Early Origins of the Harpe family
Lennox, Scotland, where they held a family seat from early times.
Early History of the Harpe family
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Harpe Spelling Variations
Spelling variations are the result of the medieval practice of spelling according to sound and repeated translation between Gaelic and English. Many spelling variations of Harpe have been recorded over the years, including Harper, Harpur, Harpar, Harepur and others.
Early Notables of the Harpe family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the Clan from early times was Henry Harper, High Sheriff of Herefordshire in 1496; Sir William Harpur (c.1496-1574), English merchant from Bedford who moved to London, became Lord Mayor of London and in 1566 he and his wife Dame Alice created...
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Migration of the Harpe family to Ireland
Some of the Harpe family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Harpe family to the New World and Oceana
Numerous Scottish settlers settled along the east coast of the colonies that would become the United States and Canada. Others traveled to the open country of the west. At the time of the American War of Independence, some remained in the United States, while those who remained loyal to the crown went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. The highland games and Clan societies that sprang up across North America in the 20th century have helped many Scots to recover parts of their lost traditions. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Harpes to arrive in North America:
Harpe Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
Harpe Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Harpe Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
Harpe Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
The Harpe Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Et suavis et fortis
Motto Translation: Pleasant and brave.
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