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Ian Malcolm Grant MacIntyre

In Memoriam

Ian Malcolm Grant MacIntyre, 17th Chieftain of Camus-na-h-Erie.
17 July 1940  -  26 September 2019

Rosemary and I want to express our deepest sympathy to Camus-na-h-Erie’s children, Duncan Ban, Annabelle and Abigail and his beloved partner, Billie, Countess of Dunmore and his brother, Peter.  We are sorry we could not attend the services in person to honor his life.

It was not until after my father’s passing that I began a twenty-year correspondence with Camus-na-h-Erie and developed a deep friendship first as the Lieutenant to Glenoe and later as a clan historian.  We gradually gained each other’s trust, confidence, goodwill, mutual respect and finally a warm personal friendship.  This led to meetings in 2006 and 2007 that culminated in Ian representing Clan MacIntyre at the First World Gathering in 2008.  At that momentous event, Ian provided those attending with everything they could have wished for in a Highland Chieftain: a commanding figure with a robust appearance and gracious manner accompanied by a sonorous voice and extemporaneous presentation. On the last day of the Gathering, at Glen Noe, Ian witnessed the document to form the Clan MacIntyre Trust.

We furthered our friendship at the 2009 World Clan Gathering in Edinburgh, where he once again nobly represented Clan MacIntyre. He provided many items for the second edition of the History of Clan MacIntyre and attended meetings of the Council of Scottish Chiefs. Thankfully, he did a reprise as Chieftain at the 2nd World Clan MacIntyre Gathering in 2018.

As a Clan MacIntyre historian, I would be remiss not to mention my parent’s long relationship with Ian, starting with a meeting in 1983 when Ian, as the 17th Camus-na-h-Erie, was the only MacIntyre recognized by the Lyon Court.  Their meeting was cordial despite my father’s lifelong quest to have Donald MacIntyre in the United States to be recognized by the Lyon Court as Glenoe, Chief of Clan MacIntyre. In 1983, it was quite possible for Ian to be recognized as the Chief, so it must have been with some misgivings but from a sense of duty, that he shared with my parents the Glenoe Secretary with its treasure of correspondence between his Camus-na-h-Eire ancestors in Scotland and their cousins in the very young United States.

Sadly, I will now have to record his passing in the next edition of the History of Clan MacIntyre and start a new paragraph for the advent of Duncan Ban, as the 18th Camus-na-h-Erie Chieftain.

'A chuid de Phrras dha!' (May he share in the joys of Paradise).

Rosemary and Martin MacIntyre
San Francisco, California

Dear Martin and Rosemary,

I attach an image of the front cover of Ian's memorial service at Canongate Kirk, Edinburgh, on Wednesday last. A piper played the celebrants into the historic church which was well filled, with a heart-warming display of Macintyre tartans on both sexes. We had clanspeople who had made the long flight across the Atlantic to honour their chieftain. It was remarked with regret that you and Rosemary could not be there. There were hymns, readings (Biblical and secular) and Ian's son Duncan gave a witty and endearing account of his father's very active and varied life - in restaurants, in international trade, in acting and, of course, in his deep commitment to the clan.

The reception was held at the elegant and historic New Club on Princes Street, which many celebrants attended from the church. The hospitality was generous, with wine and a wide selection of sandwiches and cakes. There was no opportunity to read your eloquent tribute to Ian because of the press of people and the multiple conversations taking place. But you must post your tribute on the Macintyre website.

With Love to you both,




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