of the Name
In the book "The Surnames of Scotland" by George Frazer
Black, he states that McVichie is a Perthshire, Scotland surname,
a variant of McMichie, (latin meaning: 'go and see'). It was said
to be a common personal name in the Breadalbane area up to the mid
1800’s1. The name is often spelled in older texts as MacVichie as well.
McMichie or in common Scottish parlance; 'son of Michie,' was said
to be closely connected to Donald, thane of Cawdor, in the
lands of Dunmaglass in 1414.
In "The Highland Clans of Scotland" a book by George Eyre-Todd,
it states that name Michie, is listed as being a descentdant of
or under the Forbes clan.
In the book titled "Infamed Breadalbane" by Reverend
Gillies, it states that McVichie was an alias of the name McDonald.
Some early direct descendants of our particular branch of the McVichie
clan found in the historical records were Donald
McVichie of Fearnon (Born:1616), William of Aleckich (Born: 1618),
and Duncan (Born: 1729) who was an elder at the Kenmore church,
and resided near Archarn. Later there was also another Donald
- Donald of Ardradnaig, (Born: 1763).The last of this family to
reside in this district was Donald, alias McDonald who died at the
village of Archarn. The descendants of Donald of Ardradnaig, emigrated
to Canada about the beginning of the next century (1817) and settled
in area of Bainsville, also known as Curry Hill, in the township
of Lancaster of Glengarry county at the far eastern tip of Ontario.
1 SN&Q.,lll,p,172. John M'Vichie in Balinlauchinduin, parish of
Dull, 1774 (Dunkeld)