My great uncle David Francis (Dave or DF) Michie emailed a story about the Michie family... anyone else ever heard this story in your family - I'd be interested to know.The story that his dad told him when he was a kid was that the Michie family was on the losing end of the war when England invaded Scotland and cleared the Highlands of people in order to replace the people with sheep. An ancestor was captured. The English commander was a gambler and had each prisoner pick a bean out of a covered jar. If you picked a white bean you were hung. If you picked a black bean you had your ears cropped meaning that they were sliced partially off for recognition purposes and then you were sent to the Virginia Colonies to work as indentured servants. The only problem was that there were very few black beans in the pot. As luck would have it our ancestors must have picked out a black bean and survived because we are all here. Anyone iwth the last name Michie spelled MICHIE is related. There is only one family. The Michie family is a sect of the Forbes Clan. The family was too small in numbers to have their own clan so they affiliated with the larger Forbes Clan. There are many Michie's in Scotland. The main area where they lived was Ballater which is about seven miles from the Balmoral Castle where the English royal family spend their summer vacations. Prince Philip spends a lot of time in the area.