McRoberts History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The McRoberts family history stretches back to the clans of the Dalriadan kingdom on the sea-swept Hebrides islands and mountainous western coast of Scotland. The name McRoberts is derived from the personal name Robert. Known as the Clan Donnachaidh, the family's origins are very distinguished, as the senior branch of the line were the hereditary abbots of Dunkeld, who traced their descent from Iona. In addition, Abbot Duncan of Dunkeld, the Robertson progenitor, was killed in battle in 964, as he led the warriors, bearing, a reliquary of St. Columba. His grandson, Abbot Crinan of Dunkeld, married the Kings daughter and then fathered King Duncan I of Scotland who was killed by MacBeth (of Shakespearean fame). Crinan is buried at the Isle of lona, burial place of Scotland's early Kings.

Early Origins of the McRoberts family

The surname McRoberts was first found in Atholl. King Duncan's younger son, Maelmore, sired Madadh, Earl of Atholl, and his grandson, Earl Henry, was father to Conan who held vast territories in this area. Conan of Glenerochie was the first Chief of the Robertsons and gave his name to the Clan Connchaidh or Duncan. His successor, Duncan, the 5th Chief, led the Clan in the army of King Bruce at Bannockburn in 1314 against the English. For this service, and his subsequent staunch support of the Scottish Crown, his grandson Robert of Struan was granted the lands and barony in 1451.

Early History of the McRoberts family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McRoberts research. Another 403 words (29 lines of text) covering the years 1745, 1587, 1703, 1715, 1723, 1727, 1745, 1749, 1784, 1746, 1668 and 1689 are included under the topic Early McRoberts History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

McRoberts Spelling Variations

Spelling in the medieval era was a highly imprecise process. Translation, particularly from Gaelic to English, was little better. For these reasons, early Scottish names are rife with spelling variations. In various documents McRoberts has been spelled Robertson, MacConachie, Maconachie, MacConaghy, MacConchie, MacConckey, MacConkey, MacDonnachie, MacDonachie, MacDunnachie, MacInroy, MacLagan, Mac Raibeirt (Gaelic) and many more.

Early Notables of the McRoberts family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the McRoberts family to Ireland

Some of the McRoberts family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 64 words (5 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States McRoberts migration to the United States +

Settlers from Scotland put down roots in communities all along the east coast of North America. Some moved north from the American colonies to Canada as United Empire Loyalists during the American War of Independence. As Clan societies and highland games started in North America in the 20th century many Scots rediscovered parts of their heritage. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name McRoberts were among those contributors:

McRoberts Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Andrew McRoberts, aged 21, who arrived in Maryland in 1812 [1]
  • Brice McRoberts, who landed in New York in 1822 [1]
  • John M McRoberts, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1846 [1]
  • Alexander McRoberts, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1846 [1]
  • James McRoberts, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1855 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand McRoberts 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:

McRoberts Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Thomas McRoberts, aged 33, a farmer, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bombay" in 1842
  • Mary McRoberts, aged 23, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bombay" in 1842
  • Mary Ann McRoberts, aged 7, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bombay" in 1842
  • Agnes McRoberts, aged 21, a nurse, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rakaia" in 1878

Contemporary Notables of the name McRoberts (post 1700) +

  • Bob McRoberts, American former halfback in the National Football League
  • Samuel McRoberts (1799-1843), United States Senator
  • Justin McRoberts (b. 1971), American singer and songwriter
  • Joshua "Josh" Scott McRoberts (b. 1987), American professional NBA basketball player
  • W. B. McRoberts, American Democrat politician, Member of Missouri State House of Representatives from Lewis County, 1911-14, 1925-28 [2]
  • Thomas McRoberts, American politician, Member of Minnesota State Senate 13th District, 1861 [2]
  • Samuel McRoberts (1799-1843), American Democrat politician, U.S. Attorney for Illinois, 1829-31; Member of Illinois State Senate, 1829-31; U.S. Senator from Illinois, 1841-43 [2]
  • Josiah McRoberts, American Democrat politician, Member of Illinois Democratic State Committee, 1852-56 [2]
  • James W. McRoberts Jr., American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Illinois, 1972 [2]
  • Hugh McRoberts, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from New York, 1900 [2]
  • ... (Another 5 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


The McRoberts 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: Virtutis gloria merces
Motto Translation: Glory is the reward of valour.


  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. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 14) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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