McConnochie History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

On the western coast of Scotland and on the Hebrides islands the McConnochie 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.

Early Origins of the McConnochie family

The surname McConnochie 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 McConnochie family

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McConnochie Spelling Variations

In various documents McConnochie 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.

Early Notables of the McConnochie family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the McConnochie family to Ireland

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

Dalriadan families proliferated in North America. Their descendants still populate many communities in the eastern parts of both the United States and Canada. Some settled in Canada as United Empire Loyalists, in the wake of the American War of Independence. Families on both sides of the border have recovered much of their heritage in the 20th century through Clan societies and highland games. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name McConnochie or a variant listed above:

McConnochie Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Sarah McConnochie, aged 40, who arrived in New York in 1893 aboard the ship "Circassia" from Glasgow, Scotland [1]
McConnochie Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • John McConnochie, aged 20, originally from Kilbridge, Scotland, who arrived in New York in 1905 aboard the ship "Astoria" from Glasgow, Scotland [2]
  • Winifred McConnochie, aged 29, originally from London, England, who arrived in New York in 1919 aboard the ship "Rotterdam" from Plymouth [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name McConnochie (post 1700) +

  • Joy McConnochie, American actress, known for Side Show (1981), Miami Vice (1984) and Happy Days (1974)
  • Alexander Inkson "Alex" McConnochie, Scottish first editor of the Cairngorm Club Journal in 1893 and Member of Parliament for Deeside in 1895
  • Kingsley McConnochie, New Zealand footballer for the Otago University AFC in 2016
  • John McConnochie, British Chief Engineer to the Bute Docks; his Early French Gothic town house in Cardiff was built in 1871 and is now known as Park House
  • Ruaridh McConnochie (b. 1989), British silver medalist men's rugby union player at the 2016 Summer Olympics, once mentioned on a list of "50 Most Influential People in Rugby"
  • John McConnochie (b. 1954), New Zealand swimmer at the 1972 and 1976 Summer Olympics
  • Mardi McConnochie (b. 1971), Australian author and playwright; Melissa, Queen of Evil, her first novel for children, won the 2006 Aurealis Award for Best Children's Novel

The McConnochie 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