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Where did the Scottish McClung family come from? What is the Scottish McClung family crest and coat of arms? When did the McClung family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the McClung family history?

The ancient Scottish name McClung was first used by the Strathclyde-Briton people of the Scottish/English Borderlands. The original bearer of the name lived in Ayrshire.


The many spelling variations in Medieval Scottish names result from the fact that scribes in that era spelled words according to sound. Translation too, was an undeveloped science, and many names were altered into complete obscurity. Over the years McClung has been spelled MacLurg, McLurg, M'Lurg, M'Lorg, M'Lorc, M'Lork, M'Lurgh, M'Lurge, M'Lurgg, M'Clurg and many more.

First found in Ayrshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Inbhir Àir), formerly a county in the southwestern Strathclyde region of Scotland, that today makes up the Council Areas of South, East, and North Ayrshire, where they held a family seat from ancient times, some say before the Norman Conquest in 1066. The legendary history of this prominent Ayrshire name claims descent from Loigire Lork, and early King of Ireland, the father of Aillil Aine.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McClung research. Another 181 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1476, 1503, 1526, 1592, and 1681 are included under the topic Early McClung History in all our PDF Extended History products.


More information is included under the topic Early McClung Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the McClung family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 274 words (20 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


To escape the uncertainties and discrimination faced in Scotland, many decided to head out for North America. Once they arrived, many Scots fought with relish in the American War of Independence; some went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Many ancestors of these Scots have recovered their lost national heritage in the 20th century through Clan organizations and Scottish historical societies. Among the settlers to North America were:

McClung Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • W. McClung, aged 30, who settled in America, in 1894
  • Samuel McClung, aged 13, who landed in America from Belfast, Ireland in 1899

McClung Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Margaret McClung, aged 30, who landed in America from Philadelphia, in 1903
  • Barbara McClung, aged 25, who emigrated to the United States, in 1905
  • Thomas McClung, aged 35, who landed in America from Kilbirnie, Scotland, in 1907
  • Lee McClung, aged 38, who settled in America, in 1908
  • Thomas McClung, aged 59, who settled in America from Belfast, Ireland, in 1908

McClung Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century

  • Harold McClung, aged 34, who emigrated to Trenton, Canada, in 1923


  • Michael Seth McClung (b. 1981), American starting pitcher in the National Baseball League
  • Megan M. McClung (1972-2006), American who was the first female United States Marine Corps officer killed in combat during the Iraq War
  • Nellie McClung (1873-1951), Canadian feminist born Nellie Letitia Mooney, politician, and social activist
  • John Wesley "Buzz" McClung (1935-2004), Canadian outspoken judge on the Alberta Court of Appeal


  • The McClung Family of Wise County, Texas by Jimmy Wayne McClung.
  • The McClung Genealogy by William McClung.

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: Ad metam
Motto Translation: To the mark.


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The McClung Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McClung 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 1 May 2015 at 14:01.

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