Origins Available: Irish, Scottish
Boernician clans are the ancestral home of the MacAulay family. Their name is derived from the son of Amalghaidh, (an old Irish personal name). The distinguished name MacAulay is derived from the Gaelic name MacAmhalghaidh and was generally found in Dumbartonshire. Alternatively, the name could have come from the Gaelic name MacAmhlaibh or MacAmhaidh, which means son of Amlaib and in this case, the name was originally derived from the Norse King Olafr. This latter branch was generally found in the Hebrides.
Early Origins of the MacAulay family
Dumbartonshire. Ardencaple "cape of the horses," was the ancestral home of the Lairds of Ardencaple and is located on the shores of the Gare Loch, in the historical district of Lennox, county Dumbarton. They were one of the Clans of MacAlpine.
The history of the MacAulay Clan is particularly complex as there are two distinct branches, in addition to an infusion of MacAulays during the reign of Robert the Bruce. The name of Aulay, brother of the Earl of Lennox, is found on the Ragman Rolls, which confirms his pledge of allegiance to King Edward I of England. This branch entered into a bond of manrent with MacGregor of Glenstrae in 1591.
The second branch of this Clan is that of the MacAulays of the Isle of Lewis. These Clansmen claimed descent from Aula (Olaf the Black), who was a thirteenth-century king of the Isles. Their lands were traditional centered around Uig. This branch was probably related to the numerous MacAulays of Ross and Sutherland.
Finally, some members of a branch of the MacAulay Clann from Ireland were invited by Robert the Bruce to Scotland to help in his wars against the English. These last MacAulays may be ancient relatives to those of Ardincaple, Dumbartonshire. It was some while later that the MacAulays were first recognized as a Clan.
Early History of the MacAulay family
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MacAulay Spelling Variations
Early Notables of the MacAulay family (pre 1700)
Clan from early times was the 'MacCawlis' who appear on the roll of Broken Clans in 1595. Their fortunes fell, the last of their lands of...
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Migration of the MacAulay family to Ireland
Some of the MacAulay family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the MacAulay family to the New World and Oceana
The ancestors of Boernician-Scottish settlers dot North America even today. They settled all along the east coast when they came over, but some went north as United Empire Loyalists at the time of the War of Independence. However, these strong lines endured as Scottish families in the United States and Canada have rediscovered much of the heritage that was taken from them centuries ago. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name MacAulay, or a variant listed above:
MacAulay Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
MacAulay Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
MacAulay Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
Contemporary Notables of the name MacAulay (post 1700)
The MacAulay 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: Dulce Periculum
Motto Translation: Danger is sweet
MacAulay Clan Badge
A clan is a social group made up of a number of distinct branch-families that actually descended from, or accepted themselves as descendants of, a common ancestor. The word clan means simply children. The idea of the clan as a community is necessarily based around this idea of heredity and is most often ruled according to a patriarchal structure. For instance, the clan chief represented the hereditary "parent" of the entire clan. The most prominent example of this form of society is the Scottish Clan system...More...
Septs of the Distinguished Name MacAulay
Ailay, Alay, Allay, Alley, Anley, Aulay, Auley, Aulla, Aullay, Aulley, Aully, Awlay, Awley, Caal, Caale, Caile, Calday, Caldey, Call, Calla, Callay, Calle, Caltay, Caltey, Camley, Camlie, Caughley, Caul, Caulaw, Caulay, Cauley, Caullay, Cauly, Cavaw, Cavay, Caway, Cawey, Cawlaw, Cawlay, Cawley, Cawly, Cayle, Comley, Comlie, Gal, Gall, Galle, Gaulay, Gauley, Gaulie and more.
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