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McLish History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



The sea-swept Hebrides islands and the west coast of Scotland, made up the ancient Dalriadan kingdom, the ancestral home of the McLish 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.

Early Origins of the McLish family


The surname McLish 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.

Early History of the McLish family


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McLish Spelling Variations


Many spelling variations of McLish have been recorded over the years, including These are the result of the medieval practice of spelling according to sound and repeated translation between Gaelic and English. MacLeish, MacCleish, MacLise, MacLish, MacGillies, MacGleish, MacGillis, MacLeash and many more.

Early Notables of the McLish family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the McLish family to the New World and Oceana


Many who arrived from Scotland settled along the east coast of North America in communities that would go on to become the backbones of the young nations of the United States and Canada. In the American War of Independence, many settlers who remained loyal to England went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Their descendants later began to recover the lost Scottish heritage through events such as the highland games that dot North America in the summer months. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the McLish family emigrate to North America:

McLish Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Patrick McLish, aged 21, who emigrated to the United States from Tyrone, in 1892

McLish Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Joseph Mclish, aged 50, who settled in America from Waterhouse, England, in 1906

McLish Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Prisilah McLish, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750

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