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Where did the Scottish McKissock family come from? What is the Scottish McKissock family crest and coat of arms? When did the McKissock family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the McKissock family history?

The root of the ancient Dalriadan-Scottish name McKissock is the personal name Isaac. The Gaelic forms of the name are Mac Isaac or Mac Iosaig, both of which mean son of Isaac.

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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.

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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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McKissock research. Another 241 words(17 lines of text) covering the year 1685 is included under the topic Early McKissock History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early McKissock Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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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, 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
  • Jno McKissock, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1872
  • Peter McKissock, who landed in America in 1872

McKissock Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century


  • Jane McKissock, aged 30, arrived in Saint John aboard the ship "Prudence" in 1838

McKissock Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • Agnes McKissock, Scottish convict from Ayr, who was transported aboard the "Amphitrite" on August 21, 1833, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • James McKissock, aged 38, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Charlotte Jane"
  • Elizabeth McKissock, aged 28, a domestic servant, arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Bee"

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  • Thomas McKissock (1790-1866), American politician, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from New York (c. 1850)
  • Sir Wylie McKissock OBE (1906-1994), British neurosurgeon, President of the Society of British Neurological Surgeons
  • Andrew Nelson McKissock (1873-1919), Australian politician, Senator for Victoria (1914-1917)
  • David McKissock, New Zealand "All Whites" former association footballer


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The McKissock Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McKissock 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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