In the mountains of Scotland's west coast and on the Hebrides
islands, the ancestors of the McGillecatan family were born. Their name comes from a devotion to St. Catan,
a saint of whom little is known but who was revered throughout the west coast of Scotland
between the islands of Bute
. The Gaelic form of the name was Mac Gille Chatain,
which means son of St. Catan's servant.
Early Origins of the McGillecatan family
The surname McGillecatan was first found in the area of Argyllshire
on the Isle of Bute
, and literally translated means the "servant of St. Catan," the patron saint of Bute, Skye
, Gigha. St. Catan was said to have lived at the Abbey of Inchaffray on the isle of Skye.
Early History of the McGillecatan family
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McGillecatan 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
. McGillecatan has been spelled McIlhatton, McElhatton, McElhatten, McGillecattan, McIlchattan, McHilhatton, Makelatyn, Macklehatton, McHatton and many more.
Early Notables of the McGillecatan family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the McGillecatan family to Ireland
Some of the McGillecatan family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 47 words (3 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 McGillecatan family to the New World and Oceana
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 America. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first McGillecatans to arrive on North American shores: James McElhatten settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1866; Arthur, Alexander, Cornelius, and John McIlhattan and McIlhatten settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania between 1860 and 1866.