Kirkpatrick Coat of Arms / Kirkpatrick Family Crest
The surname of KIRKPATRICK is basically a Scottish name formed from a place derived from a chapel formerly dedicated to S. Patrick which gave name to the farm in the parish of Closeburn. Most of the Irish KIRKPATRICKS (especially those to be found in North East Ulster) are of Scottish descent. The name was listed in the 'census' of l659, as a principal Irish name in Antrim and Fermanangh. Early records of the name mention Roger de Kirkpatrick of Scotland in 1194. Roger de Kirkpatrick who attested a charter by one of the Bruces who died in 1141. Ivo de Kirkpatrick and his heirs had a charter from Robert Bruce of a place between the fishings of Blawad and the Water of Esk in 1190. At first the coat of arms was a practical matter which served a function on the battlefield and in tournaments. With his helmet covering his face and armour encasing the knight from head to foot, the only means of identification for his followers, was the insignia painted on his shield and embroidered on his surcoat, the draped and flowing garment worn over the armour. A notable member of the name is Jeane Duane Jordan KIRKPATRICK, (l926-) American academic and stateswoman, born in Duncan, Oklahoma. Educated at Columbia University and Paris University, she became a research analyst for the state department (l95l-3). She then concentrated on a career as an academic at Trinity College and Georgetown University, Washington DC, becoming Georgetown's professor of government in l978. Noted for her 'hawkish' anti-communist defence stance and advocacy of a new Latin-American and Pacific-orientated diplomatic strategy, she was appointed permanent representative to the United Nations by President Reagan in l98l, remaining there until l985. Formerly a Democrat, she joined the Republican party in l985. Many Highland families migrated from Scotland to Ireland during the 17th and 18th centuries, and were granted the lands of the native Catholic Irish. People heard of the attractions of the New World, and many left Ireland to seek a better life sailing aboard the fleet of ships known as the 'White Sails', but much illness took its toll with the overcrowding of the ships which were pestilence ridden. From the port of entry many settlers made their way west, joining the wagons to the prairies, and many loyalists went to Canada about the year 1790, and became known as the United Empire Loyalists.
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