McClenay is a name whose ancestors lived among the Picts
, a tribe in ancient Scotland
. The McClenay family lived in the old lands of Leny, which were in the parish of Callander in Perth. The surname McClenay belongs to the category of habitation
names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.
Early Origins of the McClenay family
The surname McClenay was first found in Perthshire
(Gaelic: Siorrachd Pheairt) former county in the present day Council Area of Perth and Kinross, located in central Scotland
, 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.
Early History of the McClenay family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McClenay research.Another 225 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1257, 1270, 1408 and 1550 are included under the topic Early McClenay History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
McClenay Spelling Variations
The appearance of the printing press and the first dictionaries in the last few hundred
years did much to standardize spelling. Prior to that time scribes spelled according to sound, a practice that resulted in many spelling variations
. McClenay has been spelled Lennie, Leny, Lenay, Lenny and others.
Early Notables of the McClenay family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the McClenay family to the New World and Oceana
The expense of the crossing to the North American colonies seemed small beside the difficulties of remaining in Scotland
. It was a long and hard trip, but at its end lay the reward of freedom. Some Scots remained faithful to England
and called themselves United Empire Loyalists, while others fought in the American War of Independence
. Much of this lost Scottish heritage has been recovered in the last century through Clan
societies and other patriotic Scottish organizations. A search of immigration and passenger lists revealed many important, early immigrants to North America bearing the name of McClenay: James and Patrick Lenny arrived in Philadelphia in 1845; James Lenny arrived in Philadelphia in 1871.