Makgil History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The Strathclyde-Briton people of ancient Scotland were the first to use the name Makgil. The Makgil family lived in Galloway. The Makgil surname also comes from the Gaelic patronytmic name Mac an Ghoill, which means "son of the stranger."
Early Origins of the Makgil family
The surname Makgil was first found in Galloway (Gaelic: Gall-ghaidhealaibh), an area of southwestern Scotland, now part of the Council Area of Dumfries and Galloway, that formerly consisted of the counties of Wigtown (West Galloway) and Kirkcudbright (East Galloway), 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 Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.
Early History of the Makgil family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Makgil research. Another 91 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1231, 1579, 1595, 1582, 1595, 1734 and are included under the topic Early Makgil History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Makgil Spelling Variations
The variation in the spelling of Medieval names is a result of the lack of spelling rules in the English language prior to the last few hundred years. Before that time, scribes spelled according to sound, often varying the spelling of name within a single document. Makgil has appeared as MacGill, Magill, Makgill and others.
Early Notables of the Makgil family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the family at this time was Sir James MacGill of Nether Rankeillour (died 1579), a Scottish politician, Lord Clerk Register to Mary, Queen of Scots; and his son, David MacGill or Makgill (died...
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Migration of the Makgil family to Ireland
Some of the Makgil family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Makgil family
As the persecution of Clan families continued, they sailed for North America in increasing numbers. In most cases, they found the freedom and opportunity they sought. Land was often available and the American War of Independence allowed Scots an opportunity to solidify their independence from the English crown. These settlers and their ancestors went on to play essential roles in the forging of the nations of the United States and Canada. Among them: Patrick MacGill settled in Charles Town [Charleston], South Carolina with Richard, Samuel and William, in 1767; Andrew MacGill settled in Virginia in 1774.
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The Makgil 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: Sine fine
Motto Translation: Without end.