Early Origins of the MacKerras family
The surname MacKerras was first found in Kirkcudbright, where they held a family seat
on the English/Scottish border. After the Norman Conquest
many of Duke William's rebellious Barons moved north. The border became a convenient but turbulent no-man's land where the persecuted Many were given land by King Malcolm Canmore and later by King David of Scotland
. Some were native Scots. In the 16th century they became known as the 'unruly clans'. The name was first recorded in Scotland
in 1485 when John Makcorwis was a witness at Mayboill in Ayrshire.
Early History of the MacKerras family
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MacKerras Spelling Variations
of this family name include: MacCorvie, MacKervaie, MacKorvie, MacCorwis, MacKorwis, MacKerras, MacCorvey, MacKervey, MacKorvey, MacCerras and many more.
Early Notables of the MacKerras family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the MacKerras family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: the name represented in many forms and recorded from the mid 17th century in the great migration from Europe. Migrants settled in the eastern seaboard from Newfoundland, to Maine, to Virginia, the Carolinas, and to the islands..
Contemporary Notables of the name MacKerras (post 1700)
- Sir Alan Charles MacLaurin Mackerras AC, CH, CBE (1925-2010), Australian conductor, first Australian chief conductor of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra