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    Clan Currie Tour, Scotland

    Welcome to Clan Currie and Scotland!

    Tell me a little about  a Clan Currie Tour of Scotland

    Clan Currie and people with the name Currie or Curry have their origins in Kintyre and the West of Scotland and islands off the west coast, such as Islay. There is a long-standing affinity with Clan Donald which is based on the Isle of Skye.

    Tell me more about a Clan Currie Tour of Scotland

    Catswhiskerstours works with guests to design and deliver customised tours. The information below is provided to assist guests with tour planning.

    Background

    • The name is derived from Old Gaelic and is particularly prominent in the parishes of Kilcalmonell and Killean in North Kintyre. This peninsula was annexed by Norwegian Vikings in 1098 when King Magnus Barefoot made a treaty with the Scots.
    • The north of Kintyre was part of the Lordship of Knapdale, a status which continued for several centuries until the Lords of the Isles ( Clan Donald) surrendered some of their possessions in te 15th century. The Clan Donald  were dispossessed by King James in 1493.
    • Clan Donald were finally suppressed in 1647 when some 300 were massacred at the siege of Dunaverty Castle in Southend Parish after their water supply had been cut off by the army of General David Leslie. Prior to this the MacDonalds had been scattered at the Battle of Rhunahaorine Moss in May, 1647. Survivors of the latter battle escaped to such local islands as Gigha, Islay and Jura whilst others sailed to Ireland.
    • The early form of Currie was McVhurie/McMhurrich, McVuirrie/McMhuirrie but these forms fell into disuse and were anglicised into the current form when English gradually replaced Gaelic.
    • In 1644-47 there occurred a revolt after which the Marquess of Argyll (1607-61), a staunch Presbyterian, evicted many of his Highland tenants and brought in farmers and artisans from the Lowlands of Scotland to Kintyre. During the reign of Charles II ( 1630-1685) the Marquess was executed in London for treason. At this time many Scottish noblemen and commoners fled to Holland where they were free of religious persection and out of reach of Charles II.
    • In 1685 the 9th Earl of Argyll (son of executed Marquess) sailed from Holland with a small force and declared war on King Charles II at Campbeltown, Argyll. The Earl issued a call to all his vassals to join him and the list (“List of Rebels”) was found in Inveraray Sheriff Court records and published in book form in 1935 by Mr Duncan McTavish, County Clerk of Argyll.
    • The 9th Earl’s military adventure proved a failure and resulted in the Earl being executed at Edinburgh Castle on June 30th 1685. The rebellion collapsed and the Catholic leaning King James II was deposed and replaced by the Presbyterian couple, King William and Queen Mary from Holland who were installed in 1689.
    • Due to increasingly strained relations with France, the rebels of 1685 were pardoned and all young men able to fight between ages of 16 and 60 years (capable of bearing sword or gun) were mobilised. These are shown in a “List of Fencible Men-1692” which includes four named McVhurie/McVuirrie.
    • In 1694 the Scottish Parliament levied a tax on all houses with a fireplace which resulted in a Hearth Tax List which contains a number of Curries on the relevant tax roll.
    • During the early 18th century changes were afoot aggravated by the Jacobite rebellions. In 1739 a large number of local people including five gentlemen and some ninety families left on the ship “Thistle” from Saltcoats, Ayrshire bound for Wilmington, Cape Fear, North Carolina. This was the first Highland migration to the Carolinas. Some 350 departed circa September 6th 1739.
    • By 1748 the settlers in America were petitioning the Synod of Argyll for a Minister to preach to them. Many others from the local area followed the first group to America up to 1775, before the Revolutionary War.
    • In 1797, following a threat of invasion from France, all young men between the ages of 18-24 were required to register for military service. They were stood down in 1803 following the Treaty of Amiens. The Militia List contains some men named Curry.

    Specific (Killean and Kilkenzie (Kilchenzie), about 11 miles north of Campbeltown).

    The following information is sourced from headstones in the old section of the Killean Church burial ground:

    • CURRIE-Erected by Agnes Keith in memory of her husband,
      • Neil Currie who died at Craigrua on Sept 15th 1892 age 82 yrs.
      • Agnes Keith who died Dec 2nd 1896 age 87 yrs.
      • Daughter of above, Sarah Currie, died at Craigrua on May 31st 1916 age 69 yrs.
      • Son, James Currie, died at Craigrua on Jan 29th 1923 age 87 yrs.
      • Daughter, Mary, died at Craigrua on Feb 1st 1929 age 83 yrs.
      • Son, Hector, died at Dunskeig on Feb 2nd 1933 age 87 yrs.
      • Notes re above Neil Currie:
        • Lawful son to Neil Currie, baptised May 29th 1810 and Elizabeth McLean, Druore-na-Bodach.
        • Neil Snr baptised March 24th 1771: Currie Cleongart (Killean Old Parish Records.)
        • In 1851 Census of Scotland, Neil Curry, age 80 yrs, living with John and More Thomson.
        • Glenbarr More (Sarah), Lawful daughter to Neil Curry and Betty McLean, Drumore-na-Bonach. Born June 4th 1804.

    A list of the Currie families appearing in the North Kintyre census of 1851, Killean Parish can be found here.

    It is noted that the church burial ground in Eaglesham, south of Glasgow, has a concentration of Currie burials.

    Here are some of the ways in which  Catswhiskerstours can assist visitors wishing to connect with their Currie ancestry:

    • A private, escorted tour focused on places associated with personal ancestry.
    • A self-drive (driving) tour supported by itinerary, lodgings and rental car.

    How can I find more information on a Clan Currie Tour of Scotland?

    For more information and help contact Nigel-
    T  44 (0) 141 638 5500
    E ncole67@googlemail.com Or info@catswhiskerstours.co.uk

    We look forward to hearing from you!

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