The Rankin Family Name

June 29, 2018

Spelling Variations: Rankin, Rankyne, Ranequin, Rankene, Raincin (Irish), Ranequin, Rankeine, Ranken, Rankene, Rankeso. MacCraing, MacRaing, MacRankein, MacRankin, MacRankine, MacRanking, MacRankyne, McRinkin, McRinkine, Raincin, Ramkein, Ranequin, Rankeine, Ranken, Rankene, Rankesoun, Rankin, Rankine, Ranking, Rankinge, Rankins, Rankinson, Rankyn, Rankyne, Rankynson, Renkine, Renkyn, Rinking, Rankan, Rheingan Catholic Local Registrar, Cape Breton; Rankin – Rankine, Randolph, Raincin. The first […]

What is worn under the kilt, you ask?

August 30, 2009

Well, here’s your answer. Nothing is worn; everything is in perfect working order. Before WW11 inspection of Black Watch regiments required having the troops step on a mirror. One was not considered a good soldier if he choose to wear something under the kilt. An officer found in violation of the rule had to pay […]


August 4, 2009

The Highland Scot to the west and north and the Shetland and Orkney islanders are of Norse origin. They wore the tartan and played the pipes. The Lowland Scot of Anglo-Saxon stock considered Highland Scots savages. Weary of each other through the years ‘they eventually recognize themselves as one nation. Scotland’s history is revealed to […]

Highland Clans, MAITLAND – WILSON

July 11, 2009

MAITLAND Originally a Norman family. The Maitlands settled in Northumberland before moving to Scotland in the 13th century TRIBE OF MAR Marr, Mair, Mairs, Morren, Strachan, Tough CLAN MATHIESON MacMath, MacPhun, Mathie. CLAN MAXWELL Adair, Blackstock, Dinwiddie, Dinwoddie, Edgar, Herries, Kirk, Kirkland, Latimer, Latimore, Mackittrick, Maxton, Mescall, Monreith, Moss, Nithdale, Paulk, Peacock, Pollock, Pollok, Polk, […]


July 11, 2009

CLAN MacALISTER ‘Son of Alastair’ Alistair Mor born 1299 was the youngest son of Donald, Lord of the Isles. Hias descendants settled in Kintyre. There they became the hereditary Constables of Tarbert Castle. The clan Center is at Glenbarr Abbey. Alexander, MacGrattan, MacGratten, MacGrattin, MacGreachain, MacGreachan, MacHanvichar, MacHarrie, MacHarry, MacHendrie, MacHendry, MacHenrie, MacHenry, MacImery, MacImmery, […]

Highland Clans “H – L”

July 11, 2009

HAIG A Military Clan. A famous Norman warloard, Petrus de Haga, was their ancestor. CLANN HALL Halle, Haule, Haul, Hal, DeAula, Hale, Haw, Collingwood, Crispin, Fitz, William, McHall HAMILTON The Hamilton clan takes its name from a Township in Northern England, Hambleton. The family’s rise to prominence began in 1474, when James, 1st Lord of […]

Highland Clans “D – G”

July 11, 2009

DUNBAR The most famous Dunbar was the wife of the 9th Earl “Black Agnes” who successfully defended the castle in 1337. DUNCAN From the gaelic form of Duncan, Donnchach DUNDAS An ancient family who took their name from lands in West Lothian. DYCE This Highland clan took its name from lands in Aberdeenshire ELLIOT The […]


July 11, 2009

CAMERON Motto: ‘FOR KING AND COUNTRY’ This name is from the gaelic “crooked nose” Originally this clan was formed by three families; MacGillonies of Strone, MacMartins of Letterfinllay and the MacDorleys of Glen Nevis. However it divided into two main branches, the Camerons of Lochiel and the Camerons of Erracht. The most famous, Sir Ewen […]

Highland Clans “B” BAILLIE – BURNS

July 11, 2009

BAILLIE The name referres to the post of baillie (magistrate). This name was adopted by several unconnected families. BAIRD The Bairds came from Lanarkshire. They also settled in Lothian and Aberdeenshire. CLAN BALFOUR Balfour is a territorial name The first recorded use of the name came in 1304 when John de Balfour was included on […]

Highland Clans “A” Abbot – AUCHINLECK

July 11, 2009

ABBOT – ABBOTT District of Fife, 14th century. Sept of Clan: MacNab ABERCROMBIE The Abercrombies of Birkenbog settled in Banffshire. The name comes from an estate in Fife. The first known documentation of the name is from Fife in the 15th century. ABERNETHY Strathearn, 12th century. Sept of Fraser; Leslie ADAIR District 14th century, Galloway […]

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