MacGartlen History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Picts were the ancient Scottish tribe where the ancestors of the MacGartlen family lived. The name MacGartlen comes from the Old English personal name Gærland. However, the surname MacGartlen may be a local name derived from some place which is now unknown; gær and land are common elements in Old English nomenclature.

Early Origins of the MacGartlen family

The surname MacGartlen was first found in Perthshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Pheairt) former county in the present day Council Area of Perth and Kinross, located in central Scotland. However, we must look south to find the first record of the name. Johannes de Garlandia or John of Garland ( fl. c. 1205-1255) was a philologist and university teacher who studied at Oxford. Another Johannes de Garlandia (Johannes Gallicus) (fl. c. 1270-1320) was a French music theorist of the late ars antiqua period of medieval music.

Important Dates for the MacGartlen family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our MacGartlen research. Another 101 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1202, 1296, 1379, 1425 and are included under the topic Early MacGartlen History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

MacGartlen Spelling Variations

When the first dictionaries were invented in the last few hundred years, spelling gradually became standardized. Before that time, scribes spelled according to sound. Names were often recorded under different spelling variations every time they were written. MacGartlen has been written Garland, Garlland, Gerland, Gerlond and others.

Early Notables of the MacGartlen family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early MacGartlen Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the MacGartlen family to Ireland

Some of the MacGartlen family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 57 words (4 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 MacGartlen family

The crossing to North America did not seem so great in comparison with the hardships many Scots endured at home. It was long, expensive, and cramped, but also rewarding. North America offered land and the chance for settlers to prove themselves in a new place. And many did prove themselves as they fought to forge a new nation in the American War of Independence. The ancestors of those Scots can now experience much of their once-lost heritage through the Clan societies and highland games that have sprung up across North America in the last century. A search of immigration and passenger lists revealed many important, early immigrants to North America bearing the name of MacGartlen: Daniel and Elizabeth Garland who settled in Barbados in 1654; Hugh Garland settled in Virginia in 1634; Peter Garland settled in Virginia in 1650; Robert Garland settled in Virginia in 1655.

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