McClurg History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

McClurg 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 Ayrshire.

Early Origins of the McClurg family

The surname McClurg was 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.

Early History of the McClurg family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McClurg research. Another 101 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1476, 1503, 1526, 1592, and 1681 are included under the topic Early McClurg History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

McClurg 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. McClurg has been spelled MacLurg, McLurg, M'Lurg, M'Lorg, M'Lorc, M'Lork, M'Lurgh, M'Lurge, M'Lurgg, M'Clurg and many more.

Early Notables of the McClurg family (pre 1700)

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

Ireland Migration of the McClurg family to Ireland

Some of the McClurg family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 69 words (5 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States McClurg 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:

McClurg Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • David McClurg, who landed in America in 1790 [1]
  • Joseph McClurg, who arrived in America in 1795 [1]
McClurg Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Robert McClurg, who landed in America in 1804 [1]
  • John McClurg, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1815 [1]
  • James McClurg, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1856 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name McClurg (post 1700) +

  • Bob McClurg, American actor, known for Magnum Force (1973), Pee-wee's Big Adventure (1985) and Oh, God! (1977)
  • Alexander Caldwell McClurg (1832-1901), American bookseller and military adviser, founder of A.C. McClurg, a Chicago, Illinois based publisher, best known as the original publisher of the Tarzan of the Apes novels and other stories of Edgar Rice Burroughs
  • Joseph Washington McClurg (1818-1900), American politician, 19th Governor of Missouri (1869-1871)
  • James McClurg (1746-1823), American delegate to the Philadelphia Convention, 10th Mayor of Richmond, Virginia (1790-1798)
  • Edie McClurg (b. 1951), American character actress and voice artist, known for her work on The Jetsons, The Snorks, Life with Louie, A Bug's Life, Cars and Cars 2; she voiced Carlotta in The Little Mermaid
  • Caitlin McClurg, Irish singer from Bangor

HMS Prince of Wales
  • Mr. Hamilton Mcclurg, British Able Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking [2]


The McClurg 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: Ad metam
Motto Translation: To the mark.


  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. ^ HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html


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