The McKelligot family name was first used by descendants of the Pictish people of ancient Scotland
. It is a name for someone who lived in Liddesdale
and Teviotdale where the family has a long and distinguished history dating back to the early Middle Ages. The name is actually derived from the Old English personal name Elwald
but this name is now all but extinct as a personal name.
Early Origins of the McKelligot family
The surname McKelligot was first found in Liddesdale
, and Teviotdale. Although originally from Elliott, a village near Forfar, this Clan
was persuaded by the Douglases to move south to help defend the border in 1396. There they became one of the most influential clans. Some of the notable personalities were "Archie Fire the Braes," "Hob of the Park," "Little Jock of the Park," "Jock Half Lugs," "Jock A'God's Name," "Gibbe Wi' the Gowden Gartens."
Early History of the McKelligot family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McKelligot research.Another 281 words (20 lines of text) covering the years 1499, 1546, 1898, 1592, 1632, 1636, 1668, 1604, 1690, 1612, 1685, 1640, 1665, 1714, 1700, 1670, 1797 and are included under the topic Early McKelligot History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
McKelligot 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, McKelligot has been spelled Elliott, Elliot, Eliot, Eliott, Ellegett, Ellegot, Ellecot, Ellacott, Ellacot, Ellgate, Ellett, Ellit and many more.
Early Notables of the McKelligot family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the Clan
at this time was Sir John Eliot (1592-1632), an English statesman who was serially imprisoned in the Tower of London by King Charles I for advocating the rights and privileges of Parliament; George Elliott (ca. 1636-1668), English surgeon to the Earl of Teviot's Regiment; John Eliot (c... Another 76 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early McKelligot Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the McKelligot family to Ireland
Some of the McKelligot family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 149 words (11 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 McKelligot family to the New World and Oceana
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 McKelligot: Lewis
Ellett who settled in Virginia in 1721; Margeret Ellgate settled in Barbados in 1635; Michael Elligot settled in Quebec in 1825; George, Hugh, Joseph, Robert, and Thomas Elliott settled in Philadelphia between 1800 and 1840.
The McKelligot 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: Fortiter et recte
Motto Translation: Rightly and Boldly