A family in the Pictish tribe of ancient Scotland
was the first to use the name Maskell. They lived in the lands of Keith in the county of East Lothian
. Traditionally the Keiths were descended from Robert, an early Chieftain
of the Catti tribe, and possibly one of the earliest settlers in Scotland
. Robert joined King Malcolm II at the battle of Panbridge, in 1006, against Camus, leader of the Danes. Robert slew Camus for which King Malcolm granted Robert the hereditary title of Marshall of Scotland
, with a barony in Lothian
and the island of Inskeith in the gulf of Edinburgh. It is for this title that the Keiths are sometimes known as the Marshalls, and many Clansmen adopted that name.
Early Origins of the Maskell family
The surname Maskell was first found in Haddingtonshire
where Harvey Keith, successor of the aforementioned Robert inherited the office of Marshal late in the 13th century, but was imprisoned by the English until 1304. On his release he became one of four Deputy Wardens of Scotland
. He joined the cause of King Robert the Bruce, and for their assistance to the Scottish crown, the Clan
was granted the royal forest of Kintore. Harvey Keith commanded the Scots Cavalry at Bannockburn and was probably more instrumental in the annihilation of the English army than any other single person. He was again granted lands for his deeds, this time at the expense of the Clan
Cumming (Comyn), whose estates at Buchan were acquired by the Keith Clan.
His great grandson, Sir William Keith, founded the tower of Dunottar Castle. Through marriage with an heiress of the Cheynes of Axkergill, the Keiths acquired lands in Caithrless, and began a never-ending succession of feuds with their new neighbors, the Gunns and others.
Early History of the Maskell family
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Maskell Spelling Variations
In medieval Scotland
, names were more often spelled according to sound than any regular set of rules. An enormous number of spelling variations
were the result. Over the years, the name Maskell has been spelled Keith, Keath, Ceiteach (Gaelic) and others.
Early Notables of the Maskell family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the Clan
at this time was William Keith (d. 1475), 1st Earl Marischal of Scotland; Agnes Keith, Countess of Moray (c.1540-1588), a Scottish noblewoman; William Keith, 4th Earl Marischal (d. 1581), a Scottish nobleman and politician; George Keith, 5th Earl Marischal (c.1553-1623), a Scottish nobleman; William Keith, 6th Earl... Another 72 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Maskell Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Maskell family to Ireland
Some of the Maskell family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 105 words (8 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 Maskell family to the New World and Oceana
In such difficult times, Ireland
, and North America looked like better homes for many Scots. The trips were expensive and grueling, but also rewarding, as the colonies were havens for those unwelcome in the old country. That legacy did not die easily, though, and many were forced to fight for their freedom in the American War of Independence
. The Scottish legacy has resurface in more recent times, though, through Clan
societies, highland games, and other organizations. Immigration and passenger lists have shown many early immigrants bearing the old Scottish name of Maskell:
Maskell Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- James Maskell, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1872 CITATION[CLOSE]
Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
- M. Maskell, aged 35, who emigrated to America from County Clare, Ireland, in 1892
- Pat Maskell, aged 6, who emigrated to the United States from County Clare, Ireland, in 1892
- George Maskell, aged 28, who settled in America, in 1894
- Alfd. Maskell, aged 15, who emigrated to the United States from England, in 1894
Maskell Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- W. E. Maskell, aged 32, who settled in America from England, in 1903
- Mary Maskell, aged 35, who landed in America from Bradford, England, in 1907
- John R. Maskell, aged 18, who landed in America from Newcastle on Tyne, England, in 1909
- Bertram Maskell, aged 19, who settled in America, in 1909
- Lucy Annie Maskell, aged 45, who landed in America from Weymouth, England, in 1912
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Maskell Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
- Joseph F. Maskell, aged 31, who settled in Vancouver, Canada, in 1911
- Frank H. Maskell, aged 29, who settled in Halifax, Canada, in 1918
- Elsie Irene Maskell, aged 3, who settled in Winnipeg, Canada, in 1922
- Lilian Irene Maskell, aged 34, who emigrated to Winnipeg, Canada, in 1922
Contemporary Notables of the name Maskell (post 1700)
- John W. Maskell, American politician, Member of New Jersey State House of Assembly from Salem County, 1837, 1842 CITATION[CLOSE]
The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 6) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
- Virginia Elizabeth Maskell (1936-1968), Lady Shakerley, an English actress
- Robert "Bob" Maskell, former Canadian teacher and provincial level politician from Alberta
- Neil Maskell (b. 1976), English actor, writer and director
- Daniel "Dan" Maskell (1908-1992), English tennis player
- Craig Dell Maskell (b. 1968), English football Centre Forward
- William Miles Maskell (1839-1898), New Zealand farmer, politician and entomologist
Historic Events for the Maskell family
- Mr. John N Maskell (b. 1921), English Able Seaman serving for the Royal Navy from Portsmouth, Hampshire, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking CITATION[CLOSE]
H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from http://www.hmshood.com/crew/memorial/roh_24may41.htm
- Mr. Leopold Adolphus Maskell (d. 1912), aged 25, English Trimmer from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking CITATION[CLOSE]
Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html
The Maskell Motto
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: Veritas vincit
Motto Translation: Truth Conquers.