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The western coast of Scotland and the desolate Hebrides islands are the ancient home of the McBeth 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.

McBeth Early Origins



The surname McBeth 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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McBeth Spelling Variations


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McBeth Spelling Variations



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. McBeth has appeared as McBeth, Beaton, Beeton, MacBeth, MacBeaton, McBee and many more.

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McBeth Early History


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McBeth Early History



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

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McBeth Early Notables (pre 1700)


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McBeth Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early McBeth Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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 McBeth were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records:

McBeth Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • John McBeth, who arrived in New York in 1789

McBeth Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Alexander McBeth, aged 30, arrived in New York in 1801
  • Mathew McBeth, aged 33, arrived in New York in 1812
  • J McBeth, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1855

McBeth Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Adam McBeth, aged 6, landed in Canada in 1815
  • Christian McBeth, aged 14, landed in Canada in 1815
  • George McBeth, aged 16, arrived in Canada in 1815
  • Margaret McBeth, aged 18, landed in Canada in 1815
  • Molly McBeth, aged 18, landed in Canada in 1815
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

McBeth Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • J McBeth landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840 aboard the ship "Bengal Merchant"
  • Jane McBeth, aged 17, a servant, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bengal Merchant" in 1840
  • John McBeth, aged 27, a gardener, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bengal Merchant" in 1840
  • James McBeth, aged 1, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bengal Merchant" in 1840
  • J McBeth landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840 aboard the ship Bengal Merchant
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name McBeth (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name McBeth (post 1700)



  • Marcus Andre McBeth (b. 1980), American Major League Baseball right-handed relief pitcher
  • John A. McBeth, American Democrat politician, Postmaster at Connellsville, Pennsylvania, 1886-90
  • Alexander McBeth, American politician, Member of Ohio State Senate from Champaign County, 1810-12
  • W Francis McBeth (1933-2012), American composer, professor of Music at Ouachita University, Arkansas
  • John McBeth (b. 1944), New Zealand author and journalist from Wanganui, New Zealand

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McBeth Historic Events


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McBeth Historic Events




HMS Repulse

  • Mr. John McBeth, British Able Bodied Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking

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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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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    2. Scarlett, James D. Tartan The Highland Textile. London: Shepheard-Walwyn, 1990. Print. (ISBN 0-85683-120-4).
    3. Innes, Thomas and Learney. Socts Heraldry A Practical Handbook on the Historical Principles and Modern Application of the Art of Science. London: Oliver and Boyd, 1934. Print.
    4. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    5. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    6. Browne, James. The History of Scotland it's Highlands, Regiments and Clans 8 Volumes. Edinburgh: Francis A Niccolls & Co, 1909. Print.
    7. Bain, Robert. The Clans and Tartans of Scotland. Glasgow & London: Collins, 1968. Print. (ISBN 000411117-6).
    8. Fulton, Alexander. Scotland and Her Tartans: The Romantic Heritage of the Scottish Clans and Families. Godalming: Bramley, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-86283-880-0).
    9. Moncrieffe, Sir Ian of That Ilk and David Hicks. The Highland Clans The Dynastic Origins, Cheifs and Background of the Clans. New York: C.N. Potter, 1968. Print.
    10. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    11. ...

    The McBeth Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McBeth 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 14 January 2016 at 10:08.

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