Urquhart History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The annals of Scottish history reveal that Urquhart was first used as a name by descendants of the Pictish tribe of ancient Scotland. The Urquhart family lived in the old barony of Urquhart, which is located on Loch Ness in the county of Inverness.

Early Origins of the Urquhart family

The surname Urquhart was first found in Elginshire a former county in northeastern Scotland, in the present day Scottish Council Area of Moray, where Galleroch de Urchart "who lived temp. Alexander II" [1] was granted lands in Cromarty, and Inverness. He held a family seat at the Castle of Urquhart in 1214. "His descendants were "hereditary sheriffs of Cromarty." [1]

Early History of the Urquhart family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Urquhart research. Another 177 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1306, 1358, 1611, 1660, 1114, 1759, 1611, 1660 and 1650 are included under the topic Early Urquhart History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Urquhart Spelling Variations

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 Urquhart include Urquhart, Urquhard, Urchard, Orchard and many more.

Early Notables of the Urquhart family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the Clan at this time was Sir Thomas Urquhart (Urchard) of Cromarty (1611-c.1660), a Scottish writer and translator, most famous for his translation of Rabelais. Down in London, Thomas Urquhart ( fl. 1650?), was a "noted violin-maker and was distinguished...
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Ireland Migration of the Urquhart family to Ireland

Some of the Urquhart family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Urquhart migration to the United States +

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 Urquhart:

Urquhart Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Alexander Urquhart who settled in Antigua in 1679
Urquhart Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • William Urquhart, who arrived in New York in 1703-1704 [2]
  • James Urquhart, who landed in Virginia in 1716 [2]
  • Donald Urquhart, who settled in Jamaica in 1745
  • Andrew Urquhart, aged 20, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1775 [2]
  • Ann Urquhart, aged 17, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1775 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Urquhart Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Robert Urquhart, aged 22, who landed in New York in 1812 [2]

Canada Urquhart migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Urquhart Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Christian Urquhart, who landed in Pictou, Nova Scotia in 1773
  • David Urquhart, who arrived in Pictou, Nova Scotia in 1773
  • Mr. Albert Urquhart U.E. who settled in Eastern District [Cornwall], Ontario c. 1784 [3]
  • Mr. Donald Urquhart U.E. who settled in Carleton [Saint John West], New Brunswick, Canada c. 1784 [3]
  • Private. Rev. John Urquhart U.E. (b. 1740) born in Dingwell, Ross Cromarty [Black Isle], Scotland from Lincoln County, Maine, USA who settled in Maugerville, Sunbury County, New Brunswick c. 1784, then relocated to Saint John, New Brunswick in 1785, then relocated to Bellisle Bay, Kings County, New Brunswick in 1786, then relocated to Princetown, Prince Edward Island in 1802, before finally settling in Douglastown, Miramichi River, New Brunswick in 1802 he enlisted in 1781 serving in the Maryland Loyalists 1st Battalion, married to Mary McIntyre having 11 children, he died in 1804 when in drowned in Saint John, New Brunswick [3]
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Urquhart Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Alex Urquhart, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1801
  • Donald Urquhart, aged 27, who landed in Pictou, Nova Scotia in 1815-1816

Australia Urquhart migration to Australia +

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

Urquhart Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Agnes Urquhart, aged 37, who arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Marshall Bennett" [4]
  • Agnes Urquhart, aged 19, a domestic servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Marshall Bennett" [4]
  • Sarah Urquhart, aged 17, a domestic servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Marshall Bennett" [4]
  • Edward Urquhart, aged 22, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1859 aboard the ship "Clara"
  • Jean Urquhart, aged 18, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1859 aboard the ship "Clara"

New Zealand Urquhart 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:

Urquhart Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mrs. John Urquhart, Canadian settler from Boularderie travelling from Cape Breton aboard the ship "Spray" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 25th June 1857 [5]
  • A.L. Urquhart, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "William Watson" arriving in New Plymouth, Taranaki, North Island, New Zealand on 30th December 1857 [5]
  • A.V. Urquhart, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "William Watson" arriving in New Plymouth, Taranaki, North Island, New Zealand on 30th December 1857 [5]
  • Mr. Henry A.A. Urquhart, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "William Watson" arriving in New Plymouth, Taranaki, North Island, New Zealand on 30th December 1857 [5]
  • Mr. George F. Urquhart, British settler travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Evening Star" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand in 1858 [6]
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Contemporary Notables of the name Urquhart (post 1700) +

  • Feargus Urquhart (b. 1970), American video game developer, CEO of Obsidian Entertainment
  • William Urquhart, American politician, Postmaster at Augusta, Georgia, 1794-99 [7]
  • Robert D. Urquhart, American politician, Member of New Jersey State House of Assembly from Hudson County, 1897 [7]
  • Mrs. J. T. Urquhart, American Republican politician, Member of Republican National Committee from Washington, 1940; Member, Arrangements Committee, Republican National Convention, 1940 [7]
  • Grant Urquhart, American politician, Mayor of Oconto, Wisconsin, 1951-52 [7]
  • David Urquhart (1805-1877), Scottish diplomat and writer, born at Braelangwell, Cromarty, the second son of David Urquhart of Braelangwell
  • George Urquhart (b. 1950), Scottish former footballer
  • Lawrence Mcallister Urquhart LLB CA (b. 1935), Scottish businessman, former Chairman of Burmah Castrol and Chairman of Scottish Widows
  • Emma Maree Urquhart (b. 1991), Scottish writer from Inverness
  • Johnny Urquhart (1925-2008), Scottish football player and administrator
  • ... (Another 26 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  3. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  4. ^ South Australian Register Friday 29 April 1853. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Marshall Bennett 1853. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/marshallbennett1853.shtml.
  5. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  6. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  7. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, February 12) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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