Mac Bride


by Deanna Taylor


Coat of Arms for
Mac Bride  -  Mc Bride  -  Mac Giolla Bride


Argent, on a chevron between three fishes gules,
a rose in the field, seeded or, barbed vert,
in chief chequy of the first and second.
Argent (White or Silver)
signifies peace and Sincerity
A raven proper, wings expanded



MAC BRIDE Old Coat of Arms from Scotland
Argent on a fess gules, three mullet of the field.
Argent (White) signifies Purity and Sincerity,
Gules (Red) denotes Military Fortitude
A dexter hand gules, holding a billet sable.



The story on the 'Red Hand' of Ulster tells that some invaders
were approaching the coast in a boat.  their leader promised
the land that they could see to the first man to touch it. 
Thereupon a chap in the boat cut off his hand and threw it
ashore and thus became the owner of the area.
The Mac Bride family name is traditionally associated with
the old province of Ulster, comprising the north of Ireland.
As one would expect, some of the name in this area will
be Scottish as well as Irish.



The principal Irish name was based in the County
Donegal, in Raymunterdoney. This is where the
Mac Brides were very prominent in the church,
with numerous family members becoming bishops.
One branch of the Mac Brides migrated to
County Down in early times, where the name
of Mac Bride remains quite numerous.

In the County of Donegal the crest means; "The arms are symbolical
of both the nature of the County and its history.  The wavy bars
represent the green hills and golden strands and, by inference, the
surrounding sea, while the small shield in the centre, with its royal
ermine, stands for the ancient Kingdom of Aileach and, with the
Holy cross, signifies the heraldy and honor to the church and County.
The ermine represents honor from the King of Ireland."



Map of Ireland
c. 1500
with the different
Clansmen Names.


-  Mac Bride  -  Gil Bride  -
Kil Bride  -  Mc Bride  -  Mc Bryde  -
Mac Giolla Bride  -  O'Mul Bride
The name McBride in Ireland is derived from the native Gaelic
Mac Giolla Bhrighde Sept, which translates from Irish as 'a
devotee of Saint Brigid'. The Sept was located in County
Donegal in the North West of the country. Some decendants
may be of Scottish origin, the name having been brought into
Ulster by Scottish settlers in the seventeenth century.


Per mare per terras
{Latin: By lands and by sea}
Fraoch Eilean
{Gaelic: By Lands and by sea}
Heather, which is still woren proudly
among the Isles of Scotland and Ireland.



" Wee bit o history o Ireland "
The Irish McBride is of patronymic origin, deriving from the first name
of a father.  In this instance, the name derives from the Old Gaelic name
"Mac Giolla Brighde", which means, literally, "the son of a follower of
St. Brigid". Brigid - name of a celebrated Irish saint (452-525) who had
founded a convent and was renowned foe her work in helping the poor.
During medievil times surnames were beginning to enjoy considerable
 vogue, and hereditary family names were becoming common.
The first recorded instance of the surname Mc Bride occurs in medeval
document which chronicles famous erenaghs of the Middle Ages.
Erenaghs were Lay Lords whose families held this office and church
property from generation to generation. In some cases, all instances
of church establishment had disappeared, and the Erenaghs had
become powerful rulers. The Mc Brides are listed as being the
Erenaghs of Raymunterdoney in County Donegal. By the 17th Century
they had settled at Gweedore in the same County.
Several of the sept became Bishops of Raphoe, the most distinguished
of whom was John Mc Gilbride (d. 1440). A branch of the sept was
established in County Down and in the 1659 census Mc Bride appears
as aprincipal Irish name in three different Baronies of that county. A
notable modern day bearer of the surname is Sean MacBride (b.1904),
a Nobel prize winner for Peace and former Minister for External Affairs.
He is the son of the late Major John Mac Bride (1865 - 1953), who was
one of the most picturesque figures in the modern Irish Political scene.

" A bit o history o Scotland "
The Scottish McBride is an anglicized form of the Gaelic surname
Mac Bridhde, earlier Mac GilleBridhe. This name is derived from
the Gaelic "giolla" meaning "devotee or servant of Bride." This
name was made popular by followers of St. Bride of Kildare,
452-525 A.D.  The Mac Brides of Moray and Bute in the fourteenth
century were a sept of the Clan MacDonald of the Isles, greatest
and most widespread of all Clans, Clan Donald, decendants of
Somerled, the thane of Argyll, who became an independent kin
of the "South Isles". In 1135 he helped King David I of Scotland
to expel the Norse form Arran and Bute, and eventually fell at
Refrew in 1164, when he himself was invading against King
Malcolm IV. Variants of the surname McBride include
McBryde and McBraid.

References to the surname McBride or to its variants are found in
Scittish documents that date back to the 14th Century. Cristinus
McBryd, a man of Thomas De Moravia, had remission of a fine in
1329. John Mc Gilbride was Captain of Bute from 1370 to 1375.
Mac Bride is an old name in Arran. In 1684 the name appeared as
Mc Bryd, McBrid and Mc Kbrid. The form Macilbride was much used
in olden time in the Lordship of Doune. The McBraid family was
listed among the British Nobility. Listed among ships passengers
bound for New York in the mid 19th Century were Samuel McBride,
Sarah McBride, Sophia McBride, Stephen McBride, Susan McBride,
and Thomas Mc Bride, all of whom departed Liverpool in 1851.

The Mc Brides' Celtic heritage, goes back into antiquity, beyond the
6th Century AD, to the great clans in what today is Ireland, Conn of
the 100 Battles, Cairfre Raida, founder of Dal Raida in Antrim, Eire,
and Colla Uathais. Our Viking heritage goes to Ingiald "Ill-Ruler"
and Olaf "Tree-Hewer" in 7th Century Sweden and Norway.
All of these traditional blood lines came together in the 12th
Century Somerled Mac Gillebride Mac Gilldamnan.

Mac Bride in Scotland, though the majority of Irish Mac Brides are
Catholics four prominent Ulster Prostestants of the name are
noteworthy, all being of the same family: David Mac Bride
(1726-1778), physician and inventor; John Mac Bride (1650-1718),
Presbyterian author; and John David Mac Bride (1778-1868),
scholar and head of Magdalen College, Oxford. The miniaturist
Alexander Mac Bride (1798-1852), was born in Co. Monaghan.

The form 'Magee' reflects the pronunciation of Ulster and Scottish
Gaelic with 'Mag-' most common in the east of the province,
and 'Mac-' in the west.

O'Mulbride - Mac Bride, coming from the Irish O'Maoilbrighde, is
found as a chief in the barony of Athlone in Co. Roscommon,
east of the River Suck. Mulbride has been given as a variant of
McBride in Keatings History, and no doubt there has been some
interchanging of the name early in history.

Kilbride [Mac Kil Bride] is the form of the name in the
province of Connaugh and the name is also found as
Gilbride at times in Ireland.



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