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Mcclarty Surname History



The ancestors of the Mcclarty family come from the ancient Scottish kingdom of Dalriada. The family name comes from the personal name Laurence. The Gaelic form of the name is Mac Labhruinn, which means son of Labhran or son of Laurence. The Clan is believed to be descended from Lorn, son of Erc, who landed in Argyll in 503 AD. Although the lineage before the 12th century is difficult to prove, it has been established that the clan held vast territories called the Braes of Balquhidder. They were recorded as being 'all grand, strong men' and, when the Old Kirk at Balquhidder was being repaired, clan members supervised the exhumation of some of the bodies of ancient members of the clan from the graveyard that was a traditional the burial place of the theirs. They found bones measuring 23 and a half inches long, which makes them big men even by today's standards.


Early Origins of the Mcclarty family


The surname Mcclarty 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 in the valley of Loch Voil between the head of Loch Lomond and Loch Earn they were so powerful that it was once said that no one could take his place in church until the MacLaren Clan were properly seated. They were kinsmen of the Celtic Earls of Strathearn and their branches were at Balquidder, Strathearn, Auchleskine, Stank, Druach and Lochearnside. They engaged neighboring Clans in lively feuds but always remained faithful in their allegiance to the Royal House of Stewart. They were hereditary Celtic Abbots of Achtow and derive their name from Abbot Lawrence. For almost a thousand years the gathering place of the Clan has been Creag an Tuirc, the 'Boars Rock' in Achtow, in Balquhidder. This has also been adopted as their slogan.

Early History of the Mcclarty family


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Mcclarty Spelling Variations


Historical recordings of the name Mcclarty include many spelling variations. They are the result of repeated translations of the name from Gaelic to English and inconsistencies in spelling rules. They include MacLaren, MacLaron, MacLaurin, MacLarty, MacClarence, MacPhater, MacFeeter and many more.

Early Notables of the Mcclarty family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Mcclarty family to Ireland


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Migration of the Mcclarty family to the New World and Oceana


Dalriadan families proliferated in North America. Their descendants still populate many communities in the eastern parts of both the United States and Canada. Some settled in Canada as United Empire Loyalists, in the wake of the American War of Independence. Families on both sides of the border have recovered much of their heritage in the 20th century through Clan societies and highland games. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Mcclarty or a variant listed above:

Mcclarty Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John McClarty, who settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1856
  • Wm. McClarty, aged 26, who landed in America from Ireland, in 1894
  • Rose McClarty, aged 23, who settled in America from Antrim, in 1898

Mcclarty Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • William James McClarty, aged 7, who emigrated to the United States from Cullybachy, in 1904
  • Annie Ellen McClarty, aged 0, who landed in America from Cullybachy, in 1904
  • Hugh McClarty, aged 26, who settled in America from Cullybachy, in 1904
  • Martha Jane McClarty, aged 2, who landed in America from Cullybachy, in 1904
  • Mary McClarty, aged 8, who emigrated to the United States from Cullybachy, in 1904

Contemporary Notables of the name Mcclarty (post 1700)


  • David McClarty MLA (1951-2014), Independent Unionist politician from Northern Ireland, Member of the Northern Ireland Assembly for Londonderry, East (1998-2014)

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