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Early Origins of the Merrilees family

The surname Merrilees was first found in West Lothian, where they held a family seat in their territories. The Pictish influence on Scottish history diminished after Kenneth Macalpine became King of all Scotland. But those east coast families still played an important role in government and were more accessible to Government than their western highland counterparts. The family name became associated as a sept of the Clan Muir. Allegiances were important to Scottish middle age survival. The name, believed to be originally Mureleis, has been corrupted in many forms.

Early History of the Merrilees family

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Merrilees Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Mureleis, Merilees, Merryless, Merrilees, Mireylees, Mirrieless, Merrylees, Merrlees, Murless, Mirrilees and many more.

Early Notables of the Merrilees family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Merrilees family to the New World and Oceana

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: the name represented in many forms and recorded from the mid 17th century in the great migration from Europe. Migrants settled in the eastern seaboard from Newfoundland, to Maine, to Virginia, the Carolinas, and to the islands..

Contemporary Notables of the name Merrilees (post 1700)

  • William Merrilees OBE, KPM (1898-1984), Scottish Chief Constable of the Lothians and Peebles Constabulary from 1950 to 1968

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