An ancient Strathclyde-Briton family from the Scottish/English Borderlands were the first to use the name MacCasson. They lived in Dumfriesshire
, where the first mention of the Clan
was of Morris Carson who was appointed Bailiff of the Isle of Man
by King Alexander I of Scotland
about 1100 A.D. They held a family seat
Early Origins of the MacCasson family
The surname MacCasson was first found in Dumfriesshire
(Gaelic: Siorrachd Dhùn Phris), a Southern area, bordering on England
that today forms part of the Dumfries and Galloway
Council Area, where they are believed to be descended from the Irish Clan
MacCarrghama of the Hy Fiachra and arrived on the south west Scottish coast about the 9th century. The clan built the famous Sweetheart Abbey. Sir Robert de Acarson (or de Carsan), a cleric witnessed a charter of Holm Cultram in 1276 and it may be the same Robert de Carsan who rendered homage to Edward I
in 1296. CITATION[CLOSE]
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)
Early History of the MacCasson family
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MacCasson Spelling Variations
Before the printing press standardized spelling in the last few hundred
years, no general rules existed in the English language. Spelling variations
in Scottish names from the Middle Ages are common even within a single document. MacCasson has been spelled Carson, Carsen and others.
Early Notables of the MacCasson family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the MacCasson family to Ireland
Some of the MacCasson family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 264 words (19 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the MacCasson family to the New World and Oceana
For Scottish immigrants, the great expense of travel to North America did not seem such a problem in those unstable times. Acres of land awaited them and many got the chance to fight for their freedom in the American War of Independence
. These Scots and their ancestors went on to play important roles in the forging of the great nations of the United States and Canada. Among them: James Carson who arrived in Charles Town [Charleston], South Carolina in 1767 with his wife Jane, son John, and daughters Margaret, Mary, Ann Carson, who was recorded in Philadelphia in 1774.
The MacCasson 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: Ne m'oubliez
Motto Translation: Don't forget me.