The surname of MacROBERTS was a baptismal name 'the son of Robert' a highland border name which was derived from the Gaelic Mac Robert. The first people in Scotland to acquire fixed surnames were the nobles and great landowners, who called themselves, or were called by others, after the lands they possessed. Surnames originating in this way are known as territorial. Formerly lords of baronies and regalities and farmers were inclined to magnify their importance and to sign letters and documents with the names of their baronies and farms instead of their Christian names and surnames. The abuse of this style of speech and writing was carried so far that an Act was passed in the Scots parliament in 1672 forbidding the practice and declaring that it was allowed only to noblemen and bishops to subscribe by their titles. The name however, was originally from a German personal name which was composed of the elements 'hrod' (renown) and 'berht' (bright and famous), and in the main the name was introduced into England and Scotland by the Normans, in the wake of the Norman Invasion of 1066. It quickly became a popular name amongst all classes of society. Early records of the name mention Donald M'Aye Robert who held land at Castlehill, Inverness in the year 1586. Donald Makrobert was a charter witness in the same year in Candroquhat. John M' Robert was in possession of the oxganglands (as much land as could be tilled by the use of an ox) of Brigend, Nigg in the year 1659. Andrew MacCrobert in the parish of Tungland was charged with being a disorderly person in 1684. McRypert is an old spelling of the name. 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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