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The west coast of Scotland and the rocky Hebrides islands are the ancient home of the McConaghy family. The root of their name is 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.

McConaghy Early Origins



The surname McConaghy 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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McConaghy Spelling Variations


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McConaghy Spelling Variations



Spelling and translation were not standardized practices until the last few centuries. Spelling variations are extremely common among early Scottish names. McConaghy has been spelled Robertson, MacConachie, Maconachie, MacConaghy, MacConchie, MacConckey, MacConkey, MacDonnachie, MacDonachie, MacDunnachie, MacInroy, MacLagan, Mac Raibeirt (Gaelic) and many more.

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McConaghy Early History


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McConaghy Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McConaghy 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 McConaghy History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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McConaghy Early Notables (pre 1700)


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McConaghy Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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McConaghy In Ireland


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McConaghy In Ireland



Some of the McConaghy 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



Numerous Scottish settlers settled along the east coast of the colonies that would become the United States and Canada. Others traveled to the open country of the west. At the time of the American War of Independence, some remained in the United States, while those who remained loyal to the crown went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. The highland games and Clan societies that sprang up across North America in the 20th century have helped many Scots to recover parts of their lost traditions. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first McConaghys to arrive in North America:

McConaghy Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • David McConaghy, aged 10, landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1803
  • Thomas McConaghy, aged 27, landed in New York, NY in 1803
  • William B McConaghy, aged 4, landed in America in 1820
  • Hector McConaghy, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1828
  • William McConaghy, aged 16, arrived in New York, NY in 1834
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

McConaghy Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Barnabas McConaghy, aged 21, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Prudence" in 1838

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Contemporary Notables of the name McConaghy (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name McConaghy (post 1700)



  • Jack McConaghy (1902-1977), American two-time Academy Award nominated set decorator, best known for his work on The Desert Song (1943) and San Antonio (1945)
  • Lorraine McConaghy, American historian, recipient of the Washington State Historical Society's Robert Gray Medal (2010)
  • Brian McConaghy (b. 1963), Irish-born, Canadian forensic scientist, founder of Ratanak International
  • John McConaghy, Australian founder of McConaghy Boats in 1967, known for their work on yachts for the America's Cup, Kenwood Cup, Maxi Worlds and Admirals cup

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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. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1970. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    2. Innes, Thomas and Learney. Socts Heraldry A Practical Handbook on the Historical Principles and Modern Application of the Art of Science. London: Oliver and Boyd, 1934. Print.
    3. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    4. Moncrieffe, Sir Ian of That Ilk and Don Pottinger. Clan Map Scotland of Old. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1983. Print.
    5. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    6. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    7. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    8. Paul, Sir James Balfour. An Ordinary of Arms Contained in the Public Register of All Arms and Bearings in Scotland Second Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1903. Print.
    9. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    10. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
    11. ...

    The McConaghy Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McConaghy 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 11 October 2016 at 10:29.

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