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Where did the Scottish Kessock family come from? What is the Scottish Kessock family crest and coat of arms? When did the Kessock family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Kessock family history?

On the western coast of Scotland and on the Hebrides islands the Kessock family was born among the ancient Dalriadan clans. Their name comes from the personal name Isaac. The Gaelic forms of the name are Mac Isaac or Mac Iosaig, both of which mean son of Isaac.

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In various documents Kessock has been spelled Since medieval scribes still spelled according to sound, records from that era contain an enormous number of spelling variations. MacIsaac, MacIsaack and others.

First found in Inverness, where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kessock research. Another 241 words(17 lines of text) covering the year 1685 is included under the topic Early Kessock History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Kessock Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Dalriadan families proliferated in North America. Their descendants still populate many communities in the eastern parts of both the United States and Canada. Some settled in Canada as United Empire Loyalists, in the wake of the American War of Independence. Families on both sides of the border have recovered much of their heritage in the 20th century through Clan societies and highland games. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Kessock or a variant listed above: Murdoch McIsaac who settled in New England in 1685; Malcolm MacIsaac settled in New York in 1775. In Newfoundland Dougal MacIsaac settled in Sandy Point in 1870.

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The Kessock Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Kessock Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

This page was last modified on 27 October 2010 at 13:48.

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