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In the mountains of Scotland's west coast and on the Hebrides islands, the ancestors of the MacDougal family were born. Their name comes from the personal name Dougal. The Gaelic form of the name is Mac Dhughaill and literally means son of Dougal.

MacDougal Early Origins



The surname MacDougal was first found in Galloway (Gaelic: Gall-ghaidhealaibh), an area of southwestern Scotland, now part of the Council Area of Dumfries and Galloway, that formerly consisted of the counties of Wigtown (West Galloway) and Kirkcudbright (East Galloway), where they were descended from Dugall eldest son of Somerled, first Lord of the Isles, and his son Duncan who received the lands of Lorn.The Clan was a bitter foe of Robert the Bruce, who made a narrow escape during one battle with the MacDougals only by discarding his cloak. The brooch of this cloak, now known as the Brooch of Lorn, is a treasured possession of the Chief of the Clan. The Clan faced heavy retaliation and was stripped of their lands once Robert the Bruce secured the Scottish throne. The lands were restored to the Clan upon the death of the king, but passed to the Stewarts in 1388 when the last member of the senior branch of MacDougals died without issue.

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MacDougal Spelling Variations


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MacDougal Spelling Variations



In various documents MacDougal has been spelled Since medieval scribes still spelled according to sound, records from that era contain an enormous number of spelling variations. MacDougall, MacDowall, MacDowell, MacDugald, MacDill and many more.

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MacDougal Early History


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MacDougal Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our MacDougal research. Another 307 words (22 lines of text) covering the years 1175, 1244 and 1316 are included under the topic Early MacDougal History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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MacDougal Early Notables (pre 1700)


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MacDougal Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 44 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early MacDougal Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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MacDougal In Ireland


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MacDougal In Ireland



Some of the MacDougal family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



The descendants of the Dalriadan families who made the great crossing of the Atlantic still dot communities along the east coast of the United States and Canada. In the American War of Independence, many of the settlers traveled north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Clan societies and highland games have allowed Canadian and American families of Scottish descent to recover much of their lost heritage. Investigation of the origins of family names on the North American continent has revealed that early immigrants bearing the name MacDougal or a variant listed above include:

MacDougal Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Ralph, Patrick and Mary MacDougal settled in Charles Town [Charleston], South Carolina in 1767
  • Dougal and Hugh MacDougal settled in Charles Town in 1767

MacDougal Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John MacDougal, who landed in New York, NY in 1815
  • Mary MacDougal, who landed in New York, NY in 1815

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Contemporary Notables of the name MacDougal (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name MacDougal (post 1700)



  • Gary Edward MacDougal (b. 1936), American former Chairman and Chief Executive of Mark Controls Corporation
  • John Mochrie MacDougal (b. 1954), American botanist, noted for his work on passion flowers
  • Frederick A. MacDougal (1876-1878), American politician, 14th Mayor of Los Angeles
  • Robert Meiklejohn "Mike" MacDougal (b. 1977), American Major League Baseball relief pitcher
  • Roy L. MacDougal, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Delegate to New York State Constitutional Convention 1st District, 1966
  • Harry MacDougal, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from New York, 1964
  • Frederick A. MacDougal (d. 1878), American Democrat politician, Mayor of Los Angeles, California, 1876-78

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Motto


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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: Buaidh no bąs
Motto Translation: Victory or death


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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    2. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    3. Browne, James. The History of Scotland it's Highlands, Regiments and Clans 8 Volumes. Edinburgh: Francis A Niccolls & Co, 1909. Print.
    4. Scots Kith and Kin And Illustrated Map Revised 2nd Edition. Edinburgh: Clan House/Albyn. Print.
    5. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Scotch Irish Pioneers In Ulster and America. Montana: Kessinger Publishing. Print.
    6. Skene, William Forbes Edition. Chronicles of the Picts, Chronicles of the Scots and Other Early Memorials of Scottish History. Edinburgh: H.M. General Register House, 1867. Print.
    7. Paul, Sir James Balfour. An Ordinary of Arms Contained in the Public Register of All Arms and Bearings in Scotland Second Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1903. Print.
    8. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    9. Barrow, G.W.S Ed. Acts of Malcom IV 1153-65 Volume I Regesta Regum Scottorum 1153-1424. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1960. Print.
    10. Urquhart, Blair Edition. Tartans The New Compact Study Guide and Identifier. Secauccus, NJ: Chartwell Books, 1994. Print. (ISBN 0-7858-0050-6).
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    The MacDougal Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The MacDougal Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 15 January 2016 at 11:56.

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