What a great site. Enjoyed finding out about where in Scotland the Tait's first settled. Thank you
Hi My father was born in Dumfries his parents my grandparents came from Traquair, my grandmother was from the West family. Ihave traced right back to my 5th Great Grandfather a John Tait born around 1745 from Kirkcudbrightshire, he had a son called James Tait born 1770 -1849 have found quite a few ancestors from around the Dumfries through Ancestry. Thank you have found this site very interesting
Peter, I'm the administrator of the Tate (Tate/Tait/Teat, etc) YDNA Project at FamilyTreeDNA and hope you will consider doing a YDNA test and join our project so I can match your results against others in our project. My own Tate ancestor came to the US from Ulster around 1752 and I have found several matches to both my STR results and to my terminal SNP. If you have any questions, please contact me at LRTATE@LIVE.COM.
Very interested in this site as have traced my 5 times Great Grandfather James Tait to Innerleithen born about 1768/1771 married to Janet maiden name not known have been unable to find records of his marriage or death but Janet died between 1841 & 1851 according to census. Any local information to help would be appreciated
in scotlands people there is a document states there was a James Tait married to a Janet Ketchen
not sure if that helps...
Hi, very nice website, cheers!
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Great site. An excellent history on the Tait riding family from the East March
Nice to see some information on our Clan
Hi, searching for information on my Scottish heritage. My father had traced some, but I seem to find two different coat of arms. Any help?
I'm the administrator of the Tate YDNA Project at FamilyTreeDNA and invite you to join the project. If you have a living Tate (Tait or Teat, etc) male in your line, please ask them to submit a DNA sample for YDNA testing of at least 37 markers and to join our project.
I have found two different Coat of Arms. The one in this site, and a more modern, simpler style.
The Coat of Arms in this site would be the more traditional.
I started digging in my ancestors. And found out on the oldest registered relative on my mothers side was Hemming Teit from Pirn, born 1225. He traveled with Birger Jarl (under the Swedish crown) to Finland and settled in Pernå where he was granted land. (he named the place after his own original place Pirn). In Pernå he built a church. Some of the altar stones are incorporated in the church that was built in the 1300s and which stands today. I think I have to vist Innerleithen at some point, just for fun! I live in Norway...
Hej Kaisa & Tait clan. My brother just found the same story regarding relatives in our fathers side. We live on the swedish westcoast. (And we like horses 😊) Yes, see you in Innerleithen, happy new year 2021! / Sara
I am also a descendant of this Teit, although I know him as 'Henning'. My line ended up in the southwest coast of Finland, and there is a particular fondness for horses throughout the generations I know of. :D
I wish I'd know this before when visiting Edinburgh. All the more reason to return to Scotland now, though!
Hallo Kaisa,Sara and Sylvia, fun to meet nordic relatives on this site. I just find out that I´m also an descendant of Hemming Teit on my mothers side. / Mats
I live in Västerås, Sweden :)
Just found this page, very interesting
Very interesting website. Decades ago as a boy, I stood with my father in a northern Alabama (USA) graveyard and saw a family plot of my ancestors born in the 1800's who spelled there name Tate, Tait, and Tayte but were all clearly in the same family based upon the inscriptions of the stones and proximity. Later, with this information, and the advent of the internet, he had anecdotally traced our roots to this area of Scotland. I would like to use his records and see if I can narrow this lineage down some. By the way, my immediate family currently stretches from Florida to Wyoming in the USA under the surname of Tate.
Jay, would you do a YDNA test and join the Tate YDNA Project at FTDNA? I'm the administrator of the project and lived in north Alabama from 1968 to 2000 and am somewhat familiar with the Tate family from there, but am not related to them. You can email me at LRTATE@LIVE.COM.
So very glad to find a page for the Taits of the Scottish Marches! I descend from Samuel "Rock" Tate (1730 - 1813) and his wife, Nancy Caldwell (1733 - 1818), my maternal 5x great-grandparents. Both born in County Derry/Londonderry and buried in Burke County, North Carolina. Family lore has the Tates as Huguenot refugees from France; however, there is a paucity of documentation to substantiate the claim. Is it possible for "Tate" to be an alternate spelling of "Tait"?
Tait, Tate, Teate, etc. are variant spellings of the same surname. I'm the adminstrator of the Tate YDNA Project at FTDNA and don't have any project member noted as his descendant. My own oldest known Tate ancestor, Samuel Tate, b 1731 Ulster - d 1812, Claiborne County, TN, has similar birth and death dates but they are different people.
Les, is there a Clan Tait/Tate organization/society? If so, could you provide the URL of their website? Any assistance will be deeply appreciated! - Bill
Thanks for the fine page. As I just recently found out, I'm descendant of the Tait of Perna (Henning Tait) line. I live in southeast Finland. Got to visit Innerleithen at some point, perhaps even get the correct tartan scarf to celebrate the connection. By the way, we own a horse and are very fond of these creatures. Runs in the family?
