Among the clans of the Scottish/English Borderlands, the Strathclyde Britons
were the first to use the name McCouloch. It is derived from the Gaelic personal name Cullach,
Early Origins of the McCouloch family
The surname McCouloch was first found in Wigtownshire
(Gaelic: Siorrachd Bhaile na h-Uige), formerly a county in southwestern Scotland
, now part of the Council Area of Dumfries and Galloway
where one of the first on record was Andrew MacCulloch who served King William the Lion of Scotland
and received the lands of Myretoun (now Monreith near Whitehorn in Wigtown). However ancient records show the Clan
as being mentioned in the year 743 in that area.
Early History of the McCouloch family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McCouloch research.Another 143 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1354, 1640, 1697, 1470 and are included under the topic Early McCouloch History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
McCouloch Spelling Variations
Medieval Scottish names are rife with spelling variations
. This is due to the fact that scribes in that era spelled according to the sound of words, rather than any set of rules. McCouloch has been spelled MacCulloch, MacCullagh, MacCully, MacCullough, MacCulley, MacCullaugh, MacCullock, MacCullie, MacLulich and many more.
Early Notables of the McCouloch family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the family at this time was Sir Godfrey McCulloch, 2nd Baronet
of Mertoun (c.1640-1697), a Scottish politician executed for the murder of William Gordon who died from a shot in the leg, partly as a result of a long-standing feud. Following the execution, much of his family emigrated to... Another 53 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early McCouloch Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the McCouloch family to Ireland
Some of the McCouloch family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 215 words (15 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the McCouloch family to the New World and Oceana
Many Scots were left with few options other than to leave their homeland for the colonies across the Atlantic. Some of these families fought to defend their newfound freedom in the American War of Independence
. Others went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. The ancestors of all of these families have recently been able to rediscover their roots through Clan
societies and other Scottish organizations. Among them: Robert MacCullaugh who settled in Jamaica in 1716; John and Jane MacCulloch settled in Charles Town in 1762; Barbara and Hugh MacCullock settled in Maryland in 1774.
The McCouloch 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: Vi et animo
Motto Translation: By strength and courage.