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The ancestors of the first family to use the name Gillespie lived among the Pictish people of ancient Scotland. The name Gillespie is derived from the Gaelic name Gilleasbuig, which means the bishop's servant. The Gaelic word easbuig is borrowed from the Latin word episcopus, which means bishop. Patronymic names often substituted the name of a saint or other revered religious figure in place of a devout bearer's actual father. The name Gillespie is regarded as the Gaelic cognate of the Anglo-Saxon personal name Archibald, for reasons that remain obscure.

Gillespie Early Origins



The surname Gillespie was first found in Aberdeenshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Obar Dheathain), a historic county, and present day Council Area of Aberdeen, located in the Grampian region of northeastern Scotland. For the origin of the name, Sir Thomas Innes tells us that the name is derived from Sliochd Gillies a Chieftain of the MacPhersons in Invershie. He places this branch of the MacPhersons, as descendants of Elias MacPherson, brother of Kenneth MacPherson, ancestor of the MacPherson Clan. However, Gillies was recorded as living approximately 1250-1300, and this record is predated by researches by two other historians who place a Ewan filius Gillespie as witnessing a Charter by Alwoin, Earl of Lennox, granted in 1175. The connection between this earlier record and the MacPherson line is vague and uncertain but most historians agree that the Gillespie are of the Clan Chattan.

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Gillespie Spelling Variations


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Gillespie 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. Gillespie has been spelled Gillespie, Gilaspy, Gilaspie, Gilespie, Gilespy, Gillaspey, Gillaspie, Gillaspy, Gillespay, Gillespee, Gillespery, Gillespey, Gillespie, Gillespy, Gillispey and many more.

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Gillespie Early History


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Gillespie Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gillespie research. Another 427 words (30 lines of text) covering the years 1175, 1228, 1229, 1617, 1675, 1613, 1648, 1648, 1776 and 1825 are included under the topic Early Gillespie History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Gillespie Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Gillespie Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notable amongst the Clan at this time was Patrick Gillespie (1617-1675), a Scottish minister, strong Covenanter, and Principal of Glasgow University by the support of Oliver Cromwell; George Gillespie (1613-1648), Scottish clergyman who in 1648 became minister...

Another 36 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Gillespie Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Gillespie In Ireland


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Gillespie In Ireland



Some of the Gillespie family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 109 words (8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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 Gillespie:

Gillespie Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Neil Gillespie with his wife Mary arrived in New York State in 1739 with his two sons, Gilbert and Angus
  • Neil Gillespie, who arrived in New York in 1739
  • Andrew Gillespie, who landed in New England in 1759
  • Colin Gillespie, who landed in New York in 1798

Gillespie Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Alex Gillespie, who arrived in America in 1804
  • Margaret Gillespie, who landed in America in 1804
  • Hugh Gillespie, who landed in America in 1804
  • James Gillespie, who landed in America in 1805
  • Francis Gillespie, who arrived in America in 1806
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Gillespie Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Allice Gillespie, aged 25, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the brig "Dorcas Savage" from Belfast, Ireland
  • John Gillespie, aged 24, a yeoman, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the ship "Elizabeth" from Galway, Ireland
  • Eliza Gillespie, aged 20, a sister, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the ship "Elizabeth" from Galway, Ireland
  • Sarah Mary Gillespie, aged 20, a sister, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the ship "Elizabeth" from Galway, Ireland
  • Sarah Gillespie, aged 21, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Madawaska" in 1833
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Gillespie Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Daniel Gillespie, English convict from Lancaster, who was transported aboard the "America" on April 4, 1829, settling in New South Wales, Australia [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 26) America voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1829 with 176 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/america/1829
  • John Gillespie, aged 27, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Sumner"

Gillespie Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Andrew Gillespie landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • C H Gillespie landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1842 aboard the ship Bernian
  • Andrew Haggarty Gillespie, aged 36, a joiner, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Birman" in 1842
  • Christine Gillespie, aged 36, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Birman" in 1842
  • Charles Haggarty Gillespie, aged 9, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Birman" in 1842
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Gillespie (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Gillespie (post 1700)



  • Gordie Gillespie (1926-2015), American baseball, football and basketball coach, inducted into the College Baseball Hall of Fame in 2009
  • Brigadier-General Alexander Garfield Gillespie (1881-1956), American Chief of Industrial Service, Ordnance Department (1945-1946)
  • Albert Arnold Gillespie (1899-1978), American cinema special effects artist with 13 Oscar nominations
  • Brock Gillespie (b. 1983), American professional basketball player
  • Major Archibald H. Gillespie (1810-1873), officer in the United States Marine Corps
  • Aaron Gillespie (b. 1983), American rock singer & drummer
  • Paul Gillespie (1920-1970), Major League Baseball catcher
  • John Birks "Dizzy" Gillespie (1917-1993), American jazz trumpeter, bandleader, singer, and composer
  • Bobby Gillespie (b. 1964), Scottish rock and roll musician
  • Gary Gillespie (b. 1960), Scottish footballer
  • ... (Another 8 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Gillespie Historic Events


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Gillespie Historic Events




Empress of Ireland

  • Mr. Robert Walls Gillespie, British Senior 4th Engineer from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking on May 29th 1914

Halifax Explosion

  • Miss Isabella  Gillespie (1893-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917

HMS Repulse

  • Mr. Charles Gillespie, British Ordinary Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died during the sinking

RMS Titanic

  • Mr. William Henry Gillespie (d. 1912), aged 34, Irish Second Class passenger from Abbeyleix, Laois who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking

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Suggested Readings for the name Gillespie


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Suggested Readings for the name Gillespie



  • Ancestry of Elizabeth Barrett Gillespie (Mrs. William Sperry Beincke) by Paul W. Prindle.
  • History and Descendants of James Gillespie, 1760-1990 by LaRoux K. Gillespie.

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Gillespie Clan Badge


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Gillespie Clan Badge




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A clan is a social group made up of a number of distinct branch-families that actually descended from, or accepted themselves as descendants of, a common ancestor. The word clan means simply children. The idea of the clan as a community is necessarily based around this idea of heredity and is most often ruled according to a patriarchal structure. For instance, the clan chief represented the hereditary "parent" of the entire clan. The most prominent example of this form of society is the Scottish Clan system...

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Septs of the Distinguished Name Gillespie
Clasby, Clashby, Clusby, Galespie, Galespy, Gallespie, Gallespy, Gelaspy, Gilaspey, Gilaspie, Gilaspy, Gilespay, Gilespee, Gilespery, Gilespey, Gilespie, Gilespy, Gilispey, Gilispie, Gillaspey, Gillaspie, Gillaspy, Gillespay, Gillespee, Gillespery, Gillespey, Gillespie, Gillespy, Gillispey, Gillispie, Gylaspie, Gylaspy, Gylespie, Gylespy, Kilespie, Killespie, Kylespie, Kyllespie and more.

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 26) America voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1829 with 176 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/america/1829

Other References

  1. Innes, Thomas and Learney. Socts Heraldry A Practical Handbook on the Historical Principles and Modern Application of the Art of Science. London: Oliver and Boyd, 1934. Print.
  2. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  3. 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.
  4. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  5. Prebble, John. The Highland Clearances. London: Secker & Warburg, 1963. Print.
  6. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  7. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  8. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
  9. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  10. Warner, Philip Warner. Famous Scottish Battles. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1996. Print. (ISBN 0-76070-004-4).
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