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Where did the Scottish Mcelligott family come from? When did the Mcelligott family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Mcelligott family history?

The tale of the name Mcelligott begins with a family who lived in Liddesdale and Teviotdale where the family has a long and distinguished history dating back to the early Middle Ages. The name is actually derived from the Old English personal name Elwald or Aelfwald, but this name is now all but extinct as a personal name.

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Before the first dictionaries appeared in the last few hundred years, scribes spelled according to sound. spelling variations are common among Scottish names. Mcelligott has been spelled Elliott, Elliot, Eliot, Eliott, Ellegett, Ellegot, Ellecot, Ellacott, Ellacot, Ellgate, Ellett, Ellit and many more.

First found in Liddesdale, and Teviotdale. Although originally from Elliott, a village near Forfar, this Clan was persuaded by the Douglases to move south to help defend the border in 1396. There they became one of the most influential clans. Some of the notable personalities were "Archie Fire the Braes," "Hob of the Park," "Little Jock of the Park," "Jock Half Lugs," "Jock A'God's Name," "Gibbe Wi' the Gowden Gartens."


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Mcelligott research. Another 281 words(20 lines of text) covering the years 1499, 1546, 1898, 1592, 1632, 1636, 1668, 1604, 1690, 1612, 1685, 1640, 1665, 1714, 1700, 1670, 1797 and are included under the topic Early Mcelligott History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 237 words(17 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Mcelligott Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Mcelligott family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 149 words(11 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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In those unstable times, many had no choice but to leave their beloved homelands. Sickness and poverty hounded travelers to North America, but those who made it were welcomed with land and opportunity. These settlers gave the young nations of Canada and the United States a strong backbone as they stood up for their beliefs as United Empire Loyalists and in the American War of Independence. In this century, the ancestors of these brave Scots have begun to recover their illustrious heritage through clan societies and other heritage organizations. Early passenger and immigration lists reveal many Scottish settlers bearing the name Mcelligott:

Mcelligott Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • John McElligott, who landed in St Clair County, Illinois in 1873

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  • John James McElligott (1882-1946), the 12th Fire Commissioner of the City of New York
  • Dominique McElligott, Irish television and film actress
  • Bernard McElligott, Irish Gaelic footballer and hurler
  • Sean McElligott (b. 1962), Irish professional footballer


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