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Where did the Scottish Auchmuty family come from? What is the Scottish Auchmuty family crest and coat of arms? When did the Auchmuty family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Auchmuty family history?

The story of the Auchmuty family begins in ancient Scotland among the Pictish clans. The Auchmuty family lived at Auchmuty, in the parish of Markinch, in the county of Fifeshire.

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Translation has done much to alter the appearance of many Scottish names. It was a haphazard process that lacked a basic system of rules. Spelling variations were a common result of this process. Auchmuty has appeared Auchmuty, Achmuty, Auchmutie, Achmutie, Auchmouttie, Admuty, Achmoutie, Admowty, Auchmowtie, Achinmoutie, Auchinmouttie, Achmuty, Admuty, Auchmouthie, Auchmutty, Auchmoody and many more.

First found in Fife, where they were chiefs of the lands known as Auchmuty in the parish of Markinch. The first on record was Rotheri of Auchmuty in the year 1296, followed by Florence in 1334 who confirmed the lands of Auchmuty in 1334.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Auchmuty research. Another 258 words(18 lines of text) covering the years 1466, 1517, 1600, 1606, 1650, and 1669 are included under the topic Early Auchmuty History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Auchmuty Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Auchmuty family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 99 words(7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Many Scots left their country to travel to the North American colonies in search of the freedom they could not find at home. Of those who survived the difficult voyage, many found the freedom they so desired. There they could choose their own beliefs and allegiances. Some became United Empire Loyalists and others fought in the American War of Independence. The Clan societies and highland games that have sprung up in the last century have allowed many of these disparate Scots to recover their collective national identity. A search of immigration and passenger ship lists revealed many early settlers bearing the Auchmuty name:

Auchmuty Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Robert Auchmuty, who arrived in America in 1730

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  • Professor James Auchmuty, Vice Chancellor and Principal of University of Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia
  • James Johnston Auchmuty CBE Ph.D., Historian and Educational Administrator, Australian National Commission for Unesco, Australia
  • Sir Samuel Auchmuty (1758-1822), British soldier who captured Montevideo
  • Canon J W Auchmuty, Ireland


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The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Dum spiro spero
Motto Translation: While I have breath I hope.

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The Auchmuty Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Auchmuty Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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