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This Scottish surname of McCAIG was derived from the Gaelic MacTHAOIG, the son of the poet or philosopher. The name is mainly confined to Ayrshire and Galloway. The name also appears as MacCAIG, McKAIG, MacKEEG, MacKEIG, MACKEGG and CAIG. Early records of the name include John MAKHAIG, who was recorded in 1486, and Andrew McAIGE was killed in the blowing up of Kirk of Feld in 1567. Jennat MACKCAIGE was examined for the Test in 1685. Archibald McKEAG was a rebel in Kilcheran parish, Kintyre in the same year. It was not until the 10th century that modern hereditary surnames first developed, and the use of fixed names spread, first to France, and then England, then to Germany and all of Europe. In these parts of Europe, the individual man was becoming more important, commerce was increasing and the exact identification of each man was becoming a necessity. Even today however, the Church does not recognise surnames. Baptisms and marriages are performed through use of the Christian name alone. Thus hereditary names as we know them today developed gradually during the 11th to the 15th century in the various European countries. Norman MacCAIG, born in 1910 is the poet from Edinburgh. He read classics at University there, and was a primary school teacher for nearly 40 years. The leading Scottish poet of his generation, writing in English, he was awarded the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry in 1986. His 'Collected Poems' were published in 1985. From 1759 to 1776 there was a constant flow of emigrants from the Highlands to North America. Between 1763 and 1775 alone, it is estimated that about 20,000 Highlanders left Scotland for the New World. Highland emigrants in their new American homes freely wore the highland dress, and were not forbidden the music of the 'piob-mhor' which was at that period prohibited in the Highlands by Government as a 'weapon of war'. On the outbreak of the American War in 1775, not only were the Highlanders in America loyal to their mother-country, but they raised a regiment in her support (the 84th Royal Highland Emigrant Regiment). At the conclusion of the war, the Highlanders, resisting all offers made to them by the new nation, crossed the border and settled in Canada.

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