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Where did the Scottish McElligott family come from? What is the Scottish McElligott family crest and coat of arms? When did the McElligott family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the McElligott family history?

The chronicles of the McElligott family reach back into Scottish history to an ancient tribe known as the Picts. The ancestors of the McElligott family lived in Liddesdale and Teviotdale where the family has a long and distinguished history dating back to the early Middle Ages. The name is actually derived from the Old English personal name Elwald or Aelfwald, but this name is now all but extinct as a personal name.

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When the first dictionaries were invented in the last few hundred years, spelling gradually became standardized. Before that time, scribes spelled according to sound. Names were often recorded under different spelling variations every time they were written. McElligott has been written Elliott, Elliot, Eliot, Eliott, Ellegett, Ellegot, Ellecot, Ellacott, Ellacot, Ellgate, Ellett, Ellit and many more.

First found in Liddesdale, and Teviotdale. Although originally from Elliott, a village near Forfar, this Clan was persuaded by the Douglases to move south to help defend the border in 1396. There they became one of the most influential clans. Some of the notable personalities were "Archie Fire the Braes," "Hob of the Park," "Little Jock of the Park," "Jock Half Lugs," "Jock A'God's Name," "Gibbe Wi' the Gowden Gartens."


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McElligott research. Another 281 words(20 lines of text) covering the years 1499, 1546, 1898, 1592, 1632, 1636, 1668, 1604, 1690, 1612, 1685, 1640, 1665, 1714, 1700, 1670, 1797 and are included under the topic Early McElligott History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 237 words(17 lines of text) are included under the topic Early McElligott Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the McElligott family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 149 words(11 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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The crossing to North America did not seem so great in comparison with the hardships many Scots endured at home. It was long, expensive, and cramped, but also rewarding. North America offered land and the chance for settlers to prove themselves in a new place. And many did prove themselves as they fought to forge a new nation in the American War of Independence. The ancestors of those Scots can now experience much of their once-lost heritage through the clan societies and highland games that have sprung up across North America in the last century. A search of immigration and passenger lists revealed many important, early immigrants to North America bearing the name of McElligott:

McElligott Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • John McElligott, who landed in St Clair County, Illinois in 1873

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  • John James McElligott (1882-1946), the 12th Fire Commissioner of the City of New York
  • Dominique McElligott, Irish television and film actress
  • Bernard McElligott, Irish Gaelic footballer and hurler
  • Sean McElligott (b. 1962), Irish professional footballer


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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: Fortiter et recte
Motto Translation: Rightly and Boldly

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The McElligott Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McElligott 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.

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