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On the Scottish west coast, the McConachie family was born among the ancient Dalriadan clans. Their name comes from the personal name Robert. Known as the Clan Donnachaidh, the family's origins are very distinguished, as the senior branch of the line were the hereditary abbots of Dunkeld, who traced their descent from Iona. In addition, Abbot Duncan of Dunkeld, the Robertson progenitor, was killed in battle in 964, as he led the warriors, bearing, a reliquary of St. Columba. His grandson, Abbot Crinan of Dunkeld, married the Kings daughter and then fathered King Duncan I of Scotland who was killed by MacBeth (of Shakespearean fame). Crinan is buried at the Isle of lona, burial place of Scotland's early Kings.

McConachie Early Origins



The surname McConachie was first found in Atholl. King Duncan's younger son, Maelmore, sired Madadh, Earl of Atholl, and his grandson, Earl Henry, was father to Conan who held vast territories in this area. Conan of Glenerochie was the first Chief of the Robertsons and gave his name to the Clan Connchaidh or Duncan. His successor, Duncan, the 5th Chief, led the Clan in the army of King Bruce at Bannockburn in 1314 against the English. For this service, and his subsequent staunch support of the Scottish Crown, his grandson Robert of Struan was granted the lands and barony in 1451.

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McConachie Spelling Variations


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McConachie Spelling Variations



In various documents McConachie has been spelled Since medieval scribes still spelled according to sound, records from that era contain an enormous number of spelling variations. Robertson, MacConachie, Maconachie, MacConaghy, MacConchie, MacConckey, MacConkey, MacDonnachie, MacDonachie, MacDunnachie, MacInroy, MacLagan, Mac Raibeirt (Gaelic) and many more.

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McConachie Early History


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McConachie Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McConachie research. Another 805 words (58 lines of text) covering the years 1745, 1587, 1703, 1715, 1723, 1727, 1745, 1749, 1784, 1746, 1668 and 1689 are included under the topic Early McConachie History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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McConachie Early Notables (pre 1700)


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McConachie Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 38 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early McConachie Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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McConachie In Ireland


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McConachie In Ireland



Some of the McConachie family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 115 words (8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Significant portions of the populations of both the United States and Canada are still made up of the ancestors of Dalriadan families. Some of those in Canada originally settled the United States, but went north as United Empire Loyalists in the American War of Independence. The late 19th and early 20th centuries saw the ancestors of many Scots on both sides of the border begin to recover their collective national heritage through Clan societies and highland games. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:

McConachie Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • William McConachie, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1770

McConachie Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Marie McConachie, aged 21, who emigrated to the United States from Antrin, in 1892

McConachie Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Miss McConachie, aged 24, who settled in America from Glenlivet, in 1903
  • Mrs. McConachie, who landed in America, in 1903
  • Mary McConachie, aged 25, who landed in America from Huntly, Scotland, in 1910
  • Alexander McConachie, aged 21, who landed in America from Huntly, Scotland, in 1910
  • Annabel McConachie, aged 18, who emigrated to America from Huntly, Scotland, in 1910
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

McConachie Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • John McConachie, aged 38, a farmer, arrived in Quebec aboard the ship "Atlas" in 1815
  • Janet McConachie, aged 35, arrived in Quebec aboard the ship "Atlas" in 1815
  • John McConachie, aged 15, arrived in Quebec aboard the ship "Atlas" in 1815
  • Rpbert McConachie, aged 14, arrived in Quebec aboard the ship "Atlas" in 1815
  • William McConachie, aged 12, arrived in Quebec aboard the ship "Atlas" in 1815
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name McConachie (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name McConachie (post 1700)



  • Alexander McConachie (d. 1913), Scottish merchant in Hong Kong and politician, Unofficial Member of the Legislative Council, Hong Kong (1894-1895), HSBC Chairman (1896-1897)
  • George William Grant McConachie (1909-1965), Canadian bush pilot and businessman, CEO of Canadian Pacific Airlines (CPA)

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Motto


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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: Virtutis gloria merces
Motto Translation: Glory is the reward of valour.


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
    2. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    3. Bloxham, Ben. Key to Parochial Registers of Scotland From Earliest Times Through 1854 2nd edition. Provo, UT: Stevenson's Genealogical Center, 1979. Print.
    4. Bain, Robert. The Clans and Tartans of Scotland. Glasgow & London: Collins, 1968. Print. (ISBN 000411117-6).
    5. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    6. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    7. Fairbairn,. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
    8. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
    9. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
    10. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry Including American Families with British Ancestry 2 Volumes. London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
    11. ...

    The McConachie Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McConachie 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 4 May 2016 at 14:54.

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