MacLellan History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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In ancient Scotland, the first people to use the name MacLellan were part of a tribe known as the Strathclyde Britons. The name is derived from the son of the servant of Fillan. Fillan is derived from the word fail which means wolf. In Gaelic, the name was spelled Mac Gill Fhaolain
Early Origins of the MacLellan family
The surname MacLellan was first found in the former counties of Kirkcudbrightshire and Galloway where Chief Duncan MacLellan appears in a charter of Alexander II in 1217. Other early records of the surname include Gilbert M'Lolane, who lived around the year 1270. Gilbert's son Patrick, along with several others, took the castle of Dumfries from the supporters of Robert the Bruce in around 1305. Gilelbertus MacLelan was elected Bishop of Man and the Sudreys in 1325 and held the position for almost 3 years.
Early History of the MacLellan family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our MacLellan research. Another 200 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1347, 1466, 1457, 1450, 1547, 1633, 1647, 1513, 1597, 1641 and are included under the topic Early MacLellan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
MacLellan Spelling Variations
Surnames that evolved in Scotland in the Middle Ages often appear under many spelling variations. These are due to the practice of spelling according to sound in the era before dictionaries had standardized the English language. MacLellan has appeared as MacClelland, McClellan, MacLellan, McLellan, MacLelland, McLelland, MacClelland, McClelland, Clelland and many more.
Early Notables of the MacLellan family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst bearers of this family name during their early history was Sir William Maclellan of Bombie, knighted by King James IV of Scotland, who fought for the king in the losing Battle of Flodden Field in 1513. According to folklore, McLellan threw his gauntlet at the king's feet, shook his fist and...
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Migration of the MacLellan family to Ireland
Some of the MacLellan family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 96 words (7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
MacLellan migration to the United States +
The North American colonies beckoned, with their ample land and opportunity as their freedom from the persecution suffered by so many Clan families back home. Many Scots even fought against England in the American War of Independence to gain this freedom. Recently, clan societies have allowed the ancestors of these brave Scottish settlers to rediscover their familial roots. Among them:
MacLellan Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Donald Maclellan, a "prisoner of the '45' sent to Barbados or Jamaica in 1745
- James Maclellan, who settled in Grenada in 1788
- Archibald Maclellan, who arrived in New York in 1790 
MacLellan Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- George L Maclellan, who landed in Colorado in 1888 
MacLellan Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- John G. Maclellan, aged 35, who immigrated to the United States from Glasgow, in 1905
- Malcolm MacLellan, aged 2, who landed in America from Glasgow, Scotland, in 1907
- William MacLellan, aged 25, who immigrated to America from Dalmellington, Scotland, in 1907
- Archibald MacLellan, aged 4, who settled in America from Glasgow, Scotland, in 1907
- Elizabeth MacLellan, aged 7, who landed in America from Glasgow, Scotland, in 1907
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MacLellan migration to Canada +
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
MacLellan Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- John MacLellan, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1773 aboard the Hector
MacLellan Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- Don Maclellan, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1801
Contemporary Notables of the name MacLellan (post 1700) +
- Charles Archibald MacLellan (1885-1961), 20th-century American painter and illustrator
- Keith William MacLellan (1920-1998), Canadian soldier, scholar and Canadian diplomat
- John James MacLellan (1878-1935), Canadian provincial politician from Alberta
- Robert Simpson MacLellan (1925-2011), Canadian Progressive Conservative party member of the Canadian House of Commons from Nova Scotia
- Jack Maclellan (b. 1988), Canadian professional ice hockey player
- Geoff MacLellan, Canadian politician from Nova Scotia
- Alban Erskine MacLellan, Canadian railway foreman and a provincial politician from Alberta
- Catherine MacLellan, Canadian folk singer-songwriter
- Brian John MacLellan (b. 1958), retired Canadian ice hockey forward
- Robert Roy Cameron "Rob" Maclellan (b. 1934), former Australian politician
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- ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)