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Mackintosh is the anglicized form of the Gaelic Mac an Toisich, meaning "Ďson of the chief."  Mackintosh later became McIntosh.

Mackintosh is also, through the pioneering work of Charles McIntosh, a term for raincoat and, because of farmer John McIntosh, an apple variety.  MacIntosh had a second lease of life when Apple named their computer the Macintosh.  

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Scotland.  There appears to have been two original septs of this name, one in Perthshire and the other more importantly in Inverness.  Mackintoshes in Inverness date back to the 13th century when the Gaelic name of Mac an Toisich was first adopted.  Moy Hall near Inverness became the home of the clan chiefs. 

The clan was involved in the war for Scottish independence and subsequently spent much of their time feuding with neighboring clans.  They were Jacobite supporters in 1715 and in 1745.  Lady Anne Farquharson-Mackintosh rallied 350 men of the Mackintosh clan to fight at Culloden. 

"She famously greeted her husband with the words: 'Your servant, captain,' to which he replied: 'Your servant, colonel,' thereby giving her the nickname of 'Colonel' Anne."  

Bonnie Prince Charles was received by Lady Mackintosh at Moy and the Prince's bed is still to be seen in Moy Hall today.

Mackintosh has remained very much a name of NE Scotland, and in particular of Inverness.  Many McIntosh families were recorded as working on the Grant Balmacaan estate in Glenurquhart in the 1700ís.  Sir James Mackintosh, the distinguished jurist and historian, came from the Killochy branch of the family in Inverness. 

The Macintoshes of the Raigmore estate overlooking the Moray Firth have been commemorated in the tune Mrs. Macintosh of Raigmore.  John Mackintosh of Aberarder was Provost of Inverness between 1794 and 1803.  And o
ne family traces itself back to John McIntosh who was born in Petty in the Nairn valley and married Isobel Cameron there in 1776.  His family were fishermen.

England.  There were Mackintoshes south of the border.  John Mackintosh and his wife Violet bought a pastry shop in Halifax, Yorkshire in 1890.  In order to attract customers they decided to sell a special toffee developed by Violet which blended the traditional brittle English butterscotch with soft American caramel.  In time Mackintosh's became a brand known for its toffee and later, under sons Harold and Eric, for confectionaries such as Quality Street and Rolo.

AmericaJohn McIntosh Mor moved his  family to Georgia in 1736 with a group of a hundred Scottish settlers, founding the town of Darien, Georgia.  Lachlan McIntosh was an American general during the Revolutionary War; while his cousin William McIntosh moved among the Creek Indian nation to recruit them to the American side. 

Williamís son Chief William McIntosh was known as the "White Warrior" and became a full-fledged chief of the Creeks.  However, he was murdered by irate Creeks in 1825.  His son Chilly survived the attack and he, like his half-brother Daniel and nephew Roley, were prominent Creek leaders in Georgia and the Indian territory which later became Oklahoma.  McIntosh county in Georgia was named after this distinguished family.  The book A History and Genealogy of Chief William McIntosh was written by Harriet Corbin in 1967.

Canada.  John McIntosh immigrated to Canada from Inverness in 1796 and settled to farm in Dundas county, Ontario.  Fifteen years later he discovered the original tree which was to bear the famous McIntosh apple.  His sons and grandson were to oversee the transformation of the McIntosh from a locally celebrated apple to an important commercial orchard fruit.

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Lachlan McIntosh
was an American military and political leader during the Revolutionary War. 
John McIntosh pioneered the McIntosh apple from his farm in Dundas county, Ontario in 1811.
Charles McIntosh invented in 1823 the waterproofing of cloth with a rubber solution, hence the term "mackintosh" for raincoat.
Charles Rennie Mackintosh, born in Glasgow, was a Scottish architect and designer of the early 20th century.  He was a designer in the Arts and Crafts movement and also the main exponent of Art Nouveau in Britain. 

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  • 22,000 in the UK (most numerous in Morayshire)
  • 14,000 in America (most numerous in Florida) 
  • 23,000 elsewhere (most numerous in Canada)

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