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COLONSAY AND ORONSAY, TRADITIONAL HOMELAND OF CLAN MACFIE

The island of Colonsay lies in the Hebrides off the west coast of Scotland. Fifteen miles to the north lies the island of Mull; the eastern and southern horizons are bounded by the islands of Jura and Islay; and to the south west, just visible from a high point on a clear day, is the coast of Donegal in Ireland. For further information regarding Colonsay and Oronsay see http://www.colonsay.org.uk and http://www.colonsay.info/

A short video impression of Colonsay,Taken on a day trip from Islay to Colonsay. A walk past Loch Fada to Carnan Eoin (the highest hill on Colonsay) and then back by Kiloran Bay and Beinn nan Gudairean.



Kiloran Bay, Colonsay

Clan Macfie

Clan Macfie is one of the oldest Scottish Clans with a history going back before records were kept. The ancient name for our Clan is Macdubhsith. While literally meaning “dark man of peace”, sithe is also the term used for supernatural beings that populated the islands and the highlands and the term dubh or dark also had mystical and supernatural connotations. The ancestral homeland for the Macfies is the islands of Colonsay and Oronsay in the Western Isles of Scotland.

In 1623, Malcolm, the last Chief of the Clan Macfie, was captured by the infamous Colla Ciotach MacDonald. He was tied to a Standing Stone, known as Carraig Mhic a’ Phi at Balaruminmore, on our ancestral island of Colonsay, and summarily shot. The Clan Macfie was dispossessed of its lands and dispersed as a “broken” Clan.

That is, until 27th May 1981, when the Clan was reactivated and again formally recognised as an “active” Clan by the Lord Lyon. Macfies all over the world celebrate that date as Clan Macfie Day - a new ‘birthday’ for the Clan Macfie. As no hereditary Chief has been traced, a Ceann-Cath, or Clan Commander, was appointed to head the Clan. The current Clan Commander is Iain Morris McFie Esq. of Coulintyre, Kincraig, Kingussie, Scotland.

Are You a Macfie?
CLAN MACFIE SURNAMES


The following names are recognised by the Commander of Clan Macfie, Ceann-Cath Iain Morris McFie as being current acceptable surname spellings for members of the Clan. Variations in the spelling of these names are acceptable. Mac/Mc prefixes are considered to be interchangeable.

ATHEY ATHIE CATHEY CATHIE
COFFEE COFFEY DUFFEE DUFFIE
DUFFEY DUFFY FEE GUFFEY
GUFFIE HAFFEY HAFFIE MacAFEE
MacAFIE MacCAFFER MacCAFFREY MacCAFFIE
MacCATHEY MacCATHIE MacCUISH MacDUFFEE
MacDUFFIE MacDUFFEY MacDUFFY MacDUFFIN
MacFEE MacFIE MacGUFFEY MacGUFFIE
MacGUFFIN MacHAFFIE MacHAFFY MacPHEE
MacPHIE MacVEE MacVIE MAHAFFEY
MEHAFFEY PHEE PHIE


In addition, the Clan Commander recognises the historical links Clan Macfie had with the Macdonald Lords of the Isles, Clan Cameron in Lochaber and a branch of the MacNicol family in Glenorchy. More recently, the close links established with Clan Macfie by the Thorburn family in Sweden and the Brew family in New Zealand are also acknowledged by the Clan Commander.

 

 

 
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