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The sea-swept Hebrides islands and the west coast of Scotland, made up the ancient Dalriadan kingdom, the ancestral home of the MacIlchatan family. Their name comes from a devotion to St. Catan, a saint of whom little is known but who was revered throughout the west coast of Scotland between the islands of Bute and Skye. The Gaelic form of the name was Mac Gille Chatain, which means son of St. Catan's servant.

Early Origins of the MacIlchatan family


The surname MacIlchatan was first found in the area of Argyllshire on the Isle of Bute, and literally translated means the "servant of St. Catan," the patron saint of Bute, Skye, Colonsay, Gigha. St. Catan was said to have lived at the Abbey of Inchaffray on the isle of Skye.

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Early History of the MacIlchatan family

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Early History of the MacIlchatan family


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our MacIlchatan research.
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MacIlchatan Spelling Variations

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MacIlchatan Spelling Variations


Many spelling variations of MacIlchatan have been recorded over the years, including These are the result of the medieval practice of spelling according to sound and repeated translation between Gaelic and English. McIlhatton, McElhatton, McElhatten, McGillecattan, McIlchattan, McHilhatton, Makelatyn, Macklehatton, McHatton and many more.

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Early Notables of the MacIlchatan family (pre 1700)

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Early Notables of the MacIlchatan family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the MacIlchatan family to Ireland

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Migration of the MacIlchatan family to Ireland


Some of the MacIlchatan family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the MacIlchatan family to the New World and Oceana

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Migration of the MacIlchatan family to the New World and Oceana


Many who arrived from Scotland settled along the east coast of North America in communities that would go on to become the backbones of the young nations of the United States and Canada. In the American War of Independence, many settlers who remained loyal to England went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Their descendants later began to recover the lost Scottish heritage through events such as the highland games that dot North America in the summer months. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the MacIlchatan family emigrate to North America: James McElhatten settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1866; Arthur, Alexander, Cornelius, and John McIlhattan and McIlhatten settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania between 1860 and 1866.

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