The surname McKissock was first found in Inverness, where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.
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The translation of Gaelic names in the Middle Ages was not a task undertaken with great care. Records from that era show an enormous number of spelling variations, even in names referring to the same person. Over the years McKissock has appeared as MacIsaac, MacIsaack and others.
Many settled along the east coast of what would become the United States and Canada. As the American War of Independence broke out, those who remained loyal to the crown went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. The ancestors of all of these hardy Dalriadan-Scottish settlers began to recover their collective history in the 20th century with the advent of the vibrant culture fostered by highland games and Clan societies in North America. Highland games, clan societies, and other organizations generated much renewed interest in Scottish heritage in the 20th century. The McKissock were among the earliest of the Scottish settlers as immigration passenger lists have shown:
McKissock Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
William McKissock, aged 62, who landed in New York in 1812 
Thomas McKissock, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1866 
Samuel McKissock, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1868 
John McKissock, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1872 
Peter McKissock, who landed in America in 1872 
^ 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)