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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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Lorraine Measor

My maiden name is Taggart from county Tyrone Northern ireland. My grandfather Frederick Taggart came over to Ottawa Canada from N.I. and landed at Ellis Island USA with his wife Maggie Emma Fahey Taggart! Worked at the Ottawa Experimental Farm for many yrs! He had 6 kids....Norman (my Dad) Gerald (Barney), George, Edna, Taggart Albert, Marion Taggart Ross and Viola(Dodie) Taggart Cadeau!


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Wayne Taggart

P.S. - just have another newspaper mention of connection to Co. Antrim. This connection is between James Taggart (my g-g-grandfather/wife to Mary Stewart) and Jane Elder the mother-in-law of the afore mentioned Patrick Taggart. ".......The deaths of Mrs. Jane ELDER, age 87 and James TAGGART, sr., age 90, who were among the first settlers of Cascade Valley, Cumberland Co., N.S., are reported. It is a singular coincidence that the deceased were neighbors while living in Ireland, came to this country about the same time, have always lived as neighbors in this country and died within three days of each other....." Just some additional info.

Wayne Taggart

5th generation Canadian 'Taggart' from Nova Scotia. Scot-Irish racial origin from Ulster - Antrim but possibly Derry or Down. My g-g-grandfather was a James Taggart with wife Mary Stewart/Stuart immigrated to the province of Nova Scotia in the mid 1840"s. Settled in Cumberland County area of N.S.. Arrived with children; William, Daniel, James, and Nancy followed by birth of Robert and Thomas.@ other "Taggart" families had previously settled in the same area of Cumberland County. They would be John and Sarah(McAloney) Taggart and Patrick and Jennie (Elder) Taggart . These 3 families are said to be related as brothers or cousins. All are connected to Co Antrim, Ulster and there is proof from turn of the century newspapers of a connection between Patrick and Co. Antrim in a notice of the 50 anniversery of his daughter Elizabeths wedding to Francis McAleese of Ballymoney which stated ".....“McAleese-Taggart: At Maccan, N.S. June 22, 1861 at 3:15 p.m. by Rev.?A.F. Thompson, of Amherst, Francis McAleese, of Ballymena, to Eliza,?daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Patrick Taggart, of Dunminnon. Both the contracting parties were born in County Antrim, Ireland. These two good?people, now residents of Parrsboro, celebrated their 50th anniversary of their marriage on Coronation Day last week. They have eleven sons and daughters living, and 29 grandchildren.” (It is possible that place should be Dunminning and not Dunminnion as used in the Canadian family. From this northern part of the province of Nova Scotia these Taggarts spread the family across the Canadian western provinces of Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba; as well as into the New England States of the U.S.- Maine and Massachuetts and from there to other states such as Wisconsin and New York. I have been tracing and verifying this ancestry from about the 1860's but do not have a verified connection with Ulster. Any help or hints would be greatly appreciated and if I can help with any of these other connections that I have mentioned please do not hesitate to get in contact with me. - Regards; Wayne.

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