Like many other states, Texas has long been a land of immigrants. Many different groups have settled in Texas, each bringing their own unique cultures and traditions. Scots were amongst the many groups that settled in early Texas, and have helped shape Texas into the diverse state it is today. Half of Texas counties are named for Scots or Ulster-Scots. Famous Texans like Sam Houston, Stephen Austin , Davy Crockett, Jim Bowie, Jim Hogg, John Wesley Hardin, and the first governor of the state, James Pinckney Henderson, were Scots or Ulster-Scots. The town of Salado was founded by Scots in 1859. Even today the influence can be seen: 80 Scottish stonemasons finished the stonework on the State Capitol.
Click here to listen to an Oral History of Jack Cunningham, a former Scottish Society of San Antonio president, discussing the history of Scottish Texans.
While MacLeods were not among the “old 300” from 1824, here are some of the earliest known MacLeods in Texas:
Hugh McLeod (1814-1862) was Adjutant General of the Army of the Republic of Texas in 1837. Service against Caddo and Kickapoo in 1838, Cherokee in 1839, wounded at Battle of Nueces. Adjutant and Inspector General in 1840. Negotiator with the Comanche before the San Antonio Council House Fight of 1840. Brigadier General in 1841, captured during the Santa Fe expedition. Married Rebecca Johnson Lamar, cousin of Texas president Mirabeau B. Lamar. Represented Bexar Co in the House of Representatives 1842-1845. Appointed Adjutant general of Texas right before the Mexican War. During the Civil War, was elected Lt Col of 1st Texas Infantry Regt of Hood’s Brigade. Died of Pneumonia 2 Jan 1862, buried in the State cemetery at Austin
John D McLeod was in Harris Co TX in 1838 and 1839, Travis Co TX by 1846; Originally came to Texas with the New Orleans Greys, he served in the Seige of Bexar, was Secretary of the Senate 4th congress, worked at the General Land office in Austin and was Chief Justice of Bexar county.
Daniel McLeod was in Montgomery Co TX in 1840
Isabel McLeod married James Steele Hanks in 1836, immigrating to Anderson Co TX in 1844 where her father-in-law had been preaching since 1836
J. A. McLeod was in Sabine Co TX in 1846
H. Mc Leod was in Henderson Co TX in 1846
Angus McLeod married Elizabeth Brock in Harris Co 20 Feb 1859
Hugh McLeod was in Galveston in 1860
J.C. McLeod was in Seguin, Guadalupe Co TX in 1860
James McLeod in Ft Bend Co TX in 1860
Alexander McLoud in Miliam Co TX in 1860
Agnes Ann McLeod, a grand-daughter of Skye-born Capt Norman McLeod of the Light Infantry (and a Grandson of the 2nd of Talisker), related to the McLeods of Telfair Co GA, died 28 Oct 1889 in Williamson Co TX
James Franklin McLeod moved to Texas in the 1880s from Randolph Co AL (his family came from Pike Co GA before that), d 1905 in Van Zandt Co TX, his cousin John D died 17 Aug 1884 in Millican, Brazos Co TX
Several McLeods of Pike Co AL (Descendants of Angus McLeod, d 16 Dec 1780 in SC, born on Skye in 1740) moved to Texas around the turn of the 20th Century
The Bailey Co town of Virginia City was platted 13 Mar 1909 by Samuel D. McCloud and Matthew C. Vaughn. It was located 2mi SE of the intersection of FM 298 and FM 1731, but was abandoned by 1913, becoming a Ghost Town
The Cass county town of McLeod was named in the 1930s.
R.H. McLeod was elected the 1st commander for The Department of Texas, Veterans of Foreign Wars, 21 Apr 1921
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