This surname of McATEE is from the Gaelic Mac an tSAOIR, and belongs both to Ireland and Scotland. In Scotland it is always MacINTYRE. In Ireland the MacINTYRES slightly out number the MacATEERS, but a number of the former are Ulstermen of Scottish extraction. The 1659 census notes that they were numerous in County Donegal at that time. Early records of the name mention Nicholas Mac Tsair, 1268, Ireland. Alexander McIntyre was documented in 1390. Duncan Bak McIntyre was the English name of Donnchadh Ban Macan t-Saoir (1724-1812) Gaelic poet and gamekeeper of Beinnodorrain, born in Glenorchy, Argyll. He worked as a forester, fought as a Hanovarian at Falkirk in 1746, and from 1799 to 1806 was one of the City Guard of Edinburgh. He composed a great deal of nature poetry, which was written down by the minister's son at Killin, for the poet was illiterate. Since the word SAOR is the Irish for a certain type of tradesman, such as a mason or carpenter, the name has been translated into English as Carpenter. The adoption of Carpenter for MacATEE took place for the most part in the Dublin area, so that the Most Rev. Dr. John Carpenter, Archbishop of Dublin from 1770 to 1786, who is remembered for his prominent part in the struggle for Catholic Emancipation, probably belonged to a branch of the sept. He wrote his name in Irish as Mac an tSAOIR. 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. The eagle depicted in the crest is emblematical of fortitude and magnanimity of mind. The Romans used the figure of an eagle for their ensign, and their example has been often followed. It is the device of Russia, Austria, Germany and the United States of America.
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