The associated coat of arms for this name MacDOWELL has the associated coat of arms recorded in Sir Bernard Burkes General Armory. Ulster King of Arms in 1884. Registered in Ireland. This name MacDOWELL is the Irish form of the name of the Scottish family of MacDugall, which came from the Hebrides as galloglasses, and settled in County Roscommon where Lismacdowell locates them. It is now mainly found in North Ulster, largely due to a more recent immigration. The family have been described as 'one of the most unobtrusive and honoured families in Scotland'. Duncan MacKowle, founded the Priory of Ardchattan, Argyllshire, circa. 1230. Fergus Macdowylle had a confirmation charter of the barony of Malkerston, Yetholm and Clifton in 1374. In a list dated 1704 giving the names of clans and the numbers in each to be raised for the elder Pretender, the entry 'MacDulothes, 500 men' is meant for the MacDougall's. The use of fixed surnames or descriptive names appears to have commenced in France about the year 1000, and such names were introduced into Scotland through the Normans a little over one hundred years later, although the custom of using them was by no means common for many years afterwards. During the reign of Malcolm Ceannmor (1057-1093) the latter directed his chief subjects, after the custom of other nations, to adopt surnames from their territorial possessions, and there created 'The first erlis that euir was in Scotland'. Leading figures of the name include Ewen MacDougall, who was King of Lorn and King of South Isles, which he held from the King of Norway. 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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