Macgilchrist Coat of Arms / Macgilchrist Family Crest
The surname of MacGILCHRIST was a baptismal name meaning the son of Christ's servant. The name was derived from the Gaelic Mac Giolla Chreest. Early records of the name mention Mac Gilcrist who had a charter of the five pennylands of Fyncharne in 1243, from King Alexander II. This charter is probably the oldest in existence in dealing with lands in Argyllshire. Alun mac Gillecrist was one of the witnesses to a charter, circa 1296. Douenaldus Makgilkriste, granted to the monks of Paisley the right of cutting wood within all his territory for the building and repair of their monastery. The charter is undated, but probably was about the end of the 13th century. MacGilchreest (without surname) was documented in the year 1511 and Archibald M'Gilcreist was denounced a rebel in 1675. A Mr John McGilchrist was the clerk deputy to the justices of the peace of the district of Glasgow in 1707. After the Crusades in Europe, in the 11th 12th and 13th century people began, perhaps unconsciously, to feel the need of a family name, or at least a name in addition to the simple one that had been possessed from birth. The nobles and upper classes, especially those who went on the Crusades, observed the prestige and practical value of an added name, and were quick to take a surname. McYilchrist was recorded in the year 1713, and Mylechreest in 1717. The name is said to be Englished to Christison. Alba, the country which became Scotland, was once shared by four races; the Picts who controlled most of the land north of the Central Belt; the Britons, who had their capital at Dumbarton and held sway over the south west, including modern Cumbria; the Angles, who were Germanic in origin and annexed much of the Eastern Borders in the seventh century, and the Scots. The latter came to Alba from the north of Ireland late in the 5th century to establish a colony in present day Argyll, which they named Dalriada, after their homeland. The Latin name SCOTTI simply means a Gaelic speaker. The lion depicted in the arms is the noblest of all wild beasts which is made to be the emblem of strength and valour, and is on that account the most frequently borne in Coat-Armour.
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