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The story of the Auchmuty family begins in ancient Scotland among the Pictish clans. The Auchmuty family lived at Auchmuty, in the parish of Markinch, in the county of Fifeshire.


The surname Auchmuty was first found in Fife, where they were chiefs of the lands known as Auchmuty in the parish of Markinch. The first on record was Rotheri of Auchmuty in the year 1296, followed by Florence in 1334 who confirmed the lands of Auchmuty in 1334.

Translation has done much to alter the appearance of many Scottish names. It was a haphazard process that lacked a basic system of rules. Spelling variations were a common result of this process. Auchmuty has appeared Auchmuty, Achmuty, Auchmutie, Achmutie, Auchmouttie, Admuty, Achmoutie, Admowty, Auchmowtie, Achinmoutie, Auchinmouttie, Achmuty, Admuty, Auchmouthie, Auchmutty, Auchmoody and many more.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Auchmuty research. Another 258 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1466, 1517, 1600, 1606, 1650, and 1669 are included under the topic Early Auchmuty History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


More information is included under the topic Early Auchmuty Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


Some of the Auchmuty family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 99 words (7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


Many Scots left their country to travel to the North American colonies in search of the freedom they could not find at home. Of those who survived the difficult voyage, many found the freedom they so desired. There they could choose their own beliefs and allegiances. Some became United Empire Loyalists and others fought in the American War of Independence. The Clan societies and highland games that have sprung up in the last century have allowed many of these disparate Scots to recover their collective national identity. A search of immigration and passenger ship lists revealed many early settlers bearing the Auchmuty name:

Auchmuty Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Robert Auchmuty, who arrived in America in 1730

  • James Johnston Auchmuty CBE Ph.D., Historian and Educational Administrator, Australian National Commission for Unesco, Australia
  • Professor James Auchmuty, Vice Chancellor and Principal of University of Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia
  • Canon J W Auchmuty, Ireland
  • Sir Samuel Auchmuty (1758-1822), British soldier who captured Montevideo

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Dum spiro spero
Motto Translation: While I have breath I hope.


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    Other References

    1. Browne, James. The History of Scotland it's Highlands, Regiments and Clans 8 Volumes. Edinburgh: Francis A Niccolls & Co, 1909. Print.
    2. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
    3. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
    4. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
    5. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    6. Paul, Sir James Balfour. An Ordinary of Arms Contained in the Public Register of All Arms and Bearings in Scotland Second Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1903. Print.
    7. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    8. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
    9. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
    10. Bain, Robert. The Clans and Tartans of Scotland. Glasgow & London: Collins, 1968. Print. (ISBN 000411117-6).
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    The Auchmuty Family Crest was acquired from the archives. The Auchmuty Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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