McClard is one of the names derived from the families of the ancient Dalriadan clans of Scotland
. It is derived from the personal name Leod.
The Gaelic form of the surname is Mac Leoid,
which means son of Leod,
son of Olaf the Black, King of Man and the Northern Isles. Olaf was from a dynasty of Norse Kings, who, for centuries held the Isles. They were in turn descended from King Halfdan the Stingy, a King who was reputed to be descended from the god Frey. Leod held the island of Lewis
, the mainland Glenelg and part of Skye
in about 1195 AD. It was his two sons who founded the two great branches of the Siol Tormod and the Siol Torquil.
Early Origins of the McClard family
The surname McClard was first found in on the Isle of Lewis
(Scottish Gaelic: Leòdhas), where the Siol Tormod branch held the territories of Harris
, Glenelg and Dunvegan
Castle in Skye; while the Siol Torquil branch held Assynt and Cadboll, and the Island of Ramasay. There were no title deeds for these territories as they had been considered possessions of Norway. Yet when King Haakon asserted his authority over the lands in 1263 King Alexander resisted. Although the Scottish King Alexander signed the Treaty of Perth allowing payment of rent to Norway for all these lands, it was never paid and the whole of the western Isles became Scottish possessions.
Early History of the McClard family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McClard research.Another 515 words (37 lines of text) covering the years 1314, 1597, 1613, 1715, 1745, and 1777 are included under the topic Early McClard History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
McClard 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 McClard has been spelled MacLeod, MacCleod, MacCloud, MacLoud and many more.
Early Notables of the McClard family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the Clan
from early times was Sir Roderick MacLeod of Dunvegan
Castle who led 600 of his Clansmen to Ireland
to assist in O'Donnell's rebellion and Lord MacLeod's Highlanders (73rd Regiment - later the 71st Regiment)... Another 38 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early McClard Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the McClard 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 McClard arrived in North America very early: Alan, Angus
, Anne, Catherine, Donald, George, Jean, John, Malcolm, Margaret, Mary, Murdoch and his wife Christian; Neal and his wife Margaret and three children.
Contemporary Notables of the name McClard (post 1700)
- Bill W. McClard (b. 1950), American former NFL professional football kicker who played from 1972 to 1975
- Stephen T. McClard (b. 1967), Amercian band director and musician