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

The Rattray surname was a habitational name, taken on from the name of a feudal barony in the former county of Perthshire. Today, Blairgowrie and Rattray is a town and twin burgh in Perth and Kinross. Rattray Head (Rattray Point) is a headland in Buchan, Aberdeenshire.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Rattray, Rattry and others.

First found in Perthshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Pheairt) former county in the present day Council Area of Perth and Kinross, located in central Scotland, where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Rattray research. Another 201 words(14 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Rattray History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Rattray Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Rattray Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Ann Rattray, who was banished to Maryland in 1728
  • Alexander Rattray, who came to Georgia in 1734
  • George Rattray, a Scottish soldier on record in America in 1757
  • John Rattray, who settled in Carolina in 1760
  • John Rattray, who landed in Carolina in 1760

Rattray Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • David Rattray, aged 40, arrived in Virginia in 1813
  • David Rattray, who settled in Virginia in 1813
  • Agnes Rattray, who settled in New York in 1829
  • Andrew Rattray, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1856

Rattray Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • John Rattray, aged 44, a weaver, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Bucephalus"
  • Elizabeth Rattray, aged 19, a domestic servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Bucephalus"
  • Janet Rattray, aged 16, a domestic servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Bucephalus"

Rattray Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • Matthew Rattray, aged 21, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Jane Gifford" in 1842
  • Mary Rattray, aged 22, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Jane Gifford" in 1842

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  • Heather Rattray (b. 1965), American actress
  • John Rattray, Scottish professional skateboarder
  • John “Jack” Rattray, early twentieth century Scottish football inside forward
  • Captain Robert Sutherland Rattray (1881-1938), English lawyer and Anthropologist, early Africanist, known for his study of the Ashanti
  • Charles Robert "Charlie" Rattray (1911-1995), English footballer
  • Gordon Rattray (b. 1898), Australian rules footballer
  • Tyla Rattray (b. 1985), Grand Prix motocross world champion from South Africa
  • Iain Rattray, British actor
  • David Grey Rattray (1958-2007), well-known historian and tour guide in South Africa
  • Colin Lewis Rattray (b. 1931), former Australian politician

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