Early Origins of the MacTuire family
The surname MacTuire was first found in Dumfriesshire
(Gaelic: Siorrachd Dhùn Phris), a Southern area, bordering on England
that today forms part of the Dumfries and Galloway
Council Area, 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 took haven. In the 16th century they became known as the 'unruly clans'. The name was first recorded in Muchrum in 1538 when John McTurk held estates. Captain MacTurk is a fictional character in Sir Walter Scott's 19th century novel Saint Ronan's Well published in 1823 and Mr. MacTurk appears in the novel Shirley, by Charlotte Bronte.
Early History of the MacTuire family
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MacTuire Spelling Variations
of this family name include: McTurk, McTork, McTurie, McTuire, McTurck and others.
Early Notables of the MacTuire family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the MacTuire family to Ireland
Some of the MacTuire family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 166 words (12 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the MacTuire family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: W. McTurk, who arrived in San Francisco in 1852; Samuel McTurk, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1856; John McTurk, who arrived in Allegheny Co., PA in 1868.
The MacTuire 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: Pace vel bello
Motto Translation: In peace or war