McGarrigle History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestors of the McGarrigle family were part of an ancient Scottish tribe called the Picts. They lived in the lands of Cargill in east Perthshire where the family at one time had extensive territories.

Early Origins of the McGarrigle family

The surname McGarrigle was first found in Perthshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Pheairt) former county in the present day Council Area of Perth and Kinross, located in central Scotland. Cargill is a parish containing, with the villages of Burreltown, Wolfhill, and Woodside.

"This place, of which the name, of Celtic origin, signifies a village with a church, originally formed a portion of the parish of Cupar-Angus, from which, according to ancient records, it was separated prior to the year 1514." [1]

Further to the south Cowgill is an ecclesiastical district, in the parochial chapelry of Dent, parish and union of Sedbergh in the West Riding of Yorkshire. [2]

The Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 listed Johannes de Colgyll and Alicia de Colgyll as holding lands there at that time. [3]

Early History of the McGarrigle family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McGarrigle research. Another 107 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1283, 1457, 1681, 1685, 1619, 1681, 1638, 1643, 1681 and 1605 are included under the topic Early McGarrigle History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

McGarrigle Spelling Variations

In medieval Scotland, names were more often spelled according to sound than any regular set of rules. An enormous number of spelling variations were the result. Over the years, the name McGarrigle has been spelled Cargill, Cargille, Carnigill, Cargile, Kergylle, Cargyle, Carrigle, McGirl and many more.

Early Notables of the McGarrigle family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the Clan at this time was Donald Cargill (1619-1681), a Scottish Covenanter from Rattray, Blairgowrie who worked to uphold the principles of the National Covenant of 1638 and Solemn League and Covenant of 1643. He was sentenced to...
Another 39 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early McGarrigle Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the McGarrigle family to Ireland

Some of the McGarrigle family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States McGarrigle migration to the United States +

In such difficult times, Ireland, Australia, and North America looked like better homes for many Scots. The trips were expensive and grueling, but also rewarding, as the colonies were havens for those unwelcome in the old country. That legacy did not die easily, though, and many were forced to fight for their freedom in the American War of Independence. The Scottish legacy has resurface in more recent times, though, through Clan societies, highland games, and other organizations. Immigration and passenger lists have shown many early immigrants bearing the old Scottish name of McGarrigle:

McGarrigle Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • James McGarrigle, aged 22, who immigrated to the United States from Donegal, in 1901
  • Mary McGarrigle, aged 35, who settled in America, in 1908
  • Thomas McGarrigle, aged 35, who settled in America from Ballaleck, Ireland, in 1909
  • Michael McGarrigle, aged 32, who immigrated to the United States from Cliffoney, Ireland, in 1910
  • James McGarrigle, aged 24, who landed in America from Cliffoney, Ireland, in 1911
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada McGarrigle migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

McGarrigle Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Unity McGarrigle, aged 30, a spinster, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Highlander" in 1834

New Zealand McGarrigle 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:

McGarrigle Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • James McGarrigle, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Claramont" in 1863
  • Edward McGarrigle, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Claramont" in 1863
  • Bernard McGarrigle, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Claramont" in 1863
  • Mary McGarrigle, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Claramont" in 1863

Contemporary Notables of the name McGarrigle (post 1700) +

  • Topaz McGarrigle, American saxophone player, founder of the jazz band Topaz
  • Rufus McGarrigle Wainwright (b. 1973), Grammy-nominated Canadian-American singer-songwriter
  • Jane McGarrigle, Canadian songwriter and musician
  • Anna McGarrigle (b. 1944), Canadian folk music singer-songwriter
  • Kate McGarrigle CM (1946-2010), award-winning Canadian folk music singer-songwriter made a Member of the Order of Canada in 1993


The McGarrigle 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: Domino confido
Motto Translation: Confide in the Lord.


  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of Scotland. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  3. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)


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