This is one of the oldest branches of the great Confederation of Clan Chattan. One tradition brings them from Lochaber and Morven and tells how, driven out of their earlier home during the reign of Alexander II, they put themselves under the prosecution of Farquahard Mackintosh, 5th of Mackintosh. Another tradition brings them from Mull, where the name has always been usual, and takes a family of them north to Dunmaglass, in Strathnairn, before we have any written record. In 1609, when the Clan Chattan Bond of Union was signed, three MacGillivray chieftains put their names to it. The Clan was out in 1715. In 1745 the Chief, Red Alasdair of the Cattle, led his men and died himself at Culloden beside a spring still called MacGillivrays Well. The clansmen fell in scores around him. This clan is now landless, but none can take away its great tradition. The Chief is MacGillivray of Dunmaglass.