Show ContentsKinloch History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Pictish clans of ancient Scotland were the ancestors of the first people to use the name Kinloch. It comes from in the barony of Kinloch, which is located at the head of Rossie Loch in the parish of Collessie in Fife. The surname Kinloch belongs to the category of habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.

Early Origins of the Kinloch family

The surname Kinloch was first found in Fife, 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 Kinloch family

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Kinloch Spelling Variations

Translation has done much to alter the appearance of many Scottish names. It was a haphazard process that lacked a basic system of rules. Spelling variations were a common result of this process. Kinloch has appeared Kinlock, Kinloch, Kinlocke, Kinglake and others.

Early Notables of the Kinloch family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the Clan at this time was Sir David Kinloch, 1st Baronet of Kinloch (c. 1700); Sir James Kinloch, 2nd Baronet of Kinloch (c. 1680-1744); Sir James Kinloch, 3rd Baronet...
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Ireland Migration of the Kinloch family to Ireland

Some of the Kinloch family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

United States Kinloch migration to the United States +

Many Scots left their country to travel to the North American colonies in search of the freedom they could not find at home. Of those who survived the difficult voyage, many found the freedom they so desired. There they could choose their own beliefs and allegiances. Some became United Empire Loyalists and others fought in the American War of Independence. The Clan societies and highland games that have sprung up in the last century have allowed many of these disparate Scots to recover their collective national identity. A search of immigration and passenger ship lists revealed many early settlers bearing the Kinloch name:

Kinloch Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Patrick Kinloch, who settled in Boston in 1687
Kinloch Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Alexander Kinloch, who settled in Carolina in 1703
  • James Kinloch, who settled in South Carolina in 1703
  • Cleland Kinloch, who arrived in South Carolina in 1799 [1]
Kinloch Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • George Kinloch, who landed in America in 1826 [1]
  • J W Kinloch, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850 [1]

New Zealand Kinloch 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:

Kinloch Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Kinloch, Scottish settler travelling from Glasgow aboard the ship "James Nicol Fleming" arriving in Port Chalmers, Otago, New Zealand on 1st July 1873 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Kinloch (post 1700) +

  • Francis Kinloch (1755-1826), American lawyer and rice planter from Georgetown, South Carolina, delegate for South Carolina to the Continental Congress in 1780
  • Francis Kinloch (1755-1826), American politician, Member of South Carolina State House of Representatives, 1779; Delegate to Continental Congress from South Carolina, 1780 [3]
  • George Ritchie Kinloch (1796-1887), Scottish editor of "Ancient Scottish Ballads", born in Stonehaven, Kincardineshire
  • Sir David Oliphant Kinloch (b. 1942), 5th Baronet of Kinloch
  • Sir John Kinloch (1907-1992), 4th Baronet of Kinloch
  • Sir David Kinloch (b. 1951), 13th Baronet of Gilmerton
  • Sir Alexander Davenport Kinloch (1902-1982), 12th Baronet of Gilmerton
  • Sir David Alexander Kinloch (1856-1944), 11th Baronet of Gilmerton
  • Sir Alexander Kinloch (1830-1912), 10th Baronet of Gilmerton
  • Sir David Kinloch (1805-1879), 9th Baronet of Gilmerton
  • ... (Another 5 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

The Kinloch 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: Non degener
Motto Translation: Not degenerated

  1. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from
  3. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 9) . Retrieved from on Facebook