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An ancient Scottish people known as the Picts were the forefathers of the McTaggart family. McTaggart is a name for a the Gaelic name Mac an t-Sagairt, which means "son of the priest."

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The surname McTaggart was first found in Ross-shire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Rois) a former county, now part of the Council Areas of Highland and Western Isles in Northern Scotland, which emerged from the Gaelic lordship of the Earl of Ross, 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.

During the Middle Ages, there was no basic set of rules and scribes wrote according to sound. The correct spelling of Scottish names were further compromised after many haphazard translations from Gaelic to English and back. Spelling variations of the name McTaggart include MacTaggart, MacTagart, MacIntaggart, MacTuggart, MacToggart and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McTaggart research. Another 160 words (11 lines of text) covering the year 1215 is included under the topic Early McTaggart History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early McTaggart Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Scots left their country by the thousands to travel to Australia and North America. Desperate for freedom and an opportunity to fend for themselves, many paid huge fees and suffered under terrible conditions on long voyages. Still, for those who made the trip, freedom and opportunity awaited. In North America, many fought their old English oppressors in the American War of Independence. In recent years, Scottish heritage has been an increasingly important topic, as Clan societies and other organizations have renewed people's interest in their history. An examination of passenger and immigration lists shows many early settlers bearing the name of McTaggart:

McTaggart Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • James McTaggart, aged 20, landed in New York, NY in 1775
  • Chas McTaggart, who landed in Virginia in 1793

McTaggart Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Hugh, James, Mathew, and Peter McTaggart all arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1860
  • John McTaggart, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1855
  • Hugh, James, Mathew, Peter McTaggart, who all arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1860
  • Bernard McTaggart, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1872
  • Daniel McTaggart, who arrived in Arkansas in 1880

McTaggart Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • Archie McTaggart, who landed in Arkansas in 1904
  • Ross Darling McTaggart, who arrived in Alabama in 1922

McTaggart Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century


  • Corpl. James McTaggart U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784

McTaggart Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century


  • Robert McTaggart, who landed in Canada in 1831

McTaggart Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • Robert McTaggart, aged 36, a teacher, arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Trafalgar"
  • John McTaggart, aged 21, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Warren Hastings"
  • Donald McTaggart, Scottish convict from Glasgow, who was transported aboard the "Adelaide" on April 16, 1855, settling in Western Australia

McTaggart Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • Archibald McTaggart, aged 22, a carpenter, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Chile" in 1874

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  • John McTaggart (1896-1946), American Champion jockey in Thoroughbred horse racing with 157 wins
  • Lynne McTaggart (b. 1951), American journalist, author, publisher and lecturer, now residing in London, best known as the author of author of The Intention Experiment and The Field
  • Ed McTaggart (b. 1951), American drummer, best known as the drummer of the rock band Daniel Amos
  • Sir John McTaggart (1789-1867), 1st Baronet, a Scottish Liberal politician, Member of Parliament for Wigtown Burghs (18351857)
  • Richard McTaggart MBE (b. 1935), Scottish three-time gold medalist boxer from Dundee, Scotland
  • William McTaggart (1835-1910), Scottish landscape and marine painter
  • Albert Robert "Bert" McTaggart (b. 1916), Australian rules footballer
  • James Robert "Jim" McTaggart (b. 1960), retired Canadian NHL ice hockey player who played for the Washington Capitals
  • Heather McTaggart (b. 1962), Australian politician, Member of the Victorian Parliament for Evelyn (2002-2006)
  • John McTaggart (1866-1925), Enlgish idealist metaphysician from London

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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: Ratione non vi
Motto Translation: By reason, not by force.

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  8. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  9. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  10. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
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The McTaggart Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McTaggart 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.

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