The west coast of Scotland
and the rocky Hebrides
islands are the ancient home of the McGapant family. The root of their name is the son of the blond one,
or son of Alpin.
Early Origins of the McGapant family
The surname McGapant was first found in Argyllshire
(Gaelic erra Ghaidheal), the region of western Scotland
corresponding roughly with the ancient Kingdom of Dál Riata, in the Strathclyde region of Scotland
, now part of the Council Area of Argyll and Bute
, where they were descended from King Kenneth MacAlpin who was murdered by the Picts
near Dundee in the year 834. MacAlpin is generally considered to have been the first king to rule both Scots and Picts
, and as such, was the first king of Scotland.
Early History of the McGapant family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McGapant research.Another 385 words (28 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1395, 1405, 1531, 1557, 1658, 1725 and 1692 are included under the topic Early McGapant History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
McGapant Spelling Variations
Spelling and translation were not standardized practices until the last few centuries. Spelling variations
are extremely common among early Scottish names. McGapant has been spelled MacAlpine, MacAlpin, MacAilpein (Gaelic) and others.
Early Notables of the McGapant family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the Clan
from early times was Sir John MacAlpin; John MacAlpine (Latin: Maccabeus) (died 1557), a Scottish Protestant theologian; and Joseph Capen (1658-1725), a Massachusetts clergyman who during... Another 30 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early McGapant Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the McGapant family to Ireland
Some of the McGapant family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 51 words (4 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 McGapant family to the New World and Oceana
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 McGapants to arrive in North America: Robert MacAlpin, who settled in New York State in 1740; William MacAlpine settled in New York in 1774; Hugh and James MacAlpin settled in New York in 1811. James Alpin was registered as a United Empire Loyalist..