McCarrison History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

McCarrison is an ancient Scottish name that was first used by the Strathclyde-Briton people of the Scottish/English Borderlands. It is a name for someone who lived in Dumfriesshire, where the first mention of the Clan was of Morris Carson who was appointed Bailiff of the Isle of Man by King Alexander I of Scotland about 1100 A.D. They held a family seat at Accarsane.

Early Origins of the McCarrison family

The surname McCarrison was first found in Dumfriesshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Dhùn Phris), a Southern area, bordering on England that today forms part of the Dumfries and Galloway Council Area, where they are believed to be descended from the Irish Clan MacCarrghama of the Hy Fiachra and arrived on the south west Scottish coast about the 9th century. The clan built the famous Sweetheart Abbey. Sir Robert de Acarson (or de Carsan), a cleric witnessed a charter of Holm Cultram in 1276 and it may be the same Robert de Carsan who rendered homage to Edward I in 1296. [1]

Early History of the McCarrison family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McCarrison research. Another 95 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1305, and 1374 are included under the topic Early McCarrison History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

McCarrison Spelling Variations

Prior to the first dictionaries, scribes spelled words according to sound. This, and the fact that Scottish names were repeatedly translated from Gaelic to English and back, contributed to the enormous number of spelling variations in Scottish names. McCarrison has been spelled Carson, Carsen and others.

Early Notables of the McCarrison family (pre 1700)

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

Ireland Migration of the McCarrison family to Ireland

Some of the McCarrison family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 60 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States McCarrison migration to the United States +

In such difficult times, the difficulties of raising the money to cross the Atlantic to North America did not seem so large compared to the problems of keeping a family together in Scotland. It was a journey well worth the cost, since it was rewarded with land and freedom the Scots could not find at home. The American War of Independence solidified that freedom, and many of those settlers went on to play important parts in the forging of a great nation. Among them:

McCarrison Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • William McCarrison, aged 22, originally from Lisburn, Scotland, who arrived in New York in 1919 aboard the ship "Orduna" from Liverpool, England [2]
  • Robert McCarrison, aged 43, originally from Coonoor, India, who arrived in New York in 1921 aboard the ship "Carmania" from Southampton, England [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name McCarrison (post 1700) +

  • Dugald McCarrison (b. 1969), Scottish former footballer who played from 1987 to 1996
  • Sir Robert McCarrison (1878-1960), Northern Irish physician and nutritionist, born in Ireland he joined the Indian Medical Service and was posted as Medical Officer to Indian troops guarding the mountainous Northern Frontiers, he later became Director of Nutritional Research in India in 1928, founder of the McCarrison Society


The McCarrison 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: Ne m'oubliez
Motto Translation: Don't forget me.




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