Cathcarte History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancient Scottish name Cathcarte was first used by the Strathclyde-Briton people of the Scottish/English Borderlands. The original bearer of the name lived in the region of Cathcart near Glasgow, along the "Cart" river. [1]

Early Origins of the Cathcarte family

The surname Cathcarte was first found in Renfrewshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Rinn Friù), a historic county of Scotland, today encompassing the Council Areas of Renfrew, East Renfrewshire, and Iverclyde, in the Strathclyde region of southwestern Scotland.

Early History of the Cathcarte family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cathcarte research. Another 233 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1160, 1447, 1546, 1513, 1178, 1200, 1230, 1296 and are included under the topic Early Cathcarte History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Cathcarte Spelling Variations

The many spelling variations in Medieval Scottish names result from the fact that scribes in that era spelled words according to sound. Translation too, was an undeveloped science, and many names were altered into complete obscurity. Over the years Cathcarte has been spelled Cathcart, Cathert, Kethkert, Kethkart and others.

Early Notables of the Cathcarte family (pre 1700)

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

Ireland Migration of the Cathcarte family to Ireland

Some of the Cathcarte family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 57 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Cathcarte family

To escape the uncertainties and discrimination faced in Scotland, many decided to head out for North America. Once they arrived, many Scots fought with relish in the American War of Independence; some went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Many ancestors of these Scots have recovered their lost national heritage in the 20th century through Clan organizations and Scottish historical societies. Among the settlers to North America were: Robert Cathcart who settled in New England in 1730; Alexander, Gabriel, James, John, Paul, Robert, Thomas, William Cathcart all arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania between 1800 and 1840..



  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of Scotland. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.


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