Welcome to the Clan MacGillivray Genealogy Page!   We will be using this page to post genealogical queries and information of interest to all those with the surname MacGillivray and its variant spellings, particularly those who have a connection to Canada.
We encourage all MacGillivrays to review the database for ancestors who have passed; with a view to identifying their family line.   We  would appreciate your assistance in assigning family members to their correct line.
Please feel free to add your own information by using the comment box below.


According to the 1871 and 1881 censuses there were several different MacGillivray family lines in New Brunswick. Most of the head of the households indicate that they were born in Nova Scotia. We have attached the 1871 and 1881 New Brunswick Censuses with the hope to assign the various MacGillivray families to their respective lines. For those households that we have identified we have added the name of the related family spreadsheet. We have also included below the information from New Brunswick vital statistics that is available on line relating to MacGilivrays.

New Brunswick Censuses 1871 & 1881

New Brunswick Vital Statistics MacGillivray


According to the 1817  Nova Scotia Census for Sydney County  and for Pictou County,  there are twenty-six and sixteen MacGillivray families listed respectively. Some of the households are listed numerically; one may notice that many of the MacGillivray families are living in close proximity to one another.


Through the use of wills, cemetery inscriptions, death records, obituaries and more,  we have constructed  a database of MacGillivrays for these two counties.
To sort out the various lines of MacGillivrays,  this project used a number of published works including the following:
“The History of Antigonish” edited by R A MacLean; “Drummer on Foot” edited by R A MacLean and Don MacFarlane;
“A History of the County of Antigonish ” by Rev D J Rankin.

Further, as the project moved forward it became clear that we should expand the project to include all of Nova Scotia. Other published works were consulted including:

“Cuir is Baun” by the Glendale Gaelic and Historical Society;
“A West Wind to East Bay – Pioneer Families of East Bay” by AJ MacMillan.

Consultation with several unpublished manuscripts, including the following:

“Donald MacGillivray a Royal Highlander” by Francis X Hugh MacGillivray

This has resulted in a comprehensive database of the MacGillivray family lines with roots with Nova Scotia

NSDR All Counties Project

Supporting this database are spreadsheets and word files for the various lines identified.

This database is truly an evergreen document.  We welcome your corrections, changes and additional information.

We are attaching a spreadsheet for the MacGillivrays buried at the following cemetery.

Kirkmount Cemetery – Pictou County, Nova Scotia – McGillivray


According to the 1881 census there were several different MacGillivray family lines in Prince Edward Island. We have attached the 1881 PEI Census and have started the process to assign the various MacGillivray families to their respective lines.

PEI Census MacGillivray 1881


According to the 1871 census there were several different MacGillivray family lines in Quesbec. We have attached the 1871 Quebec Census and have started the process to assign the various MacGillivray families to their respective lines.
We are attaching a spreadsheet for the MacGillivray line of Thurso/Lochaber, Quebec.
We are attaching a second family line referred to as McGillivray – Rootie’s Family History and a link to a MacGillivray line that started in Glengarry, Ontario. The descendents can be seen in the 1871 census.

Quebec Census 1871

MacGillivray Thurso Quebec

McGillivray – Rootie’s Family History Site

MacGillivray – Angus MacGillivray & Mary MacMaster Glengarry Ontario to St. Polycarpe Quebec


We are currently working on a spreadsheet for the various MacGillivray families in the province of Saskatchewan. We are attaching a spreadsheet for the MacGillivrays buried at the following cemetery.

Regina – McGillivrays Riverside Memorial Park Cemetery




6 thoughts on “Genealogy

  1. My great grand parents we Duncan and Jane McGilvray from Cape Breton. Their son, John, moved to Massachusetts, married Rosilla Devaux(spelling?) and had seven children including my grandfather, Andrew McGilvray. Andrew’s sone, Maurice Clinton McGilvray, fathered John Bruce McGilvray and me, Robert Douglas McGilvray. My brother Bruce has three daughters. I have a daughter and a son, Alex McGilvray. We live in Vancouver, BC
    What are the best sources of info on our McGilvray line before Duncan?
    Thank you
    Bob McGilvray


  2. I’m looking for any information on Edward Craig McGillivray. His uncle William Robertson McGillivray was famous for writing one of the first letters to family back in Scotland from his home in the new world (Canada). Edward emigrated to Canada from the Orkneys in the mid to late 1880s. Any info would be most appreciated. Edward settled in Algoma, Ontario. Thanks – Scott Newton


  3. I am looking for the birthdate/place (and documentation) of my great great grandmother, Bridget McGilivray, birth in the 1840s. Her father was Daniel McGilivray (14 Feb 1814 – 21 Feb 1891), mother was Margaret Cathcart. Family lived in Cape Breton. Married Robert Cathell on 20 Sept 1864 at Sacred Heart, Sydney, Cape Breton. Robert and Bridget immigrated to the US and settled in Algiers, Louisiana. Any help would be appreciated!


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