This surname of MACKEN is the name of an old Berwickshire family, which derived its name from MACWRA in Yorkshire. The name is also spelt MACKE, MAKE, MACK and MAKKE. The earliest of the name on record appears to be John MAKKE, who was granted a safe conduct to travel into England in the year 1424, and a later John MAK witnessed a charter in 1470. A William MAKE appears in Lanarkshire in 1503, and Jhone MAKE was a tenant of the bishop of Glasgow in 1510. It was not until the 10th century that modern hereditary surnames first developed, and the use of fixed names spread, first to France, and then England, then to Germany and all of Europe. In these parts of Europe, the individual man was becoming more important, commerce was increasing and the exact identification of each man was becoming a necessity. Even today however, the Church does not recognise surnames. Baptisms and marriages are performed through use of the Christian name alone. Thus hereditary names as we know them today developed gradually during the 11th to the 15th century in the various European countries. Later instances of the name include Bessie MAKE in Saltoun, who was accused of witchcraft in the year 1629, and John MACK was a witness in 1651. John MACK was a tenant in 1713. A notable member of the name was James Logan MACK, who was the author of 'The Border line from the Solway Firth to the North Sea' in 1924. From 1759 to 1776 there was a constant flow of emigrants from the Highlands to North America. Between 1763 and 1775 alone, it is estimated that about 20,000 Highlanders left Scotland for the New World. Highland emigrants in their new American homes freely wore the highland dress, and were not forbidden the music of the 'piob-mhor' which was at that period prohibited in the Highlands by Government as a 'weapon of war'. On the outbreak of the American War in 1775, not only were the Highlanders in America loyal to their mother-country, but they raised a regiment in her support (the 84th Royal Highland Emigrant Regiment). At the conclusion of the war, the Highlanders, resisting all offers made to them by the new nation, crossed the border and settled in Canada.
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