Show ContentsClunie History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

In Scottish history, few names go farther back than Clunie, whose ancestors lived among the clans of the Pictish tribe. They lived in the lands of Clunie in Stormmot, Perthshire where the name can be found since very early times.

Early Origins of the Clunie family

The surname Clunie was first found in Perthshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Pheairt) former county in the present day Council Area of Perth and Kinross, located in central Scotland, where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

Early History of the Clunie family

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Clunie Spelling Variations

The arts of spelling and translation were yet in their infancies when surnames began, so there are an enormous number of spelling variations of the names in early Scottish records. This is a particular problem with Scottish names because of the numerous times a name might have been loosely translated to English from Gaelic and back. Clunie has been spelled Clunie, Clooney, Cloon, Cloone, Clowney, Clune, Cluney, Clunis and many more.

Early Notables of the Clunie family (pre 1700)

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United States Clunie migration to the United States +

This oppression forced many Scots to leave their homelands. Most of these chose North America as their destination. Although the journey left many sick and poor, these immigrants were welcomed the hardy with great opportunity. Many of these settlers stood up for their newfound freedom in the American War of Independence. More recently, Scots abroad have recovered much of their collective heritage through highland games and other patriotic functions and groups. An examination of passenger and immigration lists has located various settlers bearing the name Clunie:

Clunie Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Michael Clunie who settled in Philadelphia in 1810
  • Alicia Clunie, who landed in New York in 1823 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Clunie (post 1700) +

  • Thomas Jefferson Clunie (1852-1903), American politician, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from California (1889-1891)
  • Robert Clunie (1895-1984), Scottish-born, American plein air landscape painter
  • Michelle Renee Clunie (b. 1969), American actress
  • Thomas Jefferson Clunie (1852-1903), American Democratic Party politician, Member of California State Senate, 1887-89; U.S. Representative from California 5th District, 1889-91; Defeated, 1890 [2]
  • Jim Clunie (1933-2003), Scottish footballer and manager
  • David Clunie (b. 1948), Scottish former professional footballer who played from 1966 to 1978 and for the Scottish League XI and Scotland U23 National Teams (1969-1970)
  • John Clunie (1757-1819), Scottish writer of the beautiful Scottish song ‘I lo’e na a laddie but ane’ [3]
  • James Clunie (1889-1974), British Labour Party politician, Member of Parliament for Dunfermline Burghs (1950-1959)

  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. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 15) . Retrieved from
  3. ^ Wikisource contributors. "Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900." Wikisource . Wikisource , 4 Jun. 2018. Web. 30 June 2020 on Facebook