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

The background history of the name Kilcrease starts in ancient Scotland among the Pictish people. The name Kilcrease is derived from the Gaelic name Gille Criosd, which became Gillacrist in Middle Gaelic.

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Prior to the invention of the printing press in the last hundred years, documents were basically unique. Names were written according to sound, and often appeared differently each time they were recorded. Spelling variations of the name Kilcrease include Gilchrist, Gilchristson, Ghilchriston, Gillchrist, Gillcrest, Gilcrist and many more.

First found in Berwickshire an ancient county of Scotland, presently part of the Scottish Borders Council Area, located in the eastern part of the Borders Region of Scotland, where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kilcrease research. Another 177 words(13 lines of text) covering the years 1057 and 1296 are included under the topic Early Kilcrease History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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Some of the Kilcrease family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 105 words(8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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The freedom of the North American colonies was enticing, and many Scots left to make the great crossing. It was a long and hard journey, but its reward was a place where there was more land than people and tolerance was far easier to come by. Many of these people came together to fight for a new nation in the American War of Independence, while others remained loyal to the old order as United Empire Loyalists. The ancestors of Scots in North America have recovered much of this heritage in the 20th century through Clan societies and other such organizations. A search of immigration and passenger lists revealed many important and early immigrants to North America bearing the name of Kilcrease: Robert Gilchrist, who settled in New Jersey in 1685; Angus Gilchrist, who settled in Wilmington N.C. in 1774; along with Henry and John and his wife Marion, Lawrence Gilchrist, who settled in Boston in 1766.

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The Kilcrease Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Kilcrease 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.

This page was last modified on 27 April 2012 at 14:02.

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