Show ContentsMcLintock History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Hebrides islands and the west coast of Scotland are the ancestral home of the McLintock family. Their name comes from the Gaelic name Mac Gille Ghionndaig, commonly MacGilliondaig, which means son of the servant of St. Finndag or son of the fair young man. [1] S. Findan was founder of the monastery of Clonard in Belfast Ireland. "Fintan, Fintoc (whence later Fionndoc), are diminutives of Finn, later Florin." [1]

Early Origins of the McLintock family

The surname McLintock 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.

One of the first records of the family used an ancient spelling, M'Gillindak who is author of a poem in the Dean of Lismore's Book. "The Maclintocks belong to Luss and thereabouts and in the district of Lorn around Lochaweside from 1500. Duncan Mc gellentak, witness in Balquhidder, 1549. " [1]

"MacClinton is a variant of Maclintock, q v., from the form Fintan. William McClintoun was messenger in Kyle in 1569 (RMS.). Finlay Macklintoun appears in the parish of Torphichen in 1676 (Torphichen)." [1]

Early History of the McLintock family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McLintock research. Another 191 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1693, 1684, 1692, 1394, 1757, 1611, 1797 and are included under the topic Early McLintock History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

McLintock 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. McLintock has been written as MacClintock, MacLintock, MacLinden, MacAlinden and many more.

Early Notables of the McLintock family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the McLintock family to Ireland

Some of the McLintock family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 91 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Canada McLintock migration to Canada +

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 McLintock or a variant listed above:

McLintock Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
  • W F McLintock, who landed in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1907

New Zealand McLintock migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

McLintock Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Josiah Mclintock, (b. 1839), aged 25, British carpenter travelling aboard the ship "Amoor" arriving in Lyttleton, South Island, New Zealand on 1st July 1864 [2]
  • Mrs. Barbara Mclintock, (b. 1841), aged 23, British farm servant travelling aboard the ship "Amoor" arriving in Lyttleton, South Island, New Zealand on 1st July 1864 [2]
  • Elijah McLintock, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Empress" in 1865

Contemporary Notables of the name McLintock (post 1700) +

  • Thomas "Tom" McLintock, Scottish professional footballer who played over 200 matches in the late 1800s
  • Sir Michael William McLintock (b. 1958), 4th Baronet of Sanquhar, Scottish peer
  • Sir William Traven McLintock (1931-1987), 3rd Baronet of Sanquhar, Scottish peer
  • Sir Thomson McLintock (1905-1953), 2nd Baronet of Sanquhar, Scottish peer
  • Sir William McLintock GBE (1873-1947), 1st Baronet of Sanquhar, Scottish peer and accountant
  • Alexander "Alex" McLintock (1853-1931), also known as Sandy McLintock, a Scottish international footballer who played from 1874 to 1885, member of the Scotland National Team (1875-1880)
  • Francis "Frank" McLintock MBE (b. 1939), former Scotland international footballer and football manager
  • Alexander Hare McLintock CBE (1903-1968), New Zealand teacher, university lecturer, historian and artist, best known for editing and authoring the three-volume Encyclopaedia of New Zealand (1966)

The McLintock 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: Virtute et labore
Motto Translation: By valour and exertion.

  1. Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  2. New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from on Facebook