Murtrie History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancient Dalriadan people were the ancestors of the first to use the name Murtrie. It was a name for a noted mariner or a sea captain.

Early Origins of the Murtrie family

The surname Murtrie was first found in on the isle of Bute, 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 Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.

Early History of the Murtrie family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Murtrie research. Another 103 words (7 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Murtrie History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Murtrie Spelling Variations

Spelling variations are a very common occurrence in records of early Scottish names. They result from the repeated and inaccurate translations that many names went through in the course of various English occupations of Scotland. Murtrie has been spelled MacCurdy, MacKirdy, MacKirdie, MacCurdie, MacQuartie, MacBararthy, MacBerarthy, MacWerarthy, MacMurtrie, MacMutrie and many more.

Early Notables of the Murtrie family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Murtrie family to Ireland

Some of the Murtrie family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 94 words (7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


Australia Murtrie migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Murtrie Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Hugh Murtrie, aged 44, a weaver, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Switzerland"
  • Agnes Murtrie, aged 18, a domestic servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Switzerland"
  • Janet Murtrie, aged 19, a domestic servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Switzerland"

Contemporary Notables of the name Murtrie (post 1700) +

  • W. H. Murtrie, American politician, Delegate to Kentucky secession convention, 1861 [1]


The Murtrie 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: Dieu et mon pays
Motto Translation: God and my country.


  1. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 17) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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