MacQuarrie History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The sea-swept Hebrides islands and the west coast of Scotland, made up the ancient Dalriadan kingdom, the ancestral home of the MacQuarrie family. Their name comes from Guaire, an old Gaelic personal name meaning noble or proud. [1]

Early Origins of the MacQuarrie family

The surname MacQuarrie was first found in on the Isle of Ulva, where they were originally a branch of the 'Siol Alpin,' the descendants of Kenneth Mac Alpin, founder and first king of Scotland during the 9th century.

One of the first records of the family was "John M'Goyre of Wlua [who] witnessed a charter by John of Yle, Earl of Ross, in 1463. In the royal confirmation of this charter his name appears as M'Geir de Ulva. In the Gaelic genealogical manuscript of 1467 the name appears correctly as M'Guaire." [2]

Later, Donald McGillecallum McGorre or McQuhorre was tenant of Kyllewane in Kintyre, 1506, and Cillecallum McNeill McQuhore was also a tenant in Kintyre in the same year. [2]

"A side form of the name is Macwharrie, and this shortened to Wharrie is also in current use. In the Isle of Man the name has become Quarry and Querry, and in Ireland it is Gorey (from UaGuaire). " [2]

Early History of the MacQuarrie family

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MacQuarrie Spelling Variations

Many spelling variations of MacQuarrie 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. MacQuarrie, MacQuarie, MacQuarry, McQuarrie, McQuarry, MacQuerry, MacCorrie, MacCorry, MacQuarrey, MacWharrie and many more.

Early Notables of the MacQuarrie family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the Clan from early times was Chief Lachlan MacQuarrie who died at age 103. Lachlan MacQuarie (d. 1824), major-general and governor of New South Wales, came of an old Scottish family which had been established for many generations on the island of Ulva, near Mull. His father, Lauchlan Macquarrie (the son seems to have dropped the second r), was the sixteenth chief of the Clan. Lachlan, the eldest son, entered the army on 9 April 1777 as ensign in the 2nd battalion of the 84th regiment of foot. From 1777 to 1781 he served in Halifax and other parts of...
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Ireland Migration of the MacQuarrie family to Ireland

Some of the MacQuarrie family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States MacQuarrie migration to the United States +

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 MacQuarrie family emigrate to North America:

MacQuarrie Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Donald Macquarrie, who landed in New York in 1790 [3]

Canada MacQuarrie migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

MacQuarrie Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Neil Macquarrie, who settled in Nova Scotia between the years 1788-1818
  • Allan MacQuarrie, who settled in Prince Edward Island Year: in 1819

West Indies MacQuarrie migration to West Indies +

The British first settled the British West Indies around 1604. They made many attempts but failed in some to establish settlements on the Islands including Saint Lucia and Grenada. By 1627 they had managed to establish settlements on St. Kitts (St. Christopher) and Barbados, but by 1641 the Spanish had moved in and destroyed some of these including those at Providence Island. The British continued to expand the settlements including setting the First Federation in the British West Indies by 1674; some of the islands include Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Island, Turks and Caicos, Jamaica and Belize then known as British Honduras. By the 1960's many of the islands became independent after the West Indies Federation which existed from 1958 to 1962 failed due to internal political conflicts. After this a number of Eastern Caribbean islands formed a free association. [4]
MacQuarrie Settlers in West Indies in the 18th Century
  • Donald Macquarrie, a "prisoner of the '45 rising," who was on record in Barbados or Jamaica in 1745

Contemporary Notables of the name MacQuarrie (post 1700) +

  • Gordon MacQuarrie (1900-1956), American writer and journalist
  • Albert MacQuarrie (1882-1950), American silent film actor who appeared in 70 films, brother of Frank and Murdock
  • Murdock MacQuarrie (1878-1942), American silent film actor and director involved in 272 titles, brother of Albert and Frank
  • Frank MacQuarrie (1875-1950), American silent film actor who appeared in 41 films, brother of Murdock and Albert
  • Canon John Macquarrie FBA TD (1919-2007), Scottish theologian, philosopher and author of Principles of Christian Theology (1966) and Jesus Christ in Modern Thought (1991)
  • Robert Hector MacQuarrie (1935-2021), Canadian politician and teacher from Northwest Territories, Member of the Legislative Assembly of the Northwest Territories (1979-1987)
  • Hugh Allan MacQuarrie (1874-1942), Canadian undertaker, furniture dealer and politician who represented Pictou County in the Nova Scotia House of Assembly from 1928 to 1933
  • Josiah H. MacQuarrie (1897-1971), Canadian lawyer, judge and politician who represented Pictou County in the Nova Scotia House of Assembly from 1933 to 1947
  • Alister S. MacQuarrie (1935-1970), British Antarctic Survey (BAS) technician, eponym of MacQuarrie Edge, Antarctica
  • Robert Waldron "Bob" MacQuarrie (1926-2007), Canadian politician, Member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario from 1981 to 1985
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Pan Am Flight 103 (Lockerbie)
  • James Bruce MacQuarrie (1933-1988), American Captain from Kensington, New Hampshire, America, who flew aboard the Pan Am Flight 103 from Frankfurt to Detroit, known as the Lockerbie bombing in 1988 and died [5]

The MacQuarrie 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: Turris fortis meus mihi Deus
Motto Translation: To me God is my strong tower

  1. ^ Smith, Eldson Coles, New Dictionary of American Family Names New York: Harper & Row, 1956. Print
  2. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  3. ^ 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)
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  5. ^ Pan Am Flight 103's victims: A list of those killed 25 years ago | (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from on Facebook