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Where did the Scottish Magill family come from? When did the Magill family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Magill family history?

The name Magill was first used by the ancient Strathclyde-Briton people of the Scottish/English Borderlands. The first Magill family lived in Galloway. The Magill surname also comes from the Gaelic patronytmic name Mac an Ghoill, which means "son of the stranger."

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Surnames that evolved in Scotland in the Middle Ages often appear under many spelling variations. These are due to the practice of spelling according to sound in the era before dictionaries had standardized the English language. Magill has appeared as MacGill, Magill, Makgill and others.

First found in Galloway (Gaelic: Gall-ghaidhealaibh), an area of southwestern Scotland, now part of the Council Area of Dumfries and Galloway, that formerly consisted of the counties of Wigtown (West Galloway) and Kirkcudbright (East Galloway), where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Magill research. Another 181 words(13 lines of text) covering the years 1231, 1579 and 1734 are included under the topic Early Magill History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 75 words(5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Magill Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Magill family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 179 words(13 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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The North American colonies beckoned, with their ample land and opportunity as their freedom from the persecution suffered by so many Clan families back home. Many Scots even fought against England in the American War of Independence to gain this freedom. Recently, clan societies have allowed the ancestors of these brave Scottish settlers to rediscover their familial roots. Among them:

Magill Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Wm Magill, aged 23, landed in New York, NY in 1803
  • Daniel Magill, who arrived in New York, NY in 1816
  • William Magill, who arrived in Norfolk, Va in 1817
  • John Magill, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1840
  • Joseph Magill, who landed in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1841


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  • Charles Michael "Mike" Magill (1920-2006), American racecar driver
  • Charles Magill (1759-1827), American lawyer, politician, and judge
  • Juliette Augusta Magill (1806-1870), American historian and writer
  • Daniel Hamilton "Dan" Magill Jr. (1921-2014), American Sports Information Director, Head Tennis Coach, and Georgia Bulldog Club secretary for the University of Georgia
  • Luke Magill (b. 1987), English footballer
  • Sir Ivan Whiteside Magill (1888-1986), Irish born anaesthetist
  • Ronald Edmund Magill (1920-2007), English actor
  • Charles Magill (1816-1898), member of the 1st Canadian Parliament and mayor of Hamilton in 1854-55
  • Edward James Magill (b. 1939), Northern Irish former footballer
  • Santiago Magill (b. 1977), Peruvian actor

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