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Ritchie Family Tree

I have been trying to research my family tree for a few years now but with limited success. I have created this web page in the hope that others out there who are also researching their family history may make a connection and give me a little help.

The Ritchies

As people researching the Ritchie name will know our surname originates in Scotland and that is where my ancestors have originated from, although I myself was born in Armagh in Northern Ireland and so was most of my immediate family.

This site has been designed to share information on my ancestors with my family in Northern Ireland and with those who are researching the surname Ritchie and also the other surnames included in my family tree - Owens, Gibson, Armstrong, McKenna, McConnell and Warnock.


Sarah JaneAlex RitchieJacob Owens


The Family Tree

This is a graphical image of the Ritchie side of my family tree. To view the full family tree, download thie PDF file (you will need Adobe Reader to view it). If you have a Family Tree program which supports the GEDCOM format then download my GEDCOM file.

Family Tree

Jacob Owens


Jacob Owens was my great grand father on my grandmothers side and although not a Ritchie he is one of the few of my ancestors that I have so far managed to find any records for. Born in 1853 in Kilmarnock, Ayreshire, Scotland he was married three times. This is him with his third wife Anne-Jane McKenna. Jacob's first wife was Catherine(formally McGeachy), she was from Ayr in Ayreshire, Scotland and in the 1881Census they are recorded living at 68 Fore Street, Kilmarnock, Ayr, Scotland with two children Jacob aged 5 and Margaret aged 9 months. In 1891 the Census of that year has them living at 4 Lyons Street, Glasgow with their three children, Jacob(15 years, a bread van boy), Catherine(5 years) and Rachel(3 months), there is no record of Margaret. Jacob was employed as a warehouse packer and still was in 1901 when that years Census records the family living at 53 Carntyne Road, Dennistown, Glasgow, though Jacob's wife is now dead and his son has left home.

Shortly after the death of his first wife Jacob married Sarah Armstrong, of Scotstown, Co.Monaghan, Ireland. Sarah was my great grandmother. They had a daughter Margaret who was my grandmother. Jacob married his third wife, Anne-Jane McKenna, on the 21st April 1913 in Glasgow. Jacob was 60 years old while his wife was only 28 years old. Sarah Armstrong my great grandmother,and Anne-Jane McKenna were aunt and niece.




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History of the Ritchie Name

The Ritchie surname is derived from the baptismal name of Richard and is very common to Scotland.

The Ritchies were a sept of the MacKintosh clan. Septs of clans were families who were aligned to a clan or who sought protection from that clan. They were granted the wearing of the clan tartan.


The MacKintosh Clan

Derived from the Gaelic "mac an tiosich" or "son of the leader or chief" (similar to the Irish "taoseach" or prime minister). The clan claim descent from the royal house of Duff, through Shaw, the second son of Duncan Macduff, Earl of Fife, of the royal house of Dalriada. Shaw was part of a force led by King Malcolm IV which repressed a rebellion in Moray in 1160. Granted lands in the valley of the river Findhorn, the lands of Petty became the centre of clan territory. The 5th chief led his clan at the Battle of Largs in 1263, during the reign of King Alexander III. His son was raised by his uncle, the Lord of the Isles and he married the daughter of the chief of Clan Chattan in Lochaber, extending the clan lands to Glenloy and Loch Arkaig. After that, the Clan Chattan, which developed into a loose confederation of independent clans, was usually led by a Mackintosh (though challenged on occasions by the MacPhersons).

The MacKintosh clan had to fight to defend their powerful position and conducted long-running feuds with the Earls of Moray and Huntly, among others.

One famous feud with the Comyns was to have ended in a feast of reconciliation but the Comyns made plans to destroy the MacKintosh clan once and for all. They were betrayed by a family member, however, and were slaughtered by MacKintosh clansmen, led by their chief Malcolm MacKintosh.

The MacKintosh clansmen took part in the Jacobite rising of 1715, following which many were transported to the Americas . The clan remained loyal to the Stewarts in 1745 and the wife of the absent chief, Lady Anne MacKintosh, raised a force of 400 men to join Charles Edward Stewart.

She also received the prince at the chief's seat of Moy Hall. During his visit, a force of 1500 government troops attempted to capture him, but were fooled by Lady Anne into believing they had walked into the midst of the entire Jacobite army. They consequently fled, and this incident became known as the "Rout of Moy", with Lady Anne MacKintosh earning the nickname of "Colonel Anne".

The Mackintosh clan motto is "Touch not the cat bot a glove" which is almost identical to that of the Macphersons and Chattan.

Surnames regarded as septs (sub-branch) of the Mackintosh clan include Ayson, Crerar, Dallas, Doles, Elder, Esson, Glennie, Hardie, Hardy, Higginson, Hossack, MacAndrew, MacCartney, MacConchy, MacGlashan, MacHardie, MacHardy, MacKeggie, Mackieson, MacKilligan, MacLerie, MacNiven, MacRitchie, Niven, Noble, Paul, Ritchie, Smith, Thain, Tosh.