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

An ancient Strathclyde-Briton family from the Scottish/English Borderlands were the first to use the name McLemore. It is a name for a devotee of the Virgin Mary. Looking back further, we find the name McLemore was originally derived from the Gaelic Gille Moire, which means follower of Mary.

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Scribes in Medieval Scotland spelled names by sound rather than any set of rules, so an enormous number of spelling variations exist in names of that era. McLemore has been spelled Gilmour, Gilmore, Gilmur, Gilmor, Gilmer and many more.

First found in Ayrshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Inbhir Àir), formerly a county in the southwestern Strathclyde region of Scotland, that today makes up the Council Areas of South, East, and North Ayrshire, where they held a family seat from very ancient times. Early records from Cumberland show that between 1133 and 1156, Gilmor, son of Gilander founded the chapelry of Treverman (later Trierman) in the parish of Walton, Cumberland, site of Triermain castle. Gilmore meaning "Gill the Big" was son of Gillanders the great Chief who lived about 1140.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McLemore research. Another 185 words(13 lines of text) covering the years 1250, 1605, 1671, 1661 and 1671 are included under the topic Early McLemore History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 27 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early McLemore Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the McLemore family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 101 words(7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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The number of Strathclyde Clan families sailing for North America increased steadily as the persecution continued. In the colonies, they could find not only freedom from the iron hand of the English government, but land to settle on. The American War of Independence allowed many of these settlers to prove their independence, while some chose to go to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Scots played essential roles in the forging of both great nations. Among them:

McLemore Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • J C McLemore, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • John McLemore, who landed in Mobile, Ala in 1860

McLemore Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century


  • C. K. McLemore, aged 36, who emigrated to the United States, in 1908
  • Osbern McLemore, who landed in America, in 1908
  • Patti McLemore, aged 24, who emigrated to America, in 1908
  • James L. McLemore, aged 44, who settled in America, in 1911
  • Mary W. McLemore, aged 35, who emigrated to the United States, in 1911

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  • McCoy McLemore (1942-2009), American former college and professional basketball star
  • Mark Tremell McLemore (b. 1964), American former second baseman and utility player in Major League baseball
  • Dana McLemore (b. 1960), former professional American football cornerback in the National Football league
  • Emmett McLemore, American professional football player who played in the National Football League
  • Mark Steven McLemore (b. 1980), American Major League Baseball pitcher
  • Atkins Jefferson McLemore (1857-1929), American newspaper publisher, State Representative and United States Representative from Texas
  • Albert S. McLemore (1869-1921), American officer serving in the United States Marine Corps during the Spanish-American War
  • Leslie B. McLemore (b. 1940), American civil rights activist and political leader


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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: Perseveranti dabitur
Motto Translation: It will be given to the persevering.

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  2. Moncrieffe, Sir Ian of That Ilk and David Hicks. The Highland Clans The Dynastic Origins, Cheifs and Background of the Clans. New York: C.N. Potter, 1968. Print.
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  6. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  7. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
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  10. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
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The McLemore Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McLemore 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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