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The ancient Dalriadan clans of Scotland spawned the name McLachlan. It is derived from the personal name Lachlann. The Gaelic form of the name is Mac Lachlainn, denoting the son of Lachlann. Although most feel Lachlan Mor, a great Chief who lived by Loch Fyne in the thirteenth century, is the Clan founder, the legend of descent from the ancient Gaelic King, Niall of the Nine Hostages, who reigned in 400 AD, offers some clues as to the clan's early origins. Lochlann, in old Gaelic means literally, 'Norway,' and was the favorite Christian name of the royal house of O'Neill in Northern Ireland, a house descended from Niall of the Nine hostages, and said to be the family with the oldest history in Europe. A branch of the O'Neill's took the surname MacLochlain and soon became rival Kings to the O'Neills. King Brian O'Neill slew the last King Domnall MacLochlainn. His son Anrothan, who was ancestor of the MacLachlans in Scotland, married the daughter of the King of Scots, thereby gaining the inheritance of Cowall and Knapdale in Scotland. Anrothan MacLachlan was progenitor of the MacLachlans of Strathlachlan, the Lamonts, the Lyons, the MacSorleys, the MacEwans, and the MacMillans. It was in the mid-twelfth century that each of these branches separated into distinct entities.

McLachlan Early Origins



The surname McLachlan was first found in Argyllshire (Gaelic erra Ghaidheal), the region of western Scotland corresponding roughly with the ancient Kingdom of Dál Riata, in the Strathclyde region of Scotland, now part of the Council Area of Argyll and Bute, where this Clan first settled in Scotland in 1100 when Lachlan was heir of Fergus, Lord of Galloway. In 1238, a charter recorded Lachlan Mor's father increasing the endowment to Paisley Abbey. When, in 1292, King John Baliol erected Argyll into a sheriffdom, Gillescop MacLachlan was one of the twelve principal barons whose land it encompassed. In 1296, Ewen MacLachlan was forced to swear loyalty to the English King Edward I, but this loyalty was formally changed back to Scotland in 1305, when Gillescop MacLachlan, like his neighbors the Campbells, swore allegiance to Robert the Bruce. Gillescop was a member of the Barons of Bruce's first parliament at St. Andrews, in 1308.

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McLachlan Spelling Variations


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McLachlan Spelling Variations



In the Middle Ages, the translation between Gaelic and English was not a highly developed process. Spelling was not yet standardized, and so, an enormous number of spelling variations appear in records of early Scottish names. McLachlan has appeared as MacLachlan, Lachlan, MacLachlane, McGlothan, McGlothin, MacLauchlan, MacLauchlane, MacLauchlin, MacLaughlin, Lauchlan and many more.

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McLachlan Early History


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McLachlan Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McLachlan research. Another 239 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1292 and 1600 are included under the topic Early McLachlan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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McLachlan Early Notables (pre 1700)


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McLachlan Early Notables (pre 1700)



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McLachlan In Ireland


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McLachlan In Ireland



Some of the McLachlan family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 164 words (12 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



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 Ameri ca. Highland games, clan societies, and other organizations generated much renewed interest in Scottish heritage in the 20th century. The McLachlan were among the earliest of the Scottish settlers as immigration passenger lists have shown:

McLachlan Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • James McLachlan, who landed in North Carolina in 1740

McLachlan Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Peter McLachlan, aged 28, landed in New York, NY in 1812-1813
  • Fergus McLachlan, aged 65, arrived in New York in 1812
  • William McLachlan, who arrived in New York in 1827

McLachlan Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • John McLachlan, who arrived in Canada in 1820
  • Hugh McLachlan, aged 22, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the brig "Sea Horse" from Galway, Ireland
  • Janet McLachlan, aged 45, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Lady Campbell" in 1834
  • Ann McLachlan, aged 12, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Lady Campbell" in 1834
  • John McLachlan, aged 7, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Lady Campbell" in 1834
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

McLachlan Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Donald McLachlan arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Tomatin" in 1840 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) TOMATIN 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Tomatin.htm
  • Colin McLachlan, aged 19, arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Macedon"
  • Archibald McLachlan, aged 14, arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Macedon"
  • Janet McLachlan, aged 13, arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Macedon"
  • Archibald McLachlan, aged 27, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Shackamaxon"
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

McLachlan Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Dugald McLachlan, aged 40, a labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Blenheim" in 1840
  • Jane McLachlan, aged 35, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Blenheim" in 1840
  • Catherine McLachlan, aged 15, a housemaid, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Blenheim" in 1840
  • Jane McLachlan, aged 13, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Blenheim" in 1840
  • Alexander Cleghorn McLachlan, aged 11, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Blenheim" in 1840
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name McLachlan (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name McLachlan (post 1700)



  • James McLachlan (1852-1940), U.S. Representative from California
  • John McLachlan (1826-1893), Scottish Roman Catholic clergyman
  • Donald Harvey McLachlan (1898-1971), Scottish journalist and author
  • William McLachlan (b. 1989), Scottish professional association football player
  • George Herbert McLachlan (b. 1902), FA Cup winning Scottish footballer and manager
  • Robert McLachlan (1837-1904), English entomologist, member of the Royal Society from 1877
  • James McLachlan (1871-1956), Australian politician
  • Murray McLachlan (b. 1948), retired Canadian ice hockey goaltender
  • Fraser Malcolm McLachlan (b. 1982), English footballer
  • Murray McLachlan (b. 1965), British concert pianist
  • ... (Another 9 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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McLachlan Historic Events


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McLachlan Historic Events




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Motto


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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: Fortis et fidus
Motto Translation: Brave and trusty.


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Citations


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  1. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) TOMATIN 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Tomatin.htm

Other References

  1. Catholic Directory For Scotland. Glasgow: Burns Publications. Print.
  2. Bain, Robert. The Clans and Tartans of Scotland. Glasgow & London: Collins, 1968. Print. (ISBN 000411117-6).
  3. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  4. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  5. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  6. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  7. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  8. Innes, Thomas and Learney. Scots Heraldry A Practical Handbook on the Historical Principles and Mordern Application of the Art and Science. London: Oliver and Boyd, 1934. Print.
  9. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  10. Bloxham, Ben. Key to Parochial Registers of Scotland From Earliest Times Through 1854 2nd edition. Provo, UT: Stevenson's Genealogical Center, 1979. Print.
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The McLachlan Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McLachlan 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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