The Dalriadan clans of ancient Scotland
spawned the ancestors of the Clarence family. Their name comes from the personal name Laurence.
The Gaelic form of the name is Mac Labhruinn,
which means son of Labhran
or son of Laurence.
is believed to be descended from Lorn, son of Erc, who landed in Argyll in 503 AD. Although the lineage before the 12th century is difficult to prove, it has been established that the clan held vast territories called the Braes of Balquhidder. They were recorded as being 'all grand, strong men' and, when the Old Kirk at Balquhidder was being repaired, clan members supervised the exhumation of some of the bodies of ancient members of the clan from the graveyard that was a traditional the burial place of the theirs. They found bones measuring 23 and a half inches long, which makes them big men even by today's standards.
Early Origins of the Clarence family
The surname Clarence was 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 in the valley of Loch Voil between the head of Loch Lomond and Loch Earn they were so powerful that it was once said that no one could take his place in church until the MacLaren Clan
were properly seated. They were kinsmen of the Celtic Earls of Strathearn and their branches were at Balquidder, Strathearn, Auchleskine, Stank, Druach and Lochearnside. They engaged neighboring Clans in lively feuds but always remained faithful in their allegiance to the Royal House of Stewart. They were hereditary Celtic Abbots of Achtow and derive their name from Abbot Lawrence. For almost a thousand years the gathering place of the Clan
has been Creag an Tuirc, the 'Boars Rock' in Achtow, in Balquhidder. This has also been adopted as their slogan.
Early History of the Clarence family
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Clarence Spelling Variations
The medieval practice of spelling according to sound and repeated translation between Gaelic and English created many spelling variations
of the same name. Clarence has been recorded as MacLaren, MacLaron, MacLaurin, MacLarty, MacClarence, MacPhater, MacFeeter and many more.
Early Notables of the Clarence family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Clarence family to Ireland
Some of the Clarence family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 78 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Clarence family to the New World and Oceana
Descendents of Dalriadan-Scottish families still populate many communities across North America. They are particularly common in Canada, since many went north as United Empire Loyalists at the time of the American War of Independence
. Much later, in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the highland games and Clan
societies that now dot North America sprang up, allowing many Scots to recover their lost national heritage. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Clarence, or a variant listed above: John and Patrick McLaren who settled in South Carolina in 1716; Archibald McLaren settled in Savannah in 1821; Daniel, David, James, John, Lawrence, and Peter McLaren all arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania between 1840 and 1860.
Contemporary Notables of the name Clarence (post 1700)
- Duke George Clarence (1449-1478), English Duke of Clarence
- Percival Clarence Millar AM (1925-2017), Australian politician, Member of the Australian Parliament for Wide Bay (1974-1990)
- Ivan Clarence Morgan (1880-1949), American Republican politician, Postmaster at Austin, Indiana, 1905-14, 1921-33; Indiana Republican State Chair, 1937 CITATION[CLOSE]
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- General Charles Clarence McDonald (1933-2017), United States Air Force general, Commander of the Air Force Logistics Command (COMAFLC) from 1989 to 1992
- Charles Clarence Butt (b. 1938), American billionaire businessman, son of Howard Butt
- Bryan Clarence Murray (1942-2017), Canadian professional ice hockey executive and coach, General Manager of the Ottawa Senators (2007-2016)
- Horatio Clarence Hocken (1857-1937), Canadian politician, 36th Mayor of Toronto (1912-1914), Member of the Canadian Parliament for Toronto West (1917-1925), Senator for Toronto, Ontario (1933-1937)
- Ivan Clarence Carnaby (1908-1974), Australian farmer, naturalist and ornithologist
- W. Clarence Sheldon, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Cayuga County 1st District, 1896-97 CITATION[CLOSE]
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- C. Clarence Frick, American politician, U.S. Vice Consul in Swansea, 1926; Stoke-on-Trent, 1927 CITATION[CLOSE]
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