In May/June 1998, my wife, daughter, and I took a trip to Ireland and
Scotland to do the "Roots" thing. Since we did not know exactlly where
the first McCullough in our side of the family came from, we looked at
both countries! An interesting occurance happened when my wife called up
to a bed and breakfast place in Ireland before we went. My wife told me
that the person on the other end of the line there in Ireland had no trouble
at all pronouncing and spelling our name! (I'm sure that that experience
is shared by a lot of people who go back to the "old" country where their
names are more common). Anyway, I have two sections here. The Irish one
is from a family name history I got from "The Historical Research Center"
at Bunratty Castle in Ireland. The Scotland one I put together from multiple
In some instances, the McCulloughs of Ireland may be of Scots Gaelic origin, being descendants of Scottish McCulloughs who settled in Ireland in the seventeenth century. In fact, they settled in Ulster which has of course led to some confusion as to the origins of the name in that province. The Scottish MacCulloughs derive their name from the Gaelic word "culach", meaning a boar. The earliest record of the surname in Scotland dates to the fourteenth century.
The armorial is ermine fretty gules and looks like red and white cross hatch with little somethings in the white squares. The crest is a hand throwing a dart proper and the motto is "Vi et animo" (By strength and courage)
If you want a McCullough badge it will be the MacCulloch of Myerton one. If you want a McCullough tartan, though, you have a choice of MacDougall, Ross, Munroe, Gunn, Galloway, or the Irish county tartans for Antrim, Down, or Tyrone. That is, of course, unless you know exactly where your McCullough ancestor came from. Here is a picture me in kilt outfit that I got in Stirling Scotland at the House of Henderson. The tartan is Ross Hunting Muted. My kilt has about 7 1/2 yards of material in it.
Since I originally wrote this, I put on a fair amount of weight and
my kilt no longer fit! So there was nothing to do except to make
I liked it so well that I kept on making them, and then started my own kiltmaking business. I call it McCullough Highlands.
I put a little more definition to the above genealogy on the celtickilts.com site from some books that I found. There are a number of
other McCullough/McCulloch sites around. Here is a new site that has a number links to these sites, http://www.mccolloch.com.
Here is another picture with the family (among the ones I took for our Christmas picture) with an example of a Scottish Claymore. This one is fairly heavy and is more for display than for use.