In ancient Scotland
, the ancestors of the McGartlen family were part of a tribe called the Picts
. The name McGartlen is derived from the Old English personal name Gærland.
However, the surname McGartlen may be a local
name derived from some place which is now unknown; gær
are common elements in Old English nomenclature.
Early Origins of the McGartlen family
The surname McGartlen was first found in Perthshire
(Gaelic: Siorrachd Pheairt) former county in the present day Council Area of Perth and Kinross, located in central Scotland
. However, we must look south to find the first record of the name. Johannes de Garlandia or John of Garland ( fl.
c. 1205-1255) was a philologist and university teacher who studied at Oxford. Another Johannes de Garlandia (Johannes Gallicus) (fl. c. 1270-1320) was a French music theorist of the late ars antiqua period of medieval music.
Early History of the McGartlen family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McGartlen research.Another 201 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1202, 1296, 1379, 1425 and are included under the topic Early McGartlen History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
McGartlen Spelling Variations
The appearance of the printing press and the first dictionaries in the last few hundred
years did much to standardize spelling. Prior to that time scribes spelled according to sound, a practice that resulted in many spelling variations
. McGartlen has been spelled Garland, Garlland, Gerland, Gerlond and others.
Early Notables of the McGartlen family (pre 1700)
More information is included under the topic Early McGartlen Notables in all our PDF Extended History products
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Migration of the McGartlen family to Ireland
Some of the McGartlen family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 101 words (7 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 McGartlen family to the New World and Oceana
The expense of the crossing to the North American colonies seemed small beside the difficulties of remaining in Scotland
. It was a long and hard trip, but at its end lay the reward of freedom. Some Scots remained faithful to England
and called themselves United Empire Loyalists, while others fought in the American War of Independence
. Much of this lost Scottish heritage has been recovered in the last century through Clan
societies and other patriotic Scottish organizations. A search of immigration and passenger lists revealed many important, early immigrants to North America bearing the name of McGartlen: Daniel and Elizabeth Garland who settled in Barbados in 1654; Hugh Garland settled in Virginia in 1634; Peter Garland settled in Virginia in 1650; Robert Garland settled in Virginia in 1655.