In ancient Scotland
, the first people to use the name MacCulagh were part of a tribe known as the Strathclyde Britons
. The name is derived from the Gaelic personal name Cullach,
Early Origins of the MacCulagh family
The surname MacCulagh was first found in Wigtownshire
(Gaelic: Siorrachd Bhaile na h-Uige), formerly a county in southwestern Scotland
, now part of the Council Area of Dumfries and Galloway
where one of the first on record was Andrew MacCulloch who served King William the Lion of Scotland
and received the lands of Myretoun (now Monreith near Whitehorn in Wigtown). However ancient records show the Clan
as being mentioned in the year 743 in that area.
Early History of the MacCulagh family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our MacCulagh research.Another 151 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1354, 1640, 1697, 1470 and are included under the topic Early MacCulagh History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
MacCulagh Spelling Variations
Prior to the first dictionaries, scribes spelled words according to sound. This, and the fact that Scottish names were repeatedly translated from Gaelic to English and back, contributed to the enormous number of spelling variations
in Scottish names. MacCulagh has been spelled MacCulloch, MacCullagh, MacCully, MacCullough, MacCulley, MacCullaugh, MacCullock, MacCullie, MacLulich and many more.
Early Notables of the MacCulagh family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the family at this time was Sir Godfrey McCulloch, 2nd Baronet
of Mertoun (c.1640-1697), a Scottish politician executed for the murder of William Gordon who died from a shot in the leg, partly as a result of a long-standing feud. Following the execution, much of his family emigrated to... Another 53 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early MacCulagh Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the MacCulagh family to Ireland
Some of the MacCulagh family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 107 words (8 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 MacCulagh family to the New World and Oceana
In such difficult times, the difficulties of raising the money to cross the Atlantic to North America did not seem so large compared to the problems of keeping a family together in Scotland
. It was a journey well worth the cost, since it was rewarded with land and freedom the Scots could not find at home. The American War of Independence
solidified that freedom, and many of those settlers went on to play important parts in the forging of a great nation. Among them: Robert MacCullaugh who settled in Jamaica in 1716; John and Jane MacCulloch settled in Charles Town in 1762; Barbara and Hugh MacCullock settled in Maryland in 1774.
The MacCulagh 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: Vi et animo
Motto Translation: By strength and courage.