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McLagan History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



The ancestors of the name McLagan stretch back to a family in the Boernician tribe of ancient Scotland. They lived in Logan, near Auchinleck. These place names derive from the Gaelic word lagan, from lag meaning "a hollow."

Early Origins of the McLagan family


The surname McLagan was first found in Ayrshire where they first appeared in the records in the village of Logan in 1204. A number of Logans swore an oath of allegiance to Edward I of England when he conquered Scotland in 1296: Thurbrend Logan (Lord of Crougar), Lord of Crougar in Cunningham; Phillip Logan of Montrose; Walter Logan of Lanarkshire; and Andrew Logan of Wigtown. In 1329, Sir Robert Logan and Sir Walter Logan were killed in Spain while accompanying Sir James Douglas to the Holy Land with the heart of Bruce (thus the Clan's Crest). They were attempting to fulfill Robert the Bruce's request to have his heart buried in the Holy Land.

Early History of the McLagan family


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McLagan Spelling Variations


Spelling rules only evolved in the last few centuries with the invention of the printing press and the first dictionaries. Spelling variations are extremely common in names from before that period. McLagan has been spelled Logan, Loggan, Loganaich, MacLennan and many more.

Early Notables of the McLagan family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the McLagan family to Ireland


Some of the McLagan family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the McLagan family to the New World and Oceana


After making their great crossing, many Boernician-Scottish families settled along the east coast of North America. When the War of Independence broke out, United Empire Loyalists moved north to Canada while the rest stayed to fight. The ancestors of many of these Scots still populate the continent. This century, through Clan societies and other Scottish organizations, they began to rediscover their collective national heritage. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name McLagan or a variant listed above:

McLagan Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Mrs. Alex. McLagan, aged 50, who settled in America, in 1893

McLagan Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Donald McLagan, aged 30, who emigrated to the United States from Glasgow, Scotland, in 1907
  • Thomas S. McLagan, aged 22, who emigrated to the United States from Glasgow, Scotland, in 1909
  • Isabella McLagan, aged 45, who settled in America from Glasgow, Scotland, in 1912
  • James Cuthbert McLagan, aged 23, who landed in America from Perth, Scotland, in 1912
  • Charlotte McLagan, aged 11, who landed in America from Dundee, Ireland, in 1913
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name McLagan (post 1700)


  • Ian William Patrick "Mac"' McLagan (1945-2014), English keyboard instrumentalist, best known as a member of the English rock bands Small Faces and Faces
  • Sara Anne McLagan (1856-1924), Canadian newspaper publisher
  • Peter McLagan (1823-1900), British politician
  • Kim McLagan (1948-2006), née Maryse Elizabeth Patricia Kerrigan, English model, former wife of Keith Moon
  • John James Campbell McLagan (1838-1901), Scottish-born, Canadian newspaper publisher
  • Jennifer McLagan, Australian-born, Canadian chef and food writer
  • Angus McLagan (1891-1956), New Zealand politician of the Labour Party

The McLagan 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: Hoc majorum virtus
Motto Translation: This is the valour of my ancestors.


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