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In the mountains of Scotland's west coast and on the Hebrides islands, the ancestors of the McInnes family were born. Their name comes from the personal name Angus. The Gaelic form of the name, Mac Aonguis, translates as son of Angus. Angus refers to the Pictish King Onnust who died in the year 761.

While there are no direct links with this King in the history of the Clan or surname, there is a conjectural line, which may be adopted. The lands descended into the Barony of Innes in the County of Elginshire. However, the son or sons of Angus, originally from the Kingdom of Dalriada, were one of the three kindred houses, of the kingdom, the other two houses being the Gabran (the largest) and Lornetach which provided fighting men for the defense of the Kingdom of early Scots. For every twenty homes owned, they were obliged to provide two galleys, and so Angus, having 430 houses, provided a fleet of approximately forty galleys for the defense of the waters of Dalriada, generally those estuaries around the mouth of the Clyde.

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The surname McInnes was first found in Morven, their earliest known territory. In 1230, the Clan suffered from King Alexander II's campaign against Argyll. The Clan, however, retained their castle Kinlochaline, which stands upon strategic rock in Morvern. A massive castle by early standards, today it is in ruins.

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. McInnes has been spelled MacInnes, MacInnis, MacAngus and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McInnes research. Another 290 words (21 lines of text) covering the year 1358 is included under the topic Early McInnes History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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

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Some of the McInnes family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 169 words (12 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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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 McInness to arrive on North American shores:

McInnes Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Duncan McInnes, who settled in Philadelphia in 1798

McInnes Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • David M McInnes, who landed in Virginia in 1814
  • Angus McInnes, who arrived in North Carolina in 1820
  • Benjamin McInnes, who arrived in Charleston, South Carolina in 1847
  • Thomas and Helen McInnes, who settled in Boston in 1849
  • Peter Ray McInnes, who landed in Arkansas in 1890

McInnes Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Angus McInnes, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1801
  • Jean McInnes, aged 7, landed in Nova Scotia in 1801
  • Duncan McInnes, who landed in Canada in 1821
  • Finlay McInnes, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1848
  • Donald McInnes, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1848
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McInnes Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • A McInnes landed in Sydney, Australia in 1839
  • James McInnes arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Tomatin" in 1840
  • Mary McInnes arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Tomatin" in 1840
  • Hector McInnes arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Tomatin" in 1840
  • Angus McInnes, aged 24, a porter, arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Medina"
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McInnes Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Mr McInnes landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840 aboard the ship Lady Lilford
  • Mr McInnes landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840 aboard the ship "Blenheim"
  • Henrietta McInnes arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Breadalbane" in 1858
  • Archibald McInnes arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Breadalbane" in 1858
  • Donald McInnes arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Breadalbane" in 1858
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  • William C. McInnes, American University President 1964-1973
  • Gavin Miles McInnes (b. 1970), American writer
  • Archie McInnes, American politician, Socialist Labor Candidate for Governor of Michigan, 1908; Socialist Labor Candidate for justice of Michigan State Supreme Court, 1909; Socialist Labor Candidate for Michigan State Treasurer, 1910
  • Thomas "Tom" McInnes (1870-1900), Scottish professional footballer
  • Ian McInnes (b. 1967), former Scottish footballer
  • Alison McInnes (b. 1957), Scottish Liberal Democrat politician
  • Tom McInnes (1870-1937), Scottish footballer
  • Hugh McInnes VC (1815-1879), Scottish recipient of the Victoria Cross
  • Helen McInnes (1907-1985), Scottish suspense novelist
  • Derek John McInnes (b. 1971), Scottish footballer
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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: MacAonghais a-rithist
Motto Translation: Again MacInnes

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    1. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
    2. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1970. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    3. 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.
    4. Prebble, John. The Highland Clearances. London: Secker & Warburg, 1963. Print.
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    7. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
    8. Donaldson, Gordon and Robert S. Morpeth. Who's Who In Scotish History. Wales: Welsh Academic Press, 1996. Print. (ISBN 186057-0054).
    9. Dorward, David. Scottish Surnames. Glasgow: Harper Collins, 1995. Print.
    10. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
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    The McInnes Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McInnes 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.

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