There is a Tait tartan, (https://www.tartanregister.gov.uk/tartanDetails?ref=40630) but it is a modern design apparently based on a Baillie tartan. https://www.tartanregister.gov.uk/tartanDetails?ref=163
I got two inexpensive custom-made kilts in the Tait tartan from Pakistan for two adult nephews about 2 months ago, so you should be able to get a scarf in that tartan. https://primekilt.com
I see there are now 3 Tait tartans in this registry. Of possible interest, when I first visited Scotland in the 70's I wanted a kilt made for myself. The kilt maker in Edinburgh informed me that a Tait tartan didn't exist but that the Tait clan was a sept of the Gordon clan and so my kilt was made in the original Gordon tartan. The first Tait tartan in the registry based on the Dalgleish clan is quite similar.
As indicated in my earlier posting found under another similar comment, Clan Gordon does not list Tait/Tate/etc as a sept. The septs of Clan Gordon were included therein. See also https://houseofgordonusa.org/clan-info-and-septs
Good to see a family site.
Will be back to Scotland hopefully summer 2022 (my 66th year)
Last in Scotland in 2016 (60th)
Would love to meet any family Tait :)
Interesting site. My father who was born Greenock in 1895, told me to be careful when looking up our family tree, because some of our relatives were hung from it!
He was a true Scot with a refined sense of humor (or humour).
My father told me to be careful tracing the family tree because it eventually turns into a banana tree.
Douglas, I hope you will consider doing a YDNA test and joining the Tate YDNA Project at FTDNA. I'm the administrator of that project and would like to see if we are related or if you match other project members. https://www.familytreedna.com/groups/tate/about/
I'm in the R1b - Lineage 1 group there as kit N44383.
Hi Les.. sorry to jump in this conversation.. Why does it have to be Male DNA. could I not step in with mine? I do have two brothers and two nephews but IM not in contact with them. they are the last line of Taits in our direct family. my uncle never had any children and Im having trouble finding some other Taits in our line that might still be around. I could get you my brothers emails and send them to you for you to ask them directly .. dont mention me.. lol
YDNA is passed only from father to son, so it applies only to the unbroken male line. Mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) can be passed from a mother to her sons and daughters, but only the daughters can pass it on. Autosomal DNA (atDNA) is passed from fathers and mothers to their male and female children, so it becomes sort of a universal DNA, but it gets diluted with each new generation.
Carolyn, you can send me the contact information at LRTATE@LIVE.COM.
Hello! I’m in Canada. Have traced my Tait line to a marriage at Tron Kirk. Edinburgh in 1784: Robert TAIT married Elizabeth McLaggan on that date. Have not been able to trace further back. Happy for help if anyone able! Of interest, I was in Scotland as a teen in the 1970s. I had a kilt made for myself but was told that TAIT did not have its’ own tartan but that the family name was a sept of the GORDON clan. Thus, my kilt is a Gordon tartan. (Yes, I still have it and no, it doesn’t quite fit anymore! ) Any helpful comments from the Taits out there?!
I looked up Clan Gordon and its septs, but do not find Tait or any similar spelling of the surname among them. Here are the septs: Adam, Adams, Adamson, Addie, Adie, Addison, Aiken, Aitchison, Aitken, Akin, Atken, Atkin, Atkins, Atkinson, Badenoch, Barrie, Boyne, Brisbane, Connon, Connor, Craig, Cromb, Crombie, Cullen, Culane, Darg, Darge, Dorwald, Dorward, Duff, Durward, Eadie, Edison, Eddie, Edie, Esslemont, Garioch, Garrick, Garriock, Geddes, Gerrie, GORDON, Gardiner, Gardner, Huntley, Huntly, Jessiman, Jopp, Jupp, Laing, Lang, Laurie, Lawrie, Leng, Ling, Lowry, Macadam, Mallett, Manteach, Mar, Marr, Maver, Mavor, Meldrum, Mill, Mills, Miline, Milles, Miln, Milne, Milner, Milnes, Moir, Moore, More, Morrice, Morris, Muir, Mylne, Steel, Steele, Teal, Teall, Tod, Todd, Tough, Troup.
There is a website for Clan Tait, based on the Taits of Pirn, but there is no clan chief so it remains an armigerous clan. The Tait tartan doesn't seem to be an official clan tartan either, plus it is very close in design to both Baillie and Sullivan.
My Tait family immigrated to South Africa in 1819 on a ship that departed from Berwick. They were Isaac and Jean Tait and their five children. The ship that carried the immigrants or "1819 Settlers" from the region was led by Dr Alexander Tait. One branch of the Tait settlers, from which I am descended, returned to the UK in 1950s. I would be very interested to know more about this family.
My husband’s grandfather is probably one of the children born in 1918. He was Job Little Tait. Other family names were John, Charles,
I am the illegitimate daughter of Chrisopher Tait, niece of Donovan and Rory Tait and sister of Rorden Tait. I was born in South Africa in 1968. I am looking for our family history. I have a son who wants to go home to Scotland!
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