McCasker History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The McCasker family history stretches back to the clans of the Dalriadan kingdom on the sea-swept Hebrides islands and mountainous western coast of Scotland. The name McCasker is derived from an ancient Norse warrior name Askell, which means cauldron of the Gods and denoted son of Asgaill.

Early Origins of the McCasker family

The surname McCasker was first found in living on the Islands of Skye and of Lewis (Scottish Gaelic: Leòdhas), where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects. On Skye, ancestors of the McCasker Clan occupied the district of "Rubha an Dunain, " where the ruins of the family residence may seen to this day.

Early History of the McCasker family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McCasker research. Another 128 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1863 and 1795 are included under the topic Early McCasker History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

McCasker Spelling Variations

Medieval translation of Gaelic names could not be referred to as an accurate process. Spelling was not yet standardized, and names in documents from that era are riddled with spelling variations. McCasker has been written as MacAskill, MacAskill, Gaskell, Gaskill, MacGaskill, MacKaskil, MacKaskill and many more.

Early Notables of the McCasker family (pre 1700)

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United States McCasker migration to the United States +

The descendants of the Dalriadan families who made the great crossing of the Atlantic still dot communities along the east coast of the United States and Canada. In the American War of Independence, many of the settlers traveled north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Clan societies and highland games have allowed Canadian and American families of Scottish descent to recover much of their lost heritage. Investigation of the origins of family names on the North American continent has revealed that early immigrants bearing the name McCasker or a variant listed above include:

McCasker Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Owen McCasker, aged 30, who landed in New York in 1864 [1]

Australia McCasker migration to Australia +

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

McCasker Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Patrick Mccasker, (Mccosker, Mccusker, Mccaskill), (b. 1777), aged 40, Irish linen weaver who was convicted in Armagh, Ireland for life for robbery, transported aboard the "Chapman" on 25th May 1817, arriving in New South Wales, Australia, he died in 1845 [2]
  • Betsy McCasker, aged 21, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Velocity"
  • Rose McCasker, aged 25, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Velocity"


The McCasker 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: Spea
Motto Translation: By hope.


  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. ^ Convict Records of Australia (Retreived 20th January 2021, retreived from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/chapman)


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