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The Hebrides islands and the west coast of Scotland are the ancestral home of the McLeish family. Their name comes from a devotion to Christianity. The Gaelic form of the name is M'A'Lios, which is a shortened form of Mac Giolla Iosa, meaning son of the servant of Jesus.

McLeish Early Origins



The surname McLeish was first found in Perthshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Pheairt) former county in the present day Council Area of Perth and Kinross, located in central Scotland, where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early rolls taken by the Kings of England and Scotland.

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McLeish Spelling Variations


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McLeish 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. McLeish has been written as MacLeish, MacCleish, MacLise, MacLish, MacGillies, MacGleish, MacGillis, MacLeash and many more.

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McLeish Early History


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McLeish Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McLeish research. Another 195 words (14 lines of text) are included under the topic Early McLeish History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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McLeish Early Notables (pre 1700)


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McLeish Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early McLeish Notables 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



Ancestors of many of the Dalriadan families who crossed the Atlantic still live along the east coast of the United States and Canada. Some Scottish settlers arrived in Canada during the American War of Independence as United Empire Loyalists, while others stayed south to fight for a new nation. The descendants of Scottish settlers in both countries began to rediscover their heritage in the 19th and 20th centuries through Clan societies and highland games. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name McLeish or a variant listed above:

McLeish Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Anne McLeish settled in Pennsylvania in 1833

McLeish Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Alexander McLeish, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749

McLeish Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • George McLeish arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Dauntless" in 1840 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) DAUNTLESS 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Dauntless.htm
  • John McLeish, aged 20, a farm labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Bee"

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Contemporary Notables of the name McLeish (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name McLeish (post 1700)



  • Hugh McLeish (b. 1948), Scottish former professional footballer
  • Alexander "Alex" McLeish (b. 1959), Scottish former professional footballer
  • Henry McLeish (b. 1948), Scottish politician, member of the British Parliament
  • Adam McLeish, British snowboarder at the 2010 Winter Olympics
  • Iona McLeish, London Theatre Award-winning British theatre designer and author
  • David McLeish (b. 1950), former Australian rules footballer
  • Susan "Sue" Marie McLeish (b. 1954), New Zealand retired field hockey player, member of the national team at the 1984 Summer Olympics
  • John McLeish, politician and businessman in Toowoomba, Queensland in the 19th century
  • Cindy McLeish (b. 1962), Australian politician, Member of the Victorian Legislative Assembly for Seymour (2010-)

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Citations


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

Other References

  1. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  2. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  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. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  5. Skene, William Forbes Edition. Chronicles of the Picts, Chronicles of the Scots and Other Early Memorials of Scottish History. Edinburgh: H.M. General Register House, 1867. Print.
  6. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry Including American Families with British Ancestry 2 Volumes. London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  7. Martine, Roddy, Roderick Martine and Don Pottinger. Scottish Clan and Family Names Their Arms, Origins and Tartans. Edinburgh: Mainstream, 1992. Print.
  8. Bell, Robert. The Book of Ulster Surnames. Belfast: Blackstaff, 1988. Print. (ISBN 10-0856404160).
  9. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  10. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
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The McLeish Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McLeish 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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