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

The McCausland family comes from the ancient Scottish Dalriadan clans of the mountainous west coast of Scotland. The name McCausland is derived from the Gaelic form of Absolom, which means peace. Historically this name can be found in The Bible, as the name of the third son of King David, who was killed for rebellion against his father.


Translation in medieval times was an undeveloped science and was often carried out without due care. For this reason, many early Scottish names appeared radically altered when written in English. The spelling variations of McCausland include MacAuslan, MacAslan, MacAsland, MacAusland, MacAuslane, Mac Auslin, MacCauslan, MacCausland, MacCauseland and many more.

First found in Argyllshire (Gaelic erra Ghaidheal), the region of western Scotland corresponding roughly with the ancient Kingdom of Dál Riata, in the Strathclyde region of Scotland, now part of the Council Area of Argyll and Bute, 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.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McCausland research. Another 238 words(17 lines of text) covering the year 1421 is included under the topic Early McCausland History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 33 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early McCausland Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the McCausland family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 172 words(12 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


The hardy Scots who made the crossing settled all along the east coast of North America and in the great west that was just then opening up. At the time of the American War of Independence, many United Empire Loyalists moved north from the American colonies to Canada. Scottish national heritage became better known in North America in the 20th century through highland games and other patriotic events. An examination of immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name McCausland arrived in North America very early:

McCausland Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • James McCausland, aged 30, landed in Baltimore, Maryland in 1804
  • Oliver McCausland, aged 22, arrived in Baltimore, Maryland in 1804
  • Susanna McCausland, aged 28, landed in Baltimore, Maryland in 1804
  • Conolly McCausland, who arrived in America in 1804
  • Thomas McCausland, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1838


  • John McCausland Jr. (1836-1927), American brigadier general in the Confederate States Army
  • Chris McCausland (b. 1977), British comedian
  • Brigadier Arthur Elsmere McCausland (1897-1984), Australian Director of Engineer Stores, Army Headquarters in 1945
  • Nelson McCausland MLA, British unionist politician from Northern Ireland
  • Dominick McCausland (1806-1873), Irish barrister and Christian author
  • Charles Edward McCausland (1898-1965), Irish cricketer
  • Yvette McCausland, New Zealand netball coach and former netball player
  • Ernesto McCausland (b. 1961), Colombian journalist, writer and filmmaker
  • John McCausland (1735-1804), member of the Irish parliament representing Donegal County
  • Lucius Perronet Thompson McCausland (1904-1984), British economist


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: Audaces juvat
Motto Translation: Fortune favours the bold.


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  2. Prebble, John. The Highland Clearances. London: Secker & Warburg, 1963. Print.
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  6. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  7. Moncrieffe, Sir Ian of That Ilk and Don Pottinger. Clan Map Scotland of Old. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1983. Print.
  8. Scarlett, James D. Tartan The Highland Textile. London: Shepheard-Walwyn, 1990. Print. (ISBN 0-85683-120-4).
  9. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  10. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  11. ...

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