Ackharde History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The saga of the Ackharde family begins among the people of the ancient tribe of the Picts. They lived in the old barony of Urquhart, which is located on Loch Ness in the county of Inverness.

Early Origins of the Ackharde family

The surname Ackharde was first found in Elginshire a former county in northeastern Scotland, in the present day Scottish Council Area of Moray, where Galleroch de Urchart "who lived temp. Alexander II" [1] was granted lands in Cromarty, and Inverness. He held a family seat at the Castle of Urquhart in 1214. "His descendants were "hereditary sheriffs of Cromarty." [1]

Important Dates for the Ackharde family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ackharde research. Another 177 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1306, 1358, 1611, 1660, 1114, 1759, 1611, 1660 and 1650 are included under the topic Early Ackharde History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ackharde Spelling Variations

Although Medieval Scotland lacked a basic set of spelling rules, which meant that scribes recorded names according to their sounds it was not uncommon for the names of a father and son to be recorded differently. As a result, there are many spelling variations of Scottish single names. Ackharde has been written Urquhart, Urquhard, Urchard, Orchard and many more.

Early Notables of the Ackharde family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the Clan at this time was Sir Thomas Urquhart (Urchard) of Cromarty (1611-c.1660), a Scottish writer and translator, most famous for his translation of Rabelais. Down in London, Thomas Urquhart ( fl. 1650?), was a "noted violin-maker and was distinguished...
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Migration of the Ackharde family to Ireland

Some of the Ackharde family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Ackharde family

Thousands of Scots left their home country to travel to Ireland or Australia, or to cross the Atlantic for the North American colonies. The difficult crossing was an enormous hurdle, but those who survived found freedom and opportunity in ample measure. Some Scots even fought for their freedom in the American War of Independence. This century, their ancestors have become aware of the illustrious history of the Scots in North America and at home through Clan societies and other organizations. Passenger and immigration lists show many early and influential immigrants bearing the name Ackharde: Alexander Urquhart who settled in Antigua in 1679; James Urquart settled in Virginia in 1716; Thomas Urquhart settled in Granada in 1776; Donald Urquhart settled in Jamaica in 1745.

Citations

  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
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