Malcolmson History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

In the mountains of Scotland's west coast and on the Hebrides islands, the ancestors of the Malcolmson family were born. Their name comes from the Gaelic personal name "MacChaluim" which means "son of Calum," oe "son of St. Colomba." The names MacCallum and Malcolm are used interchangeably as Calum is the often Anglicized as Malcolm.

Early Origins of the Malcolmson family

The surname Malcolmson was first found in Argyllshire (Gaelic erra Ghaidheal), the region of western Scotland corresponding roughly with the ancient Kingdom of Dál Riata, in the Strathclyde region of Scotland, now part of the Council Area of Argyll and Bute, where they quickly attained the status of Clan. Their ancient Clan seat was at Poltalloch near Loch Craignish.

The related Clan Calum is said to have been from Ariskeodnish. One of the earliest records of the name was Reginald MacCallum of Corbarron who was made the hereditary constable of Craignish Castle in 1414. Sir Duncan Campbell granted him lands in Craignish and on Loch Avich. This arrangement demonstrates the strong alliance between the MacCallums and the Campbells of Argyll; an arrangement which made them deadly foes of the MacDonalds.

In 1647, Sir Alexander MacDonald killed Zacharie MacCallum, a supporter of the Campbell Chief, in battle at Ederline. In the 17th century, another Zachary Maccallum was bequeathed the Cobarron lands by the last of that branch.

Early History of the Malcolmson family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Malcolmson research. Another 270 words (19 lines of text) covering the years 1562, 1779, 1647, 1665, 1850, 1665, 1793 and 1800 are included under the topic Early Malcolmson History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Malcolmson Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Malcolmson, Malcollm, Malcom, Malcomb, Malcome, Malcomson, Malcum, MacCallam, MacCallum and many more.

Early Notables of the Malcolmson family (pre 1700)

Another 39 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Malcolmson Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Malcolmson family to Ireland

Some of the Malcolmson family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 127 words (9 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Malcolmson migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Malcolmson Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • James Malcolmson, who arrived in America in 1805 [1]
  • K. Malcolmson, aged 23, who arrived in America, in 1892
  • Harold Malcolmson, aged 11, who arrived in America from London, in 1899
Malcolmson Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Frances Malcolmson, aged 20, who arrived in America from Kingscourt, Ireland, in 1904
  • Christopher Malcolmson, aged 19, who arrived in America from Kingscourt, Ireland, in 1904
  • Herbert Malcolmson, aged 28, who arrived in America from Kingscourt, Ireland, in 1904
  • Katharine Malcolmson, aged 24, who arrived in America from Belfast, in 1905
  • W. Laing Malcolmson, aged 48, who arrived in America from Glasgow, in 1905
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Malcolmson migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Malcolmson Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Robert Malcolmson (1795-1868), Irish "military emigrant" to Upper Canada from County Cavan settling in the Bytown (now Ottawa) area founding a tavern on Richmond Road
Malcolmson Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
  • George Alex. Malcolmson, aged 30, who arrived in Chatham, Ontario, Canada, in 1906
  • William Francis Malcolmson, aged 43, who arrived in Chatham, Ontario, Canada, in 1906
  • Hugh Malcolmson, aged 70, who arrived in Chatham, Ontario, Canada, in 1911
  • Emily S. Malcolmson, aged 60, who arrived in Chatham, Ontario, Canada, in 1911

New Zealand Malcolmson migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Malcolmson Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • F. P. H. Malcolmson, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Aloe" in 1863
  • Martha L. Malcolmson, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Aloe" in 1863
  • Andrew Malcolmson, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Annie Wilson" in 1863
  • Robert Malcolmson, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Soukar" in 1874
  • Mr. David Malcolmson, (b. 1860), aged 18, Irish farm labourer from Armagh departing on 10th August 1878 aboard the ship "Hydaspes" arriving in Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand on 9th November 1878

Contemporary Notables of the name Malcolmson (post 1700) +

  • Dave Malcolmson, American owner of MRD Motorsports, an American NASCAR team which has been inactive since 2009
  • William G. Malcolmson, American co-founder of Malcolmson & Higginbotham, an architectural firm based in Detroit, Michigan in 1890
  • Alexander Y. Malcolmson (1865-1923), American coal dealer from Detroit who bankrolled Henry Ford's automobile manufacturing
  • Steven "Steve" Malcolmson (b. 1983), Scottish songwriter and record producer
  • Samuel "Sam" A. Malcolmson (b. 1948), Scottish-born, New Zealand association football player
  • Captain John Grant Malcolmson VC MVO (1835-1902), Scottish recipient of the Victoria Cross for his actions at the Battle of Khushab, Persia on the 8th of February, 1857
  • Dr William J. Malcolmson, Northern Irish leader of the Congregational Reformed Church, east Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • Paula Malcolmson (b. 1970), Northern Irish actress from Belfast
  • Mary Malcolmson, Canadian founder of the Girl Guides of Canada in 1910

HMS Hood
  • Mr. Alexander Malcolmson (b. 1918), Scottish Ordinary Seaman serving for the Royal Navy from Quarff, Shetland, Scotland, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [2]


The Malcolmson 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: In ardua petit
Motto Translation: He has attempted difficult things.


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from http://www.hmshood.com/crew/memorial/roh_24may41.htm


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