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The sea-swept Hebrides islands and the west coast of Scotland are the ancestral home of the McLaren family. Their name comes from the personal name Laurence. The Gaelic form of the name is Mac Labhruinn, which means son of Labhran or son of Laurence. The Clan is believed to be descended from Lorn, son of Erc, who landed in Argyll in 503 AD. Although the lineage before the 12th century is difficult to prove, it has been established that the clan held vast territories called the Braes of Balquhidder. They were recorded as being 'all grand, strong men' and, when the Old Kirk at Balquhidder was being repaired, clan members supervised the exhumation of some of the bodies of ancient members of the clan from the graveyard that was a traditional the burial place of the theirs. They found bones measuring 23 and a half inches long, which makes them big men even by today's standards.

McLaren Early Origins



The surname McLaren 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 in the valley of Loch Voil between the head of Loch Lomond and Loch Earn they were so powerful that it was once said that no one could take his place in church until the MacLaren Clan were properly seated. They were kinsmen of the Celtic Earls of Strathearn and their branches were at Balquidder, Strathearn, Auchleskine, Stank, Druach and Lochearnside. They engaged neighboring Clans in lively feuds but always remained faithful in their allegiance to the Royal House of Stewart. They were hereditary Celtic Abbots of Achtow and derive their name from Abbot Lawrence. For almost a thousand years the gathering place of the Clan has been Creag an Tuirc, the 'Boars Rock' in Achtow, in Balquhidder. This has also been adopted as their slogan.

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McLaren Spelling Variations


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McLaren Spelling Variations



Medieval translation of Gaelic names could not be referred to as an accurate process. Spelling was not yet standardized, and names in documents from that era are riddled with spelling variations. McLaren has been written as MacLaren, MacLaron, MacLaurin, MacLarty, MacClarence, MacPhater, MacFeeter and many more.

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McLaren Early History


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McLaren Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McLaren research. Another 447 words (32 lines of text) covering the years 1344, 1698, and 1745 are included under the topic Early McLaren History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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McLaren Early Notables (pre 1700)


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McLaren Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early McLaren Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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McLaren In Ireland


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McLaren In Ireland



Some of the McLaren family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 176 words (13 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


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The Great Migration



Many of the ancestors of Dalriadan families who arrived in North America still live in communities along the east coast of Canada and the United States. In the American War of Independence many of the original settlers traveled north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries the ancestors of many Scots began recovering their collective national heritage through Clan societies, highland games, and other patriotic events. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name McLaren or a variant listed above:

McLaren Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • John and Patrick McLaren who settled in South Carolina in 1716
  • Patrick McLaren, who arrived in South Carolina in 1716
  • Donald McLaren, aged 12, arrived in North Carolina in 1774
  • Duncan McLaren, aged 30, landed in Wilmington, North Carolina in 1775
  • James McLaren, aged 32, arrived in New York, NY in 1775
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

McLaren Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Susan McLaren, who arrived in America in 1821
  • Archibald McLaren settled in Savannah in 1821
  • Robert McLaren, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1834
  • Daniel, David, James, John, Lawrence, and Peter McLaren all arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania between 1840 and 1860

McLaren Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Rebecca Emberson McLaren, who arrived in Colorado in 1902

McLaren Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Adam McLaren, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • Mr. Archibald McLaren U.E. who settled in Eastern District [Cornwall], Ontario c. 1784 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Mr. Hugh McLaren U.E. who settled in Eastern District [Cornwall], Ontario c. 1784 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Mr. Peter McLaren U.E. who settled in Eastern District [Cornwall], Ontario c. 1784 he served in Jessups Corps, married to Nancy McLarin [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

McLaren Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Alexander McLaren, aged 27, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Favourite" in 1815
  • Margaret McLaren, aged 29, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Favourite" in 1815
  • James McLaren, aged 39, a weaver, arrived in Quebec aboard the ship "Dorothy" in 1815
  • Euphemia McLaren, aged 33, arrived in Quebec aboard the ship "Dorothy" in 1815
  • John McLaren, aged 15, arrived in Quebec aboard the ship "Dorothy" in 1815
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

