This tartan is a colour modification of MacLean of Duart. Believed for many years to have been recorded in ‘Clans Originaux’ (Paris, 1880) as Murphy and later renamed ‘Tara’ (1967). Later research suggests that none of the tartans included in Clans Originaux are Irish.
THE MacGillivrays are Celts. They are descended from a warrior named Gillivray, who had his stronghold at Dunmaglass, and who, about the thirteenth century acknowledged himself and his posterity a branch of Clan Chattan under the 5th Mackintosh. The MacGillivrays of Mull and Morven have been said to be a branch of Dunmaglass. In 1579 mention is made of Archibald MacIlvoray in a case between the Laird of Luss and others. The Rev. Martin McGillivray, living in Mull about 1640, carried a claymore, and told Maclaine of Lochbuie that he would use it if he did not pay him his stipend. The MacGillivrays fought for the Old Chevalier at Sheriffmuir in 1715. When Mackintosh refused to lead his clan, which Lady Mackintosh had raised for Prince Charlie, MacGillivray of Dunmaglass took command. He fought like a lion at Culloden, and fell, wounded, in front of Cumberland’s 4th Regiment. He was alive next day, and was, by Cumberland’s orders, brutally murdered. The Clan Aonghais (Macinnes) formerly wore MacGillivray tartan.