Beattie History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Beattie family

The surname Beattie was first found in Roxburghshire, Scotland, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

Early History of the Beattie family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Beattie research. Another 76 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1597, 1603, 1735, 1771, and 1803 are included under the topic Early Beattie History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Beattie Spelling Variations

During the era when a person's name, tribe and posterity was one of his most important possessions, many different spellings were found in the archives examined. Beattie occurred in many references, and spelling variations of the name found included Beattie, Beatty, Beaty, Beatie, Betay, Bety and others.

Early Notables of the Beattie family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Beattie family to Ireland

Some of the Beattie family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 61 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Beattie migration to the United States +

Gradually becoming disenchanted with life in Ireland many of these uprooted families sailed aboard the armada of sailing ships known as the "White Sails" which plied the stormy Atlantic. These overcrowded ships often arrived with only 60 to 70% of their original passenger list, many dying of illness and the elements, were buried at sea. In North America, early immigrants bearing the family name Beattie, or a spelling variation of the surname include:

Beattie Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Miss Beattie, who arrived in South Carolina in 1772 [1]
  • Agnes Beattie who arrived in New York City in 1774
Beattie Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Andrew Beattie, who landed in New York, NY in 1816 [1]
  • Ann Beattie, who arrived in America in 1826 [1]
  • Janet Beattie, who landed in America in 1826 [1]
  • William Beattie, who landed in New York in 1835 [1]
  • Nelson Beattie, who arrived in New York in 1838 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Beattie Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • James Beattie, who arrived in Arkansas in 1900 [1]
  • Benjamin Beattie, who landed in New York, NY in 1905 [1]

Canada Beattie migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Beattie Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Andrew Beattie, aged 23, a teacher, who arrived in Quebec aboard the ship "Atlas" in 1815
  • William Beattie, who arrived in Canada in 1821
  • Mr. Beattie, who landed in Victoria, British Columbia in 1862

Australia Beattie migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Beattie Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Miss. Harriet Beattie, (b. 1818), aged 19 born in Cornwall, UK convicted in Cornwall on 24th March 1837, sentenced for 14 years for stealing money, transported aboard the ship "Platina" in 1837 to Van Diemen's Land, Tasmania, Australia [2]
  • Ms. Harriet Beattie, (b. 1818), aged 19, Cornish settler convicted in Cornwall, UK on 24th March 1837, sentenced for 14 years for stealing a sovereign and a cotton shawl from John Mathews, transported aboard the ship "Platina" on 22nd April 1837 to Van Diemen's Land, Tasmania, Australia [3]
  • Mr. Thomas Beattie, British Convict who was convicted in Edinburgh, Scotland for 10 years, transported aboard the "Asia" on 25th April 1840, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) [4]
  • Anne Beattie, aged 18, a shawl knitter, who arrived in South Australia in 1850 aboard the ship "Joseph Soames" [5]
  • Anne Beattie, aged 18, a shawl knitter, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Joseph Somes" in 1850 [6]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Beattie migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Beattie Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Hugh Beattie, aged 26, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Anne Longton" in 1860
  • Hannah Beattie, aged 30, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Anne Longton" in 1860
  • Mrs. Beattie, Scottish settler from Arbroath travelling from Leith aboard the ship 'Melbourne' arriving in Port Chalmers, Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 18th March 1861 [7]
  • Mr. Andrew Beattie, Scottish settler from Arbroath travelling from Leith aboard the ship 'Melbourne' arriving in Port Chalmers, Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 18th March 1861 [7]
  • Mr. William Beattie, (b. 1837), aged 26, British labourer travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship " Lancashire Witch" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 13th October 1863 [7]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Beattie (post 1700) +

  • Robert Prime "Bob" Beattie (1933-2018), American skiing coach, skiing promoter and commentator for ABC Sports and ESPN, co-founder of the Alpine Skiing World Cup in 1966, head coach of the U.S. Ski Team from 1961 to 1969, inducted into the National Ski Hall of Fame in 1984
  • Ann Beattie (b. 1947), American short story writer and novelist
  • Herbert Beattie, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Illinois, 1908 [8]
  • Harold T. Beattie, American Republican politician, Candidate in primary for Michigan State Senate 1st District, 1964 [8]
  • Gladstone Beattie, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Florida, 1932 [8]
  • Dorothy Beattie, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Minnesota, 1956 [8]
  • David H. Beattie, American Republican politician, Presidential Elector for Vermont, 1880 [8]
  • Clark J. Beattie, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Michigan State House of Representatives from Lapeer County, 1942, 1944 [8]
  • Charlton Reid Beattie (1869-1925), American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Louisiana, 1908; U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Louisiana, 1909-13 [8]
  • Charles Kenneth Beattie, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Maryland, 1952 (alternate), 1972 [8]
  • ... (Another 23 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

HMAS Sydney II
  • Mr. Eric Peter Beattie (1915-1941), Australian Stoker from Paddington, New South Wales, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II and died in the sinking [9]
  • Mr. Alexander Beattie (1915-1941), Australian Leading Stoker from Coogee, New South Wales, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II and died in the sinking [9]
RMS Lusitania
  • Mrs. Grace S Beattie, Canadian 2nd Class passenger from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking [10]
  • Reverend James Anderson Beattie, American 2nd Class passenger from New York, New York, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking and was recovered [11]
  • Mrs. Margaret White Beattie, (née Dall), American 2nd Class passenger from New York, New York, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking [11]
  • Mr. Allan Martin Beattie, Canadian 2nd Class passenger from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking [11]
  • Mr. James Beattie, English Fireman from Liverpool, England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking [11]
RMS Titanic
  • Mr. Joseph Beattie (d. 1912), aged 34, English Greaser from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking [12]
  • Mr. Thomson Beattie, aged 36, Canadian First Class passenger from Fergus, Ontario who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking escaping in life boat A but died in the night his body was recovered a month later when the life boat was found by the Oceanic A [12]


The Beattie Motto +

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: Lumen coeleste sequamur
Motto Translation: May we follow heavenly inspiration.


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 30th May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/tasmanian_convicts_cornish.pdf
  3. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 30th May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_australia_convicts.pdf
  4. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 17th January 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1840
  5. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) JOSEPH SOMES / SOAMES 1850. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1850JosephSomes.htm
  6. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) JOSEPH SOMES / SOAMES 1850. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1850JosephSomes.htm
  7. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  8. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 27) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  9. ^ HMAS Sydney II, Finding Sydney Foundation - Roll of Honour. (Retrieved 2014, April 24) . Retrieved from http://www.findingsydney.com/roll.asp
  10. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 7) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/
  11. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 6) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/
  12. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html


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