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

The ancient Dalriadan clans of Scotland spawned the name MacInnes. It is derived from the personal name Angus. The Gaelic form of the name, Mac Aonguis, translates as son of Angus. Angus refers to the Pictish King Onnust who died in the year 761. While there are no direct links with this King in the history of the Clan or surname, there is a conjectural line, which may be adopted. The lands descended into the Barony of Innes in the County of Elginshire. However, the son or sons of Angus, originally from the Kingdom of Dalriada, were one of the three kindred houses, of the kingdom, the other two houses being the Gabran (the largest) and Lornetach which provided fighting men for the defense of the Kingdom of early Scots. For every twenty homes owned, they were obliged to provide two galleys, and so Angus, having 430 houses, provided a fleet of approximately forty galleys for the defense of the waters of Dalriada, generally those estuaries around the mouth of the Clyde.

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In the Middle Ages, the translation between Gaelic and English was not a highly developed process. Spelling was not yet standardized, and so, an enormous number of spelling variations appear in records of early Scottish names. MacInnes has appeared as MacInnes, MacInnis, MacAngus and many more.

First found in Morven, their earliest known territory. In 1230, the Clan suffered from King Alexander II's campaign against Argyll. The Clan, however, retained their castle Kinlochaline, which stands upon strategic rock in Morvern. A massive castle by early standards, today it is in ruins.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our MacInnes research. Another 290 words(21 lines of text) covering the year 1358 is included under the topic Early MacInnes History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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Some of the MacInnes family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 169 words(12 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Many settled along the east coast of what would become the United States and Canada. As the American War of Independence broke out, those who remained loyal to the crown went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. The ancestors of all of these hardy Dalriadan-Scottish settlers began to recover their collective history in the 20th century with the advent of the vibrant culture fostered by highland games and Clan societies in North America. Highland games, clan societies, and other organizations generated much renewed interest in Scottish heritage in the 20th century. The MacInnes were among the earliest of the Scottish settlers as immigration passenger lists have shown:

MacInnes Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Donald MacInnes, who came to North Carolina in 1773

MacInnes Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century


  • Lucy MacInnes, aged 32, who settled in America, in 1912
  • Neil Macinnes, aged 19, who landed in America from Sleat, Scotland, in 1913
  • Margaret MacInnes, aged 5, who settled in Brooklyn, NY, in 1914
  • Kate B. MacInnes, aged 29, who landed in America, in 1915
  • Alexr MacInnes, who landed in America from Glasgow, in 1919


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  • Helen Clark MacInnes (1907-1985), Scottish-American author
  • Gordon A. MacInnes, American Democratic politician
  • Dr Hamish MacInnes (b. 1930), Scottish mountaineer, leading mountain search and rescuer, author and advisor
  • Kathleen MacInnes (b. 1969), Scottish singer, television presenter and actress
  • Maggie MacInnes (b. 1963), Scottish folk singer and cląrsach player
  • Iain MacInnes, Scottish folk musician
  • Catr Iona MacInnes, Scottish film-maker
  • Colin MacInnes (1914-1976), English novelist and journalist
  • John J. MacInnes (1925-1983), Canadian professional ice hockey goaltender
  • Thomas Robert Edward MacInnes (1867-1951), Canadian poet and writer

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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: MacAonghais a-rithist
Motto Translation: Again MacInnes

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A clan is a social group made up of a number of distinct branch-families that actually descended from, or accepted themselves as descendants of, a common ancestor. The word clan means simply children. The idea of the clan as a community is necessarily based around this idea of heredity and is most often ruled according to a patriarchal structure. For instance, the clan chief represented the hereditary "parent" of the entire clan. The most prominent example of this form of society is the Scottish Clan system...

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Septs of the Distinguished Name MacInnes
Ainsh, Anegos, Anegous, Angas, Angos, Anguadge, Anguage, Anguedge, Anguege, Anguidge, Anguige, Anguis, Anguitch, Angus, Aninch, Ankuadge, Ankuage, Ankuedge, Ankuege, Ankuidge, Ankuige, Ankuish, Ankuitch, Ankus, Annegos, Annegous, Ansh, Cance, Caunce, Enegos, Enegous, Enguadge, Enguage, Enguedge, Enguege, Enguidge, Enguige, Enguish, Enguitch, Engus, Imis, Immis, Imnis, Inguadge, Inguage, Inguedge, Inguege, Inguidge, Inguige, Inguish and more.

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