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McSporran is an ancient Dalriadan-Scottish nickname for a person who carried a sporran, which is the purse worn with the kilt in Highland Scottish dress. The Gaelic form of the surname is Mac-an-sporain, which means son of the purse.

McSporran Early Origins



The surname McSporran was first found in on the Isle of Iona, 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.

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McSporran Spelling Variations


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McSporran Spelling Variations



Medieval translation of Gaelic names could not be referred to as an accurate process. Spelling was not yet standardized, and names in documents from that era are riddled with spelling variations. McSporran has been written as MacSporran, MacSparran and others.

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McSporran Early History


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McSporran Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McSporran research. Another 227 words (16 lines of text) covering the year 1745 is included under the topic Early McSporran History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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McSporran Early Notables (pre 1700)


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McSporran Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early McSporran Notables 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



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

McSporran Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Robert McSporran, aged 37, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Algoa Bay" in 1881
  • Mary McSporran, aged 28, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Algoa Bay" in 1881
  • Archibald McSporran, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Algoa Bay" in 1881
  • Hugh Gordon McSporran, aged 4, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Algoa Bay" in 1881
  • Margaret McSporran, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Algoa Bay" in 1881
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name McSporran (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name McSporran (post 1700)



  • Willie McSporran MBE, Scottish former chair of the Hebridean Isle of Gigha's Heritage Trust, brother of Seamus McSporran
  • Seamus McSporran BEM (b. 1938), Scottish tradesman, postmaster and shopkeeper holding 14 jobs for 31 years on the Scottish island of Gigha (population 150). He received the British Empire Medal for his diligent work
  • Jermaine McSporran (b. 1977), English semi-professional footballer

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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: Per mare per terras
Motto Translation: By sea and by land.


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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Prebble, John. The Highland Clearances. London: Secker & Warburg, 1963. Print.
    2. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
    3. Bain, Robert. The Clans and Tartans of Scotland. Glasgow & London: Collins, 1968. Print. (ISBN 000411117-6).
    4. Dorward, David. Scottish Surnames. Glasgow: Harper Collins, 1995. Print.
    5. Urquhart, Blair Edition. Tartans The New Compact Study Guide and Identifier. Secauccus, NJ: Chartwell Books, 1994. Print. (ISBN 0-7858-0050-6).
    6. Paul, Sir James Balfour. An Ordinary of Arms Contained in the Public Register of All Arms and Bearings in Scotland Second Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1903. Print.
    7. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    8. Scots Kith and Kin And Illustrated Map Revised 2nd Edition. Edinburgh: Clan House/Albyn. Print.
    9. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    10. Skene, William Forbes Edition. Chronicles of the Picts, Chronicles of the Scots and Other Early Memorials of Scottish History. Edinburgh: H.M. General Register House, 1867. Print.
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    The McSporran Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McSporran 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.

    This page was last modified on 27 September 2013 at 09:01.

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