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The western coast of Scotland and the desolate Hebrides islands are the ancient home of the MacQuary family. Their name is derived from Guaire, an old Gaelic personal name meaning noble or proud.

Early Origins of the MacQuary family


The surname MacQuary 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.

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Early History of the MacQuary family

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Early History of the MacQuary family


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our MacQuary research.
Another 321 words (23 lines of text) covering the years 1630, 1778, 1818, 103. and 103. are included under the topic Early MacQuary History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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MacQuary Spelling Variations

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MacQuary Spelling Variations


Spelling variations were extremely common in medieval names, since scribes from that era recorded names according to sound rather than a standard set of rules. MacQuary has appeared in various documents spelled MacQuarrie, MacQuarie, MacQuarry, McQuarrie, McQuarry, MacQuerry, MacCorrie, MacCorry, MacQuarrey, MacWharrie and many more.

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Early Notables of the MacQuary family (pre 1700)

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Early Notables of the MacQuary family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the MacQuary family to Ireland

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Migration of the MacQuary family to Ireland


Some of the MacQuary family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 107 words (8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Migration of the MacQuary family to the New World and Oceana

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Migration of the MacQuary family to the New World and Oceana


The descendants of the Dalriadan families who made the great crossing of the Atlantic still dot communities along the east coast of the United States and Canada. In the American War of Independence, many of the settlers traveled north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Clan societies and highland games have allowed Canadian and American families of Scottish descent to recover much of their lost heritage. Investigation of the origins of family names on the North American continent has revealed that early immigrants bearing the name MacQuary or a variant listed above include: Anne McGuary, who arrived in New York in 1740; Donald Macquarrie, a "prisoners of the '45 rising," who was on record in Barbados or Jamaica in 1745; Neil Macquarrie, who settled in Nova Scotia between the years 1788-1818.

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The MacQuary Motto

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The MacQuary 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


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