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MacRitchie History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms




Early Origins of the MacRitchie family


The surname MacRitchie was first found in Perthshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Pheairt) former county in the present day Council Area of Perth and Kinross, located in central Scotland, where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Scotland to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.

Early History of the MacRitchie family


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MacRitchie Spelling Variations


Spelling variations of this family name include: MacRitchie, Ritchie, MacRichie and others.

Early Notables of the MacRitchie family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the MacRitchie family to Ireland


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


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

MacRitchie Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Robert J. MacRitchie, aged 24, who arrived in America from Aberdeen, Scotland, in 1909
  • Angus MacRitchie, aged 27, who arrived in America from Stornoway, Scotland, in 1920
  • Donald Macritchie, aged 28, who arrived in America, in 1924

MacRitchie Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • John MacRitchie, his wife and three children who arrived in Quebec in 1843
  • Norman MacRitchie, his wife and two children, who were on record in Quebec in 1851

Contemporary Notables of the name MacRitchie (post 1700)


  • Lewis MacRitchie (1913-1969), American artist
  • James MacRitchie (1847-1895), Scottish engineer who oversaw the expansion and completion of Singapore's oldest reservoir, renamed MacRitchie Reservoir after him in 1922
  • David MacRitchie (1851-1925), Scottish folklorist and antiquarian, founder of the Gypsy Lore Society, to study the history and lore of Gypsies, treasurer of the Scottish Anthropological and Folklore Society (1922-1925)

The MacRitchie 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: Virtutue acquiritur honos
Motto Translation: Honour is aquired by virtue.


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