Mac a' mhaighstir comes from the kingdom of Dalriada in ancient Scotland
. It was a name for a person who worked as a cleric. The Middle Gaelic word magisder
is borrowed from the Latin magister.
The Gaelic form of the surname is Mac a Mhaighstir,
which means son of the Master.
Early Origins of the Mac a' mhaighstir family
The surname Mac a' mhaighstir was first found in Ardgour
(Scottish Gaelic: Ard Ghobhar, meaning Height of the goats), where they were anciently derived from members of the Clan
MacInnes, who changed their name.
Early History of the Mac a' mhaighstir family
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Mac a' mhaighstir Spelling Variations
Historical recordings of the name Mac a' mhaighstir include many spelling variations
. They are the result of repeated translations of the name from Gaelic to English and inconsistencies in spelling rules. They include MacMaster, McMaster, M'Master, Mac a' Mhaighstir (Gaelic) and many more.
Early Notables of the Mac a' mhaighstir family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Mac a' mhaighstir family to Ireland
Some of the Mac a' mhaighstir family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Mac a' mhaighstir family to the New World and Oceana
Many who arrived from Scotland
settled along the east coast of North America in communities that would go on to become the backbones of the young nations of the United States and Canada. In the American War of Independence
, many settlers who remained loyal to England
went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Their descendants later began to recover the lost Scottish heritage through events such as the highland games that dot North America in the summer months. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Mac a' mhaighstir family emigrate to North America: James McMaster, who sailed to Boston in 1766; Elizabeth MacMaster sailed to New York in 1774; Angus
MacMaster migrated from Lochaber, Inverness to Inverness County, Nova Scotia in 1802.
The Mac a' mhaighstir 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: MacAonghais a-rithist
Motto Translation: Again MacInnes