McConochie History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Clan from whom the McConochie family descends began among the ancient Dalriadan kingdom of the west coast of Scotland. Their name comes from the personal name Robert. Known as the Clan Donnachaidh, (MacDhonnchaidh) 'son of Duncan' 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. [1]

Early Origins of the McConochie family

The surname McConochie 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 McConochie family

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McConochie Spelling Variations

Historical recordings of the name McConochie include many spelling variations. They are the result of repeated translations of the name from Gaelic to English and inconsistencies in spelling rules. They include Robertson, MacConachie, Maconachie, MacConaghy, MacConchie, MacConckey, MacConkey, MacDonnachie, MacDonachie, MacDunnachie, MacInroy, MacLagan, Mac Raibeirt (Gaelic) and many more.

Early Notables of the McConochie family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the Clan from early times was Thomas Robertson (fl. 1520-1561), schoolmaster and dean of Durham, was born at or near Wakefield in Yorkshire early in the sixteenth century. William Robertson (d. 1686?), Scottish lexicographer, was a graduate of Edinburgh, and is probably the William Robertson who was laureated by Duncan Forester in April 1645. From 1653 to 1680...
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Ireland Migration of the McConochie family to Ireland

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

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:

McConochie Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Alexander McConochie, who arrived in New York, NY in 1828 [2]

New Zealand McConochie migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

McConochie Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • John McConochie, aged 31, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Duchess of Argyle" in 1842
  • Jean McConochie, aged 30, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Duchess of Argyle" in 1842
  • John McConochie, aged 15, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Duchess of Argyle" in 1842
  • Janet McConochie, aged 13, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Duchess of Argyle" in 1842
  • James McConochie, aged 10, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Duchess of Argyle" in 1842
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Contemporary Notables of the name McConochie (post 1700) +

  • William McConochie, American politician, four-time Mayor of Rock Island, Illinois (1889-1893), (1899-1901), (1903-1905) and (1915-1918)
  • William McConochie, American politician, Mayor of Rock Island, Illinois, 1889-93, 1899-1901, 1903-05, 1915-19 [3]
  • Rhys McConochie, New Zealand actor, known for his performance as the Doctor in the stage play Every Good Boy Deserves Favour in 1978, Return to Snowy River (1988), Come in Spinner (1990) and Romulus, My Father (2007)
  • Thomas McConochie, Canadian political candidate for the Manitoba general election in 1941


The McConochie 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.


  1. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  2. ^ 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)
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 20) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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