Lure History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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In the mountains of Scotland's west coast and on the Hebrides islands, the ancestors of the Lure family were born. Their name comes from the Gaelic word Mac-Giolla-Uidhir, which literally means son of the pale youth or son of Odhar's servant. 
Early Origins of the Lure family
The surname Lure was first found in Ayrshire and Galloway, where John McLur and Robert McLure were first listed as followers of the Earl of Casilis in 1526. A few years later in 1532, Tomas Maklure was sergeant of Assize in Carrick. Interestingly, the earliest evidence of a Clan piper was Robert MacLure who was piper to the chief of the Buchanans in 1600. 
Early History of the Lure family
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Lure Spelling Variations
In various documents Lure has been spelled Since medieval scribes still spelled according to sound, records from that era contain an enormous number of spelling variations. MacClure, MacLure, MacCloor, McLeur, McCloor and others.
Early Notables of the Lure family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Lure family to Ireland
Some of the Lure family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Lure family
The descendants of the Dalriadan families who made the great crossing of the Atlantic still dot communities along the east coast of the United States and Canada. In the American War of Independence, many of the settlers traveled north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Clan societies and highland games have allowed Canadian and American families of Scottish descent to recover much of their lost heritage. Investigation of the origins of family names on the North American continent has revealed that early immigrants bearing the name Lure or a variant listed above include: Agnes, Alexander, Andrew, George, James, Jane, John, Richard, Robert, Samuel and William MacClure, who all arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania between 1840 and 1860.
Contemporary Notables of the name Lure (post 1700) +
- Walter C. Lure (1949-2020), American rock guitarist and singer, member of the rock group The Heartbreakers
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The Lure 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: Spectemur agendo
Motto Translation: Let us be judged by our actions.
- ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)