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Where did the Pinkerton coat of arms come from? When did the Pinkerton family first arrive in the United States?

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Pinkerton, Pinksten, Pinksen, Pinkston, Pinkertown, Pinkertoun, Pinkertoune, Pincartoune, Pincartoun, Penkarton and many more.

First found in East Lothian where they held a family seat from ancient times at Pinkerton in the barony of Dunbar in that shire.

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: I. Pinkerton and his wife who settled in Baltimore in 1820; James Pinkerton settled in Philadelphia Pa. in 1839; Sheriff Pinkerton arrived in Philadelphia in 1828.

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Motto Translated: After clouds sunshine.

Some noteworthy people of the name Pinkerton
  • Allan Pinkerton (1819-1884), Scottish-born, American detective and spy, best known for creating the Pinkerton National Detective Agency
  • Jay Pinkerton (b. 1977), American humorist
  • Mike "Pink" Pinkerton, American software developer working on the Mozilla browsers
  • John Pinkerton (1758-1826), Scottish antiquarian, author, and pseudo-historian
  • David Pinkerton (1836-1906), New Zealand Member of Parliament for Dunedin City
  • John Pinkerton (1845-1908), Irish Protestant nationalist politician
  • Henry Pinkerton (1915-1986), Scottish footballer
  • Percy Edward Pinkerton (1855-1946), English translator and poet
  • Mr. Robert Pinkerton (d. 1915), Irish Chief Baker from Liverpool, England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking

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Pinkerton, sept of the Clan Campbell

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The Border Families of England and Scotland led a difficult life that began in the 13th century. Their allegiance was difficult to determine and often led to conflicts between themselves, the Highlanders and the English. Border raids were common in the fight to hold land and power so much so that they were often called Border Reivers, a term derived from the word reive, an early English word to rob or plunder, and/or from the Northumbrian and Scots Inglis verb reifen from the Old English reafian.[1]



The Jacobites were the supporters of the Catholic James II, whose brief reign as king of Britain was marred by religious conflict between the monarch and his largely Protestant subjects. In 1669, James converted to Catholicism while serving as Lord High Admiral. News of his conversion leaked out to the general public in 1673, and he was forced to resign from his post due to the ensuing controversy. Although the outraged aristocracy attempted to exclude him from the succession, they failed to do so and upon the death of James' elder brother Charles II in 1685, their fears of having a Catholic king became a reality.


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