The Galt surname is Scotch in origin. According to the
Hall of Names Database,
the surname Galt originated in the former county of Perthshire in Scotland.
The Galts are also listed as a sept (or branch) of the Clan Macdonald of the Isles
on the Scotclans site. This
clan was loctaed in the Hebrides. To futher confuse the issue, the 1851 census apparently lists Galts
only in Atrim and Ayrshire Counties. Obviuosly, there is more to this story somewhere.
For much more information on the Macdonald Clan, check out this site.
Family legend has it that the first Galt in our line to emigrate to Trinidad was
a cobbler from Scotland. He had several children, one of which was our ancestor,
Algernon Eustace Galt. Uncle Algy, as many knew him, was an overseer on a large
sugar plantation. Algy married Myra Vincent and had four sons. The Galt boys were
well known in Port of Spain during their youth, and all four of them attended Queens
Royal College for their secondary education. Desmond Galt, my grandfather, was active
in training horses with his stepfather, Henry Hart. Desmond, Margery, and all of
their daughters eventually emigrated to the United States.