MacClure History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

MacClure is a very old Scottish name that may even date back to the Dalriadan tribe of Scotland's western coast and Hebrides islands. It comes from the Gaelic word Mac-Giolla-Uidhir, which literally means son of the pale youth or son of Odhar's servant. [1]

Early Origins of the MacClure family

The surname MacClure 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. [1]

Important Dates for the MacClure family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our MacClure research. Another 70 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1660, 1807, 1873 and 1857 are included under the topic Early MacClure History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

MacClure Spelling Variations

Spelling variations are a very common occurrence in records of early Scottish names. They result from the repeated and inaccurate translations that many names went through in the course of various English occupations of Scotland. MacClure has been spelled MacClure, MacLure, MacCloor, McLeur, McCloor and others.

Early Notables of the MacClure family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the MacClure family to Ireland

Some of the MacClure family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 139 words (10 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

MacClure migration to the United States

Numerous Scottish settlers settled along the east coast of the colonies that would become the United States and Canada. Others traveled to the open country of the west. At the time of the American War of Independence, some remained in the United States, while those who remained loyal to the crown went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. The highland games and Clan societies that sprang up across North America in the 20th century have helped many Scots to recover parts of their lost traditions. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first MacClures to arrive in North America:

MacClure Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Anne MacClure, who arrived in New York, NY in 1811 [2]
  • Thomas MacClure, who arrived in New York, NY in 1811 [2]
  • Agnes, Alexander, Andrew, George, James, Jane, John, Richard, Robert, Samuel, and William MacClure, who all, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania between 1840 and 1860

Contemporary Notables of the name MacClure (post 1700)

  • William MacClure (1763-1840), Scottish-born, American geologist, known as "the father of American geology"
  • Frederick MacClure, American actor, known for his work on Mr. Nice Guy (1997)
  • Gladys MacClure (1914-1933), American child actress, who used the stage name Linda Marsh
  • Robert D. MacClure, American politician, Mayor of Lompoc, California, 1968-70 [3]
  • Victor MacClure (1887-1963), pseudonym of British writer Thom MacWalter who specialized in detective novels and contemporary thrillers
  • Chris MacClure (b. 1943), Canadian Romantic Realism artist

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  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 12) . Retrieved from
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