History reveals the roots of the McKlellan family name in the ancient Strathclyde people of the Scottish/English Borderlands. It is derived from the son of the servant of Fillan.
Fillan is derived from the word fail
which means wolf.
In Gaelic, the name was spelled Mac Gill Fhaolain
Early Origins of the McKlellan family
The surname McKlellan was first found in the former counties of Kirkcudbrightshire
where Chief Duncan MacLellan appears in a charter of Alexander II in 1217. Other early records of the surname include Gilbert M'Lolane, who lived around the year 1270. Gilbert's son Patrick, along with several others, took the castle of Dumfries from the supporters of Robert the Bruce in around 1305. Gilelbertus MacLelan was elected Bishop of Man and the Sudreys in 1325 and held the position for almost 3 years.
Early History of the McKlellan family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McKlellan research.Another 200 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1347, 1466, 1457, 1450, 1547, 1633, 1647, 1513, 1597, 1641 and 1st are included under the topic Early McKlellan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
McKlellan Spelling Variations
Scribes in Medieval Scotland
spelled names by sound rather than any set of rules, so an enormous number of spelling variations
exist in names of that era. McKlellan has been spelled MacClelland, McClellan, MacLellan, McLellan, MacLelland, McLelland, MacClelland, McClelland, Clelland and many more.
Early Notables of the McKlellan family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst bearers of this family name during their early history was Sir William Maclellan of Bombie, knighted by King James IV of Scotland
, who fought for the king in the losing Battle of Flodden Field in 1513. According to folklore, McLellan threw his gauntlet at the king's feet, shook his... Another 55 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early McKlellan Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the McKlellan family to Ireland
Some of the McKlellan family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 96 words (7 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 McKlellan family to the New World and Oceana
The number of Strathclyde Clan
families sailing for North America increased steadily as the persecution continued. In the colonies, they could find not only freedom from the iron hand of the English government, but land to settle on. The American War of Independence
allowed many of these settlers to prove their independence, while some chose to go to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Scots played essential roles in the forging of both great nations. Among them: Andrew McLellan, banished to New Jersey in 1685; Archibald Maclellan, who arrived in New York in 1790; Donald Maclellan, a "prisoner of the '45' sent to Barbados or Jamaica in 1745.
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