Heggie History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The first family to use the name Heggie lived among the Pictish people of ancient Scotland. The name Heggie is derived from the Gaelic names Mac Adhamh or Mac Edhamh, which both mean son of Adam.

Early Origins of the Heggie family

The surname Heggie was first found in Inverness, 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 Heggie family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Heggie research. Another 63 words (4 lines of text) covering the years 1567, 1642, and 1670 are included under the topic Early Heggie History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Heggie Spelling Variations

Repeated and inaccurate translation of Scottish names from Gaelic to English and back resulted in a wide variety of spelling variations with single names. Heggie has appeared Heggie, MacHeggie, MacCagy, MacKeggie, Higgie and others.

Early Notables of the Heggie family (pre 1700)

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Australia Heggie migration to Australia +

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

Heggie Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • George Heggie, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Tomatin" in 1840 [1]
  • Janet Heggie, aged 27, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Confiance" [2]

New Zealand Heggie migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Heggie Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Heggie, aged 25, a farm labourer, who arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Olympus" in 1841
  • Ann Mary Heggie, aged 20, who arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Olympus" in 1841
  • Mr. Thomas Heggie, (b. 1816), aged 24, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Olympus" arriving in Wellington, New Zealand on 20th April 1841 [3]
  • Mrs. Ann Mary Heggie, (b. 1820), aged 20, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Olympus" arriving in Wellington, New Zealand on 20th April 1841 [3]
  • Mr. Thomas Heggie, (b. 1841), aged Infant, British settler born aboard the ship "Olympus" arriving in Wellington, New Zealand on 20th April 1841 [3]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Heggie (post 1700) +

  • Jake Heggie (b. 1961), American composer and pianist
  • William "Bill" Campbell Heggie (b. 1927), retired Scottish professional footballer
  • Charles "Charlie" Winton Heggie (b. 1862), Scottish footballer
  • Will Heggie, Scottish musician
  • Robert Andrew Heggie (1915-2000), Canadian lawyer, judge and politician who represented Hanley from 1967 to 1971 in the Legislative Assembly of Saskatchewan
  • George Heggie (1870-1953), Irish-born, Canadian farmer and political figure in British Columbia
  • O.P. Heggie (1877-1936), Australian film and theatre actor


The Heggie 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: Touch Not The Cat Bot A Glove
Motto Translation: Don't touch the cat without a glove.


  1. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) TOMATIN 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Tomatin.htm
  2. ^ South Australian Register Tuesday 30th November 1858. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Confiance 1858. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/confiance1858.shtml.
  3. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html


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