(Gaelic: Siorrachd Pheairt) former county in the present day Council Area of Perth and Kinross, located in central
, where they were anciently, recorded in the 8th century, seated in their territories. The Pictish influence on Scottish history diminished after Kenneth Macalpine became King of all
. They were said to have been borne of seven sons of the King Cruithne. But those east coast families still played an important role in government and were more accessible to Government than their western highland counterparts. The family name became associated as a sept of the
Dukes of Atholl. Allegiances were important to Scottish middle age survival. Later they held a
at Glen Garry.
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Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Margaret Atholl who went to Pictou, Nova Scotia, as a Scottish emigrant in 1801. There is also a record of Francis Athole settling in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1838..