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The western coast of Scotland and the desolate Hebrides islands are the ancient home of the McBeath family. Their name is derived from the names of Macbeth and Bethune, or Beaton. The Macbeth and Bethune families, who were hereditary physicians to the Chiefs of Macdonald, practiced medicine on the Isles during the Middle Ages and their names merged in English into the one surname of Beaton. The Macbeths were concentrated in Islay and Mull, whereas the Beatons were concentrated in Skye.

McBeath Early Origins



The surname McBeath was first found in the Isle of Islay, where legend has it that the progenitor of this Clan is none other than Macbeth (Mac Bethad mac FindlŠich) (1005-1057), the High Steward of Moray. As his mother was a daughter of King Kenneth III, and he married Grudoch, a daughter of the son of King Kenneth III, he had as much of a claim to the Scottish throne as King Duncan I. MacBeth, therefore, challenged Duncan and defeated him in battle in 1040, assuming the throne.

Known in English simply as Macbeth, he was last Celtic king of Scotland, ruling from 1040 to 1057, when he died in battle against future king Malcolm of the Canmore dynasty.

He is best known through the Shakespearean drama bearing his name. Thespians rarely mention the play by the name and typically call it "the Scottish play" as they believe that by uttering the name brings one bad luck.


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McBeath Spelling Variations


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McBeath Spelling Variations



Spelling in the medieval era was a highly imprecise process. Translation, particularly from Gaelic to English, was little better. For these reasons, early Scottish names are rife with spelling variations. In various documents McBeath has been spelled McBeth, Beaton, Beeton, MacBeth, MacBeaton, McBee and many more.

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McBeath Early History


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McBeath Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McBeath research. Another 319 words (23 lines of text) covering the years 1545, 1600, 1609, and 1763 are included under the topic Early McBeath History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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McBeath Early Notables (pre 1700)


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McBeath Early Notables (pre 1700)



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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Settlers from Scotland put down roots in communities all along the east coast of North Ameri ca. Some moved north from the American colonies to Canada as United Empire Loyalists during the American War of Independence. As Clan societies and highland games started in North America in the 20th century many Scots rediscovered parts of their heritage. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name McBeath were among those contributors:

McBeath Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • John McBeath, aged 37, landed in Wilmington, North Carolina in 1774
  • George McBeath, aged 19, landed in Savanna(h), Georgia in 1775

McBeath Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • James McBeath, who arrived in New York in 1833

McBeath Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Barbara McBeath, aged 45, landed in Red River, Canada in 1812
  • Andrew McBeath, aged 19, arrived in Churchill Factory, Canada in 1813
  • Charles McBeath, who arrived in Canada in 1815
  • Alex McBeath, who landed in Canada in 1817
  • Robert McBeath, who arrived in Canada in 1817
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

McBeath Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • William James McBeath, aged 46, arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Brankenmoor"
  • Benjamin McBeath arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Bengal" in 1850
  • Robert McBeath, aged 53, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Dirigo"

McBeath Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Margaret McBeath, aged 29, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Jane Gifford" in 1842

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Contemporary Notables of the name McBeath (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name McBeath (post 1700)



  • William McBeath (1856-1917), Scottish footballer who played from 1872 to 1876, one of the founding members of Rangers Football Club
  • Robert Gordon McBeath VC (1898-1922), Scottish recipient of the Victoria Cross for most conspicuous bravery during World War I
  • Daniel Jason "Dan" McBeath (1897-1963), New Zealand cricketer who played first-class cricket from 1917 to 1927
  • Darin McBeath (b. 1976), Canadian former alpine skier who competed at the 2002 Winter Olympics
  • Tom McBeath, Canadian three-time Jessie Award winning and Gemini Award nominated actor living in Vancouver, best known for playing Harry Maybourne on Stargate SG-1
  • Malcolm Peter McBeath (1880-1957), Canadian politician, 17th Mayor of Vancouver, British Columbia (1915-1917)
  • George McBeath (1740-1812), Scottish-born, Canadian fur trader, businessman and political figure, one of the founders of the Beaver Club in Montreal, elected to the Legislative Assembly of Lower Canada in a 1793

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Motto


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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: Conjuncta virtuti fortuna
Motto Translation: Good fortune is allied to bravery


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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    2. Bloxham, Ben. Key to Parochial Registers of Scotland From Earliest Times Through 1854 2nd edition. Provo, UT: Stevenson's Genealogical Center, 1979. Print.
    3. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
    4. Martine, Roddy, Roderick Martine and Don Pottinger. Scottish Clan and Family Names Their Arms, Origins and Tartans. Edinburgh: Mainstream, 1992. Print.
    5. Moncrieffe, Sir Ian of That Ilk and Don Pottinger. Clan Map Scotland of Old. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1983. Print.
    6. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    7. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    8. Browne, James. The History of Scotland it's Highlands, Regiments and Clans 8 Volumes. Edinburgh: Francis A Niccolls & Co, 1909. Print.
    9. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Scotch Irish Pioneers In Ulster and America. Montana: Kessinger Publishing. Print.
    10. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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    The McBeath Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McBeath Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 17 October 2015 at 09:53.

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