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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Ireland Migration of the McRitchie family to Ireland

Some of the McRitchie family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 57 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States McRitchie migration to the United States +

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

Canada McRitchie migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

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

New Zealand McRitchie 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:

McRitchie Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Charles McRitchie, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Evening Star" arriving in Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 14th October 1860 [1]
  • Mr. Mcritchie, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Evening Star" arriving in Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand on 13th April 1863 [1]

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.


  1. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html


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