McClune History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancient Pictish-Scottish family that first used the name McClune lived in the lands of Clunie in Stormmot, Perthshire where the name can be found since very early times.

Early Origins of the McClune family

The surname McClune 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 very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

Early History of the McClune family

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McClune Spelling Variations

The arts of spelling and translation were yet in their infancies when surnames began, so there are an enormous number of spelling variations of the names in early Scottish records. This is a particular problem with Scottish names because of the numerous times a name might have been loosely translated to English from Gaelic and back. McClune has been spelled Clunie, Clooney, Cloon, Cloone, Clowney, Clune, Cluney, Clunis and many more.

Early Notables of the McClune family (pre 1700)

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United States McClune migration to the United States +

This oppression forced many Scots to leave their homelands. Most of these chose North America as their destination. Although the journey left many sick and poor, these immigrants were welcomed the hardy with great opportunity. Many of these settlers stood up for their newfound freedom in the American War of Independence. More recently, Scots abroad have recovered much of their collective heritage through highland games and other patriotic functions and groups. An examination of passenger and immigration lists has located various settlers bearing the name McClune:

McClune Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Lizzie McClune, aged 23, who landed in America, in 1892
  • James McClune, aged 25, who immigrated to the United States, in 1893
  • Mary McClune, aged 35, who settled in America, in 1895
  • Saml. McClune, aged 22, who immigrated to the United States from Carrickmacross, in 1896
McClune Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • John McClune, aged 36, who settled in America, in 1903
  • Malcolm McClune, aged 5, who immigrated to the United States from Belfast, Ireland, in 1907
  • Samuel McClune, aged 33, who landed in America from Coventry, England, in 1907
  • James McClune, aged 19, who landed in America from Belfast, Ireland, in 1907
  • Annie McClune, aged 15, who immigrated to America from Belfast, Ireland, in 1907
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand McClune migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

McClune Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Joseph McClune, (b. 1839), aged 35, Irish farm labourer from County Down travelling from London aboard the ship "Tweed" arriving in Port Chalmers, Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 4th September 1874 [1]
  • Mrs. Mary McClune, (b. 1840), aged 34, Irish settler from County Down travelling from London aboard the ship "Tweed" arriving in Port Chalmers, Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 4th September 1874 [1]
  • Mr. John McClune, (b. 1864), aged 10, Irish settler from County Down travelling from London aboard the ship "Tweed" arriving in Port Chalmers, Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 4th September 1874 [1]
  • Mr. John McClune, (b. 1839), aged 35, Irish farm labourer from County Down travelling from London aboard the ship "Tweed" arriving in Port Chalmers, Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 4th September 1874 [1]
  • Mrs. Margaret McClune, (b. 1840), aged 34, Irish settler from County Down travelling from London aboard the ship "Tweed" arriving in Port Chalmers, Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 4th September 1874 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name McClune (post 1700) +

  • Mr. McClune (b. 1922), American actor, known for The Light in the Dark
  • Michael McClune (b. 1989), American professional tennis player who signed a lucrative contract with Nike in 2007


  1. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html


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