and as the MacQueens have been invariably attached to our family, to whom we believe we owe our existence, I am proud of the nomination". This tribute to the MacQueens shows that theyr close connection with the MacDonalds was still known although they ranked themselves as part of clan Chattan. 


*MacQueen-family origins:

*Alexander McQueen Quattlebaum: Clergymen and Chiefs the MacQueens:

*Ronald Williams: "The Lords of The Isles" 

*Sheila McQueen Ellinson: "A McQueen Family Historical Tour"

*Malcolm A. MacQueen: "Skye Pioneers and the Island"

*MacQueen of Corrybrough, chieftains:

*The MacIsaacs:

*Scottish surnames:

*Dugal MacQueen: