McConaghie History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The sea-swept Hebrides islands and the west coast of Scotland, made up the ancient Dalriadan kingdom, the ancestral home of the McConaghie family. 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.

Early Origins of the McConaghie family

The surname McConaghie 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.

Early History of the McConaghie family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McConaghie research. Another 403 words (29 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 McConaghie History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

McConaghie Spelling Variations

Many spelling variations of McConaghie have been recorded over the years, including These are the result of the medieval practice of spelling according to sound and repeated translation between Gaelic and English. Robertson, MacConachie, Maconachie, MacConaghy, MacConchie, MacConckey, MacConkey, MacDonnachie, MacDonachie, MacDunnachie, MacInroy, MacLagan, Mac Raibeirt (Gaelic) and many more.

Early Notables of the McConaghie family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the McConaghie family to Ireland

Some of the McConaghie family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 64 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 McConaghie migration to the United States +

Many who arrived from Scotland settled along the east coast of North America in communities that would go on to become the backbones of the young nations of the United States and Canada. In the American War of Independence, many settlers who remained loyal to England went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Their descendants later began to recover the lost Scottish heritage through events such as the highland games that dot North America in the summer months. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the McConaghie family emigrate to North America:

McConaghie Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Ellen McConaghie, aged 28, who landed in America from Ireland, in 1892
  • David McConaghie, aged 24, who landed in America, in 1895
McConaghie Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Janie McConaghie, aged 24, who immigrated to the United States from Antrim, in 1903
  • Elizabeth McConaghie, aged 6, who immigrated to America from Ballymann, Ireland, in 1912
  • Lizzie McConaghie, aged 34, who settled in America from Ballymann, Ireland, in 1912
  • Annie McConaghie, aged 17, who immigrated to the United States from Ballymoney, Ireland, in 1912
  • William McConaghie, aged 30, who immigrated to the United States from Ballymann, Ireland, in 1912
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name McConaghie (post 1700) +

  • Gareth McConaghie, Irish footballer for Coleraine Football Club, Londonderry
  • Samuel McConaghie, Irish politician, Deputy Mayor of Ballymoney (1990-1993), (1996-1997) and (2000-2001)

The McConaghie 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. on Facebook
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