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Where did the Scottish Drummond family come from? What is the Scottish Drummond family crest and coat of arms? When did the Drummond family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Drummond family history?

The Scottish Drummond surname comes from the Gaelic word "drumainn," which means "a ridge," and is a habitational name derived from the name of any of the several various places so named; and Annabella Drummond (c. 13501401), Queen Consort of Scotland as the wife of Robert III of Scotland.


Spelling variations of this family name include: Drummond, Drumond, Drummann (Gaelic) and others.

First found in Perthshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Pheairt) former county in the present day Council Area of Perth and Kinross, located in central Scotland. There is also an early reference to the Clan in the district of Lennox when Gilbert de Drummyn, who was chaplain to Alwyn, Earl of Levenax, was witness to a charter by that Earl around 1199. Malcolm de Drummond witnessed several charters by Maldouen, the third Earl of Levenax, between 1225 and 1270. The family seat was at Stobhall, Perthshire. This distinguished family is said to be descended anciently from a Prince Andreas, youngest son of the King of Hungary, and came into Scotland in the train of Queen Margaret. The Drummonds were granted the lands of Drymen. The first of the line being Sir Malcolm of Drymen. By the year 1225 Iaian, Chief of the Clan had acquired Inch Mahone in Lake Monteith. Malcolm Drummond is credited with much of the Scottish success at Bannockburn in 1314.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Drummond research. Another 279 words(20 lines of text) covering the years 1345, 1491, 1488, 1585, 1649, 1681, 1475, 1501, 1501, 1519, 1585, 1649, 1621, 1663, 1620, 1678, 1588, 1662, 1617, 1688, 1617, 1677, 1637 and are included under the topic Early Drummond History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 235 words(17 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Drummond Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Drummond family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 103 words(7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Drummond Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • Gawen Drummond, who landed in New Jersey in 1677

Drummond Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • Patrick Drummond, who arrived in New England in 1729
  • Michael Drummond settled in Virginia in 1731
  • Joseph Drummond settled in Virginia in 1738
  • Andrew Drummond, who came to Boston in 1767
  • John Drummond who settled in Brunswick N. Carolina in 1775

Drummond Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Walter Drummond, aged 47, landed in Georgia in 1812
  • James Drummond, aged 27, landed in New York in 1817
  • Catherine Drummond, who arrived in New York in 1820
  • Adam Drummond, who came to New York in 1831
  • Stewart Drummond, who landed in New York in 1833


  • Johnathan "Jon" Drummond (b. 1968), American Olympic gold medalist at the 2000 Summer Olympics
  • Dugald Drummond (1840-1912), Scottish steam locomotive engineer and designer
  • Henry Drummond (1851-1897), Scottish evangelist theologian
  • Thomas Drummond (1797-1840), Scottish engineer and statesman
  • Henry Drummond (1786-1860), English banker, politician and writer, best known as one of the founders of the Catholic Apostolic or Irvingite Church
  • Sir James Eric Drummond (1876-1951), 16th Earl of Perth, first general secretary of the League of Nations
  • John Drummond (1816-1906), first Inspector of Native Police in Western Australia
  • Jon Drummond (b. 1969), Australian composer
  • Dame Edith Drummond DBE,
  • Sir John Richard Gray Drummond CBE (1934-2006), British arts administrator and BBC executive



  • James and Cecilia Drummond and Descendants by Everett William Drummond.

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Gang warily
Motto Translation: Go carefully.


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A clan is a social group made up of a number of distinct branch-families that actually descended from, or accepted themselves as descendants of, a common ancestor. The word clan means simply children. The idea of the clan as a community is necessarily based around this idea of heredity and is most often ruled according to a patriarchal structure. For instance, the clan chief represented the hereditary "parent" of the entire clan. The most prominent example of this form of society is the Scottish Clan system...


Septs of the Distinguished Name Drummond
Argill, Beg, Begg, Begge, Beggs, Breuer, Brewer, Brewestar, Brewester, Brewster, Brewyer, Broistair, Broistar, Broister, Broistir, Brostar, Broster, Brouer, Brougher, Broustair, Broustar, Brouster, Broustir, Brouwer, Brower, Browestar, Browester, Browstair, Browstar, Browster, Browyer, Bruer, Bruyer, Bruyere, Bueg, Caragle, Cargal, Cargale, Cargil, Cargile, Cargill, Cargille, Cargul, Cargyle, Carigle, Carnigil, Carnigill, Carragle, Carrigle, Cornigill and more.


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The Drummond Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Drummond Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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