McPhee History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

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.

Early Origins of the McPhee family

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.

Important Dates for the McPhee family

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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.

Early Notables of the McPhee family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the McPhee family to Ireland

Some of the McPhee family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 89 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

McPhee migration to the United States

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 [1]
  • Allan McPhee, who arrived in Virginia in 1776 [1]
  • Neil McPhee, who landed in Virginia in 1776 [1]

McPhee migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

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 [2]
McPhee Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Donald McPhee (McPrie), aged 40, a carpenter, who arrived in Quebec aboard the ship "Dorothy" in 1815
  • Catherine McPhee (McPrie), aged 40, who arrived in Quebec aboard the ship "Dorothy" in 1815
  • Alexander McPhee (McPrie), aged 15, who arrived in Quebec aboard the ship "Dorothy" in 1815
  • Allan McPhee (McPrie), aged 10, who arrived in Quebec aboard the ship "Dorothy" in 1815
  • John McPhee (McPrie), aged 6, who 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 migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

McPhee Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Malcolm McPhee, aged 34, a farm servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Switzerland"
  • Munro McPhee, aged 50, a crofter, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Switzerland"
  • Colin McPhee, aged 38, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Frenchman"
  • Margaret McPhee, aged 17, a domestic servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Frenchman"
  • Mary McPhee, aged 14, a domestic servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Frenchman"

McPhee 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:

McPhee Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Neil McPhee, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ellen Lewis" in 1860
  • Henrietta McPhee, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ellen Lewis" in 1860
  • Murdoch McPhee, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ellen Lewis" in 1860
  • Alexander McPhee, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ellen Lewis" in 1860
  • Mr. Duncan Mcphee, (b. 1835), aged 25, Scottish shepherd from Inverness travelling from Bristol aboard the ship "William Miles" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 21st August 1860 [3]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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
  • John McPhee, American Republican politician, Postmaster at Salt Lake City, Utah, 1928-33
  • Duncan McPhee, American politician, Prohibition Candidate for Michigan State Senate 30th District, 1946
  • Chester McPhee, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from California, 1940
  • Stephen McPhee (b. 1981), Scottish footballer
  • ... (Another 8 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the McPhee family

Halifax Explosion
  • Mr. Burton  McPhee (1889-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [4]
  • Mrs. Georgina  McPhee (1890-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [4]

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Citations

  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ 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
  3. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  4. ^ Halifax Explosion Book of Remembrance | Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. (Retrieved 2014, June 23) . Retrieved from https://maritimemuseum.novascotia.ca/what-see-do/halifax-explosion/halifax-explosion-book-remembrance
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