Harcarse History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Harcarse family

The surname Harcarse was first found in Berwickshire where they held a family seat in the lands of Hardcarse in the parish of Fogo in that shire. The first on record was Adam Harcarse who was Abbott of Newbattle Abbey, and later in 1219 became Abbott of Melrose Abbey.

Important Dates for the Harcarse family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Harcarse research. Another 96 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1254, 1296, 1306, 1325, and 1539 are included under the topic Early Harcarse History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Harcarse 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. Harcarse occurred in many references, and spelling variations of the name found included Harecars, Harecarse, Harcars, Harcarse, Harkess, Harcors, Harcorse, Harcourse, Harkars, Harcus, Harkass, Harcas, Harkes, Harks, Harcase, Arcas, Arcus and many more.

Early Notables of the Harcarse family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Harcarse family

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 Harcarse, or a spelling variation of the surname include: William John Harkars who landed in North America in 1725.

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