McIntosh Surname Genealogy
meaning “‘son of the chief.” Mackintosh later became McIntosh.Mackintosh is also, through the pioneering work of Charles McIntosh, a
term for raincoat and, because of farmer John McIntosh, an apple
variety. MacIntosh had a second lease of life when Apple named
their computer the Macintosh.
McIntosh Resources on
- Clan Histories – Mackintosh. Mackintosh clan history.
- Clan McIntosh. McIintosh clan website.
Mackintosh of North America.
Macintosh American clan website.
- Chief William
Creek chief McIntosh and descendants.
- Mackintosh Families in Australia. Australian Mackintoshes.
Scotland. There appears to have been two original septs of this name, one in Perthshire and the other more importantly in Inverness.
Mackintoshes in Inverness date back to the 13th century when the Gaelic name of Mac an Toisich was first adopted. Moy Hall near Inverness became the home of the clan chiefs.The clan was involved in the war for Scottish independence and subsequently spent much of their time feuding with neighboring clans. They were Jacobite supporters in 1715 and in 1745. Lady Anne Farquharson-Mackintosh rallied 350 men of the Mackintosh clan to fight at Culloden.
England. There were
Mackintoshes south of the border. John Mackintosh
and his wife Violet bought a pastry shop in Halifax, Yorkshire in
1890. In order to attract customers they decided to sell a
special toffee developed by Violet which blended the traditional
brittle English butterscotch with soft American caramel. In time
Mackintosh’s became a brand known for its toffee and later, under sons
Harold and Eric, for confectionaries such as Quality Street and Rolo.
America. John McIntosh
moved his family to Georgia in 1736 with a group of a hundred
Scottish settlers, founding the town of Darien, Georgia. Lachlan
McIntosh was an American general during the Revolutionary War; while
his cousin William McIntosh moved among the Creek Indian nation to
recruit them to
the American side.
William’s son Chief
William McIntosh was known as the
“White Warrior” and became a full-fledged chief of the Creeks. However, he was murdered by irate Creeks in
1825. His son Chilly survived the attack
and he, like his half-brother Daniel and nephew Roley, were prominent
in Georgia and the Indian territory which later became Oklahoma. McIntosh county in Georgia was named after
this distinguished family. The book A
History and Genealogy of Chief William McIntosh was written by Harriet
Corbin in 1967.
immigrated to Canada from Inverness in 1796 and settled to farm in
Dundas county, Ontario. Fifteen years later he discovered the
original tree which was to bear the famous McIntosh apple.
and grandson were to oversee the transformation of the McIntosh from a
locally celebrated apple to an important commercial orchard fruit.
If you would like to read more, click on the miscellany page for
further stories and accounts:
Lachlan McIntosh was an American military and political leader
during the Revolutionary War.
John McIntosh pioneered the
McIntosh apple from his farm in Dundas county, Ontario in 1811.
Charles McIntosh invented in
1823 the waterproofing of cloth with a rubber solution, hence the term
“mackintosh” for raincoat.
Charles Rennie Mackintosh, born in Glasgow, was a Scottish
architect and designer of the early 20th century. He was a
designer in the Arts and Crafts movement and also the main exponent of
Art Nouveau in Britain.
Select McIntoshs Today
- 22,000 in the UK (most numerous
- 14,000 in America (most numerous in Florida)
- 23,000 elsewhere (most numerous in Canada)
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