On the Scottish west coast, the McAlish family was born among the ancient Dalriadan clans. Their name comes from the Gaelic words "gille Iose," which means "servant of Jesus."
Early Origins of the McAlish family
The surname McAlish was first found in Lothian
, where a member of the family was a witness to the charter, by King David I, to the Abbey of Holyrood. In 1160, Vhtred Gilise inherited the estates in Lothian
. It is also recorded that M. filius
Gilise, who was a close confidant of King Malcolm IV of Scotland
, was witness to a charter signed at the Abbey of Scone in 1164.
Early History of the McAlish family
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McAlish Spelling Variations
In various documents McAlish has been spelled Since medieval scribes still spelled according to sound, records from that era contain an enormous number of spelling variations
. Gillies, Gillis, Gillie, Gilly, Gilles, Gillieson and many more.
Early Notables of the McAlish family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the McAlish family to Ireland
Some of the McAlish family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 87 words (6 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 McAlish family to the New World and Oceana
Significant portions of the populations of both the United States and Canada are still made up of the ancestors of Dalriadan families. Some of those in Canada originally settled the United States, but went north as United Empire Loyalists in the American War of Independence
. The late 19th and early 20th centuries saw the ancestors of many Scots on both sides of the border begin to recover their collective national heritage through Clan
societies and highland games. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants: Annette Gillis landed in New York in 1662; Elin Gillis settled in Virginia in 1649; Sarah Gillis settled in New Jersey in 1773; Ann Gillies settled in Pennsylvania in 1773.
The McAlish 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: Touch not the cat bot a glove
Motto Translation: Touch not the cat without a glove