This surname MACLUMPHA was derived from the Gaelic Mac Gille Iomchadha 'the son of the servant of St. Imchad. Imchad was the name of an ancestor of St. Senan of Inis Cathaigh, and another ancestor Imchade Uallach (i.e. the proud) was ancestor of St.Cronan of Roscrea. Joneta Makgillumquha had a charter of the lands of Closerath and Drumdowle in the barony of Clogstoune, sheriffdom of Wigtoun, from her cousin Alexander Fraser, lord of Philorth in 1406. Fergus M'Lymphquhay witnessed an instrument of sasine of the lands of Mureth in 1483. John Maklunfaw, was one of two occupiers of the lands of Blareboy in the barony of Mureith in 1509, and is probably the same John Maklumphaire who was convicted of strife of the wood of Garthlone in 1510. It has been said that the family changed their name to McClew; and that the old chapel of Killumpha in Kirkmaiden was 'dug up to the foundations about fifty years since because it spoiled a corner of a turnip field. There are many variant spellings of the name. Occupational surnames originally denoted the actual occupation followed by the individual. At what period they became hereditary is a difficult problem. Many of the occupation names were descriptive and could be varied. In the Middle Ages, at least among the Christian population, people did not usually pursue specialized occupations exclusively to the extent that we do today, and they would, in fact, turn their hand to any form of work that needed to be done, particularly in a large house or mansion, or on farms and smallholdings. In early documents, surnames often refer to the actual holder of an office, whether the church or state. 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.
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