Pitcaithly History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Pitcaithly family

The surname Pitcaithly was first found in Perthshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Pheairt) former county in the present day Council Area of Perth and Kinross, located in central Scotland, 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 near Strathearn in the 13th century. Today, Pitkeathly Wells (spelling variants: Pitcaithly, Pitceathly, Pitkethley, etc.) is a hamlet in the Perth and Kinross area of Scotland.

Early History of the Pitcaithly family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Pitcaithly research. Another 135 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1202, 1568, 1684, 1785, 1949, 1910 and 1927 are included under the topic Early Pitcaithly History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Pitcaithly Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Pitcaithly, Pitcaithley, Pitceathly, Pikaithly, Pitkeathley, Pitkethley, Pitkethly, Pitkeathly and many more.

Early Notables of the Pitcaithly family (pre 1700)

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New Zealand Pitcaithly migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Pitcaithly Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. David Mcnaughton Pitcaithly, (b. 1860), aged Infant, Scottish settler from Lanark travelling from Bristol aboard the ship "William Miles" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 21st August 1860 [1]
  • Mrs. Euphemia Mcnaughton Pitcaithly, (b. 1826), aged 34, Scottish settler from Lanark travelling from Bristol aboard the ship "William Miles" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 21st August 1860 [1]
  • Mr. James Pitcaithly, (b. 1827), aged 33, Scottish labourer from Lanark travelling from Bristol aboard the ship "William Miles" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 21st August 1860 [1]
  • Mr. James Pitcaithly, (b. 1855), aged 5, Scottish settler from Lanark travelling from Bristol aboard the ship "William Miles" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 21st August 1860 [1]
  • Miss Christina Wordlaw Pitcaithly, (b. 1857), aged 3, Scottish settler from Lanark travelling from Bristol aboard the ship "William Miles" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 21st August 1860 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Pitcaithly (post 1700) +

  • Robert Pitcaithly, American politician, U.S. Consular Agent in Christchurch, 1897-98 [2]


  1. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 21) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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