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Where did the Scottish McClure family come from? What is the Scottish McClure family crest and coat of arms? When did the McClure family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the McClure family history?McClure comes from the ancient Dalriadan clans of Scotland's west coast and Hebrides islands. The name comes from the Gaelic word Mac-Giolla-Uidhir, which literally means son of the pale youth or son of Odhar's servant. 
The translation of Gaelic names in the Middle Ages was not a task undertaken with great care. Records from that era show an enormous number of spelling variations, even in names referring to the same person. Over the years McClure has appeared as MacClure, MacLure, MacCloor, McLeur, McCloor and others.
First found in Ayrshire and Galloway, where John McLur and Robert McLure were first listed as followers of the Earl of Casilis in 1526. A few years later in 1532, Tomas Maklure was sergeant of Assize in Carrick. Interestingly, the earliest evidence of a Clan piper was Robert MacLure who was piper to the chief of the Buchanans in 1600. 
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McClure research. Another 139 words(10 lines of text) covering the years 1660, 1807, 1873 and 1857 are included under the topic Early McClure History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early McClure Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the McClure family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 265 words(19 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
Many of the ancestors of Dalriadan families who arrived in North America still live in communities along the east coast of Canada and the United States. In the American War of Independence many of the original settlers traveled north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries the ancestors of many Scots began recovering their collective national heritage through clan societies, highland games, and other patriotic events. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name McClure or a variant listed above:
McClure Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
McClure Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
McClure Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
McClure Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
McClure Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
McClure Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
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: Spectemur agendo
Motto Translation: Let us be judged by our actions.
The McClure Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McClure Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.
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