McKellar History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

Among the the peoples of ancient Scotland, the first to use the name McKellar were the Strathclyde- Britons. McKellar was a name for someone who lived at Keilor, in Angus.

Early Origins of the McKellar family

The surname McKellar 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 from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

Important Dates for the McKellar family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McKellar research. Another 125 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1476, 1383 and 1797 are included under the topic Early McKellar History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

McKellar Spelling Variations

Medieval Scottish names are rife with spelling variations. This is due to the fact that scribes in that era spelled according to the sound of words, rather than any set of rules. McKellar has been spelled Keller, Kellar, Keeler, Keilor, Keiler, Keillor, Keiller, Kelour, MacKeller and many more.

Early Notables of the McKellar family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the McKellar family to Ireland

Some of the McKellar family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 34 words (2 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

McKellar migration to the United States

Many Scots were left with few options other than to leave their homeland for the colonies across the Atlantic. Some of these families fought to defend their newfound freedom in the American War of Independence. Others went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. The ancestors of all of these families have recently been able to rediscover their roots through Clan societies and other Scottish organizations. Among them:

McKellar Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Archibald McKellar, who landed in New York, NY in 1738 [1]
  • Charles McKellar, who arrived in New York in 1738 [1]
McKellar Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John McKellar, who arrived in New York in 1841 [1]
  • Jean McKellar, who landed in New York in 1855 [1]
  • Angus McKellar, aged 24, who landed in New York in 1864 [1]

McKellar migration to Australia

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

McKellar Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Donald McKellar, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Rajasthan" in 1838 [2]
  • Catherine McKellar, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lady Lilford" in 1839 [3]
  • Donald McKellar, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lady Lilford" in 1839 [3]
  • Georgiana McKellar, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lady Lilford" in 1839 [3]
  • Harriett McKellar, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lady Lilford" in 1839 [3]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

McKellar 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:

McKellar Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Charles McKellar, (b. 1852), aged 22, Scottish cooper travelling from Glasgow aboard the ship "Oamaru" arriving in Port Chalmers, Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 17th February 1875 [4]

Contemporary Notables of the name McKellar (post 1700)

  • Kenneth Douglas McKellar (1869-1957), American politician from Tennessee, President pro tempore of the U.S. Senate (1949-1953)
  • Crystal Dawn Scripps McKellar (b. 1976), American attorney and former child actress
  • Danica Mae McKellar (b. 1975), American actress, author, and education advocate
  • Squadron Leader Archibald Ashmore "Archie" McKellar DSO DFC & Bar (1912-1940), Scottish flying ace in the Royal Air Force (RAF) credited with 22 aerial victories, killed in action
  • Kenneth McKellar (1927-2010), Scottish tenor
  • Malcolm Earl McKellar (1918-1976), Canadian politician in Manitoba, Canada
  • John McKellar (1833-1900), Canadian businessman and politician, the first mayor of Fort William, Ontario (later part of Thunder Bay), (1892-1898), eponym of The John McKellar Memorial Hospital
  • Gerald Colin McKellar (1903-1970), Australian politician, Senator for New South Wales (1958-1970)
  • Andrew McKellar (1910-1960), Canadian astronomer
  • Archibald McKellar (1816-1894), Scottish-born, Canadian politician, Leader of Canada 's Ontario Liberal Party from 1867 to 1868
  • ... (Another 4 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations

  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) RAJASTHAN 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838Rajasthan.htm
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) LADY LILFORD 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839LadyLilford.htm
  4. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
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