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Early Origins of the Glacken family

The surname Glacken was first found in Galloway (Gaelic: Gall-ghaidhealaibh), an area of southwestern Scotland, now part of the Council Area of Dumfries and Galloway, that formerly consisted of the counties of Wigtown (West Galloway) and Kirkcudbright (East Galloway), where they held a family seat. After the Norman Conquest of England many of Duke William's rebellious Barons moved north. The border became a convenient but turbulent no-man's land where the persecuted Many were given land by King Malcolm Canmore and later by King David of Scotland. Some were native Scots. In the 16th century they became known as the 'unruly clans'. The name Glacken was first recorded in Scotland in the 14th century.

Early History of the Glacken family

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Glacken Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Glacken, Glachen, Glachan, Glackan and others.

Early Notables of the Glacken family

Notable amongst the family at this time was

  • Glacken of the Borderlands

Ireland Migration of the Glacken family to Ireland

Some of the Glacken family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

United States Glacken migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Glacken Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • James Glacken, a British Alien on record in America in 1810
  • James Glacken, who arrived in America in 1810 1
  • Daniel Glacken, who settled in Philadelphia in 1850
  • Charles Glacken, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1861
  • Edward F. Glacken, who settled in Philadelphia in 1868

Australia Glacken migration to Australia +

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

Glacken Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Hugh Glacken, (Glachan), (b. 1812), aged 18, Scottish farm labourer who was convicted in Glasgow, Scotland for 7 years for theft, transported aboard the "David Lyon" on 29th April 1830, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land), he died in 1847 2
  • Thomas Glacken, aged 22, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Nimroud"

Contemporary Notables of the name Glacken (post 1700) +

  • Clarence James Glacken (1909-1989), American former Professor of Geography at the University of California, Berkeley
  • Edward Scott "Scotty" Glacken (1944-2006), American NFL quarterback for the Denver Broncos (1966-1967), and collegiate head coach at Georgetown University
  • W L Glacken (1866-1933), American illustrator, animator and film director
  • Gerry Glacken, Indian gold medalist hockey player at the 1948 Summer Olympics

  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. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 3rd June 2021). Retrieved from on Facebook