Kairnie History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Kairnie family saga is rooted in the people of the Pictish Clan of ancient Scotland. The Kairnie family lived on the lands of Cardney in Perthshire.

Early Origins of the Kairnie family

The surname Kairnie was first found in Perthshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Pheairt) former county in the present day Council Area of Perth and Kinross, located in central Scotland.

Cairnie is a parish in Aberdeenshire. "This place once formed part of the lordship of Strathbogie, which was granted to Sir Adam Gordon, by King Robert Bruce, after the defeat and attainder of Cumin, Earl of Badenoch, and was the original estate of the family of Gordon, whose property, since that period, has become very greatly extended." [1]

Early History of the Kairnie family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kairnie research. Another 94 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1320 and 1546 are included under the topic Early Kairnie History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Kairnie Spelling Variations

Prior to the invention of the printing press in the last hundred years, documents were basically unique. Names were written according to sound, and often appeared differently each time they were recorded. Spelling variations of the name Kairnie include Cairney, Cairnie, Cardney, Cairnie and others.

Early Notables of the Kairnie family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Kairnie Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Kairnie family

The freedom of the North American colonies was enticing, and many Scots left to make the great crossing. It was a long and hard journey, but its reward was a place where there was more land than people and tolerance was far easier to come by. Many of these people came together to fight for a new nation in the American War of Independence, while others remained loyal to the old order as United Empire Loyalists. The ancestors of Scots in North America have recovered much of this heritage in the 20th century through Clan societies and other such organizations. A search of immigration and passenger lists revealed many important and early immigrants to North America bearing the name of Kairnie: John Cairney arrived in New York in 1836.



The Kairnie 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: Ad alta
Motto Translation: To high things.


  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of Scotland. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.


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