THIS family took their name from the lands of Skene, in the Earldom of Mar, which they possessed from the thirteenth century till 1827, when, by the death of the last Skene of that Ilk, the estates passed to his nephew, the Earl of Fife. In 1318, King Robert I by charter to Robert Skene of that Ilk made the lands and loch of Skene a Barony. In 1513, Alexander Skene of that Ilk fell at Flodden. A branch of the old family of Skene, designed as of Curriehill, were celebrated lawyers. Sir John Skene of Curriehill was a prominent advocate in the reign of James VI. In 1594 he was appointed Lord Clerk Register, and issued a collection of the Scots Acts of Parliament. His son, Sir James Skene, succeeded the Earl of Melrose as President of the Court of Session in 1626. Alexander Skene of that Ilk is mentioned in 1633 in the Book of the Annual Rentaris for Aberdeenshire, along with others of the same name. In 1641 Andrew Skene of Auchtertool was dubbed Knight at Holyrood by Charles I. William Forbes Skene, Historiographer Royal, will always hold a foremost place among notable Scotsmen of the nineteenth century. He was author of several works of Scotland’s history. Skene of Hallyards and Pillens is the only branch of the family which retains its lands in Scotland.
THE Macqueens or Clan Revan are a Celtic race. They were of the Hebrides, and the founder of the clan is supposed to have been Roderick Dhu Revan MacSweyn or Macqueen. In the thirteenth century Castle Sween, in Kintyre, was occupied by MacSweens. There were MacSweens among the Lamont clansmen executed at Dunoon in 1646. The ancestor of the MacEwans was called Swene MacEwan. The Hebridean Macqueens were subject to the Lords of the Isles. The Macqueens of Corrybrough, an offshoot, settled in Strathdearn. When the 10th Mackintosh married Mora MacDonald of Moidart, Revan-MacMulmor MacAngus and Donald MacGillandrish came with the bride, and settled near her new abode. John and Sweyn Macqueen signed the Clan Chattan Bond of 1609. Captain Donald Macqueen, 7th of Corrybrough, died in 1813. He was succeeded by his son, Donald, Captain 2nd Madras Cavalry, who was succeeded by his brother, John Fraser Macqueen, Q.C. He died in 1881. The chiefship, but not the estate, fell to his brother, Lachlan, of the East India Company. Lachlan died in 1896, and was succeeded by his only son, Donald, as Chief, who was resident in New Zealand. The Macqueens of Pollochaig, Clune and Strathnoon are the leading cadets. The Clan MacSweyn is officially regarded as distinct from that of Macqueen, and the arms of the MacSweyn Chief have been registered as such.