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Recorded in many forms as shown below, this is a Gaelic surname. It is widespread throughout Scotland and in Ireland mainly Ulster. However spelt it is a form of the Old Gaelic "Mac an tsagairt", meaning the son of the priest! The marriage of clerics in minor orders was always permissible in the Catholic Church, but the marriage of priests had been declared illegal and invalid in the 12th Century. However the practice continued throughout the medieval period, though in some instances, the name may have been used to denote someone suspected of being the son of a priest. Early recordings include Donald McKyntagart of Dumfries, in the Exchequer Rolls of Scotland in 1459, and who had remission of his fine; William Maktygar "oratour and beidman" of "the Kingis hospitaile of the trinite college besyd" was recorded in Edinburgh in 1504, and Thomas McKyntaggart was a tenant in Strathdee in 1527...

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