Irving Clan


The Irving's are a proud Scottish Clan and have a rich history in knighthood and Nobility, including all the Scottish kings from 1034 to 1285 AD in the male line of the family and all the Kings from 1285 to 1900 on the female side of the family. A book published in 1907 by the Chieftain of the Irving Clan, John Beaufin Irving, at Bonshaw Castle, Scotland, amazingly traces the Irving Clan back to 373 AD.


"A recap of the Irving Clan history"


   Sometime before 373 AD, the Clans of the Gaelic Nations came form the west coast of Spain and seated themselves on the east coast of Ireland.

    They moved on to the west coast of Scotland, and the Scots called them "Erinviene's". Erin - meaning from the west, the scots called Ireland " Erin", Viene - meaning a brave, resolute, worthy man. In 373 AD, their King, Eugenius died and the Erinviene's and the rest of the Albion Scots were booted out of Scotland by the Romans.

    The late King's young son Fergus, and the King's brother Ethodious, his son Ethus, and the chief Clans, including the Erinviene's fled to Scandia. For many years the Scots tried unsuccessfully to retake their land. The Romans were now at conflict with Hungary, Fergus, the late King's son, now a man, took the exiled Scots and joined the Northern Nations at war with the Romans.

    The Erinviene's greatly proved themselves in war and after the war some stayed on in Hungary and were named Earls (Counts) and to this day carry the name Erin and Ervin. In 404 AD, Fergus was called back to take on the Romans in Scotland, he was made King, Fergus II (in exile), he led the return to Scotland along with the Erinviene's and other Clans, and they finally drove out the Romans."

    Over the next six hundred or so years the Erinviene name changed to many variations:

Curwing, DeIrwin, D'Irvigne, D'Orvin, Eirryn, Erevine, Erewynis, Erin, Ervin, Ervine, Erving, Ervinge, Erwin, Erwine, Erwing, Erwyn, Eryvine, Eryvinus, Eurwing, Hierewine, Hirevigne, Hurven, Irevigne, Irewin, Irewing, Irewyn, Irrewing, Irrwings, Irruein, Irruen, Irruwing, Irrwin, Irrwing, Irrwingis, Iruin, Iruine, Iruing, Iruwyn, Irveyn, Irvin, Irvine, Irving, Irvinge, Irvinn, Irvinus, Irvyn, Irvyerins, Irwan, Irwaynes, Irwein, Irweing, Irwen, Irwenis, Irwin, Irwine, Irwing, Irwinge, Irwyn, Irwyne, Irwynn, Irwynnis, Irynagio, Orruein, Ourine, Ouron, Urin, Urwen, Urwens, Urwin, Urwine, Vrwin, Yrwens,

    The Erinviene's that remained on the west coast of Scotland had their seat in that part of Albin that is now called Cunninghame, Ayrshire where they built the Irving Castle, that later became the Town of Irving, and named the Irving River after themselves. Today both the town and the river are called Irvine.

    The Erinviene's, by whatever name, throughout this period remained close to the Kings of Scotland. In 1004 AD, Crinus Eryvinus married Beatrix, the eldest daughter and Heiress of Malcolm II, King of Scotland, and had a son by the name of Duncan, who was later to be King Duncan I. Sometime before 1034 Duncan was named Prince of Cumberland, by his Grandfather, Malcolm II, King of Scotland.

    Prince Duncan took several of the old Clans to the south border, now Dumfries County, to defend Scotland from England. Prince Duncan's uncle, Crinus Eryvinus' brother, brought his clan the Erevine's along. In 1034 AD, King Malcolm II of Scotland was murdered, Duncan mounted the throne as Duncan I, King of Scotland. In 1040 AD, King Duncan I was slain by Macbeth the Upsurper, son of Malcom's second daughter. Malcolm III, son of Duncan I, fled to England and was received by Edward the Confessor, King of England, at the request of Macduff Thane of Fife. In 1057 AD,   Malcolm III returned with the Scots joining him,      Macbeth was slain. He ruled for thirty-six years until his death in battle. In 1093 AD, Donald Bane.

    Malcolm III's brother, took the throne, only to be   dispossessed by Duncan, an illegitimate son of Malcolm III. The subjects of Duncan II were mistreated, and they went back to Donald, Donald had Duncan II killed. Donald also mistreated his subjects and was thrown into prison in 1097.