McArtur is one of the names derived from the families of the ancient Dalriadan clans of Scotland
. It is derived from the Celtic personal name Arthur.
It denotes the 'son of arthur', which means noble one.
Early Origins of the McArtur family
The surname McArtur 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 they held a family seat
from early times and their first records appeared on the census rolls taken by the ancient Kings of Scotland
to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.
Early History of the McArtur family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McArtur research.Another 319 words (23 lines of text) covering the years 1427, 1767, and 1817 are included under the topic Early McArtur History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
McArtur Spelling Variations
Spelling in the medieval era was a highly imprecise process. Translation, particularly from Gaelic to English, was little better. For these reasons, early Scottish names are rife with spelling variations
. In various documents McArtur has been spelled MacArthur, MacArtair, MacArter and many more.
Early Notables of the McArtur family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the Clan
from early times was Alister MacArthur who was beheaded by James I in 1427; and John MacArthur of the Strachur branch (1767) who journeyed to Australia
with the 102nd Regiment. He became actively involved in the development... Another 41 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early McArtur Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the McArtur family to Ireland
Some of the McArtur family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 158 words (11 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 McArtur family to the New World and Oceana
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 McArtur arrived in North America very early: Neil McArthur who settled in New York State in 1738 with his wife Mary Campbell and three children, Alexander, John, and Christian; Patrick McArthur also settled in New York State in 1738 with his wife Mary McDugall and children, Charles, Colin, and Jennet.
The McArtur 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: Fide et opera
Motto Translation: By fidelity and work.