McCallum History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

In the mountains of Scotland's west coast and on the Hebrides islands, the ancestors of the McCallum family were born. Their name comes from the Gaelic personal name "MacChaluim" which means "son of Calum," oe "son of St. Colomba." The names MacCallum and Malcolm are used interchangeably as Calum is the often Anglicized as Malcolm.

Early Origins of the McCallum family

The surname McCallum 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 quickly attained the status of Clan. Their ancient Clan seat was at Poltalloch near Loch Craignish.

The related Clan Calum is said to have been from Ariskeodnish. One of the earliest records of the name was Reginald MacCallum of Corbarron who was made the hereditary constable of Craignish Castle in 1414. Sir Duncan Campbell granted him lands in Craignish and on Loch Avich. This arrangement demonstrates the strong alliance between the MacCallums and the Campbells of Argyll; an arrangement which made them deadly foes of the MacDonalds.

In 1647, Sir Alexander MacDonald killed Zacharie MacCallum, a supporter of the Campbell Chief, in battle at Ederline. In the 17th century, another Zachary Maccallum was bequeathed the Cobarron lands by the last of that branch.

Important Dates for the McCallum family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McCallum research. Another 270 words (19 lines of text) covering the years 1562, 1779, 1647, 1665, 1850, 1665, 1793 and 1800 are included under the topic Early McCallum History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

McCallum Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Malcolmson, Malcollm, Malcom, Malcomb, Malcome, Malcomson, Malcum, MacCallam, MacCallum and many more.

Early Notables of the McCallum family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the McCallum family to Ireland

Some of the McCallum family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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McCallum migration to the United States

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

McCallum Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Archibald McCallum, who landed in New Jersey in 1685 [1]
  • Neil McCallum, who landed in New Jersey in 1685 [1]
McCallum Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Mary McCallum, who arrived in New York in 1740 [1]
  • Flory McCallum, who landed in New York, NY in 1740 [1]
  • Duncan McCallum, aged 30, who arrived in Wilmington, North Carolina in 1775 [1]
  • Hugh McCallum, aged 32, who arrived in New York in 1775 [1]
  • Finlay McCallum, who landed in New York in 1789 [1]
McCallum Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Malcolm McCallum, who landed in Mississippi in 1840 [1]
  • James McCallum, who landed in Mississippi in 1842 [1]

McCallum migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

McCallum Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Henry McCallum, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • Mrs. Catherine McCallum U.E. who settled in Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1784 [2]
  • Mr. John McCallum U.E. who settled in Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1784 [2]
  • Mr. John McCallum Jr., U.E. who settled in Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1784 [2]
  • Sgt. Peter McCallum U.E. who settled in Schoodic Falls [St. Stephen], Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1784 he served in the 74th Regiment [2]
McCallum Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • John McCallum, aged 24, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Favourite" in 1815
  • John McCallum, aged 45, who arrived in Pictou, Nova Scotia in 1815-1816
  • Peter McCallum, aged 17, who arrived in Pictou, Nova Scotia in 1815-1816
  • Duncan McCallum, aged 21, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Favourite" in 1815
  • Angus McCallum, who arrived in Canada in 1820
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

McCallum migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

McCallum Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Duncan McCallum, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Delhi" in 1839 [3]
  • Alexander McCallum, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Glenswilly" in 1839 [4]
  • John Edward McCallum, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Indus" in 1839 [5]
  • Agnes McCallum, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Indus" in 1839 [5]
  • William McCallum, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Indus" in 1839 [5]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

McCallum migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

McCallum Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • D. McCallum, Scottish settler travelling from Greenock aboard the ship "Robert Henderson" arriving in Port Chalmers, Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 9th February 1858 [6]
  • Mr. John Mccallum, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Excelsior" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 17th March 1859 [7]
  • Mr. Duncan McCallum, Scottish settler travelling from Glasgow aboard the ship "Robert Henderson" arriving in Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 3rd September 1860 [6]
  • Mr. Archibald McCallum, Scottish settler travelling from Clyde aboard the ship "Robert Henderson" arriving in Port Chalmers, Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 5th October 1861 [6]
  • Mrs. McCallum, Scottish settler with 2 daughters travelling from Clyde aboard the ship "Robert Henderson" arriving in Port Chalmers, Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 5th October 1861 [6]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name McCallum (post 1700)

  • Richard "Rick" McCallum (b. 1954), German-born American film producer, known for his work on The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles and the Star Wars Trilogy: Special Edition and prequel trilogy
  • Napoleon Ardel McCallum (b. 1963), former American college and professional football player inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame
  • Scott McCallum (b. 1950), American politician, 43rd Governor of U.S. state of Wisconsin
  • Spencer Heath McCallum (b. 1931), American anthropologist, business consultant and libertarian
  • Robert McCallum Jr. (b. 1946), American Rhodes Scholar and Ambassador to Australia (2006-2009)
  • Scott McCallum (b. 1950), American Republican politician, who was lieutenant governor of Wisconsin from 1987-2001 and acting governor of Wisconsin in 2001-2003 [8]
  • Cornelius J. "Neil" McCallum (1868-1920), Scottish footballer
  • David McCallum Sr. (1897-1972), Scottish first violinist of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the London Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Scottish National Orchestra
  • Daniel McCallum (1815-1878), Scottish-born, American railroad engineer and general manager of the New York and Erie Railroad and Union Major General during the American Civil War
  • David McCallum (b. 1933), Scottish actor and musician, known for his early role as Illya Kuryakin, a Russian secret agent, in the television series The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (1964-1968) and more recently as Dr. Donald "Ducky" Mallard in the series NCIS
  • ... (Another 15 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the McCallum family

HMAS Sydney II
  • Mr. Duncan McCallum, Scottish Canteen Assistant from Rothesay, Isle of Bute, Scotland, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II and died in the sinking [9]
RMS Lusitania
  • Mr. Albert Alexander Mccallum, English 3rd Class passenger from England, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking [10]

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Citations

  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) DELHI 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Delhi.htm
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) GLENSWILLY 1839 (also called DAWSONS). Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Glenswilly.htm
  5. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) INDUS 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Indus.htm
  6. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  7. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  8. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2010, September 27) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  9. ^ HMAS Sydney II, Finding Sydney Foundation - Roll of Honour. (Retrieved 2014, April 24) . Retrieved from http://www.findingsydney.com/roll.asp
  10. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 6) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/
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