MacCallum History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

In the mountains of Scotland's west coast and on the Hebrides islands, the ancestors of the MacCallum family were born. Their name comes from the Gaelic personal name "MacChaluim" which means "son of Calum," oe "son of St. Colomba." The names MacCallum and Malcolm are used interchangeably as Calum is the often Anglicized as Malcolm.

Early Origins of the MacCallum family

The surname MacCallum was first found in Argyllshire (Gaelic erra Ghaidheal), the region of western Scotland corresponding roughly with the ancient Kingdom of Dál Riata, in the Strathclyde region of Scotland, now part of the Council Area of Argyll and Bute, where they quickly attained the status of Clan. Their ancient Clan seat was at Poltalloch near Loch Craignish.

The related Clan Calum is said to have been from Ariskeodnish. One of the earliest records of the name was Reginald MacCallum of Corbarron who was made the hereditary constable of Craignish Castle in 1414. Sir Duncan Campbell granted him lands in Craignish and on Loch Avich. This arrangement demonstrates the strong alliance between the MacCallums and the Campbells of Argyll; an arrangement which made them deadly foes of the MacDonalds.

In 1647, Sir Alexander MacDonald killed Zacharie MacCallum, a supporter of the Campbell Chief, in battle at Ederline. In the 17th century, another Zachary Maccallum was bequeathed the Cobarron lands by the last of that branch.

Early History of the MacCallum family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our MacCallum research. Another 270 words (19 lines of text) covering the years 1562, 1779, 1647, 1665, 1850, 1665, 1793 and 1800 are included under the topic Early MacCallum History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

MacCallum Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Malcolmson, Malcollm, Malcom, Malcomb, Malcome, Malcomson, Malcum, MacCallam, MacCallum and many more.

Early Notables of the MacCallum family (pre 1700)

Another 39 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early MacCallum Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the MacCallum family to Ireland

Some of the MacCallum family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 127 words (9 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States MacCallum migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

MacCallum Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Malcolm Maccallum, who was on record in Boston in 1650
  • Micam MacCallum, who arrived in Boston in 1651
  • Archibald Maccallum, a Scotch Prisoner sent to New Jersey in 1685
MacCallum Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Nevil Maccallum, who arrived in Virginia in 1735

Canada MacCallum migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

MacCallum Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Neill MacCallum, who arrived in Prince Edward Island in 1771
MacCallum Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Donald Maccallum, and his family who settled in Canada in 1804

Contemporary Notables of the name MacCallum (post 1700) +

  • Martha MacCallum, American news anchor
  • The Very Rev Norman Donald MacCallum, the current Dean of Argyll and The Isles in the Scottish Episcopal Church
  • Sir Peter MacCallum (1885-1974), Scottish-born Australian oncologist
  • Sir Mungo William MacCallum (1854-1942), Australian Chancellor of the University of Sydney
  • Mungo Wentworth MacCallum (b. 1941), Australian political journalist and commentator
  • Brigadier Walter Paton MacCallum (1895-1959), Australian Deputy Director Medical Services Allied Land Forces South-west Pacific from 1944 to 1945 [1]
  • Malcolm AH MacCallum, Vice-Principal of Science and Engineering and Professor of Applied Mathematics at Queen Mary University, London, England


The MacCallum 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: In ardua petit
Motto Translation: He has attempted difficult things.


  1. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2011, August 30) Walter MacCallum. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/MacCallum/Walter_Paton/Australia.html


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