The age-old tribe of the Strathclyde Britons
of the Scottish/English Borderlands were the first people to use the name MacCuloch. It is derived from the Gaelic personal name Cullach,
Early Origins of the MacCuloch family
The surname MacCuloch 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 MacCuloch family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our MacCuloch research.Another 143 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1354, 1640, 1697, 1470 and are included under the topic Early MacCuloch History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
MacCuloch Spelling Variations
In the era before dictionaries, there were no rules governing the spelling or translation of names or any other words. Consequently, there are an enormous number of spelling variations
in Medieval Scottish names. MacCuloch has appeared as MacCulloch, MacCullagh, MacCully, MacCullough, MacCulley, MacCullaugh, MacCullock, MacCullie, MacLulich and many more.
Early Notables of the MacCuloch 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 MacCuloch Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the MacCuloch family to Ireland
Some of the MacCuloch family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 215 words (15 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 MacCuloch family to the New World and Oceana
The freedom, opportunity, and land of the North American colonies beckoned. There, Scots found a place where they were generally free from persecution and where they could go on to become important players in the birth of new nations. Some fought in the American War of Independence
, while others went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. The ancestors of all of these Scottish settlers have been able to recover their lost national heritage in the last century through highland games and Clan
societies in North America. 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 MacCuloch 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.