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McRitchie History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



Early Origins of the McRitchie family


The surname McRitchie 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 census rolls taken by the early Kings of Scotland to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.

Early History of the McRitchie family


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McRitchie Spelling Variations


Spelling variations of this family name include: MacRitchie, Ritchie, MacRichie and others.

Early Notables of the McRitchie family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the McRitchie family to Ireland


Some of the McRitchie family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the McRitchie family to the New World and Oceana


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

McRitchie Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • David McRitchie, who settled in New York in 1832

McRitchie Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Kenneth McRitchie, who settled in Nova Scotia in 1773
  • Kenneth McRitchie, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1773

McRitchie Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • John McRitchie, who settled in Nova Scotia in 1827
  • Charles McRitchie, who was on record in Ontario in 1841

Contemporary Notables of the name McRitchie (post 1700)


  • James F. McRitchie MBE (1934-2004), birth name of Jimmy Mack, Scottish broadcaster, best known for his work on BBC Radio Scotland and Radio Clyde
  • Doug McRitchie, Australian rugby player, captain of the St. George 1949 New South Wales Rugby Football League premiership
  • Martin McRitchie, the 2006 winner of the Keats-Shelley Prize for Poetry for his poem "The Experiment"
  • Michael McRitchie, Australian CEO of Centrebet, an Australian bookmaker licensed in the Northern Territory

The McRitchie 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: Virtutue acquiritur honos
Motto Translation: Honour is aquired by virtue.


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