Where do we come from – The Irwin Diaspora

Clan Irwin Properties & Traditions

Clan Irwin Association members come from a wide variety of roots in Scotland, Ulster and Ireland. Hailing from the Borders, Royal Deeside, the Orkneys, Ulster and the Republic of Ireland, we have been part of the great Scottish diaspora. From mostly humble beginnings, our emigrant forefathers settled in Canada, The United States, Australia, New Zealand and many other countries. They have left their indelible mark on the world we inhabit that continues unabated! follow this link to variations of the name.

Drum Castle

Drum Castle on the Royal Deeside was granted to the Irvines by Robert the Bruce in 1323. Near Drumoak in Aberdeenshire, for centuries the castle was the seat of the chief of Clan Irvine. The place-name Drum is derived from Gaelic “druim”, ‘ridge’. The site is located approximately 6+1⁄2 miles (10.5 kilometers) northeast of Banchory and 3 miles (5 kilometers) west of Peterculter.

Bonshaw Tower

Bonshaw Tower in the border’s region has been home to Irving’s for nearly than 900 years. Bonshaw Tower is an oblong tower house, probably dating from the mid-16th century, one mile south of Kirtlebridge, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland, above the Kirtle Water. It is adjacent to a 19th-century mansion. The tower was one of a number of structures built along the Scottish border in the 1500s as protection against incursions by the English.

Necarne Castle

Necarne Castle, also known as Castle Irvine, is located near Irvinestown, in County Fermanagh, in Ulster. The castle is a Victorian gothic house and was designed by John Benjamin Keane and was completed in 1835.

Early Traditions

Many legends and traditions regarding the history of the Irving’s have been written. The most definitive accounting can be found in James Irvine’s book.

The Caput

The Caput of Drum Castle commemorates the grant of lands to the Irvine family by Robert the Bruce in 1323.