McIndoe History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The saga of the name McIndoe begins with the people of the Pictish clans. McIndoe was a name for a pilgrim from the Gaelic word deoradh. The deoradh kept the relics of saints. The family have been the hereditary custodians of St. Fillan's Crozier. [1]

Early Origins of the McIndoe family

The surname McIndoe was first found in Perthshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Pheairt) former county in the present day Council Area of Perth and Kinross, located in central Scotland. Dewarton is a village, in the parish of Borthwick, county of Edinburgh. It is here that the Dewar family have held the estate of Vogrie since early times. [2]

Early History of the McIndoe family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McIndoe research. Another 122 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1296 and 1296 are included under the topic Early McIndoe History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

McIndoe Spelling Variations

Scribes in the Middle Ages did not have access to a set of spelling rules. They spelled according to sound, the result was a great number of spelling variations. In various documents, McIndoe has been spelled Dewar, Dure, Dewyer, Dewer, McIndeor, McJarrow and many more.

Early Notables of the McIndoe family (pre 1700)

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United States McIndoe migration to the United States +

The cruelties suffered under the new government forced many to leave their ancient homeland for the freedom of the North American colonies. Those who arrived safely found land, freedom, and opportunity for the taking. These hardy settlers gave their strength and perseverance to the young nations that would become the United States and Canada. Immigration and passenger lists have shown many early immigrants bearing the name McIndoe:

McIndoe Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • William McIndoe, aged 2, who immigrated to the United States, in 1893
  • Mrs. McIndoe, aged 42, who immigrated to the United States, in 1895
  • Peter McIndoe, aged 25, who settled in America, in 1895
McIndoe Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Marjorie McIndoe, aged 34, who landed in America from Paisley, in 1906
  • John F. McIndoe, aged 35, who settled in America from Glasgow, Scotland, in 1909
  • Annie McIndoe, aged 34, who immigrated to the United States from Glasgow, Scotland, in 1909
  • John McIndoe, aged 25, who immigrated to the United States from Barrhead, Scotland, in 1912
  • George McIndoe, aged 31, who immigrated to America from Paisley, Scotland, in 1913
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada McIndoe migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

McIndoe Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
  • Garnect McIndoe, aged 15, who immigrated to Montreal, Canada, in 1908

Australia McIndoe migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

McIndoe Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Walter McIndoe, Scottish convict who was convicted in Glasgow, Scotland for 7 years, transported aboard the "Blenheim" on 11th March 1837, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) [3]

New Zealand McIndoe 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:

McIndoe Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Charles McIndoe, Scottish settler travelling from Glasgow aboard the ship "Robert Henderson" arriving in Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 3rd September 1860 [4]
  • William McIndoe, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Empress" in 1865
  • Ella McIndoe, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Empress" in 1865
  • William James McIndoe, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Empress" in 1865
  • Agnes McIndoe, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Celestial Queen" in 1870

Contemporary Notables of the name McIndoe (post 1700) +

  • Walter Duncan Mcindoe (1819-1872), U.S. Representative from Wisconsin
  • Walter Duncan McIndoe (1819-1872), American politician, Member of Wisconsin State Assembly, 1850, 1854-55; Presidential Elector for Wisconsin, 1856, 1860; U.S. Representative from Wisconsin, 1863-67 [5]
  • Hugh McIndoe, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Missouri, 1912 [5]
  • Michael McIndoe (b. 1979), Scottish professional footballer
  • James McIndoe (1824-1905), 19th century Member of Parliament from Dunedin, New Zealand
  • John McIndoe (b. 1948), British singer and guitarist and actor
  • Alan McIndoe (b. 1964), Australian former rugby league footballer
  • Sir Archibald McIndoe (1900-1960), pioneering New Zealand plastic surgeon
  • Wayne McIndoe (b. 1972), field hockey player from New Zealand


The McIndoe 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: Quid non pro patria
Motto Translation: What would not one do for his country.


  1. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  2. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of Scotland. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  3. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 15th October 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/blenheim
  4. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  5. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 10) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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