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Origin Displayed: Borderlands

Spelling variations of this family name include: Mack, Mak, Makke, Make and others.

First found in Berwickshire where they were seated from early times and their first records appeared on the census rolls taken by the ancient Kings of Scotland to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Alexander Mack who settled in Virginia in 1720; Alexander, Ann-Margaret, and Felt, Mack settled in Philadelphia Pa. in 1729; Henry Mack settled in Boston Mass.

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The Border Families of England and Scotland led a difficult life that began in the 13th century. Their allegiance was difficult to determine and often led to conflicts between themselves, the Highlanders and the English. Border raids were common in the fight to hold land and power so much so that they were often called Border Reivers, a term derived from the word reive, an early English word to rob or plunder, and/or from the Northumbrian and Scots Inglis verb reifen from the Old English reafian.[1]



The Jacobites were the supporters of the Catholic James II, whose brief reign as king of Britain was marred by religious conflict between the monarch and his largely Protestant subjects. In 1669, James converted to Catholicism while serving as Lord High Admiral. News of his conversion leaked out to the general public in 1673, and he was forced to resign from his post due to the ensuing controversy. Although the outraged aristocracy attempted to exclude him from the succession, they failed to do so and upon the death of James' elder brother Charles II in 1685, their fears of having a Catholic king became a reality.


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