McLaren Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • David McLaren arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "South Australian" in 1837 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The SOUTH AUSTRALIAN 1837-1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1837SouthAustralian.htm
  • Mary McLaren arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "South Australian" in 1837 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The SOUTH AUSTRALIAN 1837-1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1837SouthAustralian.htm
  • Alexander McLaren arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "South Australian" in 1837 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The SOUTH AUSTRALIAN 1837-1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1837SouthAustralian.htm
  • William McLaren arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Indus" in 1839 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) INDUS 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Indus.htm
  • Peter McLaren arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Thomas Harrison" in 1839 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) THOMAS HARRISON 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839ThomasHarrison.htm
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

McLaren Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Peter McLaren, aged 23, a farm labourer, arrived in Otago aboard the ship "Mariner" in 1849
  • Jessie McLaren, aged 20, arrived in Otago aboard the ship "Mariner" in 1849
  • Gilbert McLaren arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Cresswell" in 1856
  • W. J. McLaren arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Anne Dymes" in 1864
  • John McLaren, aged 20, a labourer, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Resolute" in 1865
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name McLaren (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name McLaren (post 1700)



  • Fraser McLaren (b. 1988), Scottish footballer
  • William "Willie" McLaren (b. 1984), Scottish professional footballer
  • Scott McLaren (b. 1968), former Australian rules football field umpire
  • Malcolm McLaren (b. 1946), English impresario and musician, who was the manager of the punk rock band the Sex Pistols
  • Bruce Leslie McLaren (1937-1970), New Zealand, race-car designer, driver, engineer and inventor, eponym of Team McLaren race car team
  • Charles Melville McLaren (1913-2003), 3rd Baron Aberconway
  • Norman McLaren (1914-1987), Canadian Film Director
  • Kyle Mclaren (b. 1977), Canadian professional (NHL) hockey player

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McLaren Historic Events


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McLaren Historic Events




HMS Hood

  • Mr. John B McLaren (b. 1922), English Midshipman serving for the Royal Navy Reserve from Durban, South Africa moved to Hove, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking

HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. James Mclaren, British Stoker, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking

HMS Repulse

  • Mr. Kenneth Mclaren (b. 1918), British Engine Room Artificer 4th Class, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died during the sinking

RMS Titanic

  • Mrs. McLaren, aged 40, English Stewardess from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking by escaping in life boat 5

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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: Creag an tuirc
Motto Translation: The boar's rock.


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Citations



  1. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  2. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The SOUTH AUSTRALIAN 1837-1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1837SouthAustralian.htm
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) INDUS 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Indus.htm
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) THOMAS HARRISON 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839ThomasHarrison.htm

Other References

  1. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  2. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  3. Barrow, G.W.S Ed. Acts of Malcom IV 1153-65 Volume I Regesta Regum Scottorum 1153-1424. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1960. Print.
  4. Fulton, Alexander. Scotland and Her Tartans: The Romantic Heritage of the Scottish Clans and Families. Godalming: Bramley, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-86283-880-0).
  5. Fairbairn,. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  6. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1970. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  7. Barrow, G.W.S Ed. The Charters of David I The Written Acts of David I King of Scots, 1124-53 and of His Son Henry, Earl of Northumerland, 1139-52. Woodbridge: The Boydell Press, 1999. Print.
  8. Browne, James. The History of Scotland it's Highlands, Regiments and Clans 8 Volumes. Edinburgh: Francis A Niccolls & Co, 1909. Print.
  9. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Scotch Irish Pioneers In Ulster and America. Montana: Kessinger Publishing. Print.
  10. Scots Kith and Kin And Illustrated Map Revised 2nd Edition. Edinburgh: Clan House/Albyn. Print.
  11. ...

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