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This surname, which is now rare was originally derived from the Gaelic Macraonuill 'the son of Raonull'. The earliest of the name on record appears to be John M'Rynald or Makrynnild, who was part tenant at Eddirallekach, Strogartnay in 1483. Donald MacRanald appears several times in record as tenant of lands in Lintyre. His name is variously spelled in record as Mckilrannaldvane, McRynald Waan, McRynald Baan, and McRynall.The burghs of Scotland owe much of their prosperity to the large immigration of foreigners which went on during the 12th and 13th centuries. The original founders of the towns, were in many cases wanderers from Flanders, who brought with them their habits of industry and knowledge of trade and manufactures. Settlers of this description came in great numbers to England in the reign of Henry 1. (1100-1135) and when Henry 11 (1154-1189) drove all foreigners out of his dominions they flocked into Scotland, where a more enlightened policy made them welcome. Later instances of the name include Allan McRynild who was a witness at Gawrie in 1569, and Alexander Roy McAllane McReynald and Innes McRenald had royal commissions in 1541. Rannald M'Rannald appears in 1563. A complaint was made by Coline Campbell of Glenlyoun against Alexander McKrenald in 1583. The name was first introduced into England by settlers, and was greatly reinforced after the Conquest.This great Gaelic family emerged in latter years in the county of Leitrim, and their family seat was at Lough Scur Castle. By the 16th century, the name had been converted to Reynolds. 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. The associated coat of arms is recorded in Sir Bernard Burkes General Armory. Ulster King of Arms in 1884. Registered to McRanell, ancestor of Reynold. The lion 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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Last Updated: Dec. 1st, 2021

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