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In the mountains of Scotland's west coast and on the Hebrides islands, the ancestors of the McGilchrist family were born. Their name comes from the Gaelic "Gille Criosd", which means "the servant of Christ".

McGilchrist Early Origins



The surname McGilchrist was first found in Angus (Gaelic: Aonghas), part of the Tayside region of northeastern Scotland, and present day Council Area of Angus, formerly known as Forfar or Forfarshire, where they held a family seat some say as far back as the 12th century. The first record of the name was in Cupar-Angus in the 15th century where they held a family seat at Murthly in Atholl, in the parish of Little Dunkeld in Perthshire.

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McGilchrist Spelling Variations


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McGilchrist Spelling Variations



Spelling variations are a very common occurrence in records of early Scottish names. They result from the repeated and inaccurate translations that many names went through in the course of various English occupations of Scotland. McGilchrist has been spelled Gilchristson, Gilkerson, Gilkison, Gilcriston, Gilkersone, MacGilchrist, McGilchrist, Gilchristoun, Kilkerson, Gilkisone, Gilkrisoune, Gilkcrissone and many more.

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McGilchrist Early History


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McGilchrist Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McGilchrist research. Another 175 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1600, 1680 and 1800 are included under the topic Early McGilchrist History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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McGilchrist Early Notables (pre 1700)


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McGilchrist Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early McGilchrist Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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McGilchrist In Ireland


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McGilchrist In Ireland



Some of the McGilchrist family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 45 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Scottish settlers arrived in many of the communities that became the backbones of the United States and Canada. Many stayed, but some headed west for the endless open country of the prairies. In the American War of Independence, many Scots who remained loyal to England re-settled in Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Scots across North America were able to recover much of their lost heritage in the 20th century as Clan societies and highland games sprang up across North Ameri ca. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first McGilchrists to arrive on North American shores:

McGilchrist Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • William McGilchrist, who landed in South Carolina in 1741

McGilchrist Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • James M McGilchrist, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1873

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Contemporary Notables of the name McGilchrist (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name McGilchrist (post 1700)



  • John McGilchrist, American politician, U.S. Consular Agent in Grenada, 1926-32

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    2. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    3. Moody David. Scottish Family History. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1994. Print. (ISBN 0806312688).
    4. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    5. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    6. Fairbairn,. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
    7. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1970. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    8. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    9. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    10. Skene, William Forbes Edition. Chronicles of the Picts, Chronicles of the Scots and Other Early Memorials of Scottish History. Edinburgh: H.M. General Register House, 1867. Print.
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    The McGilchrist Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McGilchrist 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.

    This page was last modified on 14 January 2016 at 10:38.

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