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Where did the Scottish Auchterlonie family come from? What is the Scottish Auchterlonie family crest and coat of arms? When did the Auchterlonie family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Auchterlonie family history?

Today's generation of the Auchterlonie family inherits a name that was first used by the Scottish tribe known as the Picts. The first family to use the name Auchterlonie lived in Auchterlonie, near Forfar, in the county of Angus.

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Repeated and inaccurate translation of Scottish names from Gaelic to English and back resulted in a wide variety of spelling variations with single names. Auchterlonie has appeared Auchterlonie, Auchterlony, Ochterlonie, Ochterlony, Ouchterlony, Ochterlonee, Aughterlony, Aughterloney, Aughterlonie, Auchterlowney, Auchterlownie, Achterlonie, Achterlony, Oughterlonie and many more.

First found in Forfarshire part of the Tayside region of North Eastern Scotland, and present day Council Area of Angus, where they were anciently an old family of Angus seated on the lands of Auchterlonie near Forfar from about the year 1200. The first on record was John Auchterlonie who exchanged his lands for his son's lands of Kenny, later Kelly, in 1226.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Auchterlonie research. Another 225 words(16 lines of text) covering the years 1st , 1296, 1388, 1410, 1430, 1457, 1514, 1518, 1643, 1648, 1661, 1663 and 1672 are included under the topic Early Auchterlonie History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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Many Scottish families suffered enormous hardships and were compelled to leave their country of birth. They traveled to Ireland and Australia, but mostly to the colonies of North America, where many found the freedom and opportunity they sought. It was not without a fight, though, as many were forced to stand up and defend their freedom in the American War of Independence. The ancestors of these Scots abroad have rediscovered their heritage in the last century through the Clan societies and other organizations that have sprung up across North America. Immigration and passenger ship lists show some important early immigrants bearing the name Auchterlonie: John Auchterlony who settled in Maryland in 1740.

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  • William "Willie" Auchterlonie (1872-1963), Scottish golf club maker
  • Lawrence "Laurie" Auchterlonie (1868-1948), Scottish professional golfer
  • Dorothy Auchterlonie (1915-1991), English-born Australian academic, literary critic and poet


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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: Deus mihi adjutor
Motto Translation: God is my helper.

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  2. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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  6. Scots Kith and Kin And Illustrated Map Revised 2nd Edition. Edinburgh: Clan House/Albyn. Print.
  7. Fairbairn,. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  8. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  9. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  10. Prebble, John. The Highland Clearances. London: Secker & Warburg, 1963. Print.
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The Auchterlonie Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Auchterlonie 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.

This page was last modified on 8 December 2014 at 17:27.

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