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The ancient Dalriadan kingdom consisted of the Hebrides islands, and the rugged mountains of Scotland west coast. The name McPhee began in this region; it was a nickname for a dark-featured, peaceful person. The Gaelic name of the Clan is Mac Dubhshithe, which translates as black one of peace. One branch of the Clan on the island of North Uist was known as Dubh-sidh, meaning 'black fairy,' due to their whimsical association with the faerie folk.

McPhee Early Origins



The surname McPhee was first found in on the Isle of Colonsay, where the eponymous ancestor of the Clan may be Dubhshith, also called Dubside, who was lector at the Cathedral on the sacred isle of Iona in 1164. As the name MacFee is one of the oldest of all Dalriadan surnames it appears in records as early as the reign of Alexander II, when Johannes Macdufthi was witness to a charter in Dumfriesshire. In 1296, Thomas Macdoffy swore an oath of allegiance to the king.

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McPhee Spelling Variations


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McPhee Spelling Variations



Medieval spelling was at best an intuitive process, and translation between Gaelic and English was no more effective. These factors caused an enormous number of spelling variations in Dalriadan names. In fact, it was not uncommon to see a father and son who spelled their name differently. Over the years, McPhee has been spelled MacFie, McFey, MacFee, MacDuffie, MacPhee, MacGuffie, MacCuffie, MacPhie, Maffie, Maffey, MacDubh-shithe (Gaelic) and many more.

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McPhee Early History


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McPhee Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McPhee research. Another 361 words (26 lines of text) covering the year 1838 is included under the topic Early McPhee History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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McPhee Early Notables (pre 1700)


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McPhee Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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McPhee In Ireland


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McPhee In Ireland



Some of the McPhee family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 187 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



These settlers arrived in North America at a time when the east was burgeoning with prosperous colonies and the expanses of the west were just being opened up. The American War of Independence was also imminent. Some Scots stayed to fight for a new country, while others who remained loyal went north as United Empire Loyalists. The ancestors of all of them went on to rediscover their heritage in the 20th century through highland games and other patriotic Scottish events. The McPhee were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records:

McPhee Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Alexander McPhee, who landed in Virginia in 1776
  • Allan McPhee, who arrived in Virginia in 1776
  • Neil McPhee, who landed in Virginia in 1776

McPhee Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. Allan McPhee U.E. who settled in Eastern District [Cornwall], Ontario c. 1784 he served in the 84th Regiment [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

McPhee Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Donald McPhee (McPrie), aged 40, a carpenter, arrived in Quebec aboard the ship "Dorothy" in 1815
  • Catherine McPhee (McPrie), aged 40, arrived in Quebec aboard the ship "Dorothy" in 1815
  • Alexander McPhee (McPrie), aged 15, arrived in Quebec aboard the ship "Dorothy" in 1815
  • Allan McPhee (McPrie), aged 10, arrived in Quebec aboard the ship "Dorothy" in 1815
  • John McPhee (McPrie), aged 6, arrived in Quebec aboard the ship "Dorothy" in 1815
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

McPhee Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Malcolm McPhee, aged 34, a farm servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Switzerland"
  • Munro McPhee, aged 50, a crofter, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Switzerland"
  • Colin McPhee, aged 38, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Frenchman"
  • Margaret McPhee, aged 17, a domestic servant, arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Frenchman"
  • Mary McPhee, aged 14, a domestic servant, arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Frenchman"

McPhee Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Neil McPhee arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ellen Lewis" in 1860
  • Henrietta McPhee arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ellen Lewis" in 1860
  • Murdoch McPhee arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ellen Lewis" in 1860
  • Alexander McPhee arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ellen Lewis" in 1860
  • Neil McPhee, aged 22, a blacksmith, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Helenslee" in 1864

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Contemporary Notables of the name McPhee (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name McPhee (post 1700)



  • John Angus McPhee (b. 1931), American writer awarded the 1999 Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction
  • Sidney A. McPhee, American educator
  • Laura McPhee (b. 1958), American photographer
  • Katharine McPhee (b. 1984), American singer and contestant on television series American Idol
  • Joe McPhee (b. 1939), American jazz musician
  • Bid McPhee (1859-1943), American Major League Baseball player
  • Stephen McPhee (b. 1981), Scottish footballer
  • Angus McPhee (1916-1997), Scottish artist
  • Colin McPhee (1900-1964), Canadian composer, ethnomusicologist, pianist, and writer
  • John McPhee (1878-1952), Premier of Tasmania
  • ... (Another 5 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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McPhee Historic Events


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McPhee Historic Events




Halifax Explosion

  • Mr. Burton  McPhee (1889-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • Mrs. Georgina  McPhee (1890-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917

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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: Pro Rege
Motto Translation: For the King.


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See Also


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Citations


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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

Other References

  1. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  2. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  3. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  4. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  5. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  6. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Scotch Irish Pioneers In Ulster and America. Montana: Kessinger Publishing. Print.
  7. Moody David. Scottish Family History. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1994. Print. (ISBN 0806312688).
  8. Innes, Thomas and Learney. Scots Heraldry A Practical Handbook on the Historical Principles and Mordern Application of the Art and Science. London: Oliver and Boyd, 1934. Print.
  9. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  10. Urquhart, Blair Edition. Tartans The New Compact Study Guide and Identifier. Secauccus, NJ: Chartwell Books, 1994. Print. (ISBN 0-7858-0050-6).
  11. ...

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