McArthur History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The many centuries old Dalriadan-Scottish name McArthur comes from the Celtic personal name Arthur. It denotes the 'son of arthur', which means noble one.

Early Origins of the McArthur family

The surname McArthur 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 held a family seat 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.

Important Dates for the McArthur family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McArthur research. Another 184 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1427, 1767, and 1817 are included under the topic Early McArthur History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

McArthur Spelling Variations

Spelling and translation were not standardized practices until the last few centuries. Spelling variations are extremely common among early Scottish names. McArthur has been spelled MacArthur, MacArtair, MacArter and many more.

Early Notables of the McArthur family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the Clan from early times was Alister MacArthur who was beheaded by James I in 1427; and John MacArthur of the Strachur branch (1767) who journeyed to Australia with the 102nd Regiment. He became actively involved in the development...
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Migration of the McArthur family to Ireland

Some of the McArthur family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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McArthur migration to the United States

Many who arrived from Scotland settled along the east coast of North America in communities that would go on to become the backbones of the young nations of the United States and Canada. In the American War of Independence, many settlers who remained loyal to England went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Their descendants later began to recover the lost Scottish heritage through events such as the highland games that dot North America in the summer months. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the McArthur family emigrate to North America:

McArthur Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Gilbert McArthur, who arrived in New Jersey in 1685 [1]
McArthur Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Alexander McArthur, who landed in New York in 1738 [1]
  • Neil McArthur who settled in New York State in 1738 with his wife Mary Campbell and three children, Alexander, John, and Christian
  • Patrick McArthur also settled in New York State in 1738 with his wife Mary McDugall and children, Charles, Colin, and Jennet
  • Mary McArthur, who landed in New York in 1738 [1]
  • Neil McArthur, who landed in New York, NY in 1738 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
McArthur Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Charles McArthur, aged 20, who landed in New York in 1812 [1]
  • Daniel McArthur, aged 48, who arrived in New York in 1812-1813 [1]
  • Andrew McArthur, aged 47, who landed in South Carolina in 1812 [1]
  • John McArthur, aged 20, who landed in New York in 1812 [1]
  • Nancy McArthur, who arrived in New York in 1821 [1]
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McArthur migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

McArthur Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. McArthur, who settled in Prince Edward Island in 1770
  • Mr. Alex McArthur U.E. who settled in Didgeguash, Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1784 [2]
  • Mr. Charles McArthur U.E. who settled in St. Stephen, Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1784 [2]
  • Mr. John McArthur U.E. who settled in Thurlow [Belleville], Ontario c. 1784 he served in the Loyal Rangers [2]
  • Mr. Robert McArthur U.E. who settled in Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1784 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
McArthur Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Duncan McArthur, aged 33, a labourer, who arrived in Quebec aboard the ship "Dorothy" in 1815
  • Christian McArthur, aged 29, who arrived in Quebec aboard the ship "Dorothy" in 1815
  • John McArthur, aged 3, who arrived in Quebec aboard the ship "Dorothy" in 1815
  • Janet McArthur, aged 1 1/2, who arrived in Quebec aboard the ship "Dorothy" in 1815
  • James McArthur, who arrived in Canada in 1820
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McArthur migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

McArthur Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

McArthur 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:

McArthur Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Peter McARTHUR, who landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1840
  • D. McArthur, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Gloucester" arriving in Dunedin, South Island, New Zealand on 28th December 1858 [7]
  • Mr. Duncan McArthur, Scottish settler travelling from Leith aboard the ship 'Melbourne' arriving in Port Chalmers, Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 18th March 1861 [7]
  • Mrs. McArthur, Scottish settler travelling from Leith with 3 sons and 4 daughters aboard the ship 'Melbourne' arriving in Port Chalmers, Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 18th March 1861 [7]
  • Mr. William Mcarthur, (b. 1841), aged 21, Scottish shepherd, from Fifeshire travelling from London aboard the ship "Queen of Mersey" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, Southland, South Island, New Zealand on 20th October 1862 [8]
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Contemporary Notables of the name McArthur (post 1700)

  • William Pope McArthur (1814-1850), American naval officer and hydrologist involved in the first surveys of the Pacific Coast
  • Katherine Megan McArthur (b. 1971), NASA Astronaut with almost 13 days in space [9]
  • Duncan McArthur (1772-1839), American politician, 11th Governor of Ohio
  • William Surles "Bill" McArthur Jr. (b. 1951), American astronaut with 224 days, 22 hours, 28 minutes, and 10 seconds in space
  • Nancy McArthur, American children's author
  • John McArthur (1826-1906), Union general during the American Civil War
  • Paul G. McArthur, American fighter pilot and flying ace in the U.S. Army Air Forces, during World War II, credited with 5 aerial victories
  • Clifton Nesmith McArthur (1879-1923), American Republican politician, Member of Oregon State House of Representatives, 1913; U.S. Representative from Oregon 3rd District, 1915-23; Defeated, 1922 [10]
  • Charles McArthur, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Wisconsin, 1908 [10]
  • C. L. McArthur, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Oklahoma, 1948 [10]
  • ... (Another 33 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the McArthur family

HMS Royal Oak
  • Archibald McArthur (1919-1939), British Engine Room Artificer 5th Class with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he died in the sinking [11]
RMS Lusitania
  • Mr. William George Mcarthur, English Assistant Cook from Seaforth, Liverpool, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking [12]

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Citations

  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. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  3. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 26) America voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1829 with 176 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/america/1829
  4. ^ South Australian Register Tuesday 3 February 1852. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) ADELAIDE 1852. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/adelaide1852.shtml
  5. ^ South Australian Register Tuesday 3 February 1852. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) SIBELLA 1852. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/sibella1852.shtml.
  6. ^ South Australian Register Tuesday 3 February 1852. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) MEDINA 1852. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/medina1852.shtml
  7. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  8. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  9. ^ NASA Astronauts Homepage. (Retrieved 2010, September 27) Katherine McArthur. Retrieved from http://www.jsc.nasa.gov/Bios/htmlbios/mcarthur-km.html
  10. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 14) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  11. ^ Ships hit by U-boats crew list HMS Royal Oak (08) - (Retrieved 2018 February, 9th) - retrieved from https://uboat.net/allies/merchants/crews/ship68.html
  12. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 7) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/
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