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On the Scottish west coast, the McAlpine family was born among the ancient Dalriadan clans. Their name comes from the son of the blond one, or son of Alpin.

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The surname McAlpine 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 were descended from King Kenneth MacAlpin who was murdered by the Picts near Dundee in the year 834. MacAlpin is generally considered to have been the first king to rule both Scots and Picts, and as such, was the first king of Scotland.

In the Middle Ages, the translation between Gaelic and English was not a highly developed process. Spelling was not yet standardized, and so, an enormous number of spelling variations appear in records of early Scottish names. McAlpine has appeared as MacAlpine, MacAlpin, MacAilpein (Gaelic) and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McAlpine research. Another 385 words (28 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1395, 1405, 1531, 1557, 1658, 1725 and 1692 are included under the topic Early McAlpine History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Notable amongst the Clan from early times was Sir John MacAlpin; John MacAlpine (Latin: Maccabeus) (died 1557), a Scottish Protestant theologian; and Joseph Capen (1658-1725), a Massachusetts clergyman who during...

Another 30 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early McAlpine Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Some of the McAlpine family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 51 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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These settlers arrived in North America at a time when the east was burgeoning with prosperous colonies and the expanses of the west were just being opened up. The American War of Independence was also imminent. Some Scots stayed to fight for a new country, while others who remained loyal went north as United Empire Loyalists. The ancestors of all of them went on to rediscover their heritage in the 20th century through highland games and other patriotic Scottish events. The McAlpine were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records:

McAlpine Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Dugald McAlpine, who landed in New York in 1738
  • Walter McAlpine, who arrived in New England in 1743
  • William McAlpine, who landed in New England in 1753
  • Daniel McAlpine, who arrived in New York in 1763

McAlpine Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Robert McAlpine, who arrived in Norfolk, Va in 1825
  • Thomas McAlpine, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • Charles B McAlpine, aged 18, landed in New York, NY in 1893

McAlpine Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. John McAlpine U.E. who settled in Saint Johns, New Brunswick c. 1784 became a Freeman in 1785
  • Mr. Peter McAlpine U.E., (MacApline) (b. 1726) born in Inverness, Scotland from County of Tryon, New York, USA who settled in Parr Town, Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1784, then resettled at Otnabog Lake, Upper Hampstead, Queens County, New Brunswick married to Elizabeth Watters having 6 children, he became a Freeman in 1785 and was listed as a Yeoman
  • Mr. Walter McAlpine U.E. who settled in Saint Johns, New Brunswick c. 1784

McAlpine Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • John McAlpine, aged 30, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Sea Park"
  • Catherine McAlpine, aged 45, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Dirigo"
  • William McAlpine, aged 27, a groom, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Dirigo"
  • Andrew McAlpine, aged 38, a weaver, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Switzerland"

McAlpine Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • G McAlpine landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1842
  • Duncan McAlpine, aged 24, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Maori" in 1864
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  • Christopher Walter "Chris" McAlpine (b. 1971), American retired NHL professional hockey player who played from 1994 to 2005
  • William H. McAlpine, American politician, U.S. Consular Agent in Louisbourg, 1884
  • W. W. McAlpine, American politician, Independent Candidate for village President of Highland Park, Michigan, 1903
  • Stephen A. McAlpine (b. 1949), American Democrat politician, Lieutenant Governor of Alaska, 1982-90
  • Peter E. McAlpine, American politician, Candidate for Wayne State University Board of Governors, 1972
  • Peter B. McAlpine, American Libertarian politician, Candidate for Wayne State University Board of Governors, 1976
  • John R. McAlpine, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Michigan, 1956
  • Frank D. McAlpine, American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Michigan 8th District, 1992, 2002
  • Christopher G. McAlpine, American politician, Member of New Hampshire State House of Representatives from Warner, 1869-70
  • Blanton McAlpine, American politician, Mayor of Mobile, Alabama, 1845-48
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McAlpine Historic Events



Empress of Ireland

  • Mr. Al McAlpine, Canadian Second Class Passenger from Montreal, Quebec, Canada who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking on May 29th 2014
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    6. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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    10. Browne, James. The History of Scotland it's Highlands, Regiments and Clans 8 Volumes. Edinburgh: Francis A Niccolls & Co, 1909. Print.